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The Wave Maiden – Now Open!

Southsea’s purveyors of sincere beer and homemade cheese-based dishes have opened their doors this week. They say good things come to those who wait. I can confirm after my trip to see the The Wave Maiden team on Tuesday that they are onto a very good thing!

Keep an eye out here for a full feature over the coming weeks. In the meantime for opening times and all other information check out their Facebook and Twitter @TheWaveMaiden.

The Wave Maiden

The Wave Maiden

The Wave Maiden Logo

Pie & Vinyl Presents… The Retrospective Soundtrack Players LP Launch

On Sunday 7th December the Pie & Vinyl team will be taking over the Square Tower for the The Retrospective Soundtrack Players ‘It’s a Wonderful Christmas Carol’ LP launch. Support on the night will come from The Day Of The Rabblement and El Morgan who will be opening the show.

The Retrospective Soundtrack Players will be launching their limited edition red vinyl ‘It’s a Wonderful Christmas Carol’. The LP will be sold at the show and the band will play the whole album in it’s entirety.

Pie & Vinyl will of course be selling a selection of lush Christmas themed pies and not to forget the excellent Sweetie Pie Bakery will also be providing something for those with a sweet tooth.

Doors open from 7pm and tickets currently available for a bargain £7 from Pie & Vinyl directly or online HERE.

For updates on the event, check out the Facebook Event page HERE.


Our Picks For No 6 This December

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.

Here are a selection of movies we recommend you check out. Be sure to check their website for full list of all the movies this being shown

2001: A Space Odyssey (U) – Saturday 6th at 7pm

Kubrick’s complete mastery as a director is evident in every frame and every scene of this film. His almost sadistically precise exposition of story and character creates a steady accretion of perplexed tension in the viewer. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY was a landmark film upon its initial release but it received mixed and often very misguided reviews, a fate that would befall EYES WIDE SHUT many years later. The film’s true meaning remains as opaque as the famous black monolith that appears inexplicably throughout the film.

Leviathan (15) – Thursday 11th at 7pm

This powerful drama from Cannes winner Andrey Zvyagintsev begins in a dilapidated port on the Barents Sea, where Nikolai, a hard-drinking mechanic, his long-suffering wife and truculent son are under threat of losing their home, which the mayor wants to bulldoze and replace with a fancy dacha. Hope emerges when a handsome ex-army pal turned lawyer arrives to aid their cause and in the process expose the mayor’s extensive corruption. Things take several unexpected turns, but this being a Zvyagintsev film, the family’s struggle against a poisoned bureaucracy ultimately testifies to the power of perseverance and determination.

Nightcrawler (15) – Friday 12th at 7pm

Drifter and small-time crook Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) stumbles into the seedy world of freelance journalism in LA, where he goes armed with a camera and an increasingly perverse taste for car wrecks and shoot-outs. His work soon catches the eye of veteran TV journalist Nina, although his driver Rick is more troubled. As rival newshound Bill Paxton exhorts him to sensationalise his reporting on the basis that ‘if it bleeds, it leads,’ Bloom inevitably crosses the line, and instead of merely covering the story, he becomes it. Dan Gilroy makes a stunning directorial debut, combining tremendous action footage with a morally driven crime drama.

Fury (15) – Saturday 13th at 7pm

Brad Pitt’s second WW2 film is a far more visceral, indeed credible exercise than Tarantino’s INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS and as Wardaddy. It’s April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Out-numbered, out-gunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts. Director Ayer makes it clear this isn’t about the glory of victory, for as Wardaddy says, “You think it can’t get any worse, and then it does.

It’s a Wonderful Life (U) – Saturday 20th at 7pm

Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life is a gloriously sentimental testament to homely small-town moral values. Masterfully crafted, the film opens with angels discussing George Bailey (James Stewart), a man so beset with problems that he contemplates a Christmas-time suicide. As George prepares to jump from a bridge his guardian angel Clarence Oddbody intervenes and shows him how badly Bedford Falls would have turned out without his good deeds. Filled with a renewed joy of life George returns to his family for Christmas.

No. 6 Cinema

Work Christmas Party Exhibition

Christmas is fast approaching, most of us have paid our deposits and are ready for our work christmas party. Everyone knows clichés, the mistletoe bearer, the overly honest drunk and the office flirt. Just spare a thought for freelance artists and creatives who miss out on all this. Not anymore! Work Christmas Party is exactly what it says, a Christmas Party, but with a tangible difference; it is an invitational show for freelancers who often miss out on the cultural marker of the working year.

Teaming up with the ambitious Columbia Road Arts Club, located in the vibrant East End and spiritual home of London’s creative and artistic community, Work Christmas Party will be both a two-week exhibition and Christmas shop, with a series of public events, book signings, and ample opportunities to meet the artists involved.

Structuring the proposal as a loose brief to the invited artists, they were asked to explore the theme of British Comedy.

South Coast ex-pat Aled Lewis will be one of the artist featured and his contribution to the event is the brilliant tribute to Blackadder. The A2 sized screen print was inspired by General Melchett from Blackadder and the iconic British Kitchener poster from World War 1.

Aled Lewis - Baaah

The exhibition opens this Wednesday 26th November from 5:30pm until 9pm, then the artists and organisers will be off for their own work christmas party. For more information about the event and the artists involved check out the Facebook, Twitter @wxpshow and Instagram @wxpshow. You can also get your hands on prints at

Mark Ward
3.Rose Stallard_Who-Likes-Me-Hands-Up
Rose Stallard
Work Christmas Party Poster

Portsmouth Roller Wenches B and Scurvy Wenches Double Header

Portsmouth Roller Wenches B vs Manchester Roller Derby B
Portsmouth Scurvy Wenches vs Cornish Nasties

The Portsmouth Roller Wenches’ B team, who are still buzzing after their last home win, this weekend they will be facing the formidable Manchester Roller Derby B. As part of a double header a mixed side consisting of ladies from the Roller Wenches and men from the Scurvy Dogs will be taking on the Cornish Nasties in a ‘co-ed’ bout.

