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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”!

Even on a dreary day there is still colour in the Cotswolds !!
Monday, 27th February 2017

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Even on a dreary day there is still colour in the Cotswolds – on a walk out with Gladys the Dog and Freddie the Yorkie this morning there were signs everywhere that Spring is just around the corner!

All these photos taken within 5 miles of my home !

Rob Little
Visit the Cotswolds all year round….
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What a difference a few days make - I've been waiting to see the daffodil bulbs push up there leaves and here they are !

What a difference a few days make – I’ve been waiting to see the daffodil bulbs push up there leaves and here they are !

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Catkins or "lamb's tails" as we used to call them - Spring is just around the corner !

Catkins or “lamb’s tails” as we used to call them – Spring is just around the corner !

Very early for primroses to be out - these in Cheringon

Very early for primroses to be out – these in Cheringon

A carpet of snowdrops in the woods near Cherington Lake

A carpet of snowdrops in the woods near Cherington Lake

Other forms of transport are out and about !

Other forms of transport are out and about !

Private gardens through a "window" in a wall in Nagshead !

Private gardens through a “window” in a wall in Nag’s Head !

Residential properties developed from old industrial buildings in Nailsworth - this lake was a reservoir for a woolen mill.

Residential properties developed from old industrial buildings in Nailsworth – this lake was a reservoir for a woolen mill.

More snowdrops in Chavenage

More snowdrops in Chavenage

The wonderful Chavenage House - used in many movies and TV series including Poldark and  Lark Rise to Candleford.

The wonderful Chavenage House – used in many movies and TV series including Poldark and Lark Rise to Candleford.

Sheep - for my friend in Kentucky.....

Sheep – for my friend in Kentucky…..

We are having a roast leg today !

We are having a roast leg today !

Tetbury's Town Hall with the ENGLISH flag flying !

Tetbury’s Town Hall with the ENGLISH flag flying !

Ahhhh now I know what happened in the early hours of November 9th last year…..

…..someone was reading from the wrong envelope !

Rob Little
How embarrassing…..
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Saturday morning Farmer’s Market in Stroud, Gloucestershire…..
Saturday, 25th February 2017

Saturday morning Farmer’s Market in Stroud, Gloucestershire…..

The UK is known for many different sights and cultural experiences but, compared to mainland Europe, our Farmer’s Markets are a disappointment.

However, Stroud is reputed to have one of the best we can offer here – Stroud is a bohemian kind of town – a bit hippy and the weekly Saturday market is a joy to visit. Not officially “Cotswold”, Stroud is a post industrial market town, once important in the wool industry and at the confluence of five valleys. I always say it looks stunning in the sun and miserable in the rain !

Enjoy the photos I took this morning – I took home a walnut and fig loaf for lunch with “Le Rustic” unpasteurised Brie which we ate with grapes! We are having fish for dinner so I bought freshly made Tartiflette – a Normandy delicacy !

Rob Little
Actually a Francophile…..
Lets Tour England, Stroud Market AND France !!

No smoke without fire…..this story tickled me !

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A large-scale cannabis factory has been found in an underground former nuclear bunker, Wiltshire police have said.

Several thousand cannabis plants with an estimated street value of £1m were seized in a raid on RGHQ Chilmark.

The former Ministry of Defence bunker was built in the 1980s to protect local dignitaries and government officials in the event of a nuclear attack.

Described as “almost completely impenetrable”, Wiltshire Police had to wait for the suspects to leave the bunker before they could gain access.
Det Insp Paul Franklin, said it was only after getting through the nuclear blast doors, that the “enormous set up” was discovered.

“There are approximately 20 rooms in the building, split over two floors, each 200ft long and 70ft wide,” he said.

“Almost every single room had been converted for the wholesale production of cannabis plants, and there was a large amount of evidence of previous crops.”

He added that he was convinced it was “one of the largest crops ever discovered” in the county.

A teenager and two men, aged 15, 19, and 37, all of no fixed abode, were arrested on suspicion of cannabis production. A further three men, were also accused of conspiracy to produce the Class B drug and, as if to add insult to injury they were abstracting electricity without authority!!

