Dancing backwards

1. Dancing backwards: Glasgow 2013

The man in the high visibility jacket and the Scotland baseball cap sits in a mobility scooter decorated with anti-bedroom tax and ‘no cuts’ slogans and some small flashing lights. Big band music emanates from an attached megaphone. In the passing crowd of protesters, a girl of about nine starts to dance. She twirls her red Unite flag like a baton and kicks up her legs and laughs. She is dancing backwards down Ingram Street, right on the edge of the march. She doesn’t see the shopper coming.  The shopper looks in a rush and is not amused at being poked in the legs by a twirling flagpole. Near to the girl, two grown-ups are talking. ‘You look at the city in a different way moving through it slowly, like this’.

2. Maggie Maggie Maggie: Durham 1980s (repeated)

Being waist high, walking though the centre of Durham, squashed. The sound of brass bands and ‘Maggie, Maggie, Maggie, out out out!’ All that excitement and anger.

In amongst the family slides, (the babies, the birthdays, Christmases and holidays) sits one of the Durham Miners’ Gala. Judging by the clothes it’s pre-Maggie, Maggie, Maggie and indeed pre-me, but this is what it brings back. And here we are again (‘They say cut back…’).



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