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Issue 33 December 2010

Once again, the goose is getting fat and the sensory overload that is the Christmas advert season steps up a gear. It offends me. Big businesses know this is the time of year when you are most likely to make ill-advised, impulse purchases of things you know you don’t need, or cave in to the pestering of an excitable child dreaming of something pricey. Like most advertising strategies, it is cynical and transparent but undeniably effective.

You might call me the Grinch, but I’m a little more constructive than that hairy green present thief, because I have some practical advice for you. I said the same thing last year, but it bears repeating: try and buy your presents, decorations and food from Sheffield traders. Rent a Christmas tree from Heeley City Farm. Buy your meat from Roneys. Stock up on festive spirit at the Dram Shop. Pick up presents from the Old Sweet Shop, Rare and Racy or Record Collector. Granted, it will take more work on your part, but the rewards for you and those around you are obvious – higher quality products from real people. Not Myleene fucking Klass. Live within your budget and don’t let your Christmas be an M&S wet dream.

Peace on earth and all that jazz.

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This month's articles

Localcheck Don't Play The Game

So here it is, merry Christmas! Have you started buying presents, having fun, watching the high street sales rising and getting into debt? D…

So here it is, merry Christmas! Have you started buying presents, having fun, watching the high street sales rising and getting into debt? D

Council Axe Pear Shaped

Hello, I'm pleased that Now Then has asked me, as Chancellor, to state why the Comprehensive Spending Review will create a hopeful, prospero…

Hello,
I'm pleased that Now Then has asked me, as Chancellor, to state why the Comprehensive Spending Review will create a hopeful, prospero

27b/6 The Magic 8 Ball

I sent an email to a friend recently, asking several different questions, and he replied with the single answer "Yes, probably." It was obvi…

I sent an email to a friend recently, asking several different questions, and he replied with the single answer "Yes, probably." It was obvi

Sound WHITE MEN CAN'T CRUNK.

I recently had the rare, once-in-a-lifetime pleasure of overhearing a middle-aged man conversing with his companion in a pub about R&B. …

I recently had the rare, once-in-a-lifetime pleasure of overhearing a middle-aged man conversing with his companion in a pub about R&B. 

Filmreel Get your docs out for the lads.

Amongst the testosterone-fuelled anarchy of the likes of Werner Herzog and William S. Burroughs, a small proportion of Doc/Fest's programme …

Amongst the testosterone-fuelled anarchy of the likes of Werner Herzog and William S. Burroughs, a small proportion of Doc/Fest's programme 

Live / stage review The signalman and other ghost stories / daniel evans

8th Nov. lantern theatre. reviewer - sara Hill. It was a wet and windy night, but that was a perfect backdrop to a performance of ghost st…

 8th Nov. lantern theatre.
reviewer - sara Hill.

It was a wet and windy night, but that was a perfect backdrop to a
performance of ghost st

Our pick of the best.

This month it will be one year since a couple of chaps saw their big idea become a fledgling reality and we reckon they're on to a proper …

 
This month it will be one year since a couple of chaps saw their big
idea become a fledgling reality and we reckon they're on to a proper

THE ROBIN HOOD TAX: YOU KNOW IT MAKES SENSE

Of all the proposed solutions to the dismal state of this country's finances, the Robin Hood Tax makes most sense to us. It could raise as m…

Of all the proposed solutions to the dismal state of this country's finances, the Robin Hood Tax makes most sense to us. It could raise as m

DEDUCTIONS: HOW OUR TAXES COULD BE SPENT

I think it's time that we, the people, decide what our taxes are spent on. A bold statement, I know, but allow me to elaborate. Each month, …

I think it's time that we, the people, decide what our taxes are spent on. A bold statement, I know, but allow me to elaborate. Each month, 

MEDIALENS: CORRECTING THE DISTORTED VISION OF THE CORPORATE MEDIA

Media Lens is a UK-based media-watch project, which offers authoritative criticism of mainstream media bias and censorship, as well as provi…

Media Lens is a UK-based media-watch project, which offers authoritative criticism of mainstream media bias and censorship, as well as provi

FEAR: MONEY, STAFFIES AND THE APOCALYPSE

Fear. The dreaded death call saying a loved one is in hospital. You are fired. Panic-buying, petrol stations empty, China has declared war a…

Fear. The dreaded death call saying a loved one is in hospital. You are fired. Panic-buying, petrol stations empty, China has declared war a

Yann Tiersen: A Trip Down Dust Lane

Yann Tiersen is not the most French name in the world, but since the release of Amélie in 2001 it has been a household name across the Chan…

Yann Tiersen is not the most French name in the world, but since the release of Amélie in 2001 it has been a household name across the Chan

Bad Taste: DIY well done

This month, we take some time out to chat to local label and promotions team Bad Taste Records about their adventures in Sheffield. How did…

This month, we take some time out to chat to local label and promotions team Bad Taste Records about their adventures in Sheffield.
 How did

What's on: December Listings

December can be a bit dry for gigs, but fear not, because we have a succinct list of the best for you. FroZac Sheffield Live Fundraiser. @ P…

December can be a bit dry for gigs, but fear not, because we have a succinct list of the best for you.
FroZac Sheffield Live Fundraiser.
@ P

Shaun Bloodworth:

Shaun Bloodworth's recent client list reads like a who's who of underground electronic music, as well a choice selection of Sheffield musica…

Shaun Bloodworth's recent client list reads like a who's who of underground
electronic music, as well a choice selection of Sheffield musica

Tom Jackson:

This month's cover feature comes from Tom Jackson, another omnipresent image merchant. From a fresh take on academic inspiration for the uni…

This month's cover feature comes from Tom Jackson, another omnipresent image merchant. From a fresh take on academic inspiration for the uni

Andy Brown:

Andy has been documenting Sheffield for as long as I've been looking at pictures here, part of the Go 'alumni' responsible for a considerabl…

Andy has been documenting Sheffield for as long as I've been looking at pictures here, part of the Go 'alumni' responsible for a considerabl