An alternative to Orwell

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An alternative to Orwell

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I subscribe to an online Manchester based newspaper called THE MILL. The journalists write good stories, factual stories, away from hype and political bias( well I think so) . This morning this article struck me as being very interesting about a Rochdale man who through his experiences of growing up became politically active, was arrested , educated himself and became an author, now long forgotten.

You may like to read this

https://manchestermill.co.uk/p/he-captu ... urce=email
If you keep searching you will find it
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Sue,

Well done and many thanks for posting that. It ticks most of my boxes. :smile:

A quest for an unrecognised author, (cf Gerald Kersh) - references to Chadderton where I was born, and the Sportsman Pub which I've never been in, but know well. Mention of Anthony Burgess who went to the same school as me, and George Orwell whose books referred to I have read many years ago.

I've signed up for the emails and after a bit more 'due diligence' may even subscribe. :smile:

PS - Just read the article on the very very murky current world of Oldham and Failsworth politics. Not rushing but it has the famous 'ring of truth' about it. I find mentioned in it the lady Kath Wilkinson, who welcomed me to the Fippers. Small world. :smile:
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Ah a new recruit possibly. I love their longer articles and general reporting. Proper journalists. I feel my subscription is well worth it.
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I think we crossed in the post. See my PS.

Yes - agreed. I'll probably join.

PS The street Jack Hilton lived on and pictured in the article is easily recognised (by me at least :smile: ) as Whitegate Lane near the corner of Gorse Street with the Gorse Mill in the backgound.

Anyway - I've joined. I've spent money on dafter things in the past. :smile: I may cancel Private Eye - well past its time.

The boss wrote for The Guardian,The Telegraph, The Evening Standard, and The Spectator - so we should get balanced content. He has a commendable interest in the history of newspapers in Manchester back to The Manchester Guardian started in 1821.
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That piece rang bells for me for at least two reasons. My mother had a club foot caused by childhood polio and worked half time in the mill in Dukinfield. The other reason is I share Jack's distrust of Orwell and remember in particular being offended by his contention that working class people smell.
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Stanley wrote: 31 Jul 2022, 03:19 The other reason is I share Jack's distrust of Orwell and remember in particular being offended by his contention that working class people smell.
I tend to disagree Stanley. Orwell is talking pre WW2 when living was a lot harder and a lot different from today. We all smell to some extent. Some more than others for different reasons. A household full of smokers has its own smell. Open coal fires or more often bits of offcuts of wood ash tumbling over the fire hearth. Damp white washed walls. Tin baths wheels out once a week for the family bath following a strict pecking order. The bread winner coming home in their working clothes smelling of foundry and coal pits. People did their best to dress up at weekends and many tried to keep things spotlessly clean but it was an uphill battle. Yes people smelled but it didn't mean they were dirty.
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I was reared in pre WW2 conditions Ken and never noticed the smell.
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