Doors open at Havant Leisure Centre at 1.30pm with the Wenches B team starting things off at 2pm. Tickets are prices at £7, Kids aged 10 years or younger go for free. You can book your tickets online HERE.

For information on the after party check out the Facebook event page HERE.

Portsmouth Roller Wenches

Strong Island Calendar 2015

You should all be well aware that over the last year we have been compiling a calendar using photographs submitted to us by you, the Strong Island readers. We are really excited by our 2015 edition, I didn’t think it was possible but the bar has been raised yet again!

The calendar again features photography submitted throughout 2014 from local photographers. The calendar is full colour printed A4 and folds out and hangs so that one side of A4 contains the month’s photos and the other side has a large format calendar perfect for keeping your important dates through the year.

£1 of each calendar sale goes to the Alzheimer’s Society Portsmouth based services. They are the UK’s leading care and research charity for people living with dementia and their carers.

The calendars are still only available as a pre-order from our online shop HERE. We are expecting to have them in hand by next Thursday. They are priced at £10 each if you collect from Strong Island Co, 12 Highland Road, Southsea. Postal orders cost £12 each and international postal orders cost £14 each.

I guess it’s about time we share with you some more of the amazing photographs which have been included this year.

Danielle Gridley
Danielle Gridley
Nick Weall
Nick Weall
Megan Barnes
Megan Barnes
Jay Hansford
Jay Hansford
Sam Brooks
Sam Brooks
Melanie Easthope
Melanie Easthope

Made with Hartt… Christmas Market

Portsmouth’s youth volunteering service Community Fusion are holding another Made with Hartt Christmas market at The Wedgewood Rooms on 29th November from 11am until 4pm.

The market has stalls from plenty of Portsmouth and Southsea’s finest creatives. There will be tea and cake (and beer at the bar) as well as live music. There are a couple of spaces available if you would like to have a table there. For more information please contact Jenna on or on 07582 919 091.

Entry is FREE so head on down for a bit of Christmas shopping for your friends and family, or even treat yourself to something nice.

You can stay up to date with all things Community Fusion via Facebook and Twitter @CommunityFusion.

Made with hartt

Jay Howard – Fireworks Time Lapse

The Gunwharf Quays fireworks display has long been one of the best Guy Fawkes Night celebrations in the area. Local photographer Jay Howard has been recently been experimenting with time-lapse photography and managed to capture a nice video of the afternoon and the evenings events.

ISO 100 Photography

You can follow Jay on Facebook and Twitter @jay_iso100.

Pie & Vinyl Records Presents…TRAAMS, The Boy I Used To Be & Rickyfitts

This time next month our friends at Pie & Vinyl Records are putting on a Christmas party the only way they know how, thats with great music! Headlining the show will be TRAAMS with support from The Boy I Used To Be, Rickyfitts and a vinyl only DJ set from Death Bitto.

The gig will be held in the Fat Fox on Albert Road. Tickets for the event are £4 each and are available from inshore or online HERE.

Merry Christmas music lovers!

 Pie & Vinyl Records Presents...TRAAMS, The Boy I Used To Be & Rickyfitts

Christmas Contemporary Makers Fair

This weekend Aspex Gallery will be hosting their Christmas Contemporary Makers Fair. The event show cases a number of artists and designer-makers who will be exhibiting and selling their work.

After the success of the events back in February & August, Aspex will once again be handing over its main exhibition space to showcase some of the very best contemporary craft in the region, this time with a festive twist.

A full list of the exhibitors selected by Aspex is now available, and features some of the very best contemporary craft in the region, across a range of artistic media, including jewellery, ceramics, printmaking, glass, textiles, amidst others.


The full list of everyone involved:

• Mitzi Broadbent –
• Jo Calverly –
• Sylvaine Frouin –
• Anikó Gajdocsi –
• Bryony Jennings –
• Carly Mann –
• Catherine McGinness –
• Emma Nicol –
• Rachel Reynolds –
• Martin Snelling
• Marina Skia –
• Miesje Chafer & Malisa Sledmere –
• Melody Vaughan –
• Dan Wendes –
• Mary & Julia de Klerk –

Find out more by visiting

Sylvaine Frouin
Marina Skia
Bryony Jennings
Bryony Jennings
Mary & Julia de Klerk

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Created Local – Caleigh Illerbrun

Old University friend Tom Hall sent me over a link to his extremely talented and prolific girlfriend Caleigh Illerbrun’s online portfolio With illustration, painting and 3 dimensional work firmly tucked under her belt Caleigh has an impressive amount of work on her site, some of which is up for grabs. Currently selling coasters over in her SHOP, Caleigh needs a little help identifying the favourites as she has an advert coming out soon in a magazine.

I’m loving the ‘Wood Tree’ coaster set below, and very much so the ‘Bearlamb’ acrylic & pen at the bottom. You can also follow Caleigh on Facebook and also her blog.

Created Local – Matt Howarth

Local illustrator, blogger, cyclist and member of the I Love Dust crew has just relaunched his website with a brand new design and loads of new content. be sure to take some time and give it a good look, plenty of visual gems in there.

The Abrooks

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


By The Castle

Apologies for a little self-linkage, but I’ve added some photos from a July day down by the castle on Forever Circling (a photography, etc blog I update daily).

It’s sunny today too, roll on spring and summer.

Around the Castle

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).

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