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Leave on the Left Memory Lane Just about everyone connected to the cab trade has watched Jack Rosenthal’s brilliant film The Knowledge. While few examiners would admit to being influenced by it, most would accept that it was a fairly accurate portrayal of how the Knowledge was conducted at the time (1979). That was a bit before my time, but I don’t think it would have been much different when I started in the mid-80s. The austere environment and grim atmosphere at Penton Street in my day was matched by the examiners’ demeanour, and it stands in stark contrast to the set up at modern day Palestra. The old PCO was like a smelly old Post Office; or a Police Station – which essentially it was. The building that now houses the PCO is shiny and modern: you have the open plan luxury of sunlight and sofas; and a kitchen surrounded by rainforest. The examiners are certainly more approachable, to the extent that you even get the occasional joke or anecdote. I never experienced or witnessed any eccentric behaviour in the 80s, or had any examiners trying to wind me up; but there was zero chit chat and no feedback on your performance. You were merely handed your card back and told to go to the window to make your next appointment. If they used a scoring system back then, you didn’t know about it. It was accepted that once you’d done enough you’d get a drop. You were never in a 3 -3 situation; or if you were, you weren’t aware of it. You might get asked three questions, or you might get six. This flexibility gave the examiner the opportunity to really test your Knowledge and to provide a bigger picture: to assess whether a call was a fluke or to give you the chance to show you knew more than your answers to the first few questions suggested.

Is The Knowledge Getting Easier? In these days of transparency, accountability and the client-centred approach, you are entitled to receive feedback. This is a positive improvement; but if you know how many points you have, you know how many points you need; either to earn a drop, or to be put back. As far as I remember, in the 80s, you neither went in expecting a drop, nor did you dread getting a red line back. Today’s scoring system undoubtedly puts extra pressure on the candidate, and I believe the Knowledge has got harder in this way. Another aspect of the Knowledge that has got harder is the quest for Points. Districts such as Rotherhithe and the Docklands weren’t the places they are now, and certainly had fewer roads and Points to find. Canary Wharf was only just beginning to rise like a phoenix from the post-industrial East End sprawl, and what was then known as Surrey Docks was a place that only a Millwall supporter would be comfortable in. Across London, there are more hotels, bars and restaurants than there were in the past. If you can remember all those Thistles, Travelodges and Novotels, you’re a

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better man than I. As an examiner I only asked these hotels so I would remember them myself. I sometimes hear talk of a “Quickie Knowledge”, and computers playing a bigger part in the Knowledge. I don’t where this came from. Yes, candidates can look Points up in the comfort of their own homes, but one thing you learn is that if you haven’t seen the buildings and roads in context and with your own eyes, you will have trouble remembering them. Being an examiner didn’t actually do much for my Knowledge. Although I was staring at a map for several hours a day it wasn’t until I got back into my cab that I realised what I’d be asking all day became real to me. Many of my candidates earned their Req after negotiating their way around the complexities of Brent Cross Shopping Centre (before someone high up at London Transport measured it and found it was over six miles away). I still drive around Tempelhof Avenue and the Wayside area so I won’t forget what I was asking five months’ ago. In my time as an examiner I was generally very impressed with the candidates. I was particularly impressed with candidates’ grasp of the West End; an area that’s maybe not covered enough in the Blue Book. But, along with an obsession for perfection, it’s easy to be overwhelmed with analysis. These days there are support networks and chat forums, where you are bombarded with conflicting advice. It doesn’t matter how many Points and runs you tick off in comparison to others; the important thing is to learn them. It’s interesting to know how your colleagues work, but this information shouldn’t be used to compare yourself. There will always be someone doing more runs than you - or at least saying they are. Please remember that individuals learn in different ways. What works for others might not work for you, and vice versa. Trust yourself as an individual. Remember, you can’t fail the Knowledge, you can only give up. Always remember, that scary man or woman asking tough questions has been through the same experience. They know what you are going through. They are not trying to catch you out. They want you to succeed, and to make the cab trade even better. The date you get your Req isn’t pre-ordained. People aren’t held back because they’ve had too much of a good run. Work hard, follow the rules, and your time will come. I hope my articles have given you some insights into how the Knowledge is conducted from the other side of the table. I believe the strict procedures of the PCO, and the unpredictability of the questions adds to the fun. Yes, fun! The fun is in the mythology surrounding the Knowledge, so you might as well start revelling in it now. You’ll feel an enormous sense of achievement when you get your badge, and you’ll soon be swapping stories with your old colleagues about the weird and wonderful things that happened to you on the Knowledge, your visits to Palestra, the examiners you met, and the questions you were asked. Before then, you’ll have more questions, of course you will. But you always have your CallOver magazine and forum. Be Lucky!

