Generation Coil

Although the contraceptive coil is no longer common in many countries, it remains popular in Britain. Portsmouth-based student Isabelle Bilton recounts the experience of having one fitted in a Portsmouth hospital in uncompromising detail. My hands shook as I typed the number for the clinic; the January cold had crept under the doors and filled Read more

An Open Letter to Donna Jones

In a letter to the Leader published exclusively on S&C, contributor Rosie Bremer takes a tongue in cheek look at the reduction in funding facility time passed by Portsmouth City Council on 14th February. Dear Mrs Jones, I’m so sorry I was unable to attend the recent Portsmouth City Council meeting discussing reducing facility time for 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

It’s Easier To Prove Pompey’s Vices Than Her Virtues

Francis Davis starts his walking travelogue of Portsmouth in a unique homage to George Orwell’s The Road to Wigan Pier with a thought-provoking wander through class, culture and the perils of the coastline. A fifth year once died on the Portsmouth Grammar School students’ swim across the Solent.  At least that is what someone told me, I Read more

Was It Worth It? An Open Letter to the Driver Who Hit Me

Local student Patsie Gorman was in a recent car crash at the Barnaby Road/Park Road junction in Portsmouth. Reflecting on her experience, she makes the case for slowing down and saving lives in an open letter to the other driver. Between June and September of this year, I spent a fortune – not to mention Read more

Where are my Human Rights? Mental Illness and Solent NHS Trust

A month ago, local resident Charlotte Farhan wrote an open letter to the NHS and Adult Mental Health Services asking for help with her ongoing acute mental health issues. She’s still waiting for it to arrive. Here, Charlotte explains what it’s like for people with acute mental health living without the support they need in Read more

Portsmouth is a Divided City, But Not in the Way You Think

Deputy Leader of the Council, Cllr Luke Stubbs, explains why he believes Portsmouth’s social divisions are between the east and west – rather than the north and south – of the city. In politics at least, much is made of Portsmouth’s north/south divide. Voting patterns differ in the two halves of the city and there Read more

Flick Drummond: Portsmouth Planning Should Look to Dubai

Photo of the speakers at the Industry Breakfast at Guildhall, from left to right: Prof Steffen Lehmann, Prof Graham Galbraith, Flick Drummond MP, Bev Lucas, Elad Eisenstein and Jason Syrett. The benefits of high-quality, people-oriented planning and design in urban spaces were under discussion at a University event bringing together academic experts and local industry, Read more

Portsmouth Equine Strangles Causes Social Media Stampede

The placid world of horse owning doesn’t usually find itself in the eye of an abusive social media storm. But Portsmouth equestrian Alice Lawrence’s experience was particularly unusual… Strangles. Maybe we should change the name. Would that stop the panic the word causes every horse owner? Back in March my horse Blue was confirmed to Read more

Hope Not Hate Unites Portsmouth

When a few Portsmouth residents – including Sue Mullan – met in July to share their concerns about the increase in post-Brexit hate crimes, they didn’t expect to become one of 80 groups across the country taking part in Hope not Hate‘s national launch of the More in Common programme. Portsmouth’s contribution to the Hope Read more