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Southsea Comedy Festival

Wow! So I’ve just got home from an amazing night of comedy on Southsea Common. A lot of laughs were had by all, and it was great to see such a good crowd turn out for the very first Southsea Comedy Festival.

The sun was shining bright as the crowd entered the festival site. I managed to arrive early enough to enjoy some sunshine and an ale from our friends Kings Street Tavern. I ventured into the comedy tent to see local compere James Alderson greet the crowd and introduce Larry Dean. I didn’t know very much about Dean before tonight but I quickly became a fan. I’m sure we will see much more of him in the future.

After a brief interval, 8:30pm rolled around and it was time for Alderson to introduce the headline act, Mr Eddie Izzard. When Izzard walked on stage the crowd gave him a huge round of applause, what a welcoming bunch we are! In return he put on a very funny show, covering obscure topics such as French speaking kings of England, how to improve dressage and the Lord of the Rings. He even handled the departure and arrival of a noisy Hovercraft like a pro! I wouldn’t want to risk any spoilers before Friday evenings performance but you are in for a treat. If you don’t have a ticket then I urge you to check out the Comedy Festival website to pick up and of the remaining tickets (if there are any?). It was that good that I will be going back tonight to see it again.

Southsea Comedy Festival is part of the build up to tomorrows Southsea Show which is also being held on Southsea Common.

You can follow the Southsea Comedy Festival on Twitter @SouthseaComedy and the Southsea Show @SouthseaShow.

Southsea Comedy Festival

Southsea Comedy Festival

Eddie Izzard Southsea Comedy Festival Logo

The Southsea Show Competition Winners

The Southsea Show returns next weekend. If you’ve been passed Southsea Common you will have seen the tents and marquee’s going up in preparation. It looks like this years event is going to be even bigger and better than last years!

The Southsea Show team have kindly donated two sets of family tickets to give away, so thats two adults and two children. These tickets can be redeemed on a day of your choosing. All you had to do to win this prize is answer the following question…

Hampshire based Batala Portsmouth are a local samba band playing authentic Afro Brazilian Samba Reggae music. They are returning this year and can be found performing on Sunday 3rd August. What three colours make up their uniforms?

The answer was of course Red, White and Black. The two lucky winners are Jean-Philippe Soulie and Nathan Jones.

Tickets for the event are £8 or £5 for concessions and are available on the website HERE. You can follow all things Southsea Show on their Facebook and Twitter @SouthseaShow.

Southsea Show 2014

Victorious Festival 2014 Preview | #3 Felt Tip

Our next Victorious Festival preview features Felt Tip. The British Indie Pop band hail from London and feature former Southsea resident Jade Spranklen on bass, James Tyler (vocals), Tom Rapanakis (drums) and Anton Trampon (guitar).

The band have have just announced the exciting news that they have been picked up by X-Ray Touring, who also manage Pulp, Damon Albarn, Nick Cave and Franz Ferdinand. As well as continuing to tour over the autumn, Felt Tip are will be busy writing and recording their next release.

Felt Tip have had a busy summer playing live and promoting their new EP ‘Simple Things’ which is available on iTunes for £2.49 HERE. After the first listen the title track ‘Simple Things’ will be stick in your head all day, and you won’t mind one bit.

I encourage you to check them out for yourself on the Seaside Stage on Saturday 23rd August.

You can find out more about the band and stay up to date on the latest news, shows and releases via their Facebook, Twitter @FeltTip and SoundCloud.

Felt Tip by Maximilian Hetherington 2
Photo by Maximilian Hetherington

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

The festival will be held on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th August, adult day tickets are currently available for £20. You can pick one up via the website HERE, or directly at Little Johnny Russells or either of the Belle Isle restaurants. Kids tickets cost £6 but those under the age of five can enter the festival for FREE.

Victorious Festival 2014

Operation Tanktop @ Victorious Festival

The Feel Yourself Campaign are getting together with Earth Wool & Fire to yarn bomb the tank outside the D Day museum during this year’s Victorious Festival, with permission from the organisers and the museum of course.

Contributions are flooding in but more are needed! If you can knit or crochet and can spare the time to donate a square or rectangle of any size to this project, your contribution will be greatly appreciated. If you can’t but you know someone who can, please pass this on them.

Op Tanktop

For more information and to stay up to date on the project, please check out the Facebook Event Page HERE.

Op Tanktop

Joseph Loughborough ‘The Mountain’

Portsmouth ex pat Joseph Loughborough has just released a limited edition print ‘The Mountain’. This is a follow up to ‘The Tide’ which was released in March.

