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Icebreaker Festival UK 2016

Usually sometime after Christmas and as we start to head into Spring, that well-known festival feeling starts to kick in. This is when I can mostly be found impatiently waiting for line-up announcements, daydreaming of wellies and ponchos, and meticulously planning just how many festivals I’ll be squeezing in this year.

Luckily for us on the South Coast, Portsmouth have introduced Icebreaker Festival, a very aptly named winter festival which has quickly grown into a fantastic indoor music event to tide you over in the cold months whilst you wait it out for “outside” festival season.

This year Icebreaker fell during Independent Venue Week – and what a great way to celebrate all the brilliant independent music venues we have on our doorstep in Southsea. From the Wedgewood Rooms at one end of Albert Road right the way up to The Honest Politician on Elm Grove, there were over 100 bands playing across ten venues so there was definitely something for everyone.

Icebreaker Festival focuses on bringing new and up and coming talent together and the best part is not recognising all of the bands on the line-up. This year we managed to stumble upon some amazing musicians that we’d never heard of before, as well as catching a couple of old favourites.

The first port of call was The Loft to grab our wristbands and the first beer of the day, and watch the five-piece rock band, We Capture Kings. This group were full of energy and gave a great performance to kick start our afternoon.

Next stop was Little Johnny Russells to catch last minute addition to the line-up, The Bayonettes. A powerful guitar driven indie-rock band, with an unstoppable rhythm section and edgy vocals. This band have a heavyweight modern sound, a hint of 90s Britpop and one hell of an enthusiastic drummer! As a long term fan, it was great for me to see them live again.

The Bayonettes 1 by Jonny Bell Photography
The Bayonettes by Jonny Bell Photography
The Bayonettes by Jonny Bell Photography
The Bayonettes by Jonny Bell Photography

After a while it was time to head to The Wedge for something a little heavier, which came in the form of three-piece metal band, Hummune (Immune to humans). This band have been around for seven years and kicked off 2016 with a very loud set which we really enjoyed headbanging along to.

Other highlights from the day included acoustic trio Villiers, and self-described ‘pessimistic music for optimists’ band, Battery Hens, both performing at The One Eyed Dog. We also heard great things about Kill ‘Em Dead Cowboy, metal band Belligerence, and The Aviators – just a shame we couldn’t see everyone! Not to forget the awesome silent disco to end the night’s festivities.

You’d be really hard pushed to find a live event featuring this much musical talent anywhere else at this time of year, so Icebreaker Festival has definitely become an unmissable addition to our ever-growing music scene here in Southsea. With brilliant musicians of all genres and a great range of venues to choose from – it wasn’t a bad way to spend a chilly Saturday this winter.

If you would like to stay up to date with all things Icebreaker 2017 then go and give them a follow on Facebook and Twitter @IcebreakerUK.

Hummune by Jonny Bell Photography
Hummune by Jonny Bell Photography
Melt Dunes by Jonny Bell Photography
Melt Dunes by Jonny Bell Photography
Icebreaker Festival by Chantelle Wyatt
Kill’em Dead Cowboy by Chantelle Wyatt
Icebreaker Festival by Chantelle Wyatt
Kill’ em Dead Cowboy by Chantelle Wyatt
Silent Disco by Jonny Bell Photography
Silent Disco by Jonny Bell Photography

Frame Loom Weaving and Navajo Weaving with Alice Hume

On Saturday 27th February Alice Hume will be hosting a weave workshop in Fratton 10am-4pm. For the cost £40 students will learn how to make their own fabric, warp their own Loom, finish and create their own woven wall-hanging or decorative fabric.

Alice Hume is a Textile Artist who graduated from Winchester School of Art with a degree in Textile Design: Woven Textiles. She also had the opportunity to study Woven Design at the Swedish School of Textiles in Boras, Sweden in 2012. Her Native Beards Woven Collection has been exhibited in Edinburgh and London as well as being featured in Cover Mag and an Ebook with TextileArtist.

Materials included are a home-made Hume Loom, tools and a variety of yarns. Looms are for course use only, but will be available to purchase at the end of the workshop. You are welcome to bring along strips of fabrics, beads or anything you want to experiment with.

To find out more information or to book your place humelooms@gmail.com. Don’t hang around because spaces are limited!

Frame Loom Weaving

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Dave Mirra at Southsea Skatepark King of Concrete 1993

Very sad news this morning of BMX legend Dave Mirra passing, hands down one of the gnarliest BMXers ever. Check the video below of Dave Mirra smashing the then World Record for highest air on the vert at back at the infamous King of Concrete competition at Southsea Skatepark in 1993. The BBC camera crew from Record Breakers were in Southsea for the day and filmed for TV Dave Mirra hitting 12.5 feet…incredible considering that the vert back then wasn’t designed with high airs in mind unlike today’s ramp designs with larger transitions and much more vert.

Remember…this was 23 years ago (plus a huge backflip too), just a small part of an untouchable legacy that transcended BMX and made him a name known well in skateboarding and to the wider world too, all the more so with the dominance in competitions such as the X-Games. Thoughts go out to friends & family.

Dave Mirra, barspin tailwhip. Photo by Armen Djerrahian.
Dave Mirra, barspin tailwhip. Photo by Armen Djerrahian.

The Lifeboat Station Project Visits Portsmouth – The Final Photos

The Lifeboat Station Project is a photography project by Jack Lowe for the RNLI that aims to to document all 237 RNLI Lifeboat Stations in the UK and Republic of Ireland using Victorian photographic methods. The project recently visited RNLI Portsmouth back in January where the station and crews were photographed with a large format glass plate camera capturing beautiful Ambrotype (a variant of the wet plate collodion process) images. With each visit a photo is taken of the view from the station, the Coxswain and one of the crew.

You can find out more about the project and see all the completed stations galleries at The Lifeboat Station Project where you can also buy limited edition prints, with the Portsmouth photos now available HERE. The outcome of this incredible project looks to be a book and a large exhibition.

