Mindful Dolt Guru

Hi there, I’m the Level 9 Eminently Mindful Dolt Guru Sadhu Juju-Master Sandwich-Artist Masai-Harmer, but you can call me Kevin. Welcome to the Temple of the Shadow of the Dyslexic Monkey and to this ancient, proto-pagan, pre-Zoroastrian healing sacrament that I made up in February 2006. I’m real new to Portsmouth and I’m hoping you Read more

Gandhi in Portsmouth

It is widely known that Mahatma Gandhi, leader of India’s struggle for independence, studied law in London in the late 1880s and early 1890s. It isn’t so widely known that he visited Portsmouth during this time. ‘During the last year, as far as I can remember, of my stay in England, that is in 1890, there Read more

Portsmouth, Home of Great Writing Part III: Arthur Conan Doyle

In the third of an exclusive series on Portsmouth’s literary heritage, author and historian Matt Wingett explores the relationship between Portsmouth and the creator of the world’s most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is perhaps the writer who most deserves to be identified with Portsmouth but whose connection is little enough known Read more

Conan Doyle and the Southsea Spirits

Matt Wingett recounts spiritualism in Southsea as experienced by one of Portsmouth’s most famous former residents, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. One night in a darkened hotel room in Southsea, a group of convinced Spiritualists joined hands in an effort to contact the dead. One among their number was the world-famous creator of Sherlock Holmes and Read more