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Pet Sounds Playlist #54 – 101 Reykjavík’s Icelandic Songs

“Many thanks to Wit for putting together a fantastic representation of Icelandic talent, I’ve had this on a lot, and there’s some really lovely stuff included. I also recommend you make your way to the fantastic 101 Reykjavík, another example of Southsea’s own, digging deep and coming up with something we didn’t know we need, but quite clearly did !!! So, without much further ado, I’ll hand over to Wit to tell you a little more…” – Charlie

101 Reykjavík is a brand new ‘Inspired by Iceland’ Kaffibar at the Southern tip of Castle Road in Southsea.

We’re not your everyday, run-of-the-mill cafe. Nor are we your bog-standard ten-a-penny chain restaurant. We’re not a cheesy theme bar or a tired old gastro-pub. Neither are we a pretentious wine lodge or a questionable greasy spoon. We’re something new.

We want to bring together the young and the old. The past and the future. Everything that’s great about where we live and where we love. The music we play…the prints, posters and photographs on our walls…the beers, spirits, sauces and sweets we import…all are Icelandic in origin.

We want your eyes, your ears and your minds to come and absorb some of our unique ‘huggulegt’ (loosely translated as the feeling of a cosy, laid-back place with good coffee, drinks and company…)

Music is a hugely important part of who we are here at 101 Reykjavík, as it is to most Icelanders. You’ll definitely know Björk. You probably know Sigur Ros. Both are fantastic artists. You might know Of Monsters & Men or even FM Belfast. We highly recommend all those guys. For this playlist though, we decided to focus on some of Iceland’s slightly lesser known talent (possibly not for much longer for a few of them like Ásgeir, Ólafur Arnalds, Sóley and Samaris). We’ve also thrown in a few more established gems that may or may not have graced your ears before (Múm, Emilíana Torrini, Borko & Snorri Helgason).

If you find you like what you hear then there are plenty more fantastic Icelandic artists out there…most of which you can hear piped through the speakers at 101 Reykjavík!

Takk fyrír

Team 101”

LISTEN HERE

Pet Sounds Playlist #53 – Carol Kaye

Charlie’s regular Strong Island x Longlive podcast for Strong Island Sounds is a little delayed this week so Charlie has put together a new Pet Sounds Playlist from his sickbed:

I’m struck down with post-Christmas/New Year body breakdown, so no radio show for another week or so I’m afraid. Whilst some of you are breathing audible sighs of relief, others might need a little music fix, so I went back to one of the themes from an early show and made a full playlist from it. Carol Kaye is arguably one of the most important bass-players of all time, undoubtedly one of the most prolific, appearing on hundreds of hit singles and providing the basslines on many seminal albums including two of my top 3 of all time; ‘Pet Sounds’ by The Beach Boys and ‘Forever Changes’ by Love. She appeared on tons of Motown stuff, was part of Phil Spector’s Wall Of Sound and contributed basslines to countless TV and Film theme songs.

In the original Longlive radio show, I included ‘Hicky Burr’ by Bill Cosby and Quincy Jones, ‘Wichita Lineman’ by Glen Campbell and ‘The Human Abstract’ by David Axelrod. Compiled here are another 20 of the songs Carol helped shape, many of them wouldn’t have sounded nearly as good without her inimitable style. Some of these you might already know, some might surprise you, but they all benefit from having the ‘Wreckin’ Crew’s’ female rhythm section member on them.

Hopefully see you soon when I can talk for more than 10 seconds without having a coughing fit!

Pet Sounds Playlist #53 – Carol Kaye

01 Feelin’ Alright – Joe Cocker
02 California Girls – Beach Boys
03 I Was Made To Love Her – Stevie Wonder
04 Homeward Bound – Simon & Garfunkel
05 The Old Laughing Lady – Neil Young
06 Galveston – Glen Cambell
07 Bullitt Main Title – Lalo Schifrin
08 A Natural Man – Lou Rawls
09 River Deep, Mountain High – Ike & Tina Turner
10 I Think He’s Hiding – Randy Newman
11 Last Train To Clarksville – The Monkees
12 Indian Reservation – Paul Revere & The Raiders
13 Holy Thursday – David Axelrod
14 Love Child – Diana Ross & The Supremes
15 The Daily Planet – Love
16 The Beat Goes On – Sonny & Cher
17 You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ – Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood
18 I Don’t Need No Doctor – Ray Charles
19 Expecting To Fly – Buffalo Springfield
20 Suicide Is Painless – Theme From M*A*S*H

Listen HERE.

