Vietnam: Journey to the Centre of the Earth Part III

Starring James Mason as Professor Lidenbrock, the 1959 film of the Jules Verne novel Journey to the Centre of the Earth enthralled a young boy named David Angus, who is now a Portsmouth-based travel writer and planetary modeller. The young David marvelled over the giant mushrooms, dimetrodons and the sea at the Earth’s centre. That sea Read more

What Kind of a City Are We? How Portsmouth Treats Refugees

Many international problems have a local dimension, and the refugee crisis is no exception. Andrew Larder asks whether our city, which has a long and proud tradition of welcoming desperate people from all over the world, could be doing more for those fleeing violence, privation and persecution.  How far is twenty miles from Portsmouth Guildhall? Read more

What Can Portsmouth Learn from the Grenfell Tower Fire?

S&C Editor in Chief, Sarah Cheverton reports on the local crewing and deployment of ALPs – vehicles designed to tackle high rise fires – as lessons for Portsmouth continue to emerge from the Grenfell Tower fire. Aerial Ladder Platforms or ALPs are vehicles with long ladders or platforms to reach fires in high buildings. BBC Read more

The Southsea Food Tour: Home Coffee

Emily Priest continues on her quest to find the best cafes and restaurants in Southsea. This week she finds a Home from home on Albert Road. Southsea is filled to the brim with coffee shops. There’s at least twenty on Albert Road alone. Amongst all the delis and bistros is Home Coffee, a special little Read more

116,000 Women Across the Solent Region Need State Pension Equality

With the General Election and more recently the offer of apprenticeships from a government minister, the Solent WASPI campaign against women’s state pension inequality has had a lot to deal with. Shelagh Simmons and Carolyne Jacobs, Joint Co-ordinators for Solent WASPI Supporters’ Group, update us on the campaign’s progress. WASPI stands for Women Against State Read more

Abuse and Addiction Are Devastating: I Choose Not to Be a Victim

Lauren Sherry shares a poignant family story of abuse, addiction and violence, and argues that such suffering needn’t necessarily lead to the misery of victimhood. From an early age I knew my dad was an alcoholic. He’d had an odd relationship with his parents. While I was raised smothered with affection, by contrast my dad Read more

Vietnam: Journey to the Centre of the Earth Part II

Starring James Mason as Professor Lidenbrock, the 1959 film of the Jules Verne novel Journey to the Centre of the Earth enthralled a young boy named David Angus, who is now a Portsmouth-based travel writer and planetary modeller. The young David marvelled over the giant mushrooms, dimetrodons and the sea at the Earth’s centre. That sea Read more

Cross-Party Representation on Hampshire Fire Authority Slashed as Membership Reduced

Portsmouth Conservative councillor Frank Jonas was voted in as a temporary Deputy Member of the Hampshire Fire & Rescue Authority at today’s Full Council meeting, beating Liberal Democrat Councillor Matthew Winnington, whose nomination was supported by Hampshire Fire Brigades Union (FBU). S&C reproduces FBU Vice Chair, Mark Chapman’s deputation to Full Council below, which highlights Read more

Films Are Not Your Friends: A Multimedia Workshop on Movie Propaganda

Do you ever wonder if films and TV shows are deliberately trying to make you think a certain way? Is anything “unsayable” on screen? And what happens if you do say it? In this 90-minute multimedia workshop, you can select clips from dozens of films – including the Marvel, James Bond, and Meet the Parents Read more

Portsmouth City Council Must Support Homeless People, Not Scapegoat Them

Portsmouth resident and community activist, Alan Burgess, responds to UKIP’s Cllr Galloway and his motion for ‘the local police force to be more vigilant and to help the Council to remove the ever increasing beggars and rough sleepers that are beginning to dominate the city’, in a deputation he will give at the Full Council Read more