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


better call saul
Better Call Saul (Netflix only) if you watched, Breaking Bad, the US series about a science teacher who becomes a drug dealer, then you will remember his lawyer Saul Goodman. This is his story and how he goes from being small-time lawyer “Jimmy” McGill to dodgy criminal lawyer, Saul Goodman. It is what you would expect of BB creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould. It is a dark story showing Jimmy’s descent into becoming Saul. Bob Odenkirk is brilliant as the likeable Jimmy who somehow although he tries to do the right thing ends up being screwed by bigger, more evil forces. Like many US series there is a class element. Jimmy has a cleverer older brother, Chuck, who is a partner in a prestigious law firm, where he ends up working in the mail room. Through distance learning Jimmy trains to be a lawyer but his brother will not accept him as an equal and refuses to help him join the firm. This is just one element in the story in his Miltonesque fall from grace. It is sad, funny and you just love Jimmy/Saul. Its the best of US series which put to shame our Downturn Abbey, Call the Midwife etc………….You can watch the series for free on Netflix at the moment as they have a special offer of 1 month’s free rental.


alice w plaque
out more about Derby’s Alice Wheeldon. She was a socialist who was framed by the state in 1917 for a plot to assassinate the Prime Minster, Lloyd George. Sheila Rowbotham has produced a new edition of her book. Friends of Alice Wheeldon (read my review) and there are several meetings and a walk in honour of Alice and her comrades this month in Derby and Notts. For further details see and at


43 students
The 43 student teachers who were “disappeared” from Ayotzinapa in Mexico nearly a year ago. The Manchester for Ayotzinapa Campaign goes on to support the parents and find out where they are. On 26 September they are showing a documentary “Ayotzinapa: Chronicle of a State Crime” by director Xavier Robles. Food will be served at 6 and the screening starts at 645pm. Cost;£6. Profits will go to the campaign. Venue; Workers Film Association,9 Lucy Street, Hulme M15 4BX. Further details contact


palestinian women's social
The Saddleworth Palestine Women’s Scholarship Fund at a social on Sunday 11 October at 2pm. Listen to Dr. Mona el Farra, founder member of the Scholarship Fund, and find out why educational support is vital for Palestinian women. There will also be live music and the opportunity to buy Palestinian wares and jewellery. Further details contact or 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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