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5th Annual Strong Island Home Brew Competition

Can you believe it, we’re heading into our fifth year of competition.  It’s that time of year when you get the Autumn feeling setting in and you know it’s time to dust off the hydrometer and make a trip down to Wilko’s (or browse any other reputable home brew suppliers) to stock up on brewing kit.

Last year saw the greatest turn out by far in the history of the competition and with this being a landmark 5th year, we’re hoping to see even more top brews entered.  Last year’s winner, Malaccan Pirate, was a storming success selling well in many Portsmouth pubs and it was also one of the first beers to sell out at the Portsmouth Beer Festival back in May.

My hops are harvested and i’m ready to get cracking.  We have yet to confirm a date for the judging evening but we will aim to announce a set date for February 2015 very soon so be sure to keep an eye out.

In the mean time happy brewing!

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D-Day Museum & D-Day Commemorations

This weekend sees the 70th anniversary of D-Day being remembered on Southsea Seafront.  An event in history that shall never be forgotten as it affected so many millions of lives both then and now.

There is a wide programme of events starting today, running through until Sunday including a Red Arrows display, mock beach landings performed by the Royal Marines and a live performance by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.  Many veterans will be attending alongside top leaders from around Europe.  The events are free for all to attend and commence from around 10am each day.

You may also have heard this week about the fantastic news the D-Day Museum in Southsea is to receive some funding to help towards a complete redevelopment to upgrade and modernise the museum, making it the biggest D-Day commemorative attraction in the world.  A huge honour for the city of Portsmouth, who played such a pivotal role in the D-Day operations from planning through to implementation.

This funding will bring the museum just short of it’s target for the development to be completed in time for the D-Day 75 celebrations.  Various local businesses have pledged to carry out fundraising drives over the coming months the help the museum achieve it’s target, as well as the news that Victorious Festival will be donating a percentage of ticket sales towards the museum’s initiative.

You can read the D-Day museum plans of development and fundraising strategy here in more detail.

Remembering the allied forces who sacrificed so much for those of us today is hugely important for the future generations in so many ways.  To see the D-Day museum reach these goals would not only be a fantastic achievement for the city, but also for the wider world to remember such a significant event in history.

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Portsmouth Homebrewers Club

Next Tuesday 4th March will see the first meeting of the Portsmouth Homebrewers Club.  It will take place at The Leopold Tavern on Albert Road, Southsea from 7pm.

After the great success of the Strong Island Home Brewing competition and the recent boom in interest for craft beers and home brewing, myself, Stuart and Pete Hughes, brewer at The Brewhouse & Kitchen, are launching the gatherings due to take place once a month at different venues across the city.  The evenings will be an informal get together to discuss all aspects of home brewing including tips and recipe shares under the expert guidance of Pete.  There is no formal agenda planned, although we will be able to look ahead to certain discussions and topics as we go along if anyone wishes to raise an idea.

It’s open to all abilities whether you’ve never even brewed before but are looking to start, right through to the accomplished home brewers.  It’s all about learning new things and sharing the love for beer!

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4th Annual Strong Island Home Brew Competition

Wednesday evening saw the 4th year of the Strong Island Home Brew competition at Little Johnny Russells and we were not disappointed.  The best turnout of any year so far, and the quality was improved across the board to match the strong numbers.

A total of 12 entries were submitted to the restricted brew category with the winner being brewed by Irving & Co. Brewers and 4 entries battled it out in the unrestricted category which saw two lagers go up against two ciders.

An impromptu Best Label Design category was awarded for the evening due to the great detail and effort that had gone into all the labelling, and this was a duly deserved win by Jessica Watson & Chris Bulman for the Tucker’s lager labels.

Milton Pride cider scooped the unrestricted category for their third year in a row, this year being pushed hard by Tucker’s Malt & Maple Syrup and his Treacle & Brown Sugar lagers, as well as Pig & Pirate’s cider entry.

The restricted ale was a very tough choice for the judges Malcolm Irving and Stuart Ainsworth.  Honourable mentions went to Kassassin Street Brewery’s Homegrown and Pig & Pirate’s Darkside Mild.  Third place went to Pig & Pirate’s New World Pale Ale, second place was claimed by Shed Brew for their White S beer and the eventual winner was taken by last years winner also, Tyler Griffin, with his Malaccan Pirate Black IPA.

