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Southsea Art Fair At The One Eyed Dog

On July 4th, the One Eyed Dog will be hosting the Southsea Art Fair which will feature a host of local creatives including Kendal James, Stu Linfield, Jennifer Hillier, Hannah Gordon, Chris Webb and April Lovelace.

Items available will range from canvases, t-shirts, small handmade charms, knitted delights, quirky stickers, pretty cards and stunning illustrations.

Southsea is renowned for it’s artistic flare, vibrant locals and art fairs like this are a fantastic credit to all who take part and make them happen and the city itself. Doors open from 1pm but if you would like to find out more then check out the Facebook page HERE.

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Community Fusion Quiz This Thursday

Community Fusion invite you to join them this Thursday night at the The One Eyed Dog from 8pm for the fortnightly pub quiz. Teams of up to six members are welcome to compete for various prizes which will be available on the night.

Community Fusion Pub Quiz

Signature Clothing Promo Video Premiere on 27th May at One Eyed Dog

The Signature Clothing skate team (including Lloyd Mcleggon, Nick Munday, Tom Sivyour, Alex Thornhill & Dobbo) have been hard at work for the last 12 months or so skating spots all over the city of Portsmouth and further afield, logging clips for an upcoming promo video for the Portsmouth based clothing company. Finally the time is here for the long awaited premiere of the promo video featuring the skating by many local skateboarders and you are invited to come along at 8pm on the 27th at the One Eyed Dog to check the new film and also see the new Spring/Summer 2014 range of clothing by the local label.

Check the Facebook event for full details and the flyer below plus have a watch of the teaser clip for the promo film too.

Signature Clothing

Signature Clothing

Photos and Video from the Champagne Justice and Strong Island Recordings Party

Thursday night was the first joint Champagne Justice and Strong Island Recordings party at The One Eyed Dog with the lineup including Portsmouth’s Is Bliss plus Brighton/London Theo Verney and Boneyards. It was the second time Boneyards had hit Southsea this year and this date was part of their current tour promoting the new Rest in Beach EP released through Strong Island Recordings. It was the first opportunity for people to catch Theo Verney in the flesh in this city and after being hotly tipped by NME recently word was going round that it might be a chance to see someone set for big things in a cozy, local venue (also awesome to see someone bust out guitar solos too these days). Is Bliss played their second set as a newly formed 4 piece and their sound has continued to flourish in it’s density. Their new song was some glorious shoegaze, looking forward to seeing and hearing that more.

To see more photos and video form all the bands hit up the Strong Island Recordings Facebook and newly designed and updated YouTube.













Strong Island Recordings and Champagne Justice Present Boneyards, Theo Verney and Is Bliss TOMORROW!

Strong Island Recordings and Champagne Justice! have plotted and planned together to bring you their night of raw music, going down on tomorrow, Thursday 15th August, at the One Eyed Dog. Celebrating three of the best new bands around they bring you Brighton’s Boneyards plus Theo Verney and Portsmouth’s own Is Bliss all for a mere £3 as well.

Is Bliss (Strong Island Recordings)

Not only one of Portsmouth’s but also Champagne Justice! and Strong Island Recordings’ favourite bands, Is Bliss return to pound our ears into submission. Is Bliss mix some of the finest elements of grunge and shoegaze, they play loud and fully justify the MBV Comparisons. They have recently returned to being a four piece, further cementing the incredible wall of sound they were creating as a three piece. If you have not yet had the pleasure of witnessing Is Bliss in action you need to get involved sharpish. Have a listen HERE.

Boneyards (Strong Island Recordings)

So it’s summer, what do your ears want to hear?? They want to hear Thee oh Sees, they want to hear the Jacuzzi Boys. They also want to hear Boneyards. A highlight of Brighton’s recent Alternative Great Escape on Southsea Fest’s stage, Boneyards’ perfect fusion of garage-punk and surf will have you dancing into a stupefied summer stun. Also with a new release Rest in Beach E.P out now on Strong Island Recordings to wet your whistle. See and hear more on Tumblr and SoundCloud.

Theo Verney (Art Is Hard Records/Italian Beach Babes Records)

Brighton’s Theo Verney is the soundtrack to a million summer nights. Sitting on a sun drenched balcony, drinking cocktails and listening to Theo Verney, can’t be bad. A garage pop delight that will have you reaching for your wayfarers and getting in the pit. Theo’s new EP ‘T.V.E.P’ out now on Italian Beach Babes records sits nicely positioned alongside garage stalwarts such as TY Segall or The Black lips. Theo was also recently featured as the 1st pick in NME’s The Buzz, their pick of the underground each week (see below). Have a listen on SoundCloud and find out more at: www.theo-verney.com

Don’t forget that Boneyards have just dropped a new EP on the Strong Island Recordings label too, if you want to support our little label and these dudes you can buy it on iTunes and Amazon.

UPDATE: the Boneyards limited edition 7″ will be available to buy in person on the night.

