Wednesday, 2 March 2016
Winter of '79 - DIM Force, Brunel University
They have acquired some AKs, RPGs and Uzis from fraternal comrades in the Malaysian Embassy and Big Ron at the Dog & Duck public house in nearby Uxbridge.
The Polish T55 was acquired from the Engineering Department who were doing it up as a rag week stunt to attack our enemies in City University (next to Sadler's Wells).
I was a student at Brunel in the early 70s and remember the IMG well. They were very unlikely urban guerrillas but, hey, this is a fantasy.
I studied for my PhD from Brunel in the late 70s, which meant I missed meeting SF author Ken MacLeod who was a postgrad there in the mid 70s. Both of us were in Zoology: Brunel specialised in the new mathematical methods being introduced to biology: Ian was in biomechanics and I was in mathematical ecology.
Incidentally, if you want to get the atmosphere of Brunel and London in the 70s, I heartily recommend you read the Star Fraction trilogy by Ken. It starts with an explosion in the Brunel University Biology building and affectionately parodies left wing politics (and right wing). Ken was a member of Brunel's IMG at the time.
Actually, even if you are uninterested in 70s London, The Star Faction is a damn good read.