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08-04-2021 07:55:21 in General by Admin
During most of the winter, the UK weather report often includes snow for most of England and Scotland, except London. With the River Thames flowing and keeping us nice and “warm”, we don’t get as much snow as the rest of the country. Before COVID, my January and February bus tours to Oxford usually included a nice dusting of white snow on the countryside that was a delight to see...

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29-03-2021 09:17:21 in General by Admin
Today is a big day for the UK! While the rest of the world has coped with the global pandemic by going to Starbucks daily, going thrifting and making videos about it, going to school, and hanging out with friends and family —- the UK has been in lockdown since December. That meant that we were not supposed to get out unless it was for groceries, a medical appointment, an essential worker, or...

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11-03-2021 09:12:48 in General by Admin
Winter is still here and this is the time of year when my London tours slow up (even without a pandemic) and few. Normally, January and February are opportunities for me to do some 3-day tours in Paris, a few day tours to Oxford, and then lots of time for admin and paperwork. I always envision that I will spend these months curled up next to a thermos of tea in a library archive, researching away ...

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16-02-2021 11:41:46 in General by Admin
It’s Pancake Day!! I remember the first time I heard this. “What? You have a special day to celebrate pancakes?” After 9/11 in September 2001, I had moved to London permanently in October to start my MBA programme and finally live under the same roof as my fiancé. It had been a long winter, with really cold nights and very dark days. Our windows had been painted shut by th...

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04-02-2021 19:01:20 in General by Admin
Do you have a “leave the house song” that you sing before you walk out the door? Leaving the house each day is never easy when you have so much on your mind, yet you have to try and remember the mundane things that cannot be forgotten. Phone. Keys. Wallet. Bus Pass (Oyster card for the tube!) This is the song we sing, these four items that form the bare minimums for every journey beyon...

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27-01-2021 09:45:07 in General by Admin
Yesterday, I had to go to central London. The last time I was there was in December, just before they decided that Lockdown 3 (Tier 4) would be necessary again. Tier 4 meant they shut all non-essential stores, and you are only allowed outside for exercise, food shopping or medical appointments. That last time I had gone to town was for an eye appointment. When they called me to say my glasses were...

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21-01-2021 09:32:34 in General by Admin
Virtual Tours have become one of the options for tour guides to continue their craft and make some money during the pandemic. Initially, I was not a keen fan of doing a virtual tour. However, as I teach classes regularly via zoom, I soon realised that a virtual tour is nothing more than a lecture online, and so my worry that it would not be attended quickly vanished. I have been giving online lect...

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14-01-2021 09:26:52 in General by Admin
January has been dubbed “Veganuary” in recent years, with a campaign to encourage people to “go vegan”. I have always been in the camp of “that’s weird”, and didn’t really feel the need to try and change my eating habits just because it’s a new month. I also never subscribed to the “Dry January” campaign either, but that is because ...

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