Monthly Archives: June 2012

Manchester Marxman

To get the most out of life you must be active, you must live and you must have the courage to taste the thrill of being young” Engels 1840 Friedrich Engels, was born in Germany in 1820. He was an … 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… Germinal(1993, a film based on the novel by French writer Emile Zola. It tells the story of a mining town in northern France in the 1860s, where children and women are still working down the pits. There are many … Continue reading

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From the Manchester Martyrs to the Birmingham 6…..

Plaque on Hyde Rd in Manchester which marks the spot where the Fenians were freed in 1867. Book Review:The Manchester Martyrs by Joseph O’Neill (Mercier Press, 2012) ISBN 978-1-85635-951-1 The Martyrs were three members of the Irish Republican Brotherhood (also … Continue reading

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Stop, Look, Listen………excerpts from my Roman Holiday…….

Watch…Christ stopped at Eboli (DVD) originally a book by Carlo Levi, an anti-fascist, who in 1935 was sent into internal exile by Mussolini. The title comes from a saying by southern Italians that the area has been neglected even by … Continue reading

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Leila Khaled; Icon of Palestinian Liberation

Sarah Irving, Leila Khaled Icon of Palestinian Liberation Pluto Press ISBN 987-0-7453-2951-2 Reading this book reminded me of another icon in my own community, Bernadette Devlin McAliskey. Like Leila, she grew up in an occupied country and has spent her … 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…Let’s Talk about the Rain (2008) Directed by Agnes Jaoui from a screenplay written by her husband Jean-Pierre Bacri. Only the French can make films that say so much about politics; in this film it is about the politics of … Continue reading

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