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So team GB managed 29 gold, 17 silver and 19 bronze and finished third in the overall medal table The preparation for these fine athletes was 4 years in the making. Their training required nothing else but dedication, commitment, repetition of exercise that increased muscle size and endurance, eating up to 9000 calories per day and lastly, will power beyond the competition pretending to have the same level of motivation in order to succeed. OK, an element of talent also adds to the success but generally it was staying power despite self-doubt that allowed the journey to be completed and gratification of huge magnitude was the reward at the end. Then there was a ceremony where a shiny medal was hung around their neck! Machines could not push itself beyond the levels these athletes had to, nor would machines be able to adapt to the strategy necessary when faced with their route/ lane being blocked.

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In this Issue Pg 7 | Where it’s at

Pg 26 | Transport for London

Pg 13 | The Map Test

Pg 35 | History of the Olympics

Part 2 of our interview with John Mason

London listings to help you on the Knowledge

Robert Lordan takes us through the history of the London Olympics

An insight into the new Map Test

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Pg 32 | Knowledge College

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MAP TEST There are still myths surrounding the “new” map test which was introduced at the end of last year, so I thought I’d share my experience last week. The TfL does stress that this test is entirely voluntary, but I felt it was important not least to get used to the building, atmosphere and the test itself, but because I’m sure it looks better on your application that you made the effort to attend. I waited nearly three months for a date, and from speaking to the TfL it seems that they wait until they have enough application and do a test in a big batch. I arrived suited, booted and early. I was given a pass and waited on the bank of seats in the foyer with the gathering group; there were about 16 in the test. A member of staff came and ticked us off on her clipboard and showed us upstairs to the infamous Fourth Floor. In a classroom, Mr Hall, one of the examiners, introduced himself and explained the format of the test. My understanding of the old type of Map Test was that you had to write out a number of runs, and then identify points and roads on a blank radius map.

The current one is multiple choice – you are first given five different routes to Blue Book runs and you have to identify the correct one – 10 marks per question. Then there are 25 points and you have to select the correct road name from a choice of five, each worth 2 marks.You need 60 marks to pass. I won’t go into the exact questions because I don’t know how many actual papers the TfL have, but they were all actual Blue Book runs, and the points were all fairly straightforward. I completed the test early – it is worth going through your answers at least once – and checking your question numbers on the answer sheet – it could be a costly mistake to get them muddled up. I had been concentrating on the first 80 runs and knew my routes well so felt prepared, however I am learning the routes then pointing after, so didn’t expect much from the points section. I had also gone through the practice papers available on the internet, so I was surprised to find I had not done as well I had hoped on the run questions – I would have benefitted from Mr Hall explaining why each answer was right or wrong – you marked your

own as he read out the letters for the answers. I understand you are looking for wrong runs as well as identifying the correct one, however some of the correct runs were totally alien to me, and not having done the quarter miles if beginning or end were slightly changed it completely threw me. On the plus side I did much better on the points than I thought – you only have to know the road name, and a lot more had stuck than I had realised. After the test Mr Hall asked us how we had generally done with a show of hands, it seemed to be fairly spread as to those who had done very well and those who had struggled. He spoke to us about how we were getting on, and a little about when he was doing the Knowledge. He encouraged those who had done well and had completed their runs to put in for their 320 Test as soon as possible, it could be as soon as two weeks between your map test and first Appearance. Someone asked what Knowledge School the runs were from, but it was clear they were not from any, so I don’t think any school has an advantage for the Map Test.

I was surprised at the relaxed attitude of some of the candidates as I had expected it to be much more formal. Mr Hall mentioned he should be referred to as “Sir”, but no one seemed to, and some actually talked over him whilst he was speaking. Also, as we filed out I noted with curiosity that some actually shook Mr Hall’s hand; I always thought this was not de rigueur. To be on the safe side I left with a demure “thank you, Sir” avoiding physical contact. I’m sure it’s not a myth to remember your Knowledge etiquette throughout, passing the Knowledge is more than just knowing routes. Overall I think it was worthwhile – it has shown me where I am going wrong – I will have to do some school Map Test classes before my 320, but it has also reassured me on the methods I am using. It has made the Knowledge seem more real, and has spurred me to get to the next stage.

