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

Watch… Two Days, One Night (Cornerhouse)..another brilliant film from Belgian brothers; the Dardennes. Sandra has just returned to work after being ill with depression only to find that the management have asked the staff to vote for a bonus or … Continue reading

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Building a Socialist Library (8) The Village Against the World by Dan Hancox

Reading this book reminded me of visiting republican areas such as the Bogside in Derry in the 80s and 90s. As I walked the streets of Derry with SF councillor Mary Nelis I saw a landscape not unlike my own … 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….Cotton Couture….a film and exhibition at Manchester City Art Gallery. Cotton was king in these parts until its decline in the mid- 20 century. In the 1950s the Cotton Board, which was based in Manchester tried to promote cotton products … 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 Mill (Channel 4) a series created by left wing writer John Fay and set at Quarry Bank Mill in Cheshire charting the rise of radical politics. Not the usual its grim up north programme but a series that has … Continue reading

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

Watch…Finding Vivian Maier (Cornerhouse, Manchester) a fascinating documentary about a woman who was a nanny and a photographer. She didn’t just take photos but made films and recorded her own thoughts on life. The families she worked for and in … Continue reading

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Heidi Hi!

Like many little girls I read and loved the book Heidi by Johanna Spyri. Heidi lived in Switzerland in an alpine village with her grandfather and was surrounded by cows with cowbells and lush green valleys. Like Heidi I travelled … 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…..Spyship (DVD).Based on the true story of the disappearance of the Hull based deep sea fishing boat Gaul which sank in the Barents sea, near Norway, in 1974. No trace of the ship was found for many years and 36 … Continue reading

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