Wimbledon has


Henman Hill and Murray Mound. We’ve got Southsea Screen

My Resident Astrologer and I went down to see what was happening today. Here’s our view of the America’s Cup race from the shoreline (where the commentary on the PA was largely inaudible)

Crowd 1

We didn’t have a clue what was happening so MRA suggested we check out the big screen, showing the TV broadcast

It was really weird. Thousands of people had come down to the common to an international sporting contest to watch it on the box. The Brits won the first one and everybody cheered but it wasn’t quite like the day that Pompey brought home the FA Cup. We’re back home now as the second race is happening. I’ll probably stick to the cricket.

Crowd 2


Author: pompeypop

University lecturer, longtime local musician and recently historian of popular music - especially in and around Portsmouth. My blog is entirely about that topic

4 thoughts on “Wimbledon has

  1. The TV commentators had renamed it Ben’s Beach, I watched it at home & hadn’t a clue what was going on, boats going in all different directions but eventually ending up in the same place. Would you have known who was in the lead if you were watching on the beach? It was good that they had microphones & cameras onboard the boats if only for the commentators to keep apologising for the expletives. One thing though, the city looked good from the sea when the sun was shining.

  2. I suppose if you knew about boat racing like I know about cricket you might have figured it out from the shore but even then I’m not sure. I’m not even sure it was always clear on the screen except when the bloke said BAR/Britain/Ben Ainslie is winning. But there is always something about Southsea Common/Seafront when something’s happening even if like Mr Jones, we don’t know what it is.

  3. Comparing the America’s Cup to cricket is most unfair!! Nothing (apart, possibly, from the Tour de France ) can compare to cricket. England ,never mind Hampshire, might lose -or even be expected to lose- games over the next few years but they don’t leave the legacy of an eyesore on Old Portsmouth. I just hope the Bridge Tavern can survive. I wonder what old Max, the landlord many years who didn’t suffer fools, might have had to say !! Ironically, Max died on the same night as the ‘new’ Bridge Tavern opened!!

  4. Well of course Oscar I need no persuading that cricket is the finest sport ever invented! The new HQ is, as you suggest, a grey wall that from my end eradicates sky, light and a view of varied buildings – it’s all part of the gentrification of Old Portsmouth whose character is being gradually sucked out by legions of blue meanies.

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