Monthly Archives: March 2012

Trade Unions; the next generation….

In the past 18 months there has been a surge in political activity by young people in the Occupy Movement, in student protests against tuition fees and withdrawal of EMA and in anti-workfare campaigns. At the same time, but less … Continue reading

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

Watch… Happy People (2010) A year in the Taiga by Dmitry Vasyukov. Siberia extends from the Urals to the Pacific and is one and a half times the size of the USA. 38 million people live in this area, but … Continue reading

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Dirty Old Town Fights Back!

 Salford people marching from Bexley Square on 30 November 2011 The last time the Tories were in power they had a clear plan, based on what we now call a neo-liberal agenda. This involved the destruction of much of manufacturing, … Continue reading

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

Watch… Ken Loach at the BBC. During the 60’s and 70’s at the BBC he directed some of his most innovative work with Tony Garnett and Jim Allen which is now collected on this excellent DVD. It includes Cathy Come … Continue reading

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St.Patrick and reflections on a day………..

Me, Auntie Margaret and Mum, 2010 Maureen, Mum and Margaret, 1940s, Manchester St.Patrick’s Day is on 17 March, a day to celebrate Irishness. Growing up in 70s Manchester, it meant shamrock and family celebrations with our relatives. It was the … Continue reading

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

Watch… Passion Fish(1992). A film by John Sayles (US equivalent of Ken Loach). The story of the relationship between a soap star, who is paralysed and returns home to rural Louisiana, and her care assistant. Not just the story of … Continue reading

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Reclaim the Day!

What does IWD mean to women today? International Women’s Day was started in 1909 in America by the Socialist Party and was first celebrated internationally two years later. It was originally called International Working Women’s Day, its aim was to … Continue reading

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

Watch… Shabby Tiger. Made by Granada TV in 1973 it’s the adaptation of  a novel by Howard Spring. Set in 1930′s Manchester,  it’s the love story between an artist and an Irish waitress,  and  the story of how the depression … Continue reading

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The Right Prescription for the NHS:talking to Dr.Chand

Protests against the NHS Bill on Westminster Bridge Why do people get involved in campaigns? For Dr. Kailash Chand, Tameside GP and chair of the Tameside Glossop NHS Trust, it’s about saving a service to which he has devoted his … Continue reading

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