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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”!

RIP David Cassidy who has left us too young at just 67.
Wednesday, 22nd November 2017

We give thanks for the happiness that David Cassidy gave us during his time with the Partridge Family and then during his solo career.

Very sad. 😢

Rob Little
English Tour Guide
Let’s Tour England !

Just a quiet day…..the life of a Tour Guide in the winter !
Monday, 20th November 2017

7:30am – collected Granddaughter for the day

10:30am – Doctors (me) for a check over

11:30am – collect 89 year old mother for the day !

3:00pm – dealing with sick dog

4:00pm – take sick dog to the vet

4:00pm – Vicar arrives as we leave the house to administer Holy Communion to my old mum !!

(this is crazy!!)

5:00pm – son-in-law collects Granddaughter

6:00pm – take mother home

6:20pm – arrive home to find wife, cat and Freddie the Yorkie chasing a live mouse around the house – a guest of Jasper the cat !

Sounds like a good old British farce….all in a day’s work !

Rob Little
English Tour Guide
Let’s Tour England !

Gorgeous sunny Sunday morning here in The English Cotswolds…..
Sunday, 19th November 2017

If you’d have been here yesterday you’d have thought you’d arrived in the monsoon season but today was beautiful…..judge for yourselves.

If you visit out of season, you get out of season rates !

Rob Little
Would prefer to work than be “under supervision” at home 😏
Lets Tour England !

Near Withington, Gloucestershire

Near Yanworth, Gloucestershire

Near Yanworth, Gloucestershire

Near Yanworth, Gloucestershire

Near Yanworth, Gloucestershire

Near Northleach, Gloucestershire

It seems Members just can’t control their members…..

Its been going on for ever but suddenly its a big deal. The British parliament is apparently a den of iniquity and now, Congress in the US is reeling from politicians behaving “inappropriately” from groping to rape.

Democrat Al Frankin faces historic charges, as does republican candidate, Judge Roy Moore. Oh and what about the guy who advocating “grabbing women by the p***y”?

Interestingly, The President has been vocal in condemning Democrat Al Frankin but has said nothing about the Judge. Not that the President’s opinions count for much, in the circumstances.

Those accused of the most heinous of sexual crimes need to be named and shamed but if anyone’s life has been ruined by having their breast touched 25 years ago, I’m sorry they have been carrying that pain all that time but feel now is the time to say “me too”. What do they want? Why did they not smack the offender’s face or quickly knee him (or her) in the crotch?

Over here these stories have mercifully distracted us from BREXIT and I’m sure in the US you will be glad to be distracted from something too?

Rob Little
Lets Tour England !

Its a cold crisp November morning…..
Friday, 17th November 2017

An early start this morning…..the light was beautiful and the grass was crisp with frost.

The fall colours were rich but I could not stop to take photos of them…..maybe later.

I like the photo above – the deep blue sky only broken by the jet trails! Are you on one of those planes?

Rob Little
Cotswold Tour Guide
Lets Tour England !

Sunset near Tetbury last night…..
Tuesday, 14th November 2017

Rob Little
Tour Guide
Let’s Tour England !

The word “Islamaphobia” is now “un-PC”…..

I really don’t know how 4% of the UK population manage to grab so much airtime but once again the BBC saw fit to succumbe to Muslim sensitivities by letting the “do gooders” from the Runnymede Trust announce that “Islamaphobia” should now be described as “anti Muslim racism”.

I interpret “islamaphobia” as a paranoid fear of Muslims where as “racism” suggests an inherent hatred but, the bottom line is; if these people who come to the UK for a better life or, who are second and third generation ethnic people, made a better attempt to integrate, and did not express hatred of the British system, and did not give tacit approval to extremists as, we believe, many do, and did not demand a return ticket to the ISIS front line…..we might not have this problem in the first place?

Rob Little
The BBC should cut off their “oxygen” (airtime)…..
Let’s Tour England !

Church of England advises schools: “Let kids choose their gender”…..

I thought I would reproduce this extraordinary story verbatim!!

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Church advises schools: Let kids choose their gender

by Dominic Yeatman | Nov 13, 2017 | 1:20 AM

CHILDREN should be allowed to decide what sex they are without judgment or derision from teachers, the Church of England has said.

Nursery and primary school pupils in particular must be free to discover the ‘possibilities of who they might be’, says the organisation’s first guidance on transphobic bullying.

‘A child may choose the tutu, the princess’s tiara and heels and/or the fireman’s helmet, tool belt and superhero cloak without expectation or comment,’ teachers at 4,700 schools have been advised.

But some critics warned that the guidance — with a foreword by the archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby — would create a ‘climate of fear’.

‘Any expression of dissent in any way or a slip of the tongue you become labelled hateful, and that’s not Christian,’ said Andrea Williams, of the Christian Law Centre. ‘We’re all against bullying but, in framing the debate as they do, they are in danger of becoming the bullies.’

The archbishop tells teachers: ‘We must avoid, at all costs, diminishing the dignity of any individual to a stereotype or a problem.’ The guidance adds: ‘It may be best to avoid labels and assumptions which deem children’s behaviour irregular, abnormal or problematic just because it does not conform to gender stereotypes or today’s play preferences.’

The advice, which also tackles biphobic bullying, comes three years after the church first issued guidelines on homophobic bullying.

LGBT rights group Stonewall said Mr Welby should be congratulated for sending a ‘clear signal’.

But Christian groups said school staff already risked losing their jobs for ‘misgendering’ children.

Ms Williams said the ‘tragic’ church advice was buying into the Stonewall agenda which ‘isn’t tolerant at all’.
Maths teacher Joshua Sutcliffe, 27, faces disciplinary action for calling a transgender pupil at his Oxfordshire school a girl when she identifies as a boy. The part-time pastor said it was “a slip of the tongue”.

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Less than 10% of British people regularity attend church I wonder why…..?

Rob Little
(Wishes to be known as Miss Roberta Little in future)…..
Let’s Tour England !

Time for the Bishop’s son to go to school !

The vineyards in their fall colours…..
Monday, 13th November 2017

The vines look so interesting. The grapes are gone and the leaves are turning colour, the stems are knarled.

This is an organic Vinyard near Nimes in the south of France – near where our friends live.

The other photos are taken around the Mas (Farm House) and of the River Gard on route to the village of Russan.

Rob Little
Driver / Tour Guide
LETS tour England !

The Saturday market at Sommières…..
Sunday, 12th November 2017

This morning we went to the Saturday market at Sommieres. The town has a Roman Bridge that is still in use today and, though beautiful, has had a huge problem with flooding from the river, over the years.

When we visit here we usually visit the Market in Uzes. This one in Sommieres, is bigger, less crowded and covers a wider area.

I wonder if French people realise just what wonderful traditions and culture and they have. I’m sure most do. It should be treasured and clung on to.

The centre of the town was full of smells from the market, olives, spices, vegetables, roasting chickens, fruit…..all melting together in a thoroughly agreeable effluvia!

Rob Little
Driver / Tour Guide
LETS tour England !

Showing the height of the flood in various years

They keep the name of the old shop – the horse butcher!

Mmmmmmmmm smells nice !

Paint peeling on the shutters