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Down The Hatch Recipes #4 – Warm Spiced Cider

What better way to end this gastronomical guide than with seasonally fortified booze? Yep, the last mug friendly recipe from the Down The Hatch series is a luxurious spiced cider. And don’t wait for Christmas to make this either, make it into an annual Bonfire night staple too.

Ingredients:
cider
brandy
brown sugar
all spice berries
cinnamon
cloves
star anise
1 x apple
1 x pear
1 x orange

Method:
Thinly slice the fruit and mix all of the above into the largest pot you might own. Set it to the lowest heat and allow all the ingredients to heat gently and mingle. Add extra sugar to taste and serve into your enamel mugs with a ladle. Merry Christmas you sorts.

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Click here, here and here for the previous recipes.

Short Story Competition

We are really excited to announce that in February we are going to be holding a writing competition. This will be run in partnership with My Dog Sighs and will be open to everyone to enter. You will be asked to write a short story based on one of his tin can men, everything else is completely open to your own interpretation.

We can’t say too much about the exact details as they are currently being confirmed, however we can tell you that the categories will be split into three different age groups, each with a different word limit.

• 13 years and under
• 14 years – 18 years
• 18 years and above

For the younger age groups we looking for teachers who would be whilling to lend a hand going through the entries or would maybe like to invite their school or class to be involved, maybe as part of a class project.

This competition will run from February until March with the winner for each category being announced early April. The three lucky winners will receive a copy of their story created by graphic designer Sam Barclay and personalised by My Dog himself.

If you or your school are interested in getting involved then drop me an email with your details to stuart@strong-island.co.uk.

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The Southsea Alternative Choir – Christmas 2014

This weekend see’s the return of The Southsea Alternative Choir. If you are not already aware, the choir are a group of friends who all share a love of music and get to together to sing some classic songs that we all love. This is all with a view to raise money for SamuelsFund, supporting a local child with Cerebral Palsy.

The choir will be in the RMA Tavern this Friday evening, however it has now sold out. Details of the other events can be found on the poster below or for more information visit the choir’s Facebook page.

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Southsea Alternative Choir recently filmed a version of Lou Reed’s classic ‘Perfect Day’ while backstage at the Portsmouth Beer Festival a few weeks ago.

Ickle Bambino Baby Raves

Ickle Bambino Baby Raves is a new original experience for families.

The event is held at the Square Tower in Old Portsmouth and features a tearoom for adults to enjoy a drink. They even provide sugar free squash at no charge for the little ones. There are home made cakes and snack bags for children to enjoy which are for sale from the square tower tea rooms. The events target audience are parents and the under 7’s however older children are welcomed.

You can expect to hear Hip-Hop, Indie and Electro tunes, all provided by local DJs.

Parties feature a host of activities including;
– Colouring competitions
– Loom band making
– Puzzles
– Toy areas with a small soft ball pit
– Face painters
– A photo booth

The event costs £4.00 for adults, £3.00 for under 7’s and those under 1 year old are free.

The next event is 28th December 2015 – families can get the little ones out of the house in-between Christmas and new year. You can find out more information about this event on Facebook.

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Photo’s by James White Photography.

Aspex Project with University of Portsmouth

Aspex Gallery have recently been working with Television and Broadcasting BSc students from University of Portsmouth to produce a promotional video for the gallery. Credit for the video goes to Georgia Tolley, Ryan Jenkins, Safiya Pomell and Jonny Quinn from Tin Productions.

The video features scenes from the Platform Graduate Awards and the Virgin Startups event.

Aspex: Promotional Video Project with University of Portsmouth from aspex on Vimeo.

Luke Ferre ‘Bloodshot’

Local singer songwriter Luke Ferre has recently spent some time with the folks at Clockwork Owl Sessions. He tool part in their most recent session, he performed ‘Bloodshot’ which was taken from his EP of the same name.

If you you like what you hear then you can find more from Luke on Facebook, Twitter @lukeferre, YouTube and iTunes.

