The Metropolis that is Portsmouth

10 10 2008

So why Mark’s musings on metropolitan mission?

According to, metropolitan means: “of, relating to, or characteristic of a major city”. Now some would argue that with a population of around 200,000, Portsmouth – where I live and work – doesn’t really qualify as a ‘major city’.

Some might even say that Superman wouldn’t find enough to do if he’d left sleepy Smallville, moved to Portsmouth instead of Metropolis and taken up his secret identity as mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent of the News.

I say, pah! Pompey may not be large but it’s surely at, or very near to, the centre of the known universe and what it lacks in scale it makes up for in prominence and character. So why wouldn’t the man of steel make his home in our fine city?

And besides, ‘urban’ doesn’t begin with ‘m’ so it would have spoiled my little bit of alliteration…

BTW, did you notice, if you followed the link, that metropolitan can also be used as a noun for both an urban sophisticate and a person of episcopal rank? Need I say more?