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The Ocean Film Festival UK Tonight At The Kings Theatre Portsmouth

The Ocean Film Festival is back at the Kings Theatre tonight as part of the ‘Making Waves Festival’ after huge success last year.

The festival show cases the World’s most amazing ocean themed films from both above and below the surface. The charm of the event is that it allows you to immerse yourself in another World momentarily without getting your feet wet.

Brought to you by the producers of the Banff film festival UK Tour, the extraordinary collection of short films document the beauty and power of the sea and celebrate all those who embrace it through diving, surfing, photography and film.

Inspiring and thought provoking, the festival takes you on a journey across the globe and to all of its watery corners, from the coast of Africa to the Arctic Circle.

Short film titles include, The Fisherman’s Son, A Small Surfer, Ocean Minded and Arctic Swell as well as many more.

A great evening with inspiring stories! Get your last minute tickets direct from The King’s Theatre.








Folk Of Albert Road At The Kings Theatre

Join the Kings Theatre, Southsea for a bite sized journey through folk music. This delightfully different evening will feature performances by local musicians in unusual venues. Experience a guided walk like no other!

Folk of Albert Road musicians will include the likes of Waif and Stray who are an acoustic duo from Southsea. Anait Grigoriyan, a lady who was Russian born and Spanish raised and began her musical career at Portsmouth College, studying music. Jamidad, a three piece acoustic harmony group and Skye Russ, a recently formed country/folk band with strong influences from bands such as Mumford and Sons and The Lumineers.

The night is running in partnership with Portsmouth Festivities and is set to be a great evening. Purchase tickets from the Kings Theatre box office.


Concrete Music Presents: Paleman (SWAMP81) at The Astoria This Thursday

Concrete Music have been putting on some serious parties for some years now from the legendary Tuesdays at the Registry to Ibiza and now to their brand new regular Thursday night at The Astoria’s basement. This new residency kicks off this Thursday (8th January) with Paleman (SWAMP81).

It all kicks of from 10pm through to 2am with support from the Concrete DJs. Expect to see some of the biggest (and up & coming) names in House, Garage, Disco, Grime & Bass music. £5 on the door plus a bunch of drink deals.

Keep up with all good things Concrete over at:

Concrete Music Presents: Paleman (SWAMP81) at The Astoria This Thursday

Photos From Portsmouth Street Games

Saturday and Sunday saw the Portsmouth Street Games event opening for the first time at Portsmouth Guildhall Square, bringing together street art, street dance, freerunning, skateboarding, BMX and freestyle mountain bikes to the city centre for the first time. The event is a collaboration between Portsmouth Guildhall, Portsmouth Cultural Trust and Big Adventures and brought together many local talented individuals & teams, including Zero Gravity, Southsea Skatepark, Most Wanted, Streeforce DC, loads of street artist from Portsmouth & the south coast curated by My Dog Sighs and Lex, lots of local musicians, DJs and bands plus a market by Love Southsea with many local brands.

Saturday opened with the street artists putting down the first paint on the NYC subway train carriage and the painting walls, with Brighton’s Snub23 and Morf taking on the train sides with large pieces. Locals Stu Linfield, brothers Lex & Mimic, Los Dave, M-One and many more from Portsmouth and further afield took on the panels with both stencils and detailed pieces. Over the weekend the work took shape and the artists collaborated plus loads of young people got to have a go at street art themselves with James Waterfield. My Dog Sighs was putting up some paint by the end of the weekend and Fark was painting a car…as always things get interesting when these people get together.

The main arena area in the centre of Guildhall Square was home to much of the action through the weekend with performances by Zero Gravity, the team from Southsea Skatepark, street dance from the different crews from Most Wanted and Streetforce DC, free running from a Sailsbury crew, a heavy duty crossfit demo, a reading by Portsmouth poet Sam Cox and a performance by local MC, Blessed. All of the performances saw the stairs of the Guildhall packed with people including lots of families. It was great to see a new Portsmouth event reach out to thousands of people and engage with loads of different, creative people too. Looks like next year’s event is a go…see you there.

Photos below have been kindly submitted by photographers Adam Reeves, Scott Ellison & James White.

