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 back at how in 1945, in a country battered by six years of war, Britain created a National Health Service and Welfare State that there was the envy of the world. It includes archive footage and interviews with people about their memories of the 1940s, including a number of nurses from Manchester who worked in the NHS at its birth. Loach poses the question; what is happening to that legacy?

Loach says he was motivated to make the documentary because I felt it was important to record the memories of those almost written out of history who upheld the spirit of ’45. Today, the market penetrates everywhere. It’s time to put back on the agenda the importance of public ownership and public good, the value of working together collaboratively, not in competition.

The showing has been organised by Tameside Keep Our NHS Public which is campaigning against the privatisation of the NHS. Further details,  TamesideKONP@gmail.com

Find out about….the British Left and Zionism; History of a Divorce, a new book by Paul Keleman which explores the relationship between the Labour Party and Israel. Manchester Palestinian Solidarity Campaign have invited Paul to speak about his book on Thursday 19 September at 7pm at the Friends Meeting House in Manchester. Further info contact Linda on 07985 624968

Go and see; Don’t Shoot the Messenger…a wonderful play about the history of the  Post Office and the reasons why we should support the Communications Workers Union in their strikes to stop the theft/privatisation by the Government. Local theatre group Mikron are performing it at Buile Hill Park Hall on 22 September at 7.30pm. The proceeds from this event will raise money for Salford Loaves & Fishes, a charity which provides services in a safe and secure environment for homeless and vulnerable. More information http://www.salfordloavesandfishes.co.uk It costs £20 which includes your theatre ticket and a hot supper. Further details; tel: 0161 661 0903 or email rita@mcnassociates.org.uk to buy tickets.

Listen to…. Lotte Lenya sings Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins and Berlin Theatre Songs. Lotte (18 October 1898 – 27 November 1981) was an Austrian singer, and actor. Married to Kurt Weill she is famous for singing his songs and it is in this performance, captured on disc in 1956,  that the true power and beauty of her voice and the magic of his songs make it a truly unique recording. Listen at

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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. I am a member of the Manchester and Salford National Union of Journalists.If you want to contact me please use my gmail which is lipsticksocialist636
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