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Issue 89 August 2015

Sometimes we get accused of being a bit serious. Though there’s always plenty to moan about – and everyone loves a good wallow from time to time – it’s great to feature local artwork that raises the spirits. Vincent James is based in Rochdale and currently has a residency at PAPER Gallery in Manchester, running until 5 September. His work stands out for its interesting use of materials and playful sense of humour, rich with references to the greats of the cartoon world.

Words wise, we’ve got interviews with Andy Fairweather Low and Ghostpoet, an interesting anonymous piece on talking about depression, and another strong (and strange) piece from Andrew Wood entitled ‘Alien Summer’.

As ever, we’ll be back in print next month, so keep them peeled.

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This month's articles

Localcheck Dead trees don't talk

Why does Sheffield City Council keep getting things so wrong? Major protests are rising up against apparently minor decisions, from Devonshi…

Why does Sheffield City Council keep getting things so wrong? Major protests are rising up against apparently minor decisions, from Devonshi

Sheffield Design Week : 13-21 June

Leafing through the brochure for Sheffield Design Week 2015, what immediately impresses is the sheer range of artefacts and creative innovat…

Leafing through the brochure for Sheffield Design Week 2015, what immediately impresses is the sheer range of artefacts and creative innovat

Sunday Centre : A Sunday well spent brings a week of content

Many of us relish the chance to relax at the end of the week, and enjoy pleasant activities with friends and family. But Sundays can be long…

Many of us relish the chance to relax at the end of the week, and enjoy pleasant activities with friends and family. But Sundays can be long

Alien Summer: Aliens Trying To Be People

I’m having a recurring dream. I’m in an exclusive, futuristic health spa, inside a very tall building with a very fast lift, but no windows.…

I’m having a recurring dream. I’m in an exclusive, futuristic health spa, inside a very tall building with a very fast lift, but no windows.

Depression: Trying to talk about it

Depression is hard to describe, partly because it is hard to visualise or understand, even for the person suffering it, and harder still for…

Depression is hard to describe, partly because it is hard to visualise or understand, even for the person suffering it, and harder still for

Death Smiles: Doctor Osborne’s prescriptions

Death meets youth with a smile. To be old has never been so fruitful. Death himself smiles. He enjoys the mockery of the old having a better…

Death meets youth with a smile. To be old has never been so fruitful. Death himself smiles. He enjoys the mockery of the old having a better

Greek

Recipe by Pepy Drositi Makes 25-30 pies 500g self-raising flour 250g margarine, melted and cooled 200g Greek yogurt 100g strong chedda…

 Recipe by Pepy Drositi
 Makes 25-30 pies
500g self-raising flour
 250g margarine, melted and cooled
 200g Greek yogurt 
 100g strong chedda

Cool Beans A Round Up

I can only imagine how a child in the 60s felt in the era of the bomb - Cold War, Cuban Missile Crisis, all that. Destruction like a spectr…

 I can only imagine how a child in the 60s felt in the era of the bomb - Cold War, Cuban Missile Crisis, all that. Destruction like a spectr

Vincent James: Art with a sense of humour

Art can all too quickly become very serious in its meaning and application, so when news of Rochdale cartoon artist Vincent James’s residenc…

Art can all too quickly become very serious in its meaning and application, so when news of Rochdale cartoon artist Vincent James’s residenc

Sound Be Excellent to Each Other

One thing I really struggle to understand is rivalry in the world of local music. Whether it’s promoters or bands, venues or fans, so often …

One thing I really struggle to understand is rivalry in the world of local music. Whether it’s promoters or bands, venues or fans, so often 

Tramlines / Algorave / Julia McInally

17 July Harland Cafe When most people think 'gig', they imagine a bustling bar, full of sweaty bodies, packed in so close that you have to …

17 July
 Harland Cafe
When most people think 'gig', they imagine a bustling bar, full of sweaty bodies, packed in so close that you have to 

Andy Fairweather Low: The Low Riders come to town

Andy Fairweather Low has been reborn in various musical guises over the years, from the young frontman of 1960s band Amen Corner, with hits …

Andy Fairweather Low has been reborn in various musical guises over the years, from the young frontman of 1960s band Amen Corner, with hits 

Filmreel Threads

It’s a busy Thursday morning in May on The Moor. Men, women and children are all wandering the high street looking for the latest bargains, …

It’s a busy Thursday morning in May on The Moor. Men, women and children are all wandering the high street looking for the latest bargains, 

Ghostpoet: Shedding Skin

“I think we’re in a time now where genre is irrelevant.” It’s in unusual surroundings that I meet Ghostpoet backstage, before he opens this…

“I think we’re in a time now where genre is irrelevant.”

It’s in unusual surroundings that I meet Ghostpoet backstage, before he opens this