The Portsmouth Beer Festival Christmas Sessions

Seasonal greetings all ye beer drinkers! The festive term is well and truly upon us, and the Portsmouth Beer Festival is back! Hop on your luge this Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st, and speed down to the warmth of the Guildhall for the ultimate yuletide knees up. A great occasion to regale your friends with your embarrassing stories of 2014 whilst enjoying beers from: Irving & Co, Tiny Rebel, Magic Rock Brewing, Summer Wine Brewery, Dark Star, Bristol Beer Factory, Arbor, Wild Beer and Staggeringly Good to name but a few. Feeling peckish? The good people from The Hummous Shack, Brewhouse & Kitchen and O’Hagan’s Sausages will be on hand to quickly despatch that hunger. Once you are several beers in, remind the other half of what a great dancer you are with the live music courtesy of Hobo Jones and The Junkyard Dogs, Day Of The Rabblement, Mojo Dollar, The Paper Trains, Elasticated Waste Band and many many more. Tickets for this pre-Christmas must do event can be bought at Little Johnny Russells, The Belle Isle, The Leopold Tavern, Brewhouse & Kitchen, the Portsmouth Guildhall box office and of course at Strong Island on 12 Highland Road. However, if you find yourself snow bound, you can also buy them online here.

In addition to this, prizes can be won for most garish Christmas attire, so make sure you raid nan’s wardrobe on your way out.

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Smiling Eyes Coffee Co

Smiling Eyes Coffee Co is the latest coffee venture to hit the city and is bringing the current trend of high quality, speciality coffee served from design-led mobile units to our fair city. This specially-converted Volkswagen T2 van houses a truly gigantic Astoria dual lever espresso machine and one of the friendliest baristas you’re ever likely to meet. Jo Hart, proprietor of this exceptional conversion, is what you would probably refer to as a coffee obsessive; passionate about each and every espresso she pulls and putting the quality of each cup at the forefront. “This is the first career in my life that I’ve been this fastidious and cared this much that makes me sure it’s finally the right one!” explains Jo as she prepares my short black. A small queue forms while we continue our caffeine dominated conversation but she remains unfazed and crafts each order with the same consideration and attention to detail as the previous one, coupled with a beaming grin and a hearty thank you.

On the coffee side, Jo is serving Winchester Coffee Roaster’s Synergy espresso blend; a smooth, sweet cup with excellent milk chocolate and red currant tasting notes, perfect as a short americano or flat white. Tea is of course provided by the local and inimitable All About Tea and their signature Portsmouth Tea blend while the chocolate in Jo’s hot chocolates and mochas owe their greatness to Green & Black’s drinking chocolate. The quality on offer from Smiling Eyes is simply unmatched in the small-but-growing Portsmouth mobile catering trade; it really is as close to a speciality coffee shop on wheels as you’ll get in the city.

You can find Smiling Eyes on a Monday at the Student’s Union market, Tuesday’s outside the Citywide Taxi office and on weekends at the Palmerston Rd market but be sure to follow @smilingeyes2014 to keep up to date with where you can next grab a top notch brew.

My Name Is Leila at Southsea Coffee

We have followed Leila Kemp’s artwork in and around the city over the past year. Her work has slowly been appearing more and more, cheering up passers by.

Leila had a busy start to the year with several huge pieces including ‘Bow Tie and Hat Bear’ at Make & The Craft Kitchen on Cornwall Road and another striking piece at the Gloucester Paint Jam weekend.

Leila’s latest work is set to have customers at the Southsea Coffee Company smiling. ‘King of the Jungle’ is another fantastic piece and we are left excited for what is to come next.

Married Mum of one and pregnant with her second is still adorning the streets of Portsmouth and Southsea and we are pleased to have such a talented lady in our local community. Keep up the good work Leila.

For more of Leila’s work please search for ‘My name is Leila’ on her website at www.mynameisleila.co.uk.

By Chantelle Wyatt

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Twelve Days Of Christmas Competition

Between the 1st and 12th December I have been asking a question each day relating to the prize on offer. One lucky winner will win the whole package for themselves, just in time for Christmas!

Today we are featuring two of my favourite creatives currently plying their trade in our city, Katie Barrett and Laura Bennett from Raw & Auburn and Laura Bennett Jewellery.

Raw & Auburn began life early in 2013, the Southsea based company specialises in hand crafted accessories using raw and unique materials. Each item bears it’s own individuality and is different than the last. Using traditional techniques every product is finished to a high standard and comes with it’s own Mill Cloth bag and they are all finished with the Raw & Auburn signature cross stitch.

Raw & Auburn have kindly donated one of their leather envelope wallets for you to win. You can find Raw & Auburn on Etsy and Facebook.

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Laura specialises in hand made contemporary jewellery inspired by nature, sympathetically composing pieces made from found objects combined with precious metals while exploring the natural qualities of the materials. She has recently created a set of jewellery inspired by Portsmouth and its nautical images.

If you would like to contact Laura about a private commission or to generally find out more about on Laura’s work on her website www.laurabennettjewellery.co.uk and her Facebook page.