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This image below of Jack Lowe at work was shot by me on a work trip, happening upon the project visit at Fowey in Cornwall.

The Lifeboat Station Project - Jack Lowe

Each station has the same set of photos, with images of the helmsmen/helmswomen or Coxswain, the crew(s) and a view from the station out to the water and the images below are from the project trip to Portsmouth.

The photos are used with the kind permission of the photographer Jack Lowe.

Six Portsmouth Lifeboat Station Helmsmen by Jack Lowe
Six Portsmouth Lifeboat Station Helmsmen by Jack Lowe.

Portsmouth Lifeboat Station volunteers with their Atlantic 85, RNLB Norma T. by Jack Lowe
Portsmouth Lifeboat Station volunteers with their Atlantic 85, RNLB Norma T. by Jack Lowe.

Three Women of Portsmouth RNLI by Jack Lowe
Three Women of Portsmouth RNLI by Jack Lowe.

Portsmouth RNLI Boathouse View by Jack Lowe
Portsmouth RNLI Boathouse View (overlooking the Langstone Harbour entrance) by Jack Lowe.

Victorious Festival 2016

Victorious Festival have announced the first wave of acts to perform at this August’s festival. Portsmouth has always been very much an ‘indie city’ and the news that Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will be taking stage on Southsea Common is likely to excite most of Portsmouth. Joining Noel will be Manic Street Preachers and Mark Ronson.

Saturday night will see The Manic Street Preachers performance will coincide with the 20th anniversary of their triple platinum selling album Everything Must Go.

“We’re so excited to be announcing this line up. It’s taken a lot of hard work but we couldn’t be more pleased to be bringing Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and The Manics to Portsmouth. It’s going to be an incredible year for both Victorious and Portsmouth.” – Andy Marsh, Festival Director.

Also announced for the festival will be The Levellers, Ash, The Coral, Jack Savoretti, Space, Echo & the Bunnymen, Will Young, Selector and Emmy the Great. Of course you can expect a host of the best local acts performing at the festival.

If you need reminding of what you missed last year then check out the highlights from Strong Island Media.

The organisers are always looking to evolve and develop and have also announced that this year there will be a giant circus tent up in the kids’ arena as well as a whole host of free entertainment and activities for children and their families. It goes without saying that you will see Strong Island and many other local traders offering some of the finest food, booze, craft and clothing.

The festival will take place on Saturday 27th (my birthday!) and Sunday 28th of August. Don’t be surprised if they managed to beat last years figures which saw 100,000 spectators on Southsea Common over the weekend. If you would like to be there this year then you can get your hands on tickets from their website www.victoriousfestival.co.uk.

You can stay up to date on all things Victorious via Facebook and Twitter @VictoriousFest, or by signing up to the mailing list HERE.

Victorious Festival 2016 Initial Line-Up

Victorious Festival by Todd Lawton
Photo by Todd Lawton
Victorious Festival 2015 by Jack Daly
Photo by by Jack Daly
Victorious Festival by Gavin Withey
Photo by Gavin Withey

Become A British Cycling Ride Leader

Fancy getting involved with British Cycling in the Portsmouth area? Here is your chance by applying to become a Ride Leader. Here is what B.C. have to say:

Do you love cycling for fun? Are you passionate about getting your local community on a bike? We’re looking for confident recreational cyclists to train as British Cycling Ride Leaders. You don’t need to be a cycling expert or competitive racer, just be confident riding in a group and have a good level of cycling fitness. We welcome all kinds of cyclists as long as you have heaps of enthusiasm and you’re happy to support beginner bike riders and families. The assessed one-day course qualifies you to deliver guided bike rides for groups of beginner and intermediate level adults and accompanied children on roads and cycle paths. We’ll also provide you with branded kit, a British Cycling Ride membership and payment for leading and assisting on rides.

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In return, we expect our Ride Leaders to be flexible with their weekend availability and commit to leading guided rides on no less than four weekends during spring and summer months – all rides are delivered on set routes, at set times, specified by British Cycling.

Watch this video – some of our awesome Ride Leaders talk about completing the course, what cycling means to them and sharing their passion for the sport to help inspire and encourage others.

We’ll be adding details of new courses over the next few weeks, so check back for more or follow us on Twitter for the latest information.

Upcoming courses (click the links to apply via the British Cycling website): Portsmouth – Saturday 12 March

Please note: places are limited, all completed applications will be submitted for review and you will be notified by email if you have a place on the course. Please only apply if you live in the area where the course is being held or are willing to lead rides in that area.

‘Our Worlds Are Minds Apart’ Group Exhibition at Coastguard Studio

Coastguard Studio is no stranger to epic group shows and this month we see another with ‘Our Worlds Are Minds Apart’. This new exhibition brought together by Oh So Curious Illustration, is an A – Z artist book exploring imagination from a wide variety of local creative talent. The project touches on lots of different mediums such as illustration, graphics, photography, fine art, 3-D, textiles, collage, printmaking, old school animation, street art and digital. The whole 9 yards of creativity pretty much.

The exhibition opening night is Friday 12th February 6pm to 9pm and will run just till Saturday 13th. So no sleeping on this one because if you snooze you will lose.

Artists involved in ‘Our Worlds Are Mids Apart’ are:

ROO ABROOK
JAMES FERDINAND PRICE
M-ONE
PAIGE ALEXIS JONES
KAZLAND
URBANSKETCHER
VERNON DE LIMA
STEFANO POLLINA
CHRISTIAN BENNETT
WYMAN BABBAGE
CHRIS TOMAS
MIDGE
O.S.C.I
LOS DAVE
JAMES MANKIEWICZ
JIM FEW
BILLIE CAWTE
MY DOG SIGHS
DANIEL SUTTON-JOHANSON
DALE SILVESTER
TINA SANCHEZ
SAMO
STU LINFIELD
EVAGELIA HAGIKALFA
LORNA JONES
ANDREW HAYWARD

Check the Los Dave poster for more details (each artist has their own teaser poster which is a cool idea – collect the set) and hit up the Facebook event HERE.

