Bigger, Better, Bolder: S&C’s Plans for 2017

Change is afoot at S&C. Editor in Chief Sarah Cheverton explains what we’ll be up to in 2017 and how you can get involved in our continuing mission to #ReclaimTheNews. Here at S&C, we are very proud of all we’ve achieved since we launched in February 2015. We began life as a fiercely independent online Read more

Eye on Portsmouth: Playing with the Pompey Patois

Meditations on Marx, Pompey architecture and translating the local lingo. Local resident Mike Gumbrell turns his satirical eye to some of Pompey’s unique foibles. Read more

Football: An Unwelcome Setback for The Blues

Pompey failed to extend their unbeaten run on Saturday as Stevenage defeated them at Fratton Park. Poor defending cost the Blues in this match, which saw them fall to a 2-1 defeat, losing ground on the top of the table. Ben Williets reports. Manager Paul Cook, confident of another win, stuck with the same starting Read more

Portsmouth Writers’ Season: Tom Harris

We present an excerpt from chapter one of Tom Harris’ new novel, The Sweep, a fantasy adventure set in an alternative, steampunk-inspired London. This is a capital divided by wealth and corruption, run by a fractured law, where monsters haunt the night and where the downtrodden slave to survive; it is a time of Masters Read more

STAR POems: Fareham Town

By Tina Shaw In the kaleidoscope of the town, my sinews constrict with the seasons. On the mortar and tarmacadam through age old streets and alleyways moving quad bikes and BMWs fly by in the autumn, and gnarled trees are my garden guests. I am living in this icy town, with a pumpkin outside the Read more

STAR POems: Other Things the Soldiers Carried

By Sue Toogood Albert carried humbugs, until they were gone. Mehmet Ali carried his betrothed girl’s scent. Jack carried the memory of an intoxicated starry night. Farooq carried the pain of foot calluses and had broken sandals. Rahman carried a taste memory of warm baklava. Arthur carried the news that Myrtle would bear his child. Read more

Rugby Read: Portsmouth RFC 2 Points From Glory

A disappointing weekend for Pompey as they fell 2 points short of a draw against worthy rivals K.C.S Old Boys. Keen to keep their winning streak burning, Portsmouth welcomed the opposition at home with high hopes. S&C rugby correspondent William Payne reports. After a very disappointing start from Portsmouth, KCS came straight off the back Read more

Think Global, Portsmouth, and the Social and Solidarity Economy

At the end of September, education charity Think Global brought together a range of organisations based in Portsmouth and beyond, to discuss the potential of ‘social and solidarity economy’ for transforming local communities around the world. Think Global’s Programme Manager, Catherine Richardson, reports. Think Global is an education charity promoting ‘global learning’. We help people Read more

War is Failure: An Interview with a Veteran for Peace Part III

The final part of Tom Sykes’ exclusive interview with Graham Horne, South East Coordinator for Veterans for Peace, touches upon state-corporate propaganda, US-UK war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan and why Jeremy Corbyn isn’t anti-war enough. Tom Sykes: Various people have tried to sue the British armed forces for alleged war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. Read more

Football: Pompey Push Through a Tough Week

Portsmouth notched up four points from a possible six from two difficult away fixtures this week. The Blues drew with Cheltenham 1-1 on Saturday and followed this result by claiming all three points away to Luton in a 3-1 win. Ben Williets reports.   Against Cheltenham, the Blues struggled to convert their chances throughout the Read more