Mark Ronson collaborates with fans

20th January 2016 BRIT Award-winning artist and producer, Mark Ronson, gave six of his biggest fans the surprise of a lifetime when he invited them to record a Priceless Cover of his hit record, Uptown Funk.

Charly Woodhouse wedding photographer Southampton

Unique wedding photos from Southampton's Charly Woodhouse

Looking for great wedding photographs? Southampton photographer Charly Woodhouse specialises in bringing a natural, stylish effect to all her wedding photos – and she welcomes last minute wedding bookings.

Charly, 28, covers not just her home town but a wide area across Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire - including Winchester, Bournemouth, Basingstoke, Portsmouth and Salisbury. She has a degree in fashion photography and experience at shooting fashion shows and helping models build their portfolios. But she also loves photographing weddings. “Photographing people and creating beautiful unique images is my passion,” says Charly. “I can’t think of anything else I’d rather be doing.”

Venus Awards

Southampton Secures Two Business Women Award National Winner

Friday the 23rd January, 2015 saw the second year of the Venus Business Women Awards National Finals double in size with 124 regional winners compete for a National Venus Award Trophy.

The Venus Awards National Finals is something quite unique and special. It brings together all the regional winners, a group of truly inspirational and influential women, to an event where the crème de la crème vie for the National title in their respective categories. This year 23 winners from eight regions were crowned at a lunchtime celebration held at the beautiful and stunning Hand Picked Hotel - Audley’s Wood, Basingstoke. The Chairman and Chief Executive of Hand Picked Hotels, Julia Hands, who was a guest speaker remarked that she had never experienced such a wonderful atmosphere in any of her hotels before. Praise indeed.

Southampton Airport

Southampton Airport launch new connections to North America

Flybe has signed a new codeshare agreement with Dublin-based airline Aer Lingus for flights from Southampton Airport. This enables Southampton passengers to access, via a single stop in Dublin, an even wider range of destinations across North America including Boston, New York, San Francisco, Orlando, Chicago and Toronto.

Customers just need to book their flight via the Aer Lingus website or through local travel agents and, with just one airline ticket, they can enjoy seamless onward flights through Dublin. The added benefit is that Dublin Airport also provides US Customs pre-clearance meaning that passengers arrive in the United States as a 'domestic passenger' and can proceed straight through to arrivals at their destination, by-passing lengthy US Customs and Immigration queues.

Region Named Best for Youth Jazz in the Country

Region Named Best for Youth Jazz in the Country

Southampton Music Hub and Hampshire Music Hub are celebrating winning a prestigious national award for their commitment to jazz education. The Will Michael Award for Jazz Education is presented yearly by UK Jazz Services to recognize excellence and outstanding commitment to young jazz musicians. On Saturday (22nd Nov) at London’s Southbank Centre, a joint bid by Southampton and Hampshire Music Hubs fought off various other regional authorities to be named the best in the UK.

Provision for young jazzers in the region has reached an all-time high due to significant investment and a string of exciting initiatives. Alongside several outstanding youth jazz groups, including the nationally renowned Southampton Youth Jazz Orchestra (SYJO), young musicians have enjoyed participating in free jazz improvisation workshops, composition masterclasses and working alongside leading professionals including singer Ian Shaw. There has also been a drive to help teach jazz more effectively with support for teachers and better links with experts from the University of Southampton and the Turner Sims Concert Hall.



The airwaves are heating up at community radio station Hot Radio with the arrival of Rocket Digital Media Ltd.

Rocket Digital Media Ltd’s Joannah Bishop, Rowan Jackson and Terry Bishop have joined the board of directors at Poole Community Radio Ltd, which holds the licence for Hot Radio.

Joannah Bishop, the managing director at Rocket Digital Media Ltd said, “We are over the moon with this exciting new development. Rocket Digital Media Ltd is a company that is not afraid to expand, develop and grow, and getting on board at Hot Radio is just the next step for us.”

From one drummer to another…

From one drummer to another…

In this interview, our very own Rowan Jackson interviews his drumming idol, UB40'S Jimmy Brown. Together they discuss the reggae genre, where the band has been, and the future that lies ahead...