Pet Sounds Playlist #53 - Carol Kaye

Pet Sounds Playlist #52 – My Vice Or Yours?

Hello, hello, hello! So after a bit of a lengthy absence, I thought it was about time I showed my face and delivered a playlist, I think it’s a pretty good one even if I do say so myself. Whether you partake, approve, condemn or don’t give it much thought, there is no denying that narcotics have played a significant role in all forms of music, from Berlioz’s opium indebted Symphonie Fantastique, through Jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker’s heroin addiction all the way to the Beatles tripping and Snoop’s chronic tales, It’s not Sex, Candy and Rock and Roll…

Hope you enjoy it, and keep your ears peeled for a radio show that’s in the pipeline, Longlive X StrongIsland coming soon! Charlie.

Grab the Pet Sounds playlist HERE and check the past playlists HERE.

01 Medication – Primal Scream
02 Coffee In The Pot – Supergrass (Caffeine)
03 Smoke, Smoke, Smoke (That Cigarette) – Sammy Davis Jr. (Nicotine)
04 One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer – John Lee Hooker (Alcohol)
05 Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue – Ramones (Glue)
06 Animal Nitrate – Suede (Amyl Nitrite)
07 The Reefer Song – Fats Waller (Cannibis)
08 Mother’s Little Helper – The Rolling Stones (Valium)
09 Tramazi Parti – Black Grape (Temazepam)
10 Amphetamine Annie – Canned Heat (Speed)
11 Take Ecstacy With Me – The Magnetic Fields (Ecstacy)
12 Cokane In My Brain – Dillinger (Cocaine)
13 Lost In The K Hole – The Chemical Brothers (Ketamine)
14 Your Loft My Acid – Death In Vegas (LSD)
15 Happy Nightmare – Focus (Mescaline)
16 Heroin – The Velvet Underground (Heroin)
17 Medication – Spiritualized

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Friends Of Pet Sounds #26 – Christopher Whitear

Welcome this time around to Wit, one of Southsea’s finest musical exports, when he’s not making lovely music for others, he’s listening to a lot. He also writes a great blog which I’ve tuned into more than a couple of times. Have a look HERE, it’s really rather good. It’s due to reading about his current flavours that I thought he’d put together a great playlist and thankfully, I wasn’t wrong. So, without any further ado, I’ll leave you with Wit.

“Hello there. My name is Christopher George Whitear. Some people know me as Wit. I front local misery-weirdy-indie-pop numpties The B of the Bang and local noisy-weirdy-shouty-grunge-pop numpties Analogue Manilow. As well as this, I occasionally dabble with a bit of dour acoustic nonsense on my tod from time to time.

All this numptying takes up a lot of my time as you can well imagine BUT, along with music, my other big passion is travel…of which I like to do as much as possible. Not easy when you’re a skint musician but there we go.

With this in mind, I’ve decided on the theme of cities and towns from around the world to link together my playlist. Some of them I have visited, most I have not. I could have included a whole load more to be honest but I think this gives a fairly accurate representation of my musical tastes at this exact moment in time. It would probably be completely different if I chose again tomorrow. I’m ever so fickle.”

Grab the Pet Sounds playlist HERE and check the past playlists HERE.

