Blasts from the Furnace
Reviews, features and hot air by Damon Fairclough, a writer based in Liverpool via a long lost Sheffield of the soul.
In 1981, Roy Hattersley, then Shadow Home Secretary, made a short film for Yorkshire Television about the Sheffield in which he grew up.Read the full story..
It was summer’s end. Across the land, shop-fresh school shirts were being slipped from the cellophane and given an inaugural airing in public.Read the full story..
We all became so blasé about the concept of a ‘journey’ didn’t we? Sit down, lift off, couple of gins, a nice snooze and then whooosh, applaud the pilot and back on the ground.Read the full story..
There is a scene in the classic comedy film Carry On Up the Khyber in which a party of dignitaries from the British Raj sits down to dinner in a grand colonial residence.Read the full story..
Just a few days ago I was sitting in the Liverpool Small Cinema watching a film called Still the Enemy Within. Elegiac and accusatory, it’s the story of the 1984-85 miners’ strike from the perspective of the striking miners themselves.Read the full story..
When I drive from central Liverpool towards Crosby in the North of the city, there’s a sight that never fails to snatch my breath.Read the full story..
Four years on from the Liverpool Playhouse launch of The Ladykillers – Graham Linehan’s delicious stage adaptation of the classic Ealing comedy – Liverpool theatre remains bewitched by the magical shadows of the 20th century’s greatest art form.Read the full story..
Almost 20 years ago, Pulp released their career-defining album Different Class. Along with the Yanis Varoufakis-approved anthem Common People, it also featured a song called Something Changed. In the song, which is a delicate strum-a-long until some easy-listening strings send it soaring, St Jarvis of Intake ruminates on the temporal singularity around which a relationship was once conjured into existence.Read the full story..
Young people and politics. It’s a subject I’m well versed in as I was once a young man, embroiled in all manner of revolutionary brickbatting and riotous assemblies – and well before I turned 18.Read the full story..
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