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Established 1979
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These are the back issues of Red Rag. They'll be posted here every two weeks on or around the anniversary of their original publication. We're currently reissuing 1982; the latest issue is dated May 2nd (scan / txt); the next one is due out on the 16th.

Red Rag, or Reading's only newspaper, had a noble tradition of misspelling, mixed metaphors, wrong facts, confused political judgements and a dedicated readership by now of over 750. It aimed to publicise and encourage a wide spectrum of subversion and culture in Reading; it kept people in touch with an events diary which spanned the activities of groups as diverse as organic gardeners and anarchists, anti-nuclear activists and civic planners, wild-eyed liberals and woolly communists; it contained news and views and details of things to do in and around Reading which the local press couldn't or wouldn't touch. And it was free.

In this Mayday special issue (scan / txt): as Barbara Cartland so properly says, "You are what you eat darlings", thus it befits the people of this country to equip themselves for the crisis by eating for the crisis; and so to stimulate your fighting instincts and your patriotic fervour we print recipes for "True Brit Rice Salad" and "Queen of the Islands Pudding". Back home, the National Front attack Reading's only gay pub; Thames Valley Police plan another film of a rape interview, this time using actors to get the correct message across; Burghfield Peace Camp is up and running; and Diogenes explains the workings of the Borough Council: "most of the talking is from the Labour side: they are the ones with beliefs after all, and the cause of the exploited at heart - and more to the point, they're in opposition."