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QUEENS BALL As I drove up the Balls Pond Road in my very clean red FX4, on a balmy Saturday evening many years ago, the Pye radio suddenly crackled into life announcing there was a job in N19 going to Paddington for cash. In those days you did run for what looked to be a lucrative job and this did, if not very entertaining. I ploughed up the Holloway Road to the back streets of the Archway junction and stopped outside a rather large house, I was just about to get out to ring the doorbell (which drivers did in those days as it was quicker than waiting for a ring out) when a voice called out “Down in a minute Cabbie.” After some minutes my passenger appeared at the top of the front steps, in a ball gown that was straight out of a Ballroom scene in a Charles Dickens novel, I think it was what many ladies at the time modelled their hand knitted toilet roll covers on. With the long hair ringlets, fake diamond necklace and bracelets; it was just as you would imagine how Cinderella went to the ball. It was a bit of a squeeze getting the hooped dress in through the door frame of the cab and then I was then directed to a street off Hemmingford Road, Barnsbury. At this address we picked up another Cinderella in a dress as splendid as the first with all the accessories. As we pulled away I noticed lots of the neighbours at the windows watching this scene unfold. I felt as though I was transporting celebrities to some major event where there would be an abundance of cameramen (the word paparazzi had not become part of the common English language yet). The next pickup point I was informed was a little pub in Marylebone High Street, on arrival I was asked to go into the public house and tell a lady whose first name I was given that her friends were waiting in the taxi outside. On entering the pub there were only two customers and the barman, I immediately realised which was my next passenger, sitting on a high bar stool dressed in a beautiful full length black velvet dress with a long train that was laying along the floor. “Oh, cabbie would you be a dear and carry my train so that it does not get dirty on the pavement.” Now anything that was likely to get me a larger tip I did not mind within reason, so I duly lifted the train and we crossed the pavement just like the Queen and her page. As the door of the cab was opened one of the passengers said, “You look beautiful darling, just the Belle of the Ball.” It was only at this point that I really listened to the voice. I now took the trouble to scrutinise my passengers, to say that they had the best make up jobs I had ever seen would be an understatement. Whoever had completed these tasks would have been able to make Jo Brand look like Kelly Brook. I remarked about the wonderful transformation but what should have given me the clue from the start was the extra heavy odour of perfume, a little more than a normal woman would use. Plus after spending over six years in the Merchant Navy I was kicking myself that I had not picked up on the clues. The instructions were then to make our way to the Porchester Hall, in Porchester Road. As I had broken the ice and struck up a conversation with them, they now informed me that it was the monthly “Queens Ball” they were attending. “Oh, it is a wonderful evening darling why don’t you join us, you will have the time of your life.” To which I quickly replied, “Sorry girls, but I can’t go home without a nights takings with the explanation I attended a Ball”

