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The Legitimate Road User Photography Project by Andrew Hayward – Cyclists Get Involved

We’ve featured the fine photography work of local photographer Andrew Hayward on numerous occasions over the years, from revealing glimpses of the secret Dockyard with a large format camera through to his captivating series of petrol stations at night. Andrew’s latest personal photography project is entitled The Legitimate Road User and focuses on cyclists, predominantly those who cycle to work, with a view to raise driver awareness that they are a legitimate road user and have the right to use the roads.

For this photography project Andrew aims to create a range of portraits of people with their bike, wearing what they would wear when cycling on the road. Andrew is looking for cyclists who would like to get involved and have their photo taken. For taking part, each cyclist will receive a free print of themselves and be invited along to any future exhibitions for the project. Participants would have to be from the South Hampshire area, preferably Portsmouth, Southsea, Gosport, Hayling Island, Chichester etc.

If this is something that interests you then email Andrew at info@andrewpaulhayward.com to find out more.

The Legitimate Road User Photography Project by Andrew Hayward

America’s Cup World Series Tickets Now Available

With the ongoing construction of the Ben Ainslie Racing HQ at the Camber and recent VIP visits you would most likely be well aware that this (and next) summer sees Portsmouth home to a stage of the America’s Cup World Series. The four day event on Thursday 23rd to Sunday 26th July will see world’s best sailors battling it out on high speed AC45 foiling catamarans out on the Solent off shore of Southsea.

From today tickets have become available, with both free-to-view and paid ticket options. The paid tickets will provide access to the official event “Fanzone Arena”, allowing up to 5,000 fans per day to immerse themselves in the world of the America’s Cup whilst enjoying prime views of the race course and access to exclusive event entertainment. The free-to-view area will be located on Southsea Common, to be named ‘The Waterfront Festival Arena” where only pre-registered ticket holders will gain access. All tickets are only available through

www.ticketmaster.co.uk/ACWSPortsmouth

Ticket holders can celebrate securing tickets by entering the #goldenticketACWSUK social media competition too. You can find out more at:

www.acwsportsmouth.com/goldenticket

World class hospitality packages also go on sale from Monday 2nd March through Official Hospitality Provider Sportsworld. Offering premium experience packages in the prime site ‘Waterfront Pavilion’ – the only site that will have direct views overlooking the racing – a mere 100m away. Details are available on:

www.acwsportsmouth.com/hospitality

This event is sure to see thousands of visitor coming to the city plus a special date in the diary for everyone who wants to witness the formula one of sailing off the beach of our city.

The Boy I Used To Be – EP Launch At The Fat Fox

Today The Boy I Used To Be release their latest EP titled ‘Grip’ on Pie & Vinyl Records. The EP is available on digital download and also a limited edition cassette which also includes a download code. The artwork for the cover was created by Strong Island’s own Louise Bush aka Ooh La Lapin.

In celebration of the launch the band will be playing The Fat Fox on Albert Road this Thursday evening. Tickets cost a mere £3 and are available from The Fat Fox, Southsea’s Pie and Vinyl and all acts themselves.

On the night there will be support from Pie & Vinyl Records newest addition Sacha and the newly formed Indigo.

For more information on the EP check out our feature from last month HERE.

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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.

Birdman (15) | 6th March | 7pm
Oscar Winner: Best Picture, Best Director,
Oscar Nominated: Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay

The winner of Best Picture in last months Academy Awards features Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) is a washed-up actor who made his name starring in an iconic Hollywood franchise about the Birdman. Now he longs to be taken seriously as a Broadway playwright and director but his theatre production is dogged by disaster. When famous stage actor Mike Shiner (Ed Norton) is persuaded to join the show at the last minute, Riggan’s prayers seem to have been answered but instead Mike’s raging ego threatens to destroy Riggan’s dreams for good.

