Springtime in Chernobyl Part II

When the Easter break comes round some people like to holiday in Spain or Italy. Not so Portsmouth-based writer and planetary modeller David Angus. He plumped for Chernobyl and here’s the conclusion of his extraordinary tour of the post-disaster zone. Not far from Chernobyl power station was a kindergarten.  The building’s colours were close to monotone Read more

Lib Dem Leader Demands Continuous Recounts of Portsmouth’s Charles Dickens Seat

Our guest satirist Claire Denise Udy reports on a little-known local election story. Portsmouth Guildhall have postponed all events for another night as Gerald Vernon Jackson demands recount after recount. Residents of Portsmouth have spoken over their dismay of the election of a councillor to the Charles Dickens ward in the last council election. Current Read more

Tim Backhouse Season: The Magnificent Merediths

At his death in 1909, Portsmouth-born George Meredith was one of the most famous writers of fiction in England. But his relatives were quite intriguing too. The late historian Tim Backhouse decided to research the Meredith family back in 2012. George Meredith was born in Portsmouth on the 12th February 1828, his birthdate falling between those of two other Read more

Looking Back at National Stalking Awareness Week 2016

In the last of a series of posts – originally featured on their website – Aurora New Dawn’s independent stalking advocate looks back at 2016’s National Stalking Awareness Week. This year’s has been an exceptionally inspirational stalking awareness week and we are so pleased that there is an increase in attention and knowledge on stranger Read more

Ash Steps (Title Withheld)

Portsmouth-based artist Jeannie Driver writes about her latest exhibition, Ash Steps, showing at the Bank Space Gallery, London. Ash Steps was made in response to the context and architectural features of the Bank Space Gallery and created onsite for the exhibition, Preparing the Site, curated by Emma Vardi and Anna Warberton. The exhibition explores how Read more

Tim Backhouse Season: The Moleyns Assassination

Portsmouth’s own historian Tim Backhouse throws light on one of the murkiest murders ever to have taken place in the city. The early months of 1450 were an anxious time for the English who were in great danger of losing control of Normandy to the French under their King Charles VI. The then Bishop of Read more

The Siege of Somerstown Part II

The Siege of Somerstown: Being a Portion of the Records of a General of the Fifth Hants Involuntary Air Rifles Concerning an Infantry Sortie on Behalf of the Crown and Portsmouth City Council’s Department of Colonial Warfare. Having lost his master spy to assassination by scratch card, General Sir Eugene Nicks must lead the charge Read more

Cyber Stalking: Keeping Safe in the Digital Age

In the third of a series of posts – originally written for National Stalking Awareness Week – Aurora New Dawn’s Stalking Advocate looks at cyber stalking and keeping safe online. Cyber stalking is, in a nutshell, the use of technology to gather personal information, track and monitor. Examples of some behaviours include using social media to research someone’s movements Read more

Portsmouth’s Jewish History Part II

The late scholar Dr Audrey Weinberg concludes her fascinating study of the growth of the local Jewish community and its significance on the national stage. The first legal document confirming the existence of a synagogue in Portsmouth is the lease of 1780 which conferred the White’s Row property to Isaac Levi (engraver), Elias Levi (engraver), Read more