S&C Presents… Taking the P Out of Pompey: Satire in a Dangerous Age

‘Ours is a useful trade, a worthy calling. With all its lightness and frivolity, it has one serious purpose, one aim, one speciality, and it is constant to it: the deriding of shams, the exposure of pretentious falsities, the laughing of stupid superstitions out of existence.’ So wrote Mark Twain over 100 years ago, but Read more

Seeking Common Ground in Portsmouth: Why We Must Listen to Brexiters

CommonGround is a political organisation looking to build consensus on the future of Europe, post-Brexit and Portsmouth is one of ‘Ten Towns’ featured in their ongoing campaign. Director Eddie Morgan explains why Pompey should get involved in the discussion on where we go from here at an event on 14th November at Somerstown Hub. We Read more

Game Over – Portsmouth’s First Retro-Gaming Exhibition

Steve Lowe – a lifelong gamer and collector of consoles and games – is the founder of Game Over, the only retro internet gaming cafe on the South coast. He is currently working with the City Museum to open the first retro gaming exhibition in Pompey’s history: Game Over – The Future of the Past. Read more

Refugees Welcome! Stop South Coast Resistance in Pompey

On May 7, various racist groups will be attending a rally in Portsmouth Guildhall against refugees. Portsmouth Antifascists and other groups will be out to stop them. Here they tell Star & Crescent why. Against the backdrop of the biggest mass movement of people since WWII, Portsmouth has seen overwhelming acts of solidarity with refugees Read more

CUTS KILL – Save Portsmouth Domestic Violence Services

This week Star and Crescent will be running a social media campaign on our Facebook and Twitter pages to support local charity Aurora New Dawn’s ongoing action to stop planned cuts to domestic violence support services in Portsmouth. By Sarah Cheverton. On 8th December, Portsmouth City Council voted to cut local domestic violence service, the Read more

Defend Nurses’ Bursaries

There is a severe shortage of nurses in the UK, reports Dr Veronika Wagner, and the situation isn’t helped by the government’s unjust training and recruitment policies. How do we motivate someone to choose a particular job or career? Perhaps by treating them well and making them feel welcome. Sadly, this isn’t the approach our Read more

Travel Writing: Thrills, Spills, Risks and Rewards (part of Portsmouth Bookfest)

What makes for good travel writing? How do you get into the profession? What practical, ethical and political challenges come with the job? Who are the great travel writers and what can we learn from them? Can an outsider ever fairly and accurately represent a given place, society or culture? University of Portsmouth lecturer, travel Read more

Rallies Planned as Portsmouth Councillors Prepare for Budget Cuts Meeting

Following the launch of a petition this week that has quickly generated over 38,000 signatures in support of domestic violence and sexual health services, UP Antifascists release a statement calling for Portsmouth residents to protest the impact of forthcoming cuts.  The rally coincides with the Full Council meeting at 2pm in the Guildhall to decide on Read more

Portsmouth Launches Community Resilience Team to Help in Crisis Situations

International emergency response team, Serve On, are starting a Community Resilience Team for Portsmouth to train local residents to support local emergency services in crisis and emergency situations.  Serve On – which also provides international emergency response teams, including teams deployed to Haiti in 2010 and Nepal earlier this year – is starting a Portsmouth Read more

Portsmouth Green Party Event Highlights Plight of Refugees

The newly formed Portsmouth Green Party presents Journeys for peace, an evening with author and journalist Rory O’Keefe and peace activist and author Angie Zelter, at Friendship House on 26th October at 7pm. In the aftermath of the Libyan Civil War, author and former Portsmouth News reporter Rory O’Keefe worked at Choucha Refugee Camp in Tunisia, where he Read more