The Imitation Game (12A) | 7th March | 7pm
Oscar Winner: Best Adapted Screeplay
Oscar Nominated: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress

Benedict Cumberbatch masterfully portrays mathematical genius Alan Turing in his race against time to break Germany’s Enigma code during World War II. Flashbacks following Turing’s arrest for homosexuality chronicle his battles with the commander of Bletchley Park code breakers (Dance) before he wins the trust of an MI6 boss (Mark Strong) and the funding to build a huge electro-mechanical computer which will help him decipher the code. Cumberbatch’s twitchy, savant-like Turing doesn’t suffer the fools he initially has to work with but in Joan Clarke (Knightley) he finds an intellectual equal and friend. The result is both gripping and profoundly moving.

Whiplash (15) | 12th March | 7pm
Oscar Nominated: Best Picture and Best Adapted Screeplay
Oscar Winner: Best Supporting Actor

Damien Chazelle’s second theatrical feature centres on the relationship between Andrew, an aspiring jazz drummer, and Fletcher, his ultra-demanding teacher. Driven almost to nervous and physical breakdown by Fletcher’s bullying, Andrew sacrifices everything, including his budding relationship with fellow student Nicole, for his chance of greatness, leading to a shattering climax.

Teller and Simmons are both magnificent, Chazelle’s directorial hand is assured, and the cinematography gives the film a decidedly noirish edge. Its exhilarating musical sequences alone justifying its many awards – which include both the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2014.

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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Local Talent Discovered With Southsea Resident ‘Pablo Not Picasso’

Tucapel Pablo Carvajal Woodruffe (Pablo), 31, a local Southsea resident and talented Artist has this week revealed several new pieces that he has secretly been working on. His work is beautiful and bright and he commissions pieces for individuals with a passion for his style, painting the recently wedded local couple, Alan and Katie Robertson with their son Noah.

When asked that oh so common question of why do you love to paint? Pablo responded, ‘I paint because I love the colours, Sometimes I paint with an end goal in mind like if i’m doing a portrait or capturing an image but when I paint for me, I mostly just paint to see the colours and watch how they will blend together each time. My inspiration is from the houses in chile. Particularly one house in particular but the houses there make the landscape seem like one giant painting and wether it’s from a distance or so close that I can touch the bricks, I fall in love with the colours every time.

We asked Pablo if anything in Portsmouth inspired him or helped him with new ideas? He told us ‘the sites of pompey not so much but the general creativity of the people and their commitment to show their art around the city, or the fact that we make moves to push creativity in business by promoting the artists to sell their works on the seafront for example. It makes me as an artist feel like there is potential to be able to do what I love as a job. I hope to be able to live off of my artwork, in all aspects of it, not just the paintings, I’m working on another project that I think will really interest people. With my new project, I’m finding that I am aiming for it to be deliberately done for the public rather than being so selfish about what I want and sticking to what I know, I do like to learn and this is a great way to do it.

Pablo is planning some future exhibitions and with a description of a style as one where he mainly feels for vibrancy and waits for that to come out on paper we are excited to see where his art goes next.

Portsmouth and Southsea is a tremendously creative place and the collaboration of new and upcoming artists only maintains that wondrous atmosphere that we are all proud of.

Keep your eye out for ‘Pablo not Picasso’ and get in touch with him for commissions or to find out where you can spot him and his work.

Follow Pablo on Facebook and on Etsy

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Strong Island Recordings To Release Curxes ‘Verxes’

We’re incredibly delighted and excited to announce that we’re releasing the incredible ‘Verxes’ the debut album by CURXES on our Strong Island Recordings label. It’s no secret we’ve been long time fans of the guys and their frenetic, blitz-synth pop/ post-punk stylings so we’re delighted to not just have the guys on the roster but also being able to release their album. With releases recently on our label coming from as far Glasgow to Tasmania, it’s great to release an act we love who are from our hometown of Portsmouth. ‘Verxes’ by CURXES will be available from the 4th May and we have some exciting live shows to accompany the release with that will be announced at a later date so keep your eyes peeled for that. We will also have news of the lead single ‘What You Want’ a huge sounding synth-pop meets acid house banger that screams summer anthem. We can’t wait until the ‘Verxes’ drops and we’ll have more information soon but in the mean time check out ‘Valkyrie’ & ‘Spectre’ below that will be on the album. You can also preview the fantastic artwork from the album below too.

