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Wednesday 18 August 2010

Alternatives to Manchester Pride happening this month

Reclaim the Scene aims to build on last year, which was its first event, with another post-Pride-parade picnic and (Out of the) Village Fete. This year we’re promised it will be ‘bigger and better than ever, with free food, performers, live art, stalls, music, and kids’ entertainment!’

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Filed under: Gay,LGBT,Manchester — GS @ 5:24 am
Sunday 25 October 2009

‘Hazel Blears Must Go’ campaigners hand in an open letter at her constituency office

‘Hazel Blears Must Go’ campaigners hand in an open letter at her constituency office (video)
On Friday campaigners from the ‘Hazel Must Go‘ campaign handed in an open letter at Hazel Blears’ constituency office. (more…)


Filed under: Manchester,Politics — GS @ 7:24 pm
Friday 6 March 2009

Mandelson hit by slime instead of sleaze, for a change

Above: Channel 4 News reports

Unelected Business Secretary, ‘Lord’ Mandelson was hit by slime rather than sleaze when Leila Deen, a member of environmental group Plane Stupid, threw green custard over him this morning. The move was a ‘last resort’ after the democratic process had failed, she said.

Plane Stupid is campaigning against a third runway at Heathrow. (more…)


Filed under: Environment,Politics — GS @ 8:27 pm
Tuesday 11 November 2008

Ill with stress

We hear lots about stress in the workplace. When you’re effectively ‘trapped’ in a job and can’t escape the cause of the stress, it’s a terrible thing. But recently I’ve discovered that stress can creep up on you slowly and unexpectedly.

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Filed under: Health,Personal — GS @ 3:40 am
Saturday 16 August 2008

Queer activists invade the Manchester Pride 2008 balloon launch (video)

Young queer demomstrators invade the Manchester Pride 2008 launch - watch the video

Shout out: are you the person who was asked to remove their hooded top for the photoshoot and who refused and was then excluded, or did you witness this incident? I would be very interested to hear your story. Please contact me.

Watch the six minute video (super-widescreen format!). It includes two minutes of exclusive archive footage of August Bank Holiday 1991.

A trailer to embed and share can be found here on YouTube.

The real facts and figures behind Pride can be found here.

Manchester Pride 2008 opened last night. A group of 18 year olds gathered to (more…)


Filed under: Manchester,Politics,With video — GS @ 8:45 am
Sunday 20 April 2008

Protest by Chinese students, Manchester (video)

More than 1000 people protested about Western media coverage of the Beijing Olympics and Tibet. After a two-hour demonstration outside the BBC, they marched up Oxford Street to Manchester Town Hall.

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Filed under: Manchester,Politics,The media,With video — GS @ 7:29 pm
Saturday 8 March 2008

Reclaim the Night march, Manchester

UPDATE (October 2008): due to controversy surrounding the actual motives behind the ‘queer trans bloc’, this video has ‘retired’ into the archives and I have withdrawn permission to show or distribute it. On a personal note, I filmed this event with the best of intentions: to report the march and record it for posterity.

Original text description:

Saturday 1 March 2008, The Reclaim the Night march set off from Manchester University on Sackville Street. Travelled along Oxford Road, Portland Street and through the gay village. Despite torrential rain everyone was in good spirits.


Filed under: LGBT,Politics — GS @ 2:12 am
 
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