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  • "...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
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    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”!

I’m dumbfounded – the New Blue British Passport to be manufactured in France…..!
Thursday, 22nd March 2018

BREXIT Leave campaigners incensed at ‘irony’ of De La Rue losing out to Paris-based Gemalto. The De la Rue factory at Gateshead who make the current EU Passport hast lost out to the French company.

Nothing wrong with trading with other countries but our Passport is iconic and makes a mockery of BREXIT. It also effects the jobs of British workers.

Its won’t end this way !

Rob Little
Tour Guide
Lets Tour England

Just 3 days after the back yard had a food of snow……
Wednesday, 21st March 2018

All gone !

This is what the English weather is like !

Rob Little
Cotswold Tour Guide
Lets Tour England !

Today’s posting on Facebook – my first this year !

Rob Little
Tour Guide
Let’s Tour England !


Another thing you can’t make up – the Church of England is introducing new ways to pay our “alms” and donations so is introducing Google Pay, Apple Pay, contactless payments etc….you’ll soon see the guy walking around with the collection bowl with a wireless card terminal !

More information gathering !

Rob Little
Tour Guide
Let’s Tour England !

The British Company that claim’s to have won the American Presidential Election…..Cambridge Analytica are so arrogant [or so bloody naive] that they have been sewn up, good and proper by Channel 4 News who used Cambridge Analytica’s own dirty tricks of entrap THEM !!
Tuesday, 20th March 2018

A Whistleblower, who worked for data firm Cambridge Analytica, reveals how personal information was taken without authorisation in early 2014 to build a system that could profile individual US voters in order to target them with personalised political advertisements. At the time the company was owned by the hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer, and headed at the time by Donald Trump’s key adviser, Steve Bannon.

Cambridge Analytica worked on election campaigns in Argentina, the Czech Republic, Kenya, India, Nigeria as well as more controversially the US 2014 Midterm elections, the British BREXIT Referendum and the 2016 US Presidential Election, preying on people’s worst fears with fake advertising, and using dirty tricks, entrapment, self destruct non traceable emails – well its all in the video above.

Cambridge Analytica worked on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and, in a flagrant breach of US election laws, is accused of allowing non-US citizens to illegally work in roles that allowed significant control over American campaigns. Former and current employees allegedly claim that Britons and Canadians held strategic positions that basically dealt directly with US voters across the country. What is more, the company was advised in July 2014 that this would violate US election law.

We cannot be certain how these elections might have turned out without their interference, targeting “persuadable” voters whose personal data had been illegally “harvested” without their permission through the theft of millions of Facebook profiles. It is claimed that Facebook were aware of the breach and could have deleted the profiles preventing the theft of data, but did not. As a consequence of the scandal, $50bn has been wiped off Facebook stocks in the past few days and Mark Zuckerberg’s presence is being demanded by both the US and British parliaments to account for the incompetence (or otherwise) of his organisation !

As an ignorant Tour Guide I am not qualified to comment much about this except to say it appears to be an enormous and outrageous scandal. Surely those of us who wish to continue to live in democracies need to be convinced that safeguards are in place to ensure the legitimacy of elections and of public privacy.

Meanwhile…..imagine being the Marketing Director of Cambridge Analytica today with a product that has sunk to the brand profile of a nerve gas agent!

Once again…..you couldn’t make it up, could you ?????

Rob Little
Just a aging British Tour Guide…..who was persuaded to vote for BREXIT…..
Lets Tour England !

See why we want to leave the EU…..?

Our “Führer“, the claret swilling President of the EU, Jean Claude Junker, saw fit to congratulate Russia’s President Putin, on his re-“election“.

Not something I’m personally surprised about.

Rob Little
Tour Guide
Let’s Tour England !

Lets hope this lot has gone before the Spring equinox tomorrow…..
Monday, 19th March 2018

Yes it does look pretty

Two weeks ago we had “The Beast from the East”. This weekend we hath “The mini Beast from the East” ! Our poor little daffodils have had a hammering…..twice in two weeks!

People ask me constantly “Do you get snow in the Cotswolds” and my answer is “extremely rarely“. But after so much as not a flake in the past four or five years, we have had four or five lots this winter.

To have it in March is even rarer although I remember one year, going out for a run in the warm sunshine in early May, and then putting a tent up in the back yard that we were going to take on a camping vacation to Europe – we wanted to test how it went up! We then went shopping in Bristol and by the time we got home we’d had about a foot of snow!

So it isn’t just the East Coast of America that gets dumped on but it is honestly very unusual here.

Enjoy your Monday !

Rob Little
British Tour Guide…..
Lets Tour England !

Snow in the back yard

Lets hope this is the end of it !

Update on Mother…..what a dear old lady she is…………… 👵

For those of you who are not interested in my travels but are more interested in my mum’s well-being and the political discussion at the Friday Lunch Club, I can tell you that she is much improved (and looking quite cheerful – see above) although they do not want to let her go home until they ween her off the oxygen.

Meanwhile, bored, Mother has taken it upon herself to scutinise on a macro level, efficiencies in the British National Health Service which, as a Daily Mail reader, she has a distinct tendency to criticise, constantly, although she can have absolutely no complaints about the fantastic treatment she is having here in Cheltenham.

However she has identified one patient as “a Bed Blocker” who should be somewhere else (quite where I am not sure) and another women with dementia kept mother awake, addressing a non existent audience all night! Mother said “this should not be allowed to happen” and that she felt “positively murderous” after hours of sleep deprivation….fortunately there was no report of a fracas there that night necessitating mother’s location of confinement to move from the Hospital to the Police Station!!

We are hopeful she will be home with us soon but perhaps not before she has had the opportunity to compare what the private sector has to offer in terms of care…..she may elect to move to the Winfield or the Nuffield where she will have to shell out a grand a night or more for improved comfort!

Rob Little
Grateful to the NHS for what they do…..
Lets Tour England !

“Happy Christmas” one and all…..Spring Snow in the Cotswolds !
Sunday, 18th March 2018

You wouldn’t think I was getting ready for my first tour in a couple of weeks!

This is our fourth lump of snow this winter…..this time last year the Rape Seed (Canola) was in flower!

Rob Little
Tour Guide
Let’s Tour England !

The van has its own little ski slope !

Cosy inside !

Cool PM “Fist Bumps” a member of the public in Salisbury, yesterday !
Saturday, 17th March 2018


Prime Minister, Theresa May, cast off her stuffy image on a visit to Salisbury today by fist bumping a member of the public who had flocked to see her.

The Prime Minister was famously dubbed the Maybot during the General Election campaign because of her robotic style.

But she adopted an altogether more relaxed approach while visiting the scene of the Russian spy poison plot.

Members of the crowd greeted her with bunches of flowers, while she strolled up to one young tattooed member of the crowd and fist bumped them before posing for a selfie.

It came as she visited the Cathedral city where Russian former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with the deadly nerve agent Novichok.

Tory MP Nadine Dorries remarked upon the fist bump on Twitter, writing: ‘Stay tuned, next up, The Macarena.’

And Vote leave activist Darren Grimes wrote: ‘Corbyn the absolute boi? Nah, mate. Theresa May fist bumps members of the public now.’

The prime Minister was accompanied by police officers and the local MP John Glen as she visited Salisbury for the first time since the atrocity.

She received flowers from well-wishers as she condemned the ‘despicable’ act.

The Prime Minister met members of the emergency services and military at Salisbury’s Guildhall, including PC Way and PC Collins from Wiltshire Police.

The two officers were first to respond to the emergency call. PC Collins told the Prime Minister they had believed the incident was ‘a routine call’.

Mrs May remarked: ‘You had no idea what you were dealing with. Thank you – what you did was what police do day in and day out.

‘A routine call and you don’t know what’s there. You did a great job.’

Mrs May has spearheaded a tough response against the Kremlin in retaliation for the attack.

She has announced that 23 Russian diplomats will expelled in the biggest one of its kind since 1971.

And she also announced plans to crack down on corrupt Russian money being stashed in London and to impose new sanctions against Moscow.

Rob Little
Yes a few of my friends do read the Daily Mail…..goodness knows why…..
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