Laura Bennett Jewellery

If you would like to win all of the prizes on offer then all you need to do is email your answers to the following questions to stuart@strong-island.co.uk. The deadline for entries is midnight on 19th December. We will announce the winner on 20th December. Good luck!

Day One – Made By Burbs Print
Q1) The map shows Hilsea Lido but when did the Lido first open?

Day Two – x2 No 6 Cinema Prints
Q2) What Disney movie are they showing over he Christmas period and why is this showing different to normal?

Day Three – Angela Chick gift cards
Q3) In metres how long is the HMS Warrior over all?

Day Four – Magpie’s Lust Jewellery
Q4) What is the Latin name for the common Magpie?

Day Five – Caleigh Ill coasters
Q5) The first Russian nested doll set was carved in 1890 by Vasily Zvyozdochkin but were a designed by who?

Day Six – Bread Addiction Bag
Q6) What year was the first bread slicer sold?

Day Seven – Meal at the Wave Maiden
Q7) In Norse mythology The Wave Maidens were the nine daughters of Aegir, the undersea brewer to the Gods. Name any one of the nine daughters?

Day Eight – Mia Mai framed Print and Christmas cards
Q8) Which of our local theatres has Mia Mai most recently used for a photo shoot to showcase her latest range of lingerie?

Day Nine – Meal and drinks voucher for the Marmion Pub
Q9) The Marmion has been nominated for one of the annual Guide Awards, but under what category? (Please note we are looking for the full title of the award for a correct answer).

Day Ten – Strong Island Calendar
Q10) On what date did Portsmouth win their first FA Cup trophy?

Day Eleven – Custom made animal toy by Ooh La Lapin
Q11) Lapin is the French translation for what animal?

Day Twelve – Raw & Auburn and Laura Bennett Jewellery
Q12) Raw and Auburn has recently collaborated with Illustrator and artist Megamunden. What form of art inspired Megamunden to create his recent colouring book?

Photo by Josh Knill.

Post Impact Asteroid Beer Bread

Here at Strong Island we love seeing local businesses collaborating with each other, even more so when it’s something you can eat. So when the baking might of Elm Grove’s Bread Addiction came together with the brewing potency of Portsmouth’s Staggeringly Good, a doughy asteroid was born. Asteroid Beer Bread is a sourdough style barley loaf, made with the seasonal stout Post Impact Winter Darkness. You can land yourself one of these bad boys by heading down to Bread Addiction and / or the Palmerston Road Christmas market this weekend. Serving suggestions: with Bread Addiction’s utterly moreish Tunworth cheese. It will make your mouth taste like a foot for 24 hours, but in a really good way. Enjoy.

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Down The Hatch Recipes # 3 – Crème Brûlée

Continuing on our mug based culinary commission is one for the sweet toothed amongst you, the french classic: creme brûlée. Voodoo Lady! An in-season pomegranate will provide a welcome sharpness that will cut through this rich dessert beautifully. Each mug serves two.

Ingredients:
500ml double cream
1 vanilla pod
100g caster sugar
6 medium egg yolks
3 tbsp soft brown sugar
1 pomegranate

Method:
Preheat the oven to 150°C/ 300°F /gas mark 2. Pour the cream into a saucepan. Slit the vanilla pod open lengthways and scrape out the seeds into the cream with the tip of a sharp knife, then add the pod to the pan too. Scald the cream by bringing to just below boiling point, then taking off the heat. Leave for a few minutes to infuse with the vanilla.
Whisk the caster sugar and egg yolks together in a bowl, then slowly whisk in the hot, vanilla-infused cream. Strain through a fine sieve into a jug.
Pour the custard into six ramekins or your Strong Island enamel mugs. Stand the receptacles in a roasting dish and surround with enough hot water to come halfway up their sides. Bake for about 40 minutes until the custards are just set; they should still wobble a bit if you shake the dish gently. Lift out of the roasting dish and leave to cool, then chill thoroughly for 4 hours or overnight.
Sprinkle a very thin, even layer of soft brown sugar over each custard and put them under a very hot grill until the sugar melts and bubbles (or use a cook’s blowtorch, if you have one). Leave to cool, return the mugs to the fridge until the sugar is hard – just 15 minutes or so should do it – then serve with fresh pomegranate for a little added sharpness.

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Under the Spotlight Coming Soon at Coastguard Studio

Under the Spotlight is an upcoming exhibition that will feature 40 spotlights on artwork & photography by 40+ local creatives, all homed in the beautiful new Coastguard Studio in Southsea. More details on the exhibition will be announced in the coming weeks by the Coastguard Studio so keep an eye on their website at coastguardstudio.com and the date of 13th February firmly written in to your new diaries.

