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Community Fusion 4th Birthday Celebrations Today

Regular readers of Strong Island will be aware of Community Fusion and the great work they do for the young people of Portsmouth, getting them involved in making a positive change to their communities.

Today they will be hosting a special day of 4th birthday celebrations, beginning with a Made With Hartt Market from 11am. If you are into craft and all things creative then get your yourself down there. The award winning project providing an opportunity for volunteers to develop and gain new skills through volunteering and a chance for the community to sell their handmade goodies, arts, crafts and designs. The unique market will be held in the Wedgewood Rooms providing live music too.

Live Music:
12:00 Hanna GypsyWicks music
13:00 Tom Martin
14:00 The Sharpest Fool
15:00 Nicola Brown

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The second part of the celebrations ‘Party with JOUIS and friends’ features live music in The Loft above the Kings Pub on Albert Rd and is sponsored by Quay West Studios. This will be a mere £2 entry on the door and is great value for this line up.

22:15 – JOUIS – Jouis (Jhew-ee) are a 5 piece band based in Brighton, UK. Combining Jazz, Psychedelia and Progressive Rock, their sounds are designed to open your mind, and spirit you away to new lucid dimensions.

21:30 – Damn Beats – Three humans. Three instruments. One sound. A new trio fusing upbeat indie riffs with blues licks.

21:00 – Barn Society – A 5 piece indie rock band hailing from Portsmouth England.

20:30 – Paul Dillon – Portsmouth based acoustic singer/songwriter.

20:15 – Back to the Future Islands – A one off cover track specifically for this celebration.

To complete the hat trick of event Community Fusion are having an after party at Al’burrito Bar with DJ Death Bitto.

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Strong Island Sounds Podcast with Longlive Radio Episode 29

Charlie is back with 29th episode of Longlive Radio for the Strong Island Sounds podcast:

This week I take a closer look at Beatle, spiritual adventurer and self-professed ‘naughtiest boy in the school'; George Harrison. There’s a couple of solo tunes, a couple of Beatles tunes, a collaboration and a cover, a little attempt to show the breadth of work he was involved in through the years.

As well as that, there’s a new tune from Badbadnotgood featuring Ghostface Killah, a bit of krautrock, some Talking Heads, classic Beta Band and the welcome return of Sam’s Selection Box. I’ll let you tuck in.

Cheers, Charlie x

01) Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth) – George Harrison
02) I Need You – The Beatles
03) Eclipse – The Beta Band
04) Screams In The Ears – Bill Fay
05) Paper Trails – Darkside
06) Badge – Cream
07) My Ritual – The Folk Implosion
08) Isi – Neu!
09) Ray Gun – Badbadnotgood
10) All Things Must Pass – George Harrison
11) She’s So Cold – The Rolling Stones
12) Devil Was In My Yard – The Sleepy Jackson
13) Pulled Up – Talking Heads
14) Here Comes The Sun – Nina Simone
15) Something – The Beatles

Listen to the podcast episode below, or you can listen, subscribe and download it from iTunes. You can also find the latest Strong Island Sounds podcast episode on the Strong Island homepage under the comments section too.

Strong Island Sounds Podcast with Longlive Radio Episode 29

Nautical T-Shirt Design By Stuart Linfield

Stuart Linfield, 33, a local Portsmouth Illustrator, has recently released a new T shirt which has sparked the attention of many. The Seaside town themed alternative design is hot off the printer and the image is the first in what will be a series of nautical themed designs, which will be released later in the year.

Stuart’s T-shirts are 100% cotton and hand screen printed by him with plastisol inks at Brilens Custom Clothing.

T-Shirts are available on the last Saturday of every month at the Community Fusion Made with Hartt market at The Wedgewood Rooms or can be ordered via the Etsy store at Stu Linfield Illustration.

Stuart can be found at all sorts of local events and was just spotted at the Easter Art Fair at the King Street Tavern selling numerous T shirts including those featured here.

The design is new and fresh and a brilliant edition to our beach town fashion market. Pick up yours today!

Follow Stuart on Facebook or on Twitter.

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The BANFF Mountain Film Festival At The King’s Theatre

Attracting sell out audiences across the globe, the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival visited Portsmouth for the first time last night with a selection of extraordinary short films from the world’s leading adventure film makers. Exhilarating and thought provoking, it was a must-see for anyone with a spirit of adventure!

Introducing individuals such as, Danny Macaskill, a world famous trail rider and Wilfred Thesiger, one of Britain’s top explorers and writers, the series of short films are not only inspirational and motivating but also utterly breath taking to watch.

The Kings Theatre hosted the festival and will support the event in the future, boasting that it is an exceptional performance of incredible individuals.

The festival draws together experiences of the environment, mountain culture and the outdoors and is a fantastic watch for anyone who has a passion for the extreme, encouraging all of us to embrace, experience and explore.

See the BANFF website for upcoming tour dates.

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This is the Week That Is: A Celebration of Political Satire

With the General Election looming, the University of Portsmouth are hosting a week of satire with public talks, events and screenings devoted to lampooning our dubious political elite.

The University will be working in partnership with Portsmouth Film Society and No. 6 Cinema, giving renewed credibility to the word “coalition” as they jointly host some of satire’s biggest names.

This begins on Monday April 13th with Steve Nallon, the man responsible for voicing Spitting Image’s Maggie Thatcher (among others) will discuss his contributions to satire of the 1980s and introduce a screening of the hilarious 1987 Election Special.

