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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”!

An unplanned diversion on the way home…..
Thursday, 6th February 2020

So I was meeting with “Mother”…..oh yes she’s still going strong…..and my wife decided to stay with her for more nattering!

So I decided to take a diversionary way home via Bibury, Ablington and the valley of the River Coln on its way to join the River Thames!

I even managed to take a road I had never been on before !

Rob Little
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What is it with the sexual proclivity of the Scottish National Party and their determination to express their impulses inappropriately…..?

This morning as yet another high profile SNP politician is exposed for inappropriate behaviour, begs the question what is it about Scottish politics that attracts these weirdos?

Derek Mackay (age 42), Scottish Finance Minister was, until last night, preparing to deliver his Budget today in the Scottish Parliament but the 270 texts he wrote to a “cute” 16 year old boy has buggered up Mackay’s Thursday. MacKay came out as gay in 2013.

Meanwhile, the past leader of the SNP and Scottish First Minister, Alex Salmond, awaits the commencement of his trial on 9th March 2020. He has been charged with 14 offences, including two counts of attempted rape, nine of sexual assault, two of indecent assault, and one of breach of the peace.

The SNP exemplifies the demographic diversity that is LGBTQ Britain: ranging from the high profile Edinburgh QC Joanna Cherry to the 25 year old Mhairi Black who has already won three elections to the Westminster Parliament. Their parliamentary party is now 12.5 per cent LGBT, which means that the SNP have the highest proportion of LGBT MPs anywhere in the world.

Interestingly it is not only the SNP that have progressive policies towards LGBT – both the ex Labour Party Leader, Kezia Dugdale and the exleader of the Conservatives, Ruth Davidson are lesbian.

Rob Little
I’m wondering…..could there be something in the water up there that makes the men want to wear dresses and the women want to wear trousers…..just wondering…..
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Hard to believe that actor, David Jason is 80 years old…..?
Tuesday, 4th February 2020

…..also hard to believe he started his adult life as an Electician!

If you ask someone what the funniest moment on British TV was most (who are old enough) will say this !

Rob Little
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Welcome to our “Green and Pleasant Land” !
Saturday, 1st February 2020

Welcome to our “Green and Pleasant Land” – the United Kingdom of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland !

We’re up early this morning, hitting the ground running, open for business…..  The sky hasn’t fallen in – and for the foreseeable future the UK offers fantastic value when it comes down to exchange rates.

PHOTOS INCLUDE:

  • Malmesbury, Wiltshire
  • The Cotswolds
  • Carreg Cennan Castle, Wales
  • Big Ben, Tower Bridge, St Pauls Cathedral & Blackfriars Bridge (London)
  • Penny Lane (Liverpool),
  • My Van !
  • Caernarfon Castle, Wales
  • Cattle on Jaw Bones Hill, Dartmouth
  • Stonehenge
  • Skye (Scotland)
  • Swaledale, Yorkshire
  • The Antrim Coast (Northern Ireland)
  • Balintoy (Northern Ireland)
  • Castle Combe (Wiltshire)
  • Dartmouth (Devonshire)
  • Ludlow Castle (Shropshire)
  • Eilean Dornan Castle (Scotland)
  • Gold Hill, Shaftesbury, Dorset
  • Burton Bradstock, Dorset.

Hope you like the photos……they are all mine…..!

The choir is The Morriston Orpheus Male Voice Choir (from Swansea, Wales) singing “Oh What A Beautiful Morning” !

Rob Little
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Good luck to Daniel Hayes – riding across The Nullarbor on a Honda Monkey Bike – for Charity ! So far today he has had 41C / 109F in Melbourne driving into torrential rain approaching Adelaide…..
Friday, 31st January 2020

Close to the South Australia Border today

Good luck to Daniel Hayes – riding across The Nullarbor on a Honda Monkey Bike – for the MOVEMBER Charity! So far today he has had 41C / 109F in Melbourne driving into torrential rain approaching Adelaide…..

Being a motorcycling enthusiast, I have been “following” Daniel on Facebook and YouTube for several years. He specialises in “riding Harley Davidsons where they should NOT be ridden” – eg from Delhi to Base Camp, through the Bush sand in Australia, from Seattle to Dead Horse in Alaska.

Daniel is raising money for this bottom aching run for the men’s mental health charity – Movember. He has bought a new Monkey Bike and has his friends at Geelong Harley Davidson’s to “modify” it ! This is a little 125cc bike and his intention is to ride the bike 3400km / 2100 miles EACH WAY from the Harley Davidson dealership in Geelong, Melbourne across the desert to Perth….and back again!!

You can catch him by subscribing on YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQP8xYYN_pPF5Jfd4vB534A/videos – and Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/milliondollarbogan/

Daniel co-owns a group of Real Estate Agents in the Melbourne area. He has a history of mental health issues himself and has lost members of his own family and friends, and wants to raise money for the cause.

He is absolutely hilarious – swears like a trooper but is a great guy.

