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Point thar, u has missed it. [20111025|10:30]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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I went to Wolverhampton last night to talk about Cassini to their Astronomical Society, comprised of a friendly mix of OAPs, goggle-eyed children and middle-aged enthusiasts. They seemed to enjoy the talk and my company, so I didn't regret the late arrival of my returning train into London (scheduled for 00:04, actual arrival 00:19). I made my way to brother-out-law's house via Tube. I had intended to take a black cab from the station to the house since he was very kindly waiting up to let me in. The following exchange then occurred.

Me: Hi! Please can you take me to [road redacted]?
Black cab driver: I don't know where that is. You'll have to direct me to it.
Me: I know how to get there on foot but you can't drive that route.
Driver, scornfully: You don't know where you're going?
Me: stare Never mind. It's a beautiful evening.* I'll walk.
Driver: Hey...wait...I can try and find it.
Me: dismissive wave
Driver: You sure?
Me: wet nose decidedly elevated Yes.

I think there might be a few gaps in someone's Knowledge.**

* It was raining.
** Black cab drivers in London have to train for years. This training is called "The Knowledge" and it involves memorizing every street in London within a six mile radius of Charing Cross. Brother-out-law's house is within that radius.
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[User Picture]From: bryangb
2011-10-25 06:10 (UTC)
If you could be bothered, you could take his number and report him to the PCO. (-:
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-10-25 06:29 (UTC)
I never think of these things until far too late. L'esprit de l'escalier is my bête noire!
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[User Picture]From: bryangb
2011-10-25 06:36 (UTC)
I'm the same - the far wittier retort or more appropriate punishment only ever comes to mind once it's too late.
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[User Picture]From: innerbrat
2011-10-25 10:40 (UTC)
The mini cabs I used in London all, without fail, had GPS. It was awesome (mind you, I only used one company.

OTOH, yellow cabs in New York have a GPS map in the back. No one ever knows how to get to my street (in Brooklyn), so I ALWAYS have to map read for them.

It's like - dude. Just get a GPS in the front!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-10-25 12:45 (UTC)
I can imagine the existence of some odd regulation declaring that it is unsafe to operate a taxi whilst using GPS.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-10-30 09:16 (UTC)
I'm going to ask the next time I have to take a long cab ride. Yesterday's blac cabbies were very nice, but the journey was so quick that there wasn't time. And fortunately, both of them knew exactly where they were going, thereby going some way toward restoring my faith in them.
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