‘Wit’s World of Wandering Wonderment’

01) Perth – Bon Iver
02) Nantes – Beirut
03) Wichita Lineman – Glen Campbell
04) Heaven or Las Vegas – Cocteau Twins
05) Paris – Edith Piaf
06) Jackson – Johnny Cash/June Carte
07) Stokkseyri – Alex & Jonsi
08) Warsaw – Joy Division
09) Weissensee – Neu!
10) Frances Farmer will Have her revenge on Seattle – Nirvana
11) Newcastle Lullaby – The Unthanks
12) Of Montreal – The Stills
13) Leaving for Paris no 2 – Rufus Wainwright
14) Copenhagen – Scott Walker
15) Sao Paulo – Guillemots

Pet Sounds Playlist #50 – 2012 In Albums

So, this is later than most end of year album round-ups, and it’s mainly because I kept thinking of things I’d forgotten. I actually ended up with a list of 65+ and even then I’d left off notable releases from the last 12 months. Thing is, it just stopped being any kind of representation of what I would recommend and became more like a comprehensive list of anything that wasn’t rubbish. So I went back and revised and compiled a far more disciplined and honest reflection of what I dug last year.

My favourite album of the year was Fear Fun by Father John Misty. An absolute surprise which I loved from the first time it played through, injecting old country soul with a knowing irony and self awareness that made you think of Jarvis at his acerbic best, he produced an album that would sit comfortably next to another under-rated gem from Jeff’s dad, Tim Buckley; ‘Greetings From LA’. Other constants on my iPod have been the undeniable Tame Impala, the breathtaking How To Dress Well and my new crush Cat Power, who I’ve come to late, but now really like, her album instantly inspired me and at the end of the day all the music that has ever stayed with me has echoes of what I might create myself. I included the twin towers of Zeitgeist; Django Django & Alt J for fear of being screamed at, but personally I think they’ve suffered from the hype a bit. It was, on reflection, a big year for folks from the Britpop years, thankfully no boring retreads though, Dodgy channeled a pastoral charm that they always had but seemed now comfortable to push to the fore, Martin Rossiter and Tim Burgess both released stirring and confident solo albums, the latter recording what is essentially a Tim Burgess led Lambchop album with Kurt Wagner of Lambchop writing and producing (no bad thing at all), Richard Hawley continued to carve out his Johnny Cash fronting The Verve niche and Jason Pierce returned with a Spiritualized album that just sounded like a great fucking Spiritualized album. Creating a massive future-past effect were a few acts that stood out to me, the ever mental Black Moth Super Rainbow, Polica and Animal Collective, who were back to a full team after the depleted numbers of the still amazing Merriweather Post Pavilion. Best lyric of the year I think has to go to 2 Bears; “See fellas, we got your girlfriend thinking, I never loved a bear but tonight I’ve been drinking”. Amazing.

Anyway, I really could go on, but it’s probably best I don’t and you just check out the list for yourselves, and remember it’s an album list, so check out each one in it’s entirety if you have the time or inclination, there are some absolutely banging tracks hidden amongst it all, and if you want the full unabridged round up of the year, that link’s at the bottom too. Now where’s my guitar…

Grab the Pet Sounds playlist HERE and check the past playlists HERE.

‘2012’s Top 25 Albums In No Particular Order’

1.) Fear Fun – Father John Misty
2.) Centipede Hz – Animal Collective
3.) Be Strong – The 2 Bears
4.) Standing At The Sky’s Edge – Richard Hawley
5.) Lonerism – Tame Impala
6.) World Music – Goat
7.) The Defenestration Of St Martin – Martin Rossiter
8.) Port Of Morrow – The Shins
9.) Allah-Las – Allah-Las
10.) Mala In Cuba – Mala
11.) good kid, m.A.A.d city – Kendrick Lamar
12.) Stand Upright In A Cool Place – Dodgy
13.) Cobra Juicy – Black Moth Super Rainbow
14.) Pink – Four Tet
15.) TOY – Toy
16.) Total Loss – How To Dress Well
17.) Sun – Cat Power
18.) Oh No I Love You – Tim Burgess
19.) An Awesome Wave – alt-J
20.) The Savage Heart – The Jim Jones Revue
21.) Locked Down – Dr John
22.) Django Django – Django Django
23.) Sweet Heart Sweet Light – Spiritualized
24.) Give You The Ghost – Polica
25.) Bloom – Beach House

You can also grab Charlies full years round up HERE.