Full details of the schedule are available HERE. Other highlights include Laurence Marks, prodigious TV comedy writer (of Marks and Gran fame), revisits his government-baiting classic The New Statesman and its monstrous protagonist Alan B’Stard.

Alistair Beaton is one of the UK’s foremost satirists with television, radio and literary credits spanning more than thirty years (Not the Nine O’Clock News, Spitting Image and The Trial of Tony Blair to name but a few). He will discuss his experiences writing and producing satire and introduce a screening of his New Labour send-up A Very Social Secretary.

Eminent historians and film scholars Kevin Brownlow, Lincoln Geraghty and Van Norris will introduce screenings of satirical masterpieces The Great Dictator, Dr Strangelove and Heavy Traffic.

And for those of an artistic sensibility, why not try your hand at caricature? Professional illustrator Louis Netter will be running his own school for scandal and encouraging all who attend to have a pop at a politician of their choice.

“With election fever growing, what better time to celebrate the films and television programmes that have driven a comic wedge deep into the heart of the political process?” said the event’s organiser, Olly Gruner, a lecturer in the university’s School of Art and Design.

The project is supported by Film Hub South East with National Lottery funds distributed by the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN). This Is the Week That Is provides a celebration of all things satirical at a time when political humour is most needed. Will it be the biggest satirical event since Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize? “You might think that; we couldn’t possibly comment.”

For further details and to book tickets, visit http://titwti.worpress.com

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A New Hue #voff5

A New Hue is a short CG animation embracing a paper aesthetic, revolving around the introduction of two contrasting characters living in a paper world. The animation was created by George Rigby, Stephen Tucker and Portsmouth resident Jennifer Hardy.

This film follows the charming tale of a young girl, Lily, who lives alone in her bland paper world, until she meets an excitable blob of ink, Blot. At first, Lily doesn’t know what to make of him, however, they quickly become friends as he literally brings colour to her life. The piece delivers a pleasing, cohesive style with likeable characters and an understandable narrative suitable for all ages.

The beautiful animation has been shortlisted for the Viewster Online Film Festival. The animation is currently doing well and in fourth place, a top ten finish would lead to prize money for the team behind it. You can vote on the website HERE however social media also plays a part, if share the page and include the hastag #voff5.

I’m sure that you’ll agree this sweet and charming film deserves to be winning awards and claiming the international recognition it has been receiving.

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Ooh La Lapin’s ‘The Return of Ovlov’ at Strong Island Co.

As you may know by now, we host exhibitions down at our Strong Island Co store on Highland Rd and our wall has currently been taken over by Ooh La Lapin and her beautifully detailed fine liner illustrations.

‘The Return of Ovlov’ builds on the ever-growing ‘Totem’ body of work that debuted at the Under The Spotlight exhibition, following the journey of the magical character Totem as he searches near and far lands for his yet unknown purpose. These illustrative pieces serve as a preview to an upcoming book chronicling Totem’s wanderings in his own world before breaking through to ours to continue his search.

Prints of the exhibition are available to purchase in store at Strong Island Co or online here in A4, A3 and A2 sizes on 330gsm fine art paper.

Signature Clothing Competition

Signature Clothing have just released their rad new range or tees, jumpers and accessories.

Signature have been kind enough to donate a ‘Stay Quiet Plot Revenge‘ T-Shirt and a Sticker Pack for one lucky Strong Island reader. All you need to do is email stuart@strong-island.co.uk with your answer to the following question.

Q) Who is the last skater to feature in the recent Signature Clothing Winchester Sessions video below?

The deadline for entries is going to be midday Friday 20th March, with the winner being announced on social media soon after.

The range is now being stocked in Bored of Southsea, Albert Road so if you want to check out the clothes in person get yourself down there. You can still find the full range to buy online at www.thesignatureclothing.com. I recommend taking the time to check the new gear as there is some cracking stuff there. Unfortunately I can’t win this prize so I am going to have buy my own!

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Kassassin Street Limited Edition Vinyl and Castle Road Fete for Record Store Day

With Record Store Day quickly approaching (18th April) lots of things are gearing up for the day in Portsmouth. One of the first RSD related pieces of news is that Portsmouth band Kassassin Street will be releasing a limited edition vinyl EP, their first physical release. The EP comes with artwork by Luke Insect.

The band will be celebrating the launch of the vinyl EP with a performance with Pie and Vinyl for the Castle Road Fete for Record Store Day which will be happening on the 18th with the street closed, stalls and live music. Check HERE for the full details.

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Castle Road Fete for Record Store Day

My Dog Sighs and Democracy Street Free Art Friday Workshops

Last Thursday and Friday saw My Dog Sighs run workshops linking Free Art Friday with a new web app Democracy Street at Make and Craft Cafe in Fratton. We featured Democracy Street recently (read HERE), a web app conceived and developed in Portsmouth that nationally allows people to discover the streets around them and the people through the ages that had the roads and streets named after them.

My Dog Sighs delivered two workshops that drew upon the popular Free Art Friday principles to artwork plus looked at how artwork can be site specific in inspiration as well as where it could be dropped off for people to view and take home. The participants of the workshop had a go at creating their own Everyman artwork with quotes and song lyrics that related to them, the streets they lived on and more. Democracy Street beta was used by everyone to help research their lyrics and also for places to place their finished work. The workshops really showed where creativity and new technology can work together in new, practical situations, with one inspiring the other.

At the end of the workshops people went out and dropped their artwork on the streets and then added photos of the work to Democracy Street, with the images now viewable on the web app when people access the maps and roads in the local area. Democracy Street will soon be out of beta and officially launched very soon.

Below is a set of photos from Friday’s workshop.
























