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Joseph Loughborough ‘The Desert’

Joseph Loughborough is back with his latest giclee print ‘The Desert’. The print is a giclee print on 305gsm Hahnemühle Photorag with goldleaf hand finishing. The limited edition run is for fifteen only so don’t hang around if you’d like one. The print itself is 42/59.4cm(A2) (16.5 x 23.4 inches).

You can get you hands on a copy for £120 at www.josephloughborough.bigcartel.com.

You can find out more about him at on Tumblr, Flickr, Twitter @Joeloughborough and Facebook.

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Common People Competition – Win A Pair Of Weekend Tickets

The lovely guys and girls behind Common People have donated pair of weekend tickets for next month’s festival for us to give away. So to clarify the winner will receive two tickets for Saturday and Sunday worth £55 each!

To be in with a chance of winning send your answers to the following questions to stuart@strong-island.co.uk before midnight on Sunday 24th April. The winner be contact directly and announced on social media soon after.

1) What year was Craig David’s debut album “Born to Do It” released?
2) Can you name the Isle of Wight based festival which is affiliated with Common People?

If you don’t want to leave it to chance then tickets are available now and you can pick one up via the website www.southampton.commonpeople.net.

You can stay up to date on all things Common People via Facebook and Twitter @CommonPeopleSO and Instagram @CommonPeopleSO or by signing up to the mailing list HERE.

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Seann Walsh On Film at No 6 Cinema

Comedian and film fanatics Seann Walsh and one-liner merchant Mark Simmons will be recording their weekly movie podcast in front of a live No 6 Cinema audience on Saturday 18th June.

Each week the pair go through the Box Office Top 5 and get involved in a bit of movie related challenges and discussion. You can download the podcast over on iTunes and AudioBoom.

Once the recording has been completed Seann and Mark will be introducing the showing of the cult comedy ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles’ starring Steve Martin and legend that is John Candy.

If you would like to attend then you can buy your tickets on the No 6 Cinema website for £15 each – www.no6cinema.co.uk. If you want to know what else is going on at the cinema this month then check out Stu’s Picks For No6 this April.

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My Dog Sighs TED Talk Now Available

Local favourite My Dog Sighs has recently taken a break from painting and taken to the stage in Warwick for a TED Talk which is now available for everyone to view.

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conferences have become famous across the planet. TED’s early emphasis was technology and design although much more recently the focus has broadened to include scientific, cultural, and academic topics.

My Dog has describes how “it was probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done professionally. The script assisters were brutal in their regular review of my drafts and my nerves from having to wait most of the day and stand on a huge stage in front of 1200 people was excruciating. But I stood up and said what I wanted to say and now I can go back to throwing paint and stamping on baked bean tins”.

For more information on My Dog Sighs and his future projects you can follow him on Facebook, Twitter @MyDogSighs and Instagram @MyDogSighs.

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New Material From Rex Domino

Fresh from his collaboration with DJ Yoda Presents Breakfast of Champions Portsmouth’s Rex Domino has released Sam’s Spoon which is the first track from his new solo EP “God’s Teeth”.

The EP embodies a kind of dance-able melancholy that creates something original and exciting as well as a notion of ‘Optimistic Defeatism’, as he himself describes it.

For the EP, Rex collaborated with producers Jitter Jazz’s Polar Kid and Stanky. The three were brought together quite randomly by the perhaps unlikely but actually very fitting figure of Scroobius Pip, who mentioned Rex’s work with DJ Yoda on his world-renowned podcast. With the two producers based respectively in Norway and in Reading, this was a collaboration based on mutual admiration and WeTransfer. The results are of the dark lo-fi electronic kind. Influences of Burial, Aphex Twin and Flying Lotus could be sited alongside that of Micachu and Roots Manuva. Collaboratively they create cinematic nocturnal soundscapes ideal for Rex’s dismal stories.

The EP is due for full release on on 26th May via Moosehead International Airport and Believe Digital. You can check out the first release just below and hopefully you’ll love it as much as I do.

Rex will playing a number of live shows over the next few weeks with more to be announced soon.
Thursday 28th April Nepal Fundraiser at the Silver Bullet, London
Friday 6th May at The Social, London
Saturday 21st May Sunday Best Unofficial Great Escape Party at The Monty, Brighton
Wednesday 25th May EP Launch Party at Relentless Number Five, London

You can follow Rex Domino on Facebook, Twitter @RexDomino_, YouTube and Instagram @rexdominomusic.

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Common People Competition – Win A Pair Of Weekend Tickets

The lovely guys and girls behind Common People have donated pair of weekend tickets for next month’s festival for us to give away. So to clarify the winner will receive two tickets for Saturday and Sunday worth £55 each!

To be in with a chance of winning send your answers to the following questions to stuart@strong-island.co.uk before midnight on Sunday 24th April. The winner be contact directly and announced on social media soon after.

1) What year was Craig David’s debut album “Born to Do It” released?
2) Can you name the Isle of Wight based festival which is affiliated with Common People?

If you don’t want to leave it to chance then tickets are available now and you can pick one up via the website www.southampton.commonpeople.net.

You can stay up to date on all things Common People via Facebook and Twitter @CommonPeopleSO and Instagram @CommonPeopleSO or by signing up to the mailing list HERE.

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Created Local – Instagram @philswitch.engage

In the fifth of our special features celebrating our favourite Instagram photographers with links with our city we are featuring Phil Tickner (@philswitch.engage).

