Monthly Archives: February 2012

Stop! Look! Listen! a weekly selection of some of my favourite films/books/people…

Watch… Army of Crime (2009)  French film about the Resistance. Directed and co-scripted by Robert Guédiguian,  son of a German mother and an Armenian father,  who is best known for his leftwing movies about working-class life in the Marseilles area.  … Continue reading

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Labour takes a bath…..!

Margaret Thatcher said there was no such thing as society. After the August 2011 riots David Cameron said “he wants to mend our broken society”. But as the public sector cuts start affecting people at a grassroots level, it has … Continue reading

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Stop! Look! Listen! a weekly selection of some of my favourite films/books/people…

Watch… Testament of Youth.  The autobiography  of Vera Brittain, who grew up in pre-war  Buxton.  It’s a reminder of the restrictiveness of women’s lives in that period. Her parents did not see any point to her going to University,  but … Continue reading

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Book review: This Slavery by Ethel Carnie Holdsworth

This Slavery by  Ethel Carnie Holdsworth (Trent Editions, 2011)  ISBN 9781842331415 What do you think about when the words “working class family” is mentioned? Ricky Tomlinson in “The Royle Family”?  Or a scene from “Coronation Street”. There are very few … Continue reading

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Stop! Look! Listen! a weekly selection of some of my favourite films/books/people…

Watch… The film  Frida (2002). A fictionalised account of the life of Mexican artist and political activist  Frida Kahlo (1907-54).  Her pictures tell the story of her life.  Crippled in an accident as a young woman  she portrayed this experience … Continue reading

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Ice and fire

What do you do on a Saturday? Last week as I trudged through the snow in central Manchester  I watched other people sat in bars and cafes with their friends laughing, bumped into people with bags of shopping and wondered … Continue reading

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Stop! Look! Listen! a weekly selection of some of my favourite films/books/people…

Watch….. Saturday Night Fever is my favourite film. Set in Brooklyn it’s the story of many young working class people across the world, music and dancing being the passport from a boring life. In the late 70’s me and my … Continue reading

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Women making a difference!

. The film “Made In Dagenham” is one of the few images out in the public arena of what it means to be a woman trade unionist and to be involved in an industrial dispute. It is still rare to … Continue reading

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