Category Archives: North of Ireland

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

Watch..     The Kirkby Rent Strike (1974 Documentary) made by Nick Broomfield. This is an in your face film showing the anger felt and not often expressed by working class people. It begins with a woman speaking to the … 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…Pool of London(DVD ) made in 1951 by esteemed director Basil Dearden. It is set in the London docklands and filmed in black and white. It is the story of the people we rarely see in films or on television; … 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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Book review; How a Century of War Changed the Lives of Women by Lindsey German

Published by Pluto Press. ISBN 976 0 7453 3250 5 Turning on the television it seems this country is obsessed with war. If its not past episodes of Allo, Allo or Dad’s Army there are constant documentaries about the Nazis. … 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…..Louie (only on DVD) written by American real life stand-up comedian Louis C.K. He is the star of the show, playing a middle aged man going through a crisis about his life. We see him performing on-stage, off-stage with his … 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 Sicko (2009) American director Michael Moore’s expose of the American healthcare system. One of the richest countries in the world has one of the fewest numbers of its population with healthcare. In 2009 49.9 million citizens, 16.3% of the … Continue reading

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Meanwhile : a new play by Colin Connor

They have nothing in their whole imperial arsenal that can break the spirit of one Irishman who doesn’t want to be broken. Bobby Sands. In 1981 a small group of people used to gather together in Manchester City Centre with … Continue reading

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