Taking Care of Elvis – The King Is Back

Ben Portsmouth – The World’s Number One Elvis Tribute Artist.

He looks like Elvis, He sings like Elvis and has an on-stage charisma that has audiences believing at times they are watching the King himself.

In August 2012, Ben made history when he won the Elvis Presley Enterprises “Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest which took place in Memphis, crowning Ben as the “Worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist”, the first artist from outside the USA to ever win this prestigious title.

Fans from all over the world declare Ben Portsmouth as the closest they have ever seen to Elvis Presley. Social media forums are overwhelmed with fans demanding his return to their country.

On this night, you will see the live performance that left David Letterman at a loss for words exclaiming, “Oh my God, Oh my God!” when Ben headlined his show in February of 2013.

Internationally renowned as one, if not The Best Elvis Tribute in the world with sell out shows across the globe, Ben Portsmouth will bring his unique style and charisma and accompanied by the amazing TCE band will show audiences why he is regarded as the best in the business.



The books I have read this month have been really good, if I haven’t reviewed them yet then I will on publishing day or the book tour. This year seems to be really shaping up to be a brilliant time for book shops, the choice is amazing. I also revamped my book reviews to include more details and information about the author. Hope you like them?

There was also the brilliant show at The Leas Cliff Hall in Folkestone that Tessa covered for me. My collaboration with East Cliff Creatives which I hope will bring more members to the writing group I have started. Then The Wellness Centre which hosts a variety of events, most being free so pop along and see them.

I think the very best of the month was the fact that I have been nominated in The Best Blogging/Writing Blog category in the Annual Bloggers Bash Awards. I will let you know when and how to vote for me next time.

Annual Bloggers Bash Awards Nominee Best Blogging Writing Blog

I wonder what April has in store for Karen’s World?



Hot on the heels of their critically acclaimed sold out Glasgow and London shows the legendary Wet Wet Wet have today announced their first tour with new singer Kevin Simm, best known for his time in noughties pop sensation Liberty X and as winner of the 2016 series of The Voice.

The 18 date tour in the Spring of 2019 will see the band visit areas of the UK they’ve not played since their earliest days. The tour starts close to home in the band’s native Scotland and culminates in a show at the prestigious Adelphi Theatre in the heart of London’s Theatreland.

Embarking on his first tour with Wet Wet Wet Kevin Simm commented ‘I’m very excited to go out on tour with the guys. The reaction to the first two shows was overwhelming and confirmed to me that I’m in the right place. I am really looking forward to performing for and meeting more of the band’s fans across the country in 2019.’

The band’s Tommy Cunningham said ‘It’s a new and exciting chapter for Wet Wet Wet as we embrace the opportunity to reconnect with our fans on an intimate level. We can’t wait to visit some towns and cities that we haven’t been to in a while and some we’ve never played in!’

Bursting onto the scene out of Glasgow in 1987, Wet Wet Wet has undeniably been a musical phenomenon. The band have gone on to sell over 15 million albums and singles, spent over 500 weeks on the UK charts and sold hundreds of thousands of gig tickets.

Wet Wet Wet has always said of themselves “We are first and foremost a soul band – not only in influence and direction but more importantly in attitude and ambition”. In Kevin Simm, the band has found someone who shares their vision and has one of the finest male soul voices that the UK has to offer.


The band has sold in excess of 15 million singles and albums.

They have featured in the official UK singles & album charts for over 500 weeks; 27 official UK Top 40 hit singles including: 3 x No1’s / 8 x Top 5 / 13 x Top 10 / 7 x Top 20 Their albums have been certified 19 x Platinum in the UK (BPI) including: – 4 x No.1’s / 7 x albums in the Top 5 / 8 x Top 10 / 9 x Top 20

‘Love Is All Around’ was the biggest selling single of 1994, when it spent 15 weeks at No1, making it the longest spell at the top for any UK artist.
The band performed on the renowned BBC TV programme Top Of The Pops 56 times, a record for a Scottish artist.


Born in 1980 in Chorley Lancashire, Simm earned his dues performing on the Northern pub and club circuit before auditioning for the ITV show Popstars. The five runner-up contestants formed the group Liberty X. The group had six top 5 singles, with “Just a Little” reaching Number 1. Liberty X spilt in 2007, reforming seven years later but during that time Kevin concentrated on his solo career until the opportunity to audition for The Voice arose. Kevin was coached by Ricky Wilson and won the show releasing his debut single ‘All You Good Friends’ shortly afterwards.


With an amazing back catalogue of songs including three UK No.1’s – ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ (1988); ‘Goodnight Girl’ (1991); and ‘Love Is All Around’ (1994), Wet Wet Wet have made an incredible impact with their music over the years, making them one of the most successful bands in British pop history.

Having sold in excess of 15 million singles and albums to date, featured in the UK official singles and album charts for over an immense 500 weeks, the band have played to more than four million people in dozens of countries around the world. They set a record by playing ten sold out shows at Glasgow’s SEC in 1995, when they were officially the most popular live act in the UK – even out-selling the Rolling Stones who were also on tour that year.