Thanks!
CJ! & SIR

Strong Island Recordings and Champagne Justice Present Boneyards, Theo Varney and Is Bliss

Boneyards by Jack Daly

Theo Verney in the NME

Is Bliss

We’ve posted this a couple of times but, to be honest, it is amazing and needs an airing at every opportunity:

Strong Island Recordings and Champagne Justice Present Boneyards, Theo Verney and Is Bliss

Strong Island Recordings and Champagne Justice! have plotted and planned together to bring you their night of raw music, going down on Thursday 15th August at the One Eyed Dog. Celebrating three of the best new bands around they bring you Brighton’s Boneyards plus Theo Verney and Portsmouth’s own Is Bliss all for a mere £3 as well.

Is Bliss (Strong Island Recordings)

Not only one of Portsmouth’s but also Champagne Justice! and Strong Island Recordings’ favourite bands, Is Bliss return to pound our ears into submission. Is Bliss mix some of the finest elements of grunge and shoegaze, they play loud and fully justify the MBV Comparisons. They have recently returned to being a four piece, further cementing the incredible wall of sound they were creating as a three piece. If you have not yet had the pleasure of witnessing Is Bliss in action you need to get involved sharpish. Have a listen HERE.

Boneyards (Strong Island Recordings)

So it’s summer, what do your ears want to hear?? They want to hear Thee oh Sees, they want to hear the Jacuzzi Boys. They also want to hear Boneyards. A highlight of Brighton’s recent Alternative Great Escape on Southsea Fest’s stage, Boneyards’ perfect fusion of garage-punk and surf will have you dancing into a stupefied summer stun. Also with a new release Rest in Beach E.P out now on Strong Island Recordings to wet your whistle. See and hear more on Tumblr and SoundCloud.

Theo Verney (Art Is Hard Records/Italian Beach Babes Records)

Brighton’s Theo Verney is the soundtrack to a million summer nights. Sitting on a sun drenched balcony, drinking cocktails and listening to Theo Verney, can’t be bad. A garage pop delight that will have you reaching for your wayfarers and getting in the pit. Theo’s new EP ‘T.V.E.P’ out now on Italian Beach Babes records sits nicely positioned alongside garage stalwarts such as TY Segall or The Black lips. Theo was also recently featured as the 1st pick in NME’s The Buzz, their pick of the underground each week (see below). Have a listen on SoundCloud and find out more at: www.theo-verney.com

Don’t forget that Boneyards have just dropped a new EP on the Strong Island Recordings label too, if you want to support our little label and these dudes you can buy it on iTunes and Amazon. Cheers!

Thanks!
CJ! & SIR

Strong Island Recordings and Champagne Justice Present Boneyards, Theo Varney and Is Bliss

Boneyards by Jack Daly

Theo Verney in the NME

Is Bliss

We’ve posted this a couple of times but, to be honest, it is amazing and needs an airing at every opportunity:

New Walls at The One Eyed Dog Calls For New Work

New Walls exhibition space at The One Eyed Dog on Elm Grove have put a call out for their next exhibition and this time the theme is movement. If you have any photography, design, illustration, etc. that you think would meet that theme then be sure to get in touch with them at: info@newwalls.co.uk

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Photos from Arrows of Love at The One Eyed Dog

Photos from the recent Arrows of Love show at The One Eyed Dog in Southsea are now up on the Strong Island Recordings Facebook page. Some are shown below but visit the SIR Facebook page to see the whole album and give the page a Like if you want to keep up to date with the upcoming shows and releases they have planned soon.

www.facebook.com/StrongIslandRecordings

Photos from Arrows of Love at The One Eyed Dog (1)

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(Photos by Strong Island Media)

New Walls Seeking Submissions for New Exhibition

New Walls at The One Eyed Dog on Elm Grove has run some very successful and creative exhibitions in recent years and they are now currently seeking submissions for their next exhibition which will focus on creative responses to ‘Change':

“The second decade of the 21st Century has been one of monumental friction and social change. With once great nations falling to their knees because of the greed of others and entire revolutions in countries where the people have said enough is enough! ‘Change’ whether it has happened or if it is wanted is becoming a huge part of not just central world societies but even some of the greatest western nations.”

New Walls hope local artists will engage ‘Change’ however they like using photography, graphic design, illustration, art or even combinations of those mediums. Submissions can either be supplied digitally for New Walls to print for you or originals created and submitted in physical form. Any pieces digitally submitted to print must be a physical size of at least 10×8″ and 300DPI. Should your work be of interest to someone then there may be the potential to sell the work and New Walls fully support this too.

The deadline for submissions is the 14th February 2013 and get in touch with New Walls to find out all of the terms and conditions in detail: info@newwalls.co.uk.

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New Walls 2 – Submissions Required

The One Eyed Dog’s New Walls exhibition wall space has been running a current portrait exhibition for some months and they are now accepting submissions for their next exhibition, which has the theme of Southsea. If you have any work that relates, be it photography, painting, illustration, etc then be sure to submit them your entry by midnight Thursday 1st September 2011 by either dropping it in or emailing info@newwalls.co.uk.