'Our Worlds Are Mids Apart'

Southsea Flea Market This Saturday

This Saturday sees the return of the Southsea Flea Market at St Swithun’s Church Hall on Waverley Road, just off Albert Road. The market will be an eclectic and affordable mix of vintage/retro & modern mens’ and ladies’ clothes, bric-a-brac, jewellery, textiles, furniture and collectables. The flea market runs from 12:30pm to 3:30pm.

After browsing the stalls be sure to sit down for a chat over a tea or coffee and get involved with the homemade cake too.

Check the flyer below for more info and the Facebook page.

Southsea Flea Market Flyer

Southsea Flea Market (2)

2016 Pride LGBT Film Festival Begins This Evening

Tonight sees the start of this year’s Pride LGBT Film Festival, a collaboration between Portsmouth Film Society, the University of Portsmouth’s LGBT Staff Forum, Peccadillo Pictures UK, BFI FAN, Southeast HUB and the LGBT Society at the University of Portsmouth Students’ Union. The film festival includes screenings of four different films at the Portland Building, Portland Street, Portsmouth PO1 3AH, with individual screenings only £6 and a 3 film pass only £10. Buy tickets online HERE.

The film to be screened are:

THE IMITATION GAME (UK, 2014)
Thursday 4 February at 7pm.
During the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing to investigate a reported burglary. They instead ended up arresting Turing himself on charges of ‘gross indecency’. The story turns to the leading role Turing played in breaking the Nazi enigma code during WWII, which significantly shortened the war.

“The film’s prime force is Cumberbatch, a great actor whose talent shines here on its highest beams. It’s an explosive, emotionally complex performance.” Pete Travers, Rolling Stone Magazine

“Engrossing, nicely textured and sadly tragic.” Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter

52 TUESDAYS (Australia, 2013)
February 11th at 7pm.
16 year old Billie’s reluctant path to independence is accelerated when her mother reveals plans to gender transition and their time together becomes limited to Tuesday afternoons. Director: Sophie Hyde. This screening is supported by the LGBT Staff Forum.

THE GIRL AT MY DOOR (Korea, 2014)
February 18th at 7pm.
Young-nam, a graduate of the Korean police academy is transferred to a small village. She encounters the Dohee, a girl excluded by her community. Compelled to protect Sohee from her family, all is well until Dohee’s father wants her back. Supported by the LGBT+ Student Society.

DEPARTURE (France, 2015)
February 25th at 7pm.
An English family prepare the sale of their holiday home in the South of France. Over one week, the teenage son wrestles with his sexuality while his mother confronts the end of her marriage. An enigmatic local boy enters their lives both are led to confront their desires. There will be live Skype interview with the director before the screening.

2016 Pride LGBT Film Festival Begins This Evening

Spamalot At The Kings Theatre

“Bring out yer dead!” for the much acclaimed production “Spamalot” is due to hit the Kings Theatre from Tuesday the 9th to Saturday the 13th of February. Bought to you by the Portsmouth Players, this 2005 Tony Award winner for Best Musical is a musical comedy “lovingly ripped off” from the 1975 film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and was originally created by Eric Idle. King Arthur is traveling around England recruiting his Knights of the Round Table. When he and his band of misfit knights finally gather in Camelot, they receive a charge from God to find the Holy Grail. The quest brings King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table to strange places and into the company of strange characters, challenging them to keep their heads on straight or die terribly weird deaths.

So prepare your coconuts hooves, pack the holy hand grenade and try not to forget what your favourite colour is…

You can grab your tickets here.

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Undergrowth Collective on Tour – Andy Skellam & Jet McDonald at Al Burrito

Bristol hits Portsmouth for the second time this week (after Massive Attack) with the west country’s Undergrowth Collective performing at Al Burrito tomorrow night (Thursday 4th). In conjunction with Southsea Folklore Society, The Undergrowth Collective’s Andy Skellam, shapeshifting fingersmith and surrealist songwriter and painter, and Jet McDonald, big haired songman and whoopla bookwriter and storyteller, will be upstairs at Al’Burrito, Albert Road from 8pm, free entry.

Andy Skellam
Andy is a Bristol based musician who creates an idiosyncratic blend of surreal folk & dissonant blues using acoustic/electric guitar, banjo and his baritone singing voice. ‘Green Moat’ plays like a surreal dreamscape.

Jet McDonald
Jet McDonald emerged from the Cleaner Collective of folkish Bristol musicians which included Kate Stables (This is the Kit Brassland) , Rozi Plain (Fence/Lost Map) and Rachael Dadd (Broken Music). He has toured and played nationally at festivals including Fence Home Game and End of the Road.

For more information check out:

www.theundergrowth.co.uk

Undergrowth Collective on Tour - Andy Skellam & Jet McDonald at Al Burrito

Seeded’s First Annual Craft De-Stash at the Square Tower

Craft store Seeded (located on Winter Road) are hosting De-Stash this Sunday at the Square Tower, their first annual event where people can bring along their stash of wool, fabrics, paper-crafts, buttons and general haberdashery to sell on and people can come along and buy items for new projects. All selling tables are now taken, but get in touch with Seeded to add your details to their list for the next event.

De-Stash kicks off at the Square Tower at 11am on Sunday 7th February and runs until 3pm, tea and cake will be available too. Admission is free!

Find out more at the Facebook event and check out the Seeded website too:

www.seeded.com

Seeded - De Stash

Stu’s Picks For No 6 – February 2016

As ever the No. 6 Cinema has some awesome movies on offer this February, including many Academy Award hopefuls. If you haven’t yet visited the No. 6 Cinema then I highly recommend it. You will find a mix of thoughtful art house cinema, vintage Hollywood classics and new blockbusters all within the historic blockhouse in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard.

Be sure to check their website for information on how you can buy tickets and to find their full listings – www.no6cinema.co.uk.

