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Bitterne Parker

bpifavicon80x80In this series we ask those from, living in, working in, or with strong ties to Bitterne Park and nearby areas, to answer our nosy questions. Want your 15 minutes of hyperlocal fame? Then drop us a line. No promises, mind.

Bitterne Parker is away!
Sunday, 09 October 2016 00:00

mystery personBitterne Parker's taking a break, but stay tuned for more interviews soon. Meanwhile, you can read our growning archive here, and get the T-shirt from The Veg Shed when they're open on Saturday mornings at The Triangle.

Bitterne Parker: Heather Aspinall
Sunday, 02 October 2016 00:00

Heather Aspinall 200Heather Aspinall will be retiring as CEO of the Rose Road Association in 2017 after 22 years, and is looking forward to future adventures. She's lived in Bitterne Park since 2005, and it was her patch when she was a social worker in the 70s and 80s.

Bitterne Parker: Vikki Gough
Sunday, 18 September 2016 00:00

vikki close upNature loving sometime singer Vikki Gough has fond memories of growing up in the 70s with a houseful of mainly older brothers, loud music, and with an orgone accumulator in the conservatory.

Bitterne Parker: Claire Fritz-Domeney
Sunday, 11 September 2016 00:00

Claire Fritz-DomeneyClaire Fritz-Domeney is a surface pattern designer, working freelance for a New York agent, as well as selling her own range of cards and stationery in local shops. She'd like to see more control over what businesses can open in the Triangle, and a dog exercise area in the park.

Bitterne Parker: Jon Bingham
Sunday, 04 September 2016 00:00

Jon Bingham5 laughing 200"Try to do something you like: the money will sort itself out somehow." So says cycling enthusiast and bike repairer Jon Bingham, who lives in Bitterne Park with his partner, her daughter, two dogs and four cats. 

Bitterne Parker: Sandrine Maugy
Sunday, 28 August 2016 00:00

Sandrinetulips200pxA botanical and textile artist as well as a writer and teacher, Sandrine Maugy is French. She lives in Manor Farm Road with husband Richard, and their pet rabbit Queen Penelope. She claims some people are "planning to turn the airport into a park and rabbit sanctuary"...

Bitterne Parker: Aline Giordano
Sunday, 14 August 2016 00:00

aline giordano mono 460Aline Giordano was born in South Korea and was adopted by a French family when she was 11. She's lived in Bitterne Park for 20 years, and has spent much of her life interviewing and photographing bands, and writing about music and photography.

Bitterne Parker: Rónán O'Beirne
Sunday, 07 August 2016 00:00

RonanonTimsburyLakeAug2015460Rónán O'Beirne was born in Dublin. He says he migrated from an economically blighted Ireland to seek his fortune on the gold-paved streets of London, securing a job with Haringey public libraries. He's been in libraries ever since, and moved to Bitterne Park in 2015 when he became Head of Libraries at Southampton Solent University.

Bitterne Parker: Elke Papp
Sunday, 31 July 2016 00:00

elke by itchen 200Elke Papp lived in Bitterne Park for almost four years before moving back to Vienna. So what's her take on Bitterne Park, Southampton, life, and... everything?

Bitterne Parker: Elaine McLaughlin
Sunday, 17 July 2016 00:00

Elaine-Apr 16 2200pxDevoted mum, singer-songwriter, trainee counsellor, deep thinker and very good friend, Elaine McLaughlin has recently launched her Debut EP ‘Six More Days’.

Bitterne Parker: Carol Masters
Sunday, 10 July 2016 00:00

Carol Masters 460Committee member of both Southampton Allotment and Gardens Association and Bitterne Local History Society, Bitterne Parker Carol Masters is a chartered accountant, teaching at the University of Southampton.

