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Short Story Competition – Deadline Extended

We are really excited to announce that we have extended the deadline for you to submit your entry to our short story competition. 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 now run until Sunday 12th April, 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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Community Fusion 4th Birthday Celebrations Today

Regular readers of Strong Island will be aware of Community Fusion and the great work they do for the young people of Portsmouth, getting them involved in making a positive change to their communities.

Today they will be hosting a special day of 4th birthday celebrations, beginning with a Made With Hartt Market from 11am. If you are into craft and all things creative then get your yourself down there. The award winning project providing an opportunity for volunteers to develop and gain new skills through volunteering and a chance for the community to sell their handmade goodies, arts, crafts and designs. The unique market will be held in the Wedgewood Rooms providing live music too.

Live Music:
12:00 Hanna GypsyWicks music
13:00 Tom Martin
14:00 The Sharpest Fool
15:00 Nicola Brown

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The second part of the celebrations ‘Party with JOUIS and friends’ features live music in The Loft above the Kings Pub on Albert Rd and is sponsored by Quay West Studios. This will be a mere £2 entry on the door and is great value for this line up.

22:15 – JOUIS – Jouis (Jhew-ee) are a 5 piece band based in Brighton, UK. Combining Jazz, Psychedelia and Progressive Rock, their sounds are designed to open your mind, and spirit you away to new lucid dimensions.

21:30 – Damn Beats – Three humans. Three instruments. One sound. A new trio fusing upbeat indie riffs with blues licks.

21:00 – Barn Society – A 5 piece indie rock band hailing from Portsmouth England.

20:30 – Paul Dillon – Portsmouth based acoustic singer/songwriter.

20:15 – Back to the Future Islands – A one off cover track specifically for this celebration.

To complete the hat trick of event Community Fusion are having an after party at Al’burrito Bar with DJ Death Bitto.

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This is the Week That Is: A Celebration of Political Satire

With the General Election looming, the University of Portsmouth are hosting a week of satire with public talks, events and screenings devoted to lampooning our dubious political elite.

The University will be working in partnership with Portsmouth Film Society and No. 6 Cinema, giving renewed credibility to the word “coalition” as they jointly host some of satire’s biggest names.

This begins on Monday April 13th with Steve Nallon, the man responsible for voicing Spitting Image’s Maggie Thatcher (among others) will discuss his contributions to satire of the 1980s and introduce a screening of the hilarious 1987 Election Special.

Full details of the schedule are available HERE. Other highlights include Laurence Marks, prodigious TV comedy writer (of Marks and Gran fame), revisits his government-baiting classic The New Statesman and its monstrous protagonist Alan B’Stard.

Alistair Beaton is one of the UK’s foremost satirists with television, radio and literary credits spanning more than thirty years (Not the Nine O’Clock News, Spitting Image and The Trial of Tony Blair to name but a few). He will discuss his experiences writing and producing satire and introduce a screening of his New Labour send-up A Very Social Secretary.

Eminent historians and film scholars Kevin Brownlow, Lincoln Geraghty and Van Norris will introduce screenings of satirical masterpieces The Great Dictator, Dr Strangelove and Heavy Traffic.

And for those of an artistic sensibility, why not try your hand at caricature? Professional illustrator Louis Netter will be running his own school for scandal and encouraging all who attend to have a pop at a politician of their choice.

“With election fever growing, what better time to celebrate the films and television programmes that have driven a comic wedge deep into the heart of the political process?” said the event’s organiser, Olly Gruner, a lecturer in the university’s School of Art and Design.

The project is supported by Film Hub South East with National Lottery funds distributed by the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN). This Is the Week That Is provides a celebration of all things satirical at a time when political humour is most needed. Will it be the biggest satirical event since Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize? “You might think that; we couldn’t possibly comment.”

For further details and to book tickets, visit http://titwti.worpress.com

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A New Hue #voff5

A New Hue is a short CG animation embracing a paper aesthetic, revolving around the introduction of two contrasting characters living in a paper world. The animation was created by George Rigby, Stephen Tucker and Portsmouth resident Jennifer Hardy.

This film follows the charming tale of a young girl, Lily, who lives alone in her bland paper world, until she meets an excitable blob of ink, Blot. At first, Lily doesn’t know what to make of him, however, they quickly become friends as he literally brings colour to her life. The piece delivers a pleasing, cohesive style with likeable characters and an understandable narrative suitable for all ages.

The beautiful animation has been shortlisted for the Viewster Online Film Festival. The animation is currently doing well and in fourth place, a top ten finish would lead to prize money for the team behind it. You can vote on the website HERE however social media also plays a part, if share the page and include the hastag #voff5.

I’m sure that you’ll agree this sweet and charming film deserves to be winning awards and claiming the international recognition it has been receiving.

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A New Hue from George Rigby on Vimeo.

Signature Clothing Competition

Signature Clothing have just released their rad new range or tees, jumpers and accessories.

Signature have been kind enough to donate a ‘Stay Quiet Plot Revenge‘ T-Shirt and a Sticker Pack for one lucky Strong Island reader. All you need to do is email stuart@strong-island.co.uk with your answer to the following question.

Q) Who is the last skater to feature in the recent Signature Clothing Winchester Sessions video below?

The deadline for entries is going to be midday Friday 20th March, with the winner being announced on social media soon after.

The range is now being stocked in Bored of Southsea, Albert Road so if you want to check out the clothes in person get yourself down there. You can still find the full range to buy online at www.thesignatureclothing.com. I recommend taking the time to check the new gear as there is some cracking stuff there. Unfortunately I can’t win this prize so I am going to have buy my own!

