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Your Twenty Four No.11 : Lou Bush

I realised I had done one of these over a year ago, and although the day was very different it was kinda similar. Spending the day doing art education and outreach stuff, good food, good friends and the seaside.

‘I started the day heading down to Aspex at Gunwharf where I work in learning and participation. I had to finish off editing some films made with kids during half-term inspired by Japanese Monster B-Movies, I’m a pretty rubbish with tech. I learnt how to upload to Vimeo (dont laugh). I then when to lunch and ate Gyoza Dumplings, with loads of chili oil on rice, getting fuelled up for Sugarcubes. Sugarcubes is an afterschool club we run with St Georges in Portsea, the kids come over to Aspex once a week. Some of the kids have never been outside of Portsmouth, had a holiday etc. I heard one lad say that he loved being with us in the gallery and didn’t want to leave! I get plenty of hugs, sit and draw and talk about art with them. After work I cooked dinner, then went out to the One Eyed Dog to enjoy listening to some quality tunes from Pet Sounds, shooting pool and having a few shants. We then swung by the seafront to the luminous Golden Horseshoe, if only I’d had some two pences on me!’

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Your Twenty Four No.10 : Alex Blayac

Our latest Your Twenty Four comes from Alex Blayac who documented her travel from Gosport on to the island and in to Southsea. Alex has been living in Southsea for 5 years now and is still inspired constantly on her travels around town. A point well made that’s proven in her own personal view.

“I had a go at my 24 last weekend. I started from the Gosport Ferry because I used to take it everyday to go to work when I first arrived, so it made sense for me to start from there. Then I took a walk in Old Portsmouth. I poped in to the square tower where there was a craft fair and I had a lovely vintage tea and bought the most springy cupcake. I carried on along the seafront up to South Parade pier, there is always something new to shoot – ice cream van, fishermen, graffiti, etc. I headed into Southsea through the common, walked past the skatepark from where I could hear lots of music and happy people. I arrived to albert road, starving, so I went Sakura, my favourite. After a great meal I walked up Albert road and finally headed back home where I enjoyed a cup of chicory looking out of the window and feeling happy after such a nice day in such a nice place. It was a bit of a challenge for me as I’m not usually so productive in such a short time, but hey! here it is! enjoy.”

You can see more of Alex’s photos over at her Flickr. She’s got some great photos. I’m loving Beast. Thanks for sharing. Click the Read More link at the bottom to see the full Your 24 from Alex Blayac, and don’t forget to add your comments too. You can see all the past Y24 posts HERE.

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Your Twenty Four No.09 : Brad Goddard

Brad Goddard recently started a photography course and got in contact with some photos taken on a quick walk around Southsea last Friday, with some well spotted observations on some of the city’s landmarks small and big. Things have been a bit quiet on Your24 submissions over the winter months, no doubt due to the cold weather and early evenings, so a big thanks to Brad for our first Your24 in 2011. If you want to submit your Your24 simply take 24 photos in 24 hours within Portsmouth and get in contact. We post up Your24 submissions on Fridays and are looking forward to more rolling in, get snapping and get involved!

Below are a few photos, to see all of them click on ‘Read full article…’.

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Your24 – Submissions Wanted

We are after submissions for Your24 articles so if you want to document your day in Southsea and Portsmouth with up to 24 photos, either digital or film, get in contact with us. Your24 articles normally go up on Fridays so if you want to contribute one for next week maybe capture your weekend’s activities (fireworks, Art on the Pier, etc)?

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Your Twenty Four No.08 : Derek Thomas

Today’s Your Twenty Four contributor is local enthusiastic photographer Derek Thomas who documented the 5th September:

“Since meeting my wife in the Wedgewood Rooms a few years ago a lot has changed and our weekends now revolve around family fun with the children as opposed to late nights and nursing hangovers.
Every morning I wake up a bit grumpy and this was a late one for us. After taking toddler to the shops for a paper we loaded up the buggy with both children and headed out for the day. We decided to head towards the beach. One of our neighbours clearly did not have much washing to do. We ended up meeting friends at the 10th hole and had tea, teacakes and a good old natter, but it was not long till the children wanted to get to the beach to play.
We then decide to pop to the Royal Marines Museum for lunch and a run around the grounds. Then we took a strole along the seafront to walk off lunch and watch all that was going on. I like the way the boarding to where 5th Avenue once stood is decorated but today was the first time I noticed the flowers at the base of the lamppost and I have never seen the shark before either. When we got onto Albert Road our baby woke up so we needed to stop somewhere to feed him so we went to Casa de Castro, the new Coffee and Cake shop which after one visit is now one of my favorite places on Albert Road. All the cakes are homemade and very tasty.
We then went home to cook, garden and put the little people to bed. My wife then presented me with a T-shirt as a present for no real reason, which was nice! Just leaving time to get the cat in and put our feet up before the end of the day”.