Joy (12A) | Friday 5th February | 7pm

In 1990, Joy Mangano invented the Miracle Mop, a household product that became a bestseller on the QVC shopping channel. Hardly the makings of a Hollywood epic, you might think. But in the hands of director David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook), and with Jennifer Lawrence in the lead, Mangano’s story becomes a moving and sometimes irresistibly funny roller-coaster tale about a woman who never gives up.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (12A) | Saturday 6th February and Thursday 11th February | 7pm

Set three decades after Return Of The Jedi, the much-anticipated new Star Wars episode sees the return of the iconic franchise’s original stars, as well as new characters and lightsabre-rattling villains. Although the plot is being kept secret by director/co-writer J. J. Abrams (Star Trek), we’re promised stunning special effects and emotionally powerful storylines in what will be a heroic return to one of cinema’s most enduring epics.

The Danish Girl (15) | Friday 12th February | 7pm

With the encouragement of his artist wife Gerda (Vikander, Testament Of Youth), Einar Wegener (Redmayne) began a groundbreaking process of gender transition in the 1930s to become Lili Elbe. With his utterly convincing portrayal of Einar/Lili, Redmayne brilliantly negotiates the psychological road map required to make the journey, aided by Gerda’s supportive pragmatism. Tom Hooper’s (The King’s Speech) film is lushly photographed, and suffused with sympathy for its complex characters.

Annie Hall (PG) | Saturday 13th February | 7pm

Comedian Alvy Singer (Woody Allen) examines the rise and fall of his relationship with struggling nightclub singer Annie Hall (Diane Keaton). Speaking directly to the audience in front of a bare background, Singer reflects briefly on his childhood and his early adult years before settling in to tell the story of how he and Annie met, fell in love, and struggled with the obstacles of modern romance, mixing surreal fantasy sequences with small moments of emotional drama.

The Revenant (15) | Saturday 20th February | 7pm

Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman) takes us into the American wilderness for a story of betrayal, survival and vengeance in the early 19th century. Fur trapper Hugh Glass (DiCaprio) is attacked by a bear, and then robbed and left for dead by his companions. Sustained by sheer force of will, Glass battles the winter elements, the vicious wildlife and his own injuries in relentless pursuit of life and justice. Filmed in extended takes using only natural light – and already hotly Oscar-tipped – The Revenant delivers gritty battle scenes, stunning locations, and a compelling story of one man’s determination to live.

Room (15) | Friday 26th February | 7pm

Based on the novel by Emma Donoghue, Lenny Abrahamson’s (Frank, What Richard Did) latest tells the story of Ma (Larson) and Jack (Tremblay). They live in a single room that is their entire world, for a reason that is one of the film’s many surprises. Then, on Jack’s fifth birthday, Ma reveals her plan for him to get away. Despite its dark premise, Room is a film about freedom that brims with hope, using Jack’s guileless perspective and poignant optimism to steer us through the darkness.

Apocalypse Now (15) | Saturday 27th February | 7pm

The digital re-release of Francis Ford Coppola’s exploration of America’s Heart of Darkness in Vietnam is a welcome chance to savour once again the masterpiece that Apocalypse Now truly is. A heady mix of ‘60s counter-culture and the Vietnam War meshes together with hallucinatory visuals and a magnificent score. Martin Sheen stars as the Special Forces captain dispatched on a secret river-borne mission to Cambodia with a brief to ‘terminate with extreme prejudice’ a demented colonel (Brando) waging a private war in the hills.

No 6 Cinema

Creative Census Portsmouth 2015 is Now Closed

Creative Census Portsmouth 2015, a project run by Strong Island and Claire Sambrook with the support of Portsmouth City Council to take a snapshot of the many people & businesses in the Portsmouth area who work in the creative industries, has now closed for submissions. A huge thank you to everyone who took part!

We’re now in the process of collecting all the data together and in the coming months we’ll be creating a report which we aim to release to the public before the summer. The report will contain all of the interesting information drawn from the data and we’re working with award winning Portsmouth graphic designer Sam Barclay on its design.

We’ll let you know as things progress and visit the Creative Census website for more information: www.creativecensus.co.uk

Winter Wildlife Day at Portsmouth Watersports Centre

Winter always means a busy time at Langstone Harbour for wildlife, with 1000s of birds like Brent Geese calling it a temporary home. Portsmouth Watersports Centre (located right on the shoreline of the harbour) are having a Winter Wildlife Day on Sunday 7th February between 10am and 4pm which not only looks at the harbour but will also mean you can meet snakes, reptiles, spiders, barn owls, ferrets, snails plus lots more.

The day includes meeting different animals and creatures plus bird watching over Langstone with the RSPB, beach safari, pond dipping, seed planting, lots of arts and crafts, lots of display stands telling everyone about the local wildlife.

There will also be kayaking trips to see the seals on the mudflats, plus donkey rides (both weather permitting) and the climbing wall and high ropes will also be open.

For more information please go to:

www.portsmouthwatersports.com

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Portsmouth Watersports Centre (1)

Van Halen-Tines Day At Pie & Vinyl

Are you hopeless romantic? Have you ever secretly dreamed about saying “I love you” through the medium of pies? Well here is your big chance. The guys and gals at Pie & Vinyl will be meeting all your amorous pie needs on the evening of Saturday the 13th of Feb. Here is what they have to say…

“Hey there. Do you believe in a thing called love? Do you wanna come spend Valentine’s Day with inside the walrus of love that is Pie & Vinyl? Well you can, as we’re now taking bookings for the most romantic time of the year.

Please be aware that bookings are for SATURDAY EVENING of the 13th February (we close at 5pm on the 14th), at 6pm and 7.30pm, so if you would like to make a booking, please email events@pieandvinyl.co.uk, with your name, telephone number, preferred time slot, and your selection of pie meal and dessert from the menu attached, and one of our lovely cherubs will get back to you ASAP. Space is extremely limited so don’t dilly dally smile emoticon.

We’ll also be spinning the tunes live all evening for you, courtesy of our resident Stud muffin – DJ Big Ben Hogan.

