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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 few photos taken today from the hedgerows around my home town of Tetbury in the English Cotswolds!
Sunday, 16th December 2018

I love the one with the Rose Hip Berries and the Old Man’s Beard below?

It’s still really fall here, going into winter. Whenever you visit, the Cotswolds are beautiful!!

Rob Little
Tour Guide
Let’s Tour England !

Tetbury looking spectacularly gorgeous this crisp December morning…..
Friday, 14th December 2018

…..don’t you think?

Rob Little
Tour Guide lucky to live in Tetbury…..
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Nothing would surprise me…..
Wednesday, 12th December 2018

Is it really true that the Amazon Web has been chosen to run the new American Jedi military intelligence system?

Or am I going completely mad?

Rob Little
Thinks, nay hopes the latter is true…..
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From BREXIT to drug dealing pensioners and embezzling nuns…..the “Silly Season” is nigh – today the British news has a slightly lighter tilt !!
Tuesday, 11th December 2018

After the bizarre antics in the British Parliament yesterday I picked these two stories out of the news today which made me smile…..

First off two British pensioners have been arrested after a “9kg of cocaine” was discovered on a cruise ship returning from the Caribbean. the pair were arrested on suspicion of trafficking narcotics and had been remanded in custody.

And as I was recovering from this story I choked on my “Fruit and Fibre” when I heard that two Nuns have admitted embezzling about $500,000; using it to gamble in Las Vegas!!

The pair, who are said to be best friends, stole the money from a Catholic School in Los Angeles, are recently retired and have expressed remorse for their actions.

Awwwwww never mind then !

Rob Little
Tour Guide
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I wish I’d put money on there being a “cock up” just like this where inept Politicians and a mischievous Press have stolen the democratic will of the people in this country…..!
Monday, 10th December 2018

It was just an hour after our Prime Minister rose up from her seat to “pull” the vote on her so-called “deal” for the United Kingdom leaving the European Union.

True, when a majority of people voted “LEAVE” back in June 2016 they had maybe not totally thought out the complexities of how we disentangle ourselves from a 45 year “relationship” with the EU but the 17m people who did vote to LEAVE, did not vote to remain in a relationship where we could not negotiate our own trade deals, and still had to pay money to the EU even though we had no say in making the rules. I think this is clear and if you’d given any of those options to anyone who voted to LEAVE back in the run up to the referendum, they’d have just laughed in your face. We may have wanted to leave for different reasons but we were all looking to:

  • Regain control of our own law making
  • Exercise more control over what is now “free movement”
  • Freedom to negotiate our own trade deals
  • Freedom from the billions paid to Brussels every year
  • No longer to be governed by an undemocratic regime in Brussels and its “big stick” – the European Court of Justice.
  • Etc……

Additionally I doubt whether anyone who thought about the implications of voting for BREXIT anticipated that as a country we would personally be immediately “better off” after leaving the EU simply less constrained by an overwhelmingly undemocratic bureaucracy. Those that took a stand and voted to LEAVE recognised that freedom has a far higher long term value than making a few more bucks! In fact the REMAIN claim in the lead up to the vote, that we’d all be better off staying in the EU is just about the most shallow of reasons to stay in and aimed directly at those whose knowledge on the subject lacks depth ?

Had the referendum gone the other way in June 2016, I am certain I would have rolled over and accepted it as “the people’s vote” – there would have been no demands for more referendums, complaints about legalities over the vote etc etc. The UK would simply have carried on being a thorn in the side of the EU as it always had been. But no, the lazy voters who did not get out of bed that day are now complaining. The “Millennials” who have no idea what the EU is and why we joined in the first place……believing its all about free “roaming” with their smart phones standing in the quicker line at the airport are also now complaining. And some even complain saying that people over a certain age should not have had the right to vote at all, and ruin their future. Their complaints are based on lethargy, arrogance and ignorance – they are whining bad losers.

With my own uninformed and naive political head, I contended in June 2016 that our injured Government should have formed a Government of National Unity for the duration of the BREXIT negotiations or, more likely, to build a bilateral team (or possible “trilateral”…..in any case from the main political parties in Westminster), to negotiate the very best best deal for the country; but Westminster and our wonderful Press had other ideas.

I anticipated after the referendum, that the political parties in Westminster would demand unreasonable influence to put their own self interested stamp on this democratic decision, introducing mischief more in line with their short term political ambitions and parliamentary careers than in the long term future of the country. And talking of mischief, negotiations on matters this crucial are best kept confidential and free of a running commentary by the Press who are desperate to meddle and exert their point of view as irrelevant as it may be and whatever damage it may do to the negotiation process.