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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.

Creative Collaborations In Our City

Bringing skill and imagination to a community is really important and creating colourful, artistic environments make cities recognisable and individual.

Brothers, Mimic and Lex, both Portsmouth based have worked together on several projects as well as alone. They have numerous activity underway and specialise in cool and quirky T shirt design. They have drawn for a brand called Teezer which is soon to be launching and are responsible for the brand, Super villain.

When talking to Mimic and Lex it was clear that the guys had some big influences including Graffitti and Street Art, Skateboard graphics, David Carson, 80’s Synth Pop, Pop Art, Urban Vinyl and  50/60/and 70’s cartoons and each other.

When asked where the creativity came from Lex told us ‘Why am I creative; I guess it’s the only thing I was ever any good at. And something I have a real passion for. I get inspired by other creative people and enjoy being part of a creative community. I’m always striving to develop my own skills and push my visual experimentation further. Having a few different outlets (All Caps, Supervillain, Teezer) helps me to change up my style and techniques depending on whether I’m following a more graphic design led brief or perhaps a cartoon-based illustration… It’s great to enjoy that kind of variety in my work.’

When asking Mimic he told us ‘I design because it’s what I know, it’s what I grew up doing, from doodling aliens and monsters as a kid to studying art and design at college. My influences are mainly pop culture based. Music is a big part of my life but I also find connections in movies, comics and graffiti. I use a lot of horror and sci-fi imagery in my work too. My main focus in my Mimic work is illustrative but I’m educated and trained as a graphic designer.’

The guys recently painted a beautiful wall for Portsmouth’s booming Design agency, 3Degrees, which was started by Chris Godby and Nathan Hornby back in 2011. A thriving company that combines web and design, to meet individual client needs and requirements in various ways. The guys at 3Degrees were looking for a local artist to paint a blank wall in their office in Old Portsmouth and via word of mouth came across Mimic and Lex. The goal was to create a piece that felt local and had a Portsmouth, nautical theme and the boys pulled it off superbly. They worked on a design that was tailor made for this company and left business owners Chris and Nathan smiling.

Portsmouth is renound for its awesome artistic collaborations and with big names coming out of our city all the time it is great to be able to walk around and spy some of our favourite personalities on walls and in spaces in and around the city.

Mimic and Lex have been involved in events at Southsea Skatepark and other local community based areas and their work is easily recognisable. We cant wait to check out what they do next!

Follow Lex and Mimic on Facebook or on Twitter @supervillainhq and check out their website, supervillain.co. Also look up the guys at 3Degrees

Lex and Mimic

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Lex and Mimic

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.




















RBS 6 Nations Rugby At Southsea Castle

After two rounds of matches in this years RBS 6 Nations England are leading the pack with two wins from two games. Admittedly it is a bit early to start celebrating anything just yet, especially with a big game this weekend against Ireland, who are the only other unbeaten side so far.

You will be able to see every minute of the game and every 6 Nations match live on a big screen at Southsea Castle. Entry is free and there is be plenty of draught beer, cask ale, ciders and plenty of food available.

To stay up to date you can join the Facebook Event page HERE.

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Created Local: Death Marks

At the turn of this new year a new Southsea based clothing company Death Marks launched with their first drop of garments ranging from beanies through to tees, hoodies and coach jackets. We caught up with owners Sian & Iiona to find out more.

