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Issue 96 March 2016

We’ve just announced the spring season of the Festival of Debate 2016, so all hands are on deck in the Opus office. There’s a small sample of the programme in this issue. Pick up a printed brochure from town or visit festivalofdebate.com for the full shebang. With the help of lots of likeminded groups, we’ve got 40 events taking place from March to June.

This month our interviewees are comedian Bridget Christie, local band Blood Sport and Jules of Sheffield Beer Week. I would also recommend our piece on the potential closure of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills office in Sheffield, written by an anonymous staff member, and Samantha Holland’s Filmreel piece about the neutering of politics in the remakes of Robocop and Stepford Wives. Artwork this month comes from the desk of US illustrator Michael Waraksa.

Please let us know what you think of the page layouts we introduced last month. We want to continue improving the mag, but we can’t do that without feedback and constructive criticism, so it’s all welcome.

Next month we’ll be celebrating eight years of Now Then.

Monthly mix this time around comes courtesy of former Sheffielder Blanca. Cracking.

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This month's articles

Localcheck Harpham's Battle Rages On

Last month Harry Harpham, Labour MP for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough, died. He had served in Sheffield City Council and became an M…

BIS: Office closure plan is bad policy

“We do not take this decision lightly," said Martin Donnelly, the civil servant in charge of the Department for Business, Innovation and Ski…

Cadence: Changing The Rhythm

“It doesn’t feel like coincidence, you know. It’s more like the meshing of some weird gears,” says Jayne, gloomily. “Everything’s apocalypti…

Bridget Christie: A Book For Her

Having garnered a reputation for her audacious wit, multi-award winning comedian, actress and writer Bridget Christie prepares to embark on …

Sound Pop Ate Itself And Got A Dicky Tummy

Loathe him or loathe him, part-time lover and paint can power pop balladeer Phil Collins is a revelation. Yes, Phil Collins, the ferret-face…

Blood Sport: Axe Laid To The Root

One of the perks of publishing a magazine like Now Then is seeing local acts building themselves from the ground up, brick by brick. In no b…

Headsup Sheffield Beer Week

Sheffield Beer Week returns from 14-20 March for another seven days of showcasing our most delicious local bottles, pints and tankards. We h…

Filmreel RoboCop Wives: Remakes

The Showroom screened the 1975 version of Stepford Wives last month as part of its Robosapiens season, which asks ‘Will homosapiens give way…

Social Mobility: Moving Up The Ladder

For centuries philosophers have discussed how we should govern our societies and the principles that should guide us in making these decisio…

Pizza

netheredgepizza.com This mobile pizzeria is geared up with a wood-fire oven that can cook a pizza in 90 seconds. Their thin and crispy bas…

Cool Beans Dog Grooming / Monoculture

Dear Advice Arnold, Long-time reader, first-time writer. Love the work you did in the 90s with Keith & Maxin. It was the soundtrack to…