With his winning brew, Tyler aimed to pay homage to BrewDog’s Libertine Black Ale and the controversial style often referred to as a Black IPA.  The recipe resembles an American IPA with prominent citrus, floral, and piney aromas, but modifies the grain bill via the inclusion of de-husked black malt.  The adjustment conjures an opaque black colour while offering a subtle roastiness to the balance of malt sweetness and hop bitterness.  He says he has found that the style affords little margin for error in achieving the correct balance.  The precarious balance gives rise to the name, Malaccan Pirate, which respects the treacherous shipping strait between Malaysia and Indonesia.

Malaccan Pirate will now go on to be brewed by Irving & Co. Brewers in late spring and will debut at Portsmouth Beer Festival before hitting the pumps around Portsmouth & Southsea and surrounding areas.  A huge thank you to all who took part and everyone who has supported the event.  We’re very proud of how the event has developed so far and are very much looking forward to our 5th year next year.

Below are a few photos, visit our Facebook page to see a load more: www.facebook.com/StrongIslandUK




















4th Annual Home Brew Competition – Judging Tomorrow Night

The judging evening for the 4th Annual Home Brew Competition will take place tomorrow, 19th February at Little Johnny Russells, Albert Road and will commence from 7pm. If you are looking at entering just turn up on the evening in good time before 7pm.  You will need 3 bottles of your brew per entry to present to the judges.  There is no entry fee or paperwork!

If you’re not entering, the beers are always up for tasting at the end as well as the other ciders, providing the judges haven’t sunk them all by the end.  For full details on criteria and rules you can read the original post here.  See you tomorrow!

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Portsmouth FC – PompeyPay4aPal

For Portsmouth FC’s upcoming game vs Cheltenham Town at Fratton Park on 8th March, the Fans Conference & Pompey’s 12th Man are appealing for donations to the PompeyPay4aPal scheme.  The scheme gives match day tickets to people who really deserve them.  That could be a keen young supporter whose family just can’t afford it or an unsung hero in the community who has gone the extra mile for other people.

They are asking for Pompey fans to donate a few pounds towards match tickets or even better, if they can buy a match ticket or two. Every single pound given will go to the scheme, so whatever you can afford will make a real difference.  The initiative has raised over £10,000 in the past and continues to aid some very deserving fans who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend a game.  You can donate via Paypal here or at the ticket office in Frogmore Road.

Another great example of the community aspect of the football club, which again demonstrates it has some of the best fans in football.

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4th Annual Strong Island Home Brew Competition

We’re sure you’ve all been brewing away over the Christmas and New Year period ready for 4th Annual Strong Island Home Brew Competition, but if you haven’t fear not!  There is still time for you (just about) to get your brew on.

The judging evening will take place on Wednesday 19th February at Little Johnny Russells, Albert Road and will commence from 7pm. If you are looking at entering just turn up on the evening in good time before 7pm.  You will need 3 bottles of your brew per entry to present to the judges.  There is no entry fee or paperwork!

If you’re not entering, the beers are always up for tasting at the end as well as the other ciders, providing the judges haven’t sunk them all by the end.  For full details on criteria and rules you can read the original post here.

See you next month!

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Strong Island – Portsmouth FC Shareholders

Well we’ve achieved it at last! Strong Island is now part owner of Portsmouth Community Football Club with our very own community share.  After our launch of the Strong Island X PFC design on tshirts back in May, we’ve completed our share purchase as we set out to do.  If we’re honest we achieved the total a long while ago, it’s just taken a while to complete the pledge and then to bring you this news.

Firstly, we’d like to thank everyone who has supported us with this project and also to everyone who has bought the tshirts. The response was truly unbelievable, a genuine reflection of the wider efforts of the city and the community in establishing PFC as a community club and keeping them afloat.  It makes us very proud on a match day to see so many of our designs gracing the stands, knowing that the support received has helped towards sustaining the running of the club.

As we’ve continued to raise money past our share pledge amount, we continue to work closely with fundraising initiatives alongside Pompey’s 12th Man and the Pompey Supporters Trust including the Fratton Park Arts project and many other events planned for 2014.

There has even been huge support from non football fans, Portsmouth people who, even though they don’t follow the team realise what a vital component the football club is to the city in terms of infrastructure, history and city pride. Thank you again for your amazing support on this and here’s to more success in the future. PUP! #WeArePompey

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Reedeeng – ‘I Wonder What It’s Like To Be Dyslexic’

Recent design graduate and Southsea resident Sam Barclay, has crafted a book titled ‘I wonder what it’s like to be dyslexic’. Having suffered with dyslexia all his life the book aims to provide readers with a beautiful, design-led experience of what it feels like to struggle with reading.

