Monthly Archives: May 2013

The Last Pit in the Valley – the Irwell Valley Mining Project

For the last twenty years former miner Paul Kelly has been placing flowers at the entrance to what was Agecroft Colliery in Salford. I did it as a memorial to those people who worked and died in the pit. In … 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… We Live in Two Worlds ..a number of films about a flawed but important public service facing privatisation, the Post Office which in the 1930s had its own film unit, the GPO Film Unit. On Thursday 30 May, 6.30-8.30pm, … Continue reading

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Building a Socialist Library (2) “Striking a Light: The Bryant and May Matchwomen and their place in Labour History” by Louise Raw

Striking a Light: The Bryant and May Matchwomen and their place in Labour History, Louise Raw Continuum Press ISBN 978-1-4411-1426-6 Buy it from Louise Raw’s book is not only a fascinating history of the strike of 1400 women and girls … 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…..Tsar to Lenin (Cornerhouse 27 May) Released in 1937, this ranks among the twentieth century’s greatest film documentaries. It presents an extraordinary cinematic account of the Russian Revolution; from the mass uprising which overthrew the centuries-old Tsarist regime in February … Continue reading

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Book Review; Militant Liverpool, A City On the Edge by Diane Frost and Peter North (Liverpool University press)

In 1982 I moved to Liverpool to take up a job as a careers adviser, working in an office on a council estate in the north of the city. Two questions were asked of me as I started my first … 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…Manchester Film Co-operative – in association with the IF Campaign –have put together two films about the real economic crisis. It’s a double billing of We’re Not Broke and the award-winning Secret City. 6.30pm – 8.pm: We’re Not Broke, the … Continue reading

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Save the Salford Cranes!

I heard a siren from the dock Saw a train set the night on fire Smelled the spring on the sulfured wind Dirty old town, whoa-oh, dirty old town Ewan McColl Dirty Old Town In the 1970s I was taken … Continue reading

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