I started watching him when he was evaluating drones !!

I expect him to post reports on YouTube and Facebook daily over the next 10 days or so by which time he expects to have completed the trip both ways.

Rob Little
He’s gonna have a sore arse…..
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The bike – complete with trainer wheels, modified exhaust, nitrous oxide, etc – MAD !

Addendum…..

Woke up and all seems surreal – like it is just a normal day. News focusing on Huawei and 5G, the Corona virus, weather in Australia, whether or not to build a high speed train etc – maybe that’s how it should be?

To my friends in Europe – and you know who you are…..sorry this has been such an awful, horrible period. Thank you for your tolerance and hope you still love us like we will always love you!

Rob Little
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“We are the people of England and we have…..NOW spoken” !

Today in some ways is sad but in in January 1973 we perhaps naively joined a European trading group that was moving inexorably towards a super-state and this dream of Jean Monnet’s* was not for us.  President de Gaulle may have been right when he said “Non“…..he may have had the forsight to know that the model would not work for us in the UK.

As for me, I have great optimisim of what lies ahead for our country. But regret, too, that we could not alter the course of the EU or at least opt out of its “super-state” ambitions. But the EU probably felt they had ceded enough “opt outs” to a whinging UK!

Power without Democracy, however – unelected, unaccountable EU leaders taking crucial decisions “on our behalf” or on what they think is in the interest of the greater EU. But these unelected people cannot be voted out of office. Not sure if anyone in Western Europe would see that as a really great idea?

The unedifying process of reaching BREXIT over these past 3½ years has ripped families apart here in the UK even though the referendum was actually something that few of us actually asked for. But now it is a reality I am not celebrating in a boastful way but I am quietly content that democracy has thankfully been allowed to take place in the end…..against the wishes of much of the establishment, and those who refused to accept they had lost the referendum vote. I simply never thought when I woke up on 24th June 2016 at my B&B beside a Scottish Loch and heard the extraordinary news, that we would ever actually leave.

Now we have to find our own way and we will! We still love our European friends and wish the remaining members of the EU good luck. At least they won’t have the constant complaints, demands and whining of the British any more and that may be a good thing.

There is a poem written by G K Chesterton called “The Secret People” – some think Chesterton was predicting BREXIT when he wrote this poem in the early 1900s. The Poem acknowleges the revolutions in France and Russia and has the line:

We are the people of England and we have not spoken yet“…..well we have spoken now !!

Rob Little
To all those members of the Cameron government who indulged in “Project Fear” (predicting the sky would fall in if we left the EU), to all those who had the arrogance to (wish to) deny the vote to anyone “old” but lacked the energy to turn out and vote themselves…..and to those who subsequently twisted the truth and manipulated Parliament in their fight to usurp the democratic vote of The People….. Its time to GET OVER IT…..
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Graffiti by “Banksy” !

*Jean Monnet’s dream – “Europe’s nations should be guided towards the superstate without their people understanding what is happening. This can be accomplished by successive steps, each disguised as having an economic purpose, but which will eventually and irreversibly lead to federation.”

A light hearted look at Brexit…..set to the theme tune of “The Great Escape”…..!

Rob Little
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We Brits are a placid people until we are poked with a stick…..
Thursday, 30th January 2020

The UK is not particularly “Nationalistic” – no arms across chests when singing “God Save The Queen”. In fact I was reflecting upon how peaceful and respectful our National Anthem is compared with two of our closest allies – Americans and France – both of whom have blood curdling lyrics in their Anthems. How you can sing either of those anthems before a football match without inciting violence I do not know?

We have an unofficial anthem – “Jerusalem” which do not call for us to take up arms in quite such an enthusiastic way as the other two anthems…..rather for us to be on our guard 😳

Here are the beautiful lyrics which contemplate the legend that Jesus Christ visited these lands as a young man:

And did those feet in ancient time,
Walk upon England’s mountains green?
And was the holy lamb of god
On England’s pleasant pastures seen?

And did the countenance divine,
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here
Among these dark satanic mills?

Bring me my bow of burning gold!
Bring me my arrows of desire!
Bring me my spear, oh clouds unfold!
Bring me my chariot of fire!

I will not cease from mental fight,
Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand
Til we have built Jerusalem
In England’s green and pleasant land

Music by Hubert Parry
Words from a poem by William Blake

Rob Little
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Britain bids “adieu” our EU friends in predicable Farage style…..
Wednesday, 29th January 2020

This was the first time I had actually sad down and watched a debate (if you can call it that) in the European Parliament.

Seemingly based on the size of the Party or maybe Country, each speaker was an allotted minute and a half or a few minutes, to speak and if they went over their allotted time, the Speaker just “switched them off” – hardly a great example of free speech?

So when Nigel Farage was allotted his “four minutes” he could have chosen the magnanimous approach but I don’t blame him for firing both barrels and lecturing them for a final time.

Rob Little
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