Under the Spotlight Coming Soon at Coastguard Studio

Strong Island Recordings All Dayer Preview Part Four – Death of The Author, Verletzt, The Park Studio

So our Strong Island Recordings all day cash free Christmas party takes place tomorrow at The Eastney Cellars.  Entry is a donation of non perishable food that will go to local food banks. The party kicks off from 13.00pm with the ever great Champagne Justice playing music throughout the day.  You can find the Facebook event here for set times. Make sure you head down early and do rummage through your cupboards, the more items, the more help we can all give. In the mean time check out the remaining acts playing our bill plus our sponsors The Park Studio.

A tornado of whirling guitars, new outfit Death Of The Author are one of Hampshire’s latest exports delving into the world of shoegaze. The trio are an immense sonic assault upon your senses and very recently blew the roof of Bar 56 at our Southsea Fest stage. Viscerally exciting, they remind us of the intensity of label family Is Bliss, which is a great thing indeed.

Comprising of members of Battery Hens, Protein Window and Neil co head honcho of Champagne Justice, Verletzt are one of the newest DIY noise rock outfits in Portsmouth. They’re scuzzy noise rock, stoner- doom, drone outfit taking you into a new realm of weirdness. Sabbath esque riffs coated with eerie vocals, Verletzt give a heavy nod to their leftfield influences in a charmingly scrappy way.

Not a band but very much integral to the event and also aspects of our label overall is The Park Studio. The studio shall be kindly supplying us backline for the show which in turn helps us keep the show free. Ran by Max of Rickyfitts and formerly Is Bliss, the studio based in Denmead is the recording and practice space of label family and friends including Rickyfitts, Is Bliss, The Boy I Used to Be, Wyldest, Battery Hens, The Planes, Verletzt and many more offering incredibly cheap rates including 3 hours of rehearsal time for £20. If you’re a band or solo artists, do check them out.

 

 

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‘Lines of Best Fit’ at Aspex Guildhall Featuring Ilse Black and Daniel Ginns

Next week sees the artist preview and opening of the new aspex Guildhall’s exhibition showcasing drawn works by Ilse Black and Daniel Ginns and the systems used in order to create them. Lines of Best Fit will feature existing artworks and two site specific drawings; created especially for the aspex Guildhall space. Both artists have reacted within the limitations set by the space whilst continuing to expand the definition of ‘drawing’ within their current modes of practice.

Ilse Black, from Bournemouth, focuses on work that explores the ambiguity of perception and is a response to the mathematical structures, rhythms and patterns she sees in the world around her. Daniel is an old friend of Strong Island and Portsmouth ex-pat with a keen eye on the accidental and chaotic natural patterns plus a tireless pencil used to explore the intricacies of imperceptible movements. Damn fine skateboarder too. These two artists are an excellent pairing, curated by Ashley John, and sure to produce an unmissable exhibition.

Join aspex & Portsmouth Cultural Trust for an exclusive preview of the work on December 16th at 6pm at Portsmouth Guildhall – admission is free. Find out more at aspex.org.uk.

‘Lines of Best Fit’ at Aspex Guildhall Featuring Ilse Black and Daniel Ginns
Ilse Black, ‘Biophillia, Scattered Dimensions’

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Twelve Days Of Christmas Competition – Day Eleven

Between the 1st and 12th Dec I will be asking a question each day relating to the prize on offer. At the end of the twelve days you are invited to submit your answers to stuart@strong-island.co.uk. One lucky winner will win the whole package for themselves, just in time for Christmas!

Today we are featuring Strong Island’s own Lou Bush aka Ooh La Lapin. Lou is a talented writer, toy maker, illustrator, tattooist and one half of hip hop DJ duo Death Bitto. Lou is offering the winner a custom made toy animal worth £40. All you need to do is answer todays question.

Q11) Lapin is the French translation for what animal?

You can find out more about Ooh La Lapin on Facebook and Twitter @lapinlou

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Strong Island Co. Extended Christmas Openings

In the run up to this years’ festive celebrations, we will be extending our opening hours from our usual 10-6 Thursday to Saturday at the Strong Island Co. shop on Highland Rd. Starting from next week, we’ll be doing two late shopping evenings on Thursday 18th December and Saturday 20th December until 8pm alongside usual hours on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th for all your last minute gift needs.

If that’s still not enough, you can always order through our online store though you’ll have to get your orders in by Thursday 18th to guarantee delivery in time for Christmas and you’ll miss out on fantastic shop exclusive stocking fillers like the beautiful Field Notes notebooks we now distribute.

Hope to see you all in the shop soon!

