Category Archives: Banana Republic

Is the America’s Cup the new Pope’s Toilet?

In the little-known Uruguayan movie The Pope’s Toilet, a promised visit by the Pope drives the populace of Melo, a deprived and rundown town into a frenzy at the promised bonanza coming to their doors. Hyped by a near-hysterical Press … Continue reading

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Savoy Buildings Site – An Email To Portsmouth City Council Planning Department

Consultation for the Savoy Building site is currently underway and will be drawing to a close soon. I strongly urge you to write to the planning department to voice your concerns about this proposed site. The email to write to … Continue reading

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Ben Ainslie Racing Headed For Old Portsmouth?

I’ve just got back from the local community consultation between around 350 Portsmouth residents, the city council and Ben Ainslie Racing. It was great. Ben Ainslie is a genius at the helm when it comes to one of the world’s most exhilarating sports. … Continue reading

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McCarthy and Stone’s Savoy Buildings Petition – Yes or No?

Now, there’s been quite a lot of passion generated by my post about the Savoy Buildings, picture above, with several people commenting that they would like a petition to sign. Now, in my opinion, petitions like this are always rather … Continue reading

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Why enhancement of Old Portsmouth’s arches is a good thing.

I just had an email through from petition site 38 Degrees about petitions regarding the Portsmouth Arches. They wrote that “Anita”, the petitioner who wants to “save” the arches, argues: “Please do not allow Old Portsmouth’s historic arches to become … Continue reading

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Portsmouth Writers Are The Ones To Watch on 7th March

A new collection of work from Portsmouth writers will be launched on March 7th at The Square Tower, Old Portsmouth at 7.30pm. “Writers To Watch” is an anthology of stories, poems and longer book extracts that was originally showcased by … Continue reading

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My Little Life

Up early and the sky is a muddle of whites and blues above the white villas cum flats opposite. A summer morning, but with that tinge of damp in the air that nearly the whole of this summer has had, … Continue reading

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Ten Years In A Portsmouth Slum – An Introductory Note

I am preparing an edition of Robert Dolling’s “Ten Years In A Portsmouth Slum” (1895), and thought the following introduction might be of interest to anyone with a fascination for the city of Portsmouth, its extremes and its privations. Editor’s … Continue reading

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“In The Mood” – The Experience

Well, the show “In The Mood” that was held on Friday 18th May has been and gone.  And the truth is, it was fantastic! I look back on the achievement of The Three Belles and I think that what they … Continue reading

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How Southsea Made Me – By Sherlock Holmes, Consulting Detective

Watson, there is no doubt that the elements for Conan Doyle’s greatest creation can be found in his account of his life in Southsea. A scientific character study performed on the great man from the moment he set foot in … Continue reading

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