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Strong Island Photo of The Year Competition Week 3 Winner and Runners Ups

For week three we saw lots of submissions come through Instagram, Twitter and email for the Strong Island Photo of the Year Competition (using the hashtag #SIPhotoComp2015 on Twitter and Instagram). The images captured some of the fog we recently had plus some nice beach sunshine too. We’re happy to announce the third weekly winning photo and photographer, ‘Self-Portrait’ by Rich Perrin.

Self-Portrait by Rich Perrin
Self-Portrait by Rich Perrin.

This weekly winner will now be entered into the finals of the competition which will happen in December where everyone can vote for their favourite weekly winning photos. This image will now become our Strong Island Facebook header image for the next 7 days until next week’s winner.

Below are some of the runners up for this week. A huge thank you to everyone who submitted! Don’t worry if your photo didn’t win or make the shortlist, you can enter photos every week until the finals in December. You can now submit photos for this week’s weekly winner selection which will be chosen and shown next Monday. To enter simply email, Tweet or Instagram your photo that was taken in, on or around Portsmouth.

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Photo by Tony Benham.

Pimpernel Jones
Photo by Pimpernel Jones.

Clarence Pier in the Fog by Jon Neil
Photo by Jon Neil.

Swan by Johnny Black
Photo by Johnny Black.

James Henderson
Photo by James Henderson.

Dave Fletcher
Photo by Dave Fletcher.

Danielle Gridley
Photo by Danielle Gridley.

Chris Grant
Photo by Chris Grant.

Billie Cawte
Photo by Billie Cawte.

Portsmouth Venue The Cellars at Eastney Set to Close

The Cellars in Eastney is a much loved music venue out at the easterly edge of the city, bringing music, comedy and theatre to the communities of Southsea, Milton & Eastney but with an audience from all over the south coast. We heard this morning the sad news that the venue will soon be closing its doors and, again, the city loses another vital venue for music. As recently as December Strong Island Recordings held our food bank fundraising all-dayer with the Cellars providing a warm welcome to bands coming down from near and far. Many promotors, bands and punters will be greatly saddened to see this place close its doors.

All the best to guys there for the future.

photos below are by Toby Jezard who kindly photographed our cash-free, food donation label party in December.






Road To Blissfields Preview #1 Dutch Criminal Record

This Friday the Road To Blissfields competition returns to Portsmouth. There is a slight difference to the format this year, the competition has been expanded to the whole of Hampshire with the heats branching out even further across England.

The competing for the chance to perform at Blissfields are Dutch Criminal Record, The Family, Duveax, Jack Grace, Just Millie and not to forget there will be a special performance by Portsmouth’s own Big Child Man Child.

This week we will be previewing the artists competing and kick it off are Dutch Criminal Record. The band consists of Webs (drums), Rio (bass), Sam (vocals and guitar) and Joe (vocals and electric). The band come from Chichester and are no strangers to Portsmouth having recently played a packed out show at the Cellars in Eastney. They will also be playing on the Southsea Bandstand over the summer.

The band are going to be busy over the summer writing and recording their new EP but if you would like to hear their most recent EP, the self titled Dutch Criminal Record then head over to Spotify and iTunes.

You can stay up to date on all things Dutch Criminal Record check out alternatively you can find them on Facebook, Twitter @DCRlads, SoundCloud and YouTube.

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The winner is decided on the night with crowd reaction being taken into account, the event is free entry so make sure you come to support the artists performing. Check out the Facebook Event page for more info on the event HERE.

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Common People Ticket Competition

It’s less than a month until Common People takes place on Southampton Common. Artists performing include Fat Boy Slim, DJ Yoda, De La Soul, Band of Skulls, Grace Jones and Isle of Wight’s Plastic Mermaids. As well as friends of Strong Island Dead Rabbits, Rickyfitts and The Boy I Used To Be playing the Uncommon Stage.

Rob Da Bank and the team behind Common People have kindly donated a pair of tickets for us to give away. All you need to do is email stuart@strong-island.co.uk with your answers to the following questions before midnight this coming Sunday. The winner be contact directly and announced on social media soon after.

1) Which South coast football team is Norman Cook aka Fat Boy Slim known to be a big supporter of?
2) Castle Road’s Pie & Vinyl will be in attendance at Common People. Name any of the artists signed to their record label?
3) Can you name the James Bond film in which Grace Jones starred?

To avoid disappointment you tickets are available from Ticketline from £30 and reductions for children and teens.

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To stay up to date on all things Common People you can follow them on Facebook, Twitter @cpeoplefest and Instagram @commonpeoplefestival.

Concrete Music Boat Party – This Thursday!

The official Concrete Music Portsmouth Launch Party is set to have club goers raving until the early hours of the morning with a boat party followed by an after party with house and bass music booming.

Wristbands will be collected for the boat and after party from Bar 38 in Gunwharf just in time to catch happy hour before the party vessel will be loaded with 300 guests and sound systems and will sail out of Gunwharf Quays and into the solent for a nautical rave with music supplied by the concrete resident DJ’s.

The boat will return to Portsmouth and head into The Astoria where it will continue with MAK and PASTEMAN.

To check out the night and purchase tickets visit the Website or Facebook and check out Sound cloud.

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Southsea Archery Club In The City

The Southsea Archery Club is a strong community of friendly local people who come together to socialise and shoot and are well known in the city.

Archery has become really popular over the past few years and having a club that facilities beginners as well as advanced Archers has only helped build the community and attract more and more new members.

