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

STAR POems: These Streets

I was born here, under Maggie’s rule. Living beneath her Spitting Image character hanging from a telecom wire overhead. The youth here knew hate before they knew love and everybody hated the Iron Lady. Everything here was grey; from the rows of well-worn tenements and dirt-strewn streets to the sunken eyes of every battered wife. Read more

Campaign to Stop Council Cuts Sends Star & Crescent Global

Editor in Chief, Sarah Cheverton, is speaking to Swedish journalists today about our ‘virtual newsroom’ at an event organised by Digital Identities and supported by Google Newslabs. This is the first time Star & Crescent has been invited to represent the hyperlocal news sector on an international scale and we’ve been asked to talk about Read more

The Siege of Somerstown Part III

The Siege of Somerstown: Being a Portion of the Records of a General of the Fifth Hants Involuntary Air Rifles Concerning an Infantry Sortie on Behalf of the Crown and Portsmouth City Council’s Department of Colonial Warfare After leading an infantry charge against the recalcitrant subjects of the Empire’s outer reach – or Somerstown to Read more

Help for Homeless?

Following news that the number of homeless people in Portsmouth has trebled, Holly Wells finds out why – and who is out there to help. A homeless man is sat in a doorway in Southsea. With only a rucksack, a flask of tea and a baseball cap filled with coppers, he still manages a smile Read more

Your Portsmouth?

By Andrew. “Welcome to your council” reads the dubious sign, And I had not a clue that the thing was all mine! Last time that I checked I had three mobile phones, But surely the council is that woman Jones’? All part of the game that these people do play, Once their slick PR gurus Read more

Sisters Uncut: Portsmouth Tories Should ‘Stop and Listen’ to Opponents, Not Smear Them

Following yesterday’s breaking news on S&C of a Tory plan to ‘smear’ opponents to council cuts, local charity Aurora New Dawn and campaign group Sisters Uncut respond. Hampshire charity Aurora New Dawn revealed today that they are the charity named in Cllr Scott Harris’ email to the entire Conservative administration – including Council Leader, Donna Read more

Portsmouth Tory Smear Plans Exposed

A leaked email from Cllr Scott Harris to all Conservative councillors – including the Leader and the Lord Mayor – calls for the Conservatives to ‘play dirty’ against a local resident, a charity, a city council worker and campaign group Sisters Uncut. By Sarah Cheverton. Today it was brought to the attention of Star and Read more

A Matter of Truth and Trust: Charity Responds to Portsmouth Council Leader

Shonagh Dillon, CEO of Aurora New Dawn, responds to allegations from Council Leader Donna Jones that the charity is implicated in an alleged ‘hate campaign’ against her. In a recent News article, the Leader of Portsmouth City Council, Donna Jones, announced that there would be additional security at the Council’s budget meeting on 9th February, Read more

What Politicians Say and What They Mean: Part I

Sources:  Portsmouth News:  Tory boss rejects claim of ‘financial incompetence’ Portsmouth City Council: Current children’s centre provision (9 centres and 16 satellite sites) Portsmouth City Council: Proposed new structure (6 hubs and 9 satellite sites) Contributors: Cal Corkery and Sarah Cheverton Read more