Monthly Archives: August 2012

Disabled protestors brand Atos as “killers”

It is one of the sunniest days in Manchester and fifty noisy people are gathered outside the Atos centre at Albert Bridge House. Many people have walking sticks and a few are in wheelchairs and they have all gathered to … 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 Woman in a Dressing Gown, a film made in 1957 and set in London, it is the story of Amy and Jim. They live in a council flat, have been married for 20 years and have a teenage son, … Continue reading

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Uniting to fight ATOS

Next week Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), are organising a week of action to coincide with the Paralympics, they are calling it “the Atos Games”. Atos is a sponsor of the Paralympics and is the main contractor for the government … 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…..Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012)…we are not used to artists being politically active in this country. Weiwei is a superstar artist in his home country of China, at first  loved by the party apparatchiks, for whom he designed the Birds … Continue reading

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Mary Quaile; Manchester Irish Trade Unionist

Mary’s life and political activity shows us why unions are important for women and is an example of the role that Irish people have played in the British trade union movement in this country. She was born in Dublin; 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…The Master and Margarita(2006) Based on the book by Mikhail Bulgakov(1891-1940).Most of his work, including this book, was censured during his lifetime but it is now considered to be a masterpiece. This film adaptation is a literal depiction of the … Continue reading

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Book review; After the Party;reflections on life since the CPGB

After the Party, Reflections on life since the CPGB Edited by Andy Croft (Lawrence & Wishart) 2012  ISBN 978-1-907103-47-6 It is twenty years since the demise of the Communist Party, a party which the editor Andy Croft says, “was unlike … Continue reading

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