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Thursday, December 3, 2020

Tocco: New Italian Restaurant Set for December Launch

The name Tocco comes from "Il Tocco d'Italia", or The Touch of Italy. The restaurant blends the street food of Southern Italy with Venice's renowned cicchetti bars. With this in mind, diners can a wide selection of hand-made pizzas and cicchetti (comparable to tapas), all made in-house from scratch...

Entertainments

Mike Dowdall, a.k.a. Mad Definition, Rapper / Lyricist

For years I have suffered with mental health issues, and I wanted something sentimental and catchy whilst using my initials. I also used to get called mad a lot, so one day it came to me. I am the definition of mad, so I like to write about mental health and how people can overcome issues and problems they may also face...

Ross Prior, Tiktoker

Sometimes, it only takes one viral video to make a Tiktoker out of someone. Ross Prior is living proof of that. We hear the...

Ayriss, Musician

Bournemouth-based musician Ayriss opens up about his latest album, the personal inspiration behind his evocative lyrics, and how lockdown has been a "blessing in...

Sport

AFC Bournemouth: Supporters Back in the Stands

In the wake of Boris Johnson’s latest announcement, football stadia across the country will welcome fans into the stands from 2nd December. However, the news is subject to regional restrictions via the tier system. Tier One areas will allow up to 4,000 supporters to attend, while Tier Two areas can welcome back up to 2,000. Unfortunately, those in Tier Three areas will have to continue playing games behind closed doors. Thankfully, Bournemouth is in Tier Two...!

Should AFC Bournemouth be Concerned for their Defence?

A big part of Bournemouth’s high goal concession is down to their inability to clear danger in crucial areas. Out of the 11 goals they have conceded this season, nine have been from inside their own 18 yard box. The other three were penalties. Giving the opposition the chance to shoot from close range has been a recurring flaw. If it weren’t for their consistent finishing in front of goal, Bournemouth may have been in a worrying league position...

Tino Anjorin: From Bournemouth to the Bridge

Anjorin showed natural footballing ability from a young age. Passed down from his father Sheriff, who was an academy prospect at Brighton. Tino’s raw talent put him on the books at AFC Bournemouth from the age of four. But it was a volley in a London-based tournament final that caught the attention of Chelsea scout Daniel Castle. And the rest is history…

Business

Dominic Taylor, Founder: Resonant Visuals

Resonant Visuals started out from my passion for photography and videography. I've carried that passion from a young age. Ever since the first moment I picked up a camera, I've enjoyed capturing moments in time and showing them to others for them to enjoy. Being able to do that whilst also earning a living and work for myself is something that's always appealed to me...!

Monika Theodoris, Fashion Entrepreneur

Three months after I opened my business, I was shocked to receive a call from the presenter and fashion coach Gok Wan to work with him. He actually supports independent businesses, so we worked together and organized a fashion show in 2018. I learnt a lot about him in terms of fashion, but mostly in terms of confidence at the time to dress. He always says that age is just a number. The most important is to feel confident with what you are wearing...

Local Businesses Rally Behind Marcus Rashford’s Campaign

BBQ Chicken franchise ‘Chicken and Blues’ pledged to give away up to 1,000 kids' meals to families in need across Bournemouth and Poole during the October half-term. Meanwhile, JJ's Café and Bar is offering all school children a free meal, saying, "This half-term, we don’t want kids to go to sleep hungry..."
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Captain Cod: Giving Back to the Community

Much of Captain Cod's success over the past few months can be attributed to their app, launched earlier this year to facilitate deliveries and bring in more customers. The implementation of the app, according to Vicky, was recommended by a winner of Fish and Chips of the Year at Women in Fish and Chips - a new convention in Birmingham celebrating the achievements of female-owned chip shops...

Sara Pascoe, Psychologist / Writer

I had wanted to be a psychologist since I was about 11. When we cleared out my dad’s house after he died, I came across an old essay I’d written at that age. The assignment must have been to write about your professional aspirations. I banged on about how I wanted to be a psychologist, but couldn’t decide if I wanted to be a clinical psychologist and do therapy, or be a research psychologist. That cracked me up because it made me sound awfully serious for a kid, and I ended up doing both anyway. I’d always been interested in animal behaviour since I was really little, so I think psychology was a natural outgrowth of that...

FOAMA: In Conversation with Matt Jolliffe and Adam Jaynoy

Adding to the list of jewels in our interviewee crown, we got to speak with the biggest DJ teams coming out of Bournemouth. Allow...

Georgia Hall Wins Cambia Portland Classic for her First Major US Victory

A visibly emotional and understandably choked-up Georgia Hall wiped away tears of joy after she won the Cambia Portland Classic. A deep sigh of relief and wry giggle as she said, “I am just so happy!” in response to how she felt. Deservedly so! 14 years of hard work, dedication and sacrifice came to fruition with Georgia claiming her first US title...

Local Man Sheds Six Stone After Falling in Love with Running

In 2014, Darren confesses to being in a dark place. His struggles and pent-up emotion led him to start kickboxing, and then onto Weaver's Boxing Gym in Ferndown. He thoroughly enjoyed the chance to get in a ring and spar, but recalls "After I completed one round, I was absolutely shattered'. His coach pulled him to one side, and told the then 15-stone Darren, "You've got to get fit. Get yourself out running"...