Pet Sounds #49 – Christmas & That

So, I generally don’t like Christmas and all that goes with it, I even get annoyed with people commenting ironically about the first sighting of the coca-cola advert. However, it clearly works for some folks and it’s with that in mind that I’ve made this little compilation. Merry Christmas and let’s all get along, eat turkey, pull crackers and drink sherry. Love, Charlie.

Grab the Pet Sounds playlist HERE and check the past playlists HERE.

‘Merry Christmas Your Arse’

01 Christmas Rappin’ – Kurtis Blow
02 Jingle Bell Rock – The Ventures
03 Every Year So Different – Cornershop
04 The Little Drummer Boy – Johnny Cash
05 Christmas Wrapping – The Waitresses
06 No Christmas – The Wedding Present
07 This Christmas – Donny Hathaway
08 White Christmas – Iggy Pop
09 I Wish It Was Christmas Today – Julian Casablancas
10 Christmas ( Baby, Please Come Home) – Slow Club
11 Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight) – The Ramones
12 A Snowflake Fell (And It Felt Like A Kiss) – Glasvegas
13 Happy Xmas (War Is Over) – The Polyphonic Spree
14 Stop The Cavalry – Jona Lewie
15 Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – The Crystals

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Friends Of Pet Sounds #25 – Christopher Reeves AKA The Gasman

I asked Chris a while back to make me a playlist of songs that had informed the music he made himself, perhaps naively I expected to get back an brief education in experimental electronic music. What I got instead was a far more interesting proposition, over to Chris to explain…

“I’m not a huge fan of half these bands to be honest, but all the tracks I’ve chosen are (for me) infectious bits of pop that at times have the punchy unpredictable chord changes that inspire what I do. The artists that are consistently “my bag” don’t seem to have music on Spotify e.g. Cardiacs or Gryphon.

There seems to be hardly anyone making my ideal music and that’s the driving force for me to try and make it myself, some artists nearly get there but lack the levels of colour/emotion and honesty I need in music. My less conventional sound/taste seems to be the result of an interest in 80s dance music as a kid leading into rave and then Progressive rock. Growing up I was subjected to Cliff Richard and Elvis Presley so I’m very grateful for the radio I was bought when I was 11.

When I started recording for planet mu in 2003 the music was a lot more slap dash and under produced but now I aim for bigger sounding crisper production. My ideal music is a sort of Progressive Rave without the chitchat/filler. My output is clearly very personal/ineffectual to others as after quite a lot of radio play over the years including John Peel, the Freak zone and a session for Radio 1, I still only appear to have about 10 fans.”

Grab the Pet Sounds playlist HERE and check the past playlists HERE.

‘Leg Jerkers’

01 Rubber Legs – Iggy & The Stooges
02 One Of Those People – The Nice
03 T.V. – The Tubes
04 IEIEI – White Denim
05 Expectation – Tame Impala
06 I Just Want To See Your Face – Serena-Maneesh
07 Throwing Back The Apple – Pale Saints
08 How I Know – Toro Y Moi
09 Metaphor – Sparks
10 Superabound – Frank Black
11 Florida – Modest Mouse
12 Animal In Every Corner – Danielson
13 Stuck In A Tight Spot – Clor
14 A Real Woman – Squarepusher
15 Mirrorlike – The Gasman

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Pet Sounds Playlist #48 – All About The Song

After the success of last weekend’s Southseafest, taking place along the length of Albert Road in Southsea, it’s clear that ‘song’ is all important. With this in mind, here’s a playlist made up of 15 types. Included is a beginning one, a few middle ones and a last one, and in between there’s everything from a simple one, a good one and a logical one, to a cave one, a pyramid one, a country one and a desert one, through your one and one of redemption.

Grab the Pet Sounds playlist HERE and check the past playlists HERE.