Bitterne Parker: Robin Bluemel
Sunday, 03 July 2016 00:00

boris bluemelThis time Robin Bluemel, the man behind The Veg Shed and Bitterne Box Co, puts the world to rights.
• Summer holiday closures at The Veg Shed 

Bitterne Parker: Priya Tew
Sunday, 26 June 2016 00:00

Priya Tew 200"Dream big and give it a go: what's the worst that can happen?" So says this week's Bitterne Parker, Priya Tew.

Bitterne Parker: Doug Perry
Sunday, 19 June 2016 00:00

Doug Perry 200pxBorn in 1932, Doug Perry moved to Bitterne Park when he was three – and he's lived in the same Oaktree Road house ever since. Doug chats about the local schools, the war years, his career, Riverside Park, and his many voluntary roles today. 

Bitterne Parker: Rosanna Sloan
Sunday, 12 June 2016 00:00

Rosanna Sloan 200px bitterne parkerShowing four-year-olds how to be silly, and adults how to be like four-year-olds, is one way Rosanna Sloan – who's Artistic Director of Unexpected Places and now based in Bitterne Park at Cobbett Hub & Library – says she puts bread on her table.

Bitterne Parker: Matt Bunday
Sunday, 07 June 2015 00:00

matt bunday 200Bitterne Parker Matt Bunday runs an event management company and teaches at Solent and Winchester universities. And when it comes to the obligatory joke, he freely admits that he's "not known for my stand up comedy skills..."

Bitterne Parker: Lee McKenzie
Sunday, 24 May 2015 00:00

Lee McKenzie 200pxHe grew up in Halstead Road, attended the local schools, and found it hard to choose between the five flavours of sherbert at the sweet shop. He went on to become a Radio Solent presenter, and in June Lee McKenzie commentates on the first European Games for a worldwide TV service.

Bitterne Parker: Andy Smith
Sunday, 10 May 2015 00:00

Andy Smith croppedThe Reverend Andy Smith was born in south London, but his love for the sea drew him Southampton-wards. He's been leading the Church of the Ascension in Bitterne Park for two years. So what's his fave pub, what's he reading, and what scares him?

Bitterne Parker: Ann MacGillivray
Sunday, 26 April 2015 00:00

ann macgillivray city photoWell-known local figure Ann MacGillivray has lived in the area since 1962, and even stood as an independent candidate in the local elections last year. She remembers driving through Townhill Park Farm along what's now known as Forest Hills Drive in her grandmother's Austin 7 car being told the fields were soon to be a housing estate. 

Bitterne Parker: Daniel Hibbs
Sunday, 05 April 2015 00:00

daniel hibbs 4Daniel Hibbs is the manager of the Co-op at Bitterne Park Triangle. He's 28 years old, and has lived in Bitterne Park all his life, attending the infant, junior and senior schools.

Bitterne Parker: Ali Sparkes
Sunday, 29 March 2015 00:00

AliStudyMar14-1 200Children’s author, Blue Peter Book of the Year Award winner, radio presenter, champion of Cobbett Road Library and Bitterne Parker: this time we talk to Ali Sparkes.

Bitterne Parker: Clare Diaper
Sunday, 22 March 2015 00:00

clare diaper 200px Exploring, celebrating and sharing Southampton’s hidden talents and treasures has become a passion, and Clare Diaper is now an instigator, participant and player in a whole variety of community projects.

Bitterne Parker: Alessandro Filipik
Sunday, 15 March 2015 00:00

sandro bitterne parkerThis time we talk to Alessandro Filipik – or Sandro as he is known – who has run Il Picchio café at the Triangle since 2006. Born in Buenos Aires he grew up in Italy, living in Venice for a number of years. Read on to hear how he came to live in England, as well his answers to all our usual probing questions...

Bitterne Parker: Stephen Phillips
Sunday, 08 March 2015 00:00

stephen phillips 200 pxWe kick off a 'new mini season' of Bitterne Parker interviews by talking to father, foster carer, mathematician, chemist, computer science researcher, tinkerer, blogger, salsa teacher and Woodcraft Folk coordinator Stephen Phillips.

