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What customers have written following a tour led by Blue Badge guide Rick Jones:
'Thank you for being an excellent guide on our Windsor-Stonehenge-Oxford tour. It was great knowing you, Rick, and listening to your chaste English resonating through the coach, giving us a refresher course in English history through beautifully narrated anecdotes. How I wish I could go on another tour with you and with my students for company this time, for a repeat of this incredible experience! '
Professor of English Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India
from Michael S, North Miami, USA, Decmber 2018
'Special shoutout to Rick who was our guide for the all day trip to Stonehenge, Windsor and the Bath. Wow - How Rick was able to keep it going all day from early in the AM to late when we returned just after 8PM was amazing to me. Rick has knowledge about all sites and then some that I could not begin to think of. Wow.'
August 2018 Bath and Stonehenge
'Our guide [Rick] was genuinely a fun guy. Unexpectedly he gave us a running commentary on everything we passed on the way out of London. He was full of fun insights, suggestions on what to do during our stays and friendly jokes. This went on for about an hour, but it was so informative and pleasant we hardly noticed. '
October 2018 Bath and Stonehenge
'The guide, Rick, was prepared, nice, with his irony all English and attentive to our needs; he also gave us some chocolate during the trip. Nothing to say: perfect organisation, punctual and professional. There are few tours in Italian, but if you speak a little English you understand everything very well. Recommended absolutely.'
October 2018 Warwick Stratford Oxford
'This time to Warwick Castle, Stratford on Avon and Oxford. Rick was an extremely knowledgeable guide and we enjoyed his clear voice both speaking and singing....'
Rick Jones writes:
As a proud Blue Badge guide my specialism is The Arts. For most of my career, I have been a journalist, writing about music, theatre, literature and art. My tours include insider knowledge of the creative industries, setting the arts in the context of their architectural and geographical environment. My Haydn in London tour is also a study of the eighteenth century city. My Jack the Ripper Piano Tour, which takes place every Friday at 3.30pm, is really a tour of the secret streets of Whitechapel with songs from the music halls ss a backdrop to the story of the most hideous crimes in London's history. My Shakespeare tour includes live lute music. On Shakespeare's birthday on 23 April 2019, I am offering a free walk, starting at 2pm, from the Shakespeare garden in Aldermanbury, London EC2, to Southwark Cathedral where I will be joined by the comedian Arthur Smith and together we give the annual illustrated Shakespeare lecture. This year's theme is John Bingham, the man who saddled The Virgin Queen.
I am an expert on the contemporary arts and love to guide in Tate Modern art gallery, as well as other galleries in London and Bath. I lecture on music at the International Media College in Kensington. In my picture I am dressed as Shakespeare's jester Will Kemp who danced from London to Norwich in 1600. I re-created his dance, called the Nine Days' Wonder, for Shakespeare's 400th anniversary in 2016. You see me leaping over the chimney stacks of Kentwell Hall, Suffolk. I would be pleased to guide you along the route through the villages of East Anglia.
|Franz Joseph Haydn|
|Jack the Ripper|
My Jack the Ripper Piano Tour includes the Music Hall songs that were current in London 1888, played by yours truly at various keyboard instruments en route and ending at Wilton's Music hall and The Artful Dodger pub
The Austrian composer Haydn lived in London from 1790 to 1794 and wrote a dozen symphonies for the Georgian city. The tour his footsteps from his lodgings in Soho, to his girlfriend's house by Buckingham Palace while the narrative explains how the commissions came by their nicknames The Drumroll, The Miracle, The Clock, The Military etc....