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Issue 98 May 2016

You may have noticed that, as well as last month celebrating our 8th birthday, Now Then is approaching its 100th issue. This will fall in July, a month when we wouldn’t usually print a magazine, but stay tuned. We will endeavour to put an extra special something out.

We have entered the last month of our Festival of Debate spring season. My recommendations are: Chris T-T on protest music (Sat 7 May, Eten Cafe, £7 +bf), the Engaging and Influencing Parliament workshop (Wed 11 May, HUBS, Free), In Conversation with Julian Assange (Thu 12 May, SU, £10 +bf), and Devolution: Now What? (Thu 19 May, Central United Reformed Church, Free). Head to festivalofdebate.com for the full May programme.

I interviewed Wikileaks founder Julian Assange for this issue ahead of the event on 12 May. We realise that our decision to host him in Sheffield via video link is not one that everyone will agree with. If you want to read our thoughts on this, head to the Festival blog.

I’d particularly recommend reading Laurence Peacock’s piece on tax havens and Nigel Slack’s piece on the Sheffield City Region devolution deal. We’ve also got colourful, precise artwork from the Leeds-based Lost Fox for your delectation.

An in-house and eclectic mix for this month. Hit play and listen as you read.

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This month's articles

Localcheck The Vegans Are Coming

I must admit to being vegan and a bit embarrassed about it. I made the decision to avoid meat, eggs and dairy products years ago, but also d…

I must admit to being vegan and a bit embarrassed about it. I made the decision to avoid meat, eggs and dairy products years ago, but also d

Devolution Deal: Signed & Sealed?

Friday 18 March's full council meeting voted to ratify the so-called 'devolution' deal that first came out of its closet in October last yea…

Friday 18 March's full council meeting voted to ratify the so-called 'devolution' deal that first came out of its closet in October last yea

Tax: How London Rules A Global Tax Empire

Everything you know about tax evasion is wrong. Ok, not everything. That Putin’s clearly a wrong-un, and Dave definitely looks like a man wi…

Everything you know about tax evasion is wrong. Ok, not everything. That Putin’s clearly a wrong-un, and Dave definitely looks like a man wi

Julian Assange: In Conversation with Wikileaks Founder

We have invited Julian Assange to speak in Sheffield via video link on Thursday 12 May, talking primarily about geopolitics, whistleblowing …

We have invited Julian Assange to speak in Sheffield via video link on Thursday 12 May, talking primarily about geopolitics, whistleblowing 

Notes On Blindness: Sensory doc comes to Doc/Fest

The countdown to Doc/Fest 2016 is well underway after the first announcement of events was published last month. One particular documentary …

The countdown to Doc/Fest 2016 is well underway after the first announcement of events was published last month. One particular documentary 

Live / stage review New Dawn Fades

A Story About Joy Division and Manchester 22 April, Leadmill Ian Curtis once remarked that, “I struggle between what I know is right in my …

A Story About Joy Division and Manchester
22 April, Leadmill

Ian Curtis once remarked that, “I struggle between what I know is right in my 

The Lost Fox: This Month's Featured Artist

The Lost Fox are a Leeds-based artistic duo made up of illustrator Dan Forster and printmaker Jan Hirst. We were first made aware of their p…

The Lost Fox are a Leeds-based artistic duo made up of illustrator Dan Forster and printmaker Jan Hirst. We were first made aware of their p

Sound : A Call For Musical Collective Imaginaries

Two hooded figures march up two treadmills, occasionally screaming through warped effects as they continue on a journey of perpetual, monoto…

Two hooded figures march up two treadmills, occasionally screaming through warped effects as they continue on a journey of perpetual, monoto

Mark Pritchard: Under The Sun

Mark Pritchard is one of the most prolific electronic musicians of the last few decades. He has released under many aliases and in countless…

Mark Pritchard is one of the most prolific electronic musicians of the last few decades. He has released under many aliases and in countless

Headsup Stay Safe, Stay Sheffield

Sheffield may be the safest big city in the UK, but the death of a young woman after leaving a nightclub last November highlighted the dange…

Sheffield may be the safest big city in the UK, but the death of a young woman after leaving a nightclub last November highlighted the dange

Cool Beans Tax Dodge / Capitalism

Dear Advice Arnold, I’ve recently come into possession of a tidy sum of money. I don’t want the grubby, urchin-like taxman getting his mit…

 Dear Advice Arnold,

I’ve recently come into possession of a tidy sum of money. I don’t want the grubby, urchin-like taxman getting his mit

Rolo Tomassi / Lunar’s Final Disco Illusion / Dubcentral / Money

12 April Picture House Social The dual-vocal, chord-heavy post hardcore of Sheffield band Elegies and the more aggressive, impassioned snar…

12 April
 Picture House Social
The dual-vocal, chord-heavy post hardcore of Sheffield band Elegies and the more aggressive, impassioned snar

Filmreel Dheepan: Fear Eats the Soul / Listings

Dheepan (Jacques Audiard, 2016) tells the mesmerising story of a Tamil Tiger who flees Sri Lanka after losing his unit and his family in th…

 Dheepan (Jacques Audiard, 2016) tells the mesmerising story of a Tamil Tiger who flees Sri Lanka after losing his unit and his family in th