Articles relating to: Blasts from the Furnace
We’ve all heard it said that Britain doesn’t make things any more. We’re a service economy apparently, although I’ve never been quite certain what that entails. Does it mean we’re now merely the kind of country that waits at traffic lights to wipe the world’s windscreens, then hustles for a few coins in return?Read the full story..
There really was nowhere quite like the Kazimier.Read the full story..
God knows how much time has passed since I last saw a gooseberry. It seems to me that nations have risen, civilisations have collapsed and entire continents have drifted apart since I last set eyes on any of those translucent little fellows in their furry phlegm-coloured jackets.Read the full story..
I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now. Drink a beer and write about it I mean. But time and again, as sip followed sip, I found that the bottle was sunk well before I was ever able to reach for my pen.Read the full story..
One of the best things about being a parent in Liverpool used to be our family’s Christmas trip to the Unity Theatre.Read the full story..
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..
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..
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