Have Your Say: The Gender Recognition Act

The 2004 Gender Recognition At (GRA) set up a process to allow transgender (trans) people “to receive legal recognition of their acquired gender” (Gov.uk, 2018). There are some who would argue that this system has flaws, and so the government is now consulting on reforming the GRA. It is important to note that this is not a proposal to reform the 2010 Equality Act, nor … Continue reading Have Your Say: The Gender Recognition Act

Vintage Fair Returns to Southampton

Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair returns to Southampton’s O2 Guildhall on Saturday 6th October. The award-winning vintage fair showcases 30 of the UK’s best vintage traders, with items from every era from the 1940s to the 1980s. Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair offers top quality vintage clothing, accessories, craft, homeware and collectables, all at affordable prices. The event also features live music, a pop up beauty salon offering vintage style makeovers and … Continue reading Vintage Fair Returns to Southampton

‘No revelation is off limits’ – Made In Chelsea stars Jamie and Francis tell us all about their upcoming UK tour

Jamie Laing and Francis Boulle’s debut UK tour, Private Parts Live, based on their hit podcast of the same name, is coming to Nuffield Southampton Theatres City (NST City) on 19 October 2018. For the very first time, TV stars Jamie Laing and Francis Boulle are treading the boards with this brand new, laugh-a-minute extravaganza developed from their hit podcast, Private Parts, in which they … Continue reading ‘No revelation is off limits’ – Made In Chelsea stars Jamie and Francis tell us all about their upcoming UK tour

Reducing drug related litter in our city

Since October last year, Southampton City Council has been looking into how to reduce drug related litter in the city with a focus on keeping the community safe. This comes after there were 7,567 items of drug related litter found across the city in 2016/17, 95% of which were in the city centre. This has been undertaken by an official scrutiny panel made up of … Continue reading Reducing drug related litter in our city

Women and The Right to Vote in The Spark

They say that a picture speaks a thousand words, but how many words can we use to describe one of the most progressive and important moves made in history towards women’s rights? This morning students and staff members of Southampton Solent University gathered in their masses to take a commemorative photo to celebrate 100 years since women were given the right to vote. Standing together, … Continue reading Women and The Right to Vote in The Spark

Christmas Shopping, and Christmas Queuing…

It’s only 8 o’clock on a Monday morning and already, Sophie Castle has been queuing in traffic for half an hour. The early morning rush hour means a journey that would normally take her 25 minutes, now takes a staggering 52 minutes. “It’s so frustrating and I get really bored waiting in traffic when I just want to get to work.” In 2016, the UK … Continue reading Christmas Shopping, and Christmas Queuing…