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The Business Partners At Drift This Saturday

This Saturday The Business Partners will be taking a night off from performing as Big Child Man Child, and will be playing all night upstairs in Drift Bar for Love Amplified Rendezvous!

You can find them on the decks from 11pm through til 3am. Tickets are only £5 but there are a limited number so make sure you get down there with plenty of time to avoid disappointment.

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Community Fusion Quiz This Thursday

Community Fusion invite you to join them this Thursday night at the The One Eyed Dog from 8pm for the fortnightly pub quiz. Teams of up to six members are welcome to compete for various prizes which will be available on the night.

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

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

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

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

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

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Our Picks For No 6 – March 2015

If you haven’t visited the No. 6 Cinema before then we highly recommend it, it is a mix of thoughtful art house cinema, vintage Hollywood classics and new blockbusters all within the historic blockhouse in the dockyard.

March is quite a special month as the team behind No 6 are giving you another chance to catch the big winners from last months Oscars on the big screen. Be sure to check their website to buy tickets and for their full listings www.no6cinema.co.uk.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Boyhood (15) | 14th March | 7pm
Oscar Winner: Best Supporting Actress
Oscar Nominated: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay

Richard Linklater follows a boy’s life from the ages of 6 to 18, shooting periodically over 12 years. Ellar Coltrane plays Mason, the son of Mason Snr. and Olivia. As his divorced parents find new partners, Mason Jnr faces emotional and physical uncertainties with growing maturity.

Whether he’s squabbling with his older sister Samantha, arguing STAR WARS lore with his dad, or having his heart broken by a first love, the film renders the apparently commonplace both unfamiliar and compelling. And while the changes Mason and Samantha undergo are obvious, they’re subtly matched by those of their parents.

Inherent Vice (15) | 19th March | 7pm
Oscar Nominated: Best Adapted Screenplay

Private detective Doc Sportello is trying to track down his ex-girlfriend, Shasta Fay, and the property magnate she’s been fooling around with in late ’60s California. Involving a hippie-hating cop, a spaced-out snitch for hire, Sportello’s uptight District Attorney lover, a philosophising lawyer, and a laugh-out-loud-funny Martin Short as a sex-addicted coke-head, the story becomes ever more complex and elaborate.

Based on Thomas Pynchon’s picaresque novel, INHERENT VICE is director Paul Thomas Anderson’s funniest work yet. An ensemble cast who are clearly having a ball, and the seedy authenticity of post-hippie La-La land, further enhance the film’s immense entertainment value.

Love Is Strange (15) | 26th March | 7pm

Long-term New York lovers Ben and George embrace the new legality of gay marriage by getting hitched, only to find George facing the sack from his intolerant employer. Now unable to afford their apartment, they’re obliged to live separately with friends and family, an arrangement that comes with pressures and discomforts that none of those involved could have imagined.

Writer-director Ira Sachs has strong form portraying the subtle nuances of intimate relationships; with LOVE IS STRANGE the middle-aged element adds both poignancy and unmawkish humour.

Big Hero 6 (PG) | 28th March | 4:15pm
Oscar Winner: Best Animated Feature

Set in the recognisably hi-tech but endangered city of San Fransokyo, Disney’s latest, gently amusing offering is loosely based on a Marvel Comics tale. After his older brother Tadashi is killed in a mysterious accident, teenage micro-bot obsessive Hiro is befriended by Tadashi’s creation – Baymax, a kind and unusually snowman-like robot. Hiro then successfully upgrades Baymax’s operating system to turn him into a crime-fighting automaton that might help solve the riddle of Tadashi’s death.

The relationship between Baymax and Hiro provides the core of this beautifully rendered animation from co-directors Hall and Williams.

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RBS 6 Nations Rugby At Southsea Castle

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

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

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

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Blissfields 2015 – First Wave Of Acts Announced

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Short Story Competition – Call For Submissions

We are really excited to announce that our short story competition is now open to submissions. The theme behind your short story must simply involve one of My Dog Sighs tin can men pictured at the bottom of the page. There is a word limit for each age group but apart from that, everything else is completely open to your own interpretation.

The entries will be split into three categories for the different age groups, each with a different word limit.

• 13 years and under (150 words)
• 14 years – 18 years (300 words)
• 18 years and above (500 words)

This event is open to everyone to enter and you don’t even have to be from Portsmouth to get involved. For the younger age groups we are looking for teachers who would be willing to lend a hand. This will involve going through some entries and maybe they would like to invite their school or class to get involved, maybe as part of a class project perhaps.

This competition will run until 25th March, with the winner for each category being announced soon after. The three lucky winners will receive a copy of their story created by graphic designer Sam Barclay and personalised by My Dog himself. The winning entries will also be featured in an exhibition in our Strong Island Co shop which you can find at 12 Highland Road, Southsea.

If you or your are interested in getting involved with helping judge the winner you can drop me can email to stuart@strong-island.co.uk. Submissions should be sent to the same email address, please don’t forget to include your contact details and what category this is applicable to.

My Dog Sighs has a great talent for capturing character through the expressions on each piece of art, which should serve as an ideal inspiration for your short story. We look forward to receiving your submissions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

​Words and photographs by Chantelle Wyatt​

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Chantelle Wyatt ‘Travelling The World One Step At A Time’

Chantelle Wyatt, 30, a local Southsea resident has made a life out of travelling around the world and and writing about it and her new books explore the journeys and adventures that she has been on.

In ‘Diving The World one step at a Time’ the scuba enthusiast, invites us to some of Earth’s most beautiful dive sites. Her dream to travel and experience multiple locations is one that permeates the pages and the book’s travel diary feel makes it easy to pick up and enjoy.

