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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”

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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

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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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Local Photographer – Eamon Lane

A recent arrival to Portsmouth, Eamon Lane has been out and about the city recently shooting photos on the street and at local events such as Love Your Bike. Below are a few examples of Eamon’s photography, visit I Love Slugs to see more.






It’s going to be a Strong Movember – Closed at £725

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 www.mobro.co/StrongIsland 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.

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When The Tour Came To Portsmouth – A Conversation With John Bagnall – Part 2/2

Welcome back to part two of our interview with John Bagnall, a key player in bringing one of the biggest dates in the sporting calendar to Portsmouth in 1994. You can revisit part one here.

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Hi John, in part one we discussed what it takes to begin paving the way for a Portsmouth stage. What else did you have to organise or overcome on your road to June 1994?

The next obstacle we had was the police, mainly due to the fact they had never dealt with anything quite so big before. At the time you had the Milk Race and the Kellogg’s Tour Of Britain as the biggest cycling events in the UK. And those were done by rolling road closures: a police car or motorcycle in front and behind which leapfrogged each other to stop the traffic. The Tour wouldn’t contemplate that, it had to be a completely sterile loop. The police have an organisation called ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers), that oversee combined or national large scale operations. We got assigned an inspector who was a bit full of himself and quite jack the laddish. You could see why he had gone far in the police force; a rather strong personality. He came to the first meetings saying, “well you know, I can’t see it working but we’ll go through the motions”, it was that sort of attitude. This was partly because, to start off with, they couldn’t get their mind round what the Tour was and how it felt to be part of it. So we took him and a couple of his deputies, including another guy assigned by Hampshire Constabulary, to France the next year to see the race. The Tour kindly decided to put them in their control car as guests, and for two days they were able to experience their operations first hand.

Unfortunately we thought we’d blown it on the first day. By then they were into the mountains, and this particular stage finished at Sestriere in the Alps, which is one of the very famous climbs if not one of the very legendary ones. Sestriere is now in all of the record books because Claudio Chiapuccino won it with the longest by distance and time break away in Tour history. Claudio came in forty five minutes ahead of the rest, it was quite an incredible ride, and probably drug assisted at the time if the truth be known… But Sestriere is a mountain top and it was just gridlocked. There was no way you could get anywhere for hours afterwards and yet we were supposed to collect these ACPO guys in order to look after them. We just couldn’t make the physical connections. Mobiles were very new technology and there was no coverage on the tops of the alps, so we had no means of getting in touch with them. We thought we had really blown it, they will be pretty hacked off at being left stranded with French men. As it turned out our French counterparts realised the situation and said “don’t worry, we will look after you”. They dished up a really nice dinner, got them suitably drunk and they had a really good time. When we met up with them the following day we fully expected them to pull the plug on the whole affair, however they expressed a different kind of concern; “After what we saw yesterday I’m not sure that we, the English police force, could manage something so awe inspiring. It was so well organised, it is going to give us real problems matching it”. Thankfully this soon became an ego thing and before we knew it, the challenge had been set to do it better than the French.

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I recall in the first half of this interview you briefly mentioned the issue of legislation having to be created specifically for the Tour, could you give us more details on what had to be put into place?

What the police soon realised was that road cycling at that time, took place under a minor clause-of-a-sub-statute-of-a-bit-of-legislation dating back to 1948. This simply didn’t give them the powers they would need to create a completely sterile road closure. The existing legislation meant that it was okay for a police car to stop and for a policeman to halt traffic with his hands for 15 minutes, but not for a full day. So we shaped and drafted an Act of Parliament that was taken through as a private member’s bill. It was very discreetly done because this was still subject to confidentiality, all very hush hush. The bill went through Parliament and was enacted; giving all the relevant authorities the power to do whatever necessary to close the road and such like. This is the same legislation under which the Tour can take place in Yorkshire on Saturday.

That then just left all the towns and villages. We had numerous meetings with the county councils: Kent, East Sussex, West Sussex and Hampshire because the Tour want money to come. To be a start of finish town back then was around £100,000.00, which is quite a lot of money. And that was just for the Tour to come, so not including your organisation costs. All of that had to be negotiated through all of the various councils, but I think we had the political network working for us, everyone at Portsmouth City Council was up for it. By then a momentum was gathering and rumours started to appear. Cycling Weekly would phone up every so often and ask “what is going on?” “well what do you think is going on? I haven’t heard anything?”, all this bluff and counter bluff. Cycling is a small world, so they recognised that if they blew it then it could lift the lid on the whole thing. They were bound into it as well. Gradually we ticked off all the councils putting up the money for physical improvements. After this operation had been put into place the roads on the planned the route had never better for cycling; whole stretches were re-tarmacked because none of the councils wanted to be known for having bought a rider down.

