“We’re a pretty adventurous family, but I draw the line at skydiving, so definitely not that! But, of course, there are tonnes of things that I’d like to do and ambitions that I have. And the journey towards them is usually the best part – it’s that sense of anticipation, the effort to make your goals happen. That’s definitely something I see in my children. I have been very fortunate to have travelled so much, but it still feels like there is so much to explore, so I would like to see more of the world. And I want to go on learning about music and about art. It’s the little things that give me most happiness and I would just like the opportunity to continue to do them with my family – visiting a new restaurant, riding bikes in the mountains, watching the kids play sport for their teams.”
Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, today unveiled a plaque at St Pancras International station to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Channel Tunnel and the launch of international high speed rail services between the UK and mainland Europe.
At 16 I was asked to leave school. Students were not allowed motorbikes and I was caught with one, so I ended up having a big argument with my father over it. I then got on my two-stroke motorbike, told him I was leaving and headed off to Nairobi.
I bought a tarpaulin and a sleeping bag from the Salvation Army and built a frame for the bike to hold petrol on one side and water on the other. I also bought some biltong, put my food in the helmet (we never wore helmets in those days), bought a Shell map and off I went, eventually riding all the way to Cape Town. Apparently I was the first person to make the trip by motorbike. When I got there, I managed to sell my story to a South African newspaper and was paid enough to sail back first-class to Mombasa.
Singer/Songwriter Katie Melua first hit the scene ten years ago to international claim with her album Call the Search Off. Since then, she has gone on to set a Guiness World Record for the deepest underwater concert ever performed, as well as released 5 other multimillion-selling albums. Now just about to release her 6th album Ketevan, we caught up with Katie during a rare peaceful moment while she was on the Eurostar to Paris.