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The Likes of Us Podcast
Working-Class Life, Art, Politics & Culture
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Writer and Socialist. Currently teaching/working for the Open Book Project at Goldsmiths.


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March 16, 2017 01:06 AM PDT

In this weeks episode of THE LIKES OF US podcast, dedicated to Working-Class Life, Art, Politics and Culture, your host, Neil Bradley offers up Part 2 of the 'Wapping Dispute,' when Rupert Murdoch sacked his entire workforce and switched production of his four newspaper titles to 'Fortress Wapping.'

Offering up a personal view of the dispute, Neil talks about flying pickets, Dr Zhivago, and the night he nearly died!

March 09, 2017 01:54 AM PST

In this weeks episode of THE LIKES OF US podcast, dedicated to Working-Class Life, Art, Politics and Culture, your host, Neil Bradley revisits the Wapping Dispute of 1985/86 when Rupert Murdoch sacked his 6,000-strong workforce, and switched production of his four newspaper titles: The Sun, News of the World, Times, and Sunday Times.

In this episode he looks at the build-up to the dispute, and offers up an insight into the weekly marches (Wednesday and Saturday), which took place during the year-long dispute, talking about how the dispute was lost in the very first week, as well as offering up a view that the pickets were probably not violent enough when compared to the tactics used by the police!

March 02, 2017 01:25 AM PST

In this weeks episode of THE LIKES OF US podcast, dedicated to Working-Class Life, Art, Politics and Culture, your host, Neil Bradley talks about Millwall, Labour, and modern-day football.

Offering up his usual rage, Neil talks about the disconnect between Millwall (a traditionally working class football club) and the Premier League, and makes similar comparisons between the modern-day Labour Party and its traditional working class support, reflecting how Labour has driven those same supporters into the arms of the Conservative Party and UKIP.

February 22, 2017 11:47 PM PST

In this weeks episode of THE LIKES OF US podcast, dedicated to Working-Class Life, Art, Politics and Culture, your host, Neil Bradley talks about his sixth job in the Goldsmiths series: A Working-Class Life in 6 Jobs.

Following a year's unemployment, Neil secures a weird job at the Crown Court. Along with all the usual rage and toxic industrial relations, he offers up a bizarre story regarding a gay porn video obscenity trial, which sees him, the jury, the prosecution and defence barristers all attempting to contain their laughter, whilst the judge sits taking detailed notes of the unfolding action on the big screen!

February 16, 2017 03:45 PM PST

In this weeks episode of THE LIKES OF US podcast, dedicated to Working-Class Life, Art, Politics & Culture, your host, Neil Bradley talks about the Working Class Sitcom.

Following the sad passing of Alan Simpson (one half of the comedy-writing duo Galton & Simpson), Neil talks about the influence of Hancock's Half Hour & Steptoe & Son, on the nation. He talks about the time he met another comedy-writing giant in the shape of John Sullivan (Only Fools and Horses, Just Good Friends, Dear John, Citizen Smith), and how his sitcoms, along with the likes of Porridge and 'Til Death Us Do Part, influenced his writing and upbringing, making the usual impassioned arguments as to the value of popular culture!

February 09, 2017 01:56 AM PST

In this weeks episode of THE LIKES OF US podcast, dedicated to Working-Class Life, Art, Politics & Culture, your host, Neil Bradley talks about his favourite book: The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell.

Often referred to as the 'Socialist Bible,' Neil talks about how he came to be given the book, back in the days when he was still an 'Angry Young Man,' the changes he felt upon its discovery, and the healing powers of a political system that everyone long ago seems to have rejected!

February 02, 2017 02:39 AM PST

In this weeks episode of THE LIKES OF US podcast, dedicated to Working-Class Life, Art, Politics and Culture, your host, Neil Bradley offers up the second part of his job at HMSO (which forms part of his Goldsmiths series: A WORKING CLASS LIFE IN 6 JOBS).

As per usual, Neil's job is at risk, as he talks about bizarre working practices, making hay while the sun shines, the Cool Hand Luke theory, and his eventual escape from the job by way of a hairdressing salon!

January 26, 2017 12:23 AM PST

In this weeks episode of THE LIKES OF US podcast, dedicated to Working-Class Life, Art, Politics and Culture, your host, Neil Bradley returns to his series 'A Working-Class Life in 6 Jobs.' In the first part of a two-part episode, he talks about job number 5, when he ended up working at the HMSO (Her Majesty's Stationery Office).

Along with all the usual rage, misery and anger, you've come to expect from this podcast series, Neil talks about job interviews, unemployment, training, typing, family life, overtime, and Working-Class destiny!

January 19, 2017 01:09 AM PST

In this weeks episode of THE LIKES OF US podcast, dedicated to Working-Class Life, Art, Politics and Culture, your host, Neil Bradley brings you the Rise and Fall of Robert Maxwell.

Along with all the usual nonsense, he revisits the Daily Mirror Pension Fund Scandal, the collapse of the Maxwell Empire and his subsequent suicide, the resignation of Margaret Thatcher, British Pension Fund Holidays, and the homo-erotic undertones of Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus!

January 11, 2017 05:19 PM PST

In this weeks episode of THE LIKES OF US podcast, dedicated to Working Class Life, Art, Politics and Culture, your host, Neil Bradley, commemorates the first year anniversary of the death of his hero, David Bowie.

Talking about the first moment, at the age of nine, he heard the opening bars to the David Bowie song 'Changes,' he takes a poignant walk down memory lane, visiting one or two London landmarks associated with his hero, and attends a sell-out performance of, David Bowie's musical, Lazarus.

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