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The next part of the operation was to simply identify all the businesses that would be affected; banks, supermarkets, retail outlets, etc. Staff would have problems getting in due to the roads being closed at five in the morning. Deliveries would not be able to take place and cash points would not be refilled. Memorably I researched every crematorium, cemetery and undertakers on 25 miles either side of the route in order to write to them saying “please be aware that on this day restrictions will be in place and you might not have access for mourners, don’t book funerals for that day”. Similar to this, part of the route was going up Ditchling Beacon where a very rare orchid grows, so rare that its location is kept a secret. Naturally the Environmental Agency were worried about it, so the area was coned off and marshal placed there specifically to protect this plant from cycling fans and plant collectors alike.

Then it was just down to getting people along the route to buy into it; we persuaded villages councils and the Department for Education to allow schools to close for the day so that their pupils were able to watch the race. By the time we had the national launch, Cycling Weekly was planning events and their editor, Martin Ayres, came on board on a freelance basis to help with the writing of our newsletter. Through our newsletters we were having to inform people who had never heard of the Tour de France what it was about. We had to get out there and convince the people who, not only did not cycle, but disapproved of cycling in general. All whilst keeping the cycling clubs and the aficionados happy. It all came together amazingly well, but it was a lot of hard work. During the winter of 93 -94, for three to four nights a week I was in village halls somewhere along the route; showing a film and telling people what would be happening. Often you would get people sitting there with their arms crossed saying “why should I pay my rates so that French men can race bikes past my house?”, we were dealing with that sort of mentality.

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By all accounts this was a successful stage, but can you tell me if there were any incidents that you had to deal with? With that amount of people massed together surely some issues cropped up?

The only incident in the whole thing was during the Portsmouth leg, when a child stepped out onto the curb after the peloton came round. Unfortunately he was clipped by the wing of one of the official’s cars who were following the riders, and momentarily we were quite concerned. Thankfully the Tour stopped one of its medical cars and called up one of their helicopters. The helicopter landed just behind where it happened and took the child and his mother to the hospital for the check-up. He had a headache and was slightly bruised but nothing serious. In truth it was fantastic PR on the Tour’s part to of done that, it added hugely to the concept of goodwill.

Over the two days, the police estimated between two and three million people had watched at the roadside. It had huge television coverage relative to the time, I remember Mr Leblanc saying that we have already seen the biggest stage crowd for the whole Tour, and we were only on stage four and five. The goodwill that was generated was just amazing, it’s fantastic anywhere you go on the Tour anyway, but the friendship and fun that was being had was truly magic. It laid the groundwork for the Tour to come back to England.

What would you say the aim was in bringing the Tour here, and what legacy did it leave? What do you think it brought to the city?

The immediate aim was to inform as many people as possible across the world, that there is a city called Portsmouth on the south coast of England. A city with an important heritage and history. A city that is open for commercial business. We were the people that started this whole thing, we are a city with a “can do” spirit. We are international and friendly. This was general promotion of sorts, for all kinds of different reasons and messages, and we very much hoped to ignite greater interest in cycling. Not to mention greater investment in cycling on the part of the city. We are on an island, the highest point in Portsmouth is twelve meters above sea level, it’s difficult to think of somewhere better, perhaps Cambridge apart, in physical terms for cycling. And yet the provision within the city is not good. Unfortunately I think Portsmouth just didn’t managed to capitulate on the immediate legacy of the Tour to achieve a tipping point that could be built on. In a way that you could argue that London has done with the Boris Bikes. There is still more work to do and I don’t entirely see who is doing it and where it is coming from. Southsea Cycle Club and various community projects are doing a great job in making it visible, but I don’t think it’s really come together as a critical mass in Portsmouth.

What really makes me sorry is if you cycle up of down the back or Portsdown Hill, you can see where the cycling tracks have been laid and marked out, but the tarmac has almost worn off. There is just the faint trace of a bike as you come up from Waterlooville and I think that is ever so sad, it’s symbolic of the tokenism that prevailed in the end in Hampshire and Portsmouth. They were given an opportunity to make themselves famous permanently in England as the cycling city, but the momentum was never really achieved in the first place. It was a very successfully stage and I think the longer term legacy wasn’t in the immediate benefits to the people who ride bikes in Portsmouth. However, to the cycling community in Britain as a whole it has had enormous benefits; it worked by laying one of the first foundation stones in what you could describe as a cycling wall. In the next course of bricks above Portsmouth 1994 you have Dublin in 1998, and then a couple courses of bricks above that you have London in 2007. Next you have smaller bricks above that: Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins. Riders who, as kids, might of watched Portsmouth on Channel 4. I would love to know if Mark Cavendish did and whether it fuelled his desire to be part of such a legendary event. You cannot quantify this part of the legacy. By this weekend, Yorkshire 2014 will be at the top of the wall. Yet when you look closely; Portsmouth is still right there at the bottom, as a foundation stone. This is where it all began.