Atrium Launch New Cocktail Menu with Fuzz Tones Night

The Atrium has always been a good spot for some cocktails and with the spring arriving they are launching their brand new cocktail menu this friday (20th March). Providing the music for the evening will be Fuzz Tones, Southsea’s only regular Psychedelic and Garage Rock night. Along with the brand new cocktail menu, the Fuzz Tones DJ’s LongDistanceDan and Martin Horn will also be giving away a free mix CD too.

The night runs from 7.30pm to midnight with happy hour from 7.30pm to 8.30pm.

Find out more at the Facebook event HERE.

Atrium Launch New Cocktail Menu with Fuzz Tones Night

Road To Blissfields Finalists 2015

The Blissfields team have announced the finalists for the Hampshire leg of the Road To Blissfields, the event is taking place on Thursday 30th April at the Edge of the Wedge.

The Road To Blissfields will again give emerging artists and bands the opportunity to compete for a chance to play at Blissfields. The successful acts performing are…

Dutch Criminal Record
The Family
Duveax
Jack Grace
Just Millie

The winner is decided on the night with crowd reaction being taken into account, the event is free entry so make sure you come to support the artists performing.

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Blissfields itself will be held on 2nd to 4th July at Vicarage Farm just outside of Winchester. The theme for this years event is ‘Somewhere In Time’. As Blissfields approaches it’s fifteenth anniversary, the weekend will give you a chance to look back over the festivals history and more, and to gaze into the curious future of the universe, permitting your imagination to run free.

Artists confirmed so far include The Horrors, John Grant, Simian Mobile Disco, Grandmaster Flash, Glass Animals, Public Service Broadcasting, Dub Pistols and the awesome Cosmo Sheldrake. Not to forget local Strong Island favourites Big Child Man Child, Popobawa and Floella Grace.

Tier 1 Tickets for the main event are on sale now priced at £95.45 for an adult and £72.45 for a youth (10-16) from www.blissfields.co.uk/tickets.

Here is a little taste of Blissfields 2014.

King Street Tavern – Easter Gift Fair

This Saturday coming see’s the Easter Art and Gift Fair at the King Street Tavern, Southsea. From 11am a collection of artists and designers will be taking over the pub to showcase and sell some of their products.

Kendal James who organises the event introduces the artists and designers involved…

Maggie Ambler – A self taught ceramic tile artist. Maggie enjoys experimenting with styles and effects of glazes to create beautiful one of a kind art. Her tiles have all kinds of suitable home ware uses and can even be formed in sequences to create larger pieces.

Vicky Tupper – From skulls to flowers, Sewing With Screwball creates lovingly stitched goods for you, your loved ones and your home.

Stu Linfield – A recognized Southsea Illustrator that creates series of original art works by hand and digital media. His pieces are frequently nautical or geek inspired and always well thought out and beautiful pieces of design.

Debra Wallace – Southsea based handmade card maker. One of a kind superhero themed felt greetings cards and soft toys. Lots of Easter and birthday gifts and greetings will be available at this fair.

Lou Bliss – A Portsmouth based fine artist working with a variety of media, generally found natural objects and recycled materials. Presenting a collection of unique framed prints created using the spores of collected fungi specimens.

Chantelle Cheshire – A mixed media illustrative and graphic artist living in Southsea. She makes all kinds of home and office wares and specialises in creating patterns.

Kate Smith – Hand crafted from felt, embroidery thread, and the occasional sequin or two, Gingerthread House products are a soft and fuzzy way to decorate your home this Spring time.

Kendal James – Inspired by old-school computer games and today’s (cute) Japanese film industry, Kendal creates pixel art accessories and home decorations as well as designing her own ultra soft and fluffy crochet (Amigurumi) toys.

For more information about the event of the artists involved, just visit the Facebook Event page HERE.

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Essence Of Ireland At The King’s Theatre

This weekend the King’s Theatre in Southsea was host to the ‘Essence of Ireland’, a production/musical set against the backdrop of Ireland, England and America in the 19th Century.

The production tell’s the story of Coro McGowen and Sean Dempsey, a couple separated by emigration from each other and their beloved home of Ireland.

The story based on true events, is heartwarming and dramatic with incredible dancers who liven the stage with exquisite control and flawless movements. Musicians lead the night with the sounds of violins, drums and sing song and along with the performers were exceptional and received a standing ovation at the end of the night.

Essence of Ireland are on a UK tour which will go on until the end of April 2015. You can find information about up comings venues on Facebook. Please also follow the King’s for future tour dates.

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Created Local – Daniel Cook

Daniel J Cook a.k.a Scruffyhightops, 32 from Portsmouth is a local man who has contributed much to the local art culture. Working in animation, film, art and illustration he has just held his first exhibition at the Kings Theatre in Southsea.

Being part of the Portsmouth Creative Movement (PCM), Daniel has often described himself to fellow PCM goers as a ‘Pop Culture Blender’. He admits that this passion came to be after years of growing up with Star Wars, Star Trek and video games, all of which encouraged a highly imaginative and creative nature.

Daniel’s art work could be described as momentary in that he does what he feels or what comes to him at that moment in time. He tells us ‘ If I felt like drawing Godzilla then I just would. I don’t really have a prebuilt agenda or a signature image.’

A big inspiration in local music also inspired Daniel and he has recently worked on a project with Pilot Promotions called ‘The Dug Out Sessions’. They took three bands, SomaHigh, Electric Arms and The underground Pilots and filmed short sessions, collaborating them into a final piece of short films.

