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Issue 92 November 2015

It’s been a busy month at Opus Towers. As well as planning this here mag, we have started working out Festival of Debate plans for 2016 (watch this space), done loads of work with Off The Shelf Festival of Words (ace, as ever), and launched our new travelling gig series, Gadabout, curated by Neil McSweeney, which comes to Cafe #9 on Sunday 8 November and the University Drama Studio on Saturday 19 December. Advance tickets are available via WeGotTickets.

This month we’ve got pieces on Sheffield’s Northern Refugee Centre, tax and ‘the economics of justice’. A contradiction in terms, if ever we heard one. Plenty more, to boot.

Get in touch if you want to get involved with what we do. We’re all ears.

Nice little mini mix this month from Future Wildstyle, featuring Tuesday Club’s Andy H.

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This month's articles

Localcheck Remembrance

November's solemn ceremonies of remembrance seem like faded echoes of distant things. 1914-18, The War to End War. 1939-45, The War Against …

November's solemn ceremonies of remembrance seem like faded echoes of distant things. 1914-18, The War to End War. 1939-45, The War Against 

Love Tax: Crowdfunding a better future

King John’s tax collectors took every last groat from low-paid labourers, leaving them without food or shelter. A few hundred years later, p…

King John’s tax collectors took every last groat from low-paid labourers, leaving them without food or shelter. A few hundred years later, p

Powerhouses: Lemon Difficult

I recently learned of the death of an old, wise man on the other side of the world, the father of one my dearest friends. He once told me ho…

I recently learned of the death of an old, wise man on the other side of the world, the father of one my dearest friends. He once told me ho

Asylum: Seeking refuge in South Yorkshire

According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), over half a million people have crossed the Mediterranean and Aegean seas this year seeking refu…

According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), over half a million people have crossed the Mediterranean and Aegean seas this year seeking refu

Just Fine: The Economics of Justice

When casually reading a Magistrates' Association (MA) newsletter recently, I was struck by the idea of an 'economics of justice'. So confuse…

When casually reading a Magistrates' Association (MA) newsletter recently, I was struck by the idea of an 'economics of justice'. So confuse

Debt: The Elephant in the Economy

"It doesn't matter whether a cat is black or white, as long as it catches mice," a quote from Deng Xiaoping, the former de facto leader of t…

"It doesn't matter whether a cat is black or white, as long as it catches mice," a quote from Deng Xiaoping, the former de facto leader of t

Indian

Recipe by the Bhaji Shop and Thali Café Serves 4 as a starter 2 tsp cumin seeds 200g paneer, cut into cubes 4 cloves garlic, crushed 1 fre…

 Recipe by the Bhaji Shop and Thali Café
Serves 4 as a starter

2 tsp cumin seeds
200g paneer, cut into cubes
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 fre

Cool Beans TV TRICK / SCHOOLBOY ERROR

Dear Advice Arnold, Long time reader, first time writer. Love your stuff, although I hated those Crunchy Nut adverts you did, you sell-out.…

 Dear Advice Arnold,
Long time reader, first time writer. Love your stuff, although I hated those Crunchy Nut adverts you did, you sell-out.

Andy Cropper: Uncertain Spaces

Andy Cropper is an oil painter based in Sheffield. His work explores the everyday spaces and places we pass through without a second thought…

Andy Cropper is an oil painter based in Sheffield. His work explores the everyday spaces and places we pass through without a second thought

Sound Beaming To A Venue Near You

The crowd has been anxiously waiting for over an hour for them to appear on stage, but rather than the usual reasons for delays - tantrums, …

The crowd has been anxiously waiting for over an hour for them to appear on stage, but rather than the usual reasons for delays - tantrums, 

Factory Floor / Jaako Eino Kalevi

2 October Abbeydale Picture House The dark, decaying, spacious Abbeydale Picture House was the perfect setting for the penultimate evening…

2 October 
 Abbeydale Picture House
The dark, decaying, spacious Abbeydale Picture House was the perfect setting for the penultimate evening

Dave Haslam: Life After Dark: Nightclub Histories

Dave Haslam is a journalist, author and DJ based in Manchester. Starting out as a promoter, he began DJing in Manchester at clubs including …

Dave Haslam is a journalist, author and DJ based in Manchester. Starting out as a promoter, he began DJing in Manchester at clubs including 

Headsup ROCO Creative Coop

Nestled between two cornerstones of Sheffield nightlife, the University’s Bar One and The Harley, is a row of Grade II listed buildings, spa…

Nestled between two cornerstones of Sheffield nightlife, the University’s Bar One and The Harley, is a row of Grade II listed buildings, spa

Filmreel History in the (Re)Making

10 October Burngreave Cemetery Cheap Thrills Film Festival is in its fifth year and is growing exponentially thanks to Martin Currie, a Bu…

 10 October
 Burngreave Cemetery
Cheap Thrills Film Festival is in its fifth year and is growing exponentially thanks to Martin Currie, a Bu