Portsmouth Street Games by Adam Reeves

Portsmouth Street Games by Adam Reeves

Portsmouth Street Games by Adam Reeves

Portsmouth Street Games by Adam Reeves

Portsmouth Street Games by Scott Ellison

Portsmouth Street Games by Scott Ellison

Portsmouth Street Games by Scott Ellison

Portsmouth Street Games by Scott Ellison

Portsmouth Street Games by James White

Portsmouth Street Games by James White

Light Painting Night Photography at the Hotwalls by Marc Bowyer-Briggs

Portsmouth has a very creative community of night photographers such as Diana Goss, Andrew Whyte and many more, including the highly talented Marc Bowyer-Briggs. Marc recently took a series of images down at the popular photography spot The Hotwalls, utilising the shadows created by the stairs and railings and incorporating the curves of the arches and walls in his compositions. Below are a few photographs from the set, be sure to see Marc’s website to see more of his work:

Light Painting Night Photography at the Hotwalls by Marc Bowyer-Briggs (1)

Light Painting Night Photography at the Hotwalls by Marc Bowyer-Briggs (2)

Light Painting Night Photography at the Hotwalls by Marc Bowyer-Briggs (3)

Light Painting Night Photography at the Hotwalls by Marc Bowyer-Briggs (4)

(Photos used with the kind permission of Marc Bowyer-Briggs)

HMS Dreadnought Launched On This Day in 1906

HMS Dreadnought, launched on this day in 1906, revolutionised naval warfare and was the flag ship of the Royal Navy’s home fleet from 1907–1911. As well as being the largest ship in the navy at it’s time, just like HMS Warrior before it, it was the most modern too. If you wanted an example of what the Portsmouth shipbuilding yard could do this ship might be it, particularly when you consider that she went to sea on 3 October 1906 for her steam trials, only a year and a day after construction began.

HMS Dreadnought (1)
2 Days after the keel was laid.

HMS Dreadnought (2)
Deck armour going in to place 36 days after keel laid.

HMS Dreadnought (3)

HMS Dreadnought and HMS Victory

OM-NOM Events – Help For Heroes Fundraiser

OM-NOM Events is a new local exhibition business, that will be putting on shows, in Portsmouth and some of the surrounding areas.

The aim is to bring awareness to people, of the vegan and spiritual way of life, through introducing them to, both businesses who are able to show them how enjoyable vegan food can be and also charities that promote the green way of life. There will also be stands that introduce, health and beauty products along with organic and fair trade items that are totally cruelty free in their manufacture.

On the spiritual side, exhibitors will be offering tasters of alternative therapies, talks on spiritualism and demonstrations of mediumship. The exhibitors will be changing from show to show, to maintain a fresh outlook.

The charity to benefit from their next show will be Help for Heroes, a very worthy charity, that looks after wounded service personnel for life.

They will be visiting Portsmouth on Sunday 17th November at The Royal Maritime Club, Portsmouth between 10:30am – 5:30pm.

Om Nom Poster

The Ruby Ride For The Rowans Hospice

Back for a second year, The Ruby Ride will take place on Sunday 15th September 2013. The cycle challenge will offer participants the choice of three different length bike rides around Portsmouth and the surrounding areas ranging from 18 to 65 miles. There is a ride for everyone; the Epic route will challenge even the most competent of cyclists, the Challenge route will offer cyclists a nice scenic route and the challenge of tackling Portsdown Hill. The Leisure route loops all the way around Portsmouth and is great for families offering a fun ride along cycle paths and cycle lanes on roads. All routes will start and finish at Lakeside North Harbour and each participant will get an event t-shirt and medal for taking part as well as refreshments at the checkpoints around the routes.

This year, The Ruby Ride is sponsored by online bike company Wiggle who are based in North Harbour, Portsmouth. Human Resources Director, Richard Boon, said: “Wiggle is delighted that our relationship with The Rowans Hospice has developed to allow us to become the official sponsor for The Ruby Ride this year. Cycling is obviously a sport dear to our heart and we would urge you to get involved, raise some funds and enjoy one of the three fabulous rides on offer this year.”

456 participants took part in The Ruby Ride 2012 and raised over £63,500 for The Rowans Hospice. Registration for this event will open on Thursday 27th June. It costs £20 for 16s and over to register, £10 for children aged 5-15 and under 5’s on guardians’ bikes are free. Participants can register online through the Hospice’s website or by calling 023 9223 7142.

The Ruby Ride Poster V3.indd

27.6.13 TRR launch 012

Flatpack Recordings Announce their Stage Lineup for Southsea Fest

The latest Southsea Fest stage to announce their lineup for Saturday 14th September is Flatpack Recordings at the 5th Hants:

Let’s Talk Daggers
Her Parents
Noyo Mathis
The Jorneta Stream
Big Fin
The Lion and The Wolf
Pluto Rise

To get your tickets visit:

Flatpack Recordings Announce their Stage Lineup for Southsea Fest

Illustrators Fundraising Quiz and Raffle

A group of illustrators from the University of Portsmouth are participating at New Designers in London in July and they’re holding a fundraising raffle/quiz event on the 9th (this evening) at The Fat Fox to raise money which will help get them there.

