Watch…More Than Honey, a film to be screened by the Manchester Film Coop and Friends of the Earth. The film asks the question, why are colonies of bees being destroyed across the world? UK government figures suggest bee numbers have fallen by 10-15% over the last 2 years; the British Beekeepers’ Association (BBKA) quotes a figure nearer 30% for 2008. Bees are crucial to the production of fruits and vegetables and to the continuation of our species and this crisis has seen a new interest in beekeeping; you only have to look at the top of some of the buildings in Manchester and you can see that they now have their own hives. But how do the bees survive the pollution? Find out more on 23 April at 7pm at On the Eighth Day cafe. Further info see
Find out about...how people are challenging the eviction of people from housing in London. Blogger Kate Belgrave is right there in the middle of the protest, taking photos and videoing the action. It is good to see people fighting against the unjust actions, in this case by Camden Council, of using bailiffs and the police to evict a man with mental health issues.See
Learn about the coal mining industry… Down the Pits, a guided tour of the history of the industry at PHM on 25 April. From the experience of working underground to the story of the strikes. All in 45 minutes. Book at
The WCML has its own film festival next month, 12-14 May, called Last Cage Down, as part of the 30th anniversary of the Miners Strike.The highlight will probably be Tues 13 May 7pm with the film The Last Strike, followed by a talk by Dave Douglass, the NUM activist. The film was made in 1984 by a French TV crew and Dave describes it as the best film made about the strike. It focuses on St Helen’s and the solidarity of Lancashire miners whilst the key role played by women comes powerfully across.
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Read another interesting blog...Blink and You’ll Miss It by Yorkshire based journalist Chloe Glover. She writes an eclectic mix of posts from the latest about electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire to picking out unknown attractions across the northwest. see
Go to…an exhibition… Silent Voices…see Palestine through the eyes of the children who live in the village of bil’in in the occupied West Bank.
The Eighth Day Café, All Saints, Oxford Road, central Manchester 1st – 29th April 2014
Read...Innocent Flowers; Women in the Edwardian Theatre by Julie Holledge. It was published in 1981 by Virago. A fascinating account of the lives of women who were determined to become actresses, against the moral code of their era. I particularly enjoyed the chapter on the Actresses Franchise League, which was set up in 1908 as part of the suffragette movement. What makes this really interesting history is that Julie went out and interviewed some of the women who were still alive in 1981. Members of the AFL did not just campaign for the vote but used their own skills to promote suffragism which included persuading women to produce their own plays on the subject. Another interesting example of how broad ranging was the campaign for the vote. We need to learn these lessons now!!!