Sam has turned to Kickstarter to help fund the project and has seen an incredible response so far with over 10% of his target reached within the first 24 hours, [and over 700 shares on facebook] with most donations coming from parents of sufferers, desperate to better understand what their child is going through.

With stunning typography, design has always been at the forefront of the project, however Sam hopes that the message you take away from the book will help others: “Feeling stupid because I couldn’t understand things that came so clearly to others used to be all I knew. Having people around me, including my teachers, family and friends that could even understand slightly how that felt has helped me communicate my frustration and given me the confidence to complete this project.”

Julie Roche, Deputy Head Principle also had this to say about the book: “This book should be put on the compulsory reading list for all training teachers in a bid to eradicate the ignorance that still exists towards Dyslexia”

If you wish to get involved and pledge please visit Sam’s page on Kickstarter here.

 

 

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Leopold Tavern Cider Festival

The Leopold Tavern on Albert Road in Southsea will be holding its second annual cider festival over the weekend of 8th, 9th and 10th of November.  Over 25 ciders will be available at all times including some never seen before specials.

If cider is not your thing then the 10 real ales or 100 bottled beers should cater for even the most discerning drinker.  I’m more of an ale man myself but I can guarantee one of the Strong Island top brass, who happens to be a cider connoisseur, will be dropping in.

Entry is free of course, but the cider isn’t.

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Hitler’s reaction to The Registry closing down.

This is just classic. I’ve seen a few others before. I think I saw one about accidentally using Arial instead of Helvetica, funny stuff. This one however is just hilarious, if you know the Portsmouth pub scene. More so if you’ve ever ben a student.

CHAOS – 20 years & out!

20 years!!!! That has to go in the books as Southsea longest running night? Give or take, most people you bump in to have been to a least one Chaos night, and most spent a grimy late one down the pier dancing like idiots and spilling Newcastle Brown all over the place. I’ve a lot of fond memories of the earlier days at Chaos, mostly after skating and sitting in the pub saying I’m not going. Not this week. Then 8 pints later jumping in a taxi…

If you have any stories or cool photos from Chaos we’d love to see them. Or even some of the old flyers. There have been some pretty interesting designs over the years. I’ll always remember the photo flyer of the kid on the dance floor with a girl and his ‘wandering hands’.

Jay Dunstan got in contact and had this to say:

“To coincide with our 20th Birthday on Saturday 26th November – we’re announcing that this will be the last ever “Chaos”.

Starting in 1991 at South Parade Pier, moving to the Wedgewood rooms in 2008 – we’ve been crowned the South Coasts longest running Independent Club night, winning The Guide Awards “Best club night”, “Best DJs” (x 2) and the promoters Ped & Jay being awarded a special award for contribution to the Portsmouth Music Scene. Chaos has provided Dj’s and club nights at Guilfest, Southsea Fest & Isle of Wight Festivals.

Having been a constant in our lives and the Portsmouth clubbing & music scene for 2 decades – Its been a very tough decision to stop the regular club night. But we feel that now is the best time to unplug the speakers for the last time.

Chaos was always quite literally about being ‘alternative’ – alternative in music policy, but also offering an alternative to the traditional and mainstream clubs. Our ethos was always simple – play music we liked, to people to we liked & do it prime time on a Saturday night 52 weeks a year!

Our feeling is that the current scene is very different now and although still loving every element of the gigs, festivals and guitars – a regular club night offering everything we did, now isn’t whats required. Clubbers will always want an alternative, but the music scene is now so split and venues, pubs & clubs are all competing for survival – we felt it was a good opportunity to step back, take a deep breath & raise a glass to rock n roll!

We want to thank everyone who has contributed to the success of Chaos over the last 20 years – venue managers, bar staff & door stewards – sound & light technicians – – street teams – performers & bands and of course the roll call of DJ’s past & present that have provided the soundtrack to so, so, so many silly, drunken and above all fun Saturday nights.

Hey ho, lets go!”

The 20th Birthday & Last EVER Chaos – Saturday 26th November 2011

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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.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday in Southsea

We couldn’t possibly of asked for better weather this weekend. From straight out of the door after work on Friday till finally retiring to our couch on Sunday evening the sun was blazing and Southsea was rich with activity and happy people. We spent pretty much the entire weekend outside on the seafront, changing the vista every now and then and sinking more than our fair share of corner store beers. Let’s hope it keeps up for at least a while longer hey. Check my Flickr for a few more Sunny Southsea photographs.

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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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