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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!

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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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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

Rolling right Inuit part II

Following on from the previous post about the Igloo seen on Southsea Common, Khalid Saleh was kind enough to get in contact with some more information and some photos. It took Khalid and 6 of his friends 5 and a half hours to build the Igloo using what looks like icecream tubs and glow sticks were donated by passers by from the Navy.

It’s still standing today and Meridian will be doing a short interview with them. Not sure when that will air, but hopefully I’ll catch it.

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Vintage Photography – Sunny Southsea

Big thanks to Khalid who sent over these vintage photographs scanned from The Images of Portsmouth (1993). We have a small selection so I’ll put one page up each week.

Love this first shot of the band stand on the common in the 1920s showing how the site was originally used before the Skatepark was built around it in the 70s. So many deckchairs, it must have been big business back then. It’s a shame they didn’t keep the bandstand as it was with the little steps and iron railing. It’s a little different NOW as Marcus’s ariel shot shows. Click the image to see the high res scan up close.

The Infamous Harry Pounds Scrapyard Submarines

Many of you will remember the once iconic Submarines at the Harry Pounds Scrapyard on the way in to Portsmouth. We even featured a few photos by Robin Hinson back in 2010.

Although I never got to explore the sub aquatic giants myself I was lucky enough to find this little gem a few weeks ago. Although I can’t remember where, so sorry if I nabbed it and forgot to mention you.

Watch the video for a unique view of these “Uk, Admiralty Standard Range Diesels 16 Cylinder V mechanical supercharged monsters!”

BBC Reel History Event

Portsmouth Film Society is taking part in the BBC series of events celebrating local history through archive film, in partnership with the Wessex Film and Sound Archive. Join PFS for a look back at Portsmouth and Southsea history on the big screen, with a talk from local artist Jez Stevens who will discuss his project “No Diving” on the Hilsea Lido, which uses footage from local amateur filmmakers taken at the Lido, and Portsmouth historian Dr. Dave Allen.
Date – Wednesday, November 16 · 6:00pm – 8:00pm at the Omega Centre, Portsmouth.
Entry is £2 or free for full Portsmouth Film Society members.


No Diving film

For those of you that missed our post of Dave Allen’s lecture here it is below.

Harbour Tour

If you’re brave enough at this chilly time of year head on down to Gunwharf and take a tour around the home of the modern Navy. With aircraft carriers, the HMS Ark Royal, HMS Illustrious and Invincible, there’s plenty to see. Oh, and they sell beer on board.

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:

www.bbc.co.uk/history/domesday

Domesday Project




Vintage Southsea Skatepark

Bored Manager Tom sent us over this original Skatepark article and poster. It doesn’t get more back in the day than this really. The original proposal plan and the opening day poster. At last Skateboard Paradise. Truly amazing. The article is quite small, but I zoomed it to read back the first paragraph.

‘Skatepark plan caters for all plus band and roller skating. Fast elevated runs and steep twisting slalom – like tracks for the advanced skateboarder, are a design feature of the £60,000 skateboard arena proposed for Southsea Common’

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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 www.questx.eu. As well as the skating photos there are also loads of other galleries too including sport, portraiture, landscape, etc. Have a flick through.

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Fog Lights!

I love fog, even more so at night time because all the street lights are on and it’s like this weird eerie zombie town. People appear out of no where and even cars creep up on you before you notice them in the deathly silence of the fog. I watched, or should I say waited, as the the Hovercraft came over from The Isle of Wight. I could hear the roar of the engines for five minutes till I could actually see the craft as it pulled on to shore. Spooky.

My little point and shoot isn’t much cop in low light fog but there are a few more over on my Flickr

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