South Parade Trust Enamel Pin Badges

The fine folks over at the South Parade Pier Trust have released their new range of enamel pin badges, available here. Show your love to the pier and your support to this non-profit organisation by having one in your stocking. Also be sure to keep an eye out for their exciting new project, in partnership with the University of Portsmouth School of Architecture, landing in early 2015. You can keep up to date with all the going ons of the Trust by giving them a like here and follow here.

The enamel pin badges are also for sale at Southsea Rock on Marmion in Southsea, and at the reception of Highbury College Library on Winston Churchill Avenue. Hurry, whilst stocks last!

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Twelve Days Of Christmas Competition – Day Ten

Between the 1st and 12th Dec I will be asking a question each day relating to the prize on offer. At the end of the twelve days you are invited to submit your answers to stuart@strong-island.co.uk. One lucky winner will win the whole package for themselves, just in time for Christmas!

Today we are joining in all of the fun and will be giving away one of our Strong Island 2015 Calendars. The calendars again feature photography submitted throughout 2014 from local photographers. The calendar is full colour printed A4 and folds out and hangs so that one side of A4 contains the month’s photos and the other side has a large format calendar perfect for keeping your important dates through the year.

£1 of each calendar sale goes to the Alzheimer’s Society Portsmouth based services. They are the UK’s leading care and research charity for people living with dementia and their carers.

To be in with a chance to win you will need to answer the following question.

Q10) On what date did Portsmouth win their first FA Cup trophy?

The calendars are priced at £10 each if you collect from our shop at 12 Highland Road, Southsea. Postal orders cost £12 each and international postal orders cost £14 each. You can purchase a copy in our online shop HERE.

To find out the previous questions click HERE. Remember, do not to email in until you have all twelve answers.

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Basement Jaxx Announced for Victorious Festival 2015

Awesome news this morning that the guys at Victorious Festival have announced the first of next year’s line up…with Basement Jaxx all set to crush it on the Sunday. More news on the line ups soon for the event that’ll be even bigger and better next year over the weekend of the 29th and 30th of August.

£18 a day early bird tickets are available at victoriousfestival.co.uk and in The Belle Isle Southsea.

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Cannot wait to hear this out over Southsea Common…

Community Fusion + Pie & Vinyl Quiz Night

Community Fusion and the Pie & Vinyl team are inviting you to join them this Friday for a special Christmas Quiz.

This year they are raising money to support the All Saints Hostel. Young people housed at All Saints are 16-25 but tend to be aged 18-19 years who usually stay for 3-6 months to prepare themselves for more stable accommodation. Staff to enable and empower residents to develop independence in their lives.

Tickets are available online cost of £12 (plus fees) – They are also inviting you to provide a gift of up to £10 that will be donated to All Saints Hostel ready to place under the tree on Christmas Eve.

Your gift donation must not be over the value of £10. Suggested gifts are Primark or Sports World vouchers, toiletries, homewear or accessories.

Raffle prizes so far:
– Scooter
– Beginner Guitar Lessons Voucher
– Wiggle bike MOT Voucher
– £25 Tesco Voucher
– Victoria Secrets Gift Box
– O2 Treat
– Strong Island Calendar
– AND MORE!

For more information check out the Facebook Event page HERE.

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Twelve Days Of Christmas Competition – Day Nine

Between the 1st and 12th Dec I will be asking a question each day relating to the prize on offer. At the end of the twelve days you are invited to submit your answers to stuart@strong-island.co.uk. One lucky winner will win the whole package for themselves, just in time for Christmas!

Today we are featuring The Marmion Pub, which can obviously be found on Marmion Road. The pub underwent a refurbishment recently and to compliment the new look they have also introduced a new menu which can be found on the website – www.themarmion.co.uk.

The team at the Marmion have been kind enough to donate a meal 3 course meal for two and a drinks up to £75.

Q) The Marmion has been nominated for one of the annual Guide Awards for the News, but under what category. Please note we are looking for the full title of the award for a correct answer.

You can find out more about the Marmion on Facebook and Twitter @TheMarmionPub.

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King Street Tavern Christmas Fair By Chantelle Wyatt

Every year Kendal James of Eyecandy, organises a beautifully cozy and festive Christmas Fair with local artists, designers, makers and crafters coming together to offer us fabulous stocking fillers and Christmas gifts.

The King Street Tavern hosts the event each year and it’s wonderfully relaxed and comfy setting offers the ideal place to chat over a coffee or over some tasty treats for lunch.

