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    Monday, January 27th, 2014
    2:56 pm
    Meeting at the new Women's Information Centre
    In the January 27th 1987 issue of Red Rag: while Harbax Singh goes on trial for the murder of Gurdip Kaur, her husband is still walking free; the Women's Centre moves into new accommodation; there are bailiffs at the Blue Gate; World Education Berkshire focus on AIDS; BT are double-charging a "takeover fee" to house movers; Blowzabella are down one tunesmith; and the community engineer will fix your hi-fi, although whether or not he'll do this with talcum powder is a little unclear. [cover]
    Monday, January 13th, 2014
    10:44 am
    Is Reading really such a bad place?
    In the January 13th 1987 issue of Red Rag: the Job Destruction Agency comes to town; the Winter Solstice is celebrated at Stonehenge; a new 10 question "availability for work" test arrives and the Rag prints the answers; there's a demo in support of independent trade unions at GCHQ Cheltenham; maybe the Chatham Street carpark could be used as a playground; Red Rag readership has dropped by 90%; and there's something called Snorkmaster Grobblie.

    The passengers in the passing buses sat with their faces glued to the windows. Here were hundreds of police with vans and horse, surrounding a group of people dancing and playing music. They were mystified. Was it a riot or a street party?

    Monday, December 16th, 2013
    8:05 pm
    Wolves In Sheeps' Clothing
    In the December 16th 1986 issue of Red Rag: Two "Claimants Advisers" set up shop at the Wessex House UBO, tasked with forcing selected unemployed people to sign off; but if you're signing on and your home has central heating (including night storage heaters) then you're entitled to additional benefits; come along to the New Year's direct action at USAF Upper Heyford; when the present geriatric patients are transferred from Prospect Park Hospital in Autumn 1987, the site will be closed and sold off; the likes of CND (Changing Nothing for Decades) have lead people into a trap by convincing them that "nuclear disarmament" in isolation is the issue; there's a moral issue in upholding the law; and Dumbo receives its TV premiere. [cover]
    Monday, December 2nd, 2013
    8:35 am
    Monday, November 18th, 2013
    10:54 pm
    "Student Loans" Protest
    In the November 18th 1986 issue of Red Rag: Secretary of State for Education Ken Baker visits Bulmershe College but doesn't care to meet with any of the students; said students then arrange a protest against Tory education cuts and the proposed introduction of a mixed grants/loan system which would leave them with massive debts at the end of their courses; four students are picked out of the crowd and arrested; and Reading's less objective papers shout "non-student activists", "Anarchists" and "riot". Campaigns in Reading and London demand justice in the cases of Gurdip Kaur and Balwant Kaur, both murdered by their husbands; the 25th anniversary of the Sandinistas is celebrated; why not to drive to an action in a vehicle with a faulty tyre and no tax disk; and if Jim, Heather and Shea P. - last heard of somewhere in Scotland - happen to be reading this then George needs to contact you about the battle of the beanfield. [cover]
    Monday, November 4th, 2013
    8:48 am
    Gurdip Kaur Campaign
    In the November 4th 1986 issue of Red Rag: One of the men accused of killing Gurdip Kaur - her husband Gurbax Singh - is set free and campaigners plan a private prosecution; Reading's Labour-controlled Council is failing to deal with the continuing property development cancer smiting the town; the leak behind the Chronicle's sensationalised "Black Mum Slams Afro-Caribbean Education Scheme" came from a Community Education Officer whose job is to help Afro-Caribbean and Asian children with problems at school; the Thames Valley Police Consultative Committee hold a public meeting but no members of the public show up; Veggie Dining is back (again); in spite of warnings from Red Rag, the Berkshire County Council still hasn't fixed its computer security; John H will no longer be spending Saturday night pub times printing the Rag; and is anyone interested in helping to set up a housing co-op?

    Reading is shaped, not inappropriately, like the symbol for radiation hazards. The gaps are the floodplains of the Thames and Kennet, suitable only for sewage farms, rock festivals, speedway and gravel extraction.

    Monday, October 21st, 2013
    11:29 am
    Molesworth Rapes
    In the October 21st 1986 issue of Red Rag: three women are raped at Molesworth Peace Camp. The rapes are hushed up and the victims find they have to work hard to get any recognition or support.

    They were soon referring to it as a "misunderstanding". Campers excused the event by suggesting that she had "said no when she really meant yes" and that she really liked the man anyway.

