Category Archives: North of Ireland

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

Watch….Shirley Valentine (1989), written by Liverpool playwright Willy Russell and starring Pauline Collins. Living in Liverpool in the 80s as I did was to be part a cultural renaissance for working class writers. TV drama led the country with programmes … Continue reading

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Book review; How a Century of War Changed the Lives of Women by Lindsey German

Published by Pluto Press. ISBN 976 0 7453 3250 5 Turning on the television it seems this country is obsessed with war. If its not past episodes of Allo, Allo or Dad’s Army there are constant documentaries about the Nazis. … Continue reading

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

Watch…..Louie (only on DVD) written by American real life stand-up comedian Louis C.K. He is the star of the show, playing a middle aged man going through a crisis about his life. We see him performing on-stage, off-stage with his … Continue reading

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

Watch Sicko (2009) American director Michael Moore’s expose of the American healthcare system. One of the richest countries in the world has one of the fewest numbers of its population with healthcare. In 2009 49.9 million citizens, 16.3% of the … Continue reading

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Meanwhile : a new play by Colin Connor

They have nothing in their whole imperial arsenal that can break the spirit of one Irishman who doesn’t want to be broken. Bobby Sands. In 1981 a small group of people used to gather together in Manchester City Centre with … Continue reading

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

Watch…Good Vibrations…and discover an aspect of 70s Belfast that is not well known…the punk scene and one man’s struggle to bring some life into a bombed out city. His name was Terri Hooley and he ran a record shop and … Continue reading

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International Women’s Day: Inspiring Women for the 21st Century

For the sisters, mothers, friends and lovers Who would not accept defeat Who’ve been cut by broken promises Been pounded by deceit And still hold out for justice Against brutality……. Hitting Home by Claire Mooney  from her CD Slow Riot … Continue reading

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Book review: Special Category; The IRA in English Prisons vol.1; 1968-78

Special Category: The IRA in English Prisons vol.1; 1968-1978 by Ruan O’Donnell Irish Academic Press ISBN 978 0 7165 3141 8 It will come as a surprise to many people in this country that there have been political prisoners in … Continue reading

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

Watch Ginger and Rosa (2012) a film directed by Sally Potter. Ginger and Rosa are two young women growing up in London in the 60s. The script catches the intensity of relationships between young women; sharing clothes, emotions and that … Continue reading

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Political Women (4) Pia Feig

Retired active socialist feminist Pia has been a political activist for over 40 years. She did not come from a political family but; They were avowedly non-political, we did discuss politics at home but there was a real fear of … Continue reading

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