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I took part in a tour guides’ quiz last week. Our team did respectably and we sent our best member Janet up for the individual knock out round, although she did not win. Last year I was chosen and made the final where I was runner-up and even won […]
I have never built up a network of relationships with private tour operators who offer what I call posh jobs: work with people who stay in smart hotels in Mayfair and have personal tours with private chauffeurs, ones which end […]
So who is the most recognisable Englishman around the world? Prince Charles or his sons William and Harry? David Beckham maybe? James Bond perhaps – although no-one knows what he actually looks like as he was portrayed most famously by a Scotsman (Sean Connery) and, more recently, by an Irishman (Pearce Brosnan) and a Welshman (Timothy Dalton) as well […]
“So what is that yellow stuff growing in the fields, Eddie?” It is a common question at the beginning of the season when much of the countryside is covered in it. In what, exactly? The common name for the crop is Oil Seed Rape which, as I say, […]
There have been eight kings of England called Henry and the least well known of them may have been the first to hold that name. He was the fourth son of William the Conqueror […]
“Stop the coach! Dial 911 – he’s stopped breathing!” This is what all tourist guides and tour managers dread hearing. “He” was one of the passengers on a sixteen day tour who had caught a particularly virulent bug that was going around the group. No matter how clean you keep the […]
The British love a romantic outlaw – at least until they are the victims of one – and they lap up legends about his exploits. Robin Hood is probably the most famous example because he robbed the rich and – supposedly – gave to the poor and a […]
This post is sent from the Scottish Highlands, where I am from the last time this year but concerns an usual memorial I saw in the outskirts of London recently. EL Recently I stopped off in Perivale Park, just off the A40 near the Hoover Building, which I wrote […]
One of the jobs of a guide these days is to hand out audio machines – or to show people where they can be found. Some guides might resent this, thinking that we are doing ourselves out of a job by enabling our replacement by machines. Audioguides (or […]