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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!’

You can see all the past Your Twenty Four posts HERE.

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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!

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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)?

Check out all the past Your Twenty Four posts HERE. Get in contact with us at contact@strong-island.co.uk if you want to be involved with Your Twenty Four.

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.

Check out all the past Your Twenty Four posts HERE. We are still looking for more contributors, get in contact with us at contact@strong-island.co.uk if you want to be involved with Your Twenty Four.








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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.

Check out all the past Your Twenty Four posts HERE. We are still looking for more contributors, get in contact with us at contact@strong-island.co.uk if you want to be involved with Your Twenty Four.








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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.

Check out all the past Your Twenty Four posts HERE. We are still looking for more contributors, get in contact with us at contact@strong-island.co.uk if you want to be involved with Your Twenty Four.

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!

Check out all the past Your Twenty Four posts HERE. We are still looking for more contributors, get in contact with us at contact@strong-island.co.uk if you want to be involved with Your Twenty Four.

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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.

We are still looking for more contributors, get in contact with us at contact@strong-island.co.uk if you want to be involved with Your Twenty Four.






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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Features

Competition – Win Two Tickets To See Kassassin Street + Curxes + Juice

Friday 3rd May the Wedgewood Rooms will be hosting a great night of music featuring Kassassin Street, Curxes and Juice. The guys at Kassassin Street have been generous enough to donate a pair of tickets for you, the Strong Island readers.

All you have to do to win these tickets are to email your answer to the question below to stuart@strong-island.co.uk by midnight on Sunday 27th May. The winner will be announced here on Monday 28th May.

Q – The band are named after the road in Eastney, name one of the three roads which junction with it?

Find out more about the event on the Facebook HERE.

Kassassin Street + Curxes + Juice + Longlive DJs

Juice ‘Numbskull’ from Butchy Davy on Vimeo.

Strong Island Calendar Exhibition

Last November saw the launch of our 2014 Calendar at an Exhibition at the Wine Vaults. You can read an article from Becki Partridge about the event HERE.

We cannot take all of the credit for the exhibition, the content was all provided by you, the Strong Island readers. Not to forget the exhibition was made possible by the team at Southsea Gallery who printed and framed the photographs. If you see a photo that you like you can purchase it in Southsea Gallery located at 51 Albert Road.

The exhibition can be found in ‘snug’ on the far right hand side of the Wine Vaults.

If you would like to know how to get involved in next years calendar then click HERE to find out more information.

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Phil Tickner Calendar Exhibition

Photos are by the awesome Phil Tickner, be sure to give him a follow on Flickr and on Twitter @HoldYourColour.

Strong Island Calendar Exhibition

A Kind of Conjuration at the Cellars

You would think witch trails a thing of the distant past. However, during the second world war a woman was tried and convicted under the ancient Witchcraft Act.

A play about the trial was performed at The Cellars at Eastney last week. Local theatre companies New Apollo and Cop The Needle brought audiences A Kind of Conjuration. This hour-long theatre piece, directed by Steve Pitt, featured a group of five actors, and was based on the real-life trial of Scottish medium Helen Duncan in 1944, for events that took place in Portsmouth.

The intimacy of the venue worked well for the subject matter, and enabled the performers and audience to connect in a way that isn’t possible in larger venues. When the judge, played by Christopher Marlowe, addressed the jury during the court scene, he spoke to the audience as if they were the jury, making them feel involved in the action.

Angie Lily was fantastic in the court scene, nipping backstage to change elements of costume in-between each character, resulting in a highly entertaining whirlwind of at least five different characters (and accents) testifying in quick succession. Henry Oastler was on comedic top form for his appearance in the court scene, displaying subtle character traits such as a tuck of the chin, transforming him completely from his other role in the play as a newspaper journalist. James Kirby and Tim Lowe also gave entertaining performances.

Writers Stuart Olesker and John Stanton incorporated excerpts from the original court transcript, adding authenticity to this brilliant piece. A highly refreshing and thought provoking performance.

A Kind of Conjuration will next be performed at the Square Tower on 25th June as part of Portsmouth Festivities. (Doors open at 7pm, performance starts at 8pm). On this occasion the play will be preceded by a monologue from the late Harry Price, ghostbuster extraordinary. Tickets from 023 9282 6249 or 023 9273 6288 or online: www.thecellars.co.uk.

Reviews:

Ashley Harley in Portsmouth News:
“a little gem”
“hauntingly good”
“not to be missed”
“solid direction”

Heather James in Portsmouth News:
“I was riveted”
“very witty and entertaining”

David Richards of Remote Goat:
“a sellout”
“a joy to watch”
“superb performances”
“a very high degree of professionalism”
“a very effective mix of the serious and the comedic”
“another triumph and a thoroughly enjoyable evening”

The original flyer for the show at The Cellars

Strong Island Calendar 2015 #SIC2015

Our 2014 Calendar was a huge success, the quality of images and huge amount interest it received really took us by surprise. We managed to double the sales of the 2013 Calendar, meaning we raised just over £600 for the Feel Yourself Campaign and the Alzheimer’s Society. We received over a thousand submissions by email and by use of the Instagram hashtag #sic2014.

We are excited to announce that we are taking submissions for our 2015 calendar. If you’ve taken a photo that you’d like to submit then you can email your submission via calendar@strong-island.co.uk. If you’ve taken a photo on Instagram that you’d like to submit for consideration you just need add the hashtag #SIC2015. There are no limits to how many you submit, the only rule is that the image must be relevant to Portsmouth.

Along with Instagram this year we also recommend you check out the Faded App. I’ve had a play with this App and you can create images that surpass anything that Instagram can produce. I especially love the overlay function.

