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

WatchA Town Called Panic(DVD)
a town called panic

…its an animation film made about a town run by plastic animals including a horse called Horse, a cowboy called Cowboy and an Indian called Indian. It is Horse’s birthday and his friends decide to make him a present only they destroy the house. Mixed in is Horse’s attraction for a female horse who happens to be the local music teacher. Confused? It is a totally surreal film, obviously foreign, very funny and totally manic!

kersal moor

listening to band Edward II at Band on the Wall on Thursday 23 April. They have taken inspiration from the history of the northwest and the industrial revolution and mixed them together with their brand of rocksteady rhythms, wonderful harmonies and blazing horns. It is a celebration of great political events including the Chartist demonstration on Kersal Moor in 1838. An event and a movement that I think is much more significant than Peterloo. Hopefully the songs may inspire people today to follow in the footsteps of the people who made Salford and Manchester into radical (not shopping or drinking !) cities! To hear the song about Kersal Moor see

…to Dave Smith and Phil Chamberlain..a building worker and journalist who have written this really important book Blacklisted The Secret War between Big Business and Union Activists.It is the story of how multinational companies could break not just UK laws on employment rights but European ones. And unlike the hacking debacle there has been no public inquiry. I wonder why?? Maybe because working class people do not matter as much as celebs. The northern book launch is at the Kings Arms Salford on 1 May at 6pm. Further details see Read my article about local campaigner against blacklisting see

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…..May Day..traditionally a day for workers to celebrate as trade unionists and political activists. But as trade unions have declined in numbers and political power so has the annual day of celebration. But in Manchester this year the local Trades Council have married together a march plus a series of stalls, talks and cultural activities in the birthplace of trade unions, the Mechanics Institute. Taking part include new organisations such as the Peoples Assembly alongside local trade unions. Further details see Read up about the history of May Day see

Jennifer Reid

…Manchester balladeer Jennfer Reid who has been chosen to take part in the UK section of the Venice Biennale. Jennifer is well known in the northwest for rescuing and reviving traditonal ballads and performing them at a myriad of events.In Venice she will be teaching the Italians to sing the ballads and perform Lancashire clog dances. Easy!! Find out more about Jennifer at

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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