All About The Song

01 Entrance – The Black Angels
02 Second – TV On The Radio
03 Simple – The Shins
04 Good – Blur
05 Radio – REM
06 Number – DJ Shadow
07 Logical – Supertramp
08 Girl/Boy – Aphex Twin
09 Cave – WU LYF
10 Pyramid – Radiohead
11 Country – The Men
12 Desert – Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeroes
13 Your – Elton John
14 Redemption – Bob Marley
15 Last – Traffic Sound

Pet Sounds Playlist #47 – Louie Louie

After a little sabbatical, here’s a really cool playlist that was inspired by an article about the most covered song of all time (thanks Laura Lee). I love this tune, it’s a staple when I DJ, and I know I’m not alone. I thought this could be shit, cause a cover is sometimes cool, sometimes amusing, but inevitably after a while it starts to grate and you just end up wanting to hear the original…or so I thought. I finally narrowed my list down to 21, and to be deadly serious, they’re pretty much all bangers. Everything from Punk to Rap, via Garage, Psych, Soul, Post-Punk, Easy Listening, Torch Singer, Reggae, Funk and on and on and on, it’s class, I genuinely got excited making this one, I challenge you to get bored. “Duh duh duh. duh duh is a mnemonic so powerful…”.

The original is by Richard Berry, the best known by The Kingsmen and my current favourites are an awesome sultry slow version by Julie London and a psychedelic masterclass by Friar Tuck. Otis always smashes it too.

I might have to have a crack at it myself now…

Grab the Pet Sounds playlist HERE and check the past playlists HERE.

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01 Richard Berry & The Pharaohs
02 Flamin’ Groovies
03 The Sandpipers
04 The Beach Boys
05 The Kinks
06 The Challengers
07 Fat Boys
08 Julie London
09 Herb Gross & The Invictas
10 Friar Tuck
11 Motorhead
12 Toots & The Maytals
13 Mario Allison y Su Combo
14 Stanley Clarke & George Duke
15 The Feelies
16 The Sonics
17 The Nomads
18 Otis Redding
19 Ike & Tina Turner
20 Wilbert Harrison
21 The Kingsmen

Pet Sounds Playlist #46 – The Stone Roses Lyon Gig

To say I’m excited about the gigs taking place this weekend is an understatement. Friday, Saturday and Sunday will see The Stone Roses return to Manchester and play gigs that people never thought they would see. I saw them back in 1995 in December when they played the Brighton centre, and even though John Squire was still there, Reni had left the band. The idea of seeing all four members of the band perform songs that are amongst my absolute favourites is magical. These are my heroes and I can’t wait.

Grab the Pet Sounds playlist HERE and check the past playlists HERE.

Les Nuits de Fourvière Festival, Lyon, France 25th June 2012

01. I Wanna Be Adored

02. Mersey Paradise
03. (Song for My) Sugar Spun Sister
04. Sally Cinnamon
05. Where Angels Play
06. Shoot You Down
07. Bye Bye Badman
08. Ten Storey Love Song
09. Standing Here
10. Fools Gold
11. Something’s Burning
12. Waterfall
13. Don’t Stop
14. Love Spreads
15. Made Of Stone
16. This Is the One
17. She Bangs The Drums
18. Elizabeth My Dear
19. I Am The Resurrection




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Old Cycle Race

At some point between the wars this was taken during a cycle race at the Alexandra Park velodrome up in Tipner, which is still there.

Cycle Race
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Vintage Southsea Skatepark articles

Articles about Southsea Skatepark can be hard to come by, and articles from 1988 even more so. I found these on the ‘when we was rad’ website a while back. I remember having the picture of Tommy Guerrero pulling that slob torn out and on my wall for years. Sick.

Vintage Photography by Richard Baker

Richard Baker grew up in Portsmouth and Southsea with many happy memories, but limited funds. In the 1960s Richard was studying at The Portsmouth College of Art and was lucky enough to be able to print off some wonderful black & white photographs. 40 years later he dug them out from hibernation.

The series captures people in the city going about their daily lives. Shopping, resting, having fun. Great candid shots from a simpler time. Check out the huge Pick & Mix on display at Woolworths along with the rest of Richards photographs over at his Flickr.










