My Weekend: Spikey Mark

Spikey Mark
Spikey Mark
Mark Smith leads a group from the Gosport Labour Party as they stage a protest outside Gosport War Memorial Hospital highlighting the need for an A&E department

Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (180190-1)

LETTER OF THE DAY: Gosport needs it’s own A&E Unit

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Spikey Mark, 34, from Southsea, has DJed around the city for 14 years and now studies marine ecology.

He’s raising money to save tigers in their natural habitat. See

When did you last go away and where did you go?

I went to South Africa for a month interning with a great white shark research team.

Got very close to a lot of large sharks in the wild, as well as staffing the shark lab and assisting in surveys for the humpback dolphin.

Sharks are very misunderstood animals, thanks in part to films like Jaws. We regularly swam off the beach within a few hundred metres of their main hunting areas and none of us lost any limbs.

What was the last gig you went to?

The Bronx at the Wedgewood Rooms. They’re one of my favourite hard punk bands and a it was storming show.

What about the last theatre show you saw?

War Horse in London. Forget the awful film, the stage show is sublime.

The last book you read?

Callum Roberts’s The Unnatural History of the Sea.

The book is an easy read and a bit of an eye opener as to how our oceans used to be.

The last film you saw at the cinema or on DVD?

Tucker and Dale vs Evil, with Alan Tudyk from Firefly and Dollhouse. It’s a B-movie style black comedy.

What’s your favourite way to relax?

Stare into my fish tanks or Final Fantasy on the PS2.

What do you watch on TV?

I’ve been following the Fish Fight campaign for Marine Conservation Zones.

There are several areas off Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight earmarked for protection but the government is dragging its feet somewhat…

And which TV programmes do you avoid?

Soap operas. I just can’t understand their appeal.

Which celeb would you most like to spend a weekend with?

I’ve met a lot from working with bands for years and one of the most genuinely nice is kids’ TV entertainer Dave Benson Phillips (pictured right).

He’s coming back to DJ It’s A Sin at Easter and we’re all looking forward to hanging out again.

Where do you shop?

The farm shop near Sparsholt College, or Lidl now I’m on a student budget.

Where do you eat out?

The Belle Isle, or Shenanigans for epic breakfasts.

What’s your signature dish, if you’re cooking?

Sweet potato and mango curry with coconut rice.

What about pubs and bars? Where do you go?

The Edge for gigs, Honest Poli or One Eyed Dog on the weekends and The Deco is my favourite comfortable local haunt.

Where’s good for a day out locally?

Blue Reef Aquarium. It’s chilled out and they support local causes and organise beach cleans.