The service is totally mobile and the team of instructors are always eager to go out to anybody who is interested, including local schools and colleges and can introduce the sport to anyone from the age of 6 and above.

The pro’s to getting involved in the up and coming sport ranges from a good team building opportunity to just getting out and about and enjoying something new and different that has been a time honoured sport for hundreds of years and now embraces our historically rich city.

Sonnie Emeney and Sam Swainbank run everything from taster sessions to advanced courses together and describe the club as a fun and enjoyable way to learn. Sam told us that “It is not something many people have tried before but they see it in things like ‘The Hunger Games’ and ‘The Avengers’ and fancy a go. It is nothing like you see in films but it is great fun and is run by a team of people with a passion for the sport.”

The club meet at the beautiful setting of Southsea Castle as well as the Havelock Centre and Priory School which only add to it’s real community spirited feel.

Events happen all the way through the year and have included appearances at ‘The Southsea Show’ and the club will continue to take part in upcoming local events.

You can follow the club on Twitter or on Facebook and can contact them directly via their Website.

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Feel Yourself Success At Battle Of The Sexes

Battle of the Sexes was held at the incredible venue of Southsea Castle last night and was a huge success. The evening promoted the Feel Yourself Campaign and managed to deliver some important information alongside fun activities and live music.

Special guests included Marley Blandford and Fugitive Orchestra who played some superb solo sets. Games included, cake decorating, mould your own genitalia, fancy dress and guess the sex of the guy/girl in the photo. All activities came under the Battle of the Sexes heading, encouraging the boys to go up against the girls in competition. The crowds were left to judge and the atmosphere was awesome!

A raffle offered all sorts of cool prizes including a free meal at the local Belle Isle and all the money raised went to the Feel Yourself Campaign.

The event was organised by Ben Miles, who is responsible for Portsmouth’s now renowned Victorious Festival and his fellow University crew a.k.a FYC and JK events.

The evening’s message was to raise awareness about the importance of checking yourself regularly for the signs of Cancer and it was incredibly successful with individuals taking advice about what to look out for in a fun and memorable way.

Brilliant evening, fantastic fundraiser, incredibly important. The message was clear, take care of yourself!

To find out more about the campaign check out the website.

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Strong Island Recordings & Pie & Vinyl At The Great Escape Festival

Next month on the 14th May, Strong Island Recordings will team up with Southsea’s Pie & Vinyl taking over Bleach for the day as part of The Great Escape Festival in Brighton. It will be one of the biggest shows for both brands and the first time either us at Strong Island Recordings or Pie & Vinyl have hosted a showcase in Brighton so it will be a special day.

We’re also especially proud of our line-up which features Theo Verney, Wild Smiles, Man Made (Johnny Marr’s sons band) Morning Smoke and Gang as well as local favourites Curxes, Rickyfitts, Sacha, Melt Dunes and The Boy I Used to Be. The showcase kicks off at 3pm and finishes at 11.30pm.

It’s free with an official Great Escape wristband or a mere £4 without which helps us recoup costs for the venue, artists and other bits. The fantastic artwork for the poster was designed by Sam Brandon.

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Southsea Skatepark Birthday Weekend

This weekend sees Southsea Skatepark celebrate their birthday with a weekend of competitions and fun activities for BMX, skateboarding and more. The skatepark is one of the oldest in the UK and this weekend will see some events that celebrate this heritage such as the vintage BMX crew in attendance and, for the first time, a race to see who can get to the end of the Snakerun the fastest. NOT easy. There will also be the always popular Bored of Southsea Game of SKATE plus best trick on the box, longest ollie, highest bunnyhop and even slalom too.

Strong Island Clothing Co will be holding a mini ramp competition with a bunch of prizes for the winners plus a prize for the best trick. This and the Game of SKATE will be happening on Sunday afternoon.

The weekender runs on both Saturday and Sunday and is FREE for spectators and normal entrance fee if you want to skate or ride. See you there!

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Mark Webb, Jack Watts and Troy Hayward at the Southsea Skatepark

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Common People Festival 2015

The multi award winning team at Bestival, present to us the Southampton based Festival, Common People. It will be held on the 23rd and 24th May 2015.

Taking place on the bank holiday weekend on Southampton Common, the two day, metropolitan festival will bring the spirit of Bestival away from the Isle of Wight and into the heart of the city.

Rob Da Bank, curator of the festival, explained that Common People is the first new venture since Camp Bestival seven years ago. He went on to tell us that this festival isn’t a camping show, its not tents and wellies, it’s a two day show that has easy access and is open to all ages. A festival packed with experiences that is reasonably priced, it was designed to allow everybody to enjoy good music and fun activities along with cultural highs including art and delicious food.

Fatboy Slim, DJ Yoda, The Cuban Brothers, Jaguar Skills, De La Soul, Band of Skulls, Plastic Mermaids, SomaHigh and Clean Bandit are just some of the many artists that will perform over the weekend alongside activities including, crazy inflatable bundle madness, face painting, brass bands, trapeze lessons and much, much more.

The weekend is set to be an enormous success and tickets are on sale now. To get yours visit ticket line or buy your tickets directly from a range of local locations which can be found on the website.

To follow festival updates and announcements follow Common People on Twitter, Facebook, You Tube and on Instagram.

