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

WatchGloria(2012) She is a divorced woman in her late 50s and is looking for someone to share her life and love with. Set in Chile the past events of the dictatorship are alluded to and we get glimpses of the present student unrest in the country. There are many women like Gloria who have spent most of their lives bringing up their children as single parents and are now returning to the dating scene to find a partner to share their lives. Gloria does meet a man, Rodolfo, who seems to want to get to know her and throw off his ex-wife and dependant grown-up children. But can he really be the equal of such an independent and free spirited character? Unusual in this film are the sexual scenes between older people and the honesty of both characters in their drive for sexual fulfilment. Paulina García as Gloria is sensational and gives us a hero that is not a victim but a complex and humane person, determined to live a full life. See it at

Find out aboutWomen in open day at the WCML as part of the Parliament Week, a series of events across the country “celebrating women’s contribution to democratic life”. Women still do not make half of all MP’s..should we, women and democrats be concerned about this situation? Does anyone, apart from the parties themselves, really believe that we have a democratic system in this country? The growth of membership of organisations such as Peoples Assembly, Left Unity as well as single issue groups such as Keep Our National Health Service Public show that people do want a better society to live in but the big question is; how are we going to get it? In this exhibition we can look back at a time when women did believe in the political process, they did have hope for the future…..and maybe it will inspire more women/men to get involved in an issue, if not a party, to build a better society……….

Support the Salford Star….alongside the growing disillusionment felt by people towards the political parties is the decline of the newspaper industry and its role in the democratic process of challenging the status quo including the government (local and national) as well as big business. If you are involved in a campaign that is not linked to the main political parties then getting any publicity for your events is very difficult if not impossible. There are exceptions to that including the Morning Star, Manchester Mule and the Salford Star. The Star is brilliant for local news, it dishes the dirt on Salford Council and its Mayor and it is extremely well written, very well informed and community based. Living through these depressing times it is also good to read a paper that is funny and insightful. But the Star does not have any rich backers, isn’t likely to get any mainstream funding and depends on donations. So go along to their social on Thursday, November 21st, there’s going to be a fundraising benefit, jointly for the Salford Star and George Tapp, who was horrifically run over while on a protest against blacklisting in the building trade, suffering two broken legs and a fractured skull.
The theme of the night is Nineteen Eighty-Four, reflecting the weird doublespeak world we’re now living in. There’s going to be speakers on the theme, including Salford Star contributor, Nigel Pivaro, and community film makers Reel MCR; plus top Salford poems from Words Escape Me, and entertainment from special guests still to be announced.
The Nineteen Eighty-Four night will happen at Cheetham Hill’s ace Asian restaurant, Saffron’s, and the £10 entrance (£5 cons) will include a free meal.

JoinAction for Rail Campaign ,the TUC and rail industry trade union led campaign, that fights cuts to jobs and services and campaigns for a national integrated railway under public ownership. This week marked the 20 anniversary of the privatisation of the railways and this animation shows why we need to support their campaign see

Listen toGlory Days the new CD by Sarah Gillespie. More personal than national politics. Love the lyrics…but it’s hard loving a man who thinks monagamy is a type of wood...her songs delve into the our deepest needs for love and companionship, to be better people and to live in a happier world. Highly recommended.

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. .If you want to contact me please use my gmail which is lipsticksocialist636
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