Island

Three roads, one railway

Cross Hilsea Lines to Hampshire

But we’re happy here

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n.b. The connections from Portsmouth to the mainland are limited. For those travelling by car the road connections can be a source of frustration; for the residents a source of pollution. Standing traffic is commonplace on these often congested links.

All the train services to Portsmouth must cross the bridge in the photograph. Portsmouth is well-served by rail due to its history as the home of the Royal Navy, (a legacy of Henry VIII).

The proximity to seawater creates an interesting rust colour-base for the rail crossing.

I discovered a few footbridges on a recent walk around the north edge of Portsea Island, but I stayed on board, not having my passport to hand.

It will not be difficult to isolate this city if the Government contingency plans for a possible Covid-19 epidemic are implemented, but I cannot see how it would work for London, for example.

CLP 02/03/2020

In Southampton Row

Pompey alleyway

Navy docks to Old Portsmouth

Rings to goldfinch song

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n.b. Even in this so densely populated English city birds’ songs resonate. The twittering of the goldfinches are a welcome distraction from the cries of cynical gulls and the occasional passing ambulance siren.

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CLP 01/03/2020

Revealing

In 1787 eleven ships

Set sail from Spithead

To New South Wales

On board people

Sentenced to Penal Servitude

For their crimes

” – the birth of modern Australia”

It’s only half the story

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In 1987 was there a pause, your Majesty

To consider the impending fate

Of those indigenous people

Who did not understand

What was happening

When eleven ships arrived

In New South Wales

From Spithead?

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CLP 10/02/2020

On the Weekend (VIII)

What drama awaits?

Crash! Pause. Bang! Fence creaks. Snap!

Scutter of debris

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n.b. ‘Scutter’ may be a new word to you – it is to me. It is the sound of something hard and heavy being dragged in irregular bursts along a city street by a powerful draught, gust or gale.

As the day breaks temperature changes in the atmosphere brought with sunrise add complexity to the storm. This is one confused, angry storm.

CLP 09/02/2020