Wednesday 20 August 2014 11.24am
Jan the old one wrote:
I travelled back to london from derby yesterday by train. One hour 40 minutes. Travelling back from st.pancras to home the same time. The traffic at the elephant was stalemate with all different bus routes that you dont normally see. There looked to be an accident of some sort with blue lights, was anyone hurt? That was about 3.30pm.
From time to time I am asked, "Do you ever miss driving a black cab?"
I'll save your post Jan, and show it to the next one that asks.
The truthful answer is, "Yes I did, for about two weeks, then a sense of freedom permeated my senses."
Naturally I missed coming home at the end of the day with the breast pocket of my shirt full of tenners and twenties, but this was counteracted by not having to put about £55 worth of diesel in the tank three times per week, and sitting in manufactured traffic in the City or Upper and Lower Thames Streets, or watching rickshaws illegally lining the kerbside outside Hamleys, ringing their bells at harassed parents with children, while London's Keystone Kops averted their eyes.