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

Watch 45 years (Home) is about older people and relationships, not the usual subject for British films. Kate and Geoff Mercer (Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay) are a couple about to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary when a letter from … Continue reading

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Book Review; Mrs Engels by Gavin Mc Crea

Some people in the northwest might be a bit unhappy with a novel about the lives of local hero and heroines Fred Engels and Mary and Lizzie Burns. But in his first novel, Mrs Engels, Gavin McCrea has at least … 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 The President (Home) Set in an unnamed eastern European state the President finds that his time has run out and he has to flee (with his grandson) as his citizens revolt. He could be Gadaffi or Sadam Hussein and … Continue reading

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Building a Socialist Library (12) ; Friends of Alice Wheeldon by Sheila Rowbotham

In 1993 I was involved with the Kate Magee case in Derby. It was “almost” a miscarriage of justice except that local people in Derby contacted organisations including the PTA Research and Welfare Association and the Irish in Britain Representation … 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 Cesar Chavez (DVD) made last year but has been given little distribution in this country. Cesar was an activist in the movement to unionise poor Mexican workers in the USA and this film reminds us of how difficult it … 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… Marshland at (Home). Set in the south of Spain in 1980 this crime thriller has as much to say about the politics of post Franco Spain as the workings of the police and military. Two policemen turn up 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 Best of Enemies (Home) a documentary film on the series of televised debates in 1968 between the liberal Gore Vidal and the conservative William F. Buckley Jr. The debates were on live TV at the Republican and Democratic conventions … Continue reading

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