The first of the 24 photos are below, click on the ‘continue reading’ link below these photos to see them all.

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Your Twenty Four No.07 : Charlie Thompson

Today’s Your Twenty Four contributor is local musician, DJ and familiar friendly face around Southsea, Charlie Thompson. The photos document Charlie’s 4th of September:

“Pretty standard Southsea Saturday, wake up early with hangover, embark on a 42 mile cycle run up towards the Goodwood area with Somerstown Velo Club (top boys), followed by medicinal pints in Russell’s, home for shower and dinner, then out again round the corner at the Belle Isle. Ended up at a friend’s flat celebrating her birthday. Photos taken on iphone, no tricks, no fuss.”

The first of the 24 photos are below, click on the Read More link below these photos to see them all.

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Your Twenty Four No.06 : Rusty Sherriff

Today’s Your Twenty Four contributor is local artist, DJ and photographer Rusty Sheriff, the 24 hours in question contained his and his girlfriend’s fifth anniversary and the Pompey Beer Festival.

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Check the first of the 24 photos below, the rest can be seen on Rusty’s Flickr HERE with descriptions of what was going on:

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Your Twenty Four No.05 : Irma Rose Pettitt

Today’s Your Twenty Four contributor is Irma Rose Pettitt who took the photos on Sunday 11th July, which was her 22nd Birthday:

I started my day waking up with a massive birthday hangover! However it was a beautiful day so I wasn’t going to let my hangover head stand in the way. I decided to pick up my iPhone and with my current favourite App – Cross Process, document my 22nd birthday for Strong Island’s Y24. After my usual coffee and crumpets failed to shift my hangover, it was to The Tenth Hole Tea Room with my Grandma for a proper breakfast and some sea air. Job done! After this I sat in my garden, in the sun with my cat Flounder who is the most chilled out cat I have ever met. After a visit from friends Sophie and Roya to discuss the pros and cons of starting the night before with cocktails in the Atrium, I decided to go for a bike ride along the seafront. I reached Eastney beach to find the beginning of the new cycle way along the seafront to South Parade Pier. I hadn’t seen this before and it was brilliant. I was able to appreciate the view whilst riding and take some photos without having to worry about cars right behind me. I reached Castle Fields where some of my friends were having a BBQ and listening to samba music drifting over from the Bandstand. Beer and birthday cake all round! Couldn’t stay long as I had a date with my Mum for some presents from my family. Best birthday present is pictured – Hand made coffee mugs by artists David Pantling from Brighton and my own Cafeteria for Uni! Finally the perfect finish to my birthday, dinner at Rosie’s with friends and family. Mussels and wine in the garden, chatting until the sun went down. Thank you all for a wonderful day!

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Your Twenty Four No.04 : George Crick

This week’s Your Twenty Four contributor is local designer and artist George Crick who took his 24 photos over the 24 hours where the Glass House Gallery pop-up shop opened with the 20:10 Exhibition. The exhibition featured work from George, an exhibit by Disposable Perspectives plus bikes and other goodness.

Below are a few of the photos, see all 24 over on George’s Flickr.

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Your Twenty Four No.03 : Louise Bush

Louise sent over her 24 photos shot in 24 hours, you can also see higher resolution versions over on Louise’s Flickr. Get in contact if you want to submit yours. Check out all the other Your Twenty Four posts HERE.

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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…


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”

Local Photographer – Duncan Allan

We recently mentioned local photographer Duncan Allan’s framing skills but we also want to profile Duncan’s creative photography too. With a wealth of knowledge in different cameras and experimentation in many different techniques (both with film and with Photoshop and Lightroom), Duncan has a strong collection of images from the local area and all around the world. Here are a few of our favourites but they are just the tip of the iceberg, to see more check Duncan’s Flickr.

Red Scale

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
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CHAOS – 20 years & out!

