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Live Screening from the Kings Theatre

The Kings Theatre starts its summer season with a selection of live screenings from productions from around the UK and the world to the victorian stage in Albert Road, Southsea. The live screenings include the following:

Shakespeare Live! From The RSC
Saturday 23rd April

Shakespeare Live! is a unique two-hour event marking the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. This wonderful event will be screened live from Stratford-upon-Avon on Shakespeare’s birthday, and it will be hosted by David Tennant with a star-studded show celebrating Shakespeare’s plays and their enduring influence on music, dance, opera, musical theatre and comedy. The Royal Shakespeare Company and its Artistic Director Gregory Doran are assembling a once-in-a-lifetime cast, including Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellen, Joseph Fiennes, Meera Syal, Al Murray, Alison Moyet, Noma Dumezweni, Ian Bostridge, English National Opera (ENO), Birmingham Royal Ballet, and Akala (Hip Hop Shakespeare) to perform in a unique tribute to the genius and influence of the world’s greatest playwright and storyteller.

Tickets are £13.50 (concessions £11.50), with all money taken for this performance going towards the restoration of the Kings Theatre.

National Theatre Live – A View from the Bridge
Friday 15th May

Following its smash-hit original broadcast, the Young Vic’s, ‘magnetic, astonishingly bold’ production of A View from the Bridge returns to cinema & theatre screens due to audience demand. The great Arthur Miller confronts the American dream in this dark and passionate tale, In Brooklyn, longshoreman Eddie Carbone welcomes his Sicilian cousins to the land of freedom. When one of them falls for his beautiful niece, they discover that freedom comes at a price. Eddie’s jealous mistrust exposes a deep, unspeakable secret – one that drives him to commit the ultimate betrayal.

This stunning production of Miller’s tragic masterpiece won a trio of 2014 Olivier Awards including Best Revival, Best Actor for Mark Strong (The Imitation Game; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) and Best Director for Ivo van Hove.

Tickets are £13.50 (concessions £11.50).

RSC Live: Hamlet
Wednesday 8th June

Returning home he finds his world is utterly changed, his certainties smashed and his home a foreign land. Struggling to understand his place in a new world order he faces a stark choice. Submit, or rage against the injustice of his new reality.

Simon Godwin (The Two Gentlemen of Verona 2014) directs Paapa Essiedu as Hamlet in Shakespeare’s searing tragedy. As relevant today as when it was written, Hamlet confronts each of us with the mirror of our own mortality in an imperfect world.

Tickets are £13.50 (concessions £11.50).

André Rieu
Sunday 24th July

Known to millions as ‘The King of Waltz’, André Rieu is one of the world’s most popular music artists. His legendary annual Maastricht concert is the most eagerly anticipated cinema event of the year, last year setting new box office records in several countries. Spoken parts in English and Dutch with some English subtitles supplied.

Tickets are £21.50 (concessions £19.50).

Find out more about these live screenings and also to book your tickets online visit:

www.kingsportsmouth.co.uk

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PompeySaturdays/SouthseaSundays Photography Exhibition

PompeySaturdays/SouthseaSundays is a new photography exhibition designed to showcase all sides of Portsmouth. The exhibition will feature work by local photographer Andrew Malbon, from St Jude’s Church in Southsea, including two sets of his contemporary photos featuring some of the defining experiences of living in the city.

In the exhibition will be black-and-white photos showing ‘Pompey Saturdays’ which get to the heart of what it feels like to roll up at Fratton Park full of expectation on a match-day – and the emotions generated by the result. There will also be Andrew’s colour photos uncovering ‘Southsea Sundays’, that showcase the beauty and vitality of a sunny day on the seafront. Both contrasting sets of images will be on display (and for sale) at St Jude’s Church, Kent Road, Southsea, from 9am to 5pm each day from April 16th to April 30th. The two-week exhibition will be launched at an event from 7pm to 9pm on Saturday.

The exhibition will raise funds for a group of 18 adults and teenagers who are giving up 10 days of their holiday this summer to help decorate a school in Ghana. The group, who have called themselves ‘Project G’ come from Church of England churches across the city of Portsmouth. They’ll be heading off for a life-changing trip to Ghana in July, decorating a classroom for children who have special needs.

Andrew, who works as an architect for Portsmouth City Council said: “I’ve lived in Portsmouth since I was at university here, and I’m only a few hundred yards away from Fratton Park. You can see the expectation in the faces as the fans walk to the ground, and you can feel the elation or despair as they pour out again at the end. I wanted to capture that emotion. Portsmouth also has a fundamental relationship with the sea, which is best expressed for me in the colour, vitality and peacefulness of Southsea seafront. I’ve tried to capture some of the details that make the scenery come alive for me.”

Check the flyer below for more details and also some examples of Andrew’s great photography that will be on show in the exhibition.

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“Southsea Hug” by My Dog Sighs

Many of you will have seen My Dog Sighs mural on Albert Road. The artist has produced a set of high quality limited edition giclee prints with all the profits of the sale of this print will be donated to the society of St James homeless charity and the Tonic charity, both very worthy local charities helping vulnerable people.

Tonic is A charity that raises awareness and challenges the stigma often associated with mental illness through music and arts based activities in association with an array or established and local artists.

Society of St James is a Hampshire-based homelessness charity, providing accommodation and support to over 2500 people each year.

The prints themselves are A3 sized, an edition of 45, all signed, stamped and numbered for sale for £50 each. They will be available from this Saturday at Play Dead Gallery, Home Coffee, Southsea Coffee, his own studio located above the Wedgewood Rooms and in Strong Island Co shop on Highland Road.

These are likely to be popular and sell out quickly so make sure you get yourself down to one of the stockists on Saturday morning.

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A Strong Islander Abroad Part 2: Nepal

Nepal is a country that is full of natural beauty and the most breathtaking scenery. This leg of my trip was to visit the Himalayas and along the way introduce some new friends to Strong Island and to share tales of about our respective homes.

First stop was the bustling capital of Kathmandu with its busy roads and markets filled with trinkets and treasures. It wasn’t hard to bump into newbies curious about the anchor tee and my first meet was with Uttar, who later became my guide up into the mountains. He’s been a guide for over thirty years in the Himalayan region he was eager to wear my beanie on the cold mountain nights in tea houses and to show everyone the t shirt as we talked about where I was from and what it was like. He was fascinated by the fact that we did not suffer with the earthquakes and pollution and were blessed with being so close to the sea.

