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Rob Little’s Blog – musings of an English / British Tour Guide where I not only vent about things that “get my goat” but, also, publish lovely photos and eccentric stories about “this Sceptered Isle”!

A Walk in the Park – St James’ Park looking beautiful yesterday afternoon !
Friday, 22nd March 2019

Bit of a hike from Parliament up through St James’ Park, past Buckingham Palace, up Constitution Avenue to Hyde Park Corner and on the the Royal Albert Hall.

But the park was looking beautiful in early Spring, cherry blossom, squirrels and the pomp of Buckingham Palace.

Rob Little
Feet hurting…..
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Buckingham Palace through the cherry blossom

Catkins or “Lambs Tails” as we used to call them !

Picnicking in the Park…..behind the fence…..would they be allowed to do that in China?

Buckingham Palace – The Queen’s “Office” !

Last night “The Present Mrs Little” and I, elected to get some culture…..

We decided to go to the “Classical Spectacular” at The Royal Albert Hall in London last night.

A sort of “Top of the Pops” of Classics.

It was a nice enough evening but couldn’t help feeling that this was a “dumbing down” of Classical music to appeal to the hoi polloi!

You would have thought that in this den of patriotism, I would have been completely comfortable but, no…..

Rob Little
Tour Guide
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I’m with Theresa…..! 😳
Thursday, 21st March 2019

Theresa May’s frustration with the prevarication of Parliament has struck a note with most of the public. Wherever you stand on BREXIT, surely we are all utterly sick of nothing else being spoken about. Its driving us mad. Who cares whether we leave or remain just finish it one way or the other.

And a plea to the EU – please no long extensions. We have other things we need to take care of in this country like:

Knife crime
Hospital waiting lists
School funding

Rob Little
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Banning semi-automatic rifles and assault weapons is easy peasy…..

Just 6 days after a right wing extremist murdered 50 Muslims at prayer, the New Zealand Government has banned weapons that only serve to kill people, in one fell swoop.

A buyback program for all military style semi-automatic rifles and assault weapons will be launched to take existing weapons out of circulation, and those who do not comply will be subject to fines.

Jucinda Arden, the Prime Minister said today:

On 15 March, our history changed forever. Now, our laws will, too,”

Ardern added.

We are announcing action today on behalf of all New Zealanders to strengthen our gun laws and make our country a safer place.”

New Zealand has a tradition of hunting and shooting as sport, but there is no legal provision to own weapons for self-defence and the Prime Minister said that there was no reason for New Zealanders to own these kinds of weapons, and there is broad consensus on that argument across Parliament and the population at large.

Rob Little
So America…..that’s how you do it…..
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St Nicolas’ Church in Cherington…..
Wednesday, 20th March 2019

St Nicolas’ Church in Cherington…..Just five minutes from my home. The Queen attended her Great Granddaughter’s Baptism this past Sunday.

Lena Tindall is the youngest of The Queen’s Great Grandchildren and is the granddaughter of Princess Anne.

For those (unlike me) who swoon over celebs, Meghan Markle was also in attendance!

😳

Rob Little
Tour Guide
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Today is the Spring Equinox…..hence here is a Spring Poem !

The Enkindled Spring

By D. H. Lawrence

This spring as it comes bursts up in bonfires green,
Wild puffing of emerald trees, and flame-filled bushes,
Thorn-blossom lifting in wreaths of smoke between
Where the wood fumes up and the watery, flickering rushes.

I am amazed at this spring, this conflagration
Of green fires lit on the soil of the earth, this blaze
Of growing, and sparks that puff in wild gyration,
Faces of people streaming across my gaze.

And I, what fountain of fire am I among
This leaping combustion of spring? My spirit is tossed
About like a shadow buffeted in the throng
Of flames, a shadow that’s gone astray, and is lost.

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Rob Little
Has already been motorcycling…..
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Best live performance ever…..? NO…..that was not a Question !!!
Monday, 18th March 2019

Having watched the amazing movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” the other day, I decided to watch, again, what has to be THE very best live performance by any band – Queen at Live Aid on July 1985.

And to think they were not even on the list of bands to play – Freddie having gone off and done his own thing, had only just returned, cap in hand and rejoined the band.

I remember the day well…..wonderful hot day, I could not be there because I had a young toddler, but I watched the whole thing on TV. Queen appeared on stage at about 6:40pm just when things were getting a bit jaded…..it was hot and U2 and Dire Straits had just played.

Then…..OMG, prepare to be shaken up…..there has never been an act quite like it? And all this just after Freddie had discovered he was sick.

Amazing?

Rob Little
Aging Tour Guide
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RIP Jim Baker – Tour Guide, Stonehenge Specialist and Landrover enthusiast…..😟
Sunday, 17th March 2019


Very sad to learn, only a few days ago, of the passing of Jim Baker. We used to call each other “Brother” because we shared the same birthday although he was 10 years older than me.

Jim used to oblige me by getting up at the crack of dawn and accompanying my Customers on Stonehenge Special Access Tours – when visitors are permitted to be inside the stone circle. He had a fantastic “act” – with his pop-up model of Stonehenge, the theories of why the Stones were there and his “divining” trick – although it didn’t seem like a trick to me……the wire strips never failed to cross when I walked from one side of the circle to the other. Jim attributed that to “Ley Lines”!

Another thing I learned from Jim was about the Snake’s Head Fritillary that appears in a meadow next to the higher reaches of the River Thames in April…..I will soon be going to see if they are there…..

In latter years, Jim and I would meet for lunch on or around our birthday in August. He would usually talk about his time working as a banker in Africa and his enthusiasm for Landrover Defenders.

Jim was only 76 and had not that long lost his wife. Way too young to leave us Jim.

Rob Little
Fellow Tour Guide
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Headscarves in Christchurch…..

Just spoke to an elderly relative in Christchurch who took a ride out into a very quiet Christchurch today. Besides there being hardly anyone around, she said she saw nobody wearing a headscarf!

I think everyone should wear a headscarf to show the finger to the right wing morons who, unbelievably, admire the slaughter that took place in this normally docile city in the quiet, green, country that is New Zealand.

Rob Little
Tour Guide
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Racist Australian Senator Fraser Anning hits a little kid in the face after he eggs him…..
Saturday, 16th March 2019

Fraser Anning you are a disgusting racist reptile.

This excuse for an Australian senator sparked outrage for blaming the New Zealand mosque shootings on Muslim immigration.

The kid did his egg protest so Anning punched him in the face. Lovely guy?

Rob Little
Tour Guide
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