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Strong Island Photo of The Year Competition Week 2 Winner and Runners Ups

Just like our great first week, for week two we saw lots of submissions come through Instagram, Twitter and email for the Strong Island Photo of the Year Competition (using the hashtag #SIPhotoComp2015 on Twitter and Instagram). The photos captured the city of Portsmouth from many different locations and perspectives, at day and night. We’re happy to announce the second weekly winning photo and photographer, ‘Garrison Church’ by Tony Benham.

Garrison Church by Tony Benham
Garrison Church by Tony Benham.

This weekly winner will now be entered into the finals of the competition which will happen in December where everyone can vote for their favourite weekly winning photos. This image will now become our Strong Island Facebook header image for the next 7 days until next week’s winner.

Below are some of the runners up for this week. A huge thank you to everyone who submitted! Don’t worry if your photo didn’t win or make the shortlist, you can enter photos every week until the finals in December. You can now submit photos for this week’s weekly winner selection which will be chosen and shown next Monday. To enter simply email, Tweet or Instagram your photo that was taken in, on or around Portsmouth.

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Photo by Sarah Holiday.

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Photo by Ray Palmer.

Christopher Greening
Photo by Christopher Greening.

Hayley Reeves
Photo by Hayley Reeves.

Howard Hurd
Photo by Howard Hurd.

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Photo by Salvatore Alessandro.

Gemma Bradshaw
Photo by Gemma Bradshaw.

Danielle Gridley
Photo by Danielle Gridley.

Chris Grant
Photo by Chris Grant.

Billie Cawte
Photo by Billie Cawte.

Alyson Pearson
Photo by Alyson Pearson.

An Up And Coming, Talented New Artist Presents FACE

Olivia Abdul, 21 from Southsea is an incredibly talented local artist who works with a range of mediums and in a range of styles.

Describing herself as a Painter, Printmaker and Photographer she works with passion and a drive to offer people pieces of art that they will love.

Olivia will be taking part in a local exhibition called FACE (Fine Art Collective Exhibition) and will display her work as an upcoming and emerging artist along with several others.

The exhibition has been put together by Olivia and her fellow students to form part of their professional development for their University courses. The opening night will be held on 24th April from 6-8pm and is invite only but the work be be available for public viewing from 25th-30th April between 12 and 5pm and will be held at the Bargate Monument Gallery.

Olivia will be showing a selection of her print work from when she was at her family home in Bangladesh. She describes her work as being an exploration of both sides of her identity with post colonial undertones. Her intrigue with colour and form is beautifully expressed in her work and is extremely dynamic. This relationship with her work has lead her to a fascination in using different materials and seeing how they come together.

The FACE exhibition will be a fantastic collaboration of some wonderfully talented young people and is a real reminder of the hard work that students put in, offering brilliant outcomes for us all to enjoy.

To find out more about Olivia follow her on Facebook or see her work displayed at FACE.

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The Battle Of The Sexes

Feel Yourself Campaign aims to promote awareness in younger men and women about the importance of checking for breast and testicular cancer regularly. Both types of Cancer are on the increase  and catching them early is the key to successful treatment.

Feel Yourself was started by Maddie Wallace while she was being treated for breast cancer. With no family history and no previous health problems, Maddie never checked herself. One day she bumped into a friend who had just undergone chemotherapy and that friend reminded her how important it is to check yourself often. This is probably what saved her life.

Maddie has been a whirlwind of motivation for Portsmouth and a drive to encourage us all to monitor ourselves for signs of Cancer.

The Battle of the Sexes is an event that will be held on the 23rd April at Southsea Castle. Doors will be open from 7:30pm and tickets cost £5.

The charity fundraiser evening will aim to raise awareness about Cancer and help enable people to spot the signs of it early enough to act on it quickly.

Special guests including Marley Blandford and the Fugitive Orchestra will entertain event goer’s and help mark the night with some fantastic music.

To purchase tickets please visit the website and follow events on Facebook.

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The Movement Initiative Presents ‘Celebrate’

The Movement Initiative Presents ‘Celebrate’, an evening packed with performances by some of the best dancers in the area across a multitude of genres.

The show is made up of pieces from some of the areas most prominent schools, dance organisations, crews and soloists under one roof for one night only in The Kings Theatre.

Confirmed to appear on the night include Phoenix School of Dance, Odyssey, Tiger Tone, #PPL, Kingsmen, Wolfpack, Tega Alex, Belle Fisher, Dream Chasers Collective and many more.

The show starts 7:30pm tickets are £9.50 or £7.50 for children and concessions. To find out more about the event check out the Facebook page HERE.

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Record Store Day 2015 and the Castle Rd Fete

Is it really a year since the last Record Store Day? Tomorrow brings every vinyl fanatics’ favourite day of the year with the Pie & Vinyl team putting together their biggest RSD to date. The release list for tomorrow can only be described as exhaustive, featuring far too many artists and special editions to name in this post but you can check out the full inventory available tomorrow here (.xls download). If you spot something that you absolutely need in your life, make sure you get down to the store well in advance of the 8am opening and join the sure-to-be large queue. Tea will be on hand for all attendees alongside many music-orientated conversations so there’s no need to hide behind your iPad while you’re waiting.

For those without an inclination to black circles of musical goodness, Castle Rd will be taken over by a plethora of market stalls selling everything from vintage clothes and gluten free baked goods to pizza and festival tickets. The fete kicks off around 10am with the sellers accompanied by Pie & Vinyl’s obligatory stage featuring sets from the likes of Curl, TRAAMS, Kassassin Street and special guests The Champs. Bands will be taking to, and potentially destroying, the stage from midday all the way through to 8pm so make sure to pace yourselves out there.

