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Issue 82 January 2015

This year we have some exciting projects planned, including expansion of the Now Then Discounts app for Apple and Android devices, some amazing featured artists (mum’s the word right now, but stay tuned), and a brand new venture for us and for the city.

The Festival of Debate will feature a range of talks, Q&As, roundtable discussions, debates and workshops, delivered with various partner individuals and organisations all over the city during March and April, leading up to the General Election on 7 May. It’s all about getting people talking about the topics that matter to them, exploring the important issues of the day and hopefully working towards some solutions. Keep your eyes peeled for more information.

This month we revisit some of the artists we featured in 2014. And what a pleasure it was. See you back in print next month.

Mix comes courtesy of Kasey Keller Big Band of Tye Die Tapes. Lovely.

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This month's articles

Localcheck New Year's Revolution

There's a weekly course just starting in Sheffield called Current Affairs, run by the Workers' Educational Association. It's a discussion of…

There's a weekly course just starting in Sheffield called Current Affairs, run by the Workers' Educational Association. It's a discussion of

Herbs: Experiential ecology

The antibiotics that were hailed as wonder drugs in treating infective illness are beginning to fail us. Bacteria have become resistant to t…

The antibiotics that were hailed as wonder drugs in treating infective illness are beginning to fail us. Bacteria have become resistant to t

Generation A: Reset democracy

Which political party do you support? How about Labour, as your father and father's father has done? Or Conservatives and Kippers with their…

Which political party do you support? How about Labour, as your father and father's father has done? Or Conservatives and Kippers with their

Ageing: Sheffield is getting older

Like most of the UK and Western Europe, Sheffield is getting older. Sheffield already has a larger proportion of older people than most of t…

Like most of the UK and Western Europe, Sheffield is getting older. Sheffield already has a larger proportion of older people than most of t

Mood Boosting Foods

Recipe by Peter, PJ Taste There are fewer things to make one feel virtuous than collecting some free foraged food whilst enjoying some fre…

 Recipe by Peter, PJ Taste

There are fewer things to make one feel virtuous than collecting some free foraged food whilst enjoying some fre

Cool Beans Guide To Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

New year. New you. New me. New look? New Statesmen? New Zealand? New York, New York! With the annual arbitrary changing of the number which …

New year. New you. New me. New look? New Statesmen? New Zealand? New York, New York! With the annual arbitrary changing of the number which 

Alt Lit, Part 1

For the next two months, Word Life is focussing on Alt Lit. What is Alt Lit? To me, it is the Beat literature of our generation. Broadly, i…

For the next two months, Word Life is focussing on Alt Lit. What is Alt Lit? To me, it is the Beat literature of our generation.

Broadly, i

Sound Music Snobbery - An Apology (of Sorts)

I would like to offer an apology, not just from myself but from all of the music snobs in the world. Yes, I am confessing – I am a musical s…

I would like to offer an apology, not just from myself but from all of the music snobs in the world. Yes, I am confessing – I am a musical s

Ian Siegal / Solanas' Sons / Trembling Bells

25 November The Greystones As Ian Siegal walks on stage and removes his hat and coat with all the road-weary gravitas of a travelling bluesm…

25 November
The Greystones
As Ian Siegal walks on stage and removes his hat and coat with all the road-weary gravitas of a travelling bluesm

Son Little: Modern-day blues man

Reinventing oneself is never a light decision to make, but it’s one that’s given new drive to Philadelphia resident Aaron Earl Livingston. U…

Reinventing oneself is never a light decision to make, but it’s one that’s given new drive to Philadelphia resident Aaron Earl Livingston. U

Headsup John Fairhurst

With his voice and style, John Fairhurst is often compared to Captain Beefheart and Tom Waits, artists he cites as a massive influence. His …

With his voice and style, John Fairhurst is often compared to Captain Beefheart and Tom Waits, artists he cites as a massive influence. His 

Filmreel Forward

Filmreel’s preview of 2015 is unashamedly mainstream-flavoured, some will be relieved to hear. Others will find this to be in direct contrad…

Filmreel’s preview of 2015 is unashamedly mainstream-flavoured, some will be relieved to hear. Others will find this to be in direct contrad

Live / stage review Anything Goes / Dick Whittington

Christmas shows at the Crucible directed by Daniel Evans come with certain guarantees – big laughs, big songs and even bigger dance numbers…

 Christmas shows at the Crucible directed by Daniel Evans come with certain guarantees – big laughs, big songs and even bigger dance numbers