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WIN a Strong Island Care Package by Representing at Bestival

It’s that time of the year when dozens (if not hundreds) of Strong Islanders head over to the Isle of Wight for Rob Da Banks Bestival extravaganza. Since it’s beginnings the Southsea contingency has gone from strength to strength, and this year will be no exception.

As always we’re super excited to be going over and it looks like the weather is going to be on our side this year. I know I’m leaving my wellies at home, that’s for sure! The sneak peaks of sunshine is getting everyone even more eager than normal to go get involved.

Over the years we’ve seen a nice steady increase of people representing our tees and this year we hope to see even more. If you’re going over and fancy a chance to win a Strong Island Care Package full of goodies then it couldn’t be easier. Get a photo of yourself, your friends, a stranger or just a RAD photo of someone repping Strong Island and having fun.

You can email the photo’s to contact@strong-island.co.uk or simply hashtag #strongislandclothingco or #strongrepresent on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook for your chance to win. Make sure to tag all your friends.

Whether your going over to the festival or staying at home in Southsea have a great one and enjoy the sunshine.

Represent | Electric Elephant Festival

It’s always great to see folks wearing our gear, so it was a nice surprise to see Civilisation Of the Rough‘s DJ Steve Laming representing Strong Island and COR at the Electric Elephant Festival in Croatia last weekend.

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Strong Island Clothing Co. – Represent Winners at Victorious Festival 2013

Wow! What a weekend. From setting up the Strong Island Clothing Co. stall at 8am on Friday till packing up on Monday, the whole experience was awesome. We didn’t get to see too much of the festival itself, but hundreds of people came to visit the stall to buy, hang out, share a beer, say hello and generally enjoy themselves.

Last week we ran a tee shirt giveaway competition for anyone that came to the stall wearing a Strong Island tee, and we we’re stoked on the amount of people that came representing! Below is just a snippet of all the Strong Islanders at Victorious Festival, and our winners can be seen in the full size images underneath.

If you’re a winner please email us at contact@strongislandclothingco.com and we will arrange a time for you to come and pick up a tee of your choice in person. Being the nice guys we are we’ve added one more tee to the competition to the couple that represented together in last years ‘Historic’ and ‘Brig’ tees. You can have one each.

We’re already excited about the prospect of being involved again next year and there are already plans for bigger and better things. Huge thank you to everyone that visited us over the two day event resulting in over 130 Strong Island tees now representing all over the island and beyond. We’re always really stoked on the feedback we receive and we will continue to aim high and offer quality goods and designs that truly represent the brand and the people of Portsmouth & Southsea. See you next year…

Oh, we nearly forgot to mention that Portsmouth FC players John Sullivan and Simon Ferry came to the stall to buy a Strong Island PFC tee each and happily posed for a quick photo. Top lads, and in high spirits. Massive thanks to all the people that purchased a PFC tee. We’re very close, if not already there with our 2nd share amount…

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Rich Keam – Taste Master

Following up from his recent success in becoming one of the lucky 25 out of over 600,000 worldwide entries, Portsmouth musician and food lover Rich Keam, who will be playing at this year’s Victorious Festival on Saturday 24th August, has now made it into the FINAL 3 to become Taste Master of Western Australia in Tourism Australias Best Jobs In The World competition!

After securing A-List celebrity backing from Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum and Katie Melua, and releasing the amazing and unbelievably catchy single ‘Adventures Of A Taste Master’ (live on iTunes with all proceeds going to the Trussell Trust Food Charity) Rich has landed himself a place in the FINAL 3.

He will be flying out to Sydney on the 10th June to take part in a week of interviews, challenges and impromptu media conferences, which will ultimately decide who will get the dream job.

Click here to listen to his song and follow/like his campaign on his Facebook and Twitter.  Best of luck Rich!

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Rich Keam – Taste Master

Portsmouth musician and food lover Rich Keam, who will be playing at this year’s Victorious Festival on Saturday 24th August, has beaten off over 600,00 entries worldwide to make the last 25 applicants for the job of Taste Master, Western Australia, in Tourism Australias’ “Best Jobs In The World” competition.

He’s already set himself apart from his rivals by releasing the amazing single ‘Adventures of a Taste Master’-an ode to Western Australias’ culinary and geographical beauty and awesomeness, in aid of food charity The Trussell Trust.

Click here to listen to his song and follow his campaign on his Facebook and Twitter.  The more publicity he get’s then the better chance he has of winning the job.  Best of luck Rich!

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Ibiza Rocks – Rob Troubadour

Local lad and fellow DJ compadre of mine on occasions, Rob Troubadour has produced a mix for a competition to win a residency at the world famous Ibiza Rocks.  Rob has been playing out around Portsmouth and the UK for a few years and now fancies taking on a bit of Europe, representing Portsmouth on foreign shores.