They were remanded into custody to appear at Salisbury Crown Court on 29 March.

Rob Little
Growing Cannabis in a bunker for the Joint Chiefs of Staff – whatever next….
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Snowdrops near Rendcomb in the Cotswolds !

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A few photos taken yesterday of Snowdrops near Rendcomb in the Cotswolds…..it felt like Spring was coming but was not 80F like in Kentucky. Could it be global warming over there??

Rob Little
Would not mind being globally warmed….
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OMG the World’s most truthful media is banned from Sean Spicer’s press briefing…..

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In oppressed countries, the world over, people listen to the BBC World Service because the KNOW they are going to hear the truth. Unlike other state sponsored world radio stations like VOA and RT who have particular propaganda agendas, the BBC is reliably truthful in delivering factual news. Maybe their journalists were asking too many awkward questions.

So imagine our surprise when the BBC was banned from Sean Spicer’s Press Briefing along with the New York Times, CNN, BuzzFeed, The Guardian, The LA Times The Daily Mail…… Yes you heard it right, THE DAILY MAIL a right wing British rag of a newspaper, banned from the White House. I can only feel they needed to make room for Breitbart News.

Are they sure they didn’t mean to ban the gutter press Daily Mirror – its name also begins with “M” ?

Seriously all this talk of “Fake News” and banning certain news media could be the thin end of the wedge for something more to come? Strong questioning of administrations in our countries are a crucial part of our democracies. Americans should think themselves lucky that they don’t have a “Jeremy Paxman” over there !

Rob Little’s…..
…..Mother reads the Daily Mail
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Friday’s “Lunch Club” with Mother !
Friday, 24th February 2017
The Green Dragon at Cowley

Friday’s “Lunch Club” with Mother was held at The Green Dragon Inn, near Cowley, in the Cotswolds !

This new venue was chosen as we were on route to get mum some “new ears” – she had not realised how hard of hearing she was and, after fitting, could not believe the difference.

Nice lunch, swiftly served in a popular location – I may add it to my Customer’s list of watering holes.

Rob Little
Cotswold Tour Guide
Lets Tour England !

Nice ambiance to the place !

Nice ambiance to the place !

French Onion soup for mother !

French Onion soup for mother !

Fried Peche and Freedom Fries with some Sauce Rouge for moi !

Fried Peche and Freedom Fries with some Sauce Rouge for moi !

Meanwhile…..there is some honour in “the beautiful game”…..

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Manchester United and England’s top goal scorer, Wayne Rooney, has decided to keep his 250,000GBP ($315,000) a week job with Manchester United and turn down the 750,000GBP ($1m) week offer from China!!

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He probably didn’t fancy being suffocated !

Rob Little
Football is a girls game…..
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Another loser…..football is a fragile business

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What a difference a few months make.

Just a few months ago, Leicester City were the 5000/1 winners of the Premier League – the most prestigious league in the world.

Leicester’s unexpected win, over the Manchesters, Liverpools, Chelseas and Arsenals of this game of FOOTBALL – I refuse to call it “soccer” – under the inspirational the leadership of Manager Claudio Ranieri, has turned turtle. With poor results this season, Leicester is just one point above the relegation zone and last night Manager Ranieri was been fired.

Rob Little
Sorry for the people of Leicester…..
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Fired

Fired

Paul Nuttall…..you’re an idiot….!

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A mini election night…..Paul Nuttall you need to learn not everyone wins elections with lies and fantasies…..

The “leader” of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) was expected to win until it became clear that Nuttall was not a resident of Stoke-on-Trent when he stood for the election (when he said he was) and then there were the distasteful fantasies about the Hillsborough disaster.

At the other end of the country, congratulations to the Conservatives for winning the Copeland, Cumbria Bi-election – Labour had held the seat for 80 years and this is only the 3rd time since 1945 that a government candidate has unseated the principal opposition candidate in a bi-election. More terrible news for Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn.

Rob Little
May start my own party…..
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