    At the end of the two weeks she was having to justify, to herself and to them, why she had ever told them. She left determined to tell no one else - the camp had silenced her.

    Monday, October 7th, 2013
    10:05 am
    The Worst Excesses of an Anti-Welfare Benefits System
    In the October 7th 1986 issue of Red Rag: Reading DHSS is on a shortlist of offices onto which a new antifraud squad - the Board and Lodging Control Section - is to be unleashed; women do two thirds of the world's work for 5 percent of its income and 1 percent of its assents; the World Court orders the Reagan administration to cease its activities in Nicaragua and pay reparations; Reading Borough Council appoints an AIDS Liaison Officer; the Acorn Bookshop is ten years old and still growing; and the SWP debate "Labour and Socialism: the way forward?" with LPYS is to be challenged by brave anarchists defacing the posters. [cover]
    Monday, September 23rd, 2013
    7:49 pm
    Seven Year Itch
    In the September 23rd 1986 issue of Red Rag: after a long summer break, without enough people to write and produce the paper, or enough money to pay its bills, Red Rag celebrates its seventh birthday. Starting next issue, it will cut its print run back from 1600 to 300, lose most of its outlets, stop delivering door-to-door, and charge 20p per copy. "Despite much reluctance and resistance," it says here. [cover]
    Tuesday, September 10th, 2013
    12:30 pm
    More on SLIME
    From comments received, I'd say that the situation is: nobody is currently handling bugs reported to SLIME's launchpad; and my emails to slime-devel asking if anyone was there were neither delivered nor bounced back. (Is this correct?)
    Monday, September 9th, 2013
    10:02 am
    Hello SLIME?
    I sent a couple of messages to recently, but I've not heard back.

    Is anybody there? Has the SLIME contact address changed?
    Tuesday, August 20th, 2013
    3:28 pm
    Chart Desktop released

    Ravenbrook Chart implements layout and interactive display of large, complex graphs. It has previously been deployed in mature applications and as a free web service to visualise graphs.

    It is now available free of charge for download, as a permissively licensed Windows library.


    Although written in Lisp, the target audience for Chart is much broader. (It just has to be. There aren't that many lispers with graph-drawing needs.) So it's released as a DLL and all the examples are in Python and C.

    Preparing a mature Lisp program for release as a language-neutral library has been most instructive. I'm hoping to spawn off a toolkit to make the process simpler for others following this path: a bunch of Lisp macros, shared memory strategies, tests, and templates for generating documentation and the Python & C examples. I'm thinking of calling it CL-AUDIENCE — the Common Lisp Audience expander. Alas, but its use might be confined to those rather few lisps which support saving the image as a library (rather than as an executable).

    A brief example of one of these macros in play. The external function graph-nodes takes a graph and returns an array of its nodes. All the argument unmarshalling, checking and marshalling, the foreign name translation, memory management, error handlers — everything that really matters and I never want to see — is hidden. (I'm not sure I should show you the C side of calling this. It's not pretty.)

    (defun-external (graph-nodes :result-type (array object)) ((graph graph))
      (chart:graph-nodes graph))

    It took longer than I care to admit, to bundle Chart up for publication. Doing things carefully takes time. I went for a properly designed API and comprehensive documentation, etc., rather than exposing all of Chart's features. Whether or not I do any more work on this depends on the response I get. In the meantime, I'm looking for work that pays. Anyone know of anything?

    Saturday, June 29th, 2013
    7:31 am
    A Right Royal Rag
    In the June 29th 1986 issue of Red Rag: It's Royal Wedding time, and the Rag pushes out the red carpet. It's also the 50th anniversary of the International Brigades: ten people from Reading volunteered - including the first British woman volunteer in Spain - and three of them were killed; surviving members of the Reading contingent are guests of honour at a memorial gathering in the Civic Centre. At Greenham Common Women's peace camp the Blue Gate nightwatch has plenty of vacancies; there's eating, drinking and dancing at Red Gate. And the next issue of Red Rag doesn't have a co-ordinator. [cover]
    Saturday, June 15th, 2013
    1:37 pm
    This is Red Rag
    In the June 15th 1986 issue of Red Rag: Red Rag is once again skint; the Rag needs a new worker to take over the post of distribution co-ordinator; if your Red Rag was late this week it was because at 3.30 on Saturday no one had volunteered to coordinate Sunday folding & distribution; this has been a ludicrously short and vague Going Out because we cannot afford to print anything larger. Get off your arses and support the Rag - or isn't it worth the effort?