Bitterne Parker: long way from home
Monday, 05 January 2015 10:40

McUke bitterne parker Sydney close cropNow who's this Bitterne Parker and where could they be?

Bitterne Parker: Matt Hyam
Sunday, 14 December 2014 00:00

Matt Hyam 200pxWater skier, traffic light hater and Southampton Vineyard Church leader Matt Hyam believes in thriving local communities. And he thinks Bitterne Park is becoming an example to the rest of the city of what life could be like...

Bitterne Parker: Liz Batten
Sunday, 07 December 2014 00:00

Liz Batten croppedDownsizer. Transition Southampton founder. Repair Café organiser. Meet Bitterne Parker Liz Batten.

Bitterne Parker: Hannah Maguire
Sunday, 30 November 2014 00:00

HANNAH MAGUIRE 200pxTherapist and mindfulness teacher Hannah Maguire runs workshops in Bitterne Park, and says the area is becoming a lot more community spirited. But even as a mindfulness teacher, a number of things still get her goat!

Bitterne Parker: Tim O’Riordan
Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00

Tim croppedTim O'Riordan was a founder of City Eye video workshop in the 80s. His passion is still making and showing videos, and he's the host of December's Couch Fest short film festival in Bitterne Park.

Bitterne Parker: Stephanie Chapman
Sunday, 02 November 2014 00:00

Stephanie Chapman 200Known as the 'queen of hyperbole', blogger and aspiring novelist Stephanie Chapman divides her time between looking after her two sassy children, tweeting song lyrics, and dyeing her hair a spectrum of colours.

Bitterne Parker: Olivia Barnes
Sunday, 26 October 2014 00:00

Olivia Barnes 200px"Becoming a parent forces you to get over a lot of phobias – or at least learn to fake nonchalance to prevent panic contagion," says 'real life virtual assistant' and Bitterne Parker Olivia Barnes.

Bitterne Parker: Graham Cotton
Sunday, 19 October 2014 00:00

Graham Cotton 200pxHe qualified at bakery college in 1964 and "thought he knew it all". Ten years later he set up his own shop. "I am still hanging on, and so proud to be part of Bitterne Park Triangle,” says Graham Cotton.

Bitterne Parker: Roma Barnes
Sunday, 12 October 2014 00:00

Roma 200pxRetired academic and founder of 'Triangle Readers' book group, Roma Barnes is a familiar Bitterne Parker who moved here in the 80s. You'll often find her deep in conversation at a local café, taking the air at Riverside Park or out and about in the city and beyond.

Bitterne Parker: Paul Jenks
Sunday, 05 October 2014 00:00

Paul Jenks 20pxAs well as a taste for good beer, cricket, rugby and keeping chickens, Bitterne Parker Paul Jenks was a Labour councillor, and is passionate about improving housing.

Bitterne Parker: Vix Hobbs
Sunday, 21 September 2014 00:00

Vix 200Meet Vix Hobbs: one of Bitterne Park and St Denys’ rare professional ‘Ing-ists’...


Bitterne Parker: Lindsi Bluemel
Sunday, 14 September 2014 00:00

lindsi with bike 200px courtesty Retina PhotographySecretary of Southampton Cycling Campaign, Bitterne Parker Lindsi Bluemel is also an artist, environmental campaigner, and stood on a Green Party ticket in the last local election.

Bitterne Parker: Becky Bennett
Sunday, 07 September 2014 00:00

Becky Bennett 200She was born in Zambia and grew up in Highfield, but Becky Bennett says she's "felt connected to Bitterne Park for a long time". She's a mother, has studied Fine Art, is a wet plate collodion photographer, and is currently setting up a business as well as studying counselling and psychotherapy.