I must admit over the years that the Ball was held, I picked up many punters going to and from there and always found them some of the best punters you can pickup, polite and no trouble. They were always very quick witted, with an answer for every situation. One thing that you learn very quickly, do not try and outsmart passengers with a smart answer as they will cut you down to size with a quick return that can embarrass you within earshot. So I suppose it was only a short step for me to make continued progress to the Royal Family! As you have hopefully read in previous issues, by the time that I started to work part time for the Monarch and in particular The Queens Mother, so I was very adept and comfortable in any company. The Queen Mother had no prejudices and had various persons working for her. One rule of thumb in this job is to get on with all. Treat all walks of life with respect and set down the ground rules, the same as the start of any relationship no matter how brief. With me as long as the punters pay for their round I am quite happy. I remember when my wife and I went to see the show “Chicago” when it first opened in the Strand; we were accompanied by our friend who was the Queen Mothers Page of the Back Stairs. He went under the nick name Back Stairs Billy, he was always immaculately dressed. The staff of the Queen Mother led a rather sheltered life which understandably was away from most of the usual encounters that we see every day in London. This was due to the royal residences being in out of the way places, such as the countryside of Scotland or Windsor Great Park. So sights and problems that we encounter are new experiences to them. Now London does give us some wonderful experiences. So as we walked down the Strand, passing Coutts Bank there was a less fortunate asleep on the pavement outside the main door. Billy who was dressed in blue blazer, grey slacks and a yellow Rupert Bear scarf asked me what this man was doing outside the Queens Bank, I quickly explained that the poor man was homeless. Billy then walked briskly across to the sleeping man and tapped him on the shoulder, as he awoke bleary eyed Billy said, “This is the Queens Bank, could you not go and sleep outside Barclays.” He just did not understand this homeless man’s predicament. One afternoon when we were loading the vehicles with luggage for the annual summer holiday in Scotland with the Queen Mothers Butler Reg, supervising in the main hallway of Clarence House. As I was passing him he called out to one of the Footmen, “Neil, Neil.” I though this is my chance for a laugh, so I dropped to my knees and said what do you want? Everyone around started to laugh and then suddenly stopped, I looked around and saw at the top of the main stairs Her Majesty, with a very big grin on her face, even at her advanced years she could see the humour. This was not to be the only occasion that Her Majesty came up behind me when we were larking about, but as it was in private away from the general public she could enjoy the occasion. I hope that your career as a Licensed London Taxi Driver has as many happy moments as mine has had over the years. Drive safely and keep up your studies

Tom Whitbread

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VIEW OF A CABBIE Few months back I was sitting in my garage having a few bits done on my cab and I picked up an issue of CallOver. It was a good read and I liked the butter boy article and found it very interesting. I decided to write in as I thought you guys and girls might want to hear the view of me as I have just renewed my licence so assume I have lost my title of a butter boy!   I’ve had my badge since I was 22 and since then the time has just flown by. I recently had the pleasure of filling in the forms and going to the post office to renew my licence. What an experience that was, I shouldn’t moan as I know how many of you would love to be in that position.   I completed the knowledge within two and a half years, studying full time and was living at home with parents which made things a lot easier financially! Can’t forget my good old dad who supported me the whole way. I decided to attend a school full time which I think helped a lot, as you can always learn something new and compare yourself to the other students.

I always work nights as I find I get more time, during the day to go gym and sort bits and pieces out. Sometimes I have a bad start but as my old man says it’s not how you start its how you finish. Always look on the bright side by enjoying the job and keeping in with your mates by having a chat when ranked up. If you just sit in this cab for 10 hours a day on your own and don’t talk to anyone it would get very boring so having a good chat to the customers can help make the time fly by.   Unfortunately like all cabbies you get your bad jobs, I’ve had a few of my own including runners, people getting sick in the back of the cab but I don’t feel like I have done too bad for over three years of working nights.   I still rent a cab as I find it easier, plus insurance at my age can cost a fortune. There are definitely perks for renting as when you decide to go on Holiday you just give the cab back. There’s no point in the cab sitting on the drive costing you money. A year back I decided to get myself a credit card machine as I lost a few good jobs to the airport which no one wants to lose! It’s pretty simple these days as you can sometimes pick one up free or if not it only works out a few pound a week, I would say well worth it.   Good luck to you all.

My first appearance was on my 21st birthday 20th of November and then I got my rec on my next birthday couldn’t have wished for anything else unless winning the lottery of course. One thing I always say to anyone on the knowledge is always get out on your bike as no one knows everything.  

