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Tours England
  • "...thank you for such a splendid day in the Cotswolds"
    A.F. - Utah
  • "Thank you for a fabulous tour - you are a brilliant guide - we love you !"
    B & N - Tennessee
  • "... a thousand thanks for showing us around in your wonderful and beautiful country!"
    JL - Flanders, Belgium
  • "... the Cotswold villages and the vistas were spectacular. The pub lunch was delicious and the atmosphere one of a kind"
    N & B A - California
  • "WOW!!! What a way for a Yank to see France!!! Having one of our old Allies the Brits showing the way!!!"
    WC & PC - Alabama
  • "... thank you for the wonderful tour I had with my father to Normandy and Paris!"
    JC - Florida
  • "We say more than we bargained for and then some..."
    C &C - Georgia
  • "... a rather seredipitous click on Google that let me to you and I will forever be grateful for that. What a font of knowledge you are! "
    SM - Philipines
  • "We just want to thank you again for making our vacation so special. We had a great time. Absolutely wonderful! Happy memories!"
    Mike & Jane McCool, Front Royal, VA
  • "You did a fabulous and caring job, making sure our trip was perfect."
    J & A - New York
  • "You put so much heart into what you do..."
    BE, China

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”!

Documenting lockdown through drone photography…..
Saturday, 26th September 2020

I just thought I’d share this link illustrating Britain in lockdown…..sadly, there could be more to come…..😳

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-54181848?fbclid=IwAR27ARqGXpFWKw8JWSZYM-EoBUOGEdGkBIIWHl5ze16eBpfLB0zKb6S0UTU

Rob Little
Tour Guide…..
Let’s Tour England !

Fall into Autumn in New England…..
Friday, 25th September 2020

Fall into Autumn in New England…..

I took these photos of Autumn or Fall In New England many years ago now but decided to improve on a previous video I uploaded to YouTube. In fact you have a big clue when I took one of the photos…..look out for it !

New England in Fall, (or Autumn as we say in “Old England”) is THE place for “leaf peepers” to visit. The colours (or colors as they spell it in “New England”) are stunning.

The only problem is for someone visiting is precisely when the colors will be at their peak? Peak time for leaf peepers can be any time between the second week in September and mid October depending on the weather – not least whether there has been an early storm that will strip the trees before enthusiastic photographers like me, can see them !

Fall colour season starts earliest in September in Northern New England – Maine, getting later as you work south through Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. As you go south down the Atlantic coast, so peak colour gets later.

Photos taken in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and New York

Rob Little
Tour Guide…..
Let’s Tour England !

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Anyone think this could happen in their health system…..?

So this morning I saw a nurse at my local Doctor’s office in Tetbury. I had fallen over a week or so ago and my leg had become infected. It had to be dressed and I am on antibiotics! This is the third time I have seen the nurse in a week. She said that there was a possibility I had broken a bone in my leg – or a hairline fracture, and I needed an X-ray – if there was a hairline fracture, it could result in infection in my bone. So I asked if I could walk up to the local (very small) hospital and have an X-ray straight away. She said:

My friend who does the X-rays finishes early on a Friday but can probably see you – call her“.

This is what happened – I know all the timings because I was making a video at the time:

9:37am – stepped outside the Doctor’s Office
9:42am – made an immediate appointment for the X-ray – walked 9 minutes to the hospital
9:51am – greeted at reception by the X-ray technician
9:56am – left the hospital and on my way home!

If anyone can has a more impressive experience with that, please DO let me know.

Three cheers for the British National Health Service !!

Rob Little
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Let’s Tour England !

It’s back…..with a vengeance…..😳
Thursday, 24th September 2020

More Covid cases in the UK today than on any other day since the pandemic started.

Big problems with the return of universities with young people ignoring the rules and indulging in what young people like to indulge in.

DUH !!

They may be looking forward to Christmas AT university!!

Rob Little
Tour Guide…..
Let’s Tour England !

I do find I seem to get awfully steamed up about things…..🤔

Rob Little
Tour Guide…..
Let’s Tour England !

Jailbird and “Bonking Boffin” both rehabilitated by the BBC ! (And By BBC I am talking the broadcaster…..🤣)
Wednesday, 23rd September 2020

It’s interesting how the disgraced Vicky Pryce and Neil Ferguson have both been rehabilitated by the ever forgiving (when it suits them!!) BBC.

Vicky Pryce is the Greek-born British economist, and former Joint Head of the United Kingdom’s Government Economic Service, Vicky Pryce served 8 months in Jail for “taking the points” – ie the responsibility for driving her husband’s speeding car, when actually it was him, Chris Huhne, Member of Parliament, government Minister and leading light in The Liberal Party was actually driving. They were both convicted of perverting the course of justice.

Meanwhile, Professor Neil Ferguson, the epidemiologist known as “Professor Lockdown” is the scientist who did all the mathematics that informed the UK Government of the need for a lockdown, in early March this year. Unfortunately, Professor Ferguson had two brains….one 3 feet to the south of his head because the pull of the flesh forced him to disregard his own advice, travelling across London to “comfort” his lady friend who was frustrated with the confines of the lockdown. Thus, the professor is not only known as “Professor Lockdown” but also as “The Bonking Boffin” !

