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Rick Jones

Profile updated 27/02/21

Regional Qualification(s):

London

Language(s):

English

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Introduction:

Hallo, everyone! Monday 1st March is St David's Day so why not celebrate with me on my virtual dragon flight that evening to places in London of Welsh significance. It's called The Welsh are the Real English and boarding time is 6.45pm for take-off at 7pm. The Welsh buried a king here way before the Romans and Anglo-Saxons arrived and they congregated at the solstice on the city's sacred mounds. We will end at these sites and I'll explain more en route so strap in for an exhilarating ride! Tickets £5 from my http://websitewww.rickjonesguide.co.uk

Or join me on a different lockdown virtual tour! I offer a range from the Moonploy dice-driven tour of the Monopoly board at £5 a ticket to the latest indoor visit The Art of St Paul's Cathedral which goes out this Sunday 28 February at 10am, tickets £10.66. Those who came on my free, virtual, hop-on-hop-off, open-topped bus tour on International Tourguide Day last Sunday 21 February all disembarked at St Paul's and enjoyed a shortened version of this tour. As the guide's Site Liaison for St Paul's, I know the place as well as anyone.  I have a background in music and used to sing there.  I'll introduce you to the treasures I love - the Henry Moore Mother and Child, the death effigy of John Donne and the dome paintings of Sir James Thornhill, not to mention the music of the 900-year-old choir.Tickets for all my tours are available on my http://websitewww.rickjonesguide.co.uk). Some are scheduled, but you can also contact me (rnbjones@btinternet.com) to arrange your own tour outside these regular times.

How about a panoramic tour of London? I can show you the famous buildings, the palaces and cathedrals, as well as the shopping streets and landmark squares such as Oxford Street, Piccadilly, Regent Street, Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square - all on-line with plenty of pictures. You could even travel round these with me via the classic London Monopoly board on my Moonploy Tour. We go once round from The Old Kent Road to Mayfair with the dice dictating where we stop. It takes just less than an hour and usually includes eight stops. 'It's a great introduction to London!' said Peter Schlosser, runner-up in the US Monopoly Championships 2013, when he beamed in from Texas in January. The 4pm tour is aimed at the American market, but anyone can come.

Try my Margaret Thatcher in Chelsea virtual tour. You'll see the borough which became famous during the Swinging Sixties and get to know a little of the life of one of the country's greatest prime ministers who lived in Chelsea before she came to power in 1979. She lived in Chelsea in the 1950s as a young mother and in the 1970s as she prepared to lead the nation. We visit her homes, her shops, her church and her grave and conclude with a recitation of Tennyson's Ulysses, a poem she could recite. Her life was truly a great odyssey.

As the former chief music critic of the London Evening Standard, allow me to take you through my on-line illustrated Short History of English Music. It covers the 500 years from the Renaissance church composer John Taverner (1490-1545) to the Neo-Renaissance church composer John Tavener (1944-2013). In a blank verse narrative, I focus on shelves of the most significant composers to have enhanced the nation's musical culture. Not all of them were English-born: the island nation was always an immigration melting-pot.

I offer two medical tours relevant to the viral pandemic. The first is also a Tour of the City of London, the ancient part built by Rome 2000 years ago, as it is where the Quack Doctor Lionel Lockyer delivered his Sunlight Pill from a wheelbarrow during the Great Plague of London 1665. The pill was just as ineffective as the remedies of the real doctors but at a fraction of the price! We begin at Lockyer's grave in Southwark Cathedral, cross London Bridge to Leadenhall Market where he bought his herbs, follow the winding alleys to the Mansion House and The Guildhall where he had customers and conclude at the Barber-Surgeon's Garden near St Paul's Cathedral. The second on-line medical tour is All Around the University - Firsts and Inventions in the History of Medicine and is a circumambulation of the buildings of the University College London (UCL) musing on the medical achievements memorialised in the street names and buildings. Jenner House, for instance, named after the father of vaccination Dr Edward Jenner - how grateful we are to him right now! The Margaret Garrett Anderson Hospital named after the first woman doctor, now incorporated in the University College Hospital (UCH) one of the world's leading medical schools. We pass the Francis Crick Institute named after the former UCL student who discovered with others the structure of DNA. And we observe through the prism of history the unseemly race to administer the first anaesthetic in 1846. There is tension in the tour too!

Both the medical tours, the Margaret Thatcher in Chelsea and of course St Paul's Cathedral are do-able as live walks when the lockdown lifts.

Meanwhile I am preparing a series of Shakespeare walks and talks. I am a lute player and the songs of Shakespeare are a speciality. In the picture I am dressed as Will Kemp, Shakespeare's clown who in 1599 danced from London to Norwich in a feat known as the Nine Days Wonder. I recreated it in 2016 for The Bard's 400th anniversary and would love to do it again on an extended with you. Have a think about it.

Meanwhile here's a little advertisement for the Moonploy Tour https:// http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBPRkrUzunQ&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR2Z2oWzi99VKerWapBd0ruqkR2-wV2su26HQhqzHf2l4t4FAxGpRP7hf5E

I'm on instagram @rickjones593
I'm on Twitter @RnbJones56
I'm on film: https:// http://www.facebook.com/100045459611322/videos/184852856373367
and here's a tour of St Paul's (click the cog top right for my narration)  https://poly.google.com/u/0/view/cK5_BnOJ4pY

Personal Interests:

Shakespeare
Sherlock Holmes
Music Hall
Franz Joseph Haydn
Chelsea
Jack the Ripper

Special Interests:

Theatre

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 usually ending at an East End pub.

Music

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....

Religion

I was for many years a lay clerk (professional singer) at Norwich and Southwark Cathedrals and am knowledgable about religion and the history of the church. I love to take tours to Canterbury following the route which Chaucer's pilgrims took. I am site liaison officer for St Paul's Cathedral.

Driver Guide:

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