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Issue 117 December 2017

It’s always great to have people get in touch with me out of the blue, bursting with enthusiasm and good ideas for articles. Sometimes this leads to a one-off piece in Now Then, while other times it leads to them becoming a regular contributor, some of whom have been with us now for six or more years. If you’ve got something to say, get in touch with me.

You might do a bit of a double take on first glance at this month’s featured artist. Frank Kunert meticulously creates miniature scenes, building and tweaking before capturing the final photograph. I chat to him about his work on page 35.

Elsewhere, we’ve got a round-up of our music writers’ favourite releases of the past few months (p39), an interview with festive folk singer Kate Rusby (p44), a feature on a new eco-housing venture called REACH Homes (p10), and plenty more.

I nearly got away without mentioning it, but it needs to be said: if you’re spending money over Christmas, challenge yourself to do it with local independent traders. These people are so passionate about their products and services – and those are the kinds of people you want giving you gift ideas when you realise it’s Christmas Eve and your mind goes blank…

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This month's articles

Localcheck Vital Signs

Season’s greetings. Hope you have a good Christmas. Sadly many people won’t this year. A recent report from UK Community Foundations, Vital …

Season’s greetings. Hope you have a good Christmas. Sadly many people won’t this year. A recent report from UK Community Foundations, Vital 

Reach Homes: Contain Yourself

If there was ever an architectural technique perfectly suited to people of a 'just get on and do it' persuasion, it must be building with sh…

Aspergirls: Hiding in Plain Sight

If nobody had suggested to me that I was autistic, I never would've reached that conclusion myself.In early 2015, at the tender age of 14, I…

Geometry Club: The Right Angle

Geometry Club is a celebration of architectural design through photography captured at ground level. The key to its appeal is the strict com…

Geometry Club is a celebration of architectural design through photography captured at ground level. The key to its appeal is the strict com

Festive Food Tips

495 Glossop Road, S10 2QE facebook.com/theitchypig "Try a scoop of ice cream in your stout. It went down a storm with us. A top dessert w…

 495 Glossop Road, S10 2QE
 facebook.com/theitchypig
 "Try a scoop of ice cream in your stout. It went down a storm with us. A top dessert w

Sad Facts Fractured Truths For Trembling Dudes

FREE SPEECH It used to be the case in this once-great country that British Citizens were allowed to say what they thought. So why is it I ca…

FREE SPEECH
It used to be the case in this once-great country that British Citizens were allowed to say what they thought. So why is it I ca

2017 Roundup

With services like Bandcamp and Spotify continuing to radically reshape the music industry, 2017 felt like a year that saw music in a state …

With services like Bandcamp and Spotify continuing to radically reshape the music industry, 2017 felt like a year that saw music in a state 

Live / stage review 65daysofstatic / Declan McKenna / Reflecktor

9 November Millennium Gallery 65daysofstatic’s new work, Decomposition Theory, has an interesting premise. In a nutshell, it is to allow a…

 9 November
 Millennium Gallery
65daysofstatic’s new work, Decomposition Theory, has an interesting premise. In a nutshell, it is to allow a

Headsup The Christmas Dinner

The Christmas Dinner brings local communities together to offer support and company for care leavers on Christmas Day. 2017 is the first yea…

The Christmas Dinner brings local communities together to offer support and company for care leavers on Christmas Day. 2017 is the first yea

Filmreel THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER / THE DEATH OF STALIN / LISTINGS

Dir. Yorgos Lanthimos, 2017 If like me you were impressed by the previous release from director Yorgos Lanthimos, The Lobster, then this fi…

 Dir. Yorgos Lanthimos, 2017
If like me you were impressed by the previous release from director Yorgos Lanthimos, The Lobster, then this fi