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Tiny Rebel’s Vader Shuffle

On what is unofficially Star Wars weekend across the planet our friends over at the Belle Isle and the Meat and Barrel invite you to get involved with Tiny Rebel‘s Vader Shuffle!

I’ve been fortunate enough to have a taste and the 6.5% wood aged Belgian Porter and I can confirm that it’s a treat and certainly one for lovers of the dark side, oops I mean dark beers!

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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.

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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.

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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:

www.concrete-music.co.uk

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.

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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:

www.marcbb.co.uk

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(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.

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Deck armour going in to place 36 days after keel laid.

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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.

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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 www.rowanshospice.co.uk or by calling 023 9223 7142.

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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:

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

To get your tickets visit:

www.southseafest.com

Flatpack Recordings Announce their Stage Lineup for Southsea Fest

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Created Local – Inksquatch

Here’s an interesting little blog I stumbled upon. Inksquatch are a collective of Portsmouth based artists, illustrators and designers that comprises of four people working on anything from books, maps, sculptures, bags, badges, you name it from the sound of things. Check out their BLOG and WEBSITE for more info.

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Southsea Flats by Cat

Old Southsea Skate Photos

Check the Skate Library for the first of a growing list of old Southsea photos including this one of Lance Mountain grinding the Law Courts back in 1988 (photo by Tim Leighton-Boyce).

Ash Cloud

I took these photos the other week when the ash cloud was at it’s worst, there are more over at Forever Circling. if you have any photos online taken around the island effected by the ash cloud please pop a link in the comments and we’ll post some up later this week.




Southsea Common Barbecue Zones

I’m sure a lot of you enjoyed the fantastic weather this weekend and many of you no doubt had a barbecue on The Common. I was out of town on Saturday but heard it was seriously busy down the seafront. A few of us had a BBQ on Sunday and we’re approached by some council officials regarding our position. They were very polite and let us carry on as we were already cooking and handed us some details of all the new zones.

Unfortunately the new zones now means hundreds of people are going to be packed in to single areas. The main common by the War Memorial will be extremely busy over the summer. More so than usual for sure. I fully back having these zones in place, but feel I’ll no longer be going to the common for BBQs if I can help it as they have made a lot of areas no go zones. It was always more appealing when you could spread out from other groups.

Telly Savalas Looks at Portsmouth

There’s more than ‘meats’ the eye to Portsmouth. A city where everyone in the know goes. Classic stuff. Kojak takes time between sucking lollipops and fighting crime to give us the 411 on Portsmouth city through the ages. Love the eclectic soundtrack. Thanks to Harry for posting this up for us in a previous article. Here’s looking at you Portsmouth…

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.

It’s nice to be nice!

A new reader of Strong Island recently sent us this email. Glad to hear we’re doing things right and feedback of all kinds is always welcome, as is beer. Of course.

“Hi all at Strong Island

I just wanted to email to say as a recent visitor to your site how great it is to see something that celebrates the creative, cultural and positive life of Portsmouth and Southsea (and I don’t even skate or cycle!). ‘Strong Island’ sums up the spirit of this place so well. Keep up the good work and I look forward to seeing the site go from strength to strength and maybe impacting on some of the decision making that goes on.”

Best wishes

Elaine

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Meg and Lynda hug it out with the help of Andy.

Vintage Portsmouth Photographs

Following up from our Vintage Portsmouth Postcards article on Monday, Strong Island reader Centro Design posted a link to some rad old photographs of the city.

As always click read more at the bottom to see a small selection, but be sure to click this link to view all of them online.

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Vintage Portsmouth & Southsea

Awesome vintage photography collection from Pop Olive33 that I found on Flickr a while back. Check out Osborne Road and Guildhall. Epic. Hard to imagine a time when traffic flowed through Guilders, 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. To view the full collection head over to Pop Olive’s Flickr photostream HERE and the Portsmouth set HERE.









Southsea Circa ’51

After purchasing a few bits of old furniture the other day, under closer inspection we found the shelving to be lined with old newspaper.

Coming from one of the sheets is this, an advert for Southsea from the Sunday People dated 21st January 1951.  The best bit and also a point raised by more than one person, is the fact that in 1951 it takes 90 minutes by train from London Waterloo to Southsea the same as it does today!  Fascinating that in 61 years we haven’t managed to make it any quicker.

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