Join us, and let Pie & Vinyl give you a VD you’ll never forget.”

valentines 2016

Last Couple of Days to Take Part in Creative Census

We’re coming down to the last couple of days when people can get involved with the Creative Census, a project run by Strong Island and Claire Sambrook with the support of Portsmouth City Council. The project aims to try and engage with as many people & businesses in the Portsmouth area who work in the creative industries. We are also hoping people & businesses outside Portsmouth (but who work in the city often) will also get involved too.

To take part in the Creative Census you or your business/charity/organisation just need to work in the creative sector (e.g. photographer, illustrator, designer, craft, architect, songwriter, fashion designer, etc. – see the website for the full list) and be based and/or work in the city – from a volunteer all the way through to a large agency or organisation.

Deadline to take part is midnight Sunday (31st).

It takes a few minutes to complete and will go to help us build (for the first time) a snapshot of statistics and information that we hope can really show how Portsmouth and Southsea are on the national creative map. Check the photos below for just a few of the great Portsmouth & Southsea creatives who have already taken part.

To take part simply visit the website: www.creativecensus.co.uk

Creative Census Portsmouth – Measuring the creative temperature of the city of Portsmouth

Our Tips For Icebreaker 2016

With Icebreaker Festival 2016 upon us this weekend we felt it only right that we gave you a few of our own tips of who we think you should check out this weekend.

Veludo Planes at Little Johnny Russell’s

The Mighty Bern at Little Johnny Russell’s

El Morgan at the The Atrium

Bellyeyesmile at the Edge of the Wedge

The Melt Dunes at the Fat Fox

For information on set times check out the listings which will be available on the day. There are a number of tickets available priced at £10 in advance or £12 on the day from the Wedgewood Rooms box office, for more info on how you can get yours click here. You can follow the event on their Facebook and Twitter @IcebreakerUK.

Icebreaker Festival 2016

Strong Island, Dumpster Design and Community Fusion Collab

We recently joined forces with Portsmouth-based Dumpster Design and Community Fusion to bring together local young creatives and volunteers to construct a stunning bespoke dress made entirely from out of date promotional materials. Community Fusion volunteers along with students from Havant College and Portsmouth Academy For Girls took part in the project.

Dumpster Design dresses are a powerful concept of wearable art created from unusable and surplus materials. The dress offers a positive way to support sustainability and repurpose materials in an eye catching and utterly unique way.

Dumpster Design’s founder and designer Daisy Harris-Burland described how “This has been a fantastic opportunity to work with Strong Island and Community Fusion to design, create and work with such a wonderful group of young volunteers.” The end result as modelled by our shop manager Lara is not only striking but also encompasses iconic aspects of the nautical Strong Island brand with over 300 origami boats and 200 anchor medallions intertwined in the design of the dress.

You can find the dress currently on display in store now so pop in and check it out yourself.

You can find out more about Dumpster Design over on their website www.dumpsterdesign.co.uk.

Lara

Lara 1

Photos by Aduroe Photography

Jam and Bowler

Coming soon to Victoria Road South will be Southsea’s newest eatery Jam and Bowler.

We will keep you up to date on all the announcements in the build up to the grand opening although you can also stay up to date with the upcoming announcements by following Jam and Bowler on Facebook, Twitter @JamandBowler and Instagram @JamandBowler.

Jam and Bowler

6 Nations Rugby at Southsea Castle

Next month the RBS 6 Nations begins and you will again be able to watch it live on a big screen at Southsea Castle. Entry will be free and there will be plenty of draught beer, cask ale, ciders and food available.

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

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6 Nations

Jon Adams Performance Piece ‘Games with the Water Horse’ at New Theatre Royal

Portsmouth artist Jon Adams is a ‘lab associate’ at New Theatre Royal, which will be hosting his latest performance piece Games with the Water Horse on the evening of Saturday 30th January. Jon works across platforms using sound, drawing, written word, photographic manipulation, installation and more through ‘art in public’. His work references his Asperger’s and dyslexia weaving in fragments of autobiography, science and hidden metaphor.

Building on Jon’s experiences, learning and encouragement from Sir Peter Brook and cast of ‘Valley of Astonishment’, Games with the Water Horse is a performance instillation piece. At its heart, it is an exploration of consciousness, life story, art forms, and neurodiverse thinking. The piece involves Jon standing within a circle reading 60 ‘minutes of an hour’ which are scattered once read. These minutes interweave and explore 6 personal stories over multiple dates and times but which are all intimately connected. The performance journey calls on Japanese metaphor and imagery. There is an overarching imagery of water that pervades the piece, the title, for example, refers to the hippocampus, mythical water beasts but also the section of the brain responsible for memory and PTSD.

A two-part performance; the first half will see Jon perform his readings and the second-half will involve a ‘memory man’ Q&A with the audience. Before the performance the audience will be asked to remember a minute number they are interested in and Jon will recount the story behind the number.

Games with the Water Horse premiered at Venice Biennale 2015 and showcased at Turner Contemporary November 2015 during their ‘Risk’ season. Tickets are only £10 and available at the box office and online:

www.newtheatreroyal.com

Jon Adams Performance Piece 'Games with the Water Horse' at New Theatre Royal

Created Local – Instagram @JonathanPink

Welcome to the first of a new Strong Island feature where we are looking to celebrate some of our favourite Instagram photographers who have links with our city. The first of which is Jonathan Pink who you can follow yourself on Instagram as @JonathanPink.

Can you tell us a little about yourself, where you are from and your links with Portsmouth if no longer living here?

I haven’t always been local to Portsmouth, but always visited and taken a keen interest in the city, it’s history and connection to the sea. I moved to Southsea two years ago after regularly visiting the city, getting to know it’s quirks and scratching the surface of what it’s about. I’m a graphic designer and commute to my job out of the city, I live with my partner and Miniature Dachshund name Hugo.

Do you have a favoured camera or device that you use for your Instagram photography?

