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Legacy by Vagabond Gallery at King’s Ship Tattoo Tonight

Tonight the Vagabond Gallery will be exhibiting a selection of work by photographers Mattias Pettersson and Madeleine Waller at King’s Ship Tattoo on Marmion Road. The event is being curated by local independent curator Oana Damir.

Madeleine Waller spent time documenting a swimming pool in East London, to which she was a regular herself. Through her project, one cannot help but notice the beauty and grace that comes from swimming. She describes “I particularly looked out for people with goggles and caps as the project was about the transformation from amphibian to human.” The ‘East London Swimmers‘ book, published by Hoxton Mini Press London.

Mattias Pettersson photographed various creative people living in London that were influenced, inspired and impressed by Christopher Nemeth’s legacy collection. Commissioned for Jocks and Nerds Magazine, the works portrayed Nemeth’s designs together with some of those who appreciate most what he did.

The first ten guests through the door get a goodie bag containing treats including a hoodie by Hillfield Trading, two free pie & mash vouchers at Pie & Vinyl, a copy of Jocks & Nerds Magazine Issue 9 and a free bottle of wine at Rancho’s on Osborne Road, Southsea.

Legacy will be open to the public Tuesday to Saturday from 27th November until 9th January. For more updates check out the Facebook Event page here.

Legacy Exhibition

Intro to Frame Loom Weaving and Navajo Weaving with Alice Hume

This Saturday Alice Hume will be hosting a weave workshop in Fratton 10am-3.30pm. For the cost £40 students will learn how to make their own fabric, warp their own Loom, finish and create their own woven wall-hanging or decorative fabric.

Alice Hume is a Textile Artist who graduated from Winchester School of Art with a degree in Textile Design: Woven Textiles. She also had the opportunity to study Woven Design at the Swedish School of Textiles in Boras, Sweden in 2012. Her Native Beards Woven Collection has been exhibited in Edinburgh and London as well as being featured in Cover Mag and an Ebook with TextileArtist.

Materials included are a home-made Hume Loom, tools and a variety of yarns. Looms are for course use only, but will be available to purchase at the end of the workshop. You are welcome to bring along strips of fabrics, beads or anything you want to experiment with.

To find out more information or to book your place If you are unable to get to this event then Alice advises me that the next workshop will be in January so keep your eye out on Strong Island for any announcements.

Frame Loom Weaving



Southsea Sangha Winter Solstice Raffle

Southsea Sangha is an alternative, open access, peer led Buddhist meditation group influenced by the Vipassana tradition of Buddhist meditation and the Against the Stream movement founded by Noah Levine in the U.S. Based at Portsmouth Yoga Studio on Albert Rd, the group are having a Winter Solstice Raffle to raise money for their two locally associated charities, and the prizes on offer are pretty awesome!

The ever expanding group which meet every Sunday 6-7pm and 6-8pm on the last Sunday of each month, is run and supported entirely by generosity and donations from the community. When their expenses are covered, they make donations to both PARCS (Portsmouth Abuse and Rape Counselling Service) and The Lighthouse Soup Kitchen.

To raise extra funds for both of these local charities this winter, friends of the Sangha (community) from several of Southsea’s exciting businesses have donated some great prizes for the raffle.

Tickets are only £3 and available online HERE, winners are announced 14th December.

Full list of prizes:

– New Southsea Sangha T-Shirt
– Southsea’s Pie&Vinyl meal voucher
– My Dog Sighs T-Shirt
– 5 yoga lessons at Portsmouth Yoga
– Play Dead Tattoo Studio Voucher
– Wild Thyme Wholefoods Hamper
– Lucy Schorn Photography 10 x 12 mounted print
– Budds Herbalist Gift Basket
– Southsea Coffee Co. Meal voucher for 2
– Collection of Southsea themed handmade greeting cards from Angela Chick Illustration
– 2 Icebreaker Festival 2016 tickets
– Wedgewood Room Comedy Club Tickets
– A place on a Strong Island Workshop

The group have hosted several in international Dharma Teachers, and are hosting their 1st day long meditation retreat in March next year hosted by teacher Martin Aylward. Details to be announced soon.