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After studying for 4 and half years, I was finally at the stage where I was on my suburbs. It was music to my ears! When I first started the knowledge I was working part time window cleaning and then going out on the bike in between. It was difficult back then as it felt like I had no family time and I was constantly out at work or riding my bike around London. Now I have my badge I feel like I have all the spare time in the world, and I feel so eager to get out there and earn. Some have told me I have passed at the wrong time because of the Olympics in my eyes I don’t think I could pass ever at the wrong time!

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I know this sounds very bitter, and ranty, for this I apologise. Perhaps it might have something to do with the constant rain? I am very aware that we are on the brink of the greatest event to be held in London in our time. It will change people’s daily lives, people’s futures and even the economic future of the Capital. I do feel proud that the eyes of the world will once again be upon us and I hope it will be a great success. It will affect everyone in the Capital on a day to day basis, but just how much will it affect us on the knowledge? Palestra, I understand, is closing its doors for two weeks, as are many businesses in London. This is already putting a substantial delay on Appearances, at the time of writing I hear, 56’s are running at 70 days, 28’s at 40 and 21’s at 30.This could mean backlogs as severe as seen during the move from Penton to Palaestra, potentially adding 6 months on to your total Knowledge time and making the whole process harder whilst having to hold a high standard for longer between Appearances.

Moggy’s Mentions So, it’s height of the British Summer. And what a summer it will be, what with the small matter of a certain ‘Worlds Sports Day’ looming. Now I don’t want to sound impolite but I can’t help but feel this Olympic business is not going to do us Knowledge Students much good. Mr Moggy, like many other budding Knowledge Monkeys had started out with the vague hope that he would be finished before Sports Day, and would be raking it in over the glorious summer of 2012. This was because the Tooth Fairy told him, before she made a hasty escape on a flying pig, that it would take between two and two and half years. He was also under the misguided impression that the Knowledge he had accrued would not

If you were thinking about using the “time off ” to get up and get pointing, or even steam ahead with your runs, think again. I heard a worrying conversation about Waterloo Place the other day – no one could work out if it’s two way because of the Olympics or is this a permanent change. It is very unclear what changes are temporary, and how many of them will be kept. Any new roads or changes learned over this summer will need to be cautiously rechecked when it’s all over, so it seems almost futile to forge ahead over the next few months or so. I intend to use this time to really consolidate my Blue Book runs, maybe I’ll try to learn a few Bankers. When I get out I will stick to careful pointing, being cautious with anything that looks remotely newly changed. Apparently the changes might not be so difficult to spot – some Boroughs are resorting to bin bags over signs! Perhaps I will also catch up on things like servicing the scooter – when was the last time you actually checked your chain? I only ask because it might have been you go clattering past me, chain gaily smashing the swingarm, as I took a lean on the Strand on Thursday!? An oil change wouldn’t go amiss for lots of you too, I’m sure. If nothing else it might mean time for some much needed house maintenance, or even, heaven forbid, a few days with a cuppa in front of the telly watching some amazing sports men and women doing their countries proud.

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Instead of the usual refreshment related awards, and to lighten the mood after my ranting, this month I’m looking for comedy Knowledge related events. Here’s a few to get you started: Speed Events 10 Minute Callover: how many runs can you call in 10 mins? Mr Moggy holds our household record of 12! The get-home-before-it-rains 2 mile Scoot Sprint Endurance Events The longest time waiting for recovery The longest time doing the Knowledge Skill Events Straightest Ever Run Most Left Turns on Single Run (We think Roberts Street to Sussex Street – try it!!) That should get your competitive spirit going!

have been rendered as useless as a cheetah in a wildebeest convention, because apparently London is turning into a giant car park for the sacred two months. This is the golden goose which has sent Cabbies fleeing to Spain in droves. The Costa Del Cab will be rammed so there may be no cabs for the tourists.

