As I arrived in Rusholme on my bike at 8 o’clock on Monday night I was startled to hear the sound of breaking glass and see a man falling backwards out of Subway. He was clutching a broken bottle by the neck and a member of staff was holding up a chair in self-defence, in […]
FULL VIDEO REPORT COMING SOON The candlelight AIDS vigil on the final night of Manchester Pride has always been a key event and, to some people, the most important part.
On 30 April, just four days after I wrote about the Basement Social Centre in Manchester city centre and said what a unique and absolutely spiffing place it was, a huge fire ripped through a building to the rear of it.
If you haven’t seen this fascinating three-part BBC documentary series, you can download it from the Internet Archive:
Part1 | Part2 | Part3
It explores ‘the origins in the 1940s and 50s of Islamic Fundamentalism in the Middle East, and Neoconservatism in America, parallels between these movements, and their effect on the world today.’ And it shows how politicians have used the terror threat to restore their power and authority in a disillusioned age.
It’s a brilliant use of archive film of all kinds, combined with interviews. Give it a look even if you don’t usually watch this kind of subject, because it’s interesting to see how Adam Curtis the producer combines such diverse visual material.
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Don’t believe the big fibs that are put around by commercial vested interests today. They make out that Manchester was some kind of gay wasteland before Canal Street took off in the early 1990’s.
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In Britain, 5th November is Bonfire Night. When it’s traditional to let off fireworks and burn a dummy of Guy Fawkes, who tried to blow up Parliament in 1605.
However, for many people in inner-city areas, this has become a time of year that they dread. This video is a glimpse into why.
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