Kendal who contributes to Southsea’s creative movements in numerous ways including ‘Southsea Greenhouse’ and the infamous ‘Doodle Club’ welcomed Fair goers warmly and insured that sellers and buyers felt welcome.

Wonderfully hand crafted items were sold including cards, knits, mugs, and books and this sort of event reminds us all how superbly creative our city is and how talented our locals are. Events like this not only bring people together but encourage community spirit and festivity at this time of year.

Artists who gathered for the event included the likes of Rebecca Jones of ‘Untold Story‘, Lorna Apps-Woodland of ‘Create by Law‘, Daniel Cook of ‘Broken Record‘, Adrian Mundy of ‘Naughty Table Books’, 2nd Avenue Portsmouth and of course Kendal James.

A huge thanks to them all for making the event happen.

The fair was a huge success as it traditionally always has been a great start to December. We look forward to it next year and more upcoming events that Kendal is set to organise and be a part of this coming year.

By Chantelle Wyatt

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Portsmouth Harbour at Night

After an evening spent filming at Gunwharf Quays for their new Christmas film I grabbed a handful of long exposure photos of a very quiet Portsmouth Harbour. A quiet and cold night with just the occasional Isle of Wight car ferry or Seacat passing The Point and the in-construction Ben Ainslie Racing Headquarters on the Camber.

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Strong Island Recordings All Dayer Preview Part Three- The Boy I Used To Be, Nevermind Me, Bittertown Mary’s

Okay so we’re up to part three of four of the previews for our Strong Island Recordings cash free, charity party at The Cellars in Eastney  on the 13th December where entry is a donation of non-perishable food that will go to local food banks. The event will feature 11 bands throughout the day and kicks off from 13.00pm with Champagne Justice DJ’s throughout the day and evening. You can find the Facebook event here.

We’re delighted to bring back extended label family The Boy I Used to Be, We’re fortunate and privileged to say we’re the first label to release the delightful duo back last year on our compilation and now they’re singed to our splendid pals, Pie & Vinyl. The duo are the ultimate Christmas band, if you live in Australia. Sun drenched, garage pop akin to the likes of Splashh, The Growlers and Unknown Mortal Orchestra; whilst also giving a nod to psych- folk influences such as Kurt Vile, every The Boy I Used To Be track is joyous and makes you want to high five the sun whilst sipping cocktails on the beach.

Playing their first ever show despite a couple of cassette releases, we’re honoured to have London’s Nevermind Me down playing our all day party. Dreamy, melancholic vocals topped with beautifully textured guitars, Nevermind Me create a colourful explosion of noise crossing between shoegaze, alt rock and parts of psychedelia. They’re an exhilarating journey of gorgeous noise.

Playing late afternoon is noisy, local favourites Bittertown Mary’s playing their first ever Strong Island Recordings show. Intertwining between the stylings of early doom metal as well grunge and stoner rock and seemingly taking strong influences from the likes of Led Zeppelin, Sabbath and Nirvana, Bittertown Mary’s inflict sonic pounding, primal riffs all wrapped in sandpapered, gruff vocals and distorted, obnoxious fuzz. It’s a splendid, sonic slap to the face.

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Twelve Days Of Christmas Competition

Between the 1st and 12th December I have been asking a question each day relating to the prize on offer. One lucky winner will win the whole package for themselves, just in time for Christmas!

Today we are featuring two of my favourite creatives currently plying their trade in our city, Katie Barrett and Laura Bennett from Raw & Auburn and Laura Bennett Jewellery.

Raw & Auburn began life early in 2013, the Southsea based company specialises in hand crafted accessories using raw and unique materials. Each item bears it’s own individuality and is different than the last. Using traditional techniques every product is finished to a high standard and comes with it’s own Mill Cloth bag and they are all finished with the Raw & Auburn signature cross stitch.

Raw & Auburn have kindly donated one of their leather envelope wallets for you to win. You can find Raw & Auburn on Etsy and Facebook.

Raw & Auburn

Laura specialises in hand made contemporary jewellery inspired by nature, sympathetically composing pieces made from found objects combined with precious metals while exploring the natural qualities of the materials. She has recently created a set of jewellery inspired by Portsmouth and its nautical images.

If you would like to contact Laura about a private commission or to generally find out more about on Laura’s work on her website www.laurabennettjewellery.co.uk and her Facebook page.

Laura Bennett Jewellery

If you would like to win all of the prizes on offer then all you need to do is email your answers to the following questions to stuart@strong-island.co.uk. The deadline for entries is midnight on 19th December. We will announce the winner on 20th December. Good luck!

Day One – Made By Burbs Print
Q1) The map shows Hilsea Lido but when did the Lido first open?

