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Issue 127 October 2018

We’ve been talking about commissioning a Now Then mural for ages. Reaching our decade landmark this year, we decided to put words into action, signing up the talented and distinctive Mr Rob Lee to design and paint it for us. You can see the finished result on the corner of Arundel St and Howard St in the city centre, and a work in progress on the front cover. Rob is also our featured artist this month, so his lovely, geometric, pattern-based work is spread throughout.

We’ve also got a bumper issue content wise, with plenty to sink your teeth into.

Don’t miss the re-launch of the Now Then app, coming very soon, as well as the Now Then 10 birthday gig on 30 November at Abbeydale Picture House. More details on that in the coming weeks.

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This month's articles

Localcheck Unlocking The Cabinet

Politicians occasionally worry there's a 'democratic deficit'. The Encyclopædia Britannica definition mentions a lack of democracy, transpar…

Fracking: What The Actual Frack?

By the time you read this, I am likely to be in prison. On 25 September, along with three others, I will be sentenced in Preston Crown Court…

Roma Futures: Pals & Chavs

There is an understanding in anthropology that people are defined by who they aren't as much as who they are. Who are the Roma? They know we…

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At Now Then we recognise that we need to celebrate and amplify the voices of marginalised people in our society. Over the last 11 years we’v…

A Taste of Scandinavia

Scandinavian cuisine embraces seasonal eating, making the most of fresh, quality ingredients in order to create simple and flavourful dishes…

Sean Colletti / Philip Walsh / Tom Guest

We've got three poems for you this month and a whole range of great free literature events coming up in Sheffield this autumn. We're particu…

Geocaching: Pay Close Attention

My daughter and I are standing in the Ponderosa Park, staring intently at a bench and tentatively running our hands round the edges of it th…

Rob Lee: A Muralist Most Meticulous

[GAL21]As you'll read here, it's easy to tell how passionate Rob Lee is about the world of art and his own place in it. His pieces span whol…

Outsiders: On Remaining An Outsider

In an age of ubiquitous information, intentionally remaining uninformed is a near-impossible challenge. But despite my teenage tendencies to…

Jim Ghedi: Hymns For Ancient Lands

Jim Ghedi's music speaks of a continuum that began before we were born and that will continue long after we're gone. It's a theme summarised…

Celluloid Screams 2018 / Apostacy

Celluloid Screams 18-21 October As the nights draw in and All Hallows' Eve approaches, an air of expectation and danger spreads across the c…