Watch… Nebraska..life is not all black and white and a seemingly simple story of an older man’s belief that he was won a million dollars forces a family to confront their feelings about each other. Woody(played by Bruce Dern) is in his 80s. Over the years he has spent more time boozing with his mates than with his wife and sons. He is now determined to get the million dollars and give it to his family to make up for his misdemeanours over the years. The road trip with his sons is funny and sad, sometimes at the same time. It says a lot about poor people in the USA and those people who live in small towns and lead ordinary lives. I loved it because of its honest depiction of the relationship between the father and his sons. The film is shot in black and white and the scenery of this part of America provides a wonderful backdrop to the story. Highly recommended.
Go to an alternative xmas event...at the Rochdale Pioneers Museum on Wednesday 18 December, 6.30-8pm. Volunteers have spent the year transcribing the first minute book of the Pioneers and they will talk about its contents. You will also have the opportunity to transcribe a page as well as indulging in Xmas refreshments. To book a place please call 01706 524920.
Support the anti-fracking protest at Barton Moss….a blockade of IGas’s site where the local community are trying to stop trucks bringing in more equipment. This week there have been several arrests by the police, including a pregnant woman and a disabled man. Protestors are concerned about the heavy handed action by the police. See their website for further info see
Go see….Teabags and Tears by Karen Woods, 18th January 2014, 7pm at the Moston Miners. Karen Woods is from North Manchester and her novels are grounded in working class life and the choices that women have to make to get by. She has written five novels and this play is based is on based on one of them. They are not cosy reads and the stories are raw and gritty whilst showing characters that are as complex as you would get in any novel by Jeanette Winterson or Zadie Smith. Teabags and Tears takes on the issue of domestic violence as the main character Sandra Partington decides she will no longer be a victim and seeks revenge on her husband and sister.
Support the NHS…and the Campaign to defend Mental health services in Bolton Salford Trafford. The are opposing the closure of 29 adult beds and the centralisation of all elderly mental health beds for Bolton, Salford and Trafford at Woodlands in Little Hulton with the loss of 25 older age beds.You can help by joining them to petition 11.30 – 1pm on Sat 11th Jan in Eccles Precinct by Cash Converters, Sat 18th January in Farnworth outside post office: Sat 25th Jan in Bolton, by Fred Dibnah statue.
Please sign their petition at
You can make a donation to the campaign by sending a cheque made out to Bolton TUC marked as for the Save our NHS campaign, Trade union office, Trust Headquarters, Bury New Road, Prestwich, Manchester M25 3BL
Find out about…student protests and their support for some of the poorest workers on their campuses. I came across this internet based news programme run by students and showing some of the demos that have taken places at the London Universities as the authorities use the police to stop protests. see And to find out about the campaign by the workers on the campuses to get better pay and conditions see It is great to see students supporting the rights of some of the lowest paid workers, workers in this case from Latin America. la victoria a los trabajadores (victory to the workers!)