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It was so interesting to meet a man who has spent his entire life in such a wonderful mountainous place, that visitors travel from all over the world to see and yet he was totally in awe of my tales and descriptions of Portsmouth. Explaining that I was going home in August and off to a local music festival (Victorious), blew his mind. He spent the next hour trying to teach me how to dance Nepali style so I could bust some moves when I got home.

Surrounded by Prayer flags we captured this lovely snap after the three day trek to the top, the only time in fact that I got to wear the hat because he loved it so and insisted on wearing both as often as possible to look cool and because his hat had been chewed by a rat in a place called Ghorepani so his ears were always cold.

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The Nepal adventure progressed down to Chitwan National Park, a place of sincere beauty with absolutely stunning wildlife. A conservation area looked after by guys like of Yanic, a 17 year old from the area who had grown up breeding and training elephants in the park. He introduced me to his own elephant, 33 year old Nala who had been mistreated and was terrified of humans until he and his family worked with her and nurtured her.

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As we walked through the park Yanic calls a friend over, Suganda, another local teen who also worked in the park and whom he had gone to school with. He grabbed him and chatting in Nepali for a brief few moments excitedly then asked if his friend could have a pic in the t shirt, of course I obliged and Suganda was thrilled at this shot overlooking a rhino mating ground, no mating rhinos though thankfully. Not sure how pleasant that would have been to see before dinner!

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Heading onwards to Pokhara I bumped into some English guys who come to Nepal to trek Everest Basecamp together sixteen years ago and were now returning for another adventure. Getting to know each other over several lunches and no mention of Portsmouth, Simon started talking about his son who was working in the Navy in the South of England. Portsmouth I asked? Yes, how did you know that he replies. So stories were exchanged and he asked son who was impressed to find his father hanging out with myself on the other side of the world.

Overheard by Salvatore from neighbouring France joined us in conversation, he was travelling with his fiancé in Nepal. Even in the most remote parts of the world I discover those with links and knowledge of Portsmouth!

Nepal is yet another country that always manages to surprise you, whether it be freak hail storms with golf ball size pellets out of nowhere or little mountain folk who drink milk chia and enquire constantly about your foreign land, it’s a place of magic and religion that is well worth a visit.

Looking over the mountains and onto the next chapter of the journey I thought excitedly about Thailand and the next part of A Strong Islander Abroad.

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Michael Baker & Jerry Williams Live at Little Johnny Russells

Nick Courtney and Big Hug Management presents a night of free live music on Sunday 17th April. Performing live at Little Johnny Russells will be the Grafton Fridays, Jerry Williams and Michael Baker.

Opening on the night are the The Grafton Fridays who are a Bournemouth based indie band. The newest addition to the Big Hug team will be playing for the first time and hopefully the first of many.

The Guide Award winner Jerry Williams has been busy working with writers and producers who’s credits include Rae Morris, Sia, Nick Mulvey, Gabrielle Aplin as well as working with Newton Faulkner directly. As well as playing hits such as Cold Beer and Boy Oh Boy, Jerry will be debuting new material with a full band.

Headlining on the evening will be Michael Baker. Michael is a singer-songwriter from the south-east but is now plying his trade in capital. Michael and his band will be performing tracks from his forthcoming album “Dust & Bone”.

Please note that under 18s must be accompanied by an adult and are welcome until 9.30pm Food will be served until 9.00pm

Anglepoise Giant Collection at Harrods

Throughout the month of April, iconic British department store Harrods is showcasing the new Anglepoise® Giant Collection as part of their ‘London Edit’, a round-up of the season’s essential interior trends. When you’re up in the capital this month pay a visit and you’ll see how the ‘The London Edit’ has been brought to life in the store’s famous Brompton Road windows and played out in room sets across the Second and Third Floors.

Homing in on four distinctive trend-led edits entitled the Shoreditch Loft, the Chelsea Townhouse, the Notting Hill Villa and the Hampstead House, The London Edit features beautiful furniture, lighting and homeware from the the most classic to the most contemporary and unveils exclusive launches ranging from British fashion’s Matthew Williamson for Duresta to Anglepoise®. Having styled their Original 1227™ Giant Brass floor lamp in Elephant Grey as part of the ‘Shoreditch Loft’ edit, each model will exclusively retail at Harrods for the duration of the interiors takeover. Lovers of the Anglepoise® design will also have the chance to pick up the Original 1227™ Giant Brass floor lamp in Rich Burgundy, created exclusively for Harrods (you can see both below).

Portsmouth based Anglepoise® have been working on some incredible collaborations and projects in recent years, such as the two Paul Smith collabs, so to see their giants (which are assembled in Farlington) on sale in Harrods is something special.

Find out more over at the Anglepoise® website:

www.anglepoise.com

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Original 1227™ Giant Brass floor lamp in Rich Burgundy, created exclusively for Harrods

Maggie Ambler Open Studio Event

Southsea artist Maggie Ambler is opening up her home for a special Open Studio event over the May Day bank holiday weekend. This is a great opportunity to meet the artist, find out about the work and the creative environment and even buy some pieces too. The dates & times are as follows:

– Saturday 30th April from 11am to 5.30pm.
– Sunday 1st May from 11am to 4pm.
– Monday 2nd May from 11am to 4pm.

To visit the studio of Maggie pop along on those dates and times to 6 The Exchange, 52 St Ronans Road, Southsea, PO4 0LU.

Find out more about Maggie, her work and this open studio event over on Maggie’s website:

www.originaltilestudio.co.uk

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Makers’ Merchant Has Work & Retail Spaces to Rent

We’re always being asked about studio and creative working spaces in the city so it is great to hear about available spaces at Makers’ Merchant (was Make & Craft Kitchen) in Fratton. This creative working space, store and cafe have a few different options available to cater for people looking for the following:

– Desk/Studio spaces are available on their mezzanine floor that overlooks the main space, prices start from only £20 per week and perfect for people starting out working on their own creative business needing their own studio/desk.
– Offering selling spots from single shelves up to own display areas for concessions for local makers, designers, etc. Shelves begin at an introductory price of only £6-£10 per shelf and for the larger floor spaces for your own concession displays it starts at only £30 per square metre.
– Wall space is available for displaying and selling art, with a commission of 20% per sale.