How did Death Marks begin and what are your backgrounds?
Death Marks UK started when Iiona looked through Sian’s sketch book and saw the R.I.P Rabbit design. Sian said how she would love to take her sketches and make a clothing line as it was a dream of hers. Iiona has always had a passion for graphic design and wanted to support her partner Sian and experiment her skills in different medias.

Sian studied graphics design at Portsmouth college and had 2 years experience working for a design agency called Design Image as a website coder.

Iiona had studied graphics from GCSEs to A-level and now works as a multimedia designer creating animations, illustrations and interactive content.

Who creates your artwork and what inspires your designs?
All our designs are created in-house. Sian comes up with the designs and draws them up rough. Then either one of us will digitalise the design and after Iiona goes through each design so that it is perfected and final. Iiona will take the design and create and animation to help tell the story behind it.

We are inspired by the tattoo industry, alternative music scene and other clothing lines such as Drop Dead clothing, Doomsday and Honour Over Glory.

What do you have planned for the label in the coming months?
Over the coming months we have south coast events planned in Portsmouth and Southampton. We have a gig at the Edge of the Wedge in April that we are working with Eyeless Promotions, another independent company who have also just started up this year. In May we have a festival in Southampton called Messtival where we will have a stall, in June we are releasing our summer range. Currently we are organising an event with Southsea Skatepark in the summer with Archie Cole, a world champion scooter rider.

Check the photos below of the current Death Marks range, you can find out more and buy items from the Death Marks website at:

deathmarks.bigcartel.com

Check Death Marks on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram too.

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Converse Team Skating Portsmouth Spots

Back in January the UK Converse CONS tour ‘Braving The Cold’ battled through some not so great weather hitting up a load of cities through the UK, including a stop in Portsmouth at Bored and the city streets. The tour visited a different city everyday starting off in Bournemouth, from there the team went along the South coast to Portsmouth, then up towards Oxford, Wolverhampton and Stoke-On-Trent then stopping off at Sheffield and Manchester.

When in Portsmouth some regular favourite spots got hit up plus a few not so often skated ones too such as the Dickens Letters, Somerstown and the bank under the library bridge, good to see. You can watch the video below with loads of Portsmouth footage and see the photos shot down here by Reece Leung too. You can see more photos on the Sidewalk website too.

Matlock Bennett Jones Backside Smith to Street by Reece Leung
Matlock Bennett Jones Backside Smith to Street by Reece Leung

Jerome backside 50-50 by Reece Leung
Jerome backside 50-50 by Reece Leung

Have Your Say With the Portsmouth Museum Strategy Survey

Portsmouth Museums Service are conducting a survey about the city’s new museum strategy and would love to know your thoughts. The survey only takes five minutes and can help shape the future of the museums, their exhibitions and their community engagement in Portsmouth.

You can read the draft strategy document and fill out the short survey HERE until the 1st March.

Portsmouth Harbour by Edmund T. Crawford

Artist Talk with Jules George at the National Museum of the Royal Navy

The National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth would like to invite everyone to a free talk by the artist Jules George from 6-7pm on Thursday 26th February. This is a rare opportunity to hear the artist talk about his latest series of artworks and the inspiration behind them. Jules George‘s exhibition, which is supported with funding from the Arts Council, continues at the Museum until 8th March 2015.

Artist Talk with Jules George at the National Museum of the Royal Navy

Wyldest ‘Cruel Dusk’

Over the last 18-24 months more and more bands from Portsmouth have been starting to make more weird and wonderful music finding not just acceptance locally but going on to gain acclaim from national press. One of those bands played their first show just last year in the Cellars  and since then they have mainstaged Green Man Festival, were picked out of 100’s of bands to play the Fake DIY all dayer with the likes of Hinds, Jaws and Blessa as well gain airplay on BBC Radio 1 and press from NME to Telegraph. They are of course dreampop trio Wyldest. Today saw the release of their debut single, self released and recorded by Guy Fixsen whose CV is rather astonishing where he was one of the 16 engineers used by Kevin Sheilds on the classic  ‘Loveless’. It’s fair to say the guys were in very capable hands during the recording of ‘Cruel Dusk’ which is a gorgeous, whirling dreampop gem which you can listen below.