Entry to the quiz is only £3 with loads of prizes from local businesses as well as original art, etc to be won plus live music, going to be good.

Illustrators Fundraising Quiz and Raffle

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It’s going to be a Strong Movember – Join The Team

Righto chaps, keep 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 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

Vintage Southsea Postcards

You know we love a bit of vintage nostalgia here at Strong Island, and these old postcards of Clarence Pier are no exception. I always pick them up at the Car Boot sale opposite Clarence when I see one. When does the Car Boot start up again? Got to be soon. Answers on a postcard…



Southsea Strong Island Celebrates

I just can’t find the right images for this! Strong Island is 1 whole year old this Sunday the 27th. Time surely does fly hey. Meet us for a beer if you’re out and about. I think there’s something going on Albert Road this Sunday too…


and on another note…


HMS Vanguard (1960)

Man, these photos are pretty damn epic. Both show the HMS Vangaurd that went aground just feet away from alongside the Still & West and Spice Island in 1960.

“On 4 August 1960, when she was to be towed from Portsmouth to the breakers yard at Faslane, Scotland, the whole of the Southsea sea front was packed with people to see her off. As she was being towed towards the harbour entrance, she slewed across the harbour to the Still & West public house and went aground. She was eventually pulled off by tugs and finally made her exit from Portsmouth. Five days later she arrived at Faslane and by the spring of 1962 Vanguard ceased to exist, never having fired her guns in anger.” (from Wikipedia)

It’s also great to see that area of Old Portsmouth in detail from 50 years ago. There is no sea wall in place, some kind of out building on the corner of Spice Island, what looks like early dry dock developments and I love the way Broad Street goes straight in to the drink. See what you can see. Click the images for a much closer look.

Via : Jainbow

Last Day of the Creating Balance Project Exhibition at Pitfield in Winchester

The Creating Balance Project exhibition’s current residency at the Pitfield Pop-Up in Winchester ends today with the exhibition receiving some really great comments and coverage on websites, etc. Below are some photos by our own Claire Sambrook from a recent visit when many of the project’s artist/designer/photographer participants went up for a look. See more of Claire’s Creating Balance Project photos over on here Flickr.

The Creating Balance Project exhibition will return home to Portsmouth on the 10th of January 2014 for an extended exhibition at Aspex Gallery in Gunwharf, with an opening party and a series of other events and activities to be announced very soon. Ourselves and Anglepoise® are all really looking forward to showing the project to everyone in Portsmouth very soon!

To find out more about the project and exhibition please visit:

Creating Balance Project Exhibition at Pitfield in Winchester (1)

Creating Balance Project Exhibition at Pitfield in Winchester (2)

Creating Balance Project Exhibition at Pitfield in Winchester (3)

Creating Balance Project Exhibition at Pitfield in Winchester (4)

Creating Balance Project Exhibition at Pitfield in Winchester (5)

Creating Balance Project Exhibition at Pitfield in Winchester (6)

Creating Balance Project Exhibition at Pitfield in Winchester (7)

Creating Balance Project Exhibition at Pitfield in Winchester (8)

Created Local – Carl Partridge

Portsmouth’s Carl Partridge is a local artist and photographer currently studying MA Communication Design up in that there London at Central St Martins. As well as all the awesome artwork on his website we particularly liked his Lomo Diana photos from round Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. Be sure to look through the good work over at



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.



New Book – Portsmouth from Family Archives

A new book called ‘Portsmouth from Family Archives’ has just been published. Brothers Jonathan and Matthew Ring started developing the book last summer. All the photographs included in the book were from their grandparents. They spent a great deal of time compiling, scanning and restoring slides and film from 1950s to 2006, including behind the scenes filming in Portsmouth.

The 100-page book is available online at Amazon. Bonzo Studio and Southsea Gallery on Albert Road, Southsea are currently selling it, and they hope other shops will sell it too. They are also planning to do the summer market at the Square Tower, Old Portsmouth.

“It’s been great fun, and such hard work keeping it a secret from everyone! We hope everyone enjoys the book and the photos inside it as much as we did.”

Photos below – A photo of Jonathan Ring, their Grandmother and Matthew Ring; unveiling the book to their grandparents; book cover and the slides.

Facebook group can be found here:

Sneak Peek - Showing the Grandparents the Portsmouth Book

Slides - Portsmouth Book (Coming Soon)

Strong Island Easter Bike Ride Video

The guys over at 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.

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:

Domesday Project

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