Curl and The Boy I Used To Be at The Fat Fox

Last night at The Fat Fox saw the first UK show by French/Portsmouth band Curl in five years supported by local favourites The Boy I Used To Be.

Fresh off the back of the launch of their Grip EP, The Boy I Used To Be were on fine form despite the low turnout, smashing through the set list with professionalism interjected with signature humour. It’s always a pleasure seeing these guys perform on any stage.

Curl’s set felt like a homecoming show replete with a strong audience and on point stage decorations. The band is the product of an ongoing electronic music project by founder and guitarist Frank Amendola. Since its inception, the band has grown at a steady pace to include a variety of musicians including local vocalist Hayley Alker and drummer Jonny Callendar (Cranes/Vex) providing a definitively Anglo edge to the downtempo, electro rhythms.

If you didn’t the chance to see Curl last night, don’t fret as they’ll also be playing at Castle Rd on Saturday as part of the Castle Rd fete and Record Store Day celebrations.

For more photos from last night, check out our Facebook page here.

Strong Island Calendar 2016 #SIC2016

Yet again we were overwhelmed with the interest and success of our 2015 Calendar. I hope that you are all enjoying them and it is inspiring you to get involved and submitting your photo’s for inclusion for next years calendar.

We are excited to announce that we are taking submissions for our 2016 calendar. If you’ve taken a photo that you’d like to submit then you can email your submission via calendar@strong-island.co.uk. If you’ve taken a photo on Instagram that you’d like to submit for consideration you just need add the hashtag #SIC2016.

There are no limits to how many you submit, the only rule is that the image must be relevant to Portsmouth. We would love to see more submissions from all over Portsmouth not just our favourite Southsea landmarks so please share this with friends who you think might be interested in getting involved.

Along with Instagram we also recommend you check out the Faded App. I’ve had a play with this App and you can create images that surpass anything that Instagram can produce. I especially love the overlay function.

We have a couple of our 2015 Calendars left but if you are interested then get in quick as these are likely to go within the next week or so! You can get your copies from the Strong Island shop HERE.

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Champagne Bar at Southsea Castle

Last Friday saw the return of the Champagne Bar to Southsea Castle. The sun was shining and the crowd was in equally high spirits.

With lighting provided by Mijaro the castle looked fantastic. On hand to provide music for the evening were Civilisation of the Rough‘s DJ Mark Persaud and Herma Puma‘s DJ Pimpernel Jones. Live music came courtesy of funk band Big Love Soul, they went down a treat and had everyone busting a move in the marquee area.

With upcoming DJ sets from Funktifino, Hipshaker, Gentle Bren, Handsome Dave Rocker as well as live music from Southsea Alternative Choir and The Smiley Campbell Band it’s clear that you are going to be hard pushed to find a better place to spend your Friday evenings this summer.

The Champagne Bar will be open from 6pm until late and be free entry every Friday (apart from the Victorious Festival and Americas Cup weekends where they will be having a week off). You can stay up to date with all things Champagne Bar by following them on Facebook.

Photo’s from James White Photography.

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Video for New Kassassin Street Song ‘To Be Young’ by Jack Daly and James Sharp

Kassassin Street are crushing it at the moment with sold out shows here and there and everywhere and the new song ‘To Be Young’ quite rightly getting a lot of love with DJs and blogs. Eddy Temple Morris at XFM made the new single his Best Record In The World This Week recently and the song hit the UK Viral Top 50 chart on Spotify.

The new video for To Be Young is produced by Southsea’s own Jack Daly and James Sharp, both serious young talents in stills and film. Great to see these guys produce an awesome film for a song sure to be going places up and out the city. Serious props to all involved and stoked to see a lot of Strong Island friends in there too.

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Torn Speaker Launch Party At The Cellars With Science Of Eight Limbs, Rickyfitts & More

Tomorrow being Thursday 16th April, Torn Speaker launches at The Cellars in Eastney with an amazing line-up featuring experimental, psychedelic rock duo Science of Eight Limbs who are mindbogglingly tight, punk duo Frauds from Croydon as well as local favourites and one of the finest live bands to come out of Portsmouth, the thrashy twosome Rickyfitts playing a rare hometown show and also opening the night will be Freak a new grunge trio born out of the ashes of Dirty Legion combining doom filled, sludge riffs with elements of punk.

Torn Speaker themselves are Max Goulding of Rickyfitts and The Park Studio and also Holly Mullineaux, guitarist of the buzzy Wyldest who are blowing up the blogosphere right now. The two decided to start the night to promote and put on bands they love, bringing some of the most exciting new acts to town. They’re already planning their second show and by the sounds of the line-up that they have planned, it’s going to be a great one. Entry is just £4 and doors are at 7.30pm and with it being a four band bill on a week day, expect an early start. More details about the show can be found on the Facebook page here

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SomaHigh Come To Portsmouth

SomaHigh came to Southsea last night to play the infamous Wedgewood Rooms. Supporting Bipolar Sunshine, they warmed up the crowd before the main act came on.

SomaHigh are new to Portsmouth and Southsea and have some brilliant gig venues lined up for the upcoming months including ‘The Fat Fox’ on the 2nd May as part of Feedback Festival.

Introducing band members Sean Strugnell (bass and guitar), Leon Azor (bass and vocals), Paul Wolf (vocals, synth and keys) and Ryan Smith (drums), the band are keen to introduce themselves to Portsmouth.

