Knowledge Boy’s Moped Broke Down so he hired a Boris Bike and rode the Demo

This knowledge Boy wanted to show his support for Today.s Demo but his Moped apparently broke down.

So rather than just give up and go home, he hired a Boris bike and rode up and down the demo waving a “Totally Failing London” Poster as he went.

Sir, we Salute You

We need more of this kind of spirit in our trade, this knowledge boys determination to attend todays demo should be an inspiration to all.

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Promotional Video crew wanted from within the taxi trade.

UnknownI am looking to put a crew together who have experience in filming and sound to record a promotional video for the London Taxi Trade.

I have all of the necessary equipment to record the video, I have access to camera’s, sound recording equipment and video editing software.

But I am unable to undertake such an enormous task on my own, so I am looking for people who have experience in filming from within our trade, and also people who have no experience but can just come along to assist with the filming.

This is a large undertaking on my part but we could get all of the filming done within a day if we get enough volunteers to make this project happen.

I will also need someone who has an extremely smart TX4 fairly new London Taxi to take part in the film.

This project could really make a difference to our trade and could have a real positive impact on the travelling public in London which in turn would generate more work for drivers.

I don’t want to give away too many details of the basis for this promotional video, but what I can say is that the angle was conceived by a group of people with the help of an executive from a very large, high profile, well known advertising company.

If you would like to help with this exciting project then please get in touch via the contact page on this site or DM me on Twitter

Russell Square Cab Shelter

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Today after finishing a treasure hunt in the taxi I pulled up on the rank at the Russell Square Cab Shelter with MacTheCab.

We noticed the the Shelter was open so decided to grab a coffee, while we were standing there the smell of the food being cooked inside was gorgeous.

We got chatting to the shelter proprietor, Danny and we commented on how good whatever it was he was cooking smelt. Danny said he was cooking a curry and invited us in to try a little bit.

Well I have got to say the curry tasked fantastic, Danny said that he likes to prepare all of the food that he cooks fresh at the shelter. The curry was so good that we both decided to stay and eat at the shelter.

Danny told us that his sister Kate runs the shelter during the daytime from 7:30am till 2:30pm and that Pat used to run the shelter of a evening cooking her Thai food, but Pat recently gave up the night shelter and it was offered to Danny.

Danny currently opens the shelter Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights from 5:00pm till 10pm and Saturday’s and Sundays from 12:00 midday till 10:00pm.

On Saturdays Danny cooks traditional English food like Shepherd’s Pie, and Sunday’s he cooks traditional Sunday Roast’s

While we were at the Shelter a few opt the regulars came in to eat and all of them commented on how good the food was and that Danny is a great cook.

Danny is the son of a Taxi Driver, he said that at the moment business is a little slow at the moment, he thinks that drivers are still not aware that he is open of a night, he said that obviously his regulars like it that way as they are always guaranteed that they can get seated and served quickly.

Danny is a very talkative guy who loves to have a laugh and joke, you will be made welcome whether you stop for a take away tea or coffee or if you stop to eat.

Danny also has a Twitter account for the shelter which you can find @RussellSqCabHut

Danny serves a cooked dinner, desert and as much yes or coffee as you want for £7.00 which is remarkable value for money.

If you are looking for somewhere to stop and eat I can thoroughly recommend the Russell Square Cab Shelter, I can assure you that you will not be disappointed.

Take away teas, coffee’s, sandwiches and dinners are also available from the shelter.

An Interview With One Of London’s Few Female Black Cab Drivers

An Interview With One Of London's Few Female Black Cab Drivers
The iconic black cab is synonymous with London and black cab drivers are often revered as having the best knowledge of the city’s roads. With the number of people they’ve picked up and dropped off, it goes without saying that they have a story or two to share!

Stella Wood has been in the trade for almost 14 years and lives in Bermondsey with her two kids and a dog called Molly. Surprisingly only around 2% of London’s black cab drivers are female, despite an array of perks the job has, such as the flexibility in choosing own working hours and days. We interviewed Stella to find out what life as a London black cab driver is really like.