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The MYTH & METH Column So, the Olympics... If I’m honest, I am (we’re 2 weeks in now) thoroughly enjoying the spirit and atmosphere that has been generated by the games and visitors to our great City. YES, the restrictions are a nightmare and as a new cab driver I find myself constantly apologising for not being able to execute certain routes during these games. Having said that, I have found great satisfaction in transporting people from all over the globe, to every part  of London.  I hear 90% positives about everything that the 2012 games and London generally has offered (NOT including  weather, let’s  not be SILLY) the visiting tourists. Several people have commented specifically on our trade as well, noticing that we actually KNOW where we are going and that most (not all, tut tut) of us do our job without any use of a GPS navigator.   Really what I’m trying to say is WELL DONE to all  of  you cab drivers who have stayed and  endured the untested waters of the Olympics! I must admit I’m quite fond of London generally and have taken some really iconic shots over these last 2 weeks.   I would also like to take this opportunity to ask YOU, the reader, what topics you would like to hear about in future issues. I reckon I will be choosing from CAB heritage/ future designs, The place/ use of SAT NAV’s in our trade as well as a host of other topical/festive themes.

Please send requests/ suggestions to the email below.  info@thecallover.co.uk   I understand that the TPH has been closed during the Olympics for 2 weeks. I know how frustrating this can be when you are dying to get your next appearance out of the way, or you’re hoping to maintain some momentum from your last score. However you must appreciate how busy they are at any given time. Nevertheless I want to commend all those pupils I’ve seen at my old school throughout this period. ‘Calling over’ even when there are no current point sheets, hats off to that sort of dedication and discipline!   #SALUTE

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WEIRD TAXI FACT: APPARENTLY US HACKNEY CARRIAGE TAXIS ARE STILL REQUIRED BY LAW TO CARRY A ‘BALE OF HAY AND SACK OF OATS’.


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Kensington Sports Centre to Bristol Cars (No Holland Park Roundabout)

Barfly Bar to Water Rats Theatre PH via The Goodmixer PH

Left on Right ...............................................................................................Walmer Road Right .................................................................................................................. Mary Place Left ....................................................................................................................Sirdar Road Right ..........................................................................................................Wilsham Street Left ............................................................................................................Saint Anns Road Forward ................................................................................................... Saint Anns Villas Left ............................................................................................................. Royal Crescent Forward .......................................................................................................Addison Road Right ..........................................................................................Upper Addison Gardens Left ...................................................................................................... Holland Villas Road Right ..........................................................................................Lower Addison Gardens Left .................................................................................................................. Elsham Road Right .........................................................................................................Russell Gardens Left .................................................................................................................. Russell Road Left ................................................................................................Kensington high Street Set Down On Left

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Dream Bags & Jaguars to Highbury Pools (No Lights)

Lewisham Bowls to Royal Observatory (No Loampit Vale Roundabout)

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I’ve heard it said that the Knowledge never leaves you. Very true. Even when it’s no longer in your consciousness it occasionally comes back to haunt you. During August and September, the ghost of the Knowledge has come back to haunt thousands of unsuspecting cab drivers. The disruption caused by the Olympics and Paralympics has thrown up new challenges to many of us who thought we’d left the Knowledge back at in the Examiner’s Room. For those of you on the Knowledge, the Olympics is hopefully a bit less of an inconvenience. There are roads you are banned from riding down, but you can at least walk around them - so long as you don’t park anywhere silly. For newbies, the inconvenience will be more acute as you won’t have such a confident grasp of which closures and banned turns are temporary. Us cab drivers have a pretty good idea which diversions are temporary, but we live with the added pressure of carrying fare-paying passengers, a few of whom are still lacking full awareness of what is going on in London and how this affects their journey. The system of roadblocks is changeable without notice, so expect the unexpected, as things such as pop-up diversions can catch us out at any time. So, 25,000 cab drivers back on the Knowledge! At least it gives us something new to talk about. The cab cafes are full off chatter about closures and diversions. Drivers are boasting how they’ve invented new and exciting ways around diversions that only they know about. Others are trying to outdo each other with their war stories: how they negotiated their way around Hyde Park Corner as if they’d been on a bombing raid behind enemy lines. Or how they’d outwitted the Gestapo in their council camera cars after straying into an Olympic Lane (when they’re not watching “one last race” before finishing their tea and getting back in the cab to valiantly do battle once again). I always try to work weekends as I like the more relaxed atmosphere. I’d rather shuttle parties of tourists from St Paul’s to Westminster on a Saturday, than spend my day stressed out with people in suits telling me “I’ve a train to catch” or asking “are we nearly there yet?” But the most unpredictable disruption happens at the weekend, no more so than during the Olympics. I wrote off the first Games Saturday when Hyde Park Corner was shut off, then spent the rest of the weekend dreaming of it. Waking up in a fever worrying about diversions isn’t healthy. Yes, those of you on the Knowledge do it all the time I’m sure. Most cab drivers thought they’d left worrying over runs in the past and find it a shock to the system to feel like a Knowledge Boy again. By the time the games end, the roads around the palace will have been disrupted for over three months. My fear is that some roads will be closed permanently. I don’t know who had the idea of holding the Olympic beach

