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Issue 84 March 2015

Plenty to shout about this month, including the beginning of the Festival of Debate, which runs throughout March and April. We have co-ordinated over 40 events on a variety of topics with the aim of getting people talking about the issues that matter to them. Keynote speakers include Owen Jones, Shami Chakrabarti and George Monbiot. More info at festivalofdebate.com.

It was a pleasure to talk to Prof David Nutt about drug policy and research ahead of a new Drugs Live programme on cannabis airing on Channel 4 this month.

This month we feature the graphical styles of Sheffield-based artist and designer Joe McDonnell, also known as Metamorphic Illustration. A much-needed design-focussed art submission for this mag.

This month’s mix is a nice slice of jungle via Alex Deadman of R8 Records fame. Have a listen below.

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This month's articles

Localcheck Green or Black

Sheffield was called a green city back in the days when 'green' meant hippies in sandals. It didn't really fit the description, and the cont…

Festival of Debate: Why Not Give A Toss?

Well, it’s here. Over 40 events across March and April, leading up to the General Election. As you may know from reading last month’s lead-i…

David Nutt: Drugs Without The Hot Air

Professor David Nutt is a neuropsychopharmacologist at Imperial College, London. After being dismissed from the government’s Advisory Counci…

Street Food

Recipe by Justine Twigge (Percy & Lily’s) Serves 16 1.5kg of pork shoulder, dipped in brine if possible 150ml water 100ml red win…

Jasmine Ann Cooray / Matt Black / Amy Charles / River Wolton

Curl them into green spirals of eternity Lie them across your tongue, whilst thinking about the hungry On fuzzy felt, create pictures of …

 Curl them into green spirals of eternity 
 Lie them across your tongue, whilst thinking about the hungry
On fuzzy felt, create pictures of 

Cool Beans A Guide To Living On The Cheap

Life is hard. You go to school in order to get a job in order to pay the bills in order to provide a shelter for your offspring in order to …

Joe McDonnell: Metamorphic Illustration

Joe McDonnell is an artist, graphic designer and print maker who first came to our attention through his involvement with Sheffield Print Fa…

Sound Phonography

For most of us, there's a clear distinction between what we consider to be sound and what we consider to be music. Sigur Rós, Beethoven or J…

Headsup TalkingGigs

After a hiatus of several years, Talking Gigs are back with a host of new musicians from around the world. We asked organisers Alistair and …

Filmreel The Mann / Film listings

Let’s get over one tiny little thing that seems to upset a vast contingent of the population: Michael Mann makes films about men. How men b…