How long have you wanted to be a black cab driver for?

I didn’t have any ambitions to become a taxi driver, none of my family were connected to the taxi industry. A friend asked me to do the knowledge with her and at the time I had young children so thought it might be a suitable job to fit around school hours etc. It took me approximately two years to conquer my nerves to ride a scooter in London traffic!! I always considered 4 wheels better than two, I’m with Jeremy Clarkson on that one!!

Why did you want to become a black cab driver?

I thought becoming a licensed London taxi driver would be good for the freedom it gives, being able to start and finish when I want, it also affords me the luxury of taking time off to go on holiday etc and not having to take my turn on a rota.

How long did the Knowledge take to complete and what does the test comprise of?

It took 3 years of self-funding to complete the “knowledge”, the first two years I worked part-time and for the final year I gave up work and concentrated on getting the “coveted” green badge. The “knowledge” comprises of a map test and a series of “appearances”, which were one-to-one oral examinations with different examiners, wherein the examiner would ask you to state the location of two “points”, these could be streets, places of interest, basically anywhere a passenger might like to be taken, then a description of the shortest possible route between the two had to be given. To an extent I enjoyed doing the “knowledge” albeit it’s a tad long-winded. London is a fascinating place with lots of amazing architecture, I did enjoy exploring all the places in the city that I had never been to before.

Do you think that if you weren’t a parent you would have been less inclined to be a black cab driver?

Yes. When the children were younger I used to work split shifts. My work enabled me to be home when the children returned from school and to take them to their sports activities in the evening and also to earn a decent income.

What hours do you usually work?

My children are adults now so I tend to work a straight shift of around 8 hours, sometimes less, it depends on how busy it is and how much income I need. I usually work 6 days a week which enables me to save for holidays, clothes, handbags and shoes!! I start my shift any time between 5 or 6pm and work through till about 12am – 2am.

What does your typical day consist of? Do you have any regular customs?

No, I just like getting in the cab and getting the job done. I occasionally stop and meet with another taxi driver friend for coffee, or maybe dinner, I don’t like wasting too much time.

Do you have any favourite haunts in London?

Not particularly, however I love driving over Waterloo Bridge, I think the views from there are amazing, arguably the best in London!

Are there any parts of London that you don’t like driving to?

There isn’t anywhere really, although I try to avoid Soho and Piccadilly on a Friday / Saturday night, mainly because of traffic but there are some places I’m never really asked to go, such as Harlesden.

Are there any drawbacks of the job?

It’s a solitary job as you don’t have the same interaction you would if working in an office. You cannot have any real in-depth conversation with passengers as you rarely “pick up” the same person twice. Taxi driving can affect your social life if you choose to work irregular hours, weekends etc. It does interfere with mine somewhat as I choose to work those unsocial hours, but that’s when in my opinion business is most lucrative. Also, being self-employed means there is no pension, holiday or sick pay, I am entirely self-reliant.

Have you ever encountered a difficult situation whilst on the job?

There have been occasions when someone has been in the cab and I have had an uneasy feeling about them and been glad when they have departed. It is essential working at night to keep the cab doors locked to avoid unnecessary problems, i.e. drunks, as sometimes the person who comes to the window isn’t necessarily the person who gets in. Those situations don’t happen very often fortunately. I never really feel frightened or intimidated working nights.

How have minicab services affected business?

It has been quieter over Christmas this year, due to increased use of services such as Uber. The competition is a lot stronger now and a lot of people don’t want to wait outside in the cold hailing a cab. Apps make it much more convenient for people to get a cab from the comfort of their own home.

Thanks to Stella, for providing an insight into what it’s like to be a female black cab driver.

Clegg Gifford insures some 44,000 taxis under the Westminster brand name and has been arranging taxi insurance for 40 years.

Source: Glegg Gifford Blog
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