20 years!!!! That has to go in the books as Southsea longest running night? Give or take, most people you bump in to have been to a least one Chaos night, and most spent a grimy late one down the pier dancing like idiots and spilling Newcastle Brown all over the place. I’ve a lot of fond memories of the earlier days at Chaos, mostly after skating and sitting in the pub saying I’m not going. Not this week. Then 8 pints later jumping in a taxi…

If you have any stories or cool photos from Chaos we’d love to see them. Or even some of the old flyers. There have been some pretty interesting designs over the years. I’ll always remember the photo flyer of the kid on the dance floor with a girl and his ‘wandering hands’.

Jay Dunstan got in contact and had this to say:

“To coincide with our 20th Birthday on Saturday 26th November – we’re announcing that this will be the last ever “Chaos”.

Starting in 1991 at South Parade Pier, moving to the Wedgewood rooms in 2008 – we’ve been crowned the South Coasts longest running Independent Club night, winning The Guide Awards “Best club night”, “Best DJs” (x 2) and the promoters Ped & Jay being awarded a special award for contribution to the Portsmouth Music Scene. Chaos has provided Dj’s and club nights at Guilfest, Southsea Fest & Isle of Wight Festivals.

Having been a constant in our lives and the Portsmouth clubbing & music scene for 2 decades – Its been a very tough decision to stop the regular club night. But we feel that now is the best time to unplug the speakers for the last time.

Chaos was always quite literally about being ‘alternative’ – alternative in music policy, but also offering an alternative to the traditional and mainstream clubs. Our ethos was always simple – play music we liked, to people to we liked & do it prime time on a Saturday night 52 weeks a year!

Our feeling is that the current scene is very different now and although still loving every element of the gigs, festivals and guitars – a regular club night offering everything we did, now isn’t whats required. Clubbers will always want an alternative, but the music scene is now so split and venues, pubs & clubs are all competing for survival – we felt it was a good opportunity to step back, take a deep breath & raise a glass to rock n roll!

We want to thank everyone who has contributed to the success of Chaos over the last 20 years – venue managers, bar staff & door stewards – sound & light technicians – – street teams – performers & bands and of course the roll call of DJ’s past & present that have provided the soundtrack to so, so, so many silly, drunken and above all fun Saturday nights.

Hey ho, lets go!”

The 20th Birthday & Last EVER Chaos – Saturday 26th November 2011

Flyer: Chaos Flickr

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.

Local Photographer – David Jacobs

Based in Chichester but a constant visitor to Southsea, Portsmouth, Hayling and all of the Chichester harbour area, David Jacobs’ photos capture the warmth of the local light and and the inspiring natural views of the local landscape and coastline. To see more of David’s photos be sure to click ‘Read More’ below and check David’s Flickr.



Local Photographer – Paul Gordon

Local photographer Paul Gordon has spent a lot of time hanging out and photographing the local skaters over the summer, both in the skatepark and out and about. The photos from the summer are now up in galleries on Paul’s website As well as the skating photos there are also loads of other galleries too including sport, portraiture, landscape, etc. Have a flick through.




Transport No. 2: The Hovercraft

Southsea seafront has iconic and familiar structures and views but ever since the mid 60s we also have the familiar sound of the hovercraft engines as it repeatedly arrives and leaves for Ryde. This hovercraft route itself was the first Hovercraft passenger service in the world and Hovertravel Limited, founded in 1965, is the world’s longest established commercial hovercraft operator. The first hovercraft was first developed on the Isle of Wight in 1955 when inventor Sir Christopher Cockerell tested out his idea for a floating/flying craft by putting a cat food tin inside a coffee tin. After fine-tuning his designs, Sir Christopher Cockerell secured funding to build a hovercraft. Saunders Roe, the flying boat firm in Cowes on the Isle of Wight was given the contract. The commercial success of hovercraft was initially huge but subsequently suffered from rapid rises in fuel prices during the late 1960s and 1970s. Since the channel routes abandoned hovercraft the United Kingdom’s only public hovercraft service is now our one operating from Southsea.

In 1972 Hovertravel’s SR-N6 012 overturned off of Southsea with a loss of five lives. This was the world’s first fatal accident involving a commercially operated hovercraft. Apart from this one incident the service has an incredible safety record and is used day in day out to transfer up to 100,000 passengers a year.

The hovercraft is a wonderful and now unique form of local transport and something to celebrate and also to actively enjoy with a trip. Booking and travel information is available at the Hovertravel website.

To discover more about hovercraft we are lucky to have the Hovercraft Museum just down the road in Lee-On-Solent which houses the world’s largest library of documents, publications, film, video, photographs and drawings on hovercraft and a collection of actual hovercraft too including the last two remaining SR.N4 craft, the world’s largest civil hovercraft.

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).

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.


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