Results and Photos from Strong Island Homebrew Competition 2015

Earlier this month we held the 5th annual Strong Island Home Brew competition at Meat & Barrel and as always, the great and the good of local home brews were judged, tasted and enjoyed. The competition has grow and grown over the years and this year saw a total of 29 entries in total from 18 home brewers…both a blessing and a little bit scary for the judges when they realised they had to taste them all.

As well as the numbers, the quality of brews continues to go from strength to strength resulting in a difficult task to pick the city’s finest in both categories. The field was wide open with some old favourite brewers from past years through to new brewers entering for the first time. The types of brews was also diverse too. In the end, the results were:

Ale Category
1st – Dog Watch Porter (Jonathon Goulding)
2nd – Black Forest Gateaux (David Eastwood)
3rd – Artful Aprihop Dodger (Tyler Griffin, previous double winner)

Other Category
1st – Elderflower cider (David Eves)
2nd – Weirs Ginger Beer (Weir)
3rd – Medium Dry Cider (David Eves)

Check the photos below and you can see loads more on our Facebook and over on our Flickr too. A huge thank you to everyone who entered, our judges and Get Brewing for the prizes too. Our Ale category winner will now go to be brewed by Irving & Co. Brewers so keep your eyes peeled on your local pub’s taps around May time.


















Strong Island Recordings Label Party – Dead Rabbits, Yoofs And Melt Dunes At Edge of The Wedge

On the 7th March, Strong Island Recordings takes over The Edge of The Wedge in Southsea with three label acts being Dead Rabbits, Yoofs and newest signings Melt Dunes formerly known as ELEPHANTANTRUM plus The Boy I Used to Be DJ’s all for just £3.00. It’s our first label party of the year of what looks like is going to be the biggest year of our little label so we’d love to party with everyone celebrating a very exciting 2015 for us here at the musical arm of Strong Island. Tickets for the show can be purchased here and also in our store at 12 Highland Road. More details can also be found on the Facebook event page.

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Blissfields 2015 – First Wave Of Acts Announced

Yesterday the Blissfields team announced the first wave of artists who will be performing at July’s festival.

Headliners on Friday night are The Horrors and on Saturday John Grant. He will be followed by a live set from Simian Mobile Disco who will close festival. For those arriving on the Thursday you will be treated to performances from the regional winners of the Road To Blissfields competitions, as well as a performance from The Correspondents.

Other acts to watch out for include hip hop legend Grandmaster Flash, Glass Animals, Public Service Broadcasting, Dub Pistols and the awesome Cosmo Sheldrake, who you may have seen performance in the Fat Fox during Southsea Fest 2014.

Local artists included are Popobawa. They were in fact the first band to be booked for the whole festival after impressing the organisers at last years Portsmouth leg of the Road To Blissfields competiton. This was actually their first ever live performance as a band! Since then they have been putting in a host of impressive performances including supporting Kassassin Street in their sold out show at the Rifles Club.

Singer Songwriter Floella Grace will be returning, along with Big Child Man Child who are making their festival debut. Big Child Man Child recently stole the show at the Portsmouth Guide Awards with a performance of ‘Worker To The Field’ which included six showgirls from Manic Stage Productions.

The festival is being held from 2nd-4th July at Vicarage Farm, Winchester, Hampshire. Tickets are available via the website here.

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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.

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Jerry Williams at The Queens Head, London ​By Chantelle Wyatt​

The Queens Head pub on Essex Road in Islington, London, hosted Jerry Williams and her beautiful voice on Wednesday night. The venue was heaving as onlookers watched in ore of the young, upcoming singer and songwriter.