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I would like to express a huge thank you to John & Jan for allowing me into their home and sharing this great story with me. The 101st edition of the Tour De France begins on Saturday the 5th July, with ITV and ITV4 covering live stages and providing nightly highlights.

RETROSPECTIVE – Vintage Portsmouth & Southsea

“Since Strong Island began back in 2008 we have amassed an incredible amount of historical information about Portsmouth & Southsea’s past. These articles are not only from our own interest and passion about the city, but also from readers that have sent us some amazing facts. So much has changed in such a relatively short amount of time and the fast pace of life around us can make it easy to forget the importance of this cities history.

Retrospective‘ takes a look back at some of our previous posts incase you missed them in the past or you’re one of our new readers. One day myself and Paul hope to create a stand alone archive here utilising all the books and photos we have collected that haven’t made it on to Strong Island as of yet. With permission of course! So much to do and so little time. Enjoy.”

This is one seriously awesome vintage photography collection from Pop Olive33 that I found on Flickr a while back (sadly no longer active). Check out Osborne Road and Guildhall. Just incredible. It’s hard to imagine a time when traffic flowed through Guildhall, and that was only in 1968 and the shot looking west down Osborne Road is amazing. Trams, horses, grand buildings, a traffic cop, ladies & gents. It’s all going on…

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Local Photographer – Diana Goss

A familiar and friendly face around Albert Road, Diana Goss is a freelance creative portrait photographer with her own studio and whilst based in Southsea is often found all over Portsmouth as well as Bournemouth and Brighton too. Specialising in both Fashion and Boudoir work (see www.laboudoir.co.uk), and going by her website (www.notmagnum.co.uk) and Flickr obviously enjoys any type of people portraiture both in the studio and outside at such events as Goodwood Revival, music shows, weddings and even equine work. Not only that but you most likely have seen a few of her common props around town, a 1960’s Bentley, a 1955 Oldsmobile in red with red leather seats and a 1960’s red Pontiac!

Some of Diana’s work is available in Albert Road in Matt Sills’s Wallspace gallery (you may have also picked up a few free prints during the last Albert Road day) and if you’re interested in any commission work such as model shoots and portfolios, event photography or are interested in modelling for one of Diana’s photography projects give Diana a shout via email.

This is a cross processed film shot Diana took of the Wallspace Gallery with her namesake camera, a Lomo Diana and below that are a few more examples of her work:

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The Fog

Anyone who was out in Southsea and some surrounding areas would have witnessed the rolling fog that made it’s way inland this Sunday. Creeping past the Isle of Wight and finally making it’s way to the beach and taking people by total surprise. Hundreds of people were out having BBQs and generally enjoying the sun when all of a sudden things got weird when you could see your breath in the air and pockets of mist were passing right in front of your eyes. It’s rare to see this during day and normally only occurs first thing in the morning, so this was pretty cool to see.

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Check out some more photos of “The Fog’ over on my Flickr Photostream..

Holy Cody Batman

Cody needs no introductions, ever. The nicest guy you’ll ever meet with a heart of a gold and the skateboard mentality of an escaped mental patient.

If you need conformation of that statement then check this photo I grabbed from some site called Facebook. Off the clubhouse roof into the flat bank down Southsea Skatepark. Nuts…

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Shortly after I posted this insane photo of Cody going nuts down the skatepark, he sent a reply. Thought i’d post it up so people that know him can have a read.

“Thank u for the nice word. I just have to say thank you to all the peeps and friends that have help and shape me as a sk8er and as a human being. The love that i have been shown over the years is so big. The friend and peeps i have met and change my life and change my path to some thing good. I truly say it with my heart that i love you all and i hope to make more friends and to have more good time. Here a shout out to all the u.k sk8 scene and the southsea boys and girl sk8er or not, much love. and to the guys like strong island crew and bored sk8 for keeping the u.k. scene going. So if u up for a sk8 drink or chill u find me in southsea. 1 love bye cody x”

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Inside the Memorial

Due to possible damage due to the storm and the high winds it was possible to access the inside of the war memorial down on Southsea seafront the other day. I always though it was a solid structure but it turns out it is hollow with sunken foundations and access to the top. From the plaque inside, it looks like the ladder is for maintenance if there is a lightning strike (the top of the memorial has a huge copper globe).

No disrespect was meant by taking a very brief look inside, just architectural curiosity and finding out something not commonly known about a Southsea landmark.

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Outside

Kings Theatre

The Kings Theatre in Southsea is continuing is restorations, this afternoon they were taking the roof top away, we’re assuming for some repairs and maintenance work.

Matt Saxey’s Bike Ride Photos

Head on over to Matts Flickr and check out a few more photos from last Sunday’s ride. Great photos that really help capture the event.

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