The Mountain 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 ones of the beauts HERE.

You can find out more about him at www.josephloughborough.co.uk and through Tumblr, Flickr, Twitter and Facebook.

Joseph Loughborough

Joseph Loughborough

Little Johnny Russell’s | Silent Disco

You all know the drill by now. Two DJs, one set of headphones, two channels to choose from, and one dance floor full of people singing and dancing in a room with no music. Get involved!

You can follow Little Johnny Russell’s on Facebook and Twitter @JohnnyRussells

LJR Silent Disco

The Southsea Show Competition

The Southsea Show returns next weekend. If you’ve been passed Southsea Common you will have seen the tents and marquee’s going up in preparation. It looks like this years event is going to be even bigger and better than last years!

The Southsea Show team have kindly donated two sets of family tickets to give away, so thats two adults and two children. These tickets can be redeemed on a day of your choosing. All you have to do to win this prize is email stuart@strong-island.co.uk with your answer to the following question…

Hampshire based Batala Portsmouth are a local samba band playing authentic Afro Brazilian Samba Reggae music. They are returning this year and can be found performing on Sunday 3rd August. What three colours make up their uniforms?

The deadline for entries will be midnight Wednesday 30th July with the winners being announced on Thursday morning.

Tickets for the event are £8 or £5 for concessions and are available on the website HERE. You can follow all things Southsea Show on their Facebook and Twitter @SouthseaShow.

Southsea Show 2014

Victorious Festival 2014 Preview | #2 Tom Odell

In our second Victorious Festival preview we are featuring Tom Odell. Tom could even be considered one of the local artists performing this year, he was born a stones throw away from Portsmouth in Chichester, West Sussex.

After being discovered by Lily Allen, she signed him to her own record label ‘In The Name Of’. Earlier this year he won the BRITs’ Critics’ Choice Award, previously won by artists such as Adele, Emeli Sandé and Florence and the Machine. They have done alright for themselves since!

Tom was also named ‘Songwriter Of The Year’ at the this years Ivor Novello Awards. The prestigious Ivor Novello Awards honour excellence in British and Irish songwriting. They are judged by the songwriting and composing community, making the award quite an honour, and something to cherish.

Tom shot to fame with the hit single ‘Another Love’ and admits that most of songwriting is inspired by heartbreak. You can clearly hear a vulnerability in his records, akin Jeff Buckley.

It has been a busy summer, he’s played the John Peel Stage at Glastonbury and still has V Fest, Kendall Calling to come. He will also be racking up plenty of air miles by performing at festivals in Spain, Switzerland, Romania, Austria, Hungary, Belgium and Ireland. Tom finishes manic summer at Victorious on the Seaside Stage. Possibly saving the best til last?

Find out more about Tom Odell on his website www.tomodell.com, Facebook or on Twitter @tompeterodell.

Tom Odell

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

The festival will be held on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th August, adult day tickets are currently available for £20. You can pick one up via the website HERE, or directly at Little Johnny Russells or either of the Belle Isle restaurants. Kids tickets cost £6 but those under the age of five can enter the festival for FREE.

Victorious Festival 2014

Community Fusion Shop – Made With Hartt

Launched in May as a Mini Market, Jenna and her team at Community Fusion now bring us a full market at The Wedgewood Rooms on the LAST Saturday of the month, every month.

Take the time to check out whats in store while being entertained with live music from Mike Keating, Sam Whiteway and Paul Dillon. Doors open at 11am and close at 4pm and entry is completely free! Find out more on the Facebook Event Page HERE.

If you are a crafty individual who wants to book a table in future then half a table costs as little as £5.

Community Fusion Shop - Made With Hartt

Lucius @ The Wedgewood Rooms This October

On October 27th the Wedgewood Rooms welcome Brooklyn band Lucius. Headed by the strong vocals of Jess Wolfe and Holly Leasing, the line up is completed by Dan Molad (drums), Peter Lalish and Andrew Burri (both guitar).

Rolling Stone magazine describes them as “the best band you may not have heard yet” and the Guardian describes them as “The missing link between Arcade Fire and Haim… How can they fail? They won’t”. Great praise indeed but don’t take their word for it, take mine. These are a great band and during a dreary October this will be something worth leaving the house for.

Tickets are priced at £9.50 and are available from the Wedgewood Rooms, find out how you can get yours HERE.

You can stay up to date on all things Lucius via their website www.ilovelucius.com, Facebook, Twitter @ilovelucius and YouTube.

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Southsea & Portsmouth Guide

Local photographer Steve Bomford recently sent over a series of scans from the 1926 Official Publication of the Southsea Beach & Publicity Committee Portsmouth Corporation book ‘Southsea & Portsmouth’.