Nike Football’s ‘Risk Everything’ by Portsmouth Studio ilovedust – Exclusive Interview

In the last few weeks Nike launched ‘Risk Everything’ their new football marketing campaign that features the England football team as well as other players from all around the world including Cristiano Ronaldo & Neymar Jr. Risk Everything also includes the new England kit for the 2014 World Cup with striking imagery of the players and the three lions. The artwork & branding of this vast, international marketing campaign by one of the largest brands in the World was created by Portsmouth’s very own award winning ilovedust design studio, located at the heart of the city. Established in 2003 the company and design team have grown dramatically, working with international brands as well as on local projects. Strong Island caught up with ilovedust’s Matt Howarth, senior designer, and found out more about ILD’s involvement with Nike’s Risk Everything:

ilovedust has been working with Nike for some time, can you give us a quick history of how you hooked up with them initially? Some of the past projects with them that you guys have been particularly stoked on?

We’ve been working for Nike for the last 7 years, it all started off with an illustration for a Jordan x Levis 501 project back when we were a small 4 man studio, i guess we did a pretty good job and the word spread internally at Nike world headquarters that ilovedust knew their shit! Since then we’ve grown our relationship year on year and been lucky enough to meet some inspiring people and work on some great projects along the way.

Can you give us some background on when and how you guys got involved in the England World Cup promotional branding and Risk Everything?

The initial brief for the “Risk Everything” campaign came from advertising agent Wieden & Kennady (W+K) in Portland, Oregon, over the years we have a made a few friends there and they emailed us way back in September saying they’ve got the perfect project for us! The project became so big that we ended up working directly with the Nike Football department directly.

Nike Football's 'Risk Everything' by Portsmouth Studio ilovedust

From what has been released already I’ve seen the mural on the Southbank of Jack Wilshire & Wayne Rooney the backdrop for the England team for their World Cup kit, retail displays and more, it is clearly a huge project, can you break down what is involved in a project of this scale?

Oh god… where to start!! Initially W+K briefed us to create illustrations for their 5 top footballers to be used in a print campaign (these will released in a couple of weeks), then Nike Football tasked us with creating illustrations for 7 different countries which Nike will be sponsoring at the World Cup, these would be used online and across retail destinations in each of the 7 countries. Since all of these have been completed we’ve been contacted by W+K London, Amsterdam, Rio and Tokyo for additional illustrations, this is where the Wayne Rooney/Jack Wilshere piece comes in to play, curated by W+K London and currently on display on the Southbank.

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With Risk Everything you guys have stamped your distinct signature style all over it, what level of creative control do Dust and the team have in the collaboration with Nike?

When the brief came in it referenced a lot of our work, the client had a distinct idea of what they wanted, we took it, run with it, and made it better. Luckily we have good, open relationships with our clients, and we know a thing or two about football, so they trusted us.

As well as having your main studio in Portsmouth you have a studio in Portland, working with a brand the size of Nike and a project of this scale have there been practical issues with working with a brand on the other side of the World? Advantages?

We’ve visited Nike HQ 3 times during this project and our small studio in Portland has allowed us to work on the project in real time with the clients. We’re used to being 8 hours ahead of them everyday, and working until midnight is not uncommon, so being able to work and get feedback instantaneously was a real advantage.

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The ilovedust lion is the striking backdrop for the England team in the new Nike kit in the run up to the World Cup, what design constraints did you experience (if any) with working with essentially a national sporting icon? Were the FA involved in sign-off?

This project was a fun one to work on with hardly any design restraints, and as far as we know The FA were not involved in sign-off, but as with all Nike work it had to go through legal checks, we we’re pretty safe with the 3 lions.

The lion and associated artwork are already gracing huge sports retailers’ windows plus on TV adverts, how does if feel seeing your work on this level in the UK?

It’s always nice to see months of hard work pay off when it’s released to the world – a bit surreal to see it in shop windows in your hometown!

Nike Football's 'Risk Everything' by Portsmouth Studio ilovedust

I’m assuming there is still much more to come in the run up to June and the World Cup? Will you guys be getting out to Rio?

Yes, lots more to come. The “Risk Everything” campaign will run beyond the World Cup and into next season so we have started to work on a different style of illustration for Europe’s top clubs; Barca, Man Utd, PSG, Juventus etc etc

ILD is home to some die hard Portsmouth FC fans, ever think about what you could do in regards to the club in respect to design? Maybe a new kit for 2014/2015 season?

