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This Blog is intended to contribute modestly to a history of the IMG primarily by providing scans of original documents.

Blog posts will not generally comment on the content of the articles (much) but let them speak for themselves.

To get in touch, email us redmolerising (at) outlook (dot) com or call me (Rob) on 07765 476372

I would like to acknowledge here a number of people:

My collaborator Keith Sinclair for helping me to scan documents and for sending me his duplicates!

Martin Eady, the man who made this possible by providing me with an initial large batch of papers and magazines.

And the following individuals who all contributed documents, advice, encouragement, time or money to the project in one way or another:

Bob Purdie, Jim Monaghan, Richard Hatcher, Steve Griffiths, David Stead, Keith White, Roland Wood, Ian Miller, Chris Jones, Phil Ward, Tina Pamplin, John Rudge, Ian Birchall, Penny Duggan, Jacob Murphy, Evan Smith and anyone else who I may have temporarily overlooked!


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  1. sandy permalink
    September 3, 2010 3:12 pm

    good idea – more power to your elbow. interesting to read these article again after all these years


  2. sean permalink
    October 8, 2010 8:03 pm

    please keep the scans coming. thanks.

  3. tamworthalternative permalink
    October 8, 2010 8:13 pm

    Oh, I will do- I’ll do another big splurge really soon. But the real world keeps on intervening and I am heavily committed to political activity in the here and now!! Now, after the revolution….

  4. October 14, 2010 11:31 pm

    Wonderful stuff! Rob, let’s get you an A3 scanner pronto. Eventually it would be great to have a team project to OCR as much as possible and start to get articles into and then into print. If you scan at over 300 dpi then OCR is much more effective.

  5. October 18, 2010 10:42 am

    a put a Socialist Challenge article from 1977 (no. 18., p. 2) online

  6. October 25, 2010 10:37 am

    Well worth doing, this project.

    Unofortunately I’ve only still got my copies of International, some pamphlets, and no Red Weekly, Socialist Challenge (Black Dwarf and Red Mole I read but I was not yet IMG and under 15).

    It will be interesting to read them and about the IMG.

    Salutations socialistes!

  7. tamworthalternative permalink
    December 3, 2010 1:31 pm

    Entdinglichung, thanks for these. When i start scanning older stuff, I will integrate these at the appropriate point.


  8. Patricia Masters permalink
    August 1, 2011 3:55 pm

    This site was forwarded to me by a friend – we were both in the IMG from the early 1970s and in respect of myself until approx 1982 when my son was born. There is so much to say about this period of one’s life including Socialist Women, which I was a member of. One person I would love to know about is Margaret Coulson – does anyone know anything about her at all?

    • tamworthalternative permalink
      August 1, 2011 4:46 pm

      Great to hear from you! Any anecdotes you may have would be gratefully received.

    • Alan Rae permalink
      August 14, 2012 10:39 am

      Patricia, I have fond memories of that period too. I remember Margaret coming to see me in the flat in Highgate during the 1972 miners strike, and having dinner by candlelight.

    • December 14, 2013 1:20 pm

      I lived at 33 Primrose in Lancaster in the Womens Liberation Centre for almost a year with Carol/David Riddell and was close to Margaret Coulson whom I always wanted to find again, she lived with Anthony Peppiatt in another house. If we had the Internet then we could have kept these dear friends of youth. I knew a lot of people in the IMG as we did nothing but go to every sort of meeting not only there but all over the country. Please feel free to write to me. I was also active in Bristol.

      I was in the Jane Arden Holocaust theatre group in London, women’s art shows in London – one that was attacked by the Archbishop of Canterbury, and other adventures.

      • patricia masters permalink
        December 15, 2013 12:30 pm

        Many thanks for your email and reminiscences. It would indeed be lovely to know what has happened / where Margaret Coulson is, the last I heard she had gone to Australia with a woman friend but I have not been able to find any up to date information.
        Carol / David Riddell I remember well, I believe she has died now? I don’t know who Anthony Peppiatt is, I can’t recall meeting him. Mind you I have forgotten a lot of names and vaguely remember faces.
        I am living in Lincolnshire now nr Grantham, where do you live?
        Kind regards

    • Pip permalink
      December 16, 2015 12:41 pm

      Yes, she is living in Australia now

  9. Patricia Masters permalink
    August 2, 2011 9:47 am

    One (of many I guess) anecdotes was when John Lennon and Yoko Ono came to visit the Red Mole at Pentonville Road. They came with Tariq and Robin Blackburn – Tariq as usual played a sort of joke by not telling the two of us in the typesetting room that they were visiting and T & R both stood outside of the room, which had a glass panel, to see our reaction when JL and YO came in. Neither of us noticed them at first and only looked up when one of them said they were curious how the paper / print was converted into articles in the newspaper. I have to say we put on a suitable show of being nonplussed by their visit but this was made easier by how nice they were.

  10. September 5, 2016 3:20 pm

    The “Bob Hutton” who wrote the “Black Liberation and Socialism 5 Oct 1978” stuff was me.

  11. Jurriaan Bendien permalink
    September 9, 2016 9:48 pm

    This blog is a great service. Regrettably though when I tried to download Ken Tarbuck’s famous “Clock without a spring” article, I found that a series of pages were illegible because the scan failed. What is the name and the brand of the scanning machine are you intending to get?

    • September 10, 2016 3:30 pm

      We now have a Mustek high speed A3 scanner. What publication is the Ken Tarbuck article in? I may be able to re-scan it.

  12. Judy permalink
    March 23, 2019 12:46 am

    I remember Margaret Coulson when she was with Dave Riddell, later Carol, at Lancaster University in 1971 on a visit I made with Tariq from Manchester. Margaret was beautiful so was Carol.

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