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volleyball in the centre of London, but it was totally unnecessary and disruptive to a city that is overcrowded and over congested as it is. We’re an island, we have plenty of beaches that could have been used. I heard someone say it was because we agreed to hold all events in London as far as possible, but that doesn’t carry water as many events are being held outside London: the football could all have been held in London, anywhere from Wembley to Brisbane Road; so why are games being played in Manchester and Newcastle? A Suburban Knowledge student can confirm this, but I suspect Cardiff and Glasgow aren’t even in the same country as London! Seemingly pointless road closures are nothing new. The People’s Republic of Islington have for years tormented motorists with speed humps, pointless chicanes, and 20 mph limits (has anyone ever actually seen a bus go through the bus lane in Theberton Street?). Us Cab drivers all hope that the Olympic Lanes will get reverted back to normal. The area around Harrods needs sorting out, that’s for sure; but sorting out could be used as an excuse by anti-car councils who want to make life as difficult as possible for motorists. My heart sinks when I’m asked to go anywhere near Westminster or Victoria. Yes, I get paid to sit in traffic jams, but I’d rather not have the aggravation. It would be more useful to stop people parking next to the Ritz in Piccadilly and mark the lanes out properly. Looking on the bright side, while I fear Westminster’s Council’s Games legacy could be a continuation of road closures, the cab trade’s legacy could be more appreciative. Back on the Knowledge we may be, but in doing so it has reminded ourselves, and our customers, why it is such a difficult thing to succeed in. Our concerns over exclusion from the games lanes has been well publicised, so we should have the public on our side. We have negotiated our way around London admirably, while our competitors have struggled with their redundant sat navs. We have survived through a grasp of geography, and through the skilful application of analysis and creativity. By the time of the next Olympics, most of you on the Knowledge now will be carrying passengers and using your skills in a similar way. Award yourself a Gold now! But if anyone knows the way to Westminster Bridge from Piccadilly Circus, please let us know.

Chris Ackrill


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My Hotel SW3 To My Hotel WC2

Chelsea Football Club to Claridges

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Leave on Left ...............................................................................................Fulham Road Forward .................................................................................................. Brompton Road Right ...................................................................................................... Beauchamp Place Forward ...........................................................................................................Pont Street Forward .................................................................................................... Chesham Place Comply ....................................................................................................Belgrave Square Leave By ................................................................................................. Grosvenor Place Comply .............................................................................................. Hyde Park Corner Leave By ..............................................................................................................Park Lane Right .......................................................................................................... Stanhope Gate Bear Left .................................................................................................. Deanery Street Left .................................................................................................... South Audley Street Right ............................................................................................................. Mount Street Left ..................................................................................................................Carlos Place Right ................................................................................................................ Mount Row Left ................................................................................................................ Davies Street Right .............................................................................................................. Brook Street Set Down on Right

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The average time from first appearance to licensing in months over the last 5 years are:

How many people would you say are currently studying the knowledge of London at present? It’s hard to quantify how many candidates are currently undertaking stages 1 and 2 of the Knowledge however on average the number of candidates on each stage of appearances for the last year 2011/2012 was 2574. That includes both green and yellow badge applicants. There is, or so I have heard, a 70% drop out rate for people who start the knowledge and never get round to completing it. Would you agree with that percentage?

Year

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25.5 22.3 23.7 25.9 27.8

17.5 16.4 16.8 19.9 21.1

Would you recommend students to attend a knowledge school? Yes, people seem to progress speedily as they are challenging themselves against other students and what stage they are at. That does not mean that people who don’t attend schools won’t be able to complete the knowledge within the same time, it is just an added extra that may help you with those tricky bits.