I always use my iPhone6 for my Instagram photography. For me, Instagram is that instant capture of a moment in my life and the things I see. The phone makes it quick, easy and accessible.

Can you tell us more about your photographic experience, is this something that you’ve studied or maybe a hobby which you’ve developed?

Being a graphic designer, I consider myself a creative thinker and have always enjoyed different expressions of this. Photography being one. I own a Canon digital SLR which I use occasionally or for specific shoots, events or days out. I’ve never been trained in photography, but have naturally picked up the functionality and use of a camera on my way, capturing a great shot is something which come s little more naturally being a designer.

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Would you say that you take photos more for yourself or for others?

I take photographs for myself primarily, the instant enjoyment of finding, capturing and posting a photo of my everyday life. That said, my Instagram account is public, so there is a nature of enjoying other photography and them enjoying what I have taken.

Exploring the theme of the “Local”, Portsmouth has a wide variety of climatic conditions, buildings and landscapes. Are there any local places or environments that are personal to you or that you love to photograph for a particular reason?

Not coming from a city on the sea, I genuinely appreciate the shoreline, sea and walking our dog. The constant change in weather, seasons and activity makes this space an interesting one to live beside and take photographs of. From the summer sunsets, eerie fog, busy shipping lanes to the stormy solent. This space gives so much to me.

Are their any other photographers who either influence you or that you would encourage our readers to also check out?

Instagram photographers include the Isle of Wight based photographer Chad Powell (@isleofwightmilkyway), from New York Cubby Graham (@CubbyGraham) and locally based tattoo artist Louise Bush (@Lapin_Lou).

I generally enjoy a mixture of photographers, especially on Instagram. Those who inspire me, through their subject matter, style and general approach to life/photography and content different to my own.

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Of course you can also find Strong Island on Instagram under @StrongIslandUK and @StrongIslandClothingCo.

D-Day Museum Receives £4m From Heritage Lottery Fund for Transformation Project

Southsea’s D-Day Museum located just by Southsea Castle is in the process of drawing together £4.9 million for a dramatic transformation project. The museum is Britain’s only dedicated museum to the D-Day landings and the direct events that preceded and followed and attracts visitors from all over the World to the city. The building for the museum was originally built in the 1980s for the 40th anniversary, to hold displays and artifact and to become home to the epic Overlord Embroidery. The role of museums has considerably changed since then with what they do and offer, as such the D-Day Museum needs to be redeveloped for the 21st century.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has donated £4m to the D-Day Museum for the transformation project, on top of other fundraising (including a large sum from Victorious Festival) that now means that the museum now need to find a further £170,000 of match-funding to make the project a reality. The transformation project will include building works to create new galleries that will tell the story D-Day – from the planning and build up to the day itself – using objects, interactive material and the perspectives of people who were alive at the time. The museum’s activity and events programme will also be transformed by the funding, creating a centre of learning for D-Day, with the funding total including money for events to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day in 2019.

“The new International Museum of D-Day will be a fantastic addition to the world-class visitor offer in Portsmouth. Transforming the D-Day Museum will establish the museum as the national centre that the scale and significance of the D-Day story deserves – with exhibitions that truly engage and excite audiences now and into the future – and to inspire interest in and a greater understanding of what happened and why D-Day is still relevant today. Using the words and perspectives of the people who took part on both sides – military and also the French civilians – and the museum’s iconic and evocative collections, the D-Day Museum will bring the story to life for this and future generations. We will create an inspiring, ‘must-see’ environment, where everyone feels welcome – from school children to academics, families to military history enthusiasts. We will work with schools and youth organisations to ensure our learning programmes inspire young people.”
– Jane Mee, Project Director, D-Day Museum Transformation project, Portsmouth City Council

The museum will close in October 2016 and reopen in late 2017, in good time for D-Day 75 commemorations in June 2019. If you haven’t been to the museum, or haven’t visited recently, it is well worth a trip…the Overlord Embroidery alone is an incredible piece of craftwork with a fantastic story behind it. If you are in any way interested in craft, it is a must visit. The current displays are also packed with interesting objects, machinery plus uniforms, signs and more, lots to discover if you are interested in heritage, fashion and design.

Find out more about the D-Day Museum and the transformation project at their website:

www.ddaymuseum.co.uk












Valentine’s Day Massacre 2016

What kind of Valentine are you? Candlelit dinner, roses and romance? Or New York chili, cask ales and acrimonious anecdotes?

Whichever your preference, consider something a little more alternative this year. Choose beer. Choose cheese. Choose rage. Choose the Valentine’s Day Massacre to celebrate this February 14th.

Portsmouth Bookfest kicks off with an evening of vitriol, vengeance and Wessbier with the talented writers and musicians of Portsmouth Writers Hub who brought you Day of the Dead.

Stories and songs from 6pm, Sunday 14 February 2016. Located upstairs at The Wave Maiden, 36 Osborne Road, PO5 3LT. Entry to the event is £6 (£4 concessions).

Find out all the official details on the Facebook event HERE.

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Victorious Festival 2016

Victorious Festival have announced the first wave of acts to perform at this August’s festival. Portsmouth has always been very much an ‘indie city’ and the news that Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will be taking stage on Southsea Common is likely to excite most of Portsmouth. Joining Noel will be Manic Street Preachers and Mark Ronson.

Saturday night will see The Manic Street Preachers performance will coincide with the 20th anniversary of their triple platinum selling album Everything Must Go.

“We’re so excited to be announcing this line up. It’s taken a lot of hard work but we couldn’t be more pleased to be bringing Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and The Manics to Portsmouth. It’s going to be an incredible year for both Victorious and Portsmouth.” – Andy Marsh, Festival Director.

Also announced for the festival will be The Levellers, Ash, The Coral, Jack Savoretti, Space, Echo & the Bunnymen, Will Young, Selector and Emmy the Great. Of course you can expect a host of the best local acts performing at the festival.

If you need reminding of what you missed last year then check out the highlights from Strong Island Media.

