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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.


by Neil Bradley
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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.

January 04, 2017 04:29 PM PST

In this weeks 'special edition' of THE LIKES OF US podcast, dedicated to Working Class Life, Art, Politics and Culture, your host, attends the wedding of Joe Baden, Founder and Director of Goldsmiths Open Book Project.

Along with a commentary of the wedding, this episode is dedicated to an interview with Joe, a genuine hero of the working classes, about his upbringing, school and family life, his life at work, his battles with addiction, and his early experience of the criminal justice system. And along with all the usual stuff, we also get to make a very special announcement!

December 22, 2016 03:07 AM PST

In this weeks 'Christmas Special' of THE LIKES OF US podcast, dedicated to Working Class Life, Art, Politics and Culture, your host, Neil Bradley gives you a Christmas Advent Calendar!

Along with all the usual nonsense, there's stuff about David Bowie, John Lennon, Joe Strummer, the Great Train Robbery, Ronald Biggs, the National Health Service, women in handcuffs, grandmother's giving birth, and a gunshot victim beating my dad to an x-ray!

December 15, 2016 12:35 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 finally loses his job at the Daily Mirror, is locked out, spends 5 months on strike, and is blacklisted from Fleet Street.

As well as talking about the strike, the union, and about Robert Maxwell, Neil also offers up all the usual slices of tragedy, comedy and anger, and makes an impassioned plea for greater social justice on behalf of the working classes!

December 08, 2016 12:14 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 continues his never-ending saga about his time at the Daily Mirror under the lunatic leadership of Robert Maxwell.

Along with all the usual bizarre tales about the strange world of Fleet Street in its Print Union heyday, Neil also talks about some significant moments in British political history and a chance encounter with Derek Hatton, the deputy leader of Liverpool City Council, prior to being sacked yet again by Maxwell!

December 01, 2016 12:24 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 third part of his look at life at the Daily Mirror, and the moment he first found himself in the presence of the lunatic that was Robert Maxwell.

Presented as part of his Goldsmiths series, A WORKING CLASS LIFE IN 6 JOBS, he talks about the mad tactics Maxwell deployed in his attempts at dividing and conquering the print unions, and explains how he came to be sacked 35 times by the gangster press baron!

November 27, 2016 03:43 AM PST

In this special edition of THE LIKES OF US podcast, dedicated to Working Class Life, Art, Politics and Culture, your host, Neil Bradley takes a look at 'A Week in the Life of the Goldsmiths Open Book Project.'

Taking us from their stand at the Goldsmiths Undergraduate Open Day, through the 'Being Human Festival' at London's Senate House, to their gala dinner at the TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION AWARDS in Mayfair, where they were shortlisted in the category of Widening Participation and Outreach, Neil makes his usual caustic observations, and angrily claims that the working classes are still criminally under-represented in the strange old world of academia!

November 24, 2016 12:48 AM PST

In this weeks episode of THE LIKES OF US podcast, your host, Neil Bradley gives you the second instalment of his time at the Daily Mirror, as part of his Goldsmiths series: A Working Class Life in 6 Jobs.

This week Neil talks about, what he describes as, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly - looking at some of the stuff that is often not spoken about, in terms of Fleet Street life, such as fiddles, Spanish Customs, debt and addiction.

As always, there'll be the usual weird stories and anecdotes from Neil's surreal working life!

November 17, 2016 12:10 AM PST

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

Having been sacked for being colour blind (from a colour photographic lab!) Neil secures a six-month casual position at the Daily Mirror newspaper, and from the moment he arrives quickly begins to make sense of the strange world that is Fleet Street.

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