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Before I sign off I’d like to say a special Well Done to Mr Moggy who got his drop to 21’s this month, well earned! Whether you’re staying at home to watch the Games or pressing on and braving the traffic chaos, have fun! Mog


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Radio Taxicabs (Southern) was founded in 1953 and by the 1960s Ltd had 300 owner drivers being located in the basement of the famous art deco block of flats, Highpoint, North Hill Highgate. This was upmarket from Townshend Yard, Highgate Hill where the company started. The company used mobile radio taking up the whole boot of the taxi. The most prominent customers were the BBC, British Rail and the general public. The motto was - Be safe be sure always use a licensed taxi. The 1970s saw a move to 157 Stroud Green Road and a name change to Radio Taxicabs (London) Ltd. The famous Golden Rail, station holiday transfers, were a major piece of business and the circuit increased to 500 owner driven taxis. The 1980’s saw London boom with the City’s “Big Bang,” amongst account clients were high profile ad agency Collett Dickinson and Pearce (turning out to be the “nursery” for Alan Parker, Frank Lowe, David Puttnam, John Hegarty, Charles Saatchi & Ridley Scott among others.) In addition high profile clients were, Merchant Bank, S.G. Warburg & Co and private account holders such as the late Yehudi Menuhin and Dame Margot Fonteyn. The circuit was by then 1,000 taxis. To cope with growth and increases in volume, the late 1980’s (voice despatching had reached the peak of its capability) saw the company join the IT revolution with a computer in every cab and the ability to quickly despatch lots of trips, making Radio Taxis very efficient.

The company moved in 1990 to its current impressive HQ premises at Mountview House (formerly Fonthill Mews) site of the company’s 24 hour call centre and management offices. By the end of the 1990s, Zonal computerized data despatch technology, which had improved efficiency and given Radio Taxis a great reputation, projecting the company forwards, itself became dated. The decision was made to move to satellite technology, GPS (Global Positioning Systems). High speed automated “Closest cab despatch” would give clients the best service possible, also increasing efficiency cutting down dead mileage and reducing the company’s carbon output. The fleet was then around 3000 drivers. In 2004 the company became Radio Taxis Group Limited demutualising with a minority investment from the USA, (Brian McBride). The management, staff and drivers became shareholders and the “first internal, exclusive share trading exchange in the UK” was created. The company signed up to the “City code” thus having to behave, like a public company. The latest changes are the company’s touch screen mobile data terminals, with Sat Nav and the addition of rear fitted chip and pin machines, allowing passengers to easily pay by credit card. This is winning back significant work from Private Hire, as only taxis can pick up a street hail and then accept a credit card. Radio Taxis is still a major force to be reckoned with.

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Transport for London With ever changing technology and rumours about drastic alterations to the way in which students would be tested on the Knowledge, the CallOver team wanted to put a few questions to the man at the top.Therefore as promised in previous issues of CallOver we are pleased to report on Part 1 of 2 in our exclusive interview with John Mason the Director of London Taxi & Private Hire Directorate at Transport for London (TfL). Not only did he kindly offer his advice and own knowledge to our esteemed editor Frank, but after the interview John Mason and his team invited the CallOver team to watch a badge and bill ceremony which is something you will hopefully all achieve in the future!

reaching their final goal. I did have a pang of excitement for those receiving their badges and it was so nice to see the graduates and in most cases family members at the ceremony. I hope you enjoy the interview and receive it as well as we at CallOver did and our team thank John Mason and his staff for taking the time to answer to questions I know I would have asked during my time on the knowledge... The Knowledge process is very traditional. With times rapidly changing with technology advances, do you see the process going online or becoming more modern in its format any time soon? In the three years I have been here, people have talked about the Knowledge becoming computerised. I do think there could be a role for IT to play in the Knowledge process but, I have to make it very clear, there is no secret plan to outsource it. This has been a rumour for a long time. People are very quick to express their displeasure with the Knowledge or service, but when we start making change for the better, there is still resistance to these changes. For example, it’s like when we moved to Palestra, we were presented with some very difficult infrastructure challenges which we have and are still working through. Another example is the delivery of the new licence system being introduced next year which will allow both Knowledge students and existing drivers to manage their licence online. At the moment, everything is paper driven. By February 2013, we will introduce drivers to managing their licences online so when their renewal is due they will receive an email or a text and will be able to do it all on computer. We will always look at ways we can minimise the paper we carry for the Knowledge process as it costs us a lot to deliver the Knowledge because of the paperwork involved.