Maker’s Merchant are also offering creatives their workshop area so they can run their own creative learning activities, table hire (seats 8) is only £10 per hour and the party room is only £20 per hour. For all of these options certain terms & conditions apply.

You can find out much more about these options by popping in to Makers’ Merchant at 1 Cornwall Road, PO1 5AA or via EMAIL or over at their Facebook page & website:

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P.S. The cakes there are AMAZING.

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Le Reve Art Exhibition at Atelier This Saturday

Le Reve is a new art exhibition featuring work by 14 local artists at Atelier in Castle Road. The exhibition Le Reve (The Dream) is named after the Picasso portrait of a sleeping lady 1932, which is a loose theme for the show which opens this Saturday from 10am to 6pm, whilst the street is all set up celebrating Record Store Day. On show are works by Agata Wojcieszkiewicz, Alison Lawley, Barbara Sullivan, Chris Wood, William Pounds, Colin Merrin, Trudy Barber, Roo Abrook, Karl Rudziak, Petting Zoo, Anna Potten, Michael Bartlett, Chris Williams & Pete Codling.

From Saturday the exhibition will be open weekends, during the week and by appointment in the evenings, be sure to drop in if you are Castle Road-bound for Record Store Day.

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FoodCycle Portsmouth Community Meals

Last Thursday I dropped by Kings Church, Somerstown, for my first FoodCycle experience. FoodCycle is an volunteer run organisation that I have admired from afar for a small while now; anyone who highlights and tackles the issue of food waste gets a big thumbs up from me. In the last two years alone, they have saved more than 9822kg of food from landfills and served over 5231 three course meals. Naturally I jumped at the offer to join them for dinner.

The core of FoodCycle’s concept is simple; the three vegetarian courses put in front of you will all be made up from surplus food, donated by local branches of Tesco, Sainsbury and Morrisons (come on Asda…). Due to the volunteers not knowing what foods will be provided on the day, ingredient maximising dishes must be thought up and prepared pretty much on the spot. Like a creative, community version of Ready Steady Cook if you will. The tables are set with fresh fruit and crusty bread (all donated) and before you know it the plates start rolling out. That evening I discovered that there is something truly soul fulfilling about, not just eating a dinner made from food that would otherwise be thrown away, but looking around and seeing this surplus feeding at least twenty other mouths.

What soon became clear is that FoodCycle is so much more than an organisation that battles food waste; their community dinners offer a weekly space where positive relationships can be fostered between the guests and the volunteers alike, over a free and nutritious meal. This three pronged attack of reducing food waste, reducing food poverty and reducing social isolation helps build and nurture our communities through the power of a sit down meal.

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The community meals at Kings Church occur once a week every Thursday, seating is at 17:50 for a 18:00 meal. If you wish to support Foodcycle in any way shape or form (and I urge you to), you can find extra information about the organisation and how to apply to volunteer here. Be sure to also check out their great guide on how to minimise your own food waste at home.

Castle Road Spring Market & Record Store Day 2016

This weekend the southern end of Castle Road will be temporarily closed for vehicles and will be taken over by a host of local traders and great bands for the Castle Road Spring Market & Record Store Day 2016.

Headlining the Saturday music line up will be the awesome Band Of Skulls. Hailing from Southampton the band consists of Matthew Hayward (drums), Russell Marsden (guitar/vocals) and Emma Richardson (bass/vocals). Since their 2009 debut album Baby Darling Doll Face Honey, the trio have gone from strength to strength and toured all over the world as well as having their music featured in hit tv shows, movies and computer games. The band have just announced their fourth album ‘By Default’ which will be released in May, hopefully we’ll be treated a preview during their set.

Also performing on Saturday are Smoke Fairies, Blaenavon, Emptifish, Sacha, Spaff Tits and the awesome Plastic Mermaids.

Originating from the Isle of Wight The Plastic Mermaids have been described by Q Magazine as the band like “Mercury Rev going on a road trip with The Flaming Lips”. I was fortunate enough to see the band perform at Bestival and meet them at Blissfields last year. Not only are they thoroughly nice guys but they are also one the most innovative bands in the country.

My must see act for Sunday will be local band The Boy I Used To Be. Ed Perry, Max Jones and Callum Sanderson will also be joined by the newest member of the team, Andy Hamilton on drums. You can expect to hear tracks from their latest EP Somber Party which is available on iTunes and Spotify.

Joining them on the line up are Left With Pictures, Ellie Ford Band, Felix M-B, Temples Of Youth as well as local bands New Desert Blues, Sink Or Soar and Misgivings.

For vinyl lovers that would like to know more about what Pie & Vinyl will be stocking on during Record Store Day then check out their website www.pieandvinyl.co.uk. If you have any questions about Record Store Day the the Pie & Vinyl team have all of that covered on their FAQ page.

The free event opens from midday and runs until 7pm. For more information check out the Facebook Event page here.

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Photos from Hilsea Lines & Foxes Forest Photo Walkshop

Saturday morning we had our second photography walkshop at Hilsea Lines and Foxes Forest (and our 16th in total), a great place to experience nature’s first sights, sounds and smells of springtime, and we even had a little sunshine too. We started off at one of the freshwater moats/lakes with a friendly pair of swans and the first of this spring’s bluebells. We looked at different focusing techniques and the advantages of switching between auto and manual. With the snowdrops and bluebells we also looked at macro settings too. We walked down to Foxes Forest and looked at different perspectives and how to creative narrative within images using a variety of composition techniques and tips. We made our way down to the bastion tunnel and then back to the moat lake water before ending up by the railway bridge and reed beds. A huge thank you to everyone who came along to this sell out walkshop!

The first of the spring & early summer photo walkshops is this Saturday, exploring the western edge of Southsea Beach including Clarence Pier. From there we get to have an exclusive explore of the Southsea Rowing Club boathouse on Southsea Beach. You can book this walkshop online HERE.

You can see photos from Saturday’s walk below, to find out more about our photography walkshops visit:

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Fresh Drop Of Our Portsmouth Football Club Range Now Available

This week we have a fresh drop of Portsmouth Football Club clothing now in store or online at www.strongislandclothingco.com.

THe premium range features our re-imagining of the common elements from the iconic Portsmouth FC logo from the 1980s and the Strong Island logo, with two swords in place, each dated with the club’s FA Cup wins. No matter if you are passionate about football or not, we hope this tee is a way of showing support for a club that is now a beacon to the rest of the country for a city and a community that strives to work together for the better.