Southampton based SomaHigh began when Singer/Songwriter, Sean Strugnell and bass player, Leon Azor were introduced to the notorious Camden music scene by Buzzcocks legend, Steve Diggle. Aspirations grew and the guys careers as musicians began. The band’s stage presence is energetic and  their adventurous sound, described as a blend of Indie, Rock and Electro creates memorable melodies.

SomaHigh have performed numerous live shows and have shared the stage with artists such as Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip, 65 Days of Static and Cage the Elephant.

The bands powerful and charismatic performances have won them slots at Bestival in September last year and their new material will see them playing various festivals in the future including this year’s Common People.

Follow SomaHigh on Facebook or visit their website for event dates.

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Today Have A Hard Choice Exhibition Tour With Rosalinda Hardiman

The Portsmouth City Museum‘s hugely successful A Hard Choice exhibition continues with many different talks, tours and displays over the coming months. Today you can join Collections Manager Rosalinda Hardiman for an introductory tour of the exhibition A Hard Choice. On the tour you can learn some of the stories behind the objects on show and Rosalinda’s reasons for selecting them for the exhibition.

The tour lasts approximately 45 minutes and is free. Give the City Museum a call 02392 834744 to book or ask at Reception.

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Crafts In The Tower Exhibition

‘Crafts in the Tower’ is an exhibition by artists, designers and crafts people from in and around Portsmouth. It takes place in the Square Tower, a 15th century naval fort on the seafront in Old Portsmouth .  The aim is to promote high quality individual designer makers and artists who are appealing to a contemporary market and the quality and prices of products are reflective of this.

Several new exhibitors will be taking part in the event including, Jane Athron and her fascinatingly surreal paintings. Collage artist Lorna Apps-Woodland, who will exhibit some arresting pictures made from a wide range of materials and sources. Printmaker Pam Lake, who makes screen prints and lino prints in vivid colours.  She will also join regular printmaker Sue Meredith, who specialises in scenes of Portsmouth’s streets and historic sites.  Kelly Hickman is similarly inspired by her surroundings to create gilded images of Portsmouth’s famous naval vessels.

They will join regular favourites Katherine Webber with her contemporary jewellery and Gary Renouf with his beautiful and intricate designs in wood.  Photographer Jan Fowler will also be in attendance and there will be a welcome return for glass maker Cherie Lubbock, who has been busy extending her techniques at West Dean College.

Ceramics will be represented by Bernice Hughes with her delightful illuminated cottages and castles and Maggie Ambler who has some new designs in painted tiles.

The upcoming exhibition is being held on April 19th from 11am until 4pm and admission will be free. The vintage tea room will be open all day, selling home made cakes, savouries and drinks and it will surely be a pleasurable and artistic day.

To find out more about the event see the ‘Crafts in the Tower’ website.

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Caleigh Ill

Regular visitors to Strong Island will already be aware of Caleigh Ill. The local artist creates the most beautiful animals and beast, as well as being known for incredible Russian Owls.

From midnight tonight she will sadly be closing her Etsy shop but you still have until then to get your hands on the stunning gifts on offer, including the coasters, tote bags and art prints. Take a look for yourself by visiting her Etsy shop HERE.

You will still be able to find on Facebook, Twitter @caleigh_ill and her website www.caleigh-ill.com.

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Return To The Forbidden Planet At The Kings Theatre

The adored & critically acclaimed Olivier Award winning rock spectacular, returned on a much anticipated 25th anniversary UK tour last night at the Kings Theatre in Southsea. Inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest and packed with rock ‘n’ roll classics such as, Heard It Through the Grapevine, Young Girl, Good Vibrations and GLORIA with stunning special effects and a brilliant cast of actor musicians, it was a night out to remember!

The high flying show features a bevy of 1950’s and 1960’s rock and roll classics, performed on stage by the cast. The campy sci-fi setting consists of silvered space suit costumes and space ship sets concealing keyboards and drums. The show’s dialogue is largely adapted from well-known passages from Shakespeare. The whole production was filled with uproarious energy and its old songs and quirky adaptations gave a sense of total nostalgia.

The show will cast up until Saturday 18th April 2015 here in Portsmouth and it a must see!

For tickets visit the Theatre website.

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Common People Ticket Competition

It’s less than a month until Common People takes place on Southampton Common. Artists performing include Fat Boy Slim, DJ Yoda, De La Soul, Band of Skulls, Grace Jones and Isle of Wight’s Plastic Mermaids. As well as friends of Strong Island Dead Rabbits, Rickyfitts and The Boy I Used To Be playing the Uncommon Stage.

Rob Da Bank and the team behind Common People have kindly donated a pair of tickets for us to give away. All you need to do is email stuart@strong-island.co.uk with your answers to the following questions before midnight this coming Sunday. The winner be contact directly and announced on social media soon after.

1) Which South coast football team is Norman Cook aka Fat Boy Slim known to be a big supporter of?
2) Castle Road’s Pie & Vinyl will be in attendance at Common People. Name any of the artists signed to their record label?
3) Can you name the James Bond film in which Grace Jones starred?

To avoid disappointment you tickets are available from Ticketline from £30 and reductions for children and teens.

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Strong Island Calendar 2016 #SIC2016

Yet again we were overwhelmed with the interest and success of our 2015 Calendar. I hope that you are all enjoying them and it is inspiring you to get involved and submitting your photo’s for inclusion for next years calendar.

