Monthly Archives: September 2013

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

Watch…..Hannah Arendt, (14 October 1906 – 4 December 1975)   a  fictionalised account of the life of Hannah Arendt by acclaimed German filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta. Hannah was a philosopher and political theorist who reported on the war crimes trial of … Continue reading

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“Even the pigeons have black feet”; coal and community in Salford

Salford in Greater Manchester is one of those places that still boasts a lively community  hell bent on reminding all the rest of us of what it means to be working class. The Irwell Valley Mining Project, run by local … 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…..Libertarias (1996), a film showing organised by the Manchester Film Co-operative. It’s a historical drama that explores the role that women played in the Spanish Civil War. In 1936 Spain was a deeply conservative Catholic country and the SCW offered … 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 Spirit of 45.  Tameside NHS campaigners have arranged a special showing of Ken Loach’s documentary The Spirit of 1945 on Saturday 21st September, 6.30pm, in Mossley Community Centre, Roughtown Road.Mossley. Entrance is free.Premiered earlier this year, the documentary looks … 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 Most Valuable Englishman Ever..(on Youtube so its free) iconoclast Kenneth Griffiths’ documentary on Thomas Paine. Griffiths is as ever totally over the top but, like me, he venerates Tom because he was an intellectual and activist who spoke … Continue reading

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Book Review; Miss Nobody by Ethel Carnie

Ethel Carnie grew up in one of the most vibrant and progressive eras for working class people. It was a period of the birth of the trade union movement, of mass unrest on the streets and in workplaces and the … Continue reading

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