Tag Archives: London

Over the Westway

We made a music video for my epic magic-realist power ballad about the A40, shot on location on the Westway in my cab. Here it is:

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A Couple of Nights in the Life

Here are a couple of recent diary entries, only slightly altered in order to improve the prose and protect the anonymity of my passengers – the essential details remain the same and are all true. 1. Terry from Shropshire last … Continue reading

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On Riding with Pride

What a thing it is to drive a cab around London on a sunny Saturday afternoon and be showered with love and affection everywhere you go – believe me, being a taxi driver isn’t always like that. Back in October … Continue reading

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Coming Up for Air

Sometimes when I drive up to Yorkshire to visit my family and my home turf I set the meter running, just for fun. It gets to around £650, depending on the traffic and the rate. Wouldn’t it be nice to … Continue reading

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Midnight in Marylebone

Driving up to the top of Gloucester Place at night, towards the junction with Marylebone Road, the traffic ahead slows and moves around an obstruction on the approach to the lights. As the car in front of me swerves to … Continue reading

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Nairn’s London

Criminally out of print for decades and republished in paperback by Penguin last month, Nairn’s London is the work of the unique and passionate architecture critic Ian Nairn, who more or less drank himself to death in 1983 at the age … Continue reading

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En France

I read somewhere once that that France was cabbie slang for South London. Although I’ve never actually heard a cabbie say it, it tickled me and I often think of it when I take a sojourn across the water to … Continue reading

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