We are excited to announce that we are taking submissions for our 2016 calendar. If you’ve taken a photo that you’d like to submit then you can email your submission via calendar@strong-island.co.uk. If you’ve taken a photo on Instagram that you’d like to submit for consideration you just need add the hashtag #SIC2016.

There are no limits to how many you submit, the only rule is that the image must be relevant to Portsmouth. We would love to see more submissions from all over Portsmouth not just our favourite Southsea landmarks so please share this with friends who you think might be interested in getting involved.

Along with Instagram we also recommend you check out the Faded App. I’ve had a play with this App and you can create images that surpass anything that Instagram can produce. I especially love the overlay function.

We have a couple of our 2015 Calendars left but if you are interested then get in quick as these are likely to go within the next week or so! You can get your copies from the Strong Island shop HERE.

Strong Island Calendar 2016

The Strong Island Photo of the Year Competition 2015

Throughout 2013 we ran a photography competition open to everyone where each week a photo selected from the weekly submissions was chosen as the Strong Island Facebook header image and placed on our Facebook page for a week. We had some incredible images from all over the city, from landmarks such as South Parade Pier to the Spinnaker Tower, to the stormy waves of the sea, the Warrior at night…so many incredible photos we were privileged to share. At the end of the year we asked you, the Strong Islanders, to pick your favourite from all the weekly winning images, and by tallying up all the Facebook likes the winner of the Strong Island Photo of the Year was the below photo of South Parade Pier by Catherine Taylor. Many of the the photos that came in were also submitted to our very successful Strong Island Calendar for 2014 too.

This year we’re running the Strong Island Photo of the Year competition, and again welcome any submissions sent to us in a variety of easy ways. The first is to email the photo to us at contact@strong-island.co.uk. Just include your name, the photo submissions, link to your website/Flickr/etc and let us know if you would like them also submitted to the calendar too. You can also submit images on Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #SIPhotoComp2015 and we’ll keep an eye on any photos added. You can also tag us in to those tweets and photos too but be sure to use the hashtag so we know you’re entering them. The photos can be of anything, anywhere, as long as it is within the city. You can enter as many images as you like each week and they don’t have to have been taken that week they are submitted. By submitting the photos you’re giving us permission to share them (obviously) but we’ll only share them in relation to this competiton and we’ll ensure we credit you and link back to your website, Flickr, etc. Make sure you only submit photos you yourself took and have creative ownership/copyright of.

Each Friday we’ll post up our weekly winner on Facebook as our Facebook Header and also post up on Strong Island a selection of images we really liked from that week too. Each week the winner will win some Strong Island goodies. In December the final overall winner from all the weekly winners, after all your votes, will win a big pile of Strong Island goodness including a mug, tees, prints, etc and the image crowned Strong Island Photo of the Year 2015! Not just that, we’re also have an exhibition in Strong Island Co at the end of the year/start of 2016 of the best submitted images and the winning image.

You can start submitting your photos right now!

South Parade Pier by Catherine Taylor
South Parade Pier by Catherine Taylor, winner in 2013.

A Hard Choice – Best in Show With Mark Waldron, Editor of The News

Throughout the running of the current exhibition at Portsmouth City Museum people get to choose their favourite items from the Portsmouth City Collection that are on show in A Hard Choice (you can see and read our preview of the exhibition HERE). Every month different items chosen by many visitors are given rosettes showing the current favourites. Strong Island, working with the Portsmouth Museums and Visitor Services (with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund), are asking over a dozen different people from around Portsmouth what their personal favourite items are in the exhibition and why.

To kick off this series of articles we met up with Mark Waldron, editor of The News, at Portsmouth City Museum and after a walk around he let us know what were his own Best in Show.

Hi Mark, what, in no particular order, are your three favourite items in the A Hard Choice exhibition?

The first object is a dead mole, a bit of a bizarre one to start with. I think a lot of people when they are younger they find dead animals and insects and your immediate thoughts are to pick it up, put it in a box and preserve it. A dead mole Rosalinda* found when she was 4 years old started off her fascination with conservation and got her in to curating. I just love that this mole is so different to everything else in the exhibition, there are a lot of historic parts to the exhibition but this tiny mole preserved from way back when is an incredible artefact that leapt out at me and caught my curiosity.

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Next are the visiting cards from a certain Mr & Mrs Charles Dickens, it is the cards that they had when living in Tavistock House in London, which they occupied between 1851 and 1860. They are the actual cards they would have given out to guests at the time.

I think we celebrate and are proud of our links with Dickens and I think these really take you back to this man who is so pressed in to all our memories even 200 years later. These cards would have been in his wallet, in his pocket, and he would have been handing them out to the important guests that would have come to see him. The fact that they are preserved in this collection really adds to what Dickens is all about and what he means to this city.

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This item is labelled Hippodrome Bomb and it is a bomb that fell in Portsmouth in 1941 but lay undiscovered until 1984 when there was work taking place at the Hippodrome Theatre in Guildhall Walk**. Some interesting ceramic tiles were found but suddenly everyone was evacuated because also found was this large unexploded bomb. Royal Engineers had to come in and did a controlled explosion and the remains of the bomb were donated to the collection.

So much of Portsmouth’s landscape changed during the war, obviously the city was a target of heavy German bombing. The Guildhall was destroyed and many parts of Portsmouth were changed forever. Just to see here as you walk in to the exhibition this massive bit of ordinance, the fact that it didn’t go off but you look at the size of it…what damage that would have caused…it is just an incredible reminder of what is a massive part of the history of our city.