You can follow the Strong Island Clothing Co on Facebook, Twitter @StrongIslandCCo and Instagram @StrongIslandClothingCo.

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Transitional Objects Exhibition by Immy Smith at Strong Island Co

We’re really pleased to say that our new exhibition up in Strong Island Co is by artist (and doctor) Immy Smith. Immy we featured on a special Created Local article a while back and she focuses on bringing science and art together. This exhibition is the first time her Transitional Objects drawings have been on show to the public.

“There is a constant recycling in all living systems; and in the process, life leaves debris. It gradually becomes unrecognisable, and perhaps disconnected from its origin. What if we try and translate the pieces left behind into new stories? Can we find comfort in building a new story from our own debris, before it is completely recycled? In psychology, a transitional object is an item used to provide emotional comfort, especially in unusual or unique situations, or at stressful times of transition.” – Immy Smith.

Immy Smith merges these ideas of brevity and security, change and consolation, to build new storylines from human litter and biological fragments. The drawings in the Transitional Objects series seek reassurance in the constant impermanence of life, and offer the idea of playing and creating new narratives. These original works are for sale and prints are also available too.

You are more than welcome to view the exhibition any time during the Strong Island Co opening hours (10am to 6pm, Tuesday to Saturday) and we are having a special artist party for Immy on Thursday 14th April, from 7pm to 9:30pm with free drinks and the chance to meet the artist and find out more about her many and varied artistic work. Check the Facebook event for more information HERE and you can find out more about Immy’s work at:

www.immysmith.com

Transitional Objects Exhibition by Immy Smith at Strong Island Co

Camp Bestival’s Space Camp Tour Comes To Aspex Tomorrow

Tomorrow the Aspex Gallery welcomes the team behind Camp Bestival for the latest leg of their Space Camp Tour.

The day will consist of a variety of space-themed crafts, on top of a photo booth with hand-illustrated props from Aspex’s team of volunteers. The brilliant Top Banana Circus will also be on site, providing space cadet training, accompanied by the local Cheeky Monkey Face Painting. All alongside music provided by Camp Bestival DJ’s.

There is also a chance to win a Camp Bestival family ticket package so get yourself down to Aspex from 11am. Entry is completely free, and every child will receive a special Camp Bestival goody back with a copy of kids science magazine. For more info check out the Facebook Event page here.

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If you don’t know about Camp Bestival it is an award winning family festi-holiday set in the stunning grounds of Lulworth Castle, Dorset. This years event will be held on the 28th-31st July and will see live music from Fat Boy Slim, Tears For Fears, Jess Gynne, Arrested Development and Turin Brakes. Family entertained will feature Alien’s Love Underpants, Mr Tumble and Dick and Dom. For more information check out their website www.campbestival.net.

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New Photo Walkshop Next Saturday at Southsea Rowing Club

A quick heads-up, we’ve begun adding the spring & summer walkshops to the Photo Walkshops website and we’ve made the first one bookable. It is a bit last minute (next Saturday the 16th April 10am to 12pm) and will be on Southsea seafront but will include something very unusual: a rare chance to explore with your camera the Southsea Rowing Club boathouse. We’re always trying to book unusual places and team up with local organisations so a big thank you to the guys at the club for welcoming us. We’re working on a few features with the club for the new website too, keep an eye out for those soon.

You can book on to this photo walkshop HERE and full details are below:

We’ll be starting off at Clarence Pier, photographing elements of some of the rides (like the new Solent Eye) before moving down Southsea Beach to the Hovercraft arriving and departing. We’ll continue quickly along the beach to the Southsea Rowing Club who have kindly invited us to explore their boathouse with our cameras and who will going out on the water (if the conditions are right).

Expect to see a busy pier, lots of craft on the Solent with many different types of boats, interesting beach finds and a fascinating and rare chance to explore the rowing club.

Meet at:

The entrance of the arcades at Clarence Pier for 10am. Parking is available across the road in the main carpark or on the road, where available (pay & display). There is a main bus stop right by the meeting point.

Notes:

This walk is about 80% wheelchair accessible, apart from a period on the beach. The promenade can be part of the walkshop (including the ‘yellow’ shelter) as an alternative as access to the beach itself may not be easy/possible.

Kassassin Street “Hand In My Pocket”

Local band Kassassin Street need no introduction to long time Strong Island followers. The band just just released their latest track “Hand In My Pocket” which is now available to own for yourselves on iTunes and Spotify now.

For those who want to know more about the band and stay up to date wth future announcements then you can follow them on Facebook, Twitter @KassassinStreet, YouTube and SoundCloud.

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Portsmouth Roller Wenches Double Header

Last Saturday the Portsmouth Roller Wenches A and B sides were both in action. The Wenches A team took on Tiger Bay B team and the Wenches B team will be taking on Big Bucks Rough Diamonds.

I’ve been following the Wenches for years now but now my work commitments have changed I can now go down and support them in person. Sadly though I seem to be a bit of a jinx for the ladies. I arrived half way through the first half when the B side were comfortably in front against Big Bucks although by the end the Bucks came out on top.

The second bout was fiercely contested between the A team and Tiger Bay although it was the visitors who just edged it picking up the win.

You can follow the Roller Wenches and find out about future fixtures on Facebook, Twitter @RollerWenches and Instagram @PortsmouthRollerWenches.

Have you ever thought about playing roller derby? Are you based in Hampshire? Then look no further. It time for you to join the longest establish team in the area. The Portsmouth Roller Wenches have created a 15 week new skater course designed to teach you everything you need to know to become a roller derby player. No, you don’t need to know how to skate already, they will teach you the basics and their amazing coaches will help you to grow in confidence on and off skates in a safe and friendly environment.

What are you waiting for? Register with them by simply email portsmouthrollerwenches@hotmail.co.uk to find out more.

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Created Local – Liza Lash Portrait by Suga Shaz

Local artist Sugashaz has just completed a fantastic portrait of internationally renowned makeup artist and social media star Liza Lash.

The very modest Shaz used a variety of tools to create the portrait including carbothello pastel pencils, Rembrandt pastels, Prismacolor pencils. If you would like to speak with Sharon about a commission then drop her an email at sugarshaz@hotmail.com.

