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 and has been edited by James Burkinshaw since September 2011. Our most recent issue was published in December 2019, on the theme of 'Revolution.' It is a truth universally acknowledged that we live in revolutionary times. Greta Thunberg, Extinction Rebellion and others argue that only a Green Revolution is adequate to face the climate crisis that confronts us. Across the world, democracy seems under strain and authoritarianism on the rise – from the United States to Hungary, from Brazil to Hong Kong. Meanwhile, we are in the midst of a transformative technological revolution which some argue will bring utopia while others worry about more dystopian potential. With over 50% of the world’s population under the age of 30, we are also going through a period of decisive, and potentially revolutionary, generational shift. Thus, this ‘Revolution’ issue of Portsmouth Point seems particularly timely. 

You can read an online version of the Revolution issue (December 2019) and our previous issues of the printed magazine on the themes of  Perception (July 2019), Destinations (December 2018), Dreams and Reality (July 2018), Truth (December 2017), Exploration (July 2017),  Heroes and Villains (December 2016),'Alien' (July 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)