If you have been taking any photos during this extreme weather we would love for you to submit them!

You may be aware that unfortunately due to an error our end the original batch of calendars contained a couple of errors. To rectify this the problem with the calendar we re-printed all of the calendars and offered everyone who bought one a free replacement (with free P&P where required). We are confident that we have managed to replace the vast major because of the online ordering records, however if you bought one from Lou Lou’s, Southsea Gallery or the Victorian Market then we don’t have your details so we need you to contact us ASAP to arrange a replacement! Those unclaimed calendars by the end of the week are likely to be donated to the staff of the charities we are supporting

Strong Island Calendar 2015

Here are just a few of the submissions that we have already received that might give you some inspiration.

Charlie Thompson Fratton Park

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Todd Lawton
Todd Lawton
Roberta Curxes
Roberta Fidora
Danny Miles
Danny Miles

Road To Blissfields 2014 by Sophie Perryer

It’s that time of year again, when Southsea’s finest traipse out on a Friday night to listen to some of our home-grown, burgeoning talent. This year was no exception, with the likes of Becky Jerams, Poppobowa, Sabre and the B of the Bang taking to the stage to fill our ears with a range of musical goodness.

The evening was held this year at the Cellars at Eastney, and certainly had a more relaxed atmosphere – Strong Island’s Stuart Barker was even spotted wandering around with a cup of tea at one point!

The relaxed atmosphere lent itself perfectly to Becky Jerams soulful, syrupy vocals, gliding effortlessly over lyrics and melodies alike. Becky has enjoyed considerable success over the last few years with her song writing: her track ‘La La Love’ was featured in a Mandy Moore movie, and she has written for the likes of Chesney Hawkes and Loz Bridge. These accomplishments certainly showed through in her music; her sound was very much grown up pop and polished, while still retaining a youthful, wishful quality in her lyrics. A great start to the evening.

Becky was followed by Popobawa, a Gosport based trio relatively new to the music scene – so much so that Road To Blissfields was their debut live show! To say the boys coped well would be an understatement; they delivered a strong set with some interesting melodic choices which made for a distinctive sound, and the combination of this with hazy vocals akin to Friendly Fires was very striking. The best part? You can download their EP for a ‘name your price’ on their SoundCloud page.

Also hailing from Gosport were SABRE – the fivesome delivered catchy synth beats and impressive vocals not dissimilar to the Maccabees or Bombay Bicycle Club, with a little Two Door Cinema Club thrown in for good measure. Their raucous sarcastic comedy appealed to the crowd, and the banter between the band members was enjoyable.

Last but certainly not least were the B Of The Bang. The contrast of the almost gravelly voice of the lead singer and the Roxanne on keyboard’s ethereal vocals lent an almost eerie sense. The band delivered well thought-out tracks which were both directional and abstract, and conveyed a sense of their musical versatility and talent. Without a doubt a well deserved victory.

Congratulations to the B Of The Bang“>B of the Bang on their slot at Blissfields, and thank you also to the other artists for once again showcasing to us the quality of our local talent! Thank you too to Bellyeyesmile, Joel Ransom, the Cellars at Eastney, Strong Island, and all those others who had a hand in organising a top evening.

By Sophie Perryer

*We will be giving away a pair of tickets to Blissfields over the next six weeks so be sure to keep an eye out.*

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All photo’s by Daniel O’Neill

Victorious Festival 2014

In January the Victorious Festival team announced that the festival will be moving to Southsea Seafront. The team appear to have planned a bigger and better event building upon the success of previous years.

Last week saw the second wave of artists confirmed to perform live. The line up already consisted of awesome headliners Dizzie Rascal, Seasick Steve but they have now been joined by Razorlight, British Sea Power, Slow Club, Foy Vance, Mark Morriss of The Bluetones and The Bog Rolling Stones. There will be DJ sets from Alt J, Terry Hall of the Specials, 2manyDJs and COR. Not to forget some of the best local talent such as Matt Jarvis, Eloise Keating and our favourites the Southsea Alternative Choir are also performing.

Personally I’m really excited about the Sunday line up, I’ve been a huge fan of Seasick Steve for years and I even went to Bestival dressed as him for the Under the Sea fancy dress theme. Sunday also see’s British Sea Power performing, they have been regular visitors to the Wedgewood Rooms during their tours in the past, most recently in April 2013. They are easily one of the best live acts you could ever have the pleasure of seeing. The Saturday headliner Dizzie Rascal isn’t too shabby. I caught him at Bestival in 2010 and I can promise you, he knows how to put on a show and get you dancing!

There will be more artists announced closer to the time. You can find out first by following Victorious on Facebook and Twitter @VictoriousFest, or by signing up to the mailing list HERE.

The event is more than just a music festival, there will be lots going on in the Kids Arena as well a Real Ale Festival featuring many local breweries. For the weekend local seafront attractions will be FREE, these include Southsea Castle, Blue Reef Aquarium, D-Day Museum and Southsea Skate Park. If you would like to be involved in the boutique market then drop the team an email on traders@victoriousfestival.co.uk.

The festival will be held on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th August. There are limited early bird tickets available but hurry as they are only available at the reduced price for the next ten days! Adult Day tickets are currently available for £15 per day and will be £20 after. You can pick one up via the website HERE, or directly at Little Johnny Russells or either of the Belle Isle restaurants. Kids tickets will cost £6 but those under the age of five can enter the festival for free.

Over the next five months we will try and keep you up to date on announcements and preview the performers and attractions that you can look forward to.

Victorious Festival 2014