Realign and refocus.

I’ve recently come back from a week of dog sitting in Portsmouth. I would say it was a holiday but sitting around watching TV in your brother-in-laws house is not quite on par with sitting on a beach drinking cocktails. It was nevertheless a great opportunity to catch up with as many people as possible…

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…

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…

Portsmouth: Home of the…?

Today Portsmouth says farewell to a 6000 ton block of metal. It was the final piece of HMS Prince of Wales and signals the end of Shipbuilding in Portsmouth. For centuries Portsmouth has been known as, well, a port but as modern warfare changes the city of Portsmouth changes as well. Portsmouth with continue to be…

The game’s afoot…

On Wednesday I had a really good meeting with Steven Baily of Portsmouth City Council and Michael Gunton, Senior Archivist of The Conan Doyle Collection in Portsmouth Library. It was a really great afternoon but I have a confession to make – I have barely read any of Conan Doyle’s work and Sherlock Holmes never appealed…

Beginning is easy – continuing is hard.

After my meeting the other day I’ve emailed back PCC regarding helping out with the regeneration strategy. I’ve decided to focus on one particular area and that is Portsmouth’s literary drive. I was emailed a couple of strategy proposals that focused on highlighting the literary history of Portsmouth, the development of it and the impact…

‘Shithole’

The title of this blog relates to a word that I sent in an email to the planning department of Portsmouth City Council. I included other words in the email but this one was the one that carried the most, gravitas. To elaborate, I mentioned in my email to Portsmouth City Council (PCC) that I was…

30 (and 3 days) at 12:45pm.

Right now I’m sat in my living room basking in the glow of the last few weeks activity. From LARP, to my awesome holiday ‘down the rabbit hole’ in Devon and then on to my 30th Birthday; it’s been a bit of a whirlwind. I’m feeling pretty exhausted now and am happy to let Bank…