Gannaways in Portswood to close as Sainsburys nears completion

February 9, 2012
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It’s being reported that Gannaways, an independent grocery shop on Portswood High Street, is to close in response to the imminent completion of the new Sainsbury’s supermarket in Portswood. The owner told the Wessex Scene that “Our lease is up for renewal, but what with the new Sainsbury’s and a proposed second supermarket where the […]

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The Talking Heads to close this weekend – ‘Save our Heads’ campaign begun

January 6, 2012
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Popular Portswood pub and music venue The Talking Heads will possibly be calling last orders for the last time this Saturdays, potentially joining the growing list of Southampton pubs hitting the buffers in the recession. The Talking Heads has become one of Southampton’s premier music venues, hosting gigs, band nights and open mics most nights […]

Posted in: Culture, Music, News, Southampton

Solent on strike: walk-out round-up and the government’s Autumn Statement

December 1, 2011
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Thousands of public sector workers went on strike yesterday in what Unions say was the biggest collective day of action since the Winter of Discontent or even the 1926 General Strike. Over 2’000 are reported to have marched on Southampton’s Guildhall with hundreds also rallying in rainy Newport, Portsmouth and Winchester as a predicted 15’000 […]

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Unions reject deal with Southampton Council

November 22, 2011
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Council Worker unions in Southampton have rejected the Council’s ‘final proposal’ for pay and job cuts amongst its staff, with nearly 70% of members of the Unite and Unison unions voting against them. Out of 2400 members balloted between them, Unison rejected the proposals 389 to 340, whilst Unite rejected it 266 to 53.  62.5% […]

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Two Southampton Students convicted over Fortnum & Mason UK Uncut protest

November 21, 2011
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Two students from Southampton have been convicted of aggravated trespass, on the basis that protesting might have intimidated staff despite being dubbed ‘sensible’ by police at the seen, for their role in the Fortnum & Mason UK Uncut protest during the March 26th Anti-cuts march . The two are of only ten protesters out of […]

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Class Angst at the Nuffield: A Review of ‘Alchemy In The UK’

November 14, 2011
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Edward Learman reviews ‘Alchemy In The UK’ written by Maggie Nevill which recently premiered at The Nuffield Theatre in Highfield, and talks unemployment, class and life after graduating from university A fortnight ago I was fortunate to attend the last showing of Maggie Nevill’s recent play Alchemy In The UK directed by Peter Sandford and […]

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Southampton City Council planning wholesale privatisation of public services, local MP claims

November 12, 2011
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The leaders of Southampton City Council are planning a “wholesale privatisation” of local services in order to become an infamous ‘Virtual Council’, which local MP Alan Whitehead claims will be “a disaster for Southampton”. The accusation comes following the publishing of the Council’s “Change Agenda” written by Council Leader Royston Smith and Chief Executive Alastair […]

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