Category Archives: Cool Britannia

Posts predominantly related to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

The day London has been waiting for – The opening of the new Crossrail / Elizabeth Line

Tomorrow is the day almost everyone in London has been waiting for. At 6.30am on Tuesday 24th May the first ultra sleek trains will set off from Paddington in the west and Abbey Wood in the east and the much … Continue reading

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Bumping into John Keats at St. Guy’s Hospital

Sometimes when I am out and about in London I find that for a few days or even weeks my paths cross with that of a famous or historical figure on numerous and sometimes unexpected occasions and recently I have … Continue reading

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Covent Garden May Fayre & Puppet Festival – Celebrating the 360th Birthday of Punch and Judy

One of the things about doing tours in London is that in a way it is both my office and indeed my stage and tours can be variable and incorporate whatever it is we come across in addition to my … Continue reading

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Going to my first Opera at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Last Saturday I managed to bag a small ambition that I had wanted to do for decades, experience a real life opera and I managed to do so in one of the very finest venues in the world, the Royal … Continue reading

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Visiting the State Apartments at Speaker’s House at the Palace of Westminster

Two weeks ago I wrote a post on how I randomly met Jeremy Corbyn on the London Underground. I met him when I was on my way into Parliament, not as a guide myself this time but as a tourist … Continue reading

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The Queen’s Green Canopy

Last week when I was out and about in London I passed through the Embankment Gardens as I do quite often. It’s one of the most beautiful parks in Westminster and always full of blooming flowers, well kept lawns, water … Continue reading

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Meeting Jeremy Corbyn

I’ve had the pleasure to meet several MPs during my 26 months of being Excluded and indeed before then in my work as a tour guide. And also one MP who was particularly condescending and dismissive but more about him … Continue reading

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How to survive a nuclear war

It’s hard to escape the news about crazy dictator Putin threatening the world with nuclear war; its something many of us alive at least up to about 1990 will remember was always a chance occurrence but the old style communists … Continue reading

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Walking the walk but not talking the talk!

The first Nursery Rhyme Tour of London was a big success (I hope) and went 4 hours with just a small hotchoc and church diversion. It was lovely to meet two Excluded tourists as we explored the places, origins and … Continue reading

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Locked in an empty building with some Roman ruins

I always like to go exploring around London and am always on the lookout to make my tours better and just learn more in general. Over the years I have been afforded several opportunities to visit where no-one else goes, … Continue reading

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