The organisers are always looking to evolve and develop and have also announced that this year there will be a giant circus tent up in the kids’ arena as well as a whole host of free entertainment and activities for children and their families. It goes without saying that you will see Strong Island and many other local traders offering some of the finest food, booze, craft and clothing.

The festival will take place on Saturday 27th (my birthday!) and Sunday 28th of August. Don’t be surprised if they managed to beat last years figures which saw 100,000 spectators on Southsea Common over the weekend. If you would like to be there this year then you can get your hands on tickets from their website www.victoriousfestival.co.uk.

You can stay up to date on all things Victorious via Facebook and Twitter @VictoriousFest, or by signing up to the mailing list HERE.

Victorious Festival 2016 Initial Line-Up

Victorious Festival by Todd Lawton
Photo by Todd Lawton
Victorious Festival 2015 by Jack Daly
Photo by by Jack Daly
Victorious Festival by Gavin Withey
Photo by Gavin Withey

Strong Island, Dumpster Design and Community Fusion Collab

We recently joined forces with Portsmouth-based Dumpster Design and Community Fusion to bring together local young creatives and volunteers to construct a stunning bespoke dress made entirely from out of date promotional materials. Community Fusion volunteers along with students from Havant College and Portsmouth Academy For Girls took part in the project.

Dumpster Design dresses are a powerful concept of wearable art created from unusable and surplus materials. The dress offers a positive way to support sustainability and repurpose materials in an eye catching and utterly unique way.

Dumpster Design’s founder and designer Daisy Harris-Burland described how “This has been a fantastic opportunity to work with Strong Island and Community Fusion to design, create and work with such a wonderful group of young volunteers.” The end result as modelled by our shop manager Lara is not only striking but also encompasses iconic aspects of the nautical Strong Island brand with over 300 origami boats and 200 anchor medallions intertwined in the design of the dress.

You can find the dress currently on display in store now so pop in and check it out yourself.

You can find out more about Dumpster Design over on their website www.dumpsterdesign.co.uk.

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Photos by Aduroe Photography

Created Local – Instagram @JonathanPink

Welcome to the first of a new Strong Island feature where we are looking to celebrate some of our favourite Instagram photographers who have links with our city. The first of which is Jonathan Pink who you can follow yourself on Instagram as @JonathanPink.

Can you tell us a little about yourself, where you are from and your links with Portsmouth if no longer living here?

I haven’t always been local to Portsmouth, but always visited and taken a keen interest in the city, it’s history and connection to the sea. I moved to Southsea two years ago after regularly visiting the city, getting to know it’s quirks and scratching the surface of what it’s about. I’m a graphic designer and commute to my job out of the city, I live with my partner and Miniature Dachshund name Hugo.

Do you have a favoured camera or device that you use for your Instagram photography?

I always use my iPhone6 for my Instagram photography. For me, Instagram is that instant capture of a moment in my life and the things I see. The phone makes it quick, easy and accessible.

Can you tell us more about your photographic experience, is this something that you’ve studied or maybe a hobby which you’ve developed?

Being a graphic designer, I consider myself a creative thinker and have always enjoyed different expressions of this. Photography being one. I own a Canon digital SLR which I use occasionally or for specific shoots, events or days out. I’ve never been trained in photography, but have naturally picked up the functionality and use of a camera on my way, capturing a great shot is something which come s little more naturally being a designer.

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Would you say that you take photos more for yourself or for others?

I take photographs for myself primarily, the instant enjoyment of finding, capturing and posting a photo of my everyday life. That said, my Instagram account is public, so there is a nature of enjoying other photography and them enjoying what I have taken.

Exploring the theme of the “Local”, Portsmouth has a wide variety of climatic conditions, buildings and landscapes. Are there any local places or environments that are personal to you or that you love to photograph for a particular reason?

Not coming from a city on the sea, I genuinely appreciate the shoreline, sea and walking our dog. The constant change in weather, seasons and activity makes this space an interesting one to live beside and take photographs of. From the summer sunsets, eerie fog, busy shipping lanes to the stormy solent. This space gives so much to me.

Are their any other photographers who either influence you or that you would encourage our readers to also check out?

Instagram photographers include the Isle of Wight based photographer Chad Powell (@isleofwightmilkyway), from New York Cubby Graham (@CubbyGraham) and locally based tattoo artist Louise Bush (@Lapin_Lou).

I generally enjoy a mixture of photographers, especially on Instagram. Those who inspire me, through their subject matter, style and general approach to life/photography and content different to my own.

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Of course you can also find Strong Island on Instagram under @StrongIslandUK and @StrongIslandClothingCo.

Strong Island Recordings – Treacherous Tides Vol 2 Feat Kassassin Street, Wyldest, Violet Swells & More

On the 19th February Strong Island Recordings release the follow up to the first Treacherous Tides Compilation from 2013. The latest compilation features a collection of our favourite acts from Portsmouth to Turkey, Glasgow, Australia and New Zealand. The album includes tracks featuring all things from psychedelia to stunning dream-pop gems and will be available via digital and a limited run of cassettes.

Kicking off the compilation is Southsea favourites, Kassassin Street, with their immense wall of sound, festival ready, psych-pop meets new-wave anthem ‘Radio Silence’. It’s great to get the guys on a release of ours being from our hometown.

From the opposite side of the world, ‘Gravity Wins Again’ from Tasmanian outfit Violet Swells who draw comparisons with Tame Impala’s sunshine tinted, psychedelic-pop.

Wyldest have recorded an exclusive track for the compilation with their own take on A-Ha’s ‘Sun Always Shines On TV’ giving it a fine coat of their signature shimmering dream-pop sound which will available as a Bandcamp & cassette exclusive.

Love LUV’s ‘Sold My Love’ is infectious, joyous, garage-pop mirroring the 60’s revival. New Zealanders MOSES ‘Opium’ is perfectly titled. It’s a beautiful, sedate, stone jam delving between the kaleidoscope rainbow like realms of psychedelia and shoegaze.