Southsea Sangha RAFFLE PRIZES

Southsea Sangha at Portsmouth Yoga

Stu’s Picks For No 6 – December 2015

As ever the No. 6 Cinema has some awesome movies on offer this festive period. If you haven’t yet visited the No. 6 Cinema then I highly recommend it. You will find a mix of thoughtful art house cinema, vintage Hollywood classics and new blockbusters all within the historic blockhouse in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard.

Be sure to check their website for information on how you can buy tickets and to find their full listings –

MacBeth (15) | Thurs 3rd Dec | 4pm

This extraordinary retelling of William Shakespeare’s story of a king driven to murder and madness preserves the dark poetry of the Bard’s play, but presents it with style and vision. Macbeth is a man of war: we see him at the centre of the carnage in climactic battle scenes. While in a strangely calm trance, he meets a troupe of witches who foretell his future. Consumed by ambition, he is intrigued when the prophecy starts to come true. But it is his wife, Lady Macbeth, who hatches a plot to kill beloved King Duncan and seize his crown by force.

Sicario (15) | Thurs 3rd Dec | 7pm

After raiding a Mexican cartel’s safe house, FBI agent Kate Macy (an intriguingly well-cast Blunt, Looper, Into The Woods) joins a secretive team tasked with eliminating the cartel’s bosses. Along with the cynically maverick Matt and world-weary Alejandro (Del Toro), she realises that she’s involved in a very dirty crusade, the goal of which might not merely be to stem the flow of drugs into the USA. Villeneuve, who threw some masterful twists at gasping audiences with his vigilante movie Prisoners, pulls more dazzling tricks here, abetted by several violent, stunningly orchestrated set pieces that underline the traffickers’ apparent invincibility.

Vertigo (PG) | Fri 4th Dec | 7pm

Hitchcock’s romantic story of obsession, manipulation and fear. Detective Scottie Ferguson (James Stewart) is forced to retire after his fear of heights causes the death of a fellow officer, only to be lured into another case shortly after. He begins to fall in love with the new target, Madeline (Kim Novak), before tragedy strikes. The film follows Scottie’s descent into madness, expertly portrayed by Hitchcock with a perfectly hypnotic score from Bernard Herrmann.

Dr Zhivago (PG) | Sat 12th Dec | 6:30pm

Beginning on the eve of the WW1, this film tells the tale of Yuri Zhivago (Omar Sherif), a Russian Doctor and Poet who despite being married to Tonya, falls in love with Lara (Julie Christie). They embark on a tumultuous love affair, set against the bleak backdrop of the Russian Revolution. In this deeply moving and romantic classic, Yuri and Lara’s love is challenged by tradition and the reality of war. Dr Zhivago was the winner of 5 Oscars and is often cited as one of the most romantic films of all time; a must-see on the big screen.

Radiator (15) | Thurs 17th Dec | 7pm

A darkly funny and honest exploration of family, love, life and death. After a call from his elderly mother, Daniel travels to the home of his parents, Maria and Leonard, only to find their standard of living has diminished. Once homely, it is now dilapidated and messy. Daniel’s attempts to help his aging parents are often met with resistance and, at times, contempt. The events played out in this film challenge their relationships, the concept of family and Daniel’s notion of freedom.

Spectre (12A) | Fri 18th Dec and Sat 19th | Both 7pm

A mysterious message from Bond’s past sends him on a hunt to track down the sinister organization, known as Spectre. Whilst Bond becomes entangled in a web of lies and deceit surrounding the dark force, Gareth Mallory (Ralph Fiennes) has taken over as M, and finds himself fighting to keep the secret service alive.

Laced with satirical humour, intense action sequences and beautiful women, Spectre is a treat for 007 fans old and new.