Both have been forgiven for their indiscretions by the BBC and regularly appear on current affairs programmes!

Rob Little
Tour Guide…..
Let’s Tour England !

Ahhhhh those were the days…..the British Motor Industry and the “girls from The Windmill”…..🤪

Rob Little
Tour Guide…..
Let’s Tour England !

The “Well Regulated Militia”…..a democratic election is coming in six weeks…..
Tuesday, 22nd September 2020

These people say they are ready to challenge the result…..

Rob Little
Scarey…..
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Conservative MP: “I’d rather gouge my eyes out with a stick then sit through that Marxist Snakeoil crap”…..😳

What on earth can have vexed the fellow to have pushed him to this??

Well our Government / Parliament has seen it fit to spend 700,000 GBP on training for MPs on the subject of Unconscious Bias…..

In an interview on the BBC’s “Today” programme, the Member of Parliament, Sir John Hayes objected to spending £700k of taxpayers money on such a folly – money that, he said, be better spent on elderly or sick people. Sir John said:

It is like an absurd bizarre marriage between dystopian nightmare and comic absurdities – like Blade Runner meets Blandings Castle“…..! (The latter being a novel by the British comic writer, P G Wodehouse)

Sir John added: “Essentially this is about ‘re-education’, about ‘cleansing’ us – and there is a Maoist quality to this.”

Sir John went on to say:

“First you say to people you must disown or re-write your communal history and then you say to people you must forget all you’ve known and all you’ve been. Everyone must be purified and once you have extinguished peoples sense of national history and pride, and you’ve gone through this process of purification, you start at year zero! You begin with a kind of new doctrine. Which is exactly what we’ve seen in tyrannies over time. If it wasn’t sinister it would be comic.”

Rob Little
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Ok….some of you said an 8 hour tour of The Cotswolds reduced to 85 minutes was too long….?
Sunday, 20th September 2020

So, reluctantly, I have hacked it about to reduced it down to 15 minutes!

DON’T WATCH THIS VIDEO UNLESS YOU HAVE THE VERY SHORTEST OF ATTENTION SPANS!!!!

THE 85 MINUTE ORIGINAL VERSION IS MUCH MUCH BETTER AND MORE MEANINGFUL. 8 HOURS EDITED DOWN TO 15 MINUTES WITH LOTS OF 10x SPEED IS NOT PRETTY!

THE 85 MINUTE REDUCED FROM VIDEO TAKEN OVER AN 8 HOUR DAY TOUR – HAS LOTS MORE COMMENTARY AND AMUSING ANECDOTES!!

PLEASE SUBSCRIBE TO MY CHANNEL TO VIEW OTHER VIDEOS – NOT ALL ASSOCIATED WITH TRAVEL BUT NONETHELESS MAY BE OF INTEREST. INCLUDED ARE TWO EPIC VIDEOS – ON THE THEME OF WHERE YOU SHOULD GO IF YOU CAN ONLY VISIT THE UK ONCE AND IRELAND ONCE!

I’m Rob Little and I’m a Tour Guide, living and working in The English Cotswolds. This year, 2020 has been exceptional in that my clientele for the entire season has been precisely ZERO !

Primarily entertaining visitors from North America on extended tours across the UK, Ireland and Europe as well as day tours of The Cotswolds, I was inspired to film this video having considered the fact that 2020, at least, is a “World Without Tourism”.

In fairness there are plenty of Brits about, many of them responsibly enjoying their “staycation” bot others not so sensible. But our countries, the UK, England, Wales, Scotland and the island of Ireland are devoid of “foreign” tourists who are so important for our economy and the livelihoods of thousands of people over here. We miss you all….North and South Americans, Chinese and Far Eastern, Europeans, Canadians, Antipodeans, Russians, Indians and whoever I have left out. The country feels weird.

So having seen a few similar contributions on YouTube, I thought I’d put up an effort on my own but while I AM a professional Tour Guide, I am NOT a professional with the camera or when it comes to actually making videos. There are glitches for which I apologise but I have done my best.

In a World Without Tourism, you may like to sit down for 90 minutes with a coffee, cup of tea or some other beverage and see what a tour with me is actually like? I live in The Cotswolds so The Cotswolds is the natural place for me to demonstrate a day tour but my tours cover the entire UK, Ireland and Western Europe – at times when 14 days isolation is not obligatory!! I know that keeping people’s attention on YouTube for 90 minutes is a tall order but remember this is edited down from 8 hours and I want people to feel they have been touched by the experience. Turning it into a five minute clip does not seem right although I may just try it for those who don’t have time to immerse themselves in a World Without Tourism!!

For Brits on Staycation, if you don’t live anywhere near The Cotswolds…..or even if you do, I guarantee you will not find the best places to visit. I’ve been researching it for 20 years or more and still manage to delight myself with a new, surprising vista, from time to time…..like the hamlet of Newington for instance….

So whether you are from overseas in this World Without Tourism – maybe an anglophile pining to return to the UK or if you are a bored Brit, brooding for Benidorm and chancing a Staycation in the UK this beautiful part of England, The Cotswolds, is on your doorstep or on your Smart TV.

Sit back and ENJOY…..please do subscribe and comments are welcome !!

Rob Little
Tour Guide…..
Let’s Tour England !