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

Watch...Breaking Bad (DVD series 1-3) Walt is a chemistry teacher in New Mexico. USA. He is diagnosed with cancer, his wife is pregnant and his son is disabled. With no medical insurance to pay for his cancer treatment he uses his chemistry background to make crystal meths for the drug trade. The series (which is now in series 4 in the US) explores the moral dilemmas for Walt as he gets deeper into the drug trade and the way in which this effects him, his family and friends. It is gruesome, hilairious and thought provoking.

LookOldham Gallery have a retrospective on the work of Liam Spencer. Liam is a local artist who concentrates on city scapes with an emphasis on light and colour. See new paintings of Salford,Rochdale, Oldham and Saddleworth,  as well as his early work from the 1980s. Support Oldham town centre as it takes the blows from the austerity agenda.

ReadThe Kindly Ones by Jonathon Littell. It took Jonathon over 5 years to research and write this 900 page novel. It is the terrifying  story of a man who was an SS Intelligence officer during the Second World Warand his  involvement with the hol0caust from the Caucuses to Poland, Stalingrad and finally the fall of Berlin. The main character, Max, is an educated man who enjoys philosphy, classical music and literature but is also a bloodthirsty murderer. The novel  is a   mediation on why ordinary people become mass murderers. It is set during the Second World War,  but the Nazis were not alone in history in condmening peoples to such mass inhumanity.

Go..for a walk around Radical Salford on Saturday 14 July at 11am.
The walk will explore Salford’s rich,radical history including the Flat Iron market, the General Strike of 1842,vegetarian Christians, Salford’s first birth control clinic etc..Meet at the Black Lion Pub, Blackfriars St at 11am.
Fees £5/6. The walk will last 2 hours. Advance booking recommended. Email; More information go here

See.. Salford in a new light Paul Verlaine , famous French poet of the 1890s, wrote this long forgotten poem about Salford…

Souvenir of Manchester
To Theodore C, London

No I haven’t seen Manchester
– all that I have seen is one little corner
of Salford but badly narrowly
in spite of fog and streets with no cabs – dirty
streets that didn’t help my bad leg
and my two club feet – but my spirits don’t sag
under the weight of the memories
– happy memories – I now carry
of this town they call industrial
and despite that so very intellectual
niche I occupy maybe it would’ve been better
if I’d really strutted my stuff – this letter’s
naïve sure but picture the elite of Manchester
below me as I lean on the lectern
and they applaud in Paul Verlaine
our rigorous Racine
even while I make it clear
that the true God is Shakespeare
· From The Road to Inver, collected translations by Tom Paulin, published by Faber price £12.99.

About lipstick socialist

I am an activist and writer. My interests include women, class, culture and history. From an Irish in Britain background I am a republican and socialist. All my life I have been involved in community and trade union politics and I believe it is only through grass roots politics that we will get a better society. This is reflected in my writing, in my book Northern ReSisters Conversations with Radical Women and my involvement in the Mary Quaile Club. .If you want to contact me please use my gmail which is lipsticksocialist636
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