‘It is of little use to invite intending holiday makers to a town, unless there are attractions to offer, under all conditions of our notorious fickle ‘English’ climate. We do not make the statement that the sun shines every day at Southsea, but records show that we do get the maximum amount of sunny hours. Last year again, 1,923 hours were recorded, the highest number (with one exception) in the United Kingdom. Admitting that the question of sunshine is an important one, it is contended that a holiday resort must have other attractions, such as charming amenities, efficient public services, splendid variety of amusements, good facilities for all outdoor sports, and a good selection of cheap excursions and places of historical interest, to make a general appeal to those who are seeking a health-giving and enjoyable holiday.”

I love all the old hand drawn adverts and especially like the ‘medically recommended’ page. Where the sun lingers longer. Couldn’t be closer to the truth still to this day. It’s a shame the ‘most artistic cafe in Southsea’ is no longer in operation and the amount of people gathered on South Parade beach is incredible. Be sure to check out the full set with over 80 pages of photos, adverts and chapters all about Portsmouth & Southsea over at Steve’s Flickr HERE. A really interesting read if you like your history. And we know you do.

Southsea Show 1970

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The Old Portsmouth and The New Southsea

Gareth Colwell sent us these amazing scans from a vintage book called ‘The Old Portsmouth and The New Southsea. “It was an old book of my Grandads’ we found when going through some of his old stuff that had been packed away for years. I love the paintings and the written bits, especially describing Southsea Common as “a dismal spot in the old days. Footpads and cut-throats roamed at night, and a murderer hung in chains on the edge of the shingle”

A really interesting read so I won’t say anymore and let the book do all the talking. Check out the full set of scans over at Gareths Flickr.






It’s going to be a Strong Movember

Righto chaps, it’s time to clean shave your boat race and get that mighty moustache on the grow in support of Movember for The Prostate Cancer Charity and the Institute of Cancer Research. For 30 days of November you can help support and raise awareness through selflessly parading your top lip for charity.

You can sign up yourself, as I’m sure many of you already have, or you can join the Strong Island team and seek out sponsorship as a team. Through the Strong Island Movember page you can ask people to join the group, make donations, upload photos and post updates via the MoSpace page, Facebook and Twitter.

Head over to our MoSpace if you would like to get involved and grow a Strong Moustache to help raise awareness, or simply head over to www.uk.movember.com and sign up to personally raise money.

The funds raised in the UK support the number one and two male specific cancers – prostate and testicular cancer. The funds raised are directed to programmes run directly by Movember and our men’s health partners, The Prostate Cancer Charity and the Institute of Cancer Research. Together, these channels work together to ensure that Movember funds are supporting a broad range of innovative, world-class programmes in line with our strategic goals in the areas of awareness and education, survivorship and research.

Poster: Tristan Savage

Transport No. 2: The Hovercraft

Southsea seafront has iconic and familiar structures and views but ever since the mid 60s we also have the familiar sound of the hovercraft engines as it repeatedly arrives and leaves for Ryde. This hovercraft route itself was the first Hovercraft passenger service in the world and Hovertravel Limited, founded in 1965, is the world’s longest established commercial hovercraft operator. The first hovercraft was first developed on the Isle of Wight in 1955 when inventor Sir Christopher Cockerell tested out his idea for a floating/flying craft by putting a cat food tin inside a coffee tin. After fine-tuning his designs, Sir Christopher Cockerell secured funding to build a hovercraft. Saunders Roe, the flying boat firm in Cowes on the Isle of Wight was given the contract. The commercial success of hovercraft was initially huge but subsequently suffered from rapid rises in fuel prices during the late 1960s and 1970s. Since the channel routes abandoned hovercraft the United Kingdom’s only public hovercraft service is now our one operating from Southsea.

In 1972 Hovertravel’s SR-N6 012 overturned off of Southsea with a loss of five lives. This was the world’s first fatal accident involving a commercially operated hovercraft. Apart from this one incident the service has an incredible safety record and is used day in day out to transfer up to 100,000 passengers a year.

The hovercraft is a wonderful and now unique form of local transport and something to celebrate and also to actively enjoy with a trip. Booking and travel information is available at the Hovertravel website.

To discover more about hovercraft we are lucky to have the Hovercraft Museum just down the road in Lee-On-Solent which houses the world’s largest library of documents, publications, film, video, photographs and drawings on hovercraft and a collection of actual hovercraft too including the last two remaining SR.N4 craft, the world’s largest civil hovercraft.

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