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Issue 36 March 2011

Another local art feature for you this month. Squink lives and works just outside Sheffield and is best known for his custom Dunny action figurines, which he is able to inject with a stunning amount of personality for a three-inch chunk of vinyl. Personally, I can’t get enough of his paintings either. Both are on show here for your salivation.

After a hiatus of some months, Doug Pyper has written us a piece about Wikileaks and the Communist Party of China. You might remember his Democracy Dies Behind Closed Doors article or, even further back, his piece about cannabis reclassification. A great writer and we’re happy to have him back.

We also have part two of our interview with award-winning journalist George Monbiot, which is well worth a read if you want to get up to speed with the impending cuts and what you can do to oppose them. With that in mind – get down to the protests against the Lib-Dems in the city centre on 11th & 12th March.

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This month's articles

Localcheck Death By A Thousand Cuts

Death by a thousand cuts was a form of torture in pre-communist China, a slow and lingering death that comes to mind as things like nursing …

Libraries: Cultural Vandalism

"That there should one Man die ignorant who had capacity for Knowledge, this I call a tragedy, were it to happen more than twenty times in t…

Wikileaks: One in the eye for lies

I remember vividly the day the US embassy cables story broke. I'd just arrived at work and checked The Guardian website. I live in Shanghai …

Muzak: Muzak is dead, long live Moozik

Regular readers will already be familiar with my opinions about the commodification of art and music, but even I am astounded by the continu…

Knowledge: Rise of the layman

The internet is quite simply a glorious place. Where else can you find bootlegged music and films, questionable women, deep seated xenophobi…

Squink!: Mechanical pencil witchcraft

Sheffield styles being represented again. Squink is another self-employed art cowboy making big noises outside of Sheffield in a unique mark…

Sound More ramblings on music.

"Rhythm and melody supply imitations of anger and gentleness, of courage and temperance, of all the qualities contrary to these, and of all …

Portico Quartet: Developing the sound

Originally signed to Vortex Records, which was set up by the owners of the Vortex Jazz Club in London, busking troubadours Portico Quartet a…

Filmreel Awards.

During the early months of the cinematic calendar, much of Hollywood's elite gather together to congratulate themselves on their wonderful a…