Jon Brown, resident movie critic at Portsmouth radio station Express FM, sat down with three-time Olivier award-winning British stage and screen legend Roger Allam and wonderful film director John Jenks to talk about their latest project: a film adaptation of comedy icon Stephen Fry’s brilliantly funny novel, The Hippopotamus.Read More
Sunbathing’s not for everyone! I’m not a fan — it’s not good for your skin, and I get quite bored of laying around! So rather than no bronzed skin altogether, I opted for a high-quality spray tan at The Beauty Retreat in Old Portsmouth.Read More
Portsmouth’s very own radio station, Express FM, offers an in-depth spoiler-free look at this week’s biggest release, courtesy of movie critic Jon Brown: Marvel Studios’ eagerly-awaited Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.Read More
I’ve tried a whole load of methods and techniques for getting my brows looking fantastic — ‘eyebrows on fleek’ is what the kids say nowadays, right? — and I ended up seeking the help and advice of an expert right here in Portsmouth. As you know, there’s nothing I love more than keeping things local!Read More
Portsmouth’s very own radio station, Express FM, offers an in-depth look at this week’s biggest release, courtesy of movie critic Jon Brown: Disney’s latest animation-to-live action adaptation, Beauty and the Beast.Read More
The first time I saw Amba was at a gig at The Wedgewood Rooms. She was on stage, I was in the crowd, in awe of her and her sister, thinking, ‘wow, these girls can sing!’ This was circa 2006. 10 years on, I’m great friends with Amba, and on a sunny but chilly day last month, I met up with her for a cake and a cuppa to dig deeper, to share this remarkable lady’s story. Amba’s life has had more ups and downs than the Skyways rollercoaster at Clarence Pier! So grab yourself a cuppa and let me take you into Amba's world for a while.Read More
Samo — high achiever in education, distinction in fine art, and a tattoo artist with a big story to be told.Read More
I’ve got a concession in South Coast Emporium on the corner of Elm Grove, where there’s an eclectic group of different traders all selling beautiful gifts. One of these traders is Missing Chopper — their stand is incredible.
Missing Chopper make large circus-esque lights, ranging from words through to symbols like anchors and hearts. I needed to know more about the brand, so I got in touch with founder Nina Burras, a #GirlBoss beaut living on Hayling Island. Grab a coffee and read her remarkable story here.Read More
When my first daughter was born, my husband bought me an aquamarine ring, as her eyes were blue, so when daughter number two came along, named Ruby, she kept nagging me to get a ruby ring!
So with all this in mind — and with Ruby now aged 12! — I commissioned Charlotte Cornelius to make me the impossible: a ring designed by my three children which I can wear every day.Read More
Wow, it’s been 144 hours since my last cup of coffee! A big thankyou to whoever invented cherry tea!
I am on the Changes Clinic pro-forma diet challenge for seven days — I had to eat only what they gave me, closely watched by their in-house doctor, Dr. Vincent.Read More
On 27th January, we (Daisy, Katelan, Tabitha, and Izzy) were asked by Love Southsea to go to the Shaping Portsmouth conference, to interview a few people about their work and jobs within Portsmouth. We were also lucky enough to stay for the presentations, which were very inspiring. We took notes, asked questions, and became journalists for the day.
The Shaping Portsmouth conference was held at the Pyramids Centre in Southsea, and the topic of 2017’s discussion was sustainability. When we arrived, we were originally quite intimidated! The small hall was full of people and promotional stalls, with eager entrepreneurs keen to showcase their businesses.
Some such businesses were:
These were only a fraction of the businesses in attending — everyone showcasing their work at the conference played a hand in shaping Portsmouth into an ever-evolving and -bettering city.
We all sat down at our round table — complimentary cookies in hand! — and took notes while listening to the talks. Katelan and Tabitha took the lead on note-taking and interviewing.
Each speaker offered unique and innovative ideas, speaking about what they had been doing and what they wished to accomplish.
Walter Cha, the Chair of Shaping Portsmouth, opened the conference, and highlighted the importance of the day’s speakers and what they wished to accomplish, noting economic prosperity as a key goal.
This led to the first speaker of the day taking to the stage: Peter Gunn, the Chief Executive of BH Live. BH Live is a charitable trust founded in 2010, who aim to make people more active by going to gyms, swimming pool, and parks.
Peter said that by opening people up to the idea of having fun while exercising, he feels lifestyles in Portsmouth will improve, while strengthening tourism and, subsequently, the economy.
Other speakers on the day’s programme included Cheryl Buggy — former Chair of Shaping Portsmouth — and Portsmouth’s Poet Laureate Sam Cox.
At the end of the conference, Walter Cha and Portsmouth’s Lord Mayor, David Fuller, presented the Shaping Portsmouth Awards, congratulating local influencers for their hard work and contributions to the betterment of the city. The winners were:
- Chocablock Ltd.: Business & Enterprise Award
- Urban Vocal Group: Cultural Partnership Award
- Team Origin Events: Destination Marketing Partnership Award
- Deniz Beck of ERMC Architecture: Developers Group Award
- The Royal Navy: Education Award
- Marie Clarke School of Dance: Future Generations Award
- Recycled Assets Company: Social Enterprise Award
This post was guest-written by four pupils from Mayville High School! Find out more about the school on their website »
Dear diary — the weekend brought diet days four and five, and it’s been 120 hours since my last coffee!
I’m on the Changes Clinic week-long diet challenge — they feed me five times per day for seven days to kickstart my new healthy eating lifestyle.
I’m not going to lie — I feel dreadful. I’ve got caffeine withdrawal, my head is pounding, and it’s the weekend. I’ve just moved home, so this Saturday was full of box-emptying and sorting out where to put stuff. Luckily, I didn’t have room in my brain to think about food!
The family had a takeaway tonight, and I had a delicious bowl of chicken soup. It’s a bit like space food in small portions, but it’s blooming tasty!
On Sunday, I cheated, as I went to Brighton for a date day with my husband to see Jack Whitehall. I had a sneaky French Martini 🍸 But I did keep to salads, and my Changes Clinic snacks.
So far, so good — only two days to go ’til the big weigh-in!
It’s been 72 hours since my last coffee!
I’ve taken up Changes Clinic’s one-week diet challenge, working closely with them and their in-house doctor, Dr. Vincent. Why do this? I really wanted to kickstart a healthier lifestyle with better eating.Read More
It’s been 48 hours since my last coffee. Why? I’m doing the seven-day Changes Clinic challenge to lose a stone in a week!Read More
As I write this, it’s been 24 hours since my last coffee! I know — shocking! The reason why? I have signed up to Changes Clinic’s 30-day challenge to lose a stone in one month.Read More
On a chilly Southsea morning, I meet the legendary MBE Olympian Katy Sexton for a casual chat and pumpkin spice latte on Palmerston Road.
Katy has been my personal trainer at SWEAT Southsea for nearly two months now, but I’d yet to have a proper sit-down and chat with her, and I soon realized I knew very little about her success and what made her tick.Read More