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Road To Blissfields Finalists 2015

The Blissfields team have announced the finalists for the Hampshire leg of the Road To Blissfields, the event is taking place on Thursday 30th April at the Edge of the Wedge.

The Road To Blissfields will again give emerging artists and bands the opportunity to compete for a chance to play at Blissfields. The successful acts performing are…

Dutch Criminal Record
The Family
Duveax
Jack Grace
Just Millie

The winner is decided on the night with crowd reaction being taken into account, the event is free entry so make sure you come to support the artists performing.

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Blissfields itself will be held on 2nd to 4th July at Vicarage Farm just outside of Winchester. The theme for this years event is ‘Somewhere In Time’. As Blissfields approaches it’s fifteenth anniversary, the weekend will give you a chance to look back over the festivals history and more, and to gaze into the curious future of the universe, permitting your imagination to run free.

Artists confirmed so far include The Horrors, John Grant, Simian Mobile Disco, Grandmaster Flash, Glass Animals, Public Service Broadcasting, Dub Pistols and the awesome Cosmo Sheldrake. Not to forget local Strong Island favourites Big Child Man Child, Popobawa and Floella Grace.

Tier 1 Tickets for the main event are on sale now priced at £95.45 for an adult and £72.45 for a youth (10-16) from www.blissfields.co.uk/tickets.

Here is a little taste of Blissfields 2014.

King Street Tavern – Easter Gift Fair

This Saturday coming see’s the Easter Art and Gift Fair at the King Street Tavern, Southsea. From 11am a collection of artists and designers will be taking over the pub to showcase and sell some of their products.

Kendal James who organises the event introduces the artists and designers involved…

Maggie Ambler – A self taught ceramic tile artist. Maggie enjoys experimenting with styles and effects of glazes to create beautiful one of a kind art. Her tiles have all kinds of suitable home ware uses and can even be formed in sequences to create larger pieces.

Vicky Tupper – From skulls to flowers, Sewing With Screwball creates lovingly stitched goods for you, your loved ones and your home.

Stu Linfield – A recognized Southsea Illustrator that creates series of original art works by hand and digital media. His pieces are frequently nautical or geek inspired and always well thought out and beautiful pieces of design.

Debra Wallace – Southsea based handmade card maker. One of a kind superhero themed felt greetings cards and soft toys. Lots of Easter and birthday gifts and greetings will be available at this fair.

Lou Bliss – A Portsmouth based fine artist working with a variety of media, generally found natural objects and recycled materials. Presenting a collection of unique framed prints created using the spores of collected fungi specimens.

Chantelle Cheshire – A mixed media illustrative and graphic artist living in Southsea. She makes all kinds of home and office wares and specialises in creating patterns.

Kate Smith – Hand crafted from felt, embroidery thread, and the occasional sequin or two, Gingerthread House products are a soft and fuzzy way to decorate your home this Spring time.

Kendal James – Inspired by old-school computer games and today’s (cute) Japanese film industry, Kendal creates pixel art accessories and home decorations as well as designing her own ultra soft and fluffy crochet (Amigurumi) toys.

For more information about the event of the artists involved, just visit the Facebook Event page 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.

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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Signature Clothing Competition

Signature Clothing have just released their rad new range or tees, jumpers and accessories.

Signature have been kind enough to donate a ‘Stay Quiet Plot Revenge‘ T-Shirt and a Sticker Pack for one lucky Strong Island reader. All you need to do is email stuart@strong-island.co.uk with your answer to the following question.

Q) Who is the last skater to feature in the recent Signature Clothing Winchester Sessions video below?

The deadline for entries is going to be midnight Friday 20th March, with the winner being announced on social media soon after.

The range is now being stocked in Bored of Southsea, Albert Road so if you want to check out the clothes in person get yourself down there. You can still find the full range to buy online at www.thesignatureclothing.com. I recommend taking the time to check the new gear as there is some cracking stuff there. Unfortunately I can’t win this prize so I am going to have buy my own!

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Design The America’s Cup World Series Poster

This July 23rd-26th Sir Ben Ainslie and the America’s Cup World Series is coming to Portsmouth. Aspex and Teamorigin, the organisers of the World Series event, are offering local artists the chance to design the official poster of the America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth event.

Artists are asked to submit an existing portfolio of work, limited to 10 pieces, in a single PDF document with a maximum file size of 20MB — along with an outline idea for their poster design.

From these submissions, they will commission one winning artist to create the official poster for the Portsmouth event. The commissioned artist will be paid a fee of £1,000 for this work. However please note that copyright of the poster will then be passed to Teamorigin Events.

The deadline for submissions is Sunday 29th March. You can email your submissions to acws@aspex.org.uk.

Timeline and Key Stages

Sunday 29 March 2015 – Deadline for submissions

w/c 30 March – Artist selection

Early April – Selected artist notified and commission agreed

Early-mid May – Artwork delivered by artist

End May – Poster finalised/printed

23rd-26th July – ACWS event

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Vintage Old Portsmouth Photograph

We’ve not had a vintage photograph for quite a while on Strong Island, and this one is a winner. This photo of the Round Tower in Old Portsmouth was taken in 1958 by Mark Kauffman for LIFE Magazine. Click this LINK for a larger version.

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Thanks to Jubru for sending this over.

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

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.






Big Rave Night

Clearly ‘that top group from Portsmouth The Parkas’ used to rave hard at the licensed bar The Drill Hall in Camberley back in ’67. Awesome stuff for sure.

Flyer Seen : Pompey Pop Pix

Google Maps – Street View

Portsmouth now has street view enabled on Google Maps, giving an interesting perspective of the city. Good to see it was a nice, sunny day in Southsea when the car drove through. Sadly no Old Portsmouth though.

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