Heritage: The man with two gravestones

by Martin Brisland. Charles Smith lies in the graveyard of St John the Baptist church in North Baddesley. At that time, it wasn’t often a poor man had one, let alone two tombstones side by side. In the early 1800’s country gentlemen and wealthy merchants controlled society. As Justices...

Portrait of a Poet: Andy Buchanan

by Anita Foxall. When poet Andy Buchanan first moved to Southampton, he thought this was a city with a lot of unrealised potential.  Even with its large population, being a university city, many parks, and amazing venues, he felt there was still the opportunity to do more.  And in...

Photos: Walking while shielding, yet again

by Mike Daish. I find myself shielding again… again. I’m still walking and cycling around the local area in an effort to get a little exercise each day and along the way am taking the odd photo.   Sometimes I see things and just think something is different but cannot...

Southampton’s black residents “depressed, sad, and misunderstood” by local news coverage

A black British journalist is tackling her local media’s negative coverage of black people head-on by giving black people in her city the skills to tell their own stories. Broadcast journalist turned social entrepreneur, Veronica Gordon (pictured), set up Our Version Media CIC after becoming increasingly frustrated with, and...

Opinion: New President, new hope

by Satvir Kaur. In a time of lockdown and January blues, Joe Biden’s inauguration gives us all something to look forward to and be optimistic.  Four years ago today, I joined an anti-Trump rally in Southampton. I remember being surprised but comforted by how many had come. While coming...