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Issue 93 December 2015

It’s been a great year at Opus Towers. We are chuffed with how the Festival of Debate unfolded and are making inroads into a 2016 festival, divided across Spring and Autumn seasons. More info on the Favourites page. We’ve had some fantastic content and artwork in Now Then in 2015, so thank you to everyone who has contributed their words and images.

Another new project is Gadabout, an Opus Presents gig series which roams from venue to venue. This month we take up residence at the University Drama Studio on Saturday 19 December for a good knees-up, with acoustic entertainment and festive celebrations from Holler (Fay Hield and Jon Boden of Bellowhead), Gluepot (M G Boulter and Lucy Farrell), Neil McSweeney, Richard Masters and more. Tickets available via WeGotTickets for 6 quid.

Have a great Christmas. Don’t forget that it’s the thought that counts, not the price tag, and you can’t get more thoughtful than unique gifts from Sheffield’s independent businesses.

Thinking about this month’s mix, we realised we couldn’t come up with a better option that last year’s alternative Christmas mix from Chris Arnold of Cool Beans fame, so here she is again. A thing of beauty, I’m sure you’ll agree…

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This month's articles

Localcheck Christmas Cheer

Seeing the crowded shops and pubs, clearly December's a time for family and friends. Our education marches us through the journey to adultho…

Seeing the crowded shops and pubs, clearly December's a time for family and friends. Our education marches us through the journey to adultho

Mt Pleasant: Making a difference for everyone

Mount Pleasant Community Centre, the wonderful Grade II listed Georgian mansion and stables on Sharrow Lane, is under threat of being sold t…

Mount Pleasant Community Centre, the wonderful Grade II listed Georgian mansion and stables on Sharrow Lane, is under threat of being sold t

Placemaking: After The Twitterstorm

Two recent examples in Sheffield show how social media can quickly mobilise and energise people's opposition to challenge an apparently indi…

Two recent examples in Sheffield show how social media can quickly mobilise and energise people's opposition to challenge an apparently indi

Richard Wilkinson: Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better

Richard Wilkinson is Professor Emeritus of Social Epidemiology at the University of Nottingham. He studies the relationship between health a…

Richard Wilkinson is Professor Emeritus of Social Epidemiology at the University of Nottingham. He studies the relationship between health a

Bitfixit: Bridging the Internet Gap

The internet is a new form of literacy and, just like other sorts of literacy, having it gives you power. It can empower you to find a bett…

The internet is a new form of literacy and, just like other sorts of literacy, having it gives you power.

It can empower you to find a bett

Steve Cutts In The Bleak Midwinter

Steve Cutts started his career as an illustrator and graphic designer at a London agency, working with international brands before deciding …

Festive Feasting

Beeches of Walkley have their award-winning sausages, bacon, free range chicken, lamb, beef and pork alongside festive hampers. Roney’s …

 Beeches of Walkley have their award-winning sausages, bacon, free range chicken, lamb, beef and pork alongside festive hampers. 

 Roney’s 

Cool Beans Advice Arnold

Alcohol: Ooh, yes please. Colour: An instant-grey-teeth red. A deep, bilious red that you will soon see bubbling in cauldrons. Nose: A winc…

 Alcohol: Ooh, yes please.
Colour: An instant-grey-teeth red. A deep, bilious red that you will soon see bubbling in cauldrons.
Nose: A winc

Sound UK Hip Hop

UK hip hop is a bit of a weird one. The name alone can remind you of that guy you met in the smoking area who’s always going on about the ti…

UK hip hop is a bit of a weird one. The name alone can remind you of that guy you met in the smoking area who’s always going on about the ti

Caspian / Everything Everything / Evian Christ

4 November Corporation What is post rock, anyway? Simon Reynolds arguably coined the term as an attempt to collect together early 90s group…

4 November
 Corporation
What is post rock, anyway? Simon Reynolds arguably coined the term as an attempt to collect together early 90s group

Braids : Deep In The Iris

Hailing from the cold climes of Alberta, Canada, Braids' warm, dreamy swathes have been making waves across the globe since their acclaimed …

Hailing from the cold climes of Alberta, Canada, Braids' warm, dreamy swathes have been making waves across the globe since their acclaimed 

Headsup Makers on the Edge

We’re at that time of the year when you’ll find it hard to get away from the dreaded C word, or should I say C words? Two terms that very mu…

We’re at that time of the year when you’ll find it hard to get away from the dreaded C word, or should I say C words? Two terms that very mu

Filmreel Broken Doll / The Force Awakens

Sheffield-based Portuguese independent filmmaker João Paulo Simões has been invited to create a filmic birthday present for David Lynch, wh…

 Sheffield-based Portuguese independent filmmaker João Paulo Simões has been invited to create a filmic birthday present for David Lynch, wh