Daniel is up to all sorts this year and will be working on lots of local projects which can all be found on his social media. He can also be spotted at the infamous Southsea based Doodle Club where he admits he spends much time enjoying drawing nonsense and catching up with other local creative personalities. He can also be bumped into this year at London Super Comic Con, as well as the same event in San Diego and the MCM expo.

Daniel was also behind the UFO hoax that made it’s way onto Buzzfeed and say’s his proudest moments have been when he met William Shatner and Lance Guest and when a piece of his artwork was signed by Stan Lee, one of his heroes.

Follow Daniel on Facebook, YouTube, on his website or catch him at the Southsea Skatepark.

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Portsmouth in a New Children’s Book by Michael Rosen and Southsea Illustrator Neal Layton

Monster‘, the third (with Rover and Howler) in a series of children’s books written by Michael Rosen and Southsea based illustrator Neal Layton will be published this month. The story is set in a school, and Neal based the pictures on drawings he did at Cumberland Infant School (where his daughter is in Year 2) here in Portsmouth. Some of the shops and pubs from Albert road also feature in artworks too!

To coincide with the publication of the new book Aspex Gallery are holding two exhibitions of Neal Layton’s children’s book work opening on Wednesday 18th March 2015.

The first, offsite at Portsmouth Guildhall shows artworks from the series of books Neal has done with Michael Rosen. The second exhibition held concurrently at Aspex Cafe Gallery concentrates on process and artifacts from Neal’s studio. Both exhibitions run until May.

Find more information about both exhibitions on Neal’s blog HERE, or Aspex’ website HERE.

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Strong Island Sounds Podcast with Longlive Radio Episode 28 Vol. 2

Charlie is back with volume two of the 28th episode of Longlive Radio for the Strong Island Sounds podcast:

Here as promised, is the second instalment of my round-up of 2014. Next time you hear from me it’ll be a normal show with me muttering about nonsense, so you have that to look forward to…in the meantime. Enjoy!

Cheers, Charlie x

01) Plectrumelectrum – Prince & 3rd Eye Blind
02) Rumble – Kelis
03) The Dogs Of War – Ghostface Killah
04) Forerunner Foray – Shabazz Palaces
05) Pools – Glass Animals
06) Naked – Neneh Cherry
07) Better Strangers – Royal Blood
08) Beneath The Black And Purple – Morgan Delt
09) Denial – I Break Horses
10) The Last Conquistador – Gruff Rhys
11) Pains – Silk Rhodes
12) New Beat – Mariachi El Bronx
13) Red Eyes – War On Drugs
14) Two Weeks – FKA Twigs
15) Banjo – Clark
16) Real Thing – Tune-Yards
17) Reservoir – Metronomy
18) Prettiest Ones – Fryars
19) Avant Gardener – Courtney Barnett
20) The Fool – Ethan Johns
21) Every Time The Sun Comes Up – Sharon Van Etten
22) The Secret Seven – Owen Pallett
23) Keep In The Dark – Temples
24) World Peace Is None Of Your Business – Morrissey
25) Say Goodbye – Beck

Listen to the podcast episode below, or you can listen, subscribe and download it from iTunes. You can also find the latest Strong Island Sounds podcast episode on the Strong Island homepage under the comments section too.

Strong Island Sounds Podcast with Longlive Radio Episode 28 Vol. 2

Strong Island Clothing Co. Spring Tee Range

As sunnier weather finally approaches, it’s surely time to start stocking up on new tees for the all your temperate outdoor activities. Our Spring range for this year is a mix of fresh reworkings of classic designs and further expansion of our ‘Down the Hatch’ motif, with a tee to fit any situation.

A short sleeve alternative to our popular ‘Down the Hatch’ zip hoodies, the new ‘Down the Hatch’ tee features the same two-colour screen printed back and chest designs as the hoods but on a super soft Galapagos blue tee.

Our ‘Local’ design makes its shirt-based return after a successful run adorning our tea towels. Hand screened in off-white on neutral heather indigo, it makes for a fantastic base to accessorise from with a nod to the rich marine wildlife found in our local waters.

For all those avid twitchers out there, this white on heather cardinal reprint of our classic ‘Langstone Harbour’ is a must-have, styled out with a pair of binoculars and a Field Notes notebook for jotting down your spots for later reference.

Adding to our range of ‘Branded’ tees is this limited edition version featuring the same super reflective 3M ink used on our black ‘Strong in the Leg’ tee. The ink works in a similar way to the coating employed on road signs – catching any indirect light and throwing it back out in dazzling fashion. Perfect for those that prefer to lay low during daylight hours but stand out when the stars come out to play.

We’ve also re-printed the ever-popular ‘Wander’ motif in white on pastel blue making for a subtle, unobtrusive tee designed to slot in with your standard spring/summer colour palettes.

All the tees are just £22 and available for purchase from our Strong Island Co store on Highland Rd or online at Strong Island Clothing Co as ever. Don’t forget, you can order online and collect in-store to save money on postage and also pick up a loyalty card to earn yourselves a free t-shirt and ceramic mug when you complete it.

Strong Island Recordings Free In Store Party With Melt Dunes & Death of the Author

At the end of last year Strong Island proudly opened up our store, studio & exhibition space at 12 Highland Road in Southsea. So far there have been a few wonderful exhibitions in store but our label arm over at Strong Island Recordings has yet to have a house warming party so to speak. After much discussion we have decided to change that and on the 28th March between 6-8pm we present to you a free, bring your own booze party with full sets from Strong Island Recordings own Melt Dunes and our good friends Death of the Author taking place instore at Strong Island Co. Capacity for the show is obviously limited so be sure to head down early.

