Grumpy Group Organiser
Our popular regular columnist has been a group travel organiser for more than 30 years, travelling the UK and the globe, experiencing much frustration along the way. But who is he?
Sorry, we just cannot say because he's sworn us to secrecy. And we wouldn't want to lose his services because so many readers love GGO. Perhaps he just says what a lot of us are already thinking.
And you know what? If the editor gets letters in complaining about his columns, he actually quite likes it!
Selfie rules, toilet reviews and Brecon Beacons drama
Our columnist talks rules which prohibit selfies, toilet reviews which are damaging reputations and unnecessary name changes.
Stranded coaches, theatre mishaps and artificial intelligence
Grumpy Group Organiser shares his take on the Dover travel chaos, artificial intelligence and a shambles at the theatre.
Tipping culture gone mad and the UK’s most expensive train
When all is said and done, life can sometimes be a complete and utter rip-off, according to Grumpy Group Organiser.
Theatre sleaze, forgotten artefacts on aeroplanes and sober staycations
Whether tabloid scandals make for good theatre, and other musings from our columnist.
Overcoming a cultural snub and the value of manners
A look at why Leeds is celebrating its cultural routes, which city is the rudest in the UK, and the positive benefits of taking a day trip.
A slice of perspective and thoughts on a return to civilised flying
This month, it’s the green activists and those spreading doom and gloom who are getting grumpy group organiser’s back up.
Rip off concerts, free plane tickets, and are we losing our marbles?
Grumpy Group Organiser discusses a new twist in the ongoing Elgin Marbles debate, some desperate measures to get tourists back to Hong Kong, and unappealing new ticket pricing.
A new era, paying our respects and striking the right balance
How it might feel visiting the royal palaces now we have a King on the throne, an overreaction that created a PR own goal, and the most thoughtful countries in the world. Grumpy Group Organiser has his say…
The easily offended, quick to moan and standing up for what’s right
Grumpy Group Organiser’s feathers have been ruffled by unruly kids at airports, a lack of respect for heritage and the snowflakes out in force.
A moan about strikes, mobile phone ignorance and staying safe out there
The contentious issue of rail strikes is causing havoc to so many industries, not least tourism. Grumpy Group Organiser has his say on this and is also shocked at discovering the unsafest country in Europe.
A surge in travel demand, tight shorts and partying too hard
More people are booking holidays, which is great news, although you may want to avoid some French swimming pools. Plus, groups that like to stick one too many away may be in for a shock.
Shocking staff changes, no more BBC tours and painfully slow table service
Grumpy Group Organiser has his say on the controversial sacking of P&O Ferries employees, the sad reality of Covid cancelling BBC tours and his love-hate relationship with table service apps.
Goodbye to Neighbours and tears for Cinderella
It’s been another busy month for Grumpy Group Organiser, who shares his thoughts on Aussie TV soap Neighbours getting axed, Putin’s attack on Ukraine and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s phone tantrum that had his Cinderella cast in tears.
Record visitor numbers at Barnard Castle, standing ovations and mobile charges
Proof that Dominic Cummings has had a positive impact on tourism, why you shouldn’t always get out of your seat at the theatre, and being able to use your mobile abroad without being stung.
The magic of theatre, obscure tea bags and disruptive ‘anti-vaxxers’
It’s Grumpy Group Organiser’s first column of 2022 and he’s in a ranty kind of a mood.
Carrying on despite Omicron and some highly astonishing reviews
Mind-boggling reviews about The Shard in London, getting into the festive spirit and more from our regular columnist.
Enjoying the theatre and dreaming of an overseas adventure
Our regular columnist shares his thoughts about ongoing travel restrictions and a joyous trip to the theatre – his first visit back since the pandemic began.
Thinking about New York City and advice about being prepared
Our regular columnist reflects on the anniversary of 9/11 and the uncertainty of the proposed Covid passport roll-out.
Flashing in Sherwood, cowboys prosper and a rebellion hurting tourism
Protesters in London are harming tourism, argues our regular columnist, who also discusses rip-off Covid tests and how nudists in Sherwood Forest are baring all in the wrong places.
A loss for Liverpool, quirky artefacts and a woeful tourist attraction
Our columnist reflects on Liverpool losing its World Heritage status, quirky treasures in the Yorkshire Museum and the Marble Arch Mound.