All very impressive for the Portsmouth based singer songwriter who is just 19 years old. The gig was a huge success and all that attended were treated to a great show by all of the bands performing. The audience even included ‘Time Out’ magazine’s Ray Jones.

Jerry states her influences include that of Jake Bugg, Slow Club, Johnny Cash, Jamie T, David Gray and Coldplay. She is no stranger to the stage, a highlight of last year was being involved in last years Victorious Festival on both the main and acoustic stage. Jerry is making a name for herself and can certainly be described as a ‘rising star’.

Her set last night was a mix of solo acoustic session before she was joined by her full band, who included the likes of Amba Tremain, Musical Director at the Urban Vocal Group in Portsmouth and her extremely talented sister, Leonie Tremain who backed up the vocals beautifully. The collaboration was exciting, uplifting and different and people for all walks flocked in to see her.

Jerry is signed to Portsmouth based Big Hug Management and managed by Jeff Powell and has some fantastic gigs coming up, including supporting ‘Capital Fuzz’ at the Eastney Cellars alongside ‘Fat Kat’ this coming weekend. Find out more here.

Jerry is refreshing and interesting and the vibe of her music and atmosphere she creates is one to be a part of. It is great to see Portsmouth locals raising the bar with such talent and we are excited to see what more she has to offer.

You can follow Jerry on Facebook, Twitter @jerrywmusic, Instagram @jerrywilliamsmusic and YouTube.

​Words and photographs by Chantelle Wyatt​

Jerry Williams

Jerry Williams

Jerry Williams

The Unknown Soldiers & PopoBawa At The Loft This Friday

Horny Goat Music Presents spearheaded by Zach Wiggins and Amrit Sondh as an outlet for putting on shows of acts they love returns this Friday at The Loft  and features some Strong Island favourites following on from successful, packed out nights that have included the likes of Rickyfitts and The Planes.

Headliners for the show are psychedelic-doom rock Gosport outfit The Unknown Soldiers. A sand storm of psychedelia,  the sonic journey of the quartet is like being dropped in the middle of a sun baked desert during a spaghetti western.On the other side of the psychedelic realm, support comes from NME & KEXP favourites PopoBawa bringing their sun tinted, tropical, jangly psychedelic pop. We love PopoBawa over here at Strong Island. They’ve played a couple of shows for our Strong Island Recordings label so we advise you get down early for them as they’re certainly one of the most  unique bands to come from this part of the south-coast for a while. If you haven’t seen them live yet, they’re joyous, blissful, summer tinted goodness that for at least half an hour will make you forget we’re in the midst of a bitter cold winter and instead will conjure up images of dancing in the middle of a field during the summer festival season. Also playing the  show is acoustic act Tamara Jane who shall be opening the night.

Tickets for the show are £4 in advance or £5 on the door. Wrap your ears around The Unknown Soldiers and PopoBawa below. More details including where to purchase tickets can be found on the Horny Goat Presents Facebook event page here.

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New Video for Percival Elliott song Meant to Be by Paul Thurlow

A little bit before Christmas we put the word out that local creative Paul Thurlow was working on a new music video to be filmed over the holidays and he was on the look out for for young dancers. In the end dancers George and Evie managed to practice the dance and braved a very cold on a Saturday morning for the cameras. The new music video for Percival Elliott‘s song ‘Meant to Be’ can be viewed below:

New Video for Percival Elliott song Meant to Be by Paul Thurlow

Southsea DIY Presents Caves at The Edge of the Wedge on 28th March

El Morgan got in touch to let us know about the upcoming Southsea DIY night at the Edge of the Wedge on the 28th of March, going to be good!

These days the term DIY may well create visions of wonky shelves and bad paint jobs, but what does it mean to the swathes of musicians travelling the world under this banner? For many of them the DIY ethic is in part, the idea first championed by punk in the 70s that valuable art can be produced with limited means and that you don’t need managers, agents or the backing of a major label to create it.

