STAR POems: 100 Ways to Lose Yourself

By Suzanne Toogood   Drink wine, beer, spirits that cheer, go on a bike ride, watch the tide, admire Gay Pride, read a book, be spooked by a spook, try not to look, don’t get hooked.   Go to the zoo, catch flu, listen to the blues, sew, cook, spy a rook, or a crow, Read more

STAR POem: New Road – a la Kelly’s Directory, 1972

By John Pearson   New Road, place of the Doll’s Hospital with Jack Grant Racing to Parham and Sons furniture removals shifting towards Marriott’s, upholsterers, lino and carpet dealers.   Mile End School of Motoring driving people to the New Road Wine Store and the Salutation taking in the sweet scent of Madam’s Blooms.   Read more

Rugby Read: Charlton Park Dominate Next Round of Intermediate Cup

Last Saturday saw Portsmouth travel to Charlton Park to play in the next round of the Intermediate Cup. Pompey players and fans both knew that a win today would put them one step closer to the final at Twickenham. Unfortunately Charlton Park also knew that. S&C rugby correspondent Will Payne reports. The home team kicked Read more

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

STAR POem: Edward King – Artist

By John Pearson   On used scraps of board, paint brush strokes made their mark – the silent aftermath of a city scarred, blitzed, battered and burned; rubble piled high in streets, glass splinters, heaps of plastered bricks, floor-boards, door frames – decades of honest Portsmouth dust.   Away from war-damage you painted your St 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

Democracy in Portsmouth? It’d Be a Good Idea

In the wake of recent protests both local and global, journalist, political commentator and S&C editor Tom Sykes questions how representative our elected representatives really are – in Portsmouth and beyond. Criticisms of democracy have been around since the birth of democracy itself. But new questions are being asked in the West about how fair, Read more

Rugby Read: Another Loss for Portsmouth

Rugby correspondent, William Payne, reports on another week of injury and loss for the beleaguered Portsmouth RFC. Last week saw Portsmouth welcome 7th place London Exiles, a team they had previously defeated 17-20 in a hard-fought game, but this PRFC were facing some challenges. The team were without 3 of their best: Darren Crabb with Read more

Rugby Read: Game Abandoned After Injury and Poor Conditions

An ambulance called, a player taken away with an injury and poor pitch conditions following bad weather saw Portsmouth’s game abandoned against London Cornish after 64 minutes, reports S&C Rugby Correspondent, Will Payne. The away match with London Cornish took place on a bitterly cold day on Cornish’s second team pitch. Despite the eventual decision Read more

Is Austerity Bad For Portsmouth’s Mental Health?

S&C Contributing Editor, Maddie Wallace, reports on the impact of austerity on mental health services in Portsmouth and across the country. In 2012, amidst much media fanfare, David Cameron set out his vision for ‘Parity of Esteem‘ between mental and physical health. The Health and Social Care Act decreed that ailments of the mind and Read more