Keep an eye out on Strong Island in future for a full feature on Sugashaz but in the meantime you can follow her work on Instagram @sugashaz and Twitter @itsdatsugarshaz.

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Big Spring Beach Clean 2016 – Hayling Island

With the success of last year’s beach cleans which saw a combined total of 634 cleans involving over 12,000 volunteers across the UK Surfers Against Sewage are once more upping their targets. The Big Spring Beach Clean 2016 will be taking place between the 11th and the 17th of April.

Locally a team of people will be meeting at Hayling Island Beachlands from 1pm until 3pm on Saturday 16th April. The more volunteers the better! For more information about how you can become involved in the biggest Big Spring Beach Clean Series ever check out the Facebook page and the website www.sas.org.uk.

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The Staggeringly Good Brewery

There’s been a bit of a buzz recently surrounding an up and coming establishment on Rodney Road. I know it’s a bit odd to have “buzz” and “Rodney Road” in the same sentence but hear me out. If you have been following various social media accounts you might of seen sneak peeks of building work, or the odd shot of slightly prehistoric interior decorating. This is because the boys behind the much loved Staggeringly Good beers have been working tirelessly to bring you what we have all been waiting for: their very own Staggeringly Good Brewery!

Situated on Rodney Road and nestled amongst a row of industrial units, the new SG brewery will be sure to cater to all of your beer related needs: experience days and tours, bar tap and tasting area, local events and a shop. The brewery will be opening its doors for a trade night on the 18th April and a two part official launch on the 22nd and 23rd of April. Personally this is something I’ve been waiting a long time for; whilst our pub industry faces tough times, having another working brewery open in the heart of the island is something to be celebrated. I was fortunate enough to have a pre-launch nose about and, without wanting to give too much away, you are all in for a dino-themed sensorial treat. Here are a couple of shots whilst we eagerly await opening night.

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Not yet familiar with the various beers they brew? Check out Strong Island’s review of the wares here or Staggeringly Good’s tasty local collab with Bread Addiction here.

Top Banana Easter Circus Workshops

Portsmouth based circus skills organisation Top Banana are back with their very popular circus skills workshops for people of all ages. On Friday 8th April at Portsmouth Guildhall street dancer & free runner Sacha Biloshitsky (from Funk Format and Urban Playground) will be leading two acrobalance workshops, one for young people aged 8-15 and one for 16 and above. The workshops focus on techniques for balance and counterbalance, include lifts, holds and poses and also some easy Parkour moves.

Booking for these workshops is essential and can be done online HERE.

To find out more check the flyer below and also visit the Top Banana Facebook page and website:

www.topbananacircus.com

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Footprint Board Game Night at Le Cafe Parisien

Footprint is a Portsmouth-based environmental board game, designed and developed by local game creator Owen Devine. Footprint sees you taking on the challenge of cutting your ecological footprint down to zero before the clock runs out. It isn’t easy – the only way to meet the deadline is to choose your investments in new technologies wisely. Whether it’s a new train network, fields of solar panels, or even humble vegetarian food – they all have their part to play in getting your pollution down to zero. The final twist? Just like real life, no one can win without taking everyone else with them.

On 21st April from 7pm at Le Cafe Parisien the night will start with a short introduction from Owen Devine about why and how he put Footprint together. There will then be an opportunity for people to take on the sustainability challenge and play the game. Alongside this, there will be acoustic folk music kindly provided by international touring artist Chris Ricketts. The cafe will be open for tea, coffee, wine, beer and cakes.

We stock Footprint at Strong Island Clothing Co store at 12 Highland Road in Southsea, if you want to pick up the game and play at home.

For more details about the game visit the website:

www.footprintgame.co.uk

Footprint Board Game Night
Photo from a previous Footprint game night at Aspex Gallery.

Polar Skate Co Video Premiere at The Honest Politician

Polar Skate Co have just released their first full length skate video, entitled I Like it Here Inside My Mind, Don’t Wake Me This Time, and after premiere screenings in Europe and the USA you’ll be able to see the film in Southsea at The Honest Politician, thanks to Bored of Southsea. Polar is based in Malmö, Sweden and is the creative outlet of pro skater, filmmaker and artist Pontus Alv. The Polar team includes some heavyweight skateboarding talent from all over Europe, London and New York City. Previous edits have related to tours or city visits (Portsmouth was featured in one recently, watch HERE) but this is their first full length film.

To catch I Like it Here Inside My Mind, Don’t Wake Me This Time get down to the Poli on Monday 4th of April for 7pm and grab a beer and the screening begins at 7:30pm. This is sure to be packed out with the local skate scene but if you’re in to experimental filmmaking, be sure to pop along too, Pontus Alv’s previous film In Search of the Miraculous is also worth a watch too (see below). This is one not to miss.

Polar Skate Co Video Premiere at The Honest Politician

Pontus Alv, frontside wallride around the corner. Photo: Sam Ashley
Pontus Alv, frontside wallride around the corner at the King Henry building. Photo: Sam Ashley.

SNUB23 Polyhedron Exhibition at Play Dead Opens TONIGHT

Straight off of the back of a fantastic fine art exhibition by Sadie Tierney, Play Dead from tonight will be home to a brand new exhibition by Brighton street artist and designer SNUB23. You may recognise some of SNUB23’s work as he has painted in Southsea before but this new exhibition brings together the classic robot style and the Q-BERT style geometric patterns of colour, light and shadow. The exhibition opens tonight from 7pm and runs until 30th April.

If you get down for the opening the first 23 people through the door get a pile of treasure. If you miss that there are SNUB23 x Play Dead tees available too.

See you there tonight.

SNUB23 Polyhedron Exhibition at Play Dead Opens TONIGHT (2)

(All photos from Play Dead and SNUB23).

SNUB23 Polyhedron Exhibition at Play Dead Opens TONIGHT (1)

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Created Local – Instagram @philswitch.engage

In the fifth of our special features celebrating our favourite Instagram photographers with links with our city we are featuring Phil Tickner (@philswitch.engage).

Can you tell us a little about yourself, where you are from and your links with Portsmouth if no longer living here?

I was born and spent the first few years of my life in Portsmouth, specifically Fratton, before moving to live in Bedhampton and Havant. I returned to the island about six years ago and now I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. Most of my free time is taken up by roller derby related shenanigans (I’m one of the official photographers for the Portsmouth Roller Wenches, and also play as one of the Portsmouth Scurvy Dogs) and what time is left is shared between cycling (when the weather allows it) and getting tattooed, mostly.