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If you could donate something from your own personal collection(s) or something else in the city or relates to the city…what would be good to add to the Portsmouth City Collection for future generations?

Growing up I was very heavily in to music and a place to be for a lot of touring bands at the time was the Guildhall. Most of the bands from the 80s would come down and I saw many great concerts down there like New Order, The Cure, The Jam, Depeche Mode…a lot of great nights out. We would get the bus from Cowplain, over Portsdown Hill in to the big city so it was always a big night out. I just remember being packed in to many concerts seeing the great bands at the time. So the tickets from those occasions, which bring back fantastic memories of growing up in a great city.

* Rosalinda Hardiman, who curated the A Hard Choice exhibition.
** The building was destroyed during the Portsmouth Blitz.

Don’t forget you can visit A Hard Choice exhibition and the rest of Portsmouth City Museum and other museums in the city for free the Easter and beyond. You can find out more about the museums and what activities are taking place at:

www.portsmouthcitymuseums.co.uk

Short Story Competition – Deadline Extended

We are really excited to announce that we have extended the deadline for you to submit your entry to our short story competition. 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 now run until Sunday 12th April, 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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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.

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Transport No. 2: The Hovercraft

Southsea seafront has iconic and familiar structures and views but ever since the mid 60s we also have the familiar sound of the hovercraft engines as it repeatedly arrives and leaves for Ryde. This hovercraft route itself was the first Hovercraft passenger service in the world and Hovertravel Limited, founded in 1965, is the world’s longest established commercial hovercraft operator. The first hovercraft was first developed on the Isle of Wight in 1955 when inventor Sir Christopher Cockerell tested out his idea for a floating/flying craft by putting a cat food tin inside a coffee tin. After fine-tuning his designs, Sir Christopher Cockerell secured funding to build a hovercraft. Saunders Roe, the flying boat firm in Cowes on the Isle of Wight was given the contract. The commercial success of hovercraft was initially huge but subsequently suffered from rapid rises in fuel prices during the late 1960s and 1970s. Since the channel routes abandoned hovercraft the United Kingdom’s only public hovercraft service is now our one operating from Southsea.

In 1972 Hovertravel’s SR-N6 012 overturned off of Southsea with a loss of five lives. This was the world’s first fatal accident involving a commercially operated hovercraft. Apart from this one incident the service has an incredible safety record and is used day in day out to transfer up to 100,000 passengers a year.

The hovercraft is a wonderful and now unique form of local transport and something to celebrate and also to actively enjoy with a trip. Booking and travel information is available at the Hovertravel website.

To discover more about hovercraft we are lucky to have the Hovercraft Museum just down the road in Lee-On-Solent which houses the world’s largest library of documents, publications, film, video, photographs and drawings on hovercraft and a collection of actual hovercraft too including the last two remaining SR.N4 craft, the world’s largest civil hovercraft.

Submarine Graveyard

Portsmouth’s Pounds scrapyard has been the final stop for the lives of many military vehicles over the years but most noticeable it has been the location for a submarine graveyard. So iconic was the sight of the submarines as you entered Portsmouth that they became the inspiration for the architect when designing the new swimming pool at the Mountbatten Centre.

Robin Hinson has a large collection of photos of the scrapped submarines here, with a few shown below.






Rolling right Inuit part II

Following on from the previous post about the Igloo seen on Southsea Common, Khalid Saleh was kind enough to get in contact with some more information and some photos. It took Khalid and 6 of his friends 5 and a half hours to build the Igloo using what looks like icecream tubs and glow sticks were donated by passers by from the Navy.

It’s still standing today and Meridian will be doing a short interview with them. Not sure when that will air, but hopefully I’ll catch it.

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Vintage Southsea Skatepark articles

Articles about Southsea Skatepark can be hard to come by, and articles from 1988 even more so. I found these on the ‘when we was rad’ website a while back. I remember having the picture of Tommy Guerrero pulling that slob torn out and on my wall for years. Sick.

Strong Island Easter Bike Ride Video II

Sharpie just sent me over his edit from the Bike Ride last April 4th. He attached one of those fancy Flip Cameras onto his handlebars and he was away. Really cool to be able to see the ride from different perspectives. Cheers buddy.

Nike Football’s ‘Risk Everything’ by Portsmouth Studio ilovedust – Exclusive Interview

In the last few weeks Nike launched ‘Risk Everything’ their new football marketing campaign that features the England football team as well as other players from all around the world including Cristiano Ronaldo & Neymar Jr. Risk Everything also includes the new England kit for the 2014 World Cup with striking imagery of the players and the three lions. The artwork & branding of this vast, international marketing campaign by one of the largest brands in the World was created by Portsmouth’s very own award winning ilovedust design studio, located at the heart of the city. Established in 2003 the company and design team have grown dramatically, working with international brands as well as on local projects. Strong Island caught up with ilovedust’s Matt Howarth, senior designer, and found out more about ILD’s involvement with Nike’s Risk Everything:

ilovedust has been working with Nike for some time, can you give us a quick history of how you hooked up with them initially? Some of the past projects with them that you guys have been particularly stoked on?

We’ve been working for Nike for the last 7 years, it all started off with an illustration for a Jordan x Levis 501 project back when we were a small 4 man studio, i guess we did a pretty good job and the word spread internally at Nike world headquarters that ilovedust knew their shit! Since then we’ve grown our relationship year on year and been lucky enough to meet some inspiring people and work on some great projects along the way.

