Sunday 10 February 2013 12.03pm
On a side note, driving a black cab for a nice looking guy, (no idea about Tom, but he sounds O.K.) must be akin to the old adage about being like a kid in a candy store!
True, DJ, but one has to be so very careful in today's highly charged and suspicious times, you have to think very carefully about how an innocuous remark could be construed by the passenger.
A close friend told me of the time that he picked up a 40 something woman at Chalk Farm who asked for Finchley Road.
Finchley Road is a very long road, running from St. Johns Wood to Finchley, so he said, in all innocence, "How far up would you like?"
She almost had an apoplectic fit, "What did you say?"
He skated carefully around that, but it gave him pause for thought .
On a personal note, I was once hailed by a woman outside The Lister Hospital in Chelsea Bridge Road.
There is an arch at the side of the main entrance which leads through to a loading bay for deliveries etc.
The woman said, "I have some things to pick up, I'll walk back through the hospital, but could you drive through the arch and take me from behind?"
I desperately wanted to come back with something witty, like O.K. but I'll have to leave the meter running, but discretion being the better part of valour, I just acquiesced and bit my tongue.
p.s. I wouldn't give Brad Pitt any sleepless nights but according to Mrs. Pepper I have George Clooney beat!