Tag Archives: bobby sands

Book review; Black Star Britain’s Asian Youth Communities

Black Star; Britain’s Asian Youth Movements by Anandi Ramamurthy (2013) Pluto Press £17.50 South Asian communities have a respected place in the history of the left in this country, a tradition that includes Shapurji Saklatvala, born in Bombay, who was … 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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Classic LPs; The Spirit of Freedom by Christy Moore

In the 1980s concerts by Christy Moore and the Wolfe Tones gave the Irish community somewhere to express their solidarity with the Republican movement. The venue was often the International club in Longsight (a largely Irish part of the city) … Continue reading

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Stop! Look! Listen! a weekly selection of some of my favourite films/books/people…

Watch… Happy People (2010) A year in the Taiga by Dmitry Vasyukov. Siberia extends from the Urals to the Pacific and is one and a half times the size of the USA. 38 million people live in this area, but … Continue reading

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