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Seven shades of red
November 11, 2014 – 10:00 pm | No Comment

While passing the line of teenagers like ourselves we couldn’t but help notice that some of them were wearing black bin liners. We stood and stared. “What ya looking at?” “Why the bin liners?” “‘Cause …

Explore the past, change the future – get up close to historic activist material at the Working Class Movement Library
October 7, 2014 – 9:42 am | No Comment
Explore the past, change the future – get up close to historic activist material at the Working Class Movement Library

Here’s a message for activists and campaigners from our friends at Salford’s Working Class Movement Library:
Fighting for a better world?
Wednesdays 15, 22, 29  October, 6.30-8pm
Come along and spend three evenings exploring what you’ve got in …

Standing in the shadows of the miners’ strike…
October 1, 2014 – 2:15 pm | No Comment
Standing in the shadows of the miners’ strike…

The much anticipated Manchester screening of ‘Still the enemy within’, the crowd-funded film about the 1984-1985 Great Miners’ Strike, takes place this coming Monday, 6th October, at Cornerhouse.

Our NHS
September 10, 2014 – 8:28 pm | No Comment
Our NHS

A reminder from Lung contributor Jonathan Allsopp that we’re in danger of losing the NHS unless we don’t fight back:
Ellen Wilkinson is a name that’s probably unfamiliar to many outside of Manchester or the north …

Mule of Oi
August 31, 2014 – 11:04 pm | No Comment
Mule of Oi

It’s come to our attention that religious extremists are conspiring to take control and run our real ale pubs, oil and oatcakes. Men have been seen, wearing great bushy beards, unkempt straggly hair, wearing strange …

Scholes slams blues for lack of support
August 29, 2014 – 8:00 am | No Comment
Scholes slams blues for lack of support

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes hit out at the club’s blue rivals, for the poor atmosphere they create at European home games.

Looking after your bottom ends…
August 26, 2014 – 12:39 pm | No Comment
Looking after your bottom ends…

“No one likes us, we don’t care” – I always thought that Millwall’s favourite song was better suited to Manchester United, particularly in the late ‘90s when every away game in a small provincial town …

Future heads…
August 1, 2014 – 1:13 am | No Comment
Future heads…

FC United has, since its inception, prided itself on “doing things differently”. I think we can all agree that Course You Can Malcolm is something which is very different indeed.

The fiery particle (vote Ellen)
July 31, 2014 – 10:41 am | No Comment
The fiery particle (vote Ellen)

One of those being touted as a deserving recipient of this civic award is Ellen Wilkinson. Ellen featured on the cover of issue eight of A Fine Lung, and in issue 11 Elsie wrote a lovely piece about her.

Derby della capitale
July 21, 2014 – 3:36 pm | No Comment
Derby della capitale

The Drunken Ship in Campo Dè Fiori has not been too welcoming to English football fans in recent years with supporters of Middlesbrough and Tottenham stabbed by Ultras when their clubs visited the city.

Salford Tories, the gift that keeps on giving
July 11, 2014 – 2:11 pm | No Comment
Salford Tories, the gift that keeps on giving

We reported in May the bizarre tale of Salford Tories’ attack on the Working Class Movement Library, the amazing collection which they are lucky enough to have on their patch.  News – and indeed incredulity …

Somewhere Tehran
June 25, 2014 – 7:32 pm | No Comment
Somewhere Tehran

By Jonathan Allsopp
I followed Iran during the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Working as a volunteer English tutor at the Refugee Education & Employment Programme in Sheffield, I’d recently met a lad from a Persian …

Miffin: my part in his downfall
May 30, 2014 – 11:36 pm | No Comment
Miffin: my part in his downfall

The jolly ho ho approached me, you can’t make personal remarks. I didn’t I replied, I just shouted ‘you fat git’. You pointed in his direction and shouted ‘you fat git’. No, I’m sorry but …

Message of peace
May 26, 2014 – 5:58 pm | One Comment
Message of peace

A reader has written to the council about Manchester’s Peace Garden:
I am writing in connection with the redevelopment of St Peters Square and the demise of the Manchester Peace Garden.
I fully support the redevelopment of …

Broadhurst Park picture of the week
May 17, 2014 – 9:35 am | No Comment
Broadhurst Park picture of the week

Photographer Richard Searle is documenting the build of FC United’s new home in Moston. Here is a picture from inside the clubhouse.
We will attempt to put one picture up a week, from now until the …

Actress slams Tory liars over library attack
May 11, 2014 – 3:11 pm | No Comment
Actress slams Tory liars over library attack

“It is ironic that the Tories are attacking a place that seeks to educate people, without them actually educating themselves on the facts first.”

Salford Tories said what?…
May 9, 2014 – 12:10 pm | One Comment
Salford Tories said what?…

A press release from Salford’s Working Class Movement Library today states:
The Trustees of the Working Class Movement Library have written to the Electoral Commission in protest at a leaflet issued by Salford Conservatives.
The leaflet was …

Circularness
May 7, 2014 – 10:40 pm | No Comment
Circularness

There is something oddly dehumanising about the new library. It is a beautiful re-development of the already magnificent circular edifice. It edges up to the Town Hall extension, wiggling itself comfortably into the caress of …

Football can get stuffed
May 5, 2014 – 5:10 pm | No Comment
Football can get stuffed

One of the joys of the Northern Premier League is that you get to visit places like Stamford, Matlock, Kendal and Buxton and have a proper pre-match nose around without arousing the attention of the local dibble.

Ode to the 135
April 20, 2014 – 11:33 pm | No Comment
Ode to the 135

In 2005 North Manchester was pretty much uncharted territory for a girl who’d been brought up in Stockport.   I started off by getting the tram up to Bury to matches (starting with a solo …