For others it’s about investing in your community, having integrity and resisting the way big business limits and demeans our society. Whether it’s a new Tesco closing local businesses, Sony prioritising sales over the creative process or the continued threat posed by developers to social spaces such as music venues and skateparks; the trends are the same. There are however, many positive pockets of resistance.

It was with defiance in mind that back in 2007, Southsea DIY was set up to bring amazing bands from around the world to play our sunny island. Southsea DIY don’t usually work with agents or managers, but deal directly with artists to ensure they are receiving 100% of the money they earn. Along with a regular stage at Southsea Fest, it’s been an exciting 8 years bringing an eclectic mix of music to Portsmouth.

Southsea DIY’s next show is on the 28th of March at The Edge of the Wedge with headliners Caves, a much loved three piece from Bristol whose repertoire boasts an impressive collection of raw catchy sing along bangers. Despite a few line-up changes since they started out in 2010, they’ve never lost their enthusiasm for playing energetic, positive and empowering punk rock. With numerous releases on labels including Specialist Subject and Yo-Yo Records, there’s plenty to catch up on if you’re new to the band and for a limited time, Caves have their newest album ‘Leaving’ available to download on Bandcamp. This is one of the last shows they’re doing before lead singer and guitarist Lou Hanman leaves us for an exciting new life in America so catch them while you still can.

Main supports are Personal Best featuring members of Caves, Bedford Falls and local sweethearts Attack! Vipers! Their fuzz-pop gems have a 90s indie influence which provides the perfect summery soundtrack. Lead singer Katie Gatt’s gorgeous vocal will have you thoroughly seduced, especially when mixed with their “spirited power-pop & blissed-out indierama”. Personal Best weave grunge, indie and shoegaze together then present it with a big summer jams bow on top. The Lovin’ EP is out on Specialist Subject records and can be downloaded from HERE.

Next up is El Morgan, a singer songwriter based on the South Coast of the UK who plays sometimes lively, sometimes introspective alt country/indie punk with a “notoriously beautiful singing voice that will melt your heart. Her incredible storytelling about finding beauty underneath the drudgery of the day to day is life affirming, powerful, energetic and emotive.” – TILL THE WHEELS
El Morgan has shared a stage with many artists including William E Whitmore, Cory Branan and Chuck Ragan as well as touring with the likes of Austin Lucas. www.elmorgan.co.uk

New Architects are the newest band to rise from the ashes of South Coast punk rock stalwarts Jets Vs Sharks, You me and the Atom Bomb and Chillerton. Imagine John Reis joined Alkaline Trio ten years ago and you’re getting close to their sound. They’re so new they don’t have anything for me to link to yet, but I’ve heard them and they’re really good, no frills punk rock.

Finally we have the night’s openers Haters, a Candy Hearts loving 4 piece from Brighton mixing bouncy pop with punk rock grit. They’re melodic, scratchy and really like cider. They recorded the ‘Skip To The End EP’ with Thom Weeks of Gnarwolves last year which you can download from their Bandcamp HERE.

Tickets are available from the Wedgewood Rooms box office or can be ordered online HERE.



Southsea DIY Presents Caves at The Edge of the Wedge on 28th March

Here and There Exhibition at aspex Gallery and aspex Guildhall

Tomorrow sees the celebration event of Here and There Exhibition at aspex Gallery & aspex Guildhall, the basement gallery in Portsmouth Guildhall run with aspex Gallery. This two site show is the inaugural exhibition of works by members of aspex artists associates including Amyrose Dempsey, Amanda Bates, Jan Johnston, Deborah Richards, James McLellan (work above), Jacqueline Rolls, Naty Lopez & Oana Damir.

‘Here’ is aspex, featuring paintings, photographs, videos and sculpture by eight artists. ‘There’ is offsite at aspex Guildhall and will feature the work of a further eight artists. ‘There’ show opened previously on the 28th January.