We’ll also being doing some amazing one-off in-store deals on label tees, vinyl, tapes and more, more details on that soon. See you there!

Hit up the Facebook event for more info.

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Our Picks For No 6 – March 2015

If you haven’t visited the No. 6 Cinema before then we highly recommend it, it is a mix of thoughtful art house cinema, vintage Hollywood classics and new blockbusters all within the historic blockhouse in the dockyard.

March is quite a special month as the team behind No 6 are giving you another chance to catch the big winners from last months Oscars on the big screen. Be sure to check their website to buy tickets and for their full listings www.no6cinema.co.uk.

Boyhood (15) | 14th March | 7pm
Oscar Winner: Best Supporting Actress
Oscar Nominated: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay

Richard Linklater follows a boy’s life from the ages of 6 to 18, shooting periodically over 12 years. Ellar Coltrane plays Mason, the son of Mason Snr. and Olivia. As his divorced parents find new partners, Mason Jnr faces emotional and physical uncertainties with growing maturity.

Whether he’s squabbling with his older sister Samantha, arguing STAR WARS lore with his dad, or having his heart broken by a first love, the film renders the apparently commonplace both unfamiliar and compelling. And while the changes Mason and Samantha undergo are obvious, they’re subtly matched by those of their parents.

Inherent Vice (15) | 19th March | 7pm
Oscar Nominated: Best Adapted Screenplay

Private detective Doc Sportello is trying to track down his ex-girlfriend, Shasta Fay, and the property magnate she’s been fooling around with in late ’60s California. Involving a hippie-hating cop, a spaced-out snitch for hire, Sportello’s uptight District Attorney lover, a philosophising lawyer, and a laugh-out-loud-funny Martin Short as a sex-addicted coke-head, the story becomes ever more complex and elaborate.

Based on Thomas Pynchon’s picaresque novel, INHERENT VICE is director Paul Thomas Anderson’s funniest work yet. An ensemble cast who are clearly having a ball, and the seedy authenticity of post-hippie La-La land, further enhance the film’s immense entertainment value.

Love Is Strange (15) | 26th March | 7pm

Long-term New York lovers Ben and George embrace the new legality of gay marriage by getting hitched, only to find George facing the sack from his intolerant employer. Now unable to afford their apartment, they’re obliged to live separately with friends and family, an arrangement that comes with pressures and discomforts that none of those involved could have imagined.

Writer-director Ira Sachs has strong form portraying the subtle nuances of intimate relationships; with LOVE IS STRANGE the middle-aged element adds both poignancy and unmawkish humour.

Big Hero 6 (PG) | 28th March | 4:15pm
Oscar Winner: Best Animated Feature

Set in the recognisably hi-tech but endangered city of San Fransokyo, Disney’s latest, gently amusing offering is loosely based on a Marvel Comics tale. After his older brother Tadashi is killed in a mysterious accident, teenage micro-bot obsessive Hiro is befriended by Tadashi’s creation – Baymax, a kind and unusually snowman-like robot. Hiro then successfully upgrades Baymax’s operating system to turn him into a crime-fighting automaton that might help solve the riddle of Tadashi’s death.

The relationship between Baymax and Hiro provides the core of this beautifully rendered animation from co-directors Hall and Williams.

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Signature Clothing Competition

Signature Clothing have just released their rad new range or tees, jumpers and accessories.

Signature have been kind enough to donate a ‘Stay Quiet Plot Revenge‘ T-Shirt and a Sticker Pack for one lucky Strong Island reader. All you need to do is email stuart@strong-island.co.uk with your answer to the following question.

Q) Who is the last skater to feature in the recent Signature Clothing Winchester Sessions video below?

The deadline for entries is going to be midnight Friday 20th March, with the winner being announced on social media soon after.

The range is now being stocked in Bored of Southsea, Albert Road so if you want to check out the clothes in person get yourself down there. You can still find the full range to buy online at www.thesignatureclothing.com. I recommend taking the time to check the new gear as there is some cracking stuff there. Unfortunately I can’t win this prize so I am going to have buy my own!

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Design The America’s Cup World Series Poster

This July 23rd-26th Sir Ben Ainslie and the America’s Cup World Series is coming to Portsmouth. Aspex and Teamorigin, the organisers of the World Series event, are offering local artists the chance to design the official poster of the America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth event.

Artists are asked to submit an existing portfolio of work, limited to 10 pieces, in a single PDF document with a maximum file size of 20MB — along with an outline idea for their poster design.

From these submissions, they will commission one winning artist to create the official poster for the Portsmouth event. The commissioned artist will be paid a fee of £1,000 for this work. However please note that copyright of the poster will then be passed to Teamorigin Events.

The deadline for submissions is Sunday 29th March. You can email your submissions to acws@aspex.org.uk.

Timeline and Key Stages

Sunday 29 March 2015 – Deadline for submissions

w/c 30 March – Artist selection

Early April – Selected artist notified and commission agreed

Early-mid May – Artwork delivered by artist

End May – Poster finalised/printed

23rd-26th July – ACWS event

Ben Ainslie Americas Cup Poster

FoodCycle Portsmouth Celebrates First Anniversary

Amazing how time flies, it doesn’t seem that long ago that we heard about the formation of FoodCycle Portsmouth, a community organisation combining volunteers, surplus food, and spare kitchen spaces to create nutritious meals for people at risk from food poverty and social isolation. It is great to hear that FoodCycle Portsmouth celebrated its 1st year anniversary this Tuesday with lots of guests and live music from the Pompey Pluckers at the John Pounds Centre in Portsea.

