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Issue 69 December 2013

My, my. Our final magazine of the year. And we had so much more to say…

We’re really pleased to include the art of Scottish illustrator Robbie Porter this month, alongside some fantastic articles on benefits reforms, the economic recovery and social enterprise, plus an exclusive snapshot of our online poetry resource for this year’s Lyric Festival in the Word Life section and an interview with the phenomenal folk musician Sam Amidon. Online you will find an interview with local violin loop extraordinaire Sieben, a review of Chuck Palahniuk at Off The Shelf Festival, additional music reviews and more.

I know it’s easy to order all of your Christmas presents on Amazon, but aside from their shamelessly unethical tax dodging antics, you will be better able to find unique gifts for friends and family in the shops of local traders. Small businesses are selling some of the best products you can get your hands on and they really rely on your support at this time of the year. Use this month as an opportunity to check out the things that are right under your nose and you will be pleasantly surprised by what you find.

We’ll be online only next month, so keep an eye out, and then back in print in February.

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This month's articles

Localcheck Welfare State of Collapse.

This month I write about someone you may have met. Clearly intelligent, his first career was in management and later he had a lucrative smal…

This month I write about someone you may have met. Clearly intelligent, his first career was in management and later he had a lucrative smal

Green Belt: We need more room

There's a baby boom and we need more room. It's time to build more houses. Parents and grandparents and kids all in one house again. It's ti…

There's a baby boom and we need more room. It's time to build more houses. Parents and grandparents and kids all in one house again. It's ti

Recovery: Turning The Corner

Our economy is not “turning the corner”. We are not on the “road to recovery”. We are certainly not on a “path to prosperity”. After three y…

Our economy is not “turning the corner”. We are not on the “road to recovery”. We are certainly not on a “path to prosperity”. After three y

Murder?: The Likely Story of Gareth Williams

A Welsh lad achieves A grade Maths and Computer Science A-Levels aged 13. He gets a first class degree in Maths aged 17 and at 18 he begins …

A Welsh lad achieves A grade Maths and Computer Science A-Levels aged 13. He gets a first class degree in Maths aged 17 and at 18 he begins 

Social Enterprise: Social business, community and capitalism for good

I had the pleasure of spending some time with education hacker Jonathan Soma of the Brooklyn Brainery in New York City a few weeks ago. I wa…

I had the pleasure of spending some time with education hacker Jonathan Soma of the Brooklyn Brainery in New York City a few weeks ago. I wa

Christmas Meats.

Serves 4. Recipe by Craig Bell. 50g butter 1tbsp rapeseed oil 1 medium onion, peeled & chopped 250g chestnut mushrooms, sliced 400g le…

 Serves 4.
Recipe by Craig Bell.

50g butter
1tbsp rapeseed oil
1 medium onion, peeled & chopped
250g chestnut mushrooms, sliced
400g le

Lyric Festival / Northern Writers’ Awards.

Lavinia Greenlaw. What started you writing and who were the first writers who really grabbed your attention? I think the most important…

 
Lavinia Greenlaw.

What started you writing and who were the first writers who really grabbed your attention? 

I think the most important

Chuck Palahniuk : The Showroom, 14th November

Under the piercing gaze of his creation Madison Spenser, Chuck Palahniuk begins with a disclaimer, “The world is full of fascinating, sincer…

Under the piercing gaze of his creation Madison Spenser, Chuck Palahniuk begins with a disclaimer, “The world is full of fascinating, sincer

Robbie Porter: A Dab Hand

Robbie Porter is a Scottish illustrator currently based in London. After studying visual communication in Leeds and working for a printmakin…

Robbie Porter is a Scottish illustrator currently based in London. After studying visual communication in Leeds and working for a printmakin

Sound DIY in Sheffield.

With perennial talk of falling record sales and the death of guitar music, you would be forgiven for thinking that the UK music scene is in …

With perennial talk of falling record sales and the death of guitar music, you would be forgiven for thinking that the UK music scene is in 

Hayseed Dixie / Low / Dubcentral / Chloe-Jade Simmons.

17th November. Leadmill. Reviewer – Edward Russell-Johnson. Thirteen years ago a quartet of middle aged men released an album called A Hill…

17th November.
Leadmill.

Reviewer – Edward Russell-Johnson.
Thirteen years ago a quartet of middle aged men released an album called A Hill

Sam Amidon: Bright Sunny South

In recent years, ‘folk’ music has begun to gain more attention in mainstream media, but with every new, chart-friendly iteration it seems to…

In recent years, ‘folk’ music has begun to gain more attention in mainstream media, but with every new, chart-friendly iteration it seems to

Headsup Sieben.

Recording artist and violin looping extraordinaire Sieben, otherwise known as Matt Howden, has been impressing audiences with his beautifull…

Recording artist and violin looping extraordinaire Sieben, otherwise known as Matt Howden, has been impressing audiences with his beautifull

Filmreel THE BEST OF 2013.

DIR. GIUSEPPE TORNATORE. REVIEWER – RAJ KESAV. Italian auteur Giuseppe Tornatore (of Cinema Paradiso fame) makes his foray into English la…

 DIR. GIUSEPPE TORNATORE.
REVIEWER – RAJ KESAV.

Italian auteur Giuseppe Tornatore (of Cinema Paradiso fame) makes his foray into English la

Nether Edge Cabaret: Nether Edge Bowling Club, 8th November

Being new to the Nether Edge area I was keen to find some interesting local events to while away the evenings. I didn't take me long to find…

Being new to the Nether Edge area I was keen to find some interesting local events to while away the evenings. I didn't take me long to find