May 2017

Singin In The Rain at The City Hall

Manor operatic society is an amateur theatre company based in Sheffield.

The society has recently performed Singin in the Rain running from the 10th -13th May at The Sheffield City Hall.

Manor operatic society was originally formed in the 1950s on Sheffield’s Manor estate and they came to perform their first pantomime at the Montgomery Theatre in 1970.

The next available show to see will be Beauty and the beast running 27th December to 7th January.


13 Reasons Why Podcast

13 Reasons Why is a Tv adaptation based on a girl named Hannah Baker. Hannah baker recorded 13 tapes containing the 13 reasons why she took her own life. These tapes were passed around a set group of people, so that they knew individually how they contributed to her decision.

There has been a lot of controversy within the media and we will be talking about this in the podcast.

HUSH at The Leadmill

Hush are a pop rock band from Sheffield made up of 4 people.

With frontman bens vocals, heather playing lead guitar, Dec on bass and Cam on the drums, they make up a great band.

They recently headlined a gig at The Leadmill in their hometown of Sheffield to kick-start their 6 day tour over the course of around 2 months.

The band have recently made a music video and said “making the video was an experience to never forget. We loved every minute. The response from everyone who has seen it is overwhelming, its come out really well”

You can find the video here:





Stigmatization Surrounding Fidget Spinners


Fidget Spinners, are latest craze across the whole of the world from school children, all the way up to adults.

Originally made as a coping tool, they have become the new ‘in’ thing to have.

If you haven’t heard of a fidget spinner, it is a peace of metal, or plastic, that spins around a central weight disc.

The gadget was originally made for people who have ADHD, autism or anxiety.

Fidget spinners are said to provide a good sensory experience, which is likely to soothe someone coping with the above in a time that they may need it.

Controversy has surrounded fidget spinners from the moment that they became extremely popular, this including debates on whether they should be allowed in schools.

Walking into a setting where there are mostly children, you will look around and find that a good majority will have a fidget spinner in hand; some sat together trying to teach other tips and tricks, and others using them as an actual coping mechanism.

Samantha Harrison-Akers, mother of Blake, 13 who is on the autism spectrum said, “Blake has been using fidget spinners, or any type of gadget that helps with his autism since before this big craze. They help him concentrate in his lessons, by stopping him from fidgeting, leaning back in his chair, swinging his arms about.”

This shows that even thought the spinners have been banned in some schools; they have an actual function for some people, instead of just being something to play with.

When asked about what she thinks about fidget spinners being banned in schools, Samantha said “Banning fidget spinners for all children penalizes the children that they were originally made for, and they may struggle without them.”

Understandably, having students that have these gadgets in class will likely become a distraction for multiple students.

Children using fidget cubes, due to them being more discreet, could solve this.

For students with ADHD and autism, the fidget spinner craze can have a positive and negative outcome.

More children using these gadgets will make those who use them already for coping mechanisms feel as though they have something in common, and that people want to fidget with the gadgets like they do.

Commenting on the craze, Samantha found positives and negatives “In one way it is a good thing because it raises awareness to more people about what they were originally designed for…”

Samantha then went on to talk about the negatives “…I have seen cheap imitations now that it has become a craze. This may come as a problem to those with children who tend to chew things due to loose parts etc.”

Banning these across all schools may take something away from students in need, but banning them for everyone except those with a disability is a way to make them feel separated from the other students.

Overall it seems fidget spinners have a positive affect on students’ ability to concentrate and focus and quite importantly gives children with disabilities a common ground with other children.

Aside from this, it is also to understanding that if used for a different purpose, they can be a distraction.


YouTube restrict and the problem people have with it.


In an attempt to censor sensitive content to under 18s, YouTube have placed new “family friendly” restrictions on videos containing mature topics.

This meant that it would be easier for people whether it be parents or teachers to filter content that they feel may not be suitable to younger viewers.

However, it wasn’t long before people started realising that this meant that basically all LGBTQ+ content had become restricted.

In an outrage over social media, people soon started to voice their opinions, meaning that YouTube received a lot of backlash over this new feature.

In a bid to redeem themselves, YouTube released a statement saying “we are proud to represent LGBTQ+ voices on our platform”

They then went on to explain what the restricted mode does “The intention of restricted mode is to filter out mature content for the tiny subset of users who want a more limited experience”

Not happy with this explanation, there was more outrage throughout social media with people expressing their views an opinions.

Jade Dunn, 18, Youtube fan said “The idea that LGBTQ+ issues or stories are something that younger people or more sensitive people shouldn’t be watching is awful”

As seen over all types of media, the internet has truly changed the world. Social media platforms have a huge influence on how people act and make decisions.

Over the years YouTube has really taken off, so much so that is has given people jobs as ‘online creators’

Youtubers such as Tyler Oakley, Gigi Lazzarato, Troye Sivan, Ingrid Nilsen are all part of the LGBTQ+ community and are a huge voice to the youth of today.

