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

A Pompey Muso: Lost in America Part I

Portsmouth writer and S&C regular JS Adams recalls a frightening episode in his music career when he found himself stranded in Austin, Texas amid some dangerous characters, with only a hat and glasses to his name. It’s about nine at night, the sun has gone down and I am lost in Austin, Texas. It wouldn’t be Read more

Springtime in Chernobyl Part II

When the Easter break comes round some people like to holiday in Spain or Italy. Not so Portsmouth-based writer and planetary modeller David Angus. He plumped for Chernobyl and here’s the conclusion of his extraordinary tour of the post-disaster zone. Not far from Chernobyl power station was a kindergarten.  The building’s colours were close to monotone Read more

Springtime in Chernobyl Part I

When the Easter break comes round some people like to holiday in Spain or Italy. Not so Portsmouth-based writer and planetary modeller David Angus. He plumped for Chernobyl… Why Chernobyl? Good question. It’s not that easy to answer, but I also couldn’t resist the title. Although the main reason for going to Kiev was the science Read more

Travel Writing: Thrills, Spills, Risks and Rewards (part of Portsmouth Bookfest)

What makes for good travel writing? How do you get into the profession? What practical, ethical and political challenges come with the job? Who are the great travel writers and what can we learn from them? Can an outsider ever fairly and accurately represent a given place, society or culture? University of Portsmouth lecturer, travel Read more

Picks of 2015 – Travels in Portsmouth and Portsmouth Travellers

This week we’re revisiting some of our best pieces from 2015. Today, we look at travel writing with features about the city and adventures from Pompey people in different parts of the world. (Click on the image or title to read the article.) Christine Lawrence – View From a Hill “Memories leap to my mind Read more

How Will History Judge Us: The Acadians’ History and Palestine Now

When Angus Geddes, a member of the Portsmouth & South Downs Palestine Solidarity Campaign, was visiting the eastern seaboard of Canada in 2015, the story of the expulsion of the Acadians from Nova Scotia caught his attention.  The more he learnt, the more he was struck by the close fit with the fate of the Read more

View From a Hill

In this intriguing work of psychogeography, Christine Lawrence explores both the historical significance of Portsdown Hill and its personal meaning to her life. One of my favourite places in Portsmouth is not actually in the city at all – it’s at the top of Portsdown Hill. Whichever way you go up it you’ll enjoy stunning, mind-stopping views. Read more

Book Review: The Innocent Anthropologist by Nigel Barley

Locally-based author and journalist Tom Sykes first became interested in African culture, literature and politics while growing up on Hayling Island and in Portsmouth. Twenty years on, he is about to realise a dream by spending three months in Ivory Coast researching and writing a Bradt travel guidebook and reporting on the political situation in Read more