We all know the verse written by Rupert Brooke: If I should die, think only this of me: That there’s some corner of a foreign field that is for ever England. The line comes from The Soldier, which he wrote in 1914.
No doubt most of you have seen HMS Victory lately with all her masts dropped to lessen the weight to stop her hull bulging. I am sure when all the problems are ironed out the ship will be fully rigged once again.
Here’s another greatly-changed yet atmospheric view across Portsmouth, perhaps from the cab of a crane. In the foreground can be seen one of the four dry docks off the Repairing Basin. To the left of the dock can be seen landing craft covered in camouflage netting.
I don’t think a day goes by when plastic pollution isn’t being mentioned. It’s the environmental issue of the moment. The poor old polar bears and the melting ice caps aren’t getting much of a look in any more.
This aerial view of west Southsea in 1956 comes from Chris Brunnen’s book Portsmouth. An Aerial View Through Time. We are looking east across St Michael’s Road and Hampshire Terrace towards the blitzed St Paul’s Church (top right). Bottom right is Cambridge Road.
Last month I published this lovely photograph of people potato picking at what I thought might be Bedhampton. I asked what the machinery was and received a superb reply from Chris Trotter of East Lodge Farm.