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Books were the theme of last week’s Time Out, London’s leading listings magazine. Time Out had asked readers to nominate their favourite independent bookshop.
Loads of people wrote in to recommend Bookmarks, the socialist bookshop, and so Bookmarks was featured in the magazine as one of London’s 30 best independent bookshops.
The shop features three times in the magazine with a rave review and a large picture of Bookmarks’s wonderful Tatlin Tower.
By the afternoon of the day it came out we already saw lots of first timers come in for a look around.
The Bicycle Thieves
Rereleased 20 February
The term “classic” is much abused in the world of film, but Vittorio de Sica’s 1948 movie The Bicycle Thieves is the real thing – a classic of world cinema.
For movie buffs it marked a turning point in politically-conscious film – the moment of birth for a new cinema that focused on the experiences of working class people.
For everybody else this is simply a brilliant film, one that moves in ways that Hollywood could not even imagine.
Folk Britannia: Which Side Are You On?
9pm, Friday 24 February,
Part of the BBC season on folk, this episode, hosted and curated by Billy Bragg, this programme focuses on songs of social engagement and commentary.
Performers include English folk legend Martin Carthy, Scottish stalwart Dick Gaughan, Maggie Holland and singer songwriter Robb Johnson.