Do you have a favoured camera or device that you use for your Instagram photography?

I always had a massive problem with the whole idea of ‘Instagram photography’ for some reason, that was until I finally got myself a phone that could take a decent picture. It’s not always practical to lug round my usual DSLR kit so the idea of capturing a passing moment with something that fits in your pocket finally made a lot of sense. Currently using a poverty-spec iPhone 5c, but it does the job.

@philswitch.engage

@philswitch.engage

Can you tell us more about your photographic experience, is this something that you’ve studied or maybe a hobby which you’ve developed?

Photography has always been a hobby, and I’ve never had much in the way of tuition aside from the odd tip I’ve picked up from photographer friends. It’s always just been a case of getting stuck in and attempting to learn from my mistakes.

Would you say that you take photos more for yourself or for others?

I try to take photos primarily to please myself – when I tried to make a bit of money doing wedding jobs and the like, I found myself quickly losing my passion for photography as soon as I had to try and work around someone else’s idea of a good photo. I’m much happier just doing my own thing again. However, I’m not going to deny it’s a great feeling to have someone compliment my work, so I guess there’s a part of me that still tries to take some photos that I know people will enjoy looking at.

Exploring the theme of the “Local”, Portsmouth has a wide variety of climatic conditions, buildings and landscapes. Are there any local places or environments that are personal to you or that you love to photograph for a particular reason?

Personally my biggest preference for subject matter is the local street art scene – I’ve become good friends with many local creatives through it, and thoroughly enjoy documenting the work that appears around the city, both out in public and inside galleries and exhibitions. The greatest appeal to me is the fact that it’s not permanent – so having a record of pieces that I enjoy is extremely important, before they disappear for good.

Are their any other photographers who either influence you or that you would encourage our readers to also check out?

I tend not to take influence from anyone else, as such, and I don’t think the work I do has a particular style itself that anyone would be able to identify – I basically just make it up as I go along most of the time. Not really a good answer but I can’t do a lot better than that.

@philswitch.engage

@philswitch.engage

@philswitch.engage

The Strong Island Calendar 2017 Needs You! #SIC2017

Firstly from everyone at Strong Island and the Alzheimers Society we would like to thank you for your continued support of the calendar project. We hope that they are all taking pride of place in your kitchens, offices or wherever you’ve chosen to hang them.

We are now open to submissions for our 2017 calendar. We welcome submissions from photographers of all abilities whether you use an digital SLR or mobile phone. If you’ve taken a photo that you’d like to submit then we have made it even easier this year. As well as using the hashtag #SIC2016 you now submit your photos using the Strong Island Facebook page here. Simply click on the calendar option and then just follow the on screen prompts. Should you have any questions please just let us know.

There are no limits to how many you submit, the only rule is that the image must be relevant to Portsmouth. This can include photos that have already been taken prior to today. We are especially keen to receive submissions from all over Portsmouth not just our favourite Southsea landmarks.

If you think you know someone who might be interested or is perhaps too shy to get in contact then please share this with them and encourage them to get involved!

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A Strong Islander Abroad Part 2: Nepal

Nepal is a country that is full of natural beauty and the most breathtaking scenery. This leg of my trip was to visit the Himalayas and along the way introduce some new friends to Strong Island and to share tales of about our respective homes.

First stop was the bustling capital of Kathmandu with its busy roads and markets filled with trinkets and treasures. It wasn’t hard to bump into newbies curious about the anchor tee and my first meet was with Uttar, who later became my guide up into the mountains. He’s been a guide for over thirty years in the Himalayan region he was eager to wear my beanie on the cold mountain nights in tea houses and to show everyone the t shirt as we talked about where I was from and what it was like. He was fascinated by the fact that we did not suffer with the earthquakes and pollution and were blessed with being so close to the sea.

Nepal
Uttar

It was so interesting to meet a man who has spent his entire life in such a wonderful mountainous place, that visitors travel from all over the world to see and yet he was totally in awe of my tales and descriptions of Portsmouth. Explaining that I was going home in August and off to a local music festival (Victorious), blew his mind. He spent the next hour trying to teach me how to dance Nepali style so I could bust some moves when I got home.

Surrounded by Prayer flags we captured this lovely snap after the three day trek to the top, the only time in fact that I got to wear the hat because he loved it so and insisted on wearing both as often as possible to look cool and because his hat had been chewed by a rat in a place called Ghorepani so his ears were always cold.

Nepal 1

Nepal 1

The Nepal adventure progressed down to Chitwan National Park, a place of sincere beauty with absolutely stunning wildlife. A conservation area looked after by guys like of Yanic, a 17 year old from the area who had grown up breeding and training elephants in the park. He introduced me to his own elephant, 33 year old Nala who had been mistreated and was terrified of humans until he and his family worked with her and nurtured her.

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Yanic and Nala.

As we walked through the park Yanic calls a friend over, Suganda, another local teen who also worked in the park and whom he had gone to school with. He grabbed him and chatting in Nepali for a brief few moments excitedly then asked if his friend could have a pic in the t shirt, of course I obliged and Suganda was thrilled at this shot overlooking a rhino mating ground, no mating rhinos though thankfully. Not sure how pleasant that would have been to see before dinner!

Nepal

Heading onwards to Pokhara I bumped into some English guys who come to Nepal to trek Everest Basecamp together sixteen years ago and were now returning for another adventure. Getting to know each other over several lunches and no mention of Portsmouth, Simon started talking about his son who was working in the Navy in the South of England. Portsmouth I asked? Yes, how did you know that he replies. So stories were exchanged and he asked son who was impressed to find his father hanging out with myself on the other side of the world.

Overheard by Salvatore from neighbouring France joined us in conversation, he was travelling with his fiancé in Nepal. Even in the most remote parts of the world I discover those with links and knowledge of Portsmouth!

Nepal is yet another country that always manages to surprise you, whether it be freak hail storms with golf ball size pellets out of nowhere or little mountain folk who drink milk chia and enquire constantly about your foreign land, it’s a place of magic and religion that is well worth a visit.

Looking over the mountains and onto the next chapter of the journey I thought excitedly about Thailand and the next part of A Strong Islander Abroad.

