Why I Told Facebook I Attempted Suicide

The World Health Organization reports that an estimated 800,000 people commit suicide every year. That’s one person every 40 seconds. Research indicates that for each person who died of suicide, at least 20 others have attempted it. I am one of these people. On the 9th October, I took an overdose of pills and if … Read moreWhy I Told Facebook I Attempted Suicide

The Pride of Portsmouth 2017

Portsmouth Pride returned to the city after an absence of over a decade in 2015 and this year it was taken over by a new group of volunteers. This year’s celebration was the first to be held at the Bandstand and my first Pride experience. On Saturday 16th September, the parade was to start at … Read moreThe Pride of Portsmouth 2017

The Café in the Park Quietly Replaces the Arts Lodge

Back in February this year, Portsmouth City Council evicted The Art and Soul Traders from the Arts Lodge in Victoria Park after opposition from the local community and the Lodge’s supporters. More than 5000 people signed a petition addressed to the Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, Councillor Linda Symes, to allow the Art and … Read moreThe Café in the Park Quietly Replaces the Arts Lodge

Portsmouth’s International Kite Festival: Ups And Downs

This year was the 26th anniversary of Portsmouth’s International Kite festival which brings colour and life to Southsea Common every year. As the bare bones of Victorious Festival loomed in the distance, large kites flew overhead of various shapes and sizes. I could see Aladdin, a sting ray, crocodile and half a male torso. Smaller … Read morePortsmouth’s International Kite Festival: Ups And Downs

The First Portsea Carnival: Making Pompey Proud

Portsea has never had its own carnival before but on the 12th August this changed, thanks to a community group who decided to organise it themselves. Run by Portsea Events Group South, and supported by organisations, services and groups from the local area and beyond, the first Portsea Carnival started at John Pounds Centre on … Read moreThe First Portsea Carnival: Making Pompey Proud

Boathouse 4 Summer Festival: A Ship That Already Sailed

Aiming to celebrate traditional and heritage crafts, Boathouse 4 welcomed the public into the Historic Dockyard, free of charge, for 3 days of family festivities between 4-6 August. Featuring demonstrations from Groundlings Theatre and the Fort Cumberland Guard and activities including boat-building, wool-spinning and leather-working, it seemed too good to be true. I found the Boathouse … Read moreBoathouse 4 Summer Festival: A Ship That Already Sailed

Castle Road Summer Fayre: Quintessentially Southsea

On the first weekend of August, I travelled down to Castle Road for their Summer Fayre, sponsored by Southsea’s Coastguard Studio. Castle Road is home to many popular independents including the infamous Pie and Vinyl (see my review as part of the Southsea Food Tour, coming out this Thursday) and Tony Wood hair salon in the old Victorian … Read moreCastle Road Summer Fayre: Quintessentially Southsea