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Issue 37 April 2011

It’s quite strange being on first name terms with tens of thousands of readers. It can be easy to forget just how many people pick up Now Then on any given month. But someone must be, because this is our third birthday issue, the 37th we have produced since April 2008. A big shout-out has to go to our regular contributors and advertisers, many of whom have supported us through thick, thin and thinner. I won’t list names for fear of missing someone out, but you all know who you are. Likewise, thanks to each and every reader for giving our magazine the time of day and for all your contributions over the last 12 months. I am really happy with the amount of local people getting in touch with issues that matter to them. If you haven’t done so already, email me with ideas for articles, interviews, reviews and opinion pieces, whoever you are.

This month we are pleased to print an interview with filmmaker Ken Loach, who was in Sheffield last month to promote the release of his new film, Route Irish. The man has his head screwed on. Find out more in the Filmreel section.

Live long and prosper.

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This month's articles

Localcheck LGBT in Sheffield.

You don't have to be gay to enjoy a gay festival. This month, how about a quick round-up of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) Sheffiel…

You don't have to be gay to enjoy a gay festival. This month, how about a quick round-up of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) Sheffiel

Speed Awareness: Three points

Speed cameras are rubbish, aren't they? Standing there, all proud and motionless, the smug yellow bastards. Press your right foot down a smi…

Speed cameras are rubbish, aren't they? Standing there, all proud and motionless, the smug yellow bastards. Press your right foot down a smi

Big Society: Cameron's passion vision or big con?

The Big Society idea surfaced during the election battle of last year, and for many it seemed just another political gimmick by the Tories t…

The Big Society idea surfaced during the election battle of last year, and for many it seemed just another political gimmick by the Tories t

No Quarter News You Didn't Even Realise Was News.

The Little People playgroup in Southampton experienced an especially slow Monday this week, with many members reportedly 'still trying to g…

 The Little People playgroup in Southampton experienced an especially slow Monday this week, with many members reportedly 'still trying to g

Protest: A Fight for the Welfare State

"Philosopher's Against Irrationality" read one placard on Devonshire Green as the protest on 12th March began in earnest, and when you consi…

"Philosopher's Against Irrationality" read one placard on Devonshire Green as the protest on 12th March began in earnest, and when you consi

Royals: Read this on April 29th

Eventually, Britain will become a republic and people will look back on days like today with incredulity. "Why", they will say "did anyone c…

Eventually, Britain will become a republic and people will look back on days like today with incredulity. "Why", they will say "did anyone c

The Ecotechnic Future: More captivating than any sci-fi book I've ever read

There is something amazing about books. Seemingly alone, you can conjure up the dead and indulge in the adventures of beings from the other …

There is something amazing about books. Seemingly alone, you can conjure up the dead and indulge in the adventures of beings from the other 

Lauren Phillips-Kirby. Lorna Festa. Jane Galletly.

Dear teachers in primary school and professors in college and mom and dad and everyone else who always told me I was a bright kid and could…

 Dear teachers in primary school and professors in college and mom and dad and everyone else who always told me I was a bright kid and could

Michael Latimer: Digging for styles in the south yorks coal fields

If you sit still in art - and aren't very lucky - you aren't going to get anywhere. Even if you think you know what you want to create, lear…

If you sit still in art - and aren't very lucky - you aren't going to get anywhere. Even if you think you know what you want to create, lear

Sound One Nation Under A Groove.

Being a die-hard fan of some types of music can sometimes mean you're one step away from being initiated into a cult. Music often endorses a…

Being a die-hard fan of some types of music can sometimes mean you're one step away from being initiated into a cult. Music often endorses a

Efterklang. Renegade Pixies. Rude Movements. Pete David

23RD FEBRUARY. @ QUEENS SOCIAL CLUB. REVIEWER - BEN ECKERSLEY. For a cold Wednesday night in February, the Queens Social Club was packed in …

23RD FEBRUARY.
@ QUEENS SOCIAL CLUB.
REVIEWER - BEN ECKERSLEY.
For a cold Wednesday night in February, the Queens Social Club was
packed in 

ROCH. THE CROOKES. BIG EYES. CAPTIVES ON THE CAROUSEL. KING CAPISCE.

Skin & Bones. Sony/ATV. Reviewer - Adam Kay. I first saw Little Lost David about, ooh, five years ago. That night, at Bar Matrix, his …

 Skin & Bones.
Sony/ATV.
Reviewer - Adam Kay.

I first saw Little Lost David about, ooh, five years ago. That night, at Bar Matrix,
his 

Led Bib: Experimental five-piece get jazzy

Since their nomination for the 2009 Mercury Music Prize, Led Bib have become one of the most respected bands in a re-invigorated British jaz…

Since their nomination for the 2009 Mercury Music Prize, Led Bib have become one of the most respected bands in a re-invigorated British jaz

Headsup Dubcentral & Feedback.

Dubcentral is seen by many as the foundation of soundsystem and bass music events at the turn of the new millennium. While Sheffield has alw…

Dubcentral is seen by many as the foundation of soundsystem and bass music events at the turn of the new millennium. While Sheffield has alw

Filmreel Ken Loach Interview.

At 74, Ken Loach is a towering figure in British cinema. His breakthrough Kes (1969) paved the way for a forty year career, with films focus…

At 74, Ken Loach is a towering figure in British cinema. His breakthrough Kes (1969) paved the way for a forty year career, with films focus

Submarine: Submarine Review

Submarine is a charming, feel good portrait of a self-absorbed 15-year-old duffle coat-clad Welsh boy. That may sound a bit rubbish, and onc…

Submarine is a charming, feel good portrait of a self-absorbed 15-year-old duffle coat-clad Welsh boy. That may sound a bit rubbish, and onc