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Nepal

Transitional Objects Exhibition by Immy Smith at Strong Island Co

We’re really pleased to say that our new exhibition up in Strong Island Co is by artist (and doctor) Immy Smith. Immy we featured on a special Created Local article a while back and she focuses on bringing science and art together. This exhibition is the first time her Transitional Objects drawings have been on show to the public.

“There is a constant recycling in all living systems; and in the process, life leaves debris. It gradually becomes unrecognisable, and perhaps disconnected from its origin. What if we try and translate the pieces left behind into new stories? Can we find comfort in building a new story from our own debris, before it is completely recycled? In psychology, a transitional object is an item used to provide emotional comfort, especially in unusual or unique situations, or at stressful times of transition.” – Immy Smith.

Immy Smith merges these ideas of brevity and security, change and consolation, to build new storylines from human litter and biological fragments. The drawings in the Transitional Objects series seek reassurance in the constant impermanence of life, and offer the idea of playing and creating new narratives. These original works are for sale and prints are also available too.

You are more than welcome to view the exhibition any time during the Strong Island Co opening hours (10am to 6pm, Tuesday to Saturday) and we are having a special artist party for Immy on Thursday 14th April, from 7pm to 9:30pm with free drinks and the chance to meet the artist and find out more about her many and varied artistic work. Check the Facebook event for more information HERE and you can find out more about Immy’s work at:

www.immysmith.com

Transitional Objects Exhibition by Immy Smith at Strong Island Co

A Strong Islander Abroad Part 1: India

On a trip to New Zealand some years ago, I arrived in the early hours of the morning at my Auckland based hostel, Base, and was met immediately by a guy from Southsea wearing a Strong Island T-Shirt. At first I thought, what the hell are the chances of that but after traveling for several months alone it was not only a really nice reminder of my home town but also of a brand that I really associated with and was proud to say was from where I lived and so after a chat with lovely Lara of Strong Island Clothing Co the idea of ‘A Strong Islander Abroad’ was born.

A somewhat unplanned trip around the globe this year sparked an idea to spot travellers abroad wearing Strong Island Tee’s and to introduce it to people along the way. My first stop was India and it really wasn’t long before I bumped into people who had seen the brand before and said “I know where your from!”. I also decided to tag stickers in cool places as I went along in the hope that other Southsea dwellers might have the same nice experience I had in finding something familiar in an un-suspecting place.

So first stop India…


Setting off from the UK.

7 days in and Tony Beety, who I worked with in Indonesia during the summer months, as if on cue asks me why I didn’t bring him any anchor tee’s from Portsmouth over a bottle of Kingfisher in Tantra Bar in Goa. Ha, I replied, as if totally pre-organised I pull one from my bag and he wore it for the day, also sporting my woolly hat which seemed completely ridiculous in 32 degree heat but what a shot I thought!


Tony Beety from Cleethorpes, in Goa.

My onward journey and strong island mission helped introduce me to many other travellers who mentioned the tee and were more than happy to wear it for a snap. It also got locals interested and prompted them to want a photo of them wearing it, which really was a great conversation instigator and to me encompassed that idea of bringing people together with the same likes and getting people talking.


Becky Merchant from Brighton & Zoe Gale from Australia at the Taj Mahal.

A walk through the flea market a few days later and another interested party said she liked the shirt, this time a young Indian girl called Resme. The shot cost me 550 rupees in the form of two pairs of cool lounge trousers but she was really beautiful and so excited to wear the t-shirt at her clothes stand.


Resme at Goa Flea Market.

All of a sudden people we approaching me for photos wearing the shirt and it as awesome! Mostly it was crazy that locals were so interested of something so unknown but it was great to share the brand with other people and get feedback, and so my strong island abroad journey began.

If you have a cool photo of you or anyone you know wearing one of our tees abroad please send it in and we will share them. Let’s find as many strong islanders abroad as we can! See some more photos below.


Ali & friends.


Bantego Street trader in Old Varanasi.


Jenny at Jungle Hostel in Goa.


Chantelle at Parashakthi Temple.


Street sign in Mumbai.

Created Local – Instagram @no1son

In the fourth of our special features celebrating our favourite Instagram photographers with links with our city we are featuring Scott Birnie (@no1son).

Can you tell us a little about yourself, where you are from and your links with Portsmouth if no longer living here?

I am a graphic, web and UI designer and based in a shared office space in beautiful Emsworth. I originally come from Aberdeen, Scotland and moved “dan saff” in the year 2000. We moved to Havant in 2006 as my wife is originally from here. All her family is here and my own family moved near the area too.

I work in Emsworth and commute (on bike mostly) to the office from Havant.

Do you have a favoured camera or device that you use for your Instagram photography?

I only tend to use my iPhone 6 for Instagram shots as it is quick, easy and always in my pocket ready to capture that perfect pic. I also run some of the shots through various camera and visuals apps. My favourite and pretty much go to app is called Sanpseed. I then run it through some favoured processes and what I like to think gives me a certain style to my shots. For some of the more abstract shots on my Instagram feed i have used other apps like Fragment and Layout (Instagram’s native one).

Scott Birnie

Scott Birnie

Can you tell us more about your photographic experience, is this something that you’ve studied or maybe a hobby which you’ve developed?

I went to Grays School of Art in Aberdeen and photography has always been something I have done through the course and since. I have an honours (2.1) degree in Design and Craft so like to think I have some kind of eye for it! I have always enjoyed taking photographs and experimenting with effects, composition, dynamic shots etc. I like seeing what others have done and covered in terms of subject matter and like to try out my own too.

I feel confident that my shots must be at least a little good and hit the mark as I have been featured in your awesome Strong Island calendar (2015), had one of my shots on a Redbull promotional billboard advertisement and won some random competitions to have my favourite shot printed 🙂

Would you say that you take photos more for yourself or for others?

A bit of both really. I like taking some shots just to record and document, I also like to take some just because it captures a moment (sorry very cliche) and other times I like to take them to experiment with shape, form and composition.

I love a sunset and sky shots, as you can tell from my feed! So I guess that is for me. But others appreciate my shots when I do post them and a lot of people have asked from framed copies of them. I really do need to try and get onto selling some of my shots. No excuse really as i have all the tools required to do so.

Scott Birnie

Scott Birnie

Exploring the theme of the “Local”, Portsmouth has a wide variety of climatic conditions, buildings and landscapes. Are there any local places or environments that are personal to you or that you love to photograph for a particular reason?