Day Two – x2 No 6 Cinema Prints
Q2) What Disney movie are they showing over he Christmas period and why is this showing different to normal?

Day Three – Angela Chick gift cards
Q3) In metres how long is the HMS Warrior over all?

Day Four – Magpie’s Lust Jewellery
Q4) What is the Latin name for the common Magpie?

Day Five – Caleigh Ill coasters
Q5) The first Russian nested doll set was carved in 1890 by Vasily Zvyozdochkin but were a designed by who?

Day Six – Bread Addiction Bag
Q6) What year was the first bread slicer sold?

Day Seven – Meal at the Wave Maiden
Q7) In Norse mythology The Wave Maidens were the nine daughters of Aegir, the undersea brewer to the Gods. Name any one of the nine daughters?

Day Eight – Mia Mai framed Print and Christmas cards
Q8) Which of our local theatres has Mia Mai most recently used for a photo shoot to showcase her latest range of lingerie?

Day Nine – Meal and drinks voucher for the Marmion Pub
Q9) The Marmion has been nominated for one of the annual Guide Awards, but under what category? (Please note we are looking for the full title of the award for a correct answer).

Day Ten – Strong Island Calendar
Q10) On what date did Portsmouth win their first FA Cup trophy?

Day Eleven – Custom made animal toy by Ooh La Lapin
Q11) Lapin is the French translation for what animal?

Day Twelve – Raw & Auburn and Laura Bennett Jewellery
Q12) Raw and Auburn has recently collaborated with Illustrator and artist Megamunden. What form of art inspired Megamunden to create his recent colouring book?

Photo by Josh Knill.

Under the Spotlight Coming Soon at Coastguard Studio

Under the Spotlight is an upcoming exhibition that will feature 40 spotlights on artwork & photography by 40+ local creatives, all homed in the beautiful new Coastguard Studio in Southsea. More details on the exhibition will be announced in the coming weeks by the Coastguard Studio so keep an eye on their website at coastguardstudio.com and the date of 13th February firmly written in to your new diaries.

Under the Spotlight Coming Soon at Coastguard Studio

Strong Island Calendar 2015

You should all be well aware that over the last year we have been compiling a calendar using photographs submitted to us by you, the Strong Island readers. We are really excited by our 2015 edition, I didn’t think it was possible but the bar has been raised yet again!

The calendar again features photography submitted throughout 2014 from local photographers. The calendar is full colour printed A4 and folds out and hangs so that one side of A4 contains the month’s photos and the other side has a large format calendar perfect for keeping your important dates through the year.

£1 of each calendar sale goes to the Alzheimer’s Society Portsmouth based services. They are the UK’s leading care and research charity for people living with dementia and their carers.

The calendars are still only available as a pre-order from our online shop HERE. We are expecting to have them in hand by next Thursday. They are priced at £10 each if you collect from Strong Island Co, 12 Highland Road, Southsea. Postal orders cost £12 each and international postal orders cost £14 each.

I guess it’s about time we share with you some more of the amazing photographs which have been included this year.

Danielle Gridley
Danielle Gridley
Nick Weall
Nick Weall
Megan Barnes
Megan Barnes
Jay Hansford
Jay Hansford
Sam Brooks
Sam Brooks
Melanie Easthope
Melanie Easthope

New Strong Island Co Opens This Saturday!

Strong Island invites all our friends old and new to our new home in Southsea, opening this Saturday (15th November) from 10am. Strong Island at 12 Highland Road is a new shop and exhibition space, stocking all of the Strong Island Clothing Co range, a selection of high quality art prints, releases from Strong Island Recordings plus a collection of fine leather accessories from Raw & Auburn. We will also have monthly guest artists and designers selling their work too.

Our first exhibition in the space is a retrospective of some of the designs, projects and events we have worked on in our 6 year history. We’ll be having regular exhibitions throughout the year with shows by local and visiting artists, designers & photographers.

Strong Island Co, 12 Highland Road, Southsea, PO4 9AH.

We will be open every week on Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 10am to 6pm.

New Strong Island Co Opens This Saturday!

The Strong Island Calendar 2015 Pre Orders Now Available

We’ve been working hard over the last few weeks collecting together the incredible submissions from the many local photographers who have been capturing Portsmouth and Southsea over the last twelve months. The calendar is soon to be sent off to the local printers and we are now taking pre-orders for the calendar in our Shop Ahoy online store. As per our previous years, the calendar is £10 with £1 of each calendar sale going to the Alzheimer’s Society Portsmouth based services. They are the UK’s leading care and research charity for people living with dementia and their carers.

