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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
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:
It is my privilege to be a Blue Badge guide. You want to know the secrets of the National Gallery or the British Museum? Then follow me! You want to meet the Queen? I will teach you how to curtsy! I illustrate what you see with stories (I am a former journalist) and sometimes songs. My Shakespeare tour includes live lute music. Of interest may be my Jack the Ripper Piano Tour which explores a grisly episode in London's history in the context of the music halls and song-and-supper pubs which abounded in the slum-ridden area of Whitechapel in 1888. The tour ends at an East End pub where your guide will play 'the old joanna' - rhyming slang for piano. I hope you'll join me for a drink.
|Franz Joseph Haydn|
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....