The guests were treated to a delicious 3 course meal of cheese and bean quesadilla, veg pie with roasties, and a hot cross bun pudding. However, the food wasn’t the only talking point last night as people got up from their seats to enjoy the music and celebrate. The Pompey Pluckers, armed with their Hawaiian shirts & Ukuleles, have partnered with many different charities and it is easy to see why they’re so popular after their exciting and electric performance on Tuesday night. Their accompaniment to dinner was the perfect way to celebrate a very successful year of volunteering and tasty community meals at FoodCycle Portsmouth.

Since launching in March 2014, FoodCycle Portsmouth have served over 1,697 community meals using 2,689.9kgs of surplus food donated by local supermarkets. This has been achieved through the hard-work and generosity of our volunteers, who have put in over 1,200 hours of their own time. FoodCycle Portsmouth have had a very eventful year, with the highlight being the opening of a Thursday meal in Somerstown which is slowly and gaining new guests. All of these great achievements could never have been dreamt of without the outstanding and tireless work of our fantastic volunteers who continue to cook delicious community meals week in and week out.

Want to find out how to get involved? Email Portsmouth@foodcycle.org.uk

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Photos From Strong Island Recordings Label Party 7th March

On Saturday 7th March  Strong Island Recordings hosted our first label party of the year at The Edge of The Wedge. It was also extra special as it was also our first ever label party where all the acts including DJs too are a part of our label family. The line-up conistsed of Dead Rabbits, Melt Dunes,  Yoofs and also The Boy I Used to Be making their deejay debut and played a rather eclectic and fun mix consisting of everything from local thrash dup Rickyfitts to Taylor Swift. The turnout was amazing and we want to thank everyone who came down. We hope everyone who was in attendance had a blast. We have some photos below but if you want to check out more from the evening then an head over to our Facebook and Instagram and the Strong Island Flickr. Relating to our label party on Saturday we have some exciting news coming on Friday so keep an eye out for that.














Hedda Gabler At The Groundling’s Theatre

The Groundling’s Theatre tonight hosted it’s first of 4 productions of Hedda Gabler, a play written by the Norwegian writer, Henrick Ibsen. The story is considered to be one of the great and dramatic stories in playwright history and this quaint theatre setting in the elder part of Portsmouth only embellishes this.

Thrilling, enigmatic and destructive, Hedda Gabler is one of theatre’s most irresistible heroines. Returning from her honeymoon and already bored with her marriage, Hedda finds herself caught between the brilliant but dissolute Eilert Loevborg and the clutches of the predatory Judge Brack. A shocking path of destruction unfolds and there can only be one outcome.

Actors and actresses dominated the tiny stage with powerful characters and projected voices and captured onlookers full attention. The play is an absolute must see and your viewing not only supports this special performance but also a special theatre with an incredible and award winning Adult Drama School.

To purchase tickets, contact the box office and follow the whats on guide to the Groundlings on Facebook.

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Short Story Competition – Call For Submissions

We are really excited to announce that our short story competition is now open to submissions. The theme behind your short story must simply involve one of My Dog Sighs tin can men pictured at the bottom of the page. There is a word limit for each age group but apart from that, everything else is completely open to your own interpretation.

The entries will be split into three categories for the different age groups, each with a different word limit.

• 13 years and under (150 words)
• 14 years – 18 years (300 words)
• 18 years and above (500 words)

This event is open to everyone to enter and you don’t even have to be from Portsmouth to get involved. For the younger age groups we are looking for teachers who would be willing to lend a hand. This will involve going through some entries and maybe they would like to invite their school or class to get involved, maybe as part of a class project perhaps.

This competition will run until 25th March, with the winner for each category being announced soon after. The three lucky winners will receive a copy of their story created by graphic designer Sam Barclay and personalised by My Dog himself. The winning entries will also be featured in an exhibition in our Strong Island Co shop which you can find at 12 Highland Road, Southsea.

If you or your are interested in getting involved with helping judge the winner you can drop me can email to stuart@strong-island.co.uk. Submissions should be sent to the same email address, please don’t forget to include your contact details and what category this is applicable to.

My Dog Sighs has a great talent for capturing character through the expressions on each piece of art, which should serve as an ideal inspiration for your short story. We look forward to receiving your submissions.

My Dog Sighs TCM 1

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My Dog Sighs TCM 5

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Portsmouth City Collection Part 1: Lost and Found

Collecting is something that goes way back to the early edges of the modern human psychology, a motivation to draw objects together that have a sense of meaning for the collector, that can illustrate aspects of an identity through representations of places and times past. Pretty much everyone has succumbed to the urge to collect at some stage in their life, be it stamps, stickers, shells, postcards, geology, fine art, sculpture and even aeroplane sick bags and My Little Pony. Beyond individuals, other groups create collections too, from small groups and trusts through to councils and right up to nation states. Portsmouth, like many other cities all over the UK and the World has its own collection of objects that represent its past, its culture and the people who have called it home.

The Portsmouth Collection began with the foundation of the Portsmouth museum service, established by order of the council back in 1892. The Victorians had a strong tradition of philanthropy which allowed the collection to grow from inception with people donating objects and art, the collection in essence owned by the then town (we became a city in 1927) and its people. 

The collection was homed at The Market House & Guildhall on High Street in what is now Old Portsmouth, designed by Benjamin Bramble and opened on June 28th 1838. The building was the civic centre with council chambers plus an open market and even an early police station too. The building quickly ran out of space for city officials so the new Guildhall in Guildhall Square was opened in 1879. With this move the building became the city’s museum and home to the collection.