Paddington (PG) | Sat 19th | 4pm

Arriving in London from his native Peru with a ‘Please Look After This Bear’ label around his neck, Paddington Bear is fortunately taken in by kindly Mr and Mrs Brown (Bonneville and Hawkins). Voiced by Ben Whishaw, and named after the railway station he arrived at, Paddington embarks on a series of bemused adventures as he searches for one of his Aunt Lucy’s (Imelda Staunton) friends and finds himself dodging a malicious taxidermist with an unnatural aversion to bears (Nicole Kidman). This charming amalgam of CGI, animatronics and live action will delight fans of Michael Bond’s perennially popular children’s books.

No 6 Cinema

Beats & Swing x THe PETEBOX Competition

Beats & Swing are offering Strong Island readers a chance to win two tickets to this Sunday’s event where they welcome performances from Just Millie, JustSayYes and THe PETEBOX.

Award-winning THe PETEBOX is a solo performer, musician, songwriter, beatboxer and multi-instrumentalist who has been entertaining audiences across the world. Support on the night comes from local singer songwriter Just Millie and DJ JustSayYes.

To win all you need to do to win the tickets is name the stage that THe PETEBOX headlined at this summers Victorious Festival?

Email your answers to before 6pm on Friday 27th November. The winner be contact directly and announced on social media very soon after. If you don’t want to risk it then you can pick up your tickets here from £8.

Find out more on the Facebook Event here.


Photos from My Dog Sighs Quiet Little Voices Exhibition

There is still time to make it down to Play Dead on Highland Road in Southsea to catch My Dog Sighs‘ latest exhibition Quiet Little Voices, which runs through until the 4th December. Below are photos of just some of the work on show.

Bill Bailey Is Coming To The Portsmouth Guildhall

This flippin marvelous comedian, actor and musician Bill Bailey is coming to the Portsmouth Guildhall on Friday 4th Decemeber to perform at the his latest tour Limboland.

It was announced that he was continuing his tour in the UK to the delight of fans, who enjoy his quick wit and trademark intelligence merged with a sharp stage presence and his unforgettable performances.

Best known by some for his roles in Black Books and Never Mind the Buzzcocks but for most he’ll be known for his previous live tours Dandelion Mind, Tinselworm, Bewilderness and Part Troll.

Tickets are still up for grabs on the Guildhall website for £27.50 but be quick to ensure you don’t miss out. Visit the Box Office to book.


‘What The Dickens’ At The Groundlings Christmas Murder Mystery

This Christmas all of our favourite Dickensian characters are being rolled into this one extravaganza of a show to bring to life a bloody and dark night of murder and fun. Dust of those magnifying glasses and solve the greatest crime this festive season will have seen.

The Groundlings Theatre located on Curzon Howe Road historically hosts fabulous Christmas events and this years murder mystery is set to be one of its most entertaining and imaginative nights ever.

The event is being held on Friday 4th December and the fun starts at 8pm. Tickets are £26 and include a three course meal, you can get you hands on them from the Groundling’s Box Office. If you Buy 9 tickets get 10th free. Costumes will also be made available to hire at Groundlings wardrobe on the night.

You can follow updates for upcoming events on their Facebook page.



Huge Success At The Portsmouth Rucksack Project

This weekend the people of Portsmouth came together to donate to the Rucksack project. The atmosphere at the Portsmouth Watersports Centre collection point was phenomenal.

As well as ourselves local businesses including the No.6 Cinema, Blue Reef Aquarium, The Royal Marines Museum, Love Southsea and The Mounbatten Centre donated prizes for the fundraiser raffle and collection buckets were dotted around for people to make further charitable donations.

Central Point Portsmouth were also present to promote their direct access servicea for individuals that are homeless, sofa surfing, inappropriately housed or at risk of becoming homeless. As well as talking about issues around helping our local community and building a better future for those in need.

It was humbling to see so many locals getting involved to support each other and the wider community.

To find out more about The Rucksack Project visit their Website or Facebook for upcoming events.