Can you give us some background on when and how you guys got involved in the England World Cup promotional branding and Risk Everything?

The initial brief for the “Risk Everything” campaign came from advertising agent Wieden & Kennady (W+K) in Portland, Oregon, over the years we have a made a few friends there and they emailed us way back in September saying they’ve got the perfect project for us! The project became so big that we ended up working directly with the Nike Football department directly.

Nike Football's 'Risk Everything' by Portsmouth Studio ilovedust

From what has been released already I’ve seen the mural on the Southbank of Jack Wilshire & Wayne Rooney the backdrop for the England team for their World Cup kit, retail displays and more, it is clearly a huge project, can you break down what is involved in a project of this scale?

Oh god… where to start!! Initially W+K briefed us to create illustrations for their 5 top footballers to be used in a print campaign (these will released in a couple of weeks), then Nike Football tasked us with creating illustrations for 7 different countries which Nike will be sponsoring at the World Cup, these would be used online and across retail destinations in each of the 7 countries. Since all of these have been completed we’ve been contacted by W+K London, Amsterdam, Rio and Tokyo for additional illustrations, this is where the Wayne Rooney/Jack Wilshere piece comes in to play, curated by W+K London and currently on display on the Southbank.

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With Risk Everything you guys have stamped your distinct signature style all over it, what level of creative control do Dust and the team have in the collaboration with Nike?

When the brief came in it referenced a lot of our work, the client had a distinct idea of what they wanted, we took it, run with it, and made it better. Luckily we have good, open relationships with our clients, and we know a thing or two about football, so they trusted us.

As well as having your main studio in Portsmouth you have a studio in Portland, working with a brand the size of Nike and a project of this scale have there been practical issues with working with a brand on the other side of the World? Advantages?

We’ve visited Nike HQ 3 times during this project and our small studio in Portland has allowed us to work on the project in real time with the clients. We’re used to being 8 hours ahead of them everyday, and working until midnight is not uncommon, so being able to work and get feedback instantaneously was a real advantage.

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The ilovedust lion is the striking backdrop for the England team in the new Nike kit in the run up to the World Cup, what design constraints did you experience (if any) with working with essentially a national sporting icon? Were the FA involved in sign-off?

This project was a fun one to work on with hardly any design restraints, and as far as we know The FA were not involved in sign-off, but as with all Nike work it had to go through legal checks, we we’re pretty safe with the 3 lions.

The lion and associated artwork are already gracing huge sports retailers’ windows plus on TV adverts, how does if feel seeing your work on this level in the UK?

It’s always nice to see months of hard work pay off when it’s released to the world – a bit surreal to see it in shop windows in your hometown!

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I’m assuming there is still much more to come in the run up to June and the World Cup? Will you guys be getting out to Rio?

Yes, lots more to come. The “Risk Everything” campaign will run beyond the World Cup and into next season so we have started to work on a different style of illustration for Europe’s top clubs; Barca, Man Utd, PSG, Juventus etc etc

ILD is home to some die hard Portsmouth FC fans, ever think about what you could do in regards to the club in respect to design? Maybe a new kit for 2014/2015 season?

Ha, the current kit’s not too bad but i’m sure we could improve it if given the chance!

Without letting too many cats out of the bag, what other projects are you guys working on for 2014?

Some very cool projects in the pipeline, one for Pepsi which is also World Cup related, we’re continuing to work with Microsoft for the launch of Xbox One’s Sunset Overdrive computer game in 2015, hmmm what else… lots more Nike that’s for sure, a few bits for Red Bull and a couple of top secret projects which you’ll have to wait for… sorry!

The Risk Everything artwork continues to roll out through the press and on TV, below are some images of the artwork already in the wild, be sure to keep up with the ILD website, blog, Twitter, Instagram & Behance to see more.

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Portsmouth on Film – Episode 2

A new episode of Jonathan & Matthew Ring’s vintage family footage ‘Portsmouth on Film’ went up this week.

This episode has focuses on Canoe Lake and the Model Village.

The Fog

Anyone who was out in Southsea and some surrounding areas would have witnessed the rolling fog that made it’s way inland this Sunday. Creeping past the Isle of Wight and finally making it’s way to the beach and taking people by total surprise. Hundreds of people were out having BBQs and generally enjoying the sun when all of a sudden things got weird when you could see your breath in the air and pockets of mist were passing right in front of your eyes. It’s rare to see this during day and normally only occurs first thing in the morning, so this was pretty cool to see.

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Check out some more photos of “The Fog’ over on my Flickr Photostream.

Irving & Co. Local Brewery

Seeing as Portsmouth has such a rich history for pubs and naval culture I thought i’d bring your attention to something that combines the both.  Irving & Co brewers are situated at Railway Triangle in Farlington and have their doors open for tourists as well as turning out a fine range of real ales to a huge number of pubs in and around the Portsmouth area.

Irving and Co brings the welcome return of brewing to Portsmouth and a brewery to excite the taste buds of drinkers in Hampshire, Sussex and beyond. The company aim is to produce the highest quality traditional cask beers supplying the local market within 45 miles of Portsmouth.

Malcolm Irving ably assisted by Mark Doswell bring together 29 years of combined brewing industry experience to produce beers that they thoroughly enjoy and about which they care passionately. It’s not just a job, it’s definitely not just beer, it is a way of life.

£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