Here and There runs from Wednesday 18th February to Saturday 14th March 2015. Tomorrow (Wednesday 18th February) is the celebration event for the exhibition:

5.30pm: Starts at aspex
6.30pm – 6.45pm: Leave aspex for Guildhall
7.00pm – 8.30pm: Event at Guildhall

The exhibition is free on both sites. Find out more about the exhibition HERE.

Here and There Exhibition at aspex Gallery and aspex Guildhalll

Photos from St Valentine’s Day Massacre

Becoming a firm favourite in the music calendar in Portsmouth, this week saw the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre return with bands merging, collaborating and ‘celebrating’ some classic love songs on a well decorated stage. The event raised £528 for Youth Music which is amazing.

This year saw R Kelly, Tina Turner, Aztec Camera and even the Pina Colada song represented to name a few. Noyo Mathis performed another film themed set, this time was a tribute to the love songs of Wayne’s World. The staff of Pie & Vinyl made a band especially for for the event, some of whom had never played on stage before while the others are in established bands like Wyldest, Curxes and Rickyfitts. Red Seals, Noyo Mathis and Stallions only had one practice each (two were literally the night before) and they somehow pulled it off.

The event also had a raffle with prizes from Feed, 6 oZ Burger, No 6 Cinema, Pie & Vinyl, The Belle Isle, Southsea Coffee Co, The Wave Maiden, The Wedgewood Rooms, The Music Room, Dress Code, Holgarama & The King Street Tavern. Good haul.

Joe Watson was on deck with his camera to capture the magic:

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Battery Hens 1

Jesse Wyldes 1

Noyo Mathis 1

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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.

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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.

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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.

Strong Island Calendar 2015 – Very Limited Stock Left!

We have been absolutely overwhelmed with the interest in our 2015 Calendar. In the last three years we have raised over £800 for the Alzheimer’s Society’s Portsmouth based services. We have a VERY limited number of calendars available and there is a good chance we will sell out quite soon, so if you haven’t got yourself one then don’t hang around too long!

You can get yourself a copy from our online shop HERE. They are priced at £10 each if you collect from Strong Island Co, 12 Highland Road, Southsea. Postal orders cost £12 each with international postage at £14 each.

Keep an eye out for the launch of the Strong Island 2016 Calendar #SICal2016 in the next few weeks!

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Vintage Photography by Richard Baker

Richard Baker grew up in Portsmouth and Southsea with many happy memories, but limited funds. In the 1960s Richard was studying at The Portsmouth College of Art and was lucky enough to be able to print off some wonderful black & white photographs. 40 years later he dug them out from hibernation.

The series captures people in the city going about their daily lives. Shopping, resting, having fun. Great candid shots from a simpler time. Check out the huge Pick & Mix on display at Woolworths along with the rest of Richards photographs over at his Flickr.










Southsea Strong Island Celebrates

I just can’t find the right images for this! Strong Island is 1 whole year old this Sunday the 27th. Time surely does fly hey. Meet us for a beer if you’re out and about. I think there’s something going on Albert Road this Sunday too…

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and on another note…

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Local Photographer – Paul Gordon

Local photographer Paul Gordon has spent a lot of time hanging out and photographing the local skaters over the summer, both in the skatepark and out and about. The photos from the summer are now up in galleries on Paul’s website www.questx.eu. As well as the skating photos there are also loads of other galleries too including sport, portraiture, landscape, etc. Have a flick through.

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South Parade Pier

We’ve mentioned Diana Goss on Strong Island before. A touch of class behind the lens and a really nice lady.

Here’s another great example of Diana’s work in this Cross Processed, 120 shot of South Parade Pier.

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By The Castle

Apologies for a little self-linkage, but I’ve added some photos from a July day down by the castle on Forever Circling (a photography, etc blog I update daily).

It’s sunny today too, roll on spring and summer.

Around the Castle