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Stop,Look,Listen…my weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house

Watch…The Past (2013/ Cornerhouse)….Ahmad comes back to Paris to sign divorce papers so that Marie, his soon to be ex-wife, can marry Samir. But does she really want a divorce? As the film progresses Ahmad becomes intertwined in the complex … Continue reading

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Classic LP’s; Our Favourite Shop by The Style Council

    In 1982 I stood in a Liverpool theatre watching the Jam as they performed in Liverpool on their farewell tour. They were not my favourite group, I loved some of the lyrics but that concert confirmed my prejudices. … Continue reading

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Stop,Look,Listen…my weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house

Watch…Punk Syndrome(DVD and youtube)…a documentary about a punk band in Finland made up of men with learning disabilities. It follows their lives as a band and also the realities of living with a disability including the day-to-day frustrations of living … Continue reading

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Stop,Look,Listen…my weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house

Watch…The Invisible Woman (2013/general release). A real Victorian drama telling the story of Charles Dickens and his relationship with actress Nelly Ternan. They met when he was 45 and she was 18. He was already married with ten children and … Continue reading

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Belle Vue; more than just a theme park….

East Manchester used to be one of the most vibrant areas of the city. People flocked there to work in engineering, manufacturing and its own colliery in Bradford. My parents moved there after they got married in the early 50s, … Continue reading

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Stop,Look,Listen…my weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house

Watch.…. Dirty Wars..another fascinating film put on by Manchester Film Cooperative. It is the story of the secret war by the US to eliminate people that they see as their enemies and this includes US citizens. Reporter Jeremy Scahill exposes … Continue reading

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Stop,Look,Listen…my weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house

Watch…. People for Tomorrow | Selma James: Our Time Is Coming…Selma, campaigner and writer, made this programme for the BBC in 1971. She had been a factory worker and typist and in this programme she highlights the unpaid work of … Continue reading

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Stop,Look,Listen…my weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house

Watch…Gasland Part 2. Find out about what fracking is about and how it is now taking place in over 32 countries across the world. Fracking is a dangerous process and one that can seriously destroy local communities, never mind destroy … Continue reading

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Stop,Look,Listen…my weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house

Watch….Shirley Valentine (1989), written by Liverpool playwright Willy Russell and starring Pauline Collins. Living in Liverpool in the 80s as I did was to be part a cultural renaissance for working class writers. TV drama led the country with programmes … Continue reading

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Stop,Look,Listen…my weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house

Watch…The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology(DVD) a film made by cuddly philosopher Slavoj Žižek. I love films that try and to educate us about big ideas and Zizek is the opposite (!!) of the usual squeaky clean presenter. The film exposes … Continue reading

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