Watch…The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology(DVD) a film made by cuddly philosopher Slavoj Žižek. I love films that try and to educate us about big ideas and Zizek is the opposite (!!) of the usual squeaky clean presenter. The film exposes how cinema, as the art of dreams, reveals much about the form and status of the ideologies that underpin modern society. Zizek examines the way in which ideology dominates our lives even if we do not notice it. To get his message across he uses clips from films ranging from The Sound of Music to Taxi Driver. The film is a bit longwinded at over two hours and, although entertaining, does become a bit repetitious towards the end. But it is good to see a film that encourages you to think about the world we live in….now just have to do something about it…………..
Join… the campaign to sack Nick Griffin as Northwest MEP. Hope not Hate are holding a northwest conference on 27 October at the Unison offices in Manchester. You can find out about the campaign and meet up with other activists from across the northwest. Further details see
Listen.. Reem Kelani in concert. She is a fantastic performer with a distinctive voice. At this concert she is accompanied by Bruno Heinen (piano)and Antonio Fusco (percussion) at 7.30pm Saturday 26th October at the Ted Hughes Theatre, Calder High School, Brier Hey Lane, Mytholmroyd, HX7 5QN. Advance tickets – £10, Concessions – £8, Children under 12 – £4 available from Jenny on 07801 275674 or by emailing email@example.com
Find out about… Hidden between the pages: British socialist fiction, 1884-1914.The last talk in the WCML’s current Invisible Histories series takes place on Wednesday 23 October at 2pm. Deborah Mutch’s talk will uncover some of the many forms of fiction used by activists in their desire to create a socialist society. Further details see
Remember... the miners of Bradford Pit…Bradford, as in East Manchester, and nowadays the home of Manchester City FC. My father and uncle worked there and it was the main workplace for many local men. For many years three men who worked at Bradford have been trying to raise money to establish a monument to the pit. On Saturday 26 October from 7.30pm a fundraiser will be held at the Moston Miners. Only £3.50 on the door. There will be live bands, a DJ, guest speakers and films. Further details see