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As the latest Hunger Games film nears its release date Sasha Simic examines the grim visions of the future on film and why the cinema offers such a harsh outlook

Imperialism leaves behind germs of rot which we must clinically detect and remove from our land but from our minds as well.

Once upon a time an artist named Banksy told the people of Britain:

It’s September, but it feels more like a kind of spring.

In 1976-77 punk hit Britain like a tidal wave, sweeping away all the tired music that stood in its way. It wasn’t just a London thing. Across the country local scenes developed. Many would argue that Manchester was the most important. In his occasional blog looking at punk, Hassan Mahamdallie looks at the Manchester scene.