Like most people, John Mason asked what made me decide on launching the CallOver publication for the knowledge students. Frank Says... There was me thinking I’d be asking the questions! I explained that because there was no other knowledge magazine available during my time on the knowledge and the fact I felt I could add to the places where you can find out about the knowledge, I believed there was an opening to add to the industry we all love. I knew how much it would help people that are on the Knowledge now by passing on my experiences along with the other contributors of the magazine, I set about putting together a team of people that had gone through the experience themselves or watched family members obtaining their badges. The reason why Callover has been so well received is because those that put the publication together each month have lived the journey and know what to deliver. In February 2012 the as we all know, first issue of Callover was born.

Our drivers also need to realise the world around us is changing. I make the point regularly about drivers needing to accept credit cards for their fares.They need to realise how quickly the world is changing and that they certainly wouldn’t get my business if they didn’t accept credit and debit cards. More and more people no longer want to pay by cash. I feel the taxi trade is catching up, but drivers need to embrace it.. That pleased me as I have recently had one fitted!

I didn’t think I would be back in one of the TfL rooms so soon after receiving my badge, even in the morning as I was putting on my suit, I started to get those familiar jitters as if I had an appearance that morning! I watched the badge and bill presentation where, John happily congratulated the knowledge students on passing out and

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reduce standards. Despite the fact we have not made any real changes to the Knowledge in terms of processes, there’s a perception we are constantly tinkering with it or looking to outsource it, but that’s not the case. We are trying to constantly make it slicker, straight forward and as easy a process as possible, but at the same time, managing and keeping the same high standards the public and industry have come to expect.

At the moment licencing is extremely expensive. By law, every penny that goes into licensing has to be spent on delivering the service. People think we use the money to fund other things, but that’s not the case and savings we can make would be passed back to drivers or used for licensing costs such as enforcement and compliance. It is expensive as the process depends on human beings at the moment. There are 80 people alone just processing applications.

With the recession, are you seeing a trend of older participants taking up the Knowledge as a second career after maybe being made redundant?

Will we see changes to students’ appearances, whether in terms of frequency or how they are carried out?

Quite the opposite. Overall, the age of newly qualified drivers is going down rather than up. When I’m giving out the Badges, I’m seeing younger people, more women and more people from ethnic backgrounds coming through. We do see people coming into the trade who have had a job as a police officer, in the Army, in a bank or maybe as a footballer who see it as an opportunity to learn the Knowledge and diversify into a new career. One thing I am seeing is younger people coming on board and are financially supported by their parents as an alternative option to going to college. During a recession, we do however see a general increase in applicants as you would expect.

There are no immediate plans to change the structure of appearances or the process. What we will continue to look into, is where we can make the process as slick as it can be. The scheduling of appearances is an area which we will always aim to improve and we do what we can to reduce back office administration and maximise the amount of time examiners spend actually examining students. However, we have made a commitment to manage the Knowledge and make sure we do not

Part 2 continues in August’s issue and includes Q&A’s like: “How many people are currently studying the knowledge?”

