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

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

Vietnam: Journey to the Centre of the Earth Part I

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

The GDR with Palm Trees… and Salsa Flow

Interactive artist and Portsmouth University lecturer Simone Gumtau visits Cuba and explores the relationship between dancing and politics in that culture. ‘Cuba – Breathtakingly beautiful. Raw. Emotional. Challenges the senses and intellect. Addictive, thought provoking and life changing.’ Julia Cooke As I whiz through Havana, I observe droves of duty-bound German couples in their practical clothing. Tourist Read more

Free Event: Explore Rare Books, Art Collections and the University Archives

The University of Portsmouth is opening the doors to its Special Collections in a unique and free community event to celebrate the University’s 25th birthday. The University of Portsmouth Library is hosting a free event on Tuesday 25th July for anyone in the local area interested in learning about our special collections. These collections include the Read more

Everyone Goes to Sleep – Except Me

Claire Pearse reports from the frontline of insomnia where the hardest battle is against boredom and time passing far too slowly.  You would never guess it but being awake in the early hours of the morning is extremely boring. Here I sit at my messy desk in my university halls room. The curtains are shut Read more

A Casualty of the Great War?

S&C Contributing Editor John Oke Bartlett revisits a family mystery of war, trauma and Christmases past. Nana didn’t talk much about life with her first husband Victor Nash. According to my parents’ marriage certificate, Victor had been a director of a London wine company. He volunteered or was called up for the Great War, which he Read more

Dodging the ‘N Word’: Being Black and Female in (Mostly) White, Male Student Halls

What happens when a woman of colour from vibrant South London moves into a student flat in Portsmouth with a group of mostly white men? Dyanni Swhyer-Brown reveals all. I stared out of my window at the sunset shining through the gaps between the James Watson Hall and the surrounding buildings. I ducked at one Read more

WWBD? (What Would Buffy Do?)

Portsmouth University student Penny Ward delves back into her childhood to moments when she learned some tough lessons about gender – and discovered the role models that would prompt her to become a feminist. I remember the first time I realised just how differently boys and girls are treated. I was six years old, long before Read more