Hi Jimmy, let me just introduce myself…

My name’s Rowan Jackson. I’ve been a professional drummer for years. Thank you for taking this opportunity to talk to me.

I use to play with Nine Below Zero, Bonnie Tyler, and other 80’s players back in the day, but I haven’t done it for years now.

You must have been a real player then, to play with those kinds of people?

I wasn’t too bad but I didn’t make my millions from it so I turned to teaching to give something back. I don’t play much now but I still love a bit of drums, love a bit of reggae as well, so it’s a dream come true talking to you!

what's on in Southampton

Adventurers take on monster pedalo challenge

Four adventurers are preparing to take on a monster challenge - in a pedalo shaped like the Loch Ness monster.

Ed Foster, Nico Kirby, his sister Natasha Kirby and Sholto Morgan will take the vessel, which has been designed by students from the University of Southampton, out onto the open seas this weekend to pedal round the treacherous north coast of Scotland.

The 500-mile journey will be the first attempt to circumnavigate the northern tip of Scotland by pedalo and it encompasses some of the most dangerous waters in the UK.

The six-metre long pedalo has been purpose-built by six Ship Science MEng students from the University of Southampton, over a period of seven months, to withstand the conditions. A support boat will follow them in case of an emergency.

Fit for Front Line

Fit for Front Line


Fit for the frontline? New study identifies the hearing requirements of British soldiers

University of Southampton researchers, with assistance from the Ministry of Defence, have conducted the first study to identify the hearing requirements of British soldiers fighting on the frontline. The study, which provides an important and novel insight into the frontline experiences of British infantry personnel, identified 17 ‘auditory tasks’, such as ‘hearing grid references’ and ‘locating enemy movement in maize fields’, carried out on operational duties abroad.

By identifying these tasks, researchers will be able to develop a new auditory fitness for duty test to determine the impact of hearing loss among infantry personnel and ensure that personnel are given appropriate training and equipment before deployment.

Southampton news

World’s largest student motorsport competition

University of Southampton students gear up for world’s largest student motorsport competition

University of Southampton students are on track for the world’s biggest student motorsport competition at Silverstone from 9-13 July.

A team of over 100 University of Southampton students is building a car to race against 114 teams from 38 different countries at Formula Student 2014. The competition - run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers - challenges student engineers to design, build and race a single seat racing car.

“It’s an opportunity to apply the skills I’ve learned during my time at university, and to design and build something which can be used in the real world,” says James Le Hoax, Team Leader of SUFST (Southampton University Formula Student Team). “One of the biggest challenges in Formula Student is the time scale; we start designing the car at the beginning of the academic year in September to race the following July. That gives us just over nine months to completely design and build a new car.”

Rise and fall of prehistoric penguin populations

Rise and fall of prehistoric penguin populations charted

A study of how penguin populations have changed over the last 30,000 years has shown that between the last ice age and up to around 1,000 years ago penguin populations benefitted from climate warming and retreating ice. This suggests that recent declines in penguins may be because ice is now retreating too far or too fast.

An international team, led by scientists from the Universities of Southampton and Oxford, has used a genetic technique to estimate when current genetic diversity arose in penguins and to recreate past population sizes. Looking at the 30,000 years before human activity impacted the climate, as Antarctica gradually warmed, they found that three species of penguin; Chinstrap, Adélie and southern populations of Gentoo penguins increased in numbers. In contrast, Gentoo penguins on the Falkland Islands were relatively stable, as they were not affected by large changes in ice extent.

artists in Southampton

The Light Fantastic

Back in 2005, award winning graphic designer and illustrator, Alison Bates swapped her London career as an advertising art director for a better quality of life by the sea. As enthusiastic scuba diving instructors and sailor, Alison and her family decided living near Hamble was a no brainer. But it’s the light along the coast that has really launched Alison’s creative boat.

Alison has always produced illustrations as part of her job in advertising and marketing. As her drawings have been predominantly computer generated vector graphics, it’s only recently she has discovered the joys of putting pen to paper. Or to be more precise, finger to screen. Alison has been exploring the iPad sketching app ‘Paper’ used by creatives the world over to jot down quick ideas, which has lead to a whole new portfolio of watercolour style sketches.


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