Issue 1223

19 Feb 2018
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With bag always half packed, kooky comic star Bill Bailey lets us in on a life on the road. With up close and personal new material to surprise comic fans, Bill shares the details of new tour Larks In Transit.

Teaching assistants of Durham faced savage pay cuts and took up campaigning after the Labour-run council’s plan to force pay cuts of up to 23 per cent on them. Julie Tomlin speaks to the women who fought back after taking matters into their own hands. With Support from Durham miners the TAs picketed with success.

2017 saw Hull’s Humber Street take centre stage when awarded UK’s City of Culture. A year on, Humber Street remains part of the beating heart of a city where the employment rate is higher and £3 billion investment from the private sector has been won. Hull’s regeneration gives confidence for the future, writes Roger Ratcliffe.

There’s news and unmissable arts and entertainment coverage, including music and cinema reviews, and a Q&A with Manchester-based author Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, whose debut novel discusses Ugandan history and superstition.

Cyclist Graeme Obree writes a letter to his younger self and there’s a competition to win Paloma Faith tickets, along with our crossword and Sudoku.