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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”!

I’m desperately trying to move on from my usual rants…..how about cookery ??
Tuesday, 21st March 2017

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I’m desperately trying to move on from my usual rants…..how about cookery ??

I thought I’d take a few photos yesterday – yesterday the present Mrs Little suggested she make one of her famous Quiches – but when we mentioned that to our 31 year old daughter she said:

“I don’t remember mum making quiches” ?

Ok so she must have made them sometime between 1974 and 1986 but she doesn’t seem to have lost the touch !

Rob Little
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Time has moved on…..Martin McGuinness died this morning at the young age of 66 in his home town of Derry.


Whoever would have thought back in the early 1970s, when the IRA was running rife, killing protestants and British Soldiers in Northern Ireland, that today we would be commemorating the death of someone who was then the arch enemy and the most important leader of this terrorist group in Ireland. But the man turned his back on violence and became the Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, representing Sinn Féin and working in true friendship with his sworn enemy, The Reverend Ian Paisley who to say was vociferous in his condemnation of the “men of violence” in the IRA would be an understatement. But the two became so close, people called them “The Chuckle Brothers” and he went on to meet The Queen on several occasions.

So Martin McGuinness died this morning at the young age of 66 in his home town of Derry. He had stepped down from politics in January for health reasons bringing about the recent election in Northern Ireland.

The “troubles” in Northern Ireland were certainly, partly, of Britain’s own making, when, at the partition of Ireland in the 1920s, the the UK created a designer province with a Protestant majority. The Catholics were treated very badly, socially and politically gerrymandered, and it was only a matter of time before they rebelled. There was horrific violence between Catholic and Protestant activists in the North of Ireland and many members of the British armed forces were killed. In 1972, at the age of 21, McGuinness was second-in-command of the IRA in Derry at the time of Bloody Sunday, when 14 civil rights protesters were killed in the city by British soldiers.

The terrorism also came to the British mainland in the 1970s and early 80s. Colin Parry, whose 12-year-old son Tim was killed by an IRA bomb in Warrington in 1993, and met McGuinness a number of times subsequently, said although he did not forgive the IRA or McGuinness, he found him a man who was “sincere in his desire for peace“.

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams and past IRA Commander said: “Throughout his life Martin showed great determination, dignity and humility and it was no different during his short illness. He was a passionate republican who worked tirelessly for peace and reconciliation and for the re-unification of his country. But above all he loved his family and the people of Derry and he was immensely proud of both.”

As a mark of respect for the man and his family, and for the wonderful people of Northern Ireland, I say “RIP Martin McGuinness”.

Rob Little
British Tour Guide
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Gerry Adams with Martin McGuiness

Gerry Adams with Martin McGuiness

McGuiness and Paisley - "The Chuckle Brothers" !

McGuiness and Paisley – “The Chuckle Brothers” !

Martin McGuiness meeting The Queen for the first time.

Martin McGuiness meeting The Queen for the first time.

His Magnificent Tremendousness…….!
Monday, 20th March 2017


I just heard that an ex DJ, Marcello Menegatto, 31, has been elected monarch of the “kingdom” of Seborga by a majority of the territory’s 360 inhabitants.

His formal title will be “His Magnificent Tremendousness” !

Seborga is a tiny village on the Italian Riviera and his predecessor, Giorgio I claimed that Seborga should be recognised as an independent state because it had never been formally included in the unification of Italy in the 19th century.

“Serborghini”, as inhabitants are called, maintain that their village was a principality of the Holy Roman Empire from the 11th century until 1729, when it was acquired by the Prince of Piedmont.

They insist that when Italy was united under the Savoy dynasty in 1861, Seborga was not formally listed as being part of the newly formed state.

The village has its own currency, stamps and a flag – a white cross on a blue background.

As for the title “His Magnificent Tremendousness” I can think of another “world leader” who may think it appropriate to “borrow” the title !

Rob Little
Thinks “His Magnificent Tremendousness” fits the current US President Trump very well…..
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RIP Chuck Berry…..
Saturday, 18th March 2017

RIP Chuck Berry…..

Died today at his home in Wentzville, Missouri age 90…..

Rob Little
Go Johnny GO…..
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We have bigger fish to fry, Nicola!

Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon is demanding that another “once in a generation” Independence Referendum is held only four years after the last one ripped families apart. Sturgeon is driven by a blind ambition to be seen standing together with all the other European leaders.

Our Leader, Theresa may has rebuked the whining Scots telling them, they had their say 3 years ago and now we, the majority of the UK, have other far more important fish to fry with BREXIT and we don’t need to get involved in a Domestic spat with screechy Nicola.

Rob Little
Wishes they’d have left in 2014
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What a rude man…..
Friday, 17th March 2017


Mr Trump – your guest today, Mrs Merkel has been running one of the worlds greatest and most prosperous countries for 12 years.

She is an expert so show some respect man.

Oh and yes she has a doctorate in physical chemistry so its ok to be intimidated.

And it’s not funny to goad a woman brought up in East Germany under the brutal Stasi secret police by cracking a lame joke about being under surveillance.

Lifelong Republican and author PJ O’Rourke is a lifelong Republican, said on Channel 4 News last night it was like a drunken uncle at Christmas lunch !

Rob Little
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The President ignores clearly audible requests from the Press and Ms Merkel (unusually in English) when its suggested they shake hands during White House meeting.....extraordinary?

The President ignores clearly audible requests from the Press and Ms Merkel (unusually in English) when its suggested they shake hands during White House meeting…..extraordinary?

Can you blame the President for wanting a bit of warmth…..

Can you blame the President for wanting a bit of warmth – four weekends out of the last five, back in Florida, at a modest cost of $4m a time to the public purse, but you have to balance that with the Dow Jones at an all time high; so I’m sure the tax payers don’t begrudge him a break in the sun.

Rob Little
Felt some warmth earlier in the week but your the remnants of the East Coast Winter Storm migrates to the UK this weekend…..
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Happy St Patrick’s Day !


Happy St Patrick’s Day to all my Irish friends in Ireland and to my Irish friends who wish there were in Ireland !

Rob Little
Everyone has an Irish Grandmother – including me…..
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PS – Lets Tour England is a misnomer – I take people to Scotland, Ireland, Wales as well as Western Europe and have a 10 day tour of Ireland this fall with Customers !

It does rain here…..thats why The Cotswolds is so green……!


If you’ve ever wondered why Cotswolds is so green…..well it does rain occasionally !

But I had a drive round a few days ago…..and Lower Slaughter looks gorgeous even in the rain !

Rob Little
Cotswold Tour Guide
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This paranoia is just getting silly…..

The proposal that the Obama White House asked Britain’s GCHQ to eavesdrop on Donald Trump so that “no American fingerprints would appear” is naught but a total farrago of rubbish, claptrap, nonsense, BS, garbage, **it – whatever you call it?

The British Government said the idea was “ridiculous” and the White House said it would never mention the matter again! Bizarre.

There is a saying that “the lunatics have taken over the asylum“…..

Rob Little
No doubt known by GCHQ…..
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