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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)…

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…

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…

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…

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…

 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

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…

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…

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…

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…