The launch night of New Walls 2 will be Thursday 15th September 2011 at 6pm. Keep up with everything via Twitter at @HotWalls.

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It’s going to be a Strong Movember

Righto chaps, it’s time to clean shave your boat race and get that mighty moustache on the grow in support of Movember for The Prostate Cancer Charity and the Institute of Cancer Research. For 30 days of November you can help support and raise awareness through selflessly parading your top lip for charity.

You can sign up yourself, as I’m sure many of you already have, or you can join the Strong Island team and seek out sponsorship as a team. Through the Strong Island Movember page you can ask people to join the group, make donations, upload photos and post updates via the MoSpace page, Facebook and Twitter.

Head over to our MoSpace if you would like to get involved and grow a Strong Moustache to help raise awareness, or simply head over to www.uk.movember.com and sign up to personally raise money.

The funds raised in the UK support the number one and two male specific cancers – prostate and testicular cancer. The funds raised are directed to programmes run directly by Movember and our men’s health partners, The Prostate Cancer Charity and the Institute of Cancer Research. Together, these channels work together to ensure that Movember funds are supporting a broad range of innovative, world-class programmes in line with our strategic goals in the areas of awareness and education, survivorship and research.

Poster: Tristan Savage

Spinnaker Tower

Soaring 170 metres above Portsmouth Harbour and the Solent, the Spinnaker Tower is taller than the London Eye, Blackpool Tower and Big Ben and has already established itself as a national icon for Britain. Get yourself down to Gunwharf Quays and check out the panoramic views over the city and the Solent. Don’t forget your camera. Oh, and if you’re a Portsmouth resident you get cheap entry if you provide proof.

Eastney Beam Engine House

If you love a bit of not often seen Portsmouth history, Eastney Beam Engine House is open to the public for free from 1pm to 5pm on every last weekend of the month. Hidden just off of Henderson Road in Eastney, the Victorian building contains two restored and working 150 horsepower ‘James Watt & Co’ Beam Engines powered by steam which were installed to operate water pumps in 1887. This new system proved very successful and is still the basis for today’s underground drainage system on Portsea Island.

Sadly due to essential building work you won’t be able to go inside the buildings this weekend, but there will be talks with staff and photos and artefacts.

Engine House

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




Irving & Co. Local Brewery

Seeing as Portsmouth has such a rich history for pubs and naval culture I thought i’d bring your attention to something that combines the both.  Irving & Co brewers are situated at Railway Triangle in Farlington and have their doors open for tourists as well as turning out a fine range of real ales to a huge number of pubs in and around the Portsmouth area.

Irving and Co brings the welcome return of brewing to Portsmouth and a brewery to excite the taste buds of drinkers in Hampshire, Sussex and beyond. The company aim is to produce the highest quality traditional cask beers supplying the local market within 45 miles of Portsmouth.

Malcolm Irving ably assisted by Mark Doswell bring together 29 years of combined brewing industry experience to produce beers that they thoroughly enjoy and about which they care passionately. It’s not just a job, it’s definitely not just beer, it is a way of life.

Snow, Snow, Snow

Snow hit Southsea pretty hard last night and it snowing again this morning. Good luck to everyone battling the elements to get to work, college, school, etc today. Here are a few photos from last night, if you have any please pop a link to them in the comments, we would love to see them.

Adam Wintle (see more here):

Adam Wintle

Adam Wintle

Elizabeth Bick (see more here):

Elizabeth Bick

Elizabeth Bick

Vintage Skatepark Photographs

I’ve been holding on to these truly amazing vintage photographs that Simon Tiller kindly sent in as we went through a pretty heavy skateboard period and thought we should chill back a little. Loving the roller hockey team photos too. The 1978 trophies photo is a epic and they were British Champions in 1973 too. Belated congratulations to you all.

This is just a small picking from the Southsea Skatepark website www.southseaskatepark.com. Check them out and if you see anyone you recognise or want to bring something to our attention then remember to add your comments at the bottom of this post.

Special props to the final photo and all the Southsea boys representing ‘back in the day’. Some young looking faces there. Rippers.



























Vintage Portsmouth & Southsea poster

You know we love a bit of Vintage Portsmouth & Southsea here at Strong Island. Not too much info on this one, perfect for holidays though. The flickr link states the photo of the poster was taken in Eastney, but I’m not sure where.

Via : Bob Franklin

Created Local – Mikey Ayling

Good friend of Strong Island and many Southsea locals, Mikey is quite the talent. He’s always been into art, design, photography, fashion, skateboarding, music and well, let’s just say all the cool stuff. He recently began his second year in Graphic Design (Communication Design) at Portsmouth University and he’s killing it.

Matt Sills from the Wallspace Gallery has helped Mikey produce 3 prints, on sale now, of which the ants ‘Tower Block’ is a limited run of 100 Giclee print and the others, ‘Do You Dream’ and ‘Love Life’ are open edition screen prints.

Get down Albert Road and grab yourself one of Mikeys prints. Seriously, these are like hotcakes I’m sure of it. Oh, and pop past The Little Johnny Russells Market on your way and grab some bargains.

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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.

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