Ha, the current kit’s not too bad but i’m sure we could improve it if given the chance!

Without letting too many cats out of the bag, what other projects are you guys working on for 2014?

Some very cool projects in the pipeline, one for Pepsi which is also World Cup related, we’re continuing to work with Microsoft for the launch of Xbox One’s Sunset Overdrive computer game in 2015, hmmm what else… lots more Nike that’s for sure, a few bits for Red Bull and a couple of top secret projects which you’ll have to wait for… sorry!

The Risk Everything artwork continues to roll out through the press and on TV, below are some images of the artwork already in the wild, be sure to keep up with the ILD website, blog, Twitter, Instagram & Behance to see more.

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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

Domesday Project




Someone Invent A Time Machine

The photography exhibit The Birth of British Rock at the Museum is now in it’s last week so be sure to make it down before it finishes on June 6th. Looking through the Pompey Pop Pix Flickr, which contains loads of local photos, tickets and posters, I came across this poster for what must have been on of the best line-ups the Guildhall has ever had.

Strong Island Easter Bike Ride Video

The guys over at www.saftandboneless.co.uk have put together a nice little edit from the Bike Ride on April 4th. It really shows the vibe of the day well. Good times. I better get on the phone and book the Police escort for August.

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.

www.hellomatt.co.uk

Our Langstone Harbour Trip with the RSPB

On a grey yet thankfully dry Sunday morning if I had a Portsmouth bucket list, I had one of the items near the top ticked off with a boat trip with the RSPB. Personally, I’ve always loved Langstone Harbour. When I first moved to Portsmouth I lived at the Furze Lane Langstone campus of the University of Portsmouth and the harbour was on my door step and one of the first places I explored with my bike and camera. Throughout the years I’ve been lucky enough to explore every yard of its edge plus the sandbank and the Phoenix Breakwater with my camera, from high tide to low, but I haven’t had a chance to explore the islands.

The thing, for me, that makes Langstone Harbour extra special is that it is a wild habitat right on the doorstep of the most densely populated city in the UK. Considering the close proximity to well over two hundred thousand people, the harbour is surprisingly biodiverse and a key nesting location for birds on the south coast. More surprising is that for birds, Langstone Harbour has way, way more calling it home through the seasons than its neighbour Chichester Harbour. So…all of this wildlife shares Portsmouth with us, and us with them. Particularly at this time of year: nesting season. So for the very, very novice twitcher side of me, a boat trip out to see the birds with the RSPB was a fantastic opportunity.




We set off from the slipway at Broadmarsh Costal Park south of Havant with Wez at the boat controls and Dawn to help both myself and Tristan find out more about the wildlife and what the RSPB do in regards to the harbour and the bird populations. It was a good start with lots of Mute Swans seeing us off from the quayside and even a low flying Heron passing overhead. We travelled south, in parallel with the shore of Long Island, one of many different islands in the harbour that have (since the late 1970s) become protected bird preserves of the RSPB. We passed the southern tip of the island, which is one of the few areas where the public can land (we saw kayakers taking a break on the small shingle beach) before moving south west to Round Nap Island.


Long Island.


I’ve always been intrigued by the harbour’s islands and as they are off limits to the public this was my first chance to see them up close. Round Nap Island is quite small and at high tide seemed like a very flat and precarious home to the nesting birds and visiting birds too. On the shingle we saw Black Headed Gulls with their brown, fuzzy and big chicks who will be very soon flying themselves. Also on the island we saw quiet Cormorants taking a rest from fishing and curious Oyster Catchers exploring the shingle and waterline for food.


Round Nap Island.


Cormorants on Round Nap Island.

The RSPB routinely (at times, daily) check the nesting islands to ensure the birds aren’t effected by the many different dangers to them, their nests and their young. At low tide some of these islands are accessible by the mudflats so some islands have electric fences to protect against foxes and other predators. Another serious danger to these birds are storms and surging tides. Recently a storm washed away nests and seriously effecting the breeding of some of the harbours most important visitors.




Black Headed Gull.