Having formed in 1982 after taking their name from a line in a Scritti Politti song, the band’s first single ‘Wishing I Was Lucky’ was released in 1987, which quickly entered the charts, starting a phenomenal run of 27 Top 40 hits. The debut album ‘Popped in Souled Out’ followed and it and to burst into the charts hitting No.1. The singles and albums flowed with their recording success being punctuated by a string of awards worldwide.

Tour by tour, Wet Wet Wet achieved a reputation as one of the best live acts produced by the UK. Their first major tour in 1988 included an appearance at the Nelson Mandela 70th birthday concert at Wembley Stadium, performing to a global TV audience of millions. While 1989 saw them host ‘The Wets in The Park’ concert at Glasgow Green. Further individual live highlights include the John Lennon Tribute show in Liverpool (1990); Isle of Arran Live – broadcast live on BBC Radio 1 daytime (1992); Alton Towers Concert of the Year (1994); Playing Away at Celtic Park (1997); & Live 8 The Long Walk to Justice at Murrayfield Stadium (2005).

Wet Wet Wet returned to Glasgow Green in 2012 for a spectacular 25th anniversary concert dubbed ‘Back in The Park’ whilst 2013 saw the release of the album ‘Step by Step – The Greatest Hits’, with the title track being one of three new songs that proudly sat alongside some classics from the band’s vast armoury of hits. Yet another extensive tour followed ending in their hometown of Glasgow at the SSE Hydro, another sold out show that was filmed and released in 2014 on DVD & Blu-Ray.

Following summer shows in 2014 and 2015 including a rousing performance at York racecourse in front of 40,000 people, Wet Wet Wet hit the road again in 2016 with The Big Picture Tour, an extensive 17-date UK and Ireland arena tour. The tour reached as far south as Plymouth and as far north as Inverness whilst covering all of England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland, giving fans all over the country the chance to see the band live.

In 2017 Wet Wet Wet celebrated the 30th anniversary of their debut number 1 hit album ‘Popped In Souled Out’ by releasing a 5 disk super deluxe edition that included unreleased and rare material along with many extras. The occasion was marked by more sold out shows including a triumphant return to Edinburgh Castle.

For Further Information Contact:

Julian Stockton at The Outside Organisation

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Did you like Wet Wet Wet when you were younger?




Lucy Siegle – Turning the tide on Plastic is here just in time. Journalist, broadcaster and eco lifestyle expert Lucy Siegle provides a powerful call to arms to end the plastic pandemic along with the tools we need to make decisive change. It is a clear-eyed, authoritative and accessible guide to help us to take decisive and effective personal action.

Because this matters. When it comes to single-use plastics, we are habitual users, reaching out for plastic water bottles, disposable coffee cups, plastic straws and carrier bags multiple times a day. If only 12 of us adopt Lucy’s ‘reduce, rethink, refill, refuse’ approach, we could potentially ditch 3K-15K single items of plastic in a year. When we consider our power as influencers – whether at school, the hairdressers, at work or on the bus – we suddenly become part of something significant.


Enough plastic is thrown away every year to circle the world 4 times
More than 8 million tonnes of plastic enter the oceans each year
300 million tonnes of new plastic is produced every year
An estimated 15-51 trillion pieces of plastic now litter the world’s oceans
38.5 million plastic bottles are used every day in the UK
A million plastic bottles are used per minute around the world
500 million plastic straws are used per year

Without big action, at the current rate, pieces of plastic will outnumber fish in the ocean by 2050. That is the legacy we are leaving our children and grandchildren.

Plastic flows into our lives from every direction and most of it is not recycled. Instead it is incinerated or ends up in landfill, where it will sit for hundreds of years, or enters the world’s seas where it fragments into tiny pieces to become microplastics – the environmental scourge of our times.

WHAT DID I THINK  This is a book that should be given to every single person in the world so they can see what they are doing to the places we live. Children should be taught from it all the things they could do or tell their parents to do. People are not taking enough notice or don’t want to actually realise what we are doing and the awful thing is that it will all get a lot worse if governments don’t start doing something, like banning single use plastics. Some countries have already done this why are we always lagging behind? Brilliant book and a big five stars from me.


LINK TO BUY – Amazon


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Could you live without plastic?



I have got to say that Blooms certainly know how to make a cocktail as they are delicious with the best being that it is buy one get one free! I went there with Kara and Jodie last week. Trouble is once you have a couple then your hungry so it was bread and olives. All my favourite things.

There are a few to choose from, I think we may have tried them all the amount of times we have been here. It is a really nice small bar area away from the restaurant, piped music not too loud and a really nice atmosphere. I really like it here and the cocktails are not bad either!


What are you drinking?