Growing up with social media being a large presence in their lives, the younger generation understandably look up to any online presence, which will influence them.

Jade Dunn touched on this “when I first started watching YouTube when I was 13, the people who created videos talking about the LGBTQ+ community helped me to become who I am today”

Many people use social media platforms in order to educate themselves and others, so when YouTube took away something that potentially educates people, people were upset.

Not only does restricting this content take away the voice of all of those part of the community, it also restricts people from learning and understanding the community.

When discussing this, Jade Dunn said “By censoring and banning these stories they’re taking away peoples views and freedom to learn and grow as a person”

Though these are all factors as to why people were disappointed, the main thing was the fact that restricting this content made people feel as though their feelings, views, opinions and way of life were wrong.

Jade Dunn ended the interview with “It is making it as though being a part of the community is a bad thing, and is something that should not be out there”

Although people are upset with the fact that YouTube even had to come up with a restrict option and that is what the problem is, it is completely optional and you can choose to use it or not.

Illegal Downloading of films? It exists with books too.


We all know that downloading films off of websites is illegal, but did you know that the same applies to books?

Reading is a popular hobby amongst many people but as some people may know due to money struggles, not everybody can buy a physical book.

Due to little money, or the fact that you can get something for free, people resort to downloading Epub books online, which appear to be free which technically they are, but this is in fact illegal.

By downloading an Epub copy of a book, you are breaching an infringement of copyright.

Unless the author themselves uploads the book online for you to download for free, you cannot do it without it being illegal.

Estelle Maskame, 19-year-old author from Scotland said “You cannot post an author’s work online. Do you own the rights to their work? No, you don’t. Breach of copyright”

You may think that by reading an author’s work, no matter how you get your hands on it, you are benefitting them but it actually doesn’t benefit them at all.

Touching on this, Estelle Maskame also said “don’t you realise authors make a living on their writing? If you want to read an author’s work, you have to pay for it”

Like everybody that works, authors get their money through people buying what they are selling, in this case it would be their book.

If you want to read a book, there are different alternatives, some where you don’t have to pay and others that are just cheaper.

Join a library

This doesn’t cost anything, and you can loan books for a certain amount of time, and return them when you are done.

If you can, purchase a kindle

This may be pricey at first, but in the long run will save you money. Book are generally cheaper on kindle and every so often free books will pop up and all classics are free!

Share and lend on kindle.

If you have a friend that has purchased a book, and they are fine with lending it to you, they can share books with you through kindle!


Bookbub is an online subscription that emails you with the latest book deals available for download.

Charity shops

You will find some great books in charity shops for a bargain price too.

Mental Health organisation Sheffield Flourish.

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It is quoted in statistics that 1 in 4 people suffer with mental illness, 1 in 5 for younger people.

Teenagers often go through mental health challenges, and they either may not recognise this, or they will not know how to go about getting help and helping themselves.

Sheffield Flourish are a mental health charity and community network based in sheffield, set up in 2012 they aim to support those who are living with mental health conditions.

The charity aims to use people’s skills, ideas and talent to build the lives they wish to lead.

In an interview with Jo Eckersley, 28 who works with Sheffield Flourish I asked why it was so important for people to be in touch with their mental health in order to look after themselves

She said “There are plenty of people whose mental health is very present in everything that they do”

One of the hardest challenges to face when experiencing mental health issues may be just acknowledging that something could be wrong.

Touching on this Jo Eckersley said “It is essential that people have the right support networks and provisions in place to help them, and to encourage people to access and use self help”

Teenagers may be experiencing these problems at home, school, college, social situations etc and so it is very important that they get the help that they need.

Across schools and colleges, you may or may not find that you are or are not offered counselling and advice from some of your teachers.

Sheffield flourish believe that schools and colleges “should invest in the wellbeing of their students”

Teenagers are under extreme pressure at school, some self inflicted with the aspiration to succeed and others because of the targets that they have to reach.

Stress can be one of the main leading causes of many mental illnesses, so finding healthy ways to handle the stress will result in noticeable improvements.

“Schools are likely to find they get better results all round when they make sure that their students are properly supported.”

If problems do not stem from school life, there are many ways to approach getting help.

When asked what her advice would be to help someone who may be going through a hard time, Jo Eckersley said “first of all I’d advise anyone seriously struggling to contact 999, or contact the sheffield helpline But there is often a waiting list…”

“… there are a whole host of community organisations who can bridge the gap. Try checking the Sheffield Flourish and Sheffield mental health guide for more information”

Although Sheffield Flourish do not work directly with teenagers, they strongly recommend organisations such as Chilly pep that will be able to provide similar services.

Do not be afraid to reach out for help, whether that be through somebody close to you or somebody in authority, such as doctors, teachers and maybe even work colleagues.

There are also a number of online sources you can contact and read about other people’s stories, Mental Health on the Mighty on Facebook and many organisations that will be able to point you in the right direction over twitter.

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