We’re offering a few pre-order options with UK and International postage plus the option to pick up the calendar in person from our new studio/store once the calendars have arrived (due early December). All postage pre-orders will be sent out with lots of time for Christmas.

We’ve sold out of calendars before Christmas for the last two years, to pre-order yours please visit HERE.

The Strong Island Calendar 2015

Strong Island Recordings Cash Free Christmas Party For Charity At The Eastney Cellars

On the 13th December Strong Island Recordings takes over one of Portsmouth’s finest establishments being the cosy little Eastney Cellars for an all day charity party in association with The Park Studio who will be kindly supplying us with much needed gear. The event hosts 11 bands as well as Champagne Justice deejays and we’ve decided to do away with cash entry for the event and instead entry for the event is a donation of non-perishable food which will be donated to local food banks.  From a tin of beans or packet of pasta to a bag full of groceries it all helps and we can all help those in need whilst having a blast.

Now for the line up. Once again we believe we’ve curated a heavyweight eclectic line-up that features some of the most exciting and up and coming acts from across the south. Headlining the day and representing the label family will be thrashy-grunge twosome Rickyfitts, quite possibly one of the finest and also loudest bands in the U.K at the moment. Also finely representing our little label is shoegaze/psychedelic outfit Dead Rabbits and garage pop duo The Boy I Used to Be. We’ve also dragged back a few of our friends who have graced our parties before. London dreampop trio Wyldest fresh from main-staging Green Man Festival and blowing up the blogosphere play later in the evening as well as everyone’s favourite blitz-pop duo Curxes. Along with both of them we’ve brought back indie rock/post-punk outfit Fever and also Death of the Author who killed it at our Southsea Fest stage back in September when they filled in last minute. New to any of ours shows is London’s shoegaze/grunge quintet Nevermind Me playing their first ever show, drone-stoner rock outfit Verletzt, doom grungers Bittertown Mary’s and also the incredible dark twisted psychedelia outfit from Southampton, ELEPHANTANTRUM who remind us of a cross between Tame Impala and The Wytches. Get ready to be dragged into their nightmare realm.

Doors on the day open at 13.oopm so get down early as you don’t want to miss any of the acts as they’re all splendid. In the event you’re coming down please do rummage through your cupboards and ask any friends or family if they have any bits they don’t mind donating too and hopefully all of us together can help those in need whilst also having a marvellous time watching some of the best bands in the country. Check out the Facebook event here as well as below with a playlist of some of the acts playing the all day Christmas party. You can also keep up to date over on our website. See you there on the 13th December for the Christmas party in Portsmouth.

xmas party

Archives

Bike Ride Panoramics

We will have loads of photos and stories from Sunday’s hugely successful Strong Island Bike Ride and to get started we have some huge panoramics taken by George Crick. Sadly we can only show some of the small versions here that do not do them justice so be sure to visit George’s website to see the all of the photos in full size, and spot yourselves in there!

George’s panoramics will be available to buy in Wallspace Gallery in Albert Road from Saturday for a bargain price of just £35.

£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

Tearing Down The House – Roller Hockey Club

It has been on the cards for a while now but finally yesterday the old Roller Hockey Club House at Southsea Skatepark was torn down. It had become unstable and hadn’t been used for a while. I was lucky enough to gain entry back last year and took a few photographs. If anybody has any old photographs of the club house seen in better times then please let us know.

The Old Days - Roller Hockey Club
Free Art and Live Painting Event at Southsea Skatepark


Lots of exciting plans at the Skatepark so watch this space.

This photo of Cody taking a leap of faith form the club house roof has always been a winner in my book.

Local Photographer – Eamon Lane

A recent arrival to Portsmouth, Eamon Lane has been out and about the city recently shooting photos on the street and at local events such as Love Your Bike. Below are a few examples of Eamon’s photography, visit I Love Slugs to see more.






Southsea Common Barbecue Zones

I’m sure a lot of you enjoyed the fantastic weather this weekend and many of you no doubt had a barbecue on The Common. I was out of town on Saturday but heard it was seriously busy down the seafront. A few of us had a BBQ on Sunday and we’re approached by some council officials regarding our position. They were very polite and let us carry on as we were already cooking and handed us some details of all the new zones.

Unfortunately the new zones now means hundreds of people are going to be packed in to single areas. The main common by the War Memorial will be extremely busy over the summer. More so than usual for sure. I fully back having these zones in place, but feel I’ll no longer be going to the common for BBQs if I can help it as they have made a lot of areas no go zones. It was always more appealing when you could spread out from other groups.