Make & The Craft Kitchen Christmas Fair

Make & The Craft Kitchen are back this year with their second Christmas Fair. The Make & The Craft Kitchen Headquarters will be filled with festive stalls, handmade gifts, yummy treats and market sellers, ready to get you in the mood for Christmas.

The fair will run from 11am until 4pm on the 28th November in Cornwall Road, Fratton. The Cafe is hard to miss with a huge ‘My Dog Sighs’ mural on the outside wall of the building, making it very easy to locate. Everybody is welcome to browse or enjoy some refreshments from the infamous Make & The Craft Kitchen café and explore the Craft Kitchen and all of it’s goodies.

Visit their Facebook page for updates on the event and check out their website at for crafty Christmas design ideas.





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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.

Whiteout #2


Walk Together

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.

Created Local – Cat Vaughan

Cat from the Inksquatch collective has some of her prints available for purchase in The Southsea Gallery on Albert Road. They should be in and ready for sale this weekend, 3rd July. Some nice little illustrations as always. Go and grab a local bargain.

Hidden Treasures

Steve Bomford gave us the heads up on this wonderful short film made up of old film footage, from the 50s to the 70s, filmed around Portsmouth and Southsea. If you like looking at some vintage Portsmouth and Southsea you will love this (really interesting to see the Guildhall before it was pedestrianised and the buildings were demolished for the council offices).

Vintage Old Portsmouth Photograph

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


Thanks to Jubru for sending this over.

£800 raised at our 3rd Birthday Charity Raffle

Wow. Another Incredible success. Myself, Paul and the Strong Island Crew owe a MASSIVE thank you to all the people who donated, helped out, attended and of course bought those ever so important raffle tickets.

With your generosity we managed to raise an amazing £800 for The Portsmouth Autism Support Network and The Portsmouth Lifeboat Station.

Everyone had a great time and got fully involved in the atmosphere of the night. Free Strong Island Iced Teas were flowing, and the buffet was awesome. Pet Sounds kept the musical vibe alive and the crowd did the rest. A really good turn out of Strong Islanders made sure The Belle Isle was packed and the charity tin was full.

Well done to all the people who were lucky enough to get one of the prizes. If not more. Winners win prizes…..

Thanks to everyone who came down, all of the very generous prize donators and of course extra special thanks to Paul, Graham, Ben, James, Andy and all The Belle Isle staff for letting us hold our party and making sure no one went thirsty. Cheers guys.

Without the support from our readers, contributors and friends Strong Island would not be in the position to hold such an event, and we greatly appreciate it.

Prizes were very kindly donated from the following people: LJRs / The Belle Isle / Sopranos / Southsea Skatepark / Caravan Gallery / Michelle So Scone / Boed / Southsea Boutique / Dead Mans Glory / Lou Bush / Helen at Kings Theatre / Geoff at The Wedge / Love Southsea / Mikey Ayling / Mark Persuad / Southsea Gallery / james Porter / Parmiters, Ian & Sue / James Weaver / Alanna Smith / Matt Howarth / Bruce Jamieson / Jamie Olivers (Megatron) / Diana Goss / James Batchelor / Fran Bierton / Paul Thurlow / Bonzo Studio / Head Hairdressers / I Love Dust / Holgarama / Stuart Trett at Ye Olde Bike SHoppe. Apologies if I forgot your name.

We’re already looking forward to our 4th Birthday Party next year. Hope you can make it. All the best and thanks again.

Tristan & Paul

Photos: Matt Saxey

South Parade Pier

We’ve mentioned Diana Goss on Strong Island before. A touch of class behind the lens and a really nice lady.

Here’s another great example of Diana’s work in this Cross Processed, 120 shot of South Parade Pier.


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
(Click on image to see a larger version)

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.



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

Portsmouth at Night

Claire Sambrook from the sent me a link to a Flickr group called Portsmouth at Night, and let me say this, their photos are amazing. Lots of playing with lights, angles and exposures make for some fantastic photography.

Check out all the PAN photography on their Flickr.




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