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The MYTH & METH Column I say this to ALL of the following; to the ‘Rookie’ who complains about their first ride in bad rain or snow, then continues to whine about bus lane tickets (I lost count of mine) whilst out on runs, OR the veteran (& often over weight) Cabbie who complains all day long about traffic or fuel prices...   Once again ‘WELCOME TO THE KNOWLEDGE’. Myth and Meth will take a slightly different twist this month, influenced by an unavoidable theme.   ‘Welcome to the OLYMPICS’!!!!!  What’s that, HOORAY, I hear you say??? :-) So where to start? The wretched Olympic Lanes (OL here on), the Re-routing all across London or the nightmare that is the M4. It goes without saying that London is going to be extremely busier this summer and its probably safe to assume the road network will be grid-locked, but enough moaning. This isn’t a gossip column.   For all my knowledge bods, I would advise you to be even MORE vigilant than usual, if that’s possible. Some of these Olympic lanes are on the Right hand lane, some left and even in the middle of the road. BTW, will someone kindly remind me to post the genius behind this scheme a big thank you card at Christmas.   Killer Eg’s to avoid being trapped in; Aldwych: They have made a dog’s dinner of this. Whether entering from Strand (which apparently you CANNOT unless in the OL), or trying to stay OUT of the OL when bearing LEFT for Strand/ Fleet St. The latter is particular sly as there are ALWAYS vehicles parked on the LEFT, effectively taking up what is left of usable road. Thanks again to the fact that OL are almost a lane and a HALF wide.   Southampton Row: This actually made the news it was so confusing. There is either a Bus Lane on the left OR an OL on the Right. Where are you supposed to drive if the bus lane is STILL to be enforced? Your guess is as good as mine, Ridiculous!    Like it or lump it, the Olympics WILL bring a lot of business to London and 1-3 Million estimated tourists (weather permitting of course, but THAT’s another issue altogether LOL) will DEFINITELY equate to more Taxi usage. So Cabbies PLEASE stop whinging. If you’re fleeing for a month or so, I smugly say thanks for the extra fares! :-)

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LONDON OLYMPIC FACTS:

  The Word ‘Olympics’ derives from OLYMPIAD, meaning a period of four years.   1. London is the ONLY city ever to host 3 Olympics.   2. In 1908 (the 1st London Games) the Olympics were staged in the purpose built ‘White City’, the site now located (but soon to be vacated) by BBC Television centre. The Name derives from the White marble cladding they used when  building the  ‘Shepherds Bush Stadium’.   3. Also in 1908, the marathon was extended from the original 25 Mile length to the new (which became standard) 26 Miles, 385 yards. This was at request of King Edward VII and his Queen Alexandra, so that the Race could start at Windsor Castle and finish right in front of the Royal Box. Subsequently this decision was the centre of controversy when Italian Dorando Pietri was disqualified even though he had effectively won the Marathon. He was within a few hundred yards of the finish line and almost collapsed, only to be helped up by stewards. Due to her guilt of insisting that the last 385 yards be added, Queen Alexandra awarded him a ‘Special Cup/Award’. Poor Pietri was also put into the Knowledge hall of fame via the road named after him IN White City, Dorando Close on the north side of South Africa road.   4. 1948 (2nd London Games) was actually the  first games to be televised, albeit to a select few and only in Britain.   5. 1948 were the also the first games to use a PHOTO Finish for tight finish line decisions.   ‘The London Encyclopaedia ~ Complete Revised Third Edition’

Let’s See what the lasting legacy of the 2012 games will be, Britain to make a TOP 3 medals haul?! LOL   As ever, any heckles/queries can be forwarded to info@thecallover.com   In the meantime keep out of the Olympic Lanes and enjoy the sunshine. ;-)   N.B. As ever, Know what you know and know it well. #salute

Mr. Lance, Knowledge Enthusiast


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1. This is the second time London has hosted the Olympic Games.

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2. The London Olympic stadium is the lightest Olympic stadium ever built.

3. The Olympic international broadcast centre is the same size as 6 full size football pitches.

5. The gold medal is made of 90% pure gold.

6. The London 2012 medals are the lightest medals in summer Olympic history.

8. Michael Phelps holds the world record for the most gold medals won at a single Olympics, winning 8.

9. At least one of the five colours on the Olympic flag appears on every flag in the world.

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How to ride a blue book run. Some schools do points at the start and the end but are initially up to you.

Step 1. Pen the run in on the map in doors to see your direction and familiarise yourself with the road names. Step 2. Have your map and the run on your board at the start of the run. Step 3. Ride three or four roads then stop and call them in your head making sure you can see the route in your head and so on till the end of the run. Once finished make sure you can call the whole run and see it in your head. Step4. When back at home pen the runs in you have done that day and call them 5 or more times. How many you do a day is up to you, we recommend three runs per day.