Bitterne Parker: Alan Gibson
Sunday, 31 August 2014 00:00

alan gibson shadesUrbane Forager. Kung fu coach. Children’s thriller writer. Family man. And of course Bitterne Parker: Alan Gibson tells us all about it…

Bitterne Parker: Deborah Gearing
Sunday, 17 August 2014 00:00

Deborah Gearing smallIt's the art galleries, the people making art of all kinds accessible – a really diverse crowd of people setting out to do their own thing – that makes the city feel exciting for Deborah Gearing, who "writes plays, teaches writing and makes theatre with interesting people".

Bitterne Parker: Chris Sams
Sunday, 10 August 2014 00:00

Christine Sams bigMeet Bitterne Parker Chris Sams. Chris moved to the area in 1965, worked as a bank clerk, raised two daughters, and was a teaching assistant at Bitterne Park Junior School for 25 years. She's recently published a children's mystery story.

Bitterne Parker: Colin McAllister
Sunday, 27 July 2014 00:00

Colin McAllister sleepy smallThis time our Bitterne Parker is co-founder of Southampton Ukulele Jam, one half of DJ duo 'Al-X & MC Uke', host of our very own live podcast series 'Spiralpod', and so very much more. It's Colin McAllister!

Bitterne Parker: Royston Smith
Sunday, 20 July 2014 00:00

royston smith smallRoyston Smith, Conservative candidate for the Southampton Itchen ward, remembers Triangle Days gone by: Curly Wheeler’s, Lancaster and Crook, the cycle shop which he bought, and Mr Husky from the electrical stores. And then there's his passion for politics...

Bitterne Parker: Rowenna Davis
Sunday, 13 July 2014 00:00

Rowenna DavisWhat scares someone who's campaiging to be an MP? How does she put bread on her table, and – perhaps critically – what's her favourite dish? This time Rowenna Davis, Labour candidate for the Southampton Itchen ward, faces the 'Bitterne Parker inquisition'...

Bitterne Parker: Tony Keall
Sunday, 06 July 2014 00:00

Tony K 200v2Tony Keall – aka 'Bad Tony' – loves to party. He recently discovered the joys of lasers, and now creates psychedelic lightshows across the country. He tells us about strawberries in the fields of Bitterne Park, the largest part of an atom, and about his work with vulnerable people...

Bitterne Parker: Darren Metcalfe
Sunday, 29 June 2014 00:00

Darren Metcalfe big2Opening Dora's Cups & Cones ice cream parlour at the Triangle was one of Darren Metcalfe's proudest achievements. But did you know he also likes motorbikes and architecture? And what's that thing about the tiny field mouse? Read on to find out more...

Bitterne Parker: Anil Sood
Sunday, 22 June 2014 00:00

anil sood smallThis time Anil Sood of SOS Tools and Hardware at The Triangle answers our questions. Turns out he used to run a record shop, says he even has a record label, and he reveals a special flu remedy...

Bitterne Parker: Grant Sharkey
Sunday, 15 June 2014 00:00

grant sharkey thumb by Damian CookFielding the questions (with ease!) this time is the man who's pledged to release 40 albums in 20 years: binge thinker Grant Sharkey.

Bitterne Parker: Sue Badcrumble
Sunday, 08 June 2014 00:00

sue badcrumbleIt's the series where, with Paxman-like precision, we hurl searching questions at unsuspecting Bitterne Parkers. This time, maker and baker Sue Badcrumble tells us about her Bitterne Park.

Bitterne Parker: Dan O’Farrell
Sunday, 01 June 2014 00:00

stanleys cellar march dan ofarrell 200pxIt's the series where we ask deep and probing questions of those from, living in, working in, or with strong ties to Bitterne Park and nearby areas. This time we chat to Dan O’Farrell, local teacher and singer in John Peel-loved band Accrington Stanley. 

Bitterne Parker: Astrid De La Zouche
Saturday, 24 May 2014 20:13

Astrid croppedIn this series we ask those from, living in, working in, or with strong ties to Bitterne Park and nearby areas, to answer some searching questions. In the first of the series we talk to Astrid De La Zouche, promoter of The Hill club and comedy nights.


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