Art, Design & Photography

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Krishna Malla (a.k.a. Tech Moon), Graffiti Artist

It's been a slow game -- it took a long time to get to where I am today. I started in the events industry. When I graduated from uni, I shamelessly promoted myself and a lot of other artists as well with the event that I was working on. That gave me a platform to make a mark on the place where I am living, and also create work at the same time. Jobs have just snowballed off that and grown bigger and bigger. Each mural that I paint is a kind of billboard in itself, so it works for advertising...

David G Taylor, Artist / Writer

My artwork sometimes features textile-like abstract patterns and colours that reference artists such as Alexander Calder and Joan Miro. I’ve developed a language of ambiguous shapes and marks that could be read as purely decorative, but on closer inspection suggests otherwise. As a collagist, I’m influenced by the Dada and Pop Art movements. There's also definitely a Punk aesthetic. I’m obsessed with lurid Day-Glo colours, and I’m trying not just to appropriate photographs, but often to annihilate them...

Sisi Zombori, Food Sculptor

Who said food is just for eating? Szimonetta Zombori shows people every day numerous artworks that, instead of taking form in clay or on a...

Immy Fooks, Artist / Illustrator

I will jot things down as soon as they come into my head before I forget, and then start mind-mapping my ideas on a page. Then I would probably do some initial sketches, to get an idea of what it is that I want to visualise. I’m inspired by artists such as Vincent van Gogh and illustrators like Katie Scott, who makes botanical illustrations, and Camilla Perkins. Her artwork is amazing, I really like it as it’s very colourful and I’m drawn to colour and pattern...

Daniel Wretham, Photographer

Originally I purchased my first camera in my twenties, which was a film camera. I mainly shot wildlife and the occasional sunset with it, as I was very much a newbie and just shot things that interested me. But this fuelled my passion for it, despite film shooting being a lot more tricky to master than digital...

Tocco: New Italian Restaurant Set for December Launch

The name Tocco comes from "Il Tocco d'Italia", or The Touch of Italy. The restaurant blends the street food of Southern Italy with Venice's renowned cicchetti bars. With this in mind, diners can a wide selection of hand-made pizzas and cicchetti (comparable to tapas), all made in-house from scratch...

Latest Articles

Callum Shirley, Photographer

The day after my 21st, we went down to Kingston Lacey House. I saw this little water feature shaped as a mushroom and I thought, “I’m going to capture that!” It seemed like a good opportunity. I did it handheld; I wasn’t man enough to put it into manual mode...

Charlotte Willis, Charity Worker with Street Support

Meet Charlotte Willis. Bournemouth local. English student. And also worker with the charity Street Support. We found out about her deep-rooted connection to the charity… Local girl...

Harry Shufflebotham, Musician

I’ve had a guitar teacher – John – for twelve years (obviously not now that I’m in Bournemouth). But music is only something I’ve really doubled down on since coming to uni. I used to just play the guitar in my room by myself and not really sing. But coming down here and sharing it has really been an opening experience – it’s nice to do that with people...

Tom Crocker, Sport Journalist

My main passion is football. Obviously, most kids tend to play football and I realised pretty quickly that I wasn’t good enough to pursue that as a career. So then you try to find another way to get into it. When you look at what I do now – sports writing – it’s probably the next-best thing. Getting paid to write about football and travel the country, it becomes a 24/7 thing...

Sean, a.k.a. Seanoa Soul, Musician and Writer

Seanoa Soul is the name I came up with when I decided I wanted something to reflect me. One of my favourite wrestlers is Samoa Joe, whose real last name is Seanoa. He literally has my name in his surname so I thought I’d use that. The “Soul” part came about just playing with the name, it fit what I was doing at the time, plus, I love alliteration...

Alice Wiffen, Founder of MuckyPups Dog Grooming

I have always dreamt of owning my own business and equally I have always wanted to work with animals and in some way make a difference. This is going back two years ago, when I started MuckyPups Dog Grooming. I had just completed a degree in Animal Management and after some hard thinking, I felt determined to create something new and exciting. One morning, I woke up and knew then was the time to do it...

Bournemouth Backchat Episode #40 — Identity

There were so many directions we could go with this episode that we ultimately decided to chuck as many in as possible. Identity is very much in vogue, these days. How we identify... the ways in which we assert our identity... And then there are matters like secret identities. People who hide behind the anonymity of social media. All these and more serve as discussion points for this week's episode of Bournemouth Backchat...

Bournemouth Backchat Episode #39 — Conspiracy Theories

And now for a podcast centred around one of Aaron Hayes' favourite subjects... Conspiracy Theories! Throughout this entire pandemic, the internet, social media, and comments...

Bournemouth Backchat Episode #38 — Elections

In a slightly shorter instalment, our podcasting trio reflect on issues of elections, leadership, and revolution... Just because our episode of Bournemouth Backchat is shorter...

Bournemouth Backchat Episode #37 – Retraining

This week's episode of Bournemouth Backchat is centred around careers -- most specifically the idea of retraining for "the new normal". The idea that sparked a lot of controversy throughout the UK's artistic and creative communities (communities that HQB Media prominently advocate). As such, our trio of presenters spend the episode giving their takes on retraining (and for what, specifically) and learning new skills...

Bournemouth Backchat Episode 36 — Spooky / Gypsy Sh*t

Our official podcast, Bournemouth Backchat, is back for a brand-new third series. Kicking things off with an episode fit for Halloween...! We couldn't keep our...