English, French, BSL
I have been a guide for 34 years - 15 years as a European Tour Manager, escorting tourists by coach and on river cruises throughout Northern Europe, and then 19 years as a Blue Badge guide (qualified in 2001). I live in Windsor and spend my time guiding in the Thames and Chilterns.
I'm bilingual in English/French and am qualified up to Level 3.2 in British Sign Language (BSL).
I am a cheerful human being, caring and sympathetic, and love making my passengers' experience memorable and fun. I like a bit of banter and to get to know my clients.
I am the co-author of the book 'Windsor, A History And Celebration' (published by Ottakar/Frith).
I also speak Italian, Dutch, German and Spanish.
I have written the scripts of and performed many open-air costumed guided tours and ghost walks in Windsor and Henley over the years.
I am a devotee of the TV series "Midsomer Murders" (known as "Barnaby" overseas) and enjoy guiding guests around "Midsomer" country.
I am also a volunteer speaker for the charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and if I receive bookings from groups wishing the use of BSL, I will provide the tour for free.
|Windsor & Castle|
|Humorous Historical Stories|
|British Sign Language|
|Oxford & Colleges|
|Thames and Chilterns|
|Ghosts, Murders & Mysteries||
Many years of enjoyment of the TV drama "Midsomer Murders" has led me to devise themed tours around the filming venues in the Thames and Chilterns.
|Folklore & Traditions||
How traditions developed, costumes and music, food and pageantry. Order of the Garter is a favourite.
|Churches & Cathedrals||
Design, symbolism, the lives of saints and other significant characters. I like to look at the people who commissioned, designed and constructed the buildings, in addition to the architecture.
Windsor and its castle, Eton, BSL tours, tours of Henley, Marlow, Dorchester-on-Thames and Oxford.
|Conferences & Incentives||
Walks and coach tours in the Thames Valley - themed, costumed, humorous. Boat trip commentaries on the Thames at Henley. Midsomer Murders themed tours in the Thames and Chilterns.
|Interpreting & Translating||
I am fluent in French, with knowledge of German, Dutch, Italian and Spanish. I am currently studying BSL Level 3.
Windsor Castle, 2012 Venues
NVQ Level 4 Blue Badge