I love Emsworth and Langstone harbours and coastal routes. So of my best and favourite shots have been created simply by pointing and shooting these areas. I have also had quite a few good shots up at Staunton Country Park where I take kids sometimes. The natural surroundings and historic buildings provide a lot of opportunities.

I also like Chichester (where I have worked in the past too) Old Portsmouth and Gunwharf Quays too. I do need to get out a little more to these areas and take some time out of the office to refresh the batteries and the creative mind by going “walk about”.

Are their any other photographers who either influence you or that you would encourage our readers to check out?

Mike Kus is superb. I used to share an office space / floor with him and think his work is awesome. He definitely has a certain style that has lead to him taking shots for some top clients and getting some nice pay in the process! He has been on instagram since the beginning and with how many followers he has he obviously does something right!

I also follow Dan Rubin, who is a veteran of instagram.

Scott Birnie

Scott Birnie

Scott Birnie

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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

Two for a Fiver mate…

I’m really digging this Tea Towel they have for sale down Clarence Pier. Great little illustrations of some of our more recognisable landmarks and modes of travel. A great addition to any kitchen.

TOWEL

Submarine Graveyard

Portsmouth’s Pounds scrapyard has been the final stop for the lives of many military vehicles over the years but most noticeable it has been the location for a submarine graveyard. So iconic was the sight of the submarines as you entered Portsmouth that they became the inspiration for the architect when designing the new swimming pool at the Mountbatten Centre.

Robin Hinson has a large collection of photos of the scrapped submarines here, with a few shown below.






Hitler’s reaction to The Registry closing down.

This is just classic. I’ve seen a few others before. I think I saw one about accidentally using Arial instead of Helvetica, funny stuff. This one however is just hilarious, if you know the Portsmouth pub scene. More so if you’ve ever ben a student.

Ben Schroeder Transfer

In the previous Ben Schroeder post I didn’t really describe the legendary trick very well, so I’ve dug out the photo! Ben frontside ollied out of the pool over the platform and in to the steep bank. Sick stuff.

Ben Schroeder, Transfer, Southsea (1991).

Portsmouth on Film – Episode 4

The new episode of Jonathan & Matthew Ring’s vintage family footage ‘Portsmouth on Film’ went up yesterday. This episode is of a bus trip from Old Portsmouth to Southsea to Eastney.

I still lament the loss of the Portsmouth Transport Museum.

Hidden Treasures

Steve Bomford gave us the heads up on this wonderful short film made up of old film footage, from the 50s to the 70s, filmed around Portsmouth and Southsea. If you like looking at some vintage Portsmouth and Southsea you will love this (really interesting to see the Guildhall before it was pedestrianised and the buildings were demolished for the council offices).

£800 raised at our 3rd Birthday Charity Raffle

Wow. Another Incredible success. Myself, Paul and the Strong Island Crew owe a MASSIVE thank you to all the people who donated, helped out, attended and of course bought those ever so important raffle tickets.

With your generosity we managed to raise an amazing £800 for The Portsmouth Autism Support Network and The Portsmouth Lifeboat Station.

Everyone had a great time and got fully involved in the atmosphere of the night. Free Strong Island Iced Teas were flowing, and the buffet was awesome. Pet Sounds kept the musical vibe alive and the crowd did the rest. A really good turn out of Strong Islanders made sure The Belle Isle was packed and the charity tin was full.

Well done to all the people who were lucky enough to get one of the prizes. If not more. Winners win prizes…..

Thanks to everyone who came down, all of the very generous prize donators and of course extra special thanks to Paul, Graham, Ben, James, Andy and all The Belle Isle staff for letting us hold our party and making sure no one went thirsty. Cheers guys.

Without the support from our readers, contributors and friends Strong Island would not be in the position to hold such an event, and we greatly appreciate it.

Prizes were very kindly donated from the following people: LJRs / The Belle Isle / Sopranos / Southsea Skatepark / Caravan Gallery / Michelle So Scone / Boed / Southsea Boutique / Dead Mans Glory / Lou Bush / Helen at Kings Theatre / Geoff at The Wedge / Love Southsea / Mikey Ayling / Mark Persuad / Southsea Gallery / james Porter / Parmiters, Ian & Sue / James Weaver / Alanna Smith / Matt Howarth / Bruce Jamieson / Jamie Olivers (Megatron) / Diana Goss / James Batchelor / Fran Bierton / Paul Thurlow / Bonzo Studio / Head Hairdressers / I Love Dust / Holgarama / Stuart Trett at Ye Olde Bike SHoppe. Apologies if I forgot your name.

We’re already looking forward to our 4th Birthday Party next year. Hope you can make it. All the best and thanks again.

Tristan & Paul




















Photos: Matt Saxey

Strong Island Easter Bike Ride Video II

Sharpie just sent me over his edit from the Bike Ride last April 4th. He attached one of those fancy Flip Cameras onto his handlebars and he was away. Really cool to be able to see the ride from different perspectives. Cheers buddy.

Southsea & Portsmouth Guide

Local photographer Steve Bomford recently sent over a series of scans from the 1926 Official Publication of the Southsea Beach & Publicity Committee Portsmouth Corporation book ‘Southsea & Portsmouth’.

‘It is of little use to invite intending holiday makers to a town, unless there are attractions to offer, under all conditions of our notorious fickle ‘English’ climate. We do not make the statement that the sun shines every day at Southsea, but records show that we do get the maximum amount of sunny hours. Last year again, 1,923 hours were recorded, the highest number (with one exception) in the United Kingdom. Admitting that the question of sunshine is an important one, it is contended that a holiday resort must have other attractions, such as charming amenities, efficient public services, splendid variety of amusements, good facilities for all outdoor sports, and a good selection of cheap excursions and places of historical interest, to make a general appeal to those who are seeking a health-giving and enjoyable holiday.”

I love all the old hand drawn adverts and especially like the ‘medically recommended’ page. Where the sun lingers longer. Couldn’t be closer to the truth still to this day. It’s a shame the ‘most artistic cafe in Southsea’ is no longer in operation and the amount of people gathered on South Parade beach is incredible. Be sure to check out the full set with over 80 pages of photos, adverts and chapters all about Portsmouth & Southsea over at Steve’s Flickr HERE. A really interesting read if you like your history. And we know you do.