Until recently Love Hippies & Gangsters was a one man project but now the four piece consisting of Yiğit Bülbül, Dan Hale, Mikel Acosta and Sam Enthoven. Their track ‘Through Your Mind’ is a shower of guitars and a throwback to 60’s and 70’s psychedelia.

Tin Foil Astronaut’s ‘Without A Sound’ is a nod to the current Australian psychedelic movement sounding like it’s came straight out of Kevin Parker’s studio in Perth. It’s a true sun-soaked, psych-pop banger.

Closing out the compilation is Life Model’s ‘Enough (To Know) finally getting a full release. Channeling Slowdive, MBV and Cocteau Twins, it’s a visceral yet euphoric and beautiful sonic journey.

You can pre-order and listen to the the compilation on Bandcamp and also pre-order the cassette over on our Music Glue pages (as well as find exclusive bundle deals on both) and the compilation will also be available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and other digital and streaming outlets.

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I WAS THERE – FIVE SENSES Performance at Portsmouth Guildhall

As part of Portsmouth Guildhall’s 125th birthday in 2015 Strong Island ran the I WAS THERE! project, collecting memories from Portsmouth people of their favourite live music moments throughout Portsmouth Guildhall’s history. Following on from the memory collection part of the project and the film that was produced and recently screened at the Guildhall, FIVE SENSES is the final stage of the project.

Strong Island Media and Old Salt Theatre have worked together with a group of young actors and performers from Admiral Lord Nelson School in Portsmouth to take many of these collected memories and bring them to life in a brand new stage performance. I WAS THERE – FIVE SENSES will be premiered on stage at Portsmouth Guildhall at 7:30pm on Thursday 21st January, with free tickets available from Portsmouth Guildhall box office in advance. This intimate performance brings to life many of the submitted memories we collected for the I WAS THERE! project, with scenes taking inspiration from events that occurred on the very same stage. The I WAS THERE film will also be screen just before the performance begins.

We’re very excited to have worked with Portsmouth Guildhall and Old Salt Theatre, with this beingStrong Island’s first project involving theatre and live performance, we hope everyone can come along!

This event is FREE however you will need a ticket, to reserve a ticket please contact the Portsmouth Guildhall Box Office 02393 870200 or email: enquiries@portsmouthguildhall.org.uk

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Vote for Your Strong Island Photo of the Year 2015

Through much of 2015 we asked photographers from all over to send in their images of Southsea and Portsmouth each week for the Strong Island Photo of the Year 2015 competition, with us picking out our favourite image for weekly winners.

Now it is YOUR chance to pick the overall Photo of the Year for 2015, with voting now open over on our Facebook page! Simply click on the link below and pick your favourite image from the 20 weekly winners, you can pick more than one if you are struggling…which is understandable as we had some awesome submissions.

You can vote all the way through until the end of January and we’ll be launching Strong Island Photo of the Year 2016 very soon!

VOTE HERE

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All the winning photos are also shown below too, in the order that they won.


Photp by Alessandro Salvatore.


Photo by Tony Benham.


Photo by Rich Perrin.


Photo by Billie Cawte.


Photo by Johnny Black.


Port Solent Marina by Grzegorz Kopacz.


Photo by Tony Benham.


South Parade Pier by by Norbert Mintoff.


Photo by Jon Neil.


Photo by Pete Blackman.


Photo by Sheila Mackie.


Photo by Kebe Iwara.


Photo by Howard Hurd.


Old Portsmouth by David Ellis.


Old Portsmouth by David Ellis.


South Parade Pier by Howard Hurd.


South Parade Pier by Michael Mackenzie.


Photo by Howard Hurd.


Photo by Owen Davies.


Photo by Paul Watt.

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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.

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Illustration – Tristan

After skating…

…the boys enjoy a sit down at the seafront on a Sunday. Photo courtesy of the ever busy Quiet Corners lensman Paul Gonella. Perfect days, albeit still cold.

Someone Invent A Time Machine

The photography exhibit The Birth of British Rock at the Museum is now in it’s last week so be sure to make it down before it finishes on June 6th. Looking through the Pompey Pop Pix Flickr, which contains loads of local photos, tickets and posters, I came across this poster for what must have been on of the best line-ups the Guildhall has ever had.

Inside the Round Tower

The Round Tower in Old Portsmouth is an often visited landmark but few people get a look at what lies inside those walls. On Friday a few lucky members of The Solent Camera Club (on one of it’s Friday evening meets) were able to explore it’s cavernous interior including the brick arches, rusted cannons and stalactites.

Photos kindly supplied by Duncan Allan.

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Vintage Southsea Postcards

I dug these off the internet a while back and forgot I had them. Some real old school winners here. Click the read more link at the bottom of this article to see the full set.

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Amazing Vintage Naval Posters

I found these truly amazing posters on one of my many Flickr travels. All circa 1930s and all fantastic. Click the images for the direct links to Flickr.












Created Local – Inksquatch

Here’s an interesting little blog I stumbled upon. Inksquatch are a collective of Portsmouth based artists, illustrators and designers that comprises of four people working on anything from books, maps, sculptures, bags, badges, you name it from the sound of things. Check out their BLOG and WEBSITE for more info.

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Southsea Flats by Cat

Guildhall After WWII

On 10th January 1941 during a heavy bombing attack on Portsmouth the Guildhall was hit by several incendiary bombs which heavily damaged the structure and the resulting fires quickly spread throughout the whole building, turning it in to just a shell. It took almost 15 years to rebuild the Guildhall in to what we have today, which was officially reopened by the Queen on the 8th June 1959. This photo from Stan Webb from a collection of photos collected by Portsmouth College shows how totally destroyed the building was, leaving just some of the frontage and most of the tower.

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Vintage Photos

Adam Wintle recently uploaded to his blog loads of photos from an old book about Portsmouth passed down to him by his dad. Some of the photos in the book are incredible, be sure to spend some time having a good look through, below are a few examples: