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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”!

Thursday – the penultimate day 😢
Wednesday, 19th June 2019

On our last full day together I tried to make up for lost time as my friends were both feeling better from their nasty colds. I am feeling fragile, praying it’s not my turn to get one!

So from our base in Ludlowi took them out to see Stokesay Castle, Langley Puritan Chapel way up in the hills and the stunning surrounding Shropshire countryside.

They were disappointed not to have seen Wales (or is it “Whales” as the most famous tweeter in the world spelt it) so we took an excursion into Wales via Ponterwyd and Devils Bridge to the gorgeous Elan Valley.

Tomorrow it’s an early start for Oxford finishing at Heathrow and goodbyes 😢

Rob Little
Tour Guide
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Stokesay Castle near Ludlow

The Royal Oak pub in Cardington – in the hills near Church Stretton

Langley Puritan Chapel near Church Stretton

Driving across Wales

Near the Elan Valley or more precisely Ysbyty Ystwyth, Wales !

The Elan Valley

The Elan Valley

The Elan Valley

My friends, Susan and Jim with Ludlow Castle as a backdrop.

Ambling about……

It’s a shame but the couple who I am with at the moment have been very unwell with a shocking cold and they simply didn’t want to leave the hotel for three days.

For the last couple of days we have had a little ride out in between visits to the Doctor’s Office and the Pharmacy and yesterday we were obliged to move on the Ludlow although they are both feeling a bit better. So I am hoping for a better day today, here in, Shropshire and I’m praying I won’t go down with the same “lurgy”!

On route to Ludlow we dropped into the Morgan Car company – my customer supplies aftermarket parts to Morgan owners in the USA!

Rob Little
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Cotswold wheat field

OUR Flag !

Cotswold weeds

Gloucester and west to the Welsh hills from Birdlip

The Morgan Car company


Is our starey scary Foreign Secretary acting out his oft mispronounced name…..?
Monday, 17th June 2019

Is our Foreign Secretary acting out his oft mispronounced name…..?

Whatever he may have stuck his foot in his mouth when he backed Donald Trump’s assessment of London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, as a “national disgrace”.

After a weekend of family tragedy in London the American President chose not go show sympathy with the bereaved families but to carry on his infantile spat with the London Mayor.

Prime Minister hopeful, Jeremy Hunt said he fully “150% backed the sentiment” behind the President’s swipe at the mayor, which included the word ‘Londonistan’ – a reference to the Mayor’s Muslim heritage.

Mr Trump – do something about the 30,000 people a year mown down by guns in your own cities before bothering yourself about ours!

Mr Hunt – shame on you. Your chances of being Prime Minister are well and truly buggered.

Rob Little
Annoyed but not surprised…..
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Just watched the HBO series “Chernobyl “…..

Three things come to the fore for me – the fact that the world is populated with nuclear power stations that, without proper management and control, could turn into a nuclear bomb! Second, if you build one of these, you don’t build them on the cheap. Third, the type of regime they had in Russia at the time, impeded the investigation to find the truth and to remedy the damage because of the bureaucratic adherence to (in this case) communist party doctrines.

The bravery of the scientists and “Boris”, the Party official who all committed to face up to the horrendous task of making the Power Station safe and evacuating the surrounding area, was only exceeded by the bravery of those who volunteered actually enter the crippled plant to make it safe, knowing the health effects it would be bound to have on them. They recognised it had to be done or face the likelihood of a nuclear catastrophe that would effect the whole continent.

The estimated number of deaths attributed to the explosion range between 4000 and 90,000 but the official Russian figure is 31.

Apparently this series was not appreciated in Russia who are now saying they are going to make their own version of events, but I could see nothing particularly politically biased about this production.

I recommend you watch the production of you are able to.

Rob Little
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Like every good Cub Scout I’ve done my “Good Deed” for the day…..!
Sunday, 16th June 2019

I’d just finished my Fathers Day and my Sunday Roast lunch and I got a “Help Me” phone call from an American couple in transit from London to The Cotswolds. I could not grant their request to take them around for an afternoon not least because I am already in the middle of a tour but also because it’s Fathers and I was with my family.

They wanted a nice lunch, to see some Cotswold villages and quaint countryside.

I told them where to get off the highway, reserved a table for two for lunch, then sent them a mini tour of the Cotswolds by google maps.

As a result they said:

Thank you so much!!!!! You are a saint!! We have done far more than we would have ever expected – thank you so much Rob! You have a wonderful fathers day and I’ll send you a review so you can post it on your website!” ❤️

It’s not all about making money – my job is about making people happy and I seem to have done that today. I just wish I could have worked a miracle for my current Customers who have been struck down with terrible colds to the extent they needed a day off.

Rob Little
Dream maker…..
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The rains of June 2019…..

We cannot claim, here in The Cotswolds, that we have had the worst of the rain – there has been massive flooding in other places across the country.

Its ironic to look back and see that exactly a year ago I was with my Californian ladies – the temperature was in the high 80s and it didn’t rain for 2 months !

We’re paying for it now !!

Rob Little
Got soaked making this video…..
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Trump! “First take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye…..”

How dare you call the Mayor of London a “national disgrace” because of the upsurge in gang related violence in our capitol, when kids in your country are having their schools machine gunned.

Rob Little
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Hardy golfers in the rain along with the green mowers…..

Minchinhampton common

Rob Little
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“RAIN RAIN GO AWAY”……..this run of rain is the worst I have ever known…..😟

Having been desperately short of rain since January, someone has decided to dump as much as possible on us this month with the wettest June in years so far.

My customers have had at least some rain every day for the past 10 days although they have been spared the sight of my white legs wearing, often, black socks as I stick to longs to keep warm.

It really cannot go on for ever but this June is the antithesis of the day after day of high 80s and sun we were enjoying last year and, the remainder of this week, and for my current tour, the weather does not look good.

Oh well…..😳

Rob Little
Don’t forget you come here because its so green !
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But a touch of precipitation doesn’t alter the fact that we live in a gorgeous part of the country…..?

…..striking colours still prevail, the sheep, the trees, the grass?

Americans simply LOVE the British Health Service !!
Saturday, 15th June 2019

Sadly this year I have already had two Customers from the USA who have had to sample the dreaded British, socialised and hopeless Health Service – OMG how scary is that?. Well thats what you’re told isn’t it?

The first – a poor chap who was on a gardens tour with me a month ago, who was having breathing problems in the night at the hotel. His wife was astonished as to how quick the paramedics were in getting to him and how thorough they were before even leaving the hotel, in the back of the ambulance, were they were checking everything including an ECG etc. He was admitted to the hospital where he spent three nights with pneumonia.

The second…..my current Customers…..say they have the worst colds they have ever had and attribute it to the flight over! The man was so bad I took him to a “walk in” at the local hospital where he was diagnosed with an ear infection but no infection in his chest – yet! They will both visit the doctors again on Monday. The cost of the doctor’s visit and the antibiotics for his ears…..? ZILCH !!!

So damn unfriendly this socialised medicine isn’t it?

Rob Little
But this doesn’t mean you arrive here without insurance…..you may not get a triple heart bypass FOC on the British Health Service…..
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