RED RAG

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These are the back issues of Red Rag. They'll be posted here every (usually) two weeks on or around the anniversary of their original publication. We're currently reissuing 1986; the latest issue is dated January 26th (scan / txt); the next one is due out on February 9th.

Red Rag, or Reading's only newspaper, had a noble tradition of misspelling, mixed metaphors, wrong facts, confused political judgements and a readership of 4000. It printed practically everything it got sent ("except poetry and party political broadcasts, provided it isn't racist, sexist, militarist or otherwise supportive of oppression"). It aimed to provide a decent alternative coverage of local news and issues from a radical non-aligned position; to promote subversive and creative initiatives; to provide a forum for unorthodox views; to allow some sort of co-existence between a huge variety of interests. An indispensible source of local information? a forum for the self-indulgent and self-important? a continuous experiment in collective, de-centralised organisation? Who knew? But in over six years it had never sold a single copy.

In this issue (scan / txt): Rag Doll is to be demolished to make way for over 60,000 square feet of office space; Reading's other newspapers are every bit as local as the local branch of McDonalds; the Diggers walk of 1986 is headed for Molesworth; with your own cardboard cutout cat you could be a Pope for life; Moscow is late with its gold shipment; and Here and Now become There and Then.