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

I was born and spent the first few years of my life in Portsmouth, specifically Fratton, before moving to live in Bedhampton and Havant. I returned to the island about six years ago and now I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. Most of my free time is taken up by roller derby related shenanigans (I’m one of the official photographers for the Portsmouth Roller Wenches, and also play as one of the Portsmouth Scurvy Dogs) and what time is left is shared between cycling (when the weather allows it) and getting tattooed, mostly.

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

I always had a massive problem with the whole idea of ‘Instagram photography’ for some reason, that was until I finally got myself a phone that could take a decent picture. It’s not always practical to lug round my usual DSLR kit so the idea of capturing a passing moment with something that fits in your pocket finally made a lot of sense. Currently using a poverty-spec iPhone 5c, but it does the job.

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

Photography has always been a hobby, and I’ve never had much in the way of tuition aside from the odd tip I’ve picked up from photographer friends. It’s always just been a case of getting stuck in and attempting to learn from my mistakes.

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

I try to take photos primarily to please myself – when I tried to make a bit of money doing wedding jobs and the like, I found myself quickly losing my passion for photography as soon as I had to try and work around someone else’s idea of a good photo. I’m much happier just doing my own thing again. However, I’m not going to deny it’s a great feeling to have someone compliment my work, so I guess there’s a part of me that still tries to take some photos that I know people will enjoy looking at.

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?

Personally my biggest preference for subject matter is the local street art scene – I’ve become good friends with many local creatives through it, and thoroughly enjoy documenting the work that appears around the city, both out in public and inside galleries and exhibitions. The greatest appeal to me is the fact that it’s not permanent – so having a record of pieces that I enjoy is extremely important, before they disappear for good.

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

I tend not to take influence from anyone else, as such, and I don’t think the work I do has a particular style itself that anyone would be able to identify – I basically just make it up as I go along most of the time. Not really a good answer but I can’t do a lot better than that.

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Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens at the Kings Theatre

Over recent years the 4th May has become Star Wars Day across the planet and if I have to explain why that is then perhaps it isn’t worth you reading on.

On Wednesday 4th May at 6:30pm the Kings Theatre on Albert Road will be showing the seventh instalment of the Star Wars franchise.

The theatre has recently invested in a new projector, new screen and a 5.1 Dolby surround sound system to add to the natural acoustics of the auditorium. So this will be a one off event that shouldn’t be missed!

Tickets are priced at a bargain £7.50 (Concessions £6.50) and dressing up is encouraged whether you want to come full Wookie or just in your favourite Star Wars tee.

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The Strong Island Calendar 2017 Needs You! #SIC2017

Firstly from everyone at Strong Island and the Alzheimers Society we would like to thank you for your continued support of the calendar project. We hope that they are all taking pride of place in your kitchens, offices or wherever you’ve chosen to hang them.

We are now open to submissions for our 2017 calendar. We welcome submissions from photographers of all abilities whether you use an digital SLR or mobile phone. If you’ve taken a photo that you’d like to submit then we have made it even easier this year. As well as using the hashtag #SIC2016 you now submit your photos using the Strong Island Facebook page here. Simply click on the calendar option and then just follow the on screen prompts. Should you have any questions please just let us know.

There are no limits to how many you submit, the only rule is that the image must be relevant to Portsmouth. This can include photos that have already been taken prior to today. We are especially keen to receive submissions from all over Portsmouth not just our favourite Southsea landmarks.

If you think you know someone who might be interested or is perhaps too shy to get in contact then please share this with them and encourage them to get involved!

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Victorious Festival 2016 Announcement

Victorious Festival have announced the second wave of acts performing at this August’s festival. My personal highlights are Travis, Wolfmother, The Horrors and the soulful Izzy Bizu. They will be joining the likes of Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Manic Street Preachers and Mark Ronson on Southsea Common.

Not to forget other artists includeThe Boomtown Rats, Editors, Milky Chance, 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 festival will take place on Saturday 27th 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.

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Submarine Graveyard

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

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






Above Western Parade

The other day I got to go up on to the roof of a house on Western parade with a great view over the common, Southsea and The Solent. Always interesting seeing Southsea in new ways. Below are some photos (click on ‘Read More’ to see more plus there are more over on Forever Circling).

The Abrooks

The infamous 1980s Southsea locals Mark & Barry Abrook, doubles on the halfpipe at the skatepark from 1990.

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Vintage Portsmouth & Southsea poster

You know we love a bit of Vintage Portsmouth & Southsea here at Strong Island. Not too much info on this one, perfect for holidays though. The flickr link states the photo of the poster was taken in Eastney, but I’m not sure where.

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Southsea Strong Island Celebrates

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

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Strong Island Easter Bike Ride Video II

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

Telly Savalas Looks at Portsmouth

There’s more than ‘meats’ the eye to Portsmouth. A city where everyone in the know goes. Classic stuff. Kojak takes time between sucking lollipops and fighting crime to give us the 411 on Portsmouth city through the ages. Love the eclectic soundtrack. Thanks to Harry for posting this up for us in a previous article. Here’s looking at you Portsmouth…

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.

Vintage Photography – Sunny Southsea

Following on again from the photos of the Seafront and the Paddling Pool after The Bandstand and Tennis Courts the previous week, here’s another scan from Khalid.

The Pavilion on Clarence Pier looks amazing. No more donkey rides though. Shame.

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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