Good day to all and welcome to my web!
The good news is that walking tours are back.
The bad news? Tourists are still stuck at home
and nobody is flying anywhere.
But then if everyone's a tourist not
in someone else's country but their own,
it should work out, no? Hire me as a guide
and I will take you where you wish to go,
or if you are looking for suggestions,
join me on my Shakespeare Walk from St Paul's
where the poet lived to Southwark where
he worked. I'll take my lute and serenade
you with a galliard in St Saviour's church.
Or sign jp for my Waste Land Tour and we
shall visit places mentioned in the greatest
poem of the twentieth century - The Waste Land,
T.S.Eliot. He wrote it here
a hundred years ago when he was working
for Lloyds Bank. It's basically a City
tour, the finance parts. My blog has more.
My Chelsea tour, however, is The Iron
Lady tour, because it walks the streets
which Margaret Thatcher walked before she came
to power, a feminine prime minister
most feminists disown. The baroness
preferred to be remembered as the first
inhabitant of number ten to have
a chemistry degree. And if it's raining,
I can take you round St Pauls Cathedral
or the Tower of London, both of which
I have a special love and knowledge of.
My tours are live or virtual and priced
respectively at fifteen pounds and five.
Students and the elderly pay ten
for walking tours. Do get in touch and book
me for a tour of anywhere to suit your dates.
A lovely, golden summer beckons all!
Rick Jones became a Blue Badge tourist guide in 2018. He had previously danced across East Anglia as Shakespeare's clown Will Kemp which gave him a taste for travel and tourism. It was not the first time he had behave in this way. In 2005 he walked across Germany as the composer JS Bach, in 2006 he dodged the highwaymen on foot from Central London to Edgware as GF Handel. In 2009 he traversed Scotland as Felix Mendelssohn and in 2013, he cycled the Malvern Hills as Edward Elgar. He wrote about his adventures for newspapers and magazines. Otherwise he lives in Catford, South East London and is the secretary of the Critics' Circle, a professional association founded in 1913 representing critics of theatre, music, film, dance, virtual art and books.
This picture was taken in London's Southwark Cathedral in August 2020 at the end of the first lockdown when everyone thought the plague might be over. In the middle is the actor Timothy West who had moved a crowd of culture starved Londoners in the graveyard with a sequence of Shakespearean monologues, on the right is the comedian Arthur Smith who had delivered a routine of very old and funny jokes and I am playing the lute. We are relaxing after the performance beside the recumbent statue of William Shakespeare who knew the building well as he had buried his brother here in 1603, another plague year. His theatre The Globe is nearby. The show replaced the annual illustrated lecture which Arthur and I give on Shakespeare's birthday, 23 April. In 2021, I substituted it with the year's first outdoor walking tour which I am happy to repeat. I'll bring my lute. Why not join me?