I have to say it is with great pleasure that we can announce our new permanent home for our local writing group is at Chambers on the corner of Cheriton Place and Sandgate Road. Please share this on any groups and social media and if you would like any leaflets to distribute then please just ask myself, Tony or Tessa.

It is going to be so nice to have a quiet venue opening up just for us to use and the bar will be available for tea, coffee or a drink and of course wine! Chris the owner has been so kind in letting us use this for free so please everyone if you come along then buy a drink at the bar to say thank you at each meeting.

We will still be recording and taking photos of our author talks and there will be more space for them to set up and display their books.

Here are the dates for the next meetings.


See you there


I do love receiving a present and this is a super journal, there is nothing more satisfying than writing in a new book, can you remember from school at the beginning of term when we all got new books, you wrote so neat and tidy on that first page then using different colour pens to highlight titles, oh the memories! The best bit is I am still like it, I cannot wait until the first of January so I can fill in my new diary. I did use the on-line one a couple of years ago but it’s just not the same. I love writing and will often buy a new notebook just so I can start a new story or poem, I think I am a little bit addicted but let’s face it, you can never have too many notebooks, that’s the law.

Anyway back to this wonderful accountability journal the first thing I realised was that it had a hard cover so it was not going to get bent or tatty when it’s in your bag, I do try to always buy hard back notebooks now as they really do last longer. Nice deep green colour that won’t show any marks.


We have a nice welcome front page telling you about the journal and that it was designed by James Greaney.

The quick start guide is next where it tells you about signing up to the accountability website. This journal is very different but actually a very simple brilliant idea. We all have goals, jobs, lists and things we want to achieve. Well this will help you by taking it all one step at a time which is the best way to achieve your best work.


You first think of a goal you would like to achieve over the next twelve months.

Then the reason it is important or why you want to achieve this goal.

Then the year is broken down into quarters so you then put down the milestones that helped you on the way to achieving your goal.


That is all very simple but what it does is keep you on track and you can watch this by making sure you are getting the right results at your milestones.

Then you sign your accountability contract while also putting down what your reward will be for making your goal, make sure it’s something good.

It also keeps you on track every single day as you have to do the three things you write down every day to make sure you succeed.

Each week you have micro goals which can be anything but if it is linked to your main goal then this will keep you on track even more.

Each day you will have goals and tasks and then a time planner so you are using your time the best way possible and not wasting a minute of your day.

You follow this everyday for a month then you discover what lessons you have learnt, what are you grateful for and then how many days you actually worked towards your micro goals and your main goal.

I am really impressed with this journal as it will keep you focussed on not only the big goal for that year but what you need to do each day to get where you want to be at the end of each week.

I was sent this to review and can honestly say I thought this was a very good idea, in fact I am going to give this to my granddaughter to see if it will help keep her on track with her own goals over the year. Will follow this up with another post about how she gets on.





Apart from that being an awful picture of me, I look like a screwed up hamster face!

It was a great pleasure that we were asked to be a part of this and I really hope it goes from strength to strength every year. Hopefully with more schools being involved as lets face it we all need some dignity in our lives.




For a very small bar this place is buzzing with so much activity, very friendly with such a calm atmosphere even though the DJ was playing it was not too loud so you could have a conversation.

Wondering what to have? It could take you all night to decide as I have never seen so many different types of rum,  I am talking hundreds! Then you have the cocktails they do so if you’re one of those people who take ages to decide then consult the list before you go for your night out.

Bright vibes in the decoration with nice warming colours, I loved some of the pictures. I was also pleased to see they had paper straws.


Those shelves are about to go, I wouldn’t like to be sitting under those. Enough seating and a dance area make this a brilliant little rum bar.

Thank you for showing me


You could not wish for a better setting than this hotel as it is on The Leas looking out over the channel to France, not that we could see France as it was very cloudy.

Lynda and Sylvie could not make it as one was busy packing for Rome, could not understand why that came before lunch! lol. Sylvie had a valid reason as she is a bit poorly, so you get well quickly Mother Earth.

I think this lunch club is very reasonable so must a lot of other people as almost every table was occupied and for £9.75 who can blame them.

The tomato soup had a bit of a kick so I was told and the paté was very nice, I did not have a starter as I am a pudding person.

The salmon in puff pastry was so delicious and one of the best I have had and first time this year for new potatoes. Pork or beef roast very nice, the only thing that let them down was the pasta bake as they thought it was a bit dry, could have done with a bit of sauce in there.

I love the setting here with nice shiny cutlery and the rich burgundy tablecloths. The waiter is lovely and he has worked there for 50 years!


Lemon tart with ice cream was so refreshing and really finished the meal of nicely.

Another very successful lunch for the ladies, lots of news exchanged as Carol had been to Australia to see her daughter and new baby. I told them all about my writing club, blog to follow about that. We celebrated Corinne’s birthday and as they have a pianist there while you are having lunch for a bit of back ground music he then played happy birthday and everybody sang to her. The time goes so quickly at these lunches so it was good-bye and looking forward to next month already.