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

Watch Anno 1790(DVD)..a historic drama made in Sweden and set in 1790. I knew nothing about Swedish history when I started watching this series which is not just a foreign drama but is a insight into the way in which the ideas of the French revolution influenced people across Europe and the world. The main character is Johan Gustav Dåådh a former army doctor who has survived the Russo-Swedish war of 1788-1790 and has been inspired by ideas of republicanism and wants to live in a freer society. Sweden at this time has a feudal monarchy. Johann struggles with his ideas of changing society without going down the road of revolutionary struggle having experienced war and its cruelties. It is fascinating to watch a drama that shows individuals struggling with big ideas and trying to live a better life whilst challenging a repressive regime. Sounds familiar………..Highly recommended.

Find out about…. trade union iconography on a guided tour at the Peoples History Museum. They have a very impressive collection of trade union banners so it should be an interesting tour. A Cornucopia of Surprises is on 6 December 2013, 14:00 – 15:00, duration 60 minutes. Booking advised, please contact 0161 838 9190 or

Help save...mental health a time of growing despair in society about the future it is frightening that the response of Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Trust is to consider proposals to close one of the three adult mental health wards at Bolton and another at Salford both to be replaced by community care, details of which have not been given. It would centralise all elderly mental health beds for Bolton, Salford and Trafford at Woodland in Little Hulton with the probable reduction in the number of those beds. A campaign meeting has been set up; Don’t close mental health wards for Saturday 7th December 12 -.130pm. Bolton Town Hall, Lancaster Suite. Further details

Read about...Peterloo in this pamphlet Rise Like Lions; The History and Lessons of the Peterloo Massacre of 1819, written by local activist Mark Krantz. The best history is written by people who are political activists and this short history of Peterloo confirms my view. It is well written, readable and captures one of the most significant episodes in the history of this country. It shows why Manchester at that time was a hotbed of dissent and it also explains why the government was determined to take a stand against a growing politicised working class that was no longer prepared to accept second class status. Mark captures the hopes and dreams of the activists of 1819 and, as an activist himself, shows that in 2013 people need to show the same level of courage and determination. Buy it, it costs only £2!, from the publishers Bookmarks see

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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