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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
  • "You did a fabulous and caring job, making sure our trip was perfect."
    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”!

So the “Precious Couple” have moved to Hollywood…..what a surprise?
Saturday, 28th March 2020

The Precious Couple are hob nobbing it in Beverley Hills…..

She has everything she wanted…..

He has given up so much…..

Rob Little
Tour Guide…..
Let’s Tour England !

Just watching the 1975 BBC series: “Survivors”…..

Deja Vu !!

Indulging ourselves in depression!

😉

Rob Little
Tour Guide…..
Let’s Tour England !

Not a very helpful interview with Jonathan Powell…..
Friday, 27th March 2020

Not a very helpful interview tonight with Tony Blair’s Chief if Staff, Jonathan Powell talking from his home tonight….?

Jonathan – if you want us to listen to you next tine you might want to remove that rather distracting Kama Sutra style sketch?

Rob Little
Tour Guide…..
Let’s Tour England !

Boris gets the virus !

We look forward to his early recovery.

Rob Little
Tour Guide…..
Let’s Tour England !

A first for me…..a narrated walk not far from my house !

I have shown photos and videos from this little lane scores of times on my blog but have been reluctant to speak because, like most people, (well males anyway 😂) I don’t like the sound of my own voice…..its a bit croaky !!

Anyway I have decided to bring my voice out of the closet so expect a few more of these as times go on!

Rob Little
Tour Guide…..
Let’s Tour England !

Clapping for our carers at 8pm in my road in Tetbury tonight…..!
Thursday, 26th March 2020

“Clap for our Carers” is an initiative for the whole country to show appreciation by applauding our NHS and other essential workers who are looking after us at this difficult time!

Inadequately protected against harm they are all amazing!!

Rob Little
Tour Guide…..
Let’s Tour England !

Here’s a somewhat nicer story about travel, enjoyment, people being kind and friendly……

All of my Customers are special but some are VERY special and we have become friends.

Many are medical but for some reason a few days ago, I was thinking of three special ladies who are in a specialised medical field who have been with me several times and I was thinking of their possible harmful exposure to danger in the current crisis so here is a precis of what I wrote to them:

Ladies !!

Good afternoon to the three of you !

We seem to have buggered things up somewhat don’t we?

Whenever I think of you three I always get a smile on my face and felt I needed one of those today, the first of our “lock down” days here in the UK.

The government tried social isolation a week or so ago, like you are doing over there, but given a lovely sunny weekend and the TV cameras watching thousands of people walking up Mount Snowdon in North Wales and more than thousands frolicking in London’s parks, compulsion was the only option. We have to stay home except to go to the supermarket or pharmacy. We are allowed one limited outside exercise a day ALONE. Only people in essential occupations are allowed to go to work. And I can see this going on for months.

Will you guys end up having to go back to hands on practical doctoring in a hospital or was that all too long ago? I worry about you and all my other friends (and Customers) who are having to expose themselves to harm to save others. They / You have my utter respect.

I am self isolating – I am not classed as particularly vulnerable albeit I’m in my late 60s, asthmatic and a big chap. But Bev and I are hunkering down for the duration.

I must tell you a doctoring story regarding the (just) four year old granddaughter, Daisy – what a little darling she is. So she and her brother were with us last Wednesday – the last day we will touch them for months – and she was playing at doctors using her kit!! She was looking in my ears and using the stethoscope and in the end she turned away and said: “There is nothing I can do for you”. I said what’s wrong with me and she said “Its no good I can’t cure you” adding “You will have to go to Gloucester” (our main hospital!!!). She said she could only help people who were sore or needed plaster casts etc!!! Fortunately I have it all on video for posterity !

My mother meantime is in a care home and of course we are not allowed to see her – fortunately she has a phone but we end up hoarse from the shouting when she refuses to put in her hearing aids!!

I am thinking that next year, if people have the means and desire, I will have one more summer of work especially with my favourites…..otherwise I will morph into retirement 😢

Girls…..please be careful and I hope to see you all again when this madness is resolved.

ROb xx

ONE OF THE REPLIES

Dear Rob,

I haven’t cried through all of this craziness until I read your email and saw the pictures of the children, Bev, and you. I can’t quite understand what has me so muddled by these images or your words. Maybe I’m just ready for a cry and your faces unleashed it, or maybe the pure simplicity and loveliness of seeing all of you looking so happy and relaxed and full of life, stirs a worry that things will never be the same. Maybe it’s seeing my husband so worried about work, or lack of it, because the local hospital has stopped non-essential surgeries in order to preserve hospital beds for potential coronavirus patients: he’s in full doom and gloom mode. Maybe it’s thinking about your mother and all the other care home residents, wondering, if their minds still work well enough, if they’ll be the next to get the dreaded disease; missing their families. It’s probably the thought of a fourth night of homemade macaroni and cheese with homemade chili, both of which are good, but… Fortunately we are “flush” with toilet paper.

Seeing you all and remembering our beautiful lunch there in your backyard with our delicious treats from the outdoor market, remembering the frenchman at the bakery in the market, telling me that the croissants and cookies could not live in the same bag, when I asked him to throw them in together, the look on his face absolutely incredulous that I would even suggest such a thing.

I don’t know what it is that has brought these tears. I do know that I’m grateful for them and all the memories and events and people, you all especially, that have brought me such warm experiences. You see, even though we haven’t known each other, all of us, for a very long time, the time we have known each other has been so good and it came into my life at a very important time, for whatever reason. You are all a big part of me and my happiness. And even though we don’t communicate regularly, you all are always there. What a comfort.

THANK YOU ROB LITTLE AND FAMILY!!! Thanks (I think?) for making me cry 25 minutes before I have to do a phone appointment with a patient. Stay well, dear ones, and mind the social distancing. XO A****

EXCUSE ME FOR SHARING THAT WITH YOU…..But I thought it might being a warm and fuzzy feeling to some of us! For me, it gives me great satisfaction that I am in the “Happiness Business” !!

Rob Little
Tour Guide…..
Let’s Tour England !

Back in the USSA…..

There was some talk of socialist Venezuela by The President a few days ago and today America is living it!

The jibes about socialised this and that in the UK have, this morning, come to pass in the United States with trillions of dollars being plucked out of thin air and awarded to the populous whether they need it or not, as well as bailing out private industry and the private health system – in effect, a form of Nationalisation.

And earlier this week the American Central Bank they had “Unlimited Money” with absolutely no cap on “Quantitative Easing”. In other words as much money as is needed will be printed by the government.

This of course is only a temporary fix and while it may well help in the short term but there is No such thing as a “Free Lunch” !

Any suggestion of gloating in these words is honestly unintended. Rather I am addressing the irony of the proposition from many across the pond, that “Socialism” is the “big evil” when plainly – at the moment at least – it is not! I’m certain Congress has arrived at the only decision possible. Lets hope we have all learned from this.

Incidentally I am most certainly not a socialist but strongly defend most of the socialised infrastructure in the UK and most other First World countries – by far the most impressive being our utterly amazing National Health Service! I will be standing on my doorstep at 8pm this evening to applaud our NHS!

Rob Little
Tour Guide…..
Let’s Tour England !

The postman just delivered the hand sanitizers that Bev ordered a month or so ago…..
Wednesday, 25th March 2020

Look where they’re from?

🤣

Rob Little
Tour Guide…..
Let’s Tour England !

What would have to happen for Andrew to end up as King?

😳 🤔

Rob Little
Tour Guide…..
Let’s Tour England !