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


The Lightbulb Conspiracy Hacked off by the way that products never seem to last very long? Well this is why. This film tells you the story of companies who design their products to fail! The system is called “planned obsolescence” which is a central part of the consumer culture we now live in. Have your say after the screening at a post screening Skype with the filmmaker Cosima Dannoritzer. The screening is organised by Manchester Film Coop and you see it on 9 December at 7pm at the Yard Theatre in Hulme.

Find out about
save our nhs
…the further privatisation of the NHS and join Greater Manchester Keep our NHS Public to oppose it. GMKONP are showing “Sell-off”, film about privatisation of NHS, Thursday 11 December, 7pm atthe Methodist Central Hall (in “The Lounge” room). Further info see

Go to a meeting
podemos mcr
…about Podemos (it means “we can”) who are a social democratic political party in Spain started in 2014. Strangely founded by a writer and talk show host! Having said that they are now the second largest Spanish party in terms of membership (200,000) and received 8% of the vote in the European Parliament elections in 2014. There is, apparently, a Podemos Manchester, who seem to be a group of Spanish people living here who show Spanish films followed by a discussion. This meeting was organised by them in conjunction with Left Unity to talk about Podemos in Spain and how it is transforming society. Only worrying thing for me is that like the Peoples Assembly there is no mention of class see
Further info see

Look at
bolton museum

an exhibition about the men who chose not to fight in the First World War. Conscience And Conviction :Bolton men who chose not to fight in World War One at Bolton Museum. The exhibition looks at the role of the Quakers, who have an honourable tradition as pacifists, and their opposition to the war. The second part reminds us of the harsh consequences for those who held onto their principles and were conscientious objectors. See it at

Show solidarity
…with the parents of the 43 missing students in the small Mexican town of Ayotzinapa at a fund-raising Mexican ‘posada’ on 13th December 2014 / 7pm to 10pm.. A ‘posada’ is part of a traditional nine-day celebration in Mexico before Christmas. In this posada you can have fun, dance and try some typical Mexican food and drinks. As in all traditional posadas, ‘piñatas’ will be beaten. The admission cost is £5 and it includes a drink. All profits after costs will be donated to missing students’ families . Further info 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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