Market House and Guildhall by Calcott, published by Charpentier
Market House and Guildhall by Calcott, published by Charpentier.

During the blitz in 1941, the city suffered with a huge loss of life and much of the city damaged and broken. On one air raid on the city the museum was bombed, with much of the city collection destroyed. Around 750 objects were saved from the destruction but it is impossible to know how much of the collection was lost as well as what these objects were specifically because all records were destroyed too. Only a handful of paintings were saved and some still show signs of burn damage. These objects that survived (to this day cataloged with ’S’ numbers to signify salvage) were the basis for a new museum service in 1945 with the end of the war.

Market House and Guildhall
Market House and Guildhall after the bombing.

From 1945 the museum service looked to acquire material relating to the history of Portsmouth and the natural history of the local area but also aimed to collect decorative art and modern British art. Under the theme of ‘The History of British Taste’ a national appeal was launched for donations to the collection from both individuals and organisations.

'Outskirts of Portsmouth Dockyard' charcoal drawing by W.H. Clarkson
‘Outskirts of Portsmouth Dockyard’ charcoal drawing by W.H. Clarkson.

The Portsmouth City Collection 70 years later is now both vast in size and scope. The collection contains archaeology, art, literary history, local history, military history and natural science with many of the objects donated or bequeathed to the city. The collection can be viewed at the city’s different museums including: Portsmouth City Museum, Charles Dickens’ Birthplace, The D-Day Museum, Southsea Castle, Cumberland House Natural History Museum & Eastney Beam Engine House. Even with all of these museums and exhibition spaces no more than approximately 15% of the City Collection is on display at any one time. 

With our next article we’ll be exploring the role of a curator for the museum service. If you want to see some of the finest items on the collection be sure to visit the A Hard Choice exhibition at Portsmouth City Museum. Many items on show in this exhibition were acquired by Rosalinda Hardiman over the last 35 years during her curatorship.

This Sunday there is a free guided tour around the exhibition by Rosalinda from 3pm to 4pm. Find out about some of the stories behind the objects on show and Rosalinda’s reasons for choosing them. Pre-booking is advised.

Throughout this year you can find out more about the Portsmouth City Collection and the many works of art and objects in contains with a Twitter account, simply follow: @PortsCityCollec

Portsmouth Harbour by Edmund T. Crawford
‘Portsmouth Harbour’ by Edmund T. Crawford.

Combat by Jack Canty
‘Combat’ by Jack Canty.

HMS M.33 Crowdfunding Appeal

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is home to some of the finest historic ships in the UK, with HMS Victory, HMS Warrior & The Mary Rose all iconic and tourist attractions helping bring in hundreds of thousands of visitors to the city. Soon to join this elite flotilla of ships is the HMS M.33, dry docked opposite the Victory and currently undergoing a huge refit inside and out ready for opening to the public in August. The M.33, a Monitor gun platform, was built in only 7 weeks specifically for ship to shore bombardment with it’s two heavy 6 inch guns. The shallow draft with it’s flat bottom design meant it could come close to the shoreline. The ship is one of a handful of Royal Navy craft left from WW1 and the only craft from the Gallipoli campaign, which occurred 100 years ago this year.

The redevelopment of the ship is restoring and redeveloping it from the bare metal up. The craft (and the dry dock) will welcome visitors in through new access points with the lower decks converted in to exhibition spaces. Working upwards the on deck cabins will be restored with the feel of a ship from 1915. The guns are also being lovingly restored by dedicated volunteers too.

Even with all this activity and work ongoing on the ship the National Museum of the Royal Navy is hoping to raise £19,150 to help finish the £2.4m project. The funding is being done through crowdfunding website Indigogo which is an innovative route for sourcing donations for the project for a ship of this type. You can watch the film below for all the details on how any donation will go towards creating another unique visitor experience celebrating the city and the nations nautical heritage.

I visited the ship to see progress in person on a rainy February day, the ship will be up there with its dockyard neighbours and not only that, you’ll also get to actually be in the scheduled monument dry dock too to see the ship from a completely new perspective. You can find out lots more about the project and make a donation before 18th March at:

indiegogo.com/projects/hms-m-33

Below are a selection of images from the visit to HMS M.33, you can see many more on our Flickr.




















Short Story Competition – Call For Submissions

We are really excited to announce that our short story competition is now open to submissions. The theme behind your short story must simply involve one of My Dog Sighs tin can men pictured at the bottom of the page. There is a word limit for each age group but apart from that, everything else is completely open to your own interpretation.

The entries will be split into three categories for the different age groups, each with a different word limit.

• 13 years and under (150 words)
• 14 years – 18 years (300 words)
• 18 years and above (500 words)

This event is open to everyone to enter and you don’t even have to be from Portsmouth to get involved. For the younger age groups we are looking for teachers who would be willing to lend a hand. This will involve going through some entries and maybe they would like to invite their school or class to get involved, maybe as part of a class project perhaps.

This competition will run until 25th March, with the winner for each category being announced soon after. The three lucky winners will receive a copy of their story created by graphic designer Sam Barclay and personalised by My Dog himself. The winning entries will also be featured in an exhibition in our Strong Island Co shop which you can find at 12 Highland Road, Southsea.

If you or your are interested in getting involved with helping judge the winner you can drop me can email to stuart@strong-island.co.uk. Submissions should be sent to the same email address, please don’t forget to include your contact details and what category this is applicable to.

