Why the student hall invasion of Commercial Road is no bad thing.

Portsmouth’s Commercial Road looks, at best, tired. A mismatch of interesting architecture and downright ugly shop fronts mix together to form one of the most average looking city centres I’ve seen. The failure of the northern quarter redevelopment is an utter joke and something needs to be done to improve the overall look of the…

2016 was a bit shit…

Ah the classic understatement – such a British thing to do. Not that being British is a bad thing. Indeed being British at the moment is clearly the right thing to be as we push forward with our big ‘red white and blue‘ Brexit that’s full of Bakewell tarts, steam trains and relentless rhetoric. I…

To conquer the world

Yesterday I woke up to the news that four women had rowed 9200 miles across the Pacific and arrived in Australia. The crews nine month voyage was a brutal endurance trial where the raging heat was strong enough to cook a pancake on the hull. Previously, I’d heard nothing about the Coxless Crew but since…

Joining the Corbyn Chorus

It’s currently raining outside. The sky is grey and it makes the old buildings that surround my office look even more tired. Gloom permeates every aspect of my view and the scene is utterly depressing. This is classic Britain in my opinion. Oh, certainly there are things to cheer at times and British summertime can…

The Joy of Playing God

It starts with a settler and a warrior; a little family sat in the wilderness of an unknown land. Your settler can form a community anywhere but you pick a space by a river with cattle nearby. The warrior explores the unknown lands, discovering natural wonders, barbarians and, eventually, other nations. Your community grows and…

Brexit

Apparently, the crass term ‘Brexit’ was coined by former Labour MP Denis MacShane who got kicked out of government for fraud. I like to think his jail sentence was punishment for coming up with such an appalling tabloid portmanteau rather than the £12,900 in false accounting he was actually jailed for. Anyway, depending on where…

Whatever happened to the Council dream?

You may well remember that I spoke about meeting with people at Portsmouth City Council in order to volunteer my time for the improvement of the city image. Like any story I believe this one deserves a conclusion. Luckily it’s a simple one where I basically ended up with far too much on my plate….

Great Britain: Poverty in the uk.

I had a good read of this story today. For those that don’t know how to click on a link it’s basically about how there’s been a massive increase in the use of food banks in the UK brought on by the impact of benefit cuts and other recession-tastic joys. There are two main points of interest…

Who owns the Road?

If you didn’t already know I live in a place called Portsmouth in the UK. As of this year, Portsmouth is the worst place in the UK, outside of London, for cycling injuries. It was also pretty shite for pedestrians too. The Pompey Bug website states: “On Portsmouth’s roads, over the last 5 years, 157…