    Perhaps you could suggest a new method of raising money. So far we've only come up with blackmail, kidnap, bank robbery and holding a jumble sale.

    Saturday, June 1st, 2013
    6:01 am
    The Ministry Of Social Control
    In the meagre austerity June 1st 1986 issue of Red Rag: The TUC has connived at a national disaster - the transformation of the Manpower Services Commission, once a far sighted planning team meant to align the labour market to the real needs of the people and the nation, into a pliant pusillanimous tool of Thatcherism. Feminist Book Fortnight comes to Reading; there are video screenings and workshops everywhere you look; the Rag is skint again; and there's a question mark over the next issue as it hasn't even got a co-ordinator yet. Why not?

    If the media of this country had stopped puking up horror stories about the "gay plague" several years ago when AIDS first became "news" then none of this need have happened.

    Saturday, May 18th, 2013
    11:47 am
    Sick of state violence and the threat of war
    In the May 18th 1986 issue (inexplicably and illegibly decorated in the style of a Nigel Molesworth diary) of Red Rag: A US flag is burned at a demonstration in London against the bombings in Libya. A straight looking American appears out of the blue with a couple of newsmen, brushes his hair for the camera and gives the one-liner: "these people say they are against terrorism, but what are they doing about it?". Labour is reluctant to oppose the Housing & Planning Bill which will give local authorities like Reading Borough Council the legal right to sell entire estates to private developers and evict all tenants who refuse to move; the period for which people are not allowed to claim unemployment benefit if they have left a job voluntarily (for example, in response to sexual harassment or racist abuse) is raised to 13 weeks; customs officials have seized books which they claim are "indecent or obscene" from Gay's the Word bookshop; the Real Time Collective is busy; Victorians are making a comeback; and Labour's new policies offer so much more than revolution could ever hope to achieve. [cover]
    Saturday, May 4th, 2013
    8:11 am
    May 1st, 1886
    In the May 4th 1986 issue of Red Rag: It's May Day (well, give or take) and the International Proletariat throws back its collective shoulders and bursts into song; Thames Valley Anarchists have issued their latest pamphlet "Vote labour and still die horribly" in time for next week's elections; and this copy of the Rag is printed with special radioactive ink, which changes colour to red in the presence of gamma rays. In the event of a positive result, contact 0800 100 100 (freephone). [cover]
    Friday, May 3rd, 2013
    6:27 pm
    Ravenbrook has recovered and open-sourced MLWorks
    MLWorks is an "industrial strength" Standard ML compiler and integrated development environment, developed by Harlequin in the 1990s.

    Ravenbrook Limited (whose directors were members of the original MLWorks team) acquired the rights to MLWorks on 2013-04-26 and have open sourced the project. Source code is under the BSD license on GitHub.
    Saturday, April 20th, 2013
    11:02 pm
    Greenham '86
    In the April 20th 1986 issue of Red Rag: The unemployed are exhorted to on strike by withholding their Mass publicity of events at Greenham has died considerably over the last year; with the dwindling of coverage, numbers of women at Greenham have dwindled; the women are tired and some need a break and to get away for a while, but they won't leave; Greenham cannot be left unattended; those that remain have the same determination as when the camp was first set up; there is a strong spirit between the women, a closeness that cannot be explained. Back in Reading the Conspiracy is on the move; in Westminster the Fowler review of the Social Security is set to drastically reduce the resources of people claiming all sorts of benefits - anything fron disabled peoples' benefits to single payments.

    As I left I asked what wanted bringing next time I came. The reply wasn't food or clothing but "more women".

    Saturday, April 6th, 2013
    12:18 pm
    How The Unemployed Can Go On Strike
    In the meaningful April 6th 1986 issue of Red Rag: The unemployed are exhorted to go on strike by withholding their availability for work. To have any impact this symbolic gesture must be carried out en masse. Once 4.5 million unemployed people have withdrawn their availability for work the government will have no choice but to continue paying the unemployed and so this single act of defiance is transformed into a concrete power held in the hands of the unemployed. No longer will we fear the government and its oppression. The unemployed will become aware of their own strength. From here it will be a short route to a realistic dole payment. [cover]
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