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1. FALSE It’s the third 2. TRUE 3. TRUE 4. TRUE 5. TRUE 6. FASLE They are the heaviest 7. TRUE 8. TRUE 9. FALSE It represents the continents

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The 1908 Olympic marathon is a good indicator of just how different things were back then. Its route went from Windsor to White City, taking in suburbs such as Uxbridge, Pinner, Harrow and Willesden; peaceful, leafy villages in those days. The runners were allowed to consume officially permitted stimulants- including tea mixed with raw egg… and champagne! The race was won by Dorando Pietri, an Italian pastry chef.

THE MIRROR

When the Olympics returned to London in 1948- this time at Wembleyit was in the aftermath of WWII. With Europe devastated, these games would prove to be the most austere ever held. Stepping up to the plate, Londoners were determined to make the first post-war Olympics a success. Money was the biggest obstacle, and pennies needed saving everywhere. Nations were asked to bring along their own equipment and athletes had to supply their own towels and soap! There was no Olympic Village; instead, competitors bunked down in local schools and military bases. Spectators unable to afford local hotels were invited to camp in Northwick Park. A new road- Olympic Way (still there today)- was built, connecting Wembley Park tube to the stadium. The labourers were German prisoners of war, thus ensuring that costs were kept to a minimum.

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Transport in 1948 was a major headache; the main problems arising from bomb-damaged roads and strict fuel rationing… puts our concerns over VIP lanes into perspective really!

CallOver would like to welcome another new contributor! Unless you’ve been trapped in a cave with nothing but your laminated map for company, you’ll know that London will soon be hosting the 30th Olympic Games.

If you’d like to learn more about London’s amazing history, please feel free to visit my website: www.blackcablondon.wordpress.com

The impact they’ll have on London’s infrastructure is monumental, what with humongous crowds, troops, missiles… and of course the Olympic Route Network; the restrictions of which make me feel like I’m going to have to learn the Knowledge all over again!

Stay safe and be lucky!

The 2012 games represent an important record for our capital as they’ll make us the first city in the world to host the Olympics on three separate occasions.The other two games, held in 1908 and 1948 were very different affairs indeed when compared to 2012… The 1908 Olympics were originally scheduled for Rome. However, in 1906 Mount Vesuvius decided to blow its top, forcing the Italian government to re-direct Olympic cash towards the re-building of Naples which was badly damaged by the eruption. The torch was therefore passed onto London; Shepherds Bush to be exact. The ‘White City Stadium’- the world’s first purpose built Olympic venue- was put together in just 10 months at a cost of £85,000. Demolished in 1985, the stadium stood on the ground now occupied by the BBC’s ‘media village’ on Wood Lane. The 1908 Olympics were the first games to have an opening ceremony which, despite being a simple flag parade, wasn’t without controversy. The Finnish, who at that time were a reluctant part of the Russian Empire, refused to march behind their overlord’s banner, whilst Ralph Rose- the American flag bearer- refused to dip the Stars and Stripes before King Edward VII, protesting that the U.S flag “dips to no earthly King.” Whilst out on your scooter, I’m sure you can’t have failed to miss the Olympic Park’s massive ‘Orbit Tower’; the lofty, red, twisted metal structure created by the artist, Anish Kappor. Believe it or not, the 1908 games had something similar- the ‘Flip Flap’; two 150ft manoeuvrable towers which were electrically powered and hoisted spectators up for a bird’s-eye view of the area.

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That's how we would describe the (Euro 5) drive experience Don't take our word for it. Take the test drive. And, every week for TEN weeks, we'll choose FIVE participants at random to receive a £100 voucher!

HAVE A HOLIDAY ON US! Everyone who participates also gets the chance to win one of our three top prizes, to be drawn on 10 July 2012, of either £500, £1,000 or £2,500 in their choice of travel vouchers.

No strings attached. No purchase necessary. Call Dominic Landman on 0207 700 9845 or email dlandman@london-taxis.co.uk www.london-taxis.co.uk Terms and conditions apply. Business Users only. Official fuel consumption figures for the TX4 (Euro 5) in mpg (1/100km): Urban 25.7 (11.0) - 27.7 (10.2), Extra Urban 40.4 (7.0) - 42.8 (6.6), Combined 33.6 (8.4) - 35.3 (8.0), CO2 emissions: 209 - 222 g/km.


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