Travel is almost second nature in a modern interconnected world and Chantelle’s desire to read individual’s stories is what proved to be her inspiration when writing Diving The World. In collating her memories and adventures she ensures these experiences will never be forgotten and hopes that in turn she can inspire others.

Diving The World gives an insight into the world that is common to so many different countries, that of the underwater. That this world can be appreciated by everybody is shown by introducing people she meets along the way and illustrated beautifully with photographs. The book sets out to display the true majesty of the ocean, how it binds us all and just how vital it is that we protect it.

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Chantelle’s latest book, ‘Travelling the World one step at a Time’ takes us on a tour of some of the wonders of the world from a non diving perspective. She looks at how easy it can be to travel to such remote locations and truly believes that anybody can pack up a backpack and explore and should.

Chantelle’s passion to write has also guided her to work for numerous magazines and newspapers in her local area to maintain good local relationships as she believes whole heartedly that being a good writer means you should explore all sorts of avenues.
Always looking for new opportunities and planning her next projects, she says that although she loves everything about the things she has done, there is no place like home and she will always return to sunny Southsea.

You can get your copy from Chantelle directly, Andark Diving & Watersports and Waterstones.

You can find Chantelle Wyatt on Facebook and on Twitter @Scubachan.

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Short Story Competition – Open To Submissions

We are really excited to announce that our short story competition is now open to submissions. The theme behind your short story must simply involve one of My Dog Sighs tin can men pictured at the bottom of the page. There is a word limit for each age group but apart from that, everything else is completely open to your own interpretation.

The entries will be split into three categories for the different age groups, each with a different word limit.

• 13 years and under (150 words)
• 14 years – 18 years (300 words)
• 18 years and above (500 words)

This event is open to everyone to enter, but for the younger age groups we are looking for teachers who would be willing to lend a hand. This will involve going through some entries and maybe they would like to invite their school or class to get involved, maybe as part of a class project perhaps.

This competition will run until 25th March, with the winner for each category being announced soon after. The three lucky winners will receive a copy of their story created by graphic designer Sam Barclay and personalised by My Dog himself. The winning entries will also be featured in an exhibition in our Strong Island Co shop which you can find at 12 Highland Road, Southsea.

If you or your are interested in getting involved with helping judge the winner you can drop me can email to stuart@strong-island.co.uk. Submissions should be sent to the same email address, please don’t forget to include your contact details and what category this is applicable to.

My Dog Sighs has a great talent for capturing character through the expressions on each piece of art, which should serve as an ideal inspiration for your short story. We look forward to receiving your submissions.

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Spinnaker Tower

Soaring 170 metres above Portsmouth Harbour and the Solent, the Spinnaker Tower is taller than the London Eye, Blackpool Tower and Big Ben and has already established itself as a national icon for Britain. Get yourself down to Gunwharf Quays and check out the panoramic views over the city and the Solent. Don’t forget your camera. Oh, and if you’re a Portsmouth resident you get cheap entry if you provide proof.

Created Local – Dan Tonkin, Adayin Design

Local cycle machine and all round nice guy Dan Tonkin recently updated his website under the design pseudonym Adayin Design. Dan has been on the local scene since forever as a skater, photographer, web/graphic deisgner and keen cyclist with a heavily growing portfolio of work. A very multi talented individual that will leave you standing in a bike race.

Check out www.adayin.co.uk and aslo Dan’s Flickr stream. Sorry I can’t make The Randonnee this Sunday mate. Really quite gutted to be honest.










Super Sunny Southsea

What amazing weather we’ve been having as of late. I even rode the full 8 miles home in the sun on Friday. We all had a great weekend spent on the common, riding our bikes, skateboarding and generally eating and drinking the days away.

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Created Local – David Thompson

The Hiscock Gallery on Stanley Street behind Waitrose has some interesting new vintage style prints in stock by local artist David Thompson. They are a series of digitally drawn images reflecting upon 1930 – 1950s style advertising posters, enhanced with modern techniques. A really nice simplistic approach highlighting the main features of the subject, yet still very technical and intricate in places. The front of The Victory is awesome.

All reproductions are genuine giclée prints, printed with pigment based inks on 180gms Canon Matte paper, fade resistant for 100+ years. These “Poster” Prints are all personally signed by the artist. Head on over to Davids Gallery and take a look for yourself. Nice stuff for sure.

The Doomsday Project

From 1984 to 1986 people, in particular school children, all got involved in collecting information on their local area to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the Doomsday Book by creating a new, updated, electronic version. The collected information became The Doomsday Project which was a collection of laserdiscs and special BBC computers. The country was broken down in to ‘D’ blocks with the data collection done mostly by schools, the information included text on local geography, history, legends and also more contemporary personal things such as favourite music, games, etc. As well as the text each block could also contain up to 3 photos. Many schools bought the discs and computers as a learning resource (the World Wide Web as a concept was still some years away).

A few days ago the BBC launched a new website where all of this previously difficult to access information (only a handful of working systems still exist) is now online and searchable. It’s an amazing glimpse in to Portsmouth and Southsea life in the early to mid 80s and there are some great images. The new website also allows you to upload new information and photos too.

If you are 38+ you may well have memories of being involved in the project in collecting and writing information. Personally I remember the day my group went out to a tiny village in Essex in the hot summer but instead of writing things we played near the river and weir. Oh well. Does anyone have any memories of taking part in the project? If so please add a comment, would love to hear people’s memories.

You can find out more about the original project on HERE and the BBC article and access the online version below:

www.bbc.co.uk/history/domesday

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