“This mix is to represent what Ibiza rocks is suppose to be, no monotony, just balls out indie/rock/dub/hip hop bangers from start to finish….And hey, there is even hiccups, because no set is ever perfect.”

You can have a listen here and then click the heart icon to vote for Rob’s mix.

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Represent – Barry Davis in NYC

Barry Davis was representing Strong Island over in NYC a few weeks before Sandy hit the city. Thanks to Barry for sending these photos in.

If you want to send in photos of you or your friends rocking some Strong Island Clothing Co or some interesting places you’ve stuck a Strong Island sticker send them in and we’ll pop them up here.

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Represent Strong Island at Bestival – WIN a Strong Island Tee

It’s that time of the year when a dozens (if not hundreds) of Strong Islanders head over to the Isle of Wight for Rob Da Banks Bestival extravaganza. For the past 8 years the Southsea contingency has gone from strength to strength, and this year is no exception.

As always we’re super excited to be going over and it looks like the weather is going to be on our side this year. We’ve not seen a ‘summer’ Bestival for some years now so you can leave your wellies at home. The glorious sunshine is getting everyone even more eager than normal to go get involved.

Over the years we’ve seen a nice steady increase of people representing our tees and this year we hope to see even more. If you’re going over and fancy a chance to win a tee then it couldn’t be easier. The person to send in the best photo of Strong Island being represented at Bestival will win a tee of their choice. You can see what we have available in the shop. It doesn’t have to be a photo of you, or even anyone you know. Just a RAD photo of someone repping and having fun.

You can email the photo’s to contact@strong-island.co.uk or hashtag #strongisland or #strongislandclothingco on Instagram/Twitter.

Whether your going over to the festival or staying at home in Southsea have a great one and enjoy the sunshine.

Represent – Fauxlo on Radio 1 Update

You might remember Lorna (DJ Fauxlo) was on Radio 1 recently as part of their Superstar DJ competition finals. In the end Lorna came an amazing third place, serious props.

Lorna will be DJing this evening in her hometown at Club NME at The Wedgewood Rooms in the electro room. The evening also features Johnny Foreigner & The Retrospective Soundtrack Players. You can find out more HERE.

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Represent – Instagram

We’re heavily stoked on all the photos people have been tagging us in as of late on Instagram. Lot’s of you have been sending us your Represent images and we have put them all up on our feed, you know who you are. Keep them coming and who knows, maybe we’ll run a competition soon for the radest represent photo!

Thanks for your support as always, it means a lot and it’s great to see photos of Strong Island from you’re own perspective. You can find us on Instagram under either @strongislanduk or @strongislandclothingco. You can also buy all our clothing over at Shop Ahoy.

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Spinnaker Tower

Soaring 170 metres above Portsmouth Harbour and the Solent, the Spinnaker Tower is taller than the London Eye, Blackpool Tower and Big Ben and has already established itself as a national icon for Britain. Get yourself down to Gunwharf Quays and check out the panoramic views over the city and the Solent. Don’t forget your camera. Oh, and if you’re a Portsmouth resident you get cheap entry if you provide proof.

Rolling right Inuit part II

Following on from the previous post about the Igloo seen on Southsea Common, Khalid Saleh was kind enough to get in contact with some more information and some photos. It took Khalid and 6 of his friends 5 and a half hours to build the Igloo using what looks like icecream tubs and glow sticks were donated by passers by from the Navy.

It’s still standing today and Meridian will be doing a short interview with them. Not sure when that will air, but hopefully I’ll catch it.

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I’m really digging this Tea Towel they have for sale down Clarence Pier. Great little illustrations of some of our more recognisable landmarks and modes of travel. A great addition to any kitchen.

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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.


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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.


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Little Tern.


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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.




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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.

Pier and Snow

Here are a few photos from a walk down to the pier on Wednesday during the snowfall. There are some more over on Forever Circling.

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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.

Vintage Southsea Postcards

I dug these off the internet a while back and forgot I had them. Some real old school winners here. Click the read more link at the bottom of this article to see the full set.

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Fog Lights!

I love fog, even more so at night time because all the street lights are on and it’s like this weird eerie zombie town. People appear out of no where and even cars creep up on you before you notice them in the deathly silence of the fog. I watched, or should I say waited, as the the Hovercraft came over from The Isle of Wight. I could hear the roar of the engines for five minutes till I could actually see the craft as it pulled on to shore. Spooky.

My little point and shoot isn’t much cop in low light fog but there are a few more over on my Flickr

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Illustration – Tristan

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