From Round Nap Island we set off to the much larger South Binness Island, the most southerly of the islands in the harbour. As we travelled along the southern shore of the island we saw hundreds and hundreds of Black headed Gulls and their young plus the sharp edged Sandwich Terns, Common Terns and our first sighting of the beautiful Little Terns that visit the harbour each year. The Little Terns have struggled in recent years to raise young due to weather and tides and in 2013 this island was raised up with 500 tonnes of aggregate with the hope that their ‘scrapes’ would be better protected.


South Binness Island.


Oyster Catcher and Black Header Gulls on South Binness Island.


South Binness Island.


Black Headed Gull chicks on South Binness Island.


South Binness Island.


Sandwich Tern.

Little Terns are very special visitors to Portsmouth. Unknown to me until fairly recently, Portsmouth and Langstone Harbour is home to one of the largest colonies of these special birds, along with Blakeney Point and Great Yarmouth in Norfolk and Minsmere in Suffolk. You might find the birds in much smaller groups around the coast of the UK, including Scotland…but right here in Portsmouth is a key nesting site in the UK. Sadly these birds have difficulty in producing young as our weather has been bad in consecutive years but they will continue to try through the rest of the season. There are only 1,900 (approx.) breeding pairs in the UK so the work done locally by the RSPB to support and help these birds is vital. To put it in context, on South Binness Island alone in 2008 the island had 4,886 nesting pairs of Black Headed Gulls.


Little Tern.


Little Tern.


Wez.

We travelled west past the island and out to a place I have wanted to visit for years, Oyster Island. Many years ago this small island was home to an oyster watchman’s house built in 1819. I had heard that you could still see the foundations and remains of the house (which was possibly washed away in a storm) still on this tiny island south of Farlington Marshes. As we approached you could clearly see on this tiny island the timber beams of the house plus bricks and more. Hard to believe that someone could live out here, right on the harbour.


Oyster Island.


Oyster Island.

From here we travelled to Baker’s Island with it’s northerly wild side. The RSPB obviously tries to not disturb the birds but there are occasions when it is necessary to land on one of the islands. Routinely the RSPB need to count the nests and check for any issues. Sometimes they have to fix fencing and maintain signs, etc, on this occasion Wez had to replace the electric fence battery so we grounded the boat on the beach for a few minutes. Obviously it is vital these islands are not visited by the public so this was an unexpected privilege to see this habitat up close for a minute or two.


Baker’s Island.


Oyster Catcher on Baker’s Island.


Surrounding the boat at Baker’s Island.

We set off from here and travelled east across the harbour and midway saw a large commercial vessel leave the quay at the Lafarge Tarmac site and travel towards the harbour entrance. It was a good reminder that despite being a quiet harbour there is still commercial activity on a day to day basis. There are also fishing vessels that work within the harbour too.


Commercial vessel passing Round Nap Island.




Tris.

The old oyster beds on Hayling Island’s north westerly edge (next to the ‘Billy’) have a long history, from farming huger amounts of oysters for consumption in London (ending due to pollution) to them being neglected until recent years when they were restored and made a protected RSPB area. These interlinking beds are now home to many different birds and access is prevented from Hayling Island as well as from boats. From here we saw a harbour favourite the Little Egret and also a solo Great Crested Grebe before it dived under the water and disappeared. On the way back to Broadmarsh we were lucky to see about a dozen Common Terns feeding, with them circling, hovering and then diving in to the harbour waters. We also saw some Little Terns too, who only feed around one kilometre from their nesting sites.


Little Egret at Hayling Island Oyster Beds.




Diving Common Tern.


In only a matter of two hours we had an incredible trip around the harbour and were introduced to not just the birds that call Portsmouth home but also the dedicated work by the RSPB, who with a very small team have to protect the habitats and birds. If you want to keep up to date with the work done by your local RSPB team be sure to follow their blog HERE. A huge thank you to Wez and Dawn for the trip!

Interested in seeing some of these birds yourself? It is actually pretty easy from the shoreline of the city of Portsmouth. We’re working with the RSPB on a series of articles starting tomorrow and we’ll be running a competition too. More details tomorrow.

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

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