What's the Point?

Portsmouth Point blog offers Portsmouth Grammar School pupils, former pupils, parents and staff a daily forum for sharing ideas, opinions and enthusiasms. Whether exploring politics, music, film, sport, literature, science, photography, religion, history, philosophy or countless other topics, the blog offers something new and thought-provoking to read every day.

The blog was launched in February 2012, designed by Daniel Rollins and edited by James Burkinshaw. We encourage you to comment on the posts. To set up an account, please click on the blue button at the top right of the Home Page.

Portsmouth Point magazine was founded in Spring 2009 by Julian Elphick-Smith. Our most recent issue was published in December 2017, with 28 articles by pupils and staff focused on the theme of 'Truth'. This time last year, the Oxford English Dictionary announced its Word of the Year as "Post-Truth", defined as "relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping political debate or public opinion than appeals to emotional and personal belief." Our contributors investigate the power of the internet - in particular, the role of algorithms in shaping knowledge, understanding and belief - and the prevalence of "Fake News" in issues from politics to medicine and climate change.  

Does truth equate to factuality? If so, are statistics sacred (and can we use economic criteria to maximise Christmas cheer through more efficient gift-giving)? Or is it transcendent – something we can only understand through an act of faith? Do traditional symbols such as the British monarchy and American flag represent essential truths or are they simply masking an uglier reality? Assuming there is such a thing as reality, how do we represent it? Several of our writers explore the challenge of representation, focusing on artists, writers and musicians from Piero della Francesca to Jane Austen and Ian Dury & the Blockheads.   

You can read an online version of our previous issues of the printed magazine on the themes of 'Alien' (July 2016), Heroes and Villains (December 2016), Inspiration (December 2015), Human Rights (Summer 2015), Change (Winter 2014), 'Lost and Found' (Summer 2014), 'Belief' (Winter 2013), 'Fight Club' (Summer 2013) and 'Icon' (Winter 2012).

Please note that the views expressed by individual contributors to magazine and blog do not necessarily reflect those of either the Editorial Board of Portsmouth Point or of Portsmouth Grammar School.

Best wishes,

James Burkinshaw
Editor (Blog and Magazine)

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