This is not a democracy, this is a dictatorship. I’m in charge and if you don’t like it, there’s the door.’
Those were the words I used to greet the male students that Hubby No 1, the Geordie Gent, and myself inherited when we bought the Marvic Guest House in Waverley Road, Southsea, in 1979.
Ten pairs of eyes, eight English, two German, stared back, nuked into disbelief as I drew myself up to my full five feet.
Then a knowing smile passed between us.
Them – huh, she has no idea the tricks we’ve got up our student sleeves.
Me – whatever you think you’re going to get away with, think again. I’ve been there, done it, got the t-shirt.
So why am I talking about students 33 years later?
Well before I start, I’d like to say that I believe that the majority of students are dedicated to building a career for their futures and not getting drunk and disorderly at every opportunity.
But, tootling along last week in Jemima Jalopy (my car), I heard a snippet on the radio about students in Southampton getting on-the-spot noise fines.
Hampshire Police and Southampton Solent University have joined forces to try to curb drunken rowdy revellers (students) in the residential Bedford Place area of the city.
Warning signs have been put up around the Polygon area stating: ‘Go home quietly or you could receive an £80 fine’.
The police have called this ‘Operation SHUSH’. Isn’t that just a cutesie name, darlings?
Anyway it’s worth a good old browse through the newspaper articles and students’ comments on the internet.
Is it a good idea folks, and do we need it here in Portsmouth? I had a chat with my girliepals and received mixed reactions. Some for, some against.
But most were more concerned about living next door to noisy student neighbours. If that’s happening to you, contact Portsmouth University’s student and neighbour liaison service on (023) 9284 3214.