Getting To Know Kate Turkington!

I was on a girls retreat in the beautiful KZN Midlands, when I met Kate Turkington. Although generations apart, I recognised so much of me in her, that it ignited an instant friendship! It is not very often that this happens to me and I am so glad that it did. Fast forward to a month later and I find myself visiting Kate (at her house!). By this time, I have done adequate research to realise just how knowledgable, well-travelled and famous she really is! I had to keep my excitement contained. The conversation flows easily between us, as we talk the usual girl talk. I have realised that women connect easily. We are able to bond over the responsibilities that life sets for us and although our stories may be different, we sing to the same tune on so many levels!

I left Kate’s home with a signed copy of her latest book ‘YES, REALLY! A Life’ and I could not wait to get reading. I did not realise how much more this book would bind our friendship. After readng this, I have rejoiced in the adventures that bring these pages to life. I was able to feel the pain of all the difficulties endured on the way but most of all it is a book that inspires me to live my life and to live it well! It is a novel that does not sugar coat on how we shoould do things but instead encourages us to live our lives so that we can tell our own stories one day.

I could go on and on but that would mean me giving away more than I should. I do suggest you get yourself a copy and let us know whether you felt it as powerful a read as I did! It is available for purchase on takealot and other bookstores, nationwide.

In this time Kate has earned a place in my heart as one of my very dear friends so I thought a feature on this book is simply not enough to commemorate this Icon of a lady. I have sent Kate some fun questions to  answer so that we could all get better acquainted. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. Thank you Kate, for being such a good sport with these answers!

  • Introduce yourself in one sentence.

I’m Kate Turkington, often called ‘legendary’ by fans because of my teaching days at Wits and thousands of TV and radio broadcasts over 50 years.

  • In your opinion, what was your claim to fame?

My teaching days at Wits and thousands of TV and radio broadcasts over 50 years.

  • What do you think is the single thing that is most wrong with the world right now?

Ignorance and poverty.

  • Childhood celebrity crush?

Clarke Gable. (Nobody today will know that name but he was the star of one of the most famous movies of all time ‘Gone With The Wind’.)

  • The place you love most in the world?

Home. (Followed by India as my favourite destination.)

  • What is your motto in life?

Carpe Diem – Seize the day and live every day to the full. The past is gone and the future never comes. 

  • How do you inspire people?

By being a role model – travelling, writing, moving, shaking and having a wonderful family of four children and nine grandchildren all of whom – wait for it – live in Johannesburg too.

  • Do you sing in the shower?

No

  • What would you regard your number 1 hit?

Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’.

  • Dogs or cats?

Dogs.

  • Favourite food?

Fish and Chips.

  • Do you believe in ghosts?

No. Although I once lived in a haunted house in the wilds of Nigeria and my two children at the time saw the ghost often. (Read all about it in my latest book – ‘Yes, Really!’)

  • What is your job title?

Anything and everything.

  • What inspired you to choose this career path?

Nothing inspired me. Except, I’ll always make and take opportunities. I was a guest on a BBC TV show in the UK and was asked subsequently if I’d like a TV talkshow of my own.

  • Career highlight to date?

Too many to mention – lots of accolades and awards – but I’ve enjoyed every moment of communicating with other people.

  • Who is the most famous person you have met?

Again, too many to mention. Mmm… maybe the Queen, The Beatles and the Dalai Lama?

  • Your advice to your younger self?

Do it all again… 

  • If you could have dinner with absolutely anyone (dead or alive), who would it be and why?

William Shakespeare.

  • A memory from your life that makes you giggle?

When I was almost kidnapped by heavily armed Afar tribesmen in the Rift Valley of Ethiopia.

  • Who inspires you?

My family, friends and myself.

  • If you won 100 million dollars today, what would you do?

Give it away.

Travel Diaries! – A Reader’s Adventure.

This was sent in by a fellow reader, so enjoy this read and pictures of their personal highlights and favourite things to see. Have you had some exciting travels that you’d like to share? Feel free to send in your experiences along with pictures for it to be featured to ellie@crazyrio.com

A place where it feels like the sun never sets and the nights never end. Rewind to June/July 2018, Summer in Europe, more specifically Italy, France & Spain. Bucket-list destinations. For many people a trip overseas is never really filled with relaxing days, instead people try to cram as much touring and sightseeing in as possible in their time away. However, if you slow down and just soak in the beauty of these countries, the people and the culture, you will almost instantly understand why people keep going back to these destinations. The rich history is surely one of the most attractive features about these places. Here are a few of my favourite sights to see! Tours of the Colosseum and the numerous Basilica’s (St. Peter’s Basilica, if you are only going to do one!) will definitely be worth your time! One of the most popular attractions, Fontaine de Trevi (Trevi Fountain) is definitely a sight to behold and no matter the time of day or night that you go, it is most certainly worth navigating through the large crowds to get to the front and make your wish! Let’s not ignore the fact that you get an incredible photo for your instagram! #nofilterneeded

The Vatican Museums, Pantheon and Sistine Chapel will have you in awe before you even get close, these buildings are a work of art themselves! sticking with sightseeing and touring, your trip is incomplete without a photo on the Spanish Steps! Venturing out, Mount Vesuvius should definitely be on your “To see list”. While in Naples, be sure to see the Royal Palace. The Italian country side boasts incredible scenery and wine tours, be sure to take a trip out to the country side!

Apparently, you only truly experience a foreign city after you get lost in it. That could not be more true! If you are someone who likes to plan and have a day’s activities set out in detail, then you might not like this next piece of “advice”… Wherever you go, Go and get lost in the city. It is sure to be one of the fondest memories of any trip! It is only then that you truly explore the city and get to see more of the “real city”. This is something that I make a point of doing in a foreign place (sounds crazy, I know!). Forget the map, no plans just you roaming the streets, being a tourist! This was the foundation for some of the best days and nights I have had and led me to meet some really friendly and interesting people, quite frankly getting lost has left me with some of the greatest memories to date! One stunning attraction that was stumbled upon while being lost was the ’Secret Key Hole’. Look through the keyhole and you are met with a breathtaking view of the St. Peter’s Dome, be sure to have a camera in hand! However, the most important thing to do in 🇮🇹 is eat as much Gelato as you possibly can… amongst all the other divine food of course!

The Amalfi coast should definitely be on your list! If you drive along the coast, there are numerous spots to stop at and enjoy the view, however if you’re lucky enough, a cruise out to sea is surely the best way to experience it, with the night spent partying on board the yacht of course! Another fabulous coastal resort town to visit is Antibes in France. Staying here allows you the flexibility of venturing into Cannes or Nice, or both! There is plenty to see, although.. simply relaxing in the sand is strictly advised! This coastal town is home to some incredible nightlife that ought to be experienced! Speaking of cities that never sleep, Barcelona!! A favourite party destination for many, home to some of the most stunning architecture and captivating culture. In Spain, make time to go out to Montserrat, take in the view, enjoy a hike or simply just appreciate how much better the air feels when you breathe there! A tour of Camp Nou should be on your to-do list, one of the largest soccer stadiums in the world, home to FC Barcelona (or as was explained to me “Lionel Messi’s home ground”). A guided tour of the stadium is well worth it. Be weary of your pockets when in Spain! Pickpocketing is rife! Another definite to see is La Sagrada Familia, you will be left speechless upon first sight of this marvel! Gaudi’s work around Barcelona have become landmarks. If you’re touring Spain, The Seville Cathedral and Santiago de Compostela Cathedral are definitely worth your time! 

One of the main things to do is of course eat and eat and eat the authentic foods that we all know and love… and shop of course! But most importantly, have fun getting lost and exploring!