COMMENT: The return of good weather shouldn’t bring dread

For many the return of decent weather over the weekend just gone was cause for, if not necessarily celebration, then at least some happiness.

Don't worry children, it won't hurt a bit...

CLIVE SMITH: Third World War fears from the internet generation

So, the US had just said it was leaving Syria, effectively allowing Assad free reign. What is Assad’s reaction? Drop chemical weapons on people and bring America back again. It doesn’t make sense. What has he got to gain by doing this?

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Surely, holding a door open for a member of either sex is just good manners?

LESLEY KEATING: Would you dare hold a door open for a woman?

I’m getting increasingly frustrated by discussions on why men shouldn’t hold doors open for women. It seems to be fashionable right now for independent women to belittle men and denounce door-holding as ‘patronising, condescending and anti-feminist’.


COMMENT: Apprehension over Brexit is not going to fade away

IT wasn’t the most surprising poll result of all time.

New commercial life is sprouting in Copnor Road

VERITY LUSH: Green shoots of recovery sprouting in northern Portsmouth

It is always fantastic to see new local businesses pop up, and even more so when you know the person behind the business, and the hard work that they have put into making it happen.

STEVE CANAVAN: My condition is a right old pain in the neck

STEVE CANAVAN: My condition is a right old pain in the neck

I have had what are known as skin tags on my neck for the last year or so. They are, for those not in the know, horrible warty-looking flaps of skin that grow from the neck, groin or armpits and – according to the NHS website – ‘tend to occur in older people and those who are obese or have type 2 diabetes’.

It’s important the parade continues – but safely

Emsworth is a small town – which many residents still refer to as a village – that has always punched above its weight.

Kenny Tutt MasterChef 2018 champion.

BLAISE TAPP: Just grow up and learn how to wash your hands

If there is one thing guaranteed to make most people feel inadequate it is watching MasterChef while eating their tea.
Will these clashes return next season? Pompey v Saints in 2012.

RICK JACKSON: My £100 bet that Pompey/Saints derbies will return next season

My bet is still on. Hampshire derbies to return next season!

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COMMENT: CEO Sleepout shone a light on issue that won’t go away

Nobody can really understand what sleeping rough night after night is like until they have been through it.

Reaching boiling point!

ZELLA COMPTON: Too many cheery reminders of just how special I am ...

I wish they’d employ Cambridge Analytica and discover the feeling’s not mutual

Police at the scene in Link Street, Hackney, east London after a man in his 20s died after being stabbed. Picture: Press Association

CLIVE SMITH: People are dying, so to hell with political correctness

Not a day goes by at the moment without reports of more stabbings and death on the streets of London.

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Cunning plan to have extra ships patrol our borders

With Brexit looming and all the uncertainties that is likely to bring good news could be coming to Portsmouth as plans are being drawn up to retain the city’s ageing fleet of off-shore patrol vessels.

The danger of vegan food...

LESLEY KEATING: Burning issue of being a dutiful wife

Poor Mike. Firstly, he married a blonde but ended up with a brunette when I literally went back to my roots, embracing my dark side, but that was a long time ago and he’s forgiven me.

Mind-reading - a terrifying prospect.

BLAISE TAPP: Thought Police will have a field day with our minds

It is not an over-exaggeration to say the past week or so has been full of shocks. First we had the deaths of two 1980s' sporting heroes – Ray Wilkins, the England midfielder who made an untucked shirt the playground fashion of that decade and Eric Bristow, he of five world darts championships and 12 pints a night fame.
Verity has been going around in call centre circles

VERITY LUSH: Thank goodness Richard Branson has no designs on the health service

There can be little else so frustrating in life, as ringing the Virgin Media call centre.

Alan Mak launches the Emsworth surgery campaign with Cllr Richard Kennet and Cllr Rivka Cresswell

ALAN MAK: Good response to Emsworth surgery campaign

As readers might have seen last week in The News, I have launched a campaign to ensure the Emsworth surgery keeps a presence in the town centre.


Power of art in action on the streets of the city

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then a piece of street art in Southsea speaks volumes about the true power of art.

Yes, it even rains in Monaco...

CHERYL GIBBS: My drowned rat look on French Riviera

Bonjour, ca va? That’s about as far as my schoolgirl French goes, but since I’ve been here in Cannes on the French Riviera I have been trying to brush up on what I learnt during GCSE French. As you can see, I’ve not remembered a huge amount but I’d like credit for at least trying.

Cubicle etiquette - a tricky one...

STEVE CANAVAN: My toilet terror

Going to the toilet isn’t usually entertaining – although the late George Michael may beg to differ. However, I had a very interesting visit to the lavatory the other day and feel I should share the experience with you.
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