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Read my weekly roundup of radical arts and politics..new films on Joan Littlewood, Mass Observation, Nightmail and Zinky Boys

Watch                 O What a Lovely War; a Tribute to Joan Littlewood   (free, click on the link). It’s hard to imagine a character such as Joan running a theatre these days. An … 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 Dheepan (Home)…how much do we really know about the refugees who escape war in their country and arrive in the west? Few people know about the war in Sri Lanka and the role of militants, the Tamil Tigers, who … Continue reading

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Celebrating women of the Easter Rising; my review of We Were There 77 Women of the Easter Rising

Today is the actual day of the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising in Dublin when revolutionaries tried to kick the British government out of Ireland. Not an anniversary that the Irish government really wants to celebrate properly; it might … 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  Public Eye (DVD.) As drama on our television screens seems to be dominated by murder and violence, it’s good to remind ourselves that there was a time when stories about the seediness and smallness of  people’s … 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 Ladies who Do (free on this link ) a fascinating comedy set in London in 1963 about women cleaners from the east end of London who use their inside knowledge to play the stock market, well, … 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 Marguerite (Home), a classy French film set in the 1920s about a rich woman who really wants to be an opera singer, even though she cannot sing. All is well while she entertains her friends at private concerts and … Continue reading

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Book review; Gone to Ground by Marie Jalowicz Simon

Marie Jalowicz Simon was 11 years old when the Nazis came to power in Germany in 1933. By 1939 a whole system of laws were enacted in order to exclude Jewish people from everyday life; stopping them from  going  to … Continue reading

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