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

Watch last a happy film but…it does have underlying themes about modern society…Frenchman Jacques Tati is one of my favourite actors although the word “actor” does not do justice to the man’s talents. Made in 1967 we follow Tati as Monsieur Hulot, around a modern Paris. Not the Eiffel Tower and Montemarte but buildings made of glass and concrete. There is hardly any script, just lots of visual jokes added to with a clever use of sound. Lots of jokes made at the expense of American tourists and their pursuit of what is the Parisian experience. There is a hilarious scene in a nightclub, an exclusive one at that, which slowly falls apart and I mean the building, as the put-upon staff try to feed the greedy rich guests.

Go to a play
shobna gulati..about Iran. Red Rabbit, White Rabbit starring local actress, Shobna Gulati. This is the story; Nassim Soleimanpour is 29 and forbidden to leave his country. He is a conscientious objector who has refused to take part in mandatory military service in his native Iran. Unable to travel, Soleimanpour has turned his isolation to his own advantage with a play that is written in English but which requires no director, no set and a different actor for each performance. Looks fascinating. See it at the Contact on 2/3 December. For further details see

safety4sisters..a demo against cuts to specialist “Violence Against Women” services. Manchester City Council is making another £60 million pounds worth of cuts and Safety4Sisters are calling on women and men to join their demo on 10 December 12-2pm in St. Peters Square. They say;10th December marks Human Rights Day. It is also the end of the 16 days of action associated with UN International Day to Eliminate Violence against Women. As Manchester City Council announces a further round of cuts to the tune of £60 million, Safety4Sisters calls all women and men to join our demo. For more information contact – Sandhya Sharma or Vicky Marsh

Sign a petition….
gtr mcr petitionagainst the Tory (and the Tory Labourites of the area) view of a Greater Manchester run by a would be Boris Johnson…and they wonder why people don’t vote…...see


red shoes

.about the opposition to the cuts in Wales. Loved their publication; Red Shoes; kicking ass for the working class Find our more  See


Listen to…a very funny skit on Bandaid called Blandaid 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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