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Issue 86 May 2015

What a couple of months. The Festival of Debate has gone better than we could have imagined, with over 40 events taking place all across the city. The level of discussion and audience interaction has been really heartening. Thank you to audience members, volunteers and event co-ordinators. Stay tuned to festivalofdebate.com for event write-ups, photos and more.

Elsewhere, we will be upgrading the Now Then Discounts App with new features in the coming weeks, and Abbeydale Brewery are making us another beer for our 7th birthday.

This month we’ve got plenty to get your teeth into, including art from linocut local James Green and an interview with Michael Palin ahead of his appearance at Doc/Fest next month. Lots more inside.

We’re keeping it in the family for this month’s mix, delivered by the elusively titled Now Then DJs. Get involved.

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This month's articles

Localcheck Access Space: Do It Anyway

Access Space is a long-running arts and technology charity, opposite the Rutland Arms on Sidney Street. From 15 to 17 May it's running Do It…

Access Space is a long-running arts and technology charity, opposite the Rutland Arms on Sidney Street. From 15 to 17 May it's running Do It

Iasi: Social Business Exchange

When I applied to go to Iaşi, a city in eastern Romania, to take part in a youth exchange programme, I had almost no idea what I was letting…

When I applied to go to Iaşi, a city in eastern Romania, to take part in a youth exchange programme, I had almost no idea what I was letting

Abundance: Making The Most of What We’ve Got

Lucy isn’t a massive fan of heights. She’d rather be safely on the ground instead of halfway up a swaying tree, holding on with one hand whi…

Lucy isn’t a massive fan of heights. She’d rather be safely on the ground instead of halfway up a swaying tree, holding on with one hand whi

Edible Park: Sheffield Ski Village regeneration movement

Imagine using a small part of Sheffield's abandoned ski village to create an edible park, filling the grassy space with fruit-bearing trees,…

Imagine using a small part of Sheffield's abandoned ski village to create an edible park, filling the grassy space with fruit-bearing trees,

Sanctions: No-one knows what to do

As a man prone to bouts of depression, unemployment is nothing new to me, but the changes that the benefits system are currently undergoing …

As a man prone to bouts of depression, unemployment is nothing new to me, but the changes that the benefits system are currently undergoing 

#PeriodPositive : Time to end the hesitation around menstruation

Hey Sheffield, we can talk about periods, right? We’re cool with this. Because in Sheffield we tell it like it is. Just like in Brooklyn, wh…

Hey Sheffield, we can talk about periods, right? We’re cool with this. Because in Sheffield we tell it like it is. Just like in Brooklyn, wh

Michael Palin: The Meaning of Live

Michael Palin has achieved many titles over the years - globe-trotter, accomplished author, presenter, actor, comedian, CBE. It’s no wonder …

Michael Palin has achieved many titles over the years - globe-trotter, accomplished author, presenter, actor, comedian, CBE. It’s no wonder 

Hosted by Joe Kriss

Ronnie is upbeat. It’s what he does best. Whenever the team loses he’ll be the first to say: ‘Look lads, we’ll be back next year, stronge…

 Ronnie is upbeat. It’s what he does best. Whenever
 the team loses he’ll be the first to say: ‘Look lads,
 we’ll be back next year, stronge

Cool Beans : A Guide To Starting A Rock Band

So you want to have heaps of cash, fans screaming your name and drive around in the latest sports cars? Well, unfortunately for you this isn…

So you want to have heaps of cash, fans screaming your name and drive around in the latest sports cars? Well, unfortunately for you this isn

James Green: Local linocutter

We’ve been about for a while now – seven years, to be precise – but it’s a testament to the creativity of this city that we’re yet to run ou…

We’ve been about for a while now – seven years, to be precise – but it’s a testament to the creativity of this city that we’re yet to run ou

Sound Record Store Day

Record Store Day has become a big event in the calendar for those in love with the black wax. Founded in 2007, it’s held on the third Saturd…

Record Store Day has become a big event in the calendar for those in love with the black wax. Founded in 2007, it’s held on the third Saturd

Scor-zay-zee: Piecing Together the Puzzle

Scor-zay-zee is one of the best respected lyricists in the UK, first being noticed as part of Nottingham crew Out Da Ville, then later gaini…

Scor-zay-zee is one of the best respected lyricists in the UK, first being noticed as part of Nottingham crew Out Da Ville, then later gaini

Headsup The Half Earth

Having captivated crowds with songs from his forthcoming Light Breaks In EP, including the single 'Glass', whilst supporting critically-accl…

Having captivated crowds with songs from his forthcoming Light Breaks In EP, including the single 'Glass', whilst supporting critically-accl

Death Shanties / Sofar Sounds / Frogbelly and Symphony + more

9 APRIL CAFE #9 For a night that lays claim to “balladeers, hauntologists, super-8 soundtracks, audio-archaeologists, occult circuit-bender…

9 APRIL
 CAFE #9
For a night that lays claim to “balladeers, hauntologists, super-8 soundtracks, audio-archaeologists, occult circuit-bender

Filmreel Sheffield’s Independent Film Programmers

The Showroom Cinema is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary as Sheffield’s beloved independent film institution, and Sheffield’s inde…

 The Showroom Cinema is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary as Sheffield’s beloved independent film institution, and Sheffield’s inde