Thursday, October 29, 2009

Latest Developements

Hi Folks

Since last post quite a bit has happened in my life, most importantly I suppose is that my girlfriend, Jane, has moved in with me. She packed her job in as a chef in Ipswich, gave up her lovely and comfy flat and brought everything she owns to my house in London to live with the kids and me. It’s all going well and we haven’t even had a row yet so long may that continue.

In September I went for my annual trip to Spain. Jane came to spend it with me and my mum and after the first few days of torrential rain the weather settled down to allow us a good few days on the beaches of Torrevieja and Cullera just south of Valencia.

The first week after we returned from Spain I tried working days so that I was around in the evenings to spend them with Jane. I only lasted a week before a heavy depression set in and I am now back on nights. I have to say that was one of the worst weeks of my life, never to be repeated. I couldn’t earn the money I needed without working twice as long and I was so tired in the evenings that I was no good to man or beast (or Jane ;o). The straw that really broke the camels back was when I almost had a punch up with a Kensington & Chelsea council worker who had blocked a road when he rightly should have given way. He refused to budge and gave me one of those dismissive waives as if to say “you go backwards it’s my right of way”. That settled it. I wasn’t moving. I even made my passenger pay me and get out as I was determined to prove a point. After a few minutes everyone behind me had reversed and gone another way leaving me looking like an idiot and with the possibility of backing down from the argument but I stood my ground and even got out to inform the idiot driver that I had all day. The cars behind him were all honking the horn and it would now have been easier for me to reverse but I stood my ground and eventually they all moved and the idiot was able to back up and let me through. I was going to give him a mouthful as I drove past but thought it better to have the window closed in case he decided to spit at me, something I know has happened to other drivers but never to me. So after all that excitement I went home and thought to myself “is all this grief worth it?” I had the next two days off and started back on evenings the following Monday. The only problem with that is I’m back to picking up all the drunks and arseholes that I so despise. Still, I can’t have it both ways so I’ll see how I get on and how Jane puts up with being in with the kids every evening before I make any more changes.

The cab is behaving extremely well at the moment and there’s really nothing to report on that front. I had it serviced recently and while I was in Spain the garage did some maintenance on it that has kept it running smoothly. The first annual overhaul is due in early December but I should only be without the cab for a few days.

There’s nothing much more to say for the moment as its been quite uneventful. I come to work, I frequent all my favourite ranks such as South Kensington and Victoria, I earn my wedge and I go home. That for me is a perfect nights work and that’s how I’d like it to remain, but it never does, does it?

Take Care.



Anonymous said...

has been ages...

cannwin said...

your road rage story reminds me of a time when i was massively pregnant and stuck in traffic. Now to say stuck in traffic would be understating it a bit. It was a holiday weekend, we were about an hour out of Phoenix Az on our way home and the road was dead still. No one was moving. We'd inch forward and wait 20 minutes... nightmare situation right.

So my husband is sitting next to me and we are making the best of it by chatting and only scooting forward when there was a full car length to go. This really ticked off Mr. Big Truck Man from California who was behind me and he began honking madly.

That annoyed me so I slowed down (as much as was possible which means going from 2 miles per hour to 1).

This ticked him off so he swerves into the other lane just as traffic starts to move forward (for our once in twenty minutes movement). He leans out the window and starts yelling madly at me (much to my husbands displeasure) then tries to get in front of my car. Me being pregnant and slightly irrational sped up to 3 miles and hour. So he did what any jerk in a larger vehicle would do to a pregnant woman in a smaller one... he tried to run me off the road.

I was so mad I was screaming out my front window. But I couldn't do much else since he would have squished me like a bug.

It took me months to be able to think about that experience without adrenaline rushing through my veins. Now I wish I had gotten his license plate # and called the cops on his sorry butt.

People like that shouldn't be allowed on the road.

Anonymous said...

The only fool is you, why read? idiot

steveg said...

And all that without a single mention of Leeds United... Clear top of the league (OK well, League 1 anyway) and looking sharp for promotion so far this season

Let's hope so eh?



london_cabby said...

Hi steveg
i went to the 4 nil on saturday with my bird and saw a great match. I reckon we can go all the way this time.


london_cabby said...

Having seen the situation develop he sort of suggested it and I agreed. You had to be there to grasp the full implication of it.

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John said...

Good job you don't have a gun.
Chill it a bit.
Think about your heart and cholestroll

Mouchel said...

Talking of heart and cholestrol - could any kind London cabbies please take one minute to fill out the following survey - no need to register or anything like that. Would be doing me a big favour. Thanks

Steph said...


Love catching your blog - been a while, so good to see a new post! My uncle is a London cabbie as well so it's interesting to me to read your stories.

I was just popping in actually to ask if you'd like to write a guest post on my blog about cabbie life in the city, plug your blog, etc. I'm also looking for Londoners for a new interview project if you're up for that.

Anyway, get in touch if you like -

Steph said...

Ooh, sorry, my blog didn't link - it's

Hope your rainy Monday isn't feeling too much like a rainy Monday :)



Anonymous said...


Gabe said...

Hi Cabby!

I wanted to pass by and congratulate you with the FANTASTIC victory over Stretford United in the cup! I have enjoyed every second :)

Now Weds my beloved City will do the same I hope, and slightly expect. Tevez for a hat-trick!

Happy New Year, it can't start better!


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