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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 …

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…

"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 …

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 

George Monbiot: Continued from Now Then #35

Welcome to Part 2 of our interview with award-winning investigative journalist George Monbiot. In Part 1, the focus was on the man himself, …

Welcome to Part 2 of our interview with award-winning investigative journalist George Monbiot. In Part 1, the focus was on the man himself, 

Learning for the fourth age: Nourishment for older generations

The young, active and virile among you have it all to look forward to. But as we get older, we inevitably slow down and our body clocks grin…

The young, active and virile among you have it all to look forward to. But as we get older, we inevitably slow down and our body clocks grin

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…

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…

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…

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 …

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

abigail washburn. The eccentronic review. ESBEN AND THE WITCH.

26th JANUARY. GREYSTONES PUB. REVIEWER - PETE MARTIN. The Backroom at the Greystones is a great, newish addition to the Sheffield music sce…

26th JANUARY.
GREYSTONES PUB.
REVIEWER - PETE MARTIN.

The Backroom at the Greystones is a great, newish addition to the Sheffield music sce

Trail of Dead. Deaf Centre. Illum Sphere. Spokes.

TAO OF DEAD. SUPERBALL MUSIC. REVIEWER - BEN DOREY. Cult Texan rockers ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead released their first …

 TAO OF DEAD.
SUPERBALL MUSIC.
REVIEWER - BEN DOREY.
 
Cult Texan rockers ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead released their first 

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…

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

Singing Knives: Sheffield's experimental bastion

In Now Then #29, I said Singing Knives Records "specialise in folk, jazz and noise with a weird tribal junkyard edge". Well, try as I might,…

In Now Then #29, I said Singing Knives Records "specialise in folk, jazz and noise with a weird tribal junkyard edge". Well, try as I might,

Filmreel Awards.

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

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

Filmreel Primal Castings: Emmanuelle Escourrou

As quantity dilutes quality in this ever increasingly battered art form called Cinema - which serves more peripheral interests than any othe…

As quantity dilutes quality in this ever increasingly battered art form called Cinema - which serves more peripheral interests than any othe