My Dog Sighs has a great talent for capturing character through the expressions on each piece of art, which should serve as an ideal inspiration for your short story. We look forward to receiving your submissions.

My Dog Sighs TCM 1

My Dog Sighs TCM 2

My Dog Sighs TCM 3

My Dog Sighs TCM 5

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Short Story Competition – Open To Submissions

We are really excited to announce that our short story competition is now open to submissions. The theme behind your short story must simply involve one of My Dog Sighs tin can men pictured at the bottom of the page. There is a word limit for each age group but apart from that, everything else is completely open to your own interpretation.

The entries will be split into three categories for the different age groups, each with a different word limit.

• 13 years and under (150 words)
• 14 years – 18 years (300 words)
• 18 years and above (500 words)

This event is open to everyone to enter, but for the younger age groups we are looking for teachers who would be willing to lend a hand. This will involve going through some entries and maybe they would like to invite their school or class to get involved, maybe as part of a class project perhaps.

This competition will run until 25th March, with the winner for each category being announced soon after. The three lucky winners will receive a copy of their story created by graphic designer Sam Barclay and personalised by My Dog himself. The winning entries will also be featured in an exhibition in our Strong Island Co shop which you can find at 12 Highland Road, Southsea.

If you or your are interested in getting involved with helping judge the winner you can drop me can email to stuart@strong-island.co.uk. Submissions should be sent to the same email address, please don’t forget to include your contact details and what category this is applicable to.

My Dog Sighs has a great talent for capturing character through the expressions on each piece of art, which should serve as an ideal inspiration for your short story. We look forward to receiving your submissions.

My Dog Sighs TCM 1

My Dog Sighs TCM 2

My Dog Sighs TCM 3

My Dog Sighs TCM 5

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Strong Island Co. Exhibitions: EQUINOX by Joanna Dawson

Strong Island Co. is proud to announce the first external exhibition our in store gallery space will host. From January 28th to February 18th, local artist Joanna Dawson will be exhibiting EQUINOX, a collection of large format, mixed media abstract landscapes with a focus on coastlines near and far from her travels.

Joanna is no stranger to utilising mixed media and unusual paint substitutes, dabbling in gouache, watercolour, acrylic and even tea and coffee staining to create her works. Working as a professional artist and designer allows her the space to explore her creative direction and conduct these material experiments.

To find out more about Joanna, her work and the exhibition, give her a follow on Instagram to keep up to date with her happenings in the run up to the exhibition.

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There’s Snow Day like a Snow Day

Tom Time Waster © just put a few more photos from last months snow day in Portsmouth. Cool photos as always, but I focused on the spills and slams. We saw some kids take proper slams that day. Lots of broken tailbones for sure. Good times.

£800 raised at our 3rd Birthday Charity Raffle

Wow. Another Incredible success. Myself, Paul and the Strong Island Crew owe a MASSIVE thank you to all the people who donated, helped out, attended and of course bought those ever so important raffle tickets.

With your generosity we managed to raise an amazing £800 for The Portsmouth Autism Support Network and The Portsmouth Lifeboat Station.

Everyone had a great time and got fully involved in the atmosphere of the night. Free Strong Island Iced Teas were flowing, and the buffet was awesome. Pet Sounds kept the musical vibe alive and the crowd did the rest. A really good turn out of Strong Islanders made sure The Belle Isle was packed and the charity tin was full.

Well done to all the people who were lucky enough to get one of the prizes. If not more. Winners win prizes…..

Thanks to everyone who came down, all of the very generous prize donators and of course extra special thanks to Paul, Graham, Ben, James, Andy and all The Belle Isle staff for letting us hold our party and making sure no one went thirsty. Cheers guys.

Without the support from our readers, contributors and friends Strong Island would not be in the position to hold such an event, and we greatly appreciate it.

Prizes were very kindly donated from the following people: LJRs / The Belle Isle / Sopranos / Southsea Skatepark / Caravan Gallery / Michelle So Scone / Boed / Southsea Boutique / Dead Mans Glory / Lou Bush / Helen at Kings Theatre / Geoff at The Wedge / Love Southsea / Mikey Ayling / Mark Persuad / Southsea Gallery / james Porter / Parmiters, Ian & Sue / James Weaver / Alanna Smith / Matt Howarth / Bruce Jamieson / Jamie Olivers (Megatron) / Diana Goss / James Batchelor / Fran Bierton / Paul Thurlow / Bonzo Studio / Head Hairdressers / I Love Dust / Holgarama / Stuart Trett at Ye Olde Bike SHoppe. Apologies if I forgot your name.

We’re already looking forward to our 4th Birthday Party next year. Hope you can make it. All the best and thanks again.

Tristan & Paul




















Photos: Matt Saxey

Old Cycle Race

At some point between the wars this was taken during a cycle race at the Alexandra Park velodrome up in Tipner, which is still there.

Cycle Race
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The Abrooks

The infamous 1980s Southsea locals Mark & Barry Abrook, doubles on the halfpipe at the skatepark from 1990.

Abrooks

The Infamous Harry Pounds Scrapyard Submarines

Many of you will remember the once iconic Submarines at the Harry Pounds Scrapyard on the way in to Portsmouth. We even featured a few photos by Robin Hinson back in 2010.

Although I never got to explore the sub aquatic giants myself I was lucky enough to find this little gem a few weeks ago. Although I can’t remember where, so sorry if I nabbed it and forgot to mention you.

Watch the video for a unique view of these “Uk, Admiralty Standard Range Diesels 16 Cylinder V mechanical supercharged monsters!”