So after years of negotiations which were far more open than one would have liked….followed by weeks of wasted anticipation and latterly Parliament spending valuable time debating the “Theresa May Plan” which everyone knew was “dead in the water” from its inception, The Prime Minister, this afternoon, “pulled” the vote because she knew she simply could not win – in fact a dangerously large defeat was expected.

The European Union need to understand that as a country we cannot possibly agree to a proposal that splits the UK in half – anyone who ever thought that should think again.

Finally, the accusation that there is no alternative and that “NO DEAL” would be bad for everyone is not necessarily the case. Michael Howard, a previous leader of the Conservative Party has stated that discussions with the European Union should be intensified for a “NO DEAL” BREXIT – claiming that an “ad hoc temporary arrangement” could be the solution where the UK should unilaterally offer the EU an arrangement on all goods coming to the UK from the European Union for a whole year without any tariffs or tariff barriers or obstacles in any way. We hope that the EU would reciprocate but we should still do it even if they don’t – and use that 12-month period to negotiate a free trade agreement along the style of Canada-plus.” This should minimise and, perhaps even eliminate any disruption at our borders on and after March 30 next year.

The EU may not like it but we have wasted more than enough time negotiating a so-called deal that does not meet the agreement of those that voted LEAVE, where this idea from Michael Howard certainly could?

Rob Little
Tour Guide
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Parisian seasonal shoppers flock to London this weekend on the Eurostar…..
Sunday, 9th December 2018

A tale of two cities as Parisian seasonal shoppers flock to London this weekend through the “Chunnel” on the Eurostar…..as The Champs Elysees retailers are boarded up to protect the stores from the “Yellow Vest” rioters…..

It does not seem long ago that President Macron was swept to power – a “new broom” to solve the problems of France while his approval rating fell to 23 percent in the poll conducted late week.

Meanwhile, here we are in Britain, in the middle of BREXIT and massive political turmoil. With families torn apart and utter confusion over what the future holds, of all the demonstrations here in the UK, the vast majority have been very calm and peaceful yet in France there is this one issue and it erupts into violent protest.

Perhaps we are just BREXIT weary? I know I am.

Rob Little
Keeping hold of my “Yellow Vests”…..
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Paris today

London today

Friday morning on Paignton Sea Front !
Saturday, 8th December 2018

Had a nice breakfast yesterday morning (Friday) at The Shore Cafe on Paignton Sea Front in Devon with a couple of old mates – we chose the place because of its fantastic view over the sea front. The sun was shining but 15 mins later……well…..

All you guys from New England and other places who comment on your changeable weather check this out….!!

Rob Little
Tour Guide
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10:15am – Paignton Sea Front and not a cloud in the sky

10:45am, half an hour later it’s peeing down !!

11:05am and its all change again !

At least the doggies are enjoying it !!

What a brilliant idea?
Tuesday, 4th December 2018

How come they don’t do this any more…..and cheap too; 4/6 (four shillings and six pence in old money….about 22 pence today)!

Rob Little
Must get one of these for the van then my Customers will have even more confidence…..
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RIP George H W Bush – the last bi-partisan President…..!
Saturday, 1st December 2018

Former US President George HW Bush has died at the age of 94.

Recognised as the last truly bi-partisan President he was around at the end of the Cold War and quickly struck up coalitions when he had to deal with the unexpected attack by Iran on Kuwait.

Despite a contentious public relationship, President Donald Trump issued a statement praising the life and legacy of the former president’s passing Friday night: “Through his essential authenticity, disarming wit, and unwavering commitment to faith, family, and country, President Bush inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service—to be, in his words, ‘a thousand points of light’ illuminating the greatness, hope, and opportunity of America to the world.”

President Bush is known to have had a close personal friendship with President Clinton who tweeted: “Hillary and I mourn the passing of President George H. W. Bush, and give thanks for his great long life of service, love and friendship. I am grateful for every minute I spent with him and will always hold our friendship as one of my life’s greatest gifts”.

Barrack Obama tweeted: “America has lost a patriot and humble servant in George Herbert Walker Bush. While our hearts are heavy today, they are also filled with gratitude. Our thoughts are with the entire Bush family tonight – and all who were inspired by George and Barbara’s example”.

Our thoughts and deepest condolences to the Bush Family.

Rob Little
British Tour Guide
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Just bought £140 with of postage stamps…..
Friday, 30th November 2018

…..MAD !!

Rob Little
Tour Guide
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