I cannot provide an exact percentage, however comparing the number of new applications each year with the number of new licensees gives an indication of the total success rate. As a fair estimate a third of all applicants will become licensed.

Frank Says: I am living proof of that but didn’t want to say anything in case they decided to take my badge back!

I know that are a certain amount of people that hand their badges back every year for various reasons perhaps ill health or retirement, but I have often wondered whether this number matches the number of new badges that are issued for that year?

With all the advancing technology of today do you ever envisage the satellite navigation system taking over the knowledge?

It normally evens out maybe with an extra few hundred new drivers on the road.

No because a sat nav is not able to update daily with road closures, or at busier times of the day nor are they able to tell you to use alternative routes. That is why the examination process is so thorough, you could be asked to get somewhere via a certain road or perhaps a Theatre show name or Club that a Sat Nav wouldnt have. Our drivers also need to realise the world around us is changing. I make the point regularly about drivers needing to accept credit

Once you get to appearances what’s the average time receiving your badge? It normally averages around the two year mark, but it depends on the individual and also if they work part time or full time.

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How many cabs are on the road compared to 10 years ago?

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..

The total number of licensed taxis in 2002 was 20,918 whereas the current numbers stand at 25,283 as at 16 July 2012 What do you think the magazine CallOver will bring to knowledge students of today and the future?

Frank Says: That pleased me as I have recently had one fitted! Was studying the knowledge of London easier 10 years ago?

I believe this will help people relate to each other and share each other’s thoughts and versions within the knowledge.

No not really. The only thing I feel that has changed within the last 10 years is it does take longer to complete as there is such a high demand to get on the knowledge and we can only manage a certain amount of applicants.

Listening to John giving his words and advice to the newly passed out recruits was really nice for me to see. The hand shake was then given to all and a photo for each person as a keepsake. It was great going back and watching how other people reacted after receiving there badge, it definitely took me back and reminded me how I felt about the day I received mine especially seeing what badge number I had been allocated. I hope some of your queries may have been answered by reading this article, if you have any questions that either I or John’s team might be able to help you with then please send an email or contact me via Twitter.

Do you think appearances will ever be computerised? I can not see it ever being fully computerised but there is always room to utilise technology. Do you think that another manufacturer will bring new designs other than LTI or Mercedes? Yes, there are a couple of interesting taxi project already in progress including a couple of all electric taxis which the manufacturers are looking to launch within the next couple of years. The shape of the old taxi has change minimally and it is a significant part of our London history.

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Velodrome Knowledge Mr Moggy has been furiously growing some Wigginseque burns in the hope it will give him super-speed on trusty LC! On this note, inspired by our velodrome success I have been pondering if it’s possible to do the Knowledge on a bicycle. I seriously think at least some pointing could be done efficiently – if you have the energy! Here are some thoughts on the idea: • If you got a Boris Bike and changed it every half an hour, the whole day’s transport would only cost a pound • You wouldn’t get so cold in the winter because you’d keep yourself warm pedalling • You’d have more time to look around when pointing, reducing ungainly u turns and backwards paddling • It’s easier to stop at the side of the road, or even cheekily hop off and nip round nasty junctions • No parking tickets or bus lane fines

Moggy’s Mentions

• You could fit a map board, but it might hinder the aerodynamics somewhat • You’d be amazingly fit, ready for the next Olympics!

Right, I can admit when I am wrong, I truly can, and I think I might have to eat some humble pie here – I say it loud and proud – I am thoroughly enjoying the Olympics! Team GB have done us proud – as I write we are third in the world, with Gold medals apparently raining down in a shower of glory. Watching it on TV has been strangely addictive – that lump in the throat from a Gold, the adrenaline rush of a nail biting battle and the heartache of a near miss. It’s like a real life soap opera, where we can vicariously share in the hopes and dreams of athletes, who have given everything with Herculean effort for four years to reach their goal. A bit like the Knowledge really.

But seriously, bar muffs would look silly on a push bike and really, who has the energy!?

Caption Competition My favourite moments so far have had to stem from our illustrious, if dangling, London Leader Boris – he takes so much flak, but why would someone who describes the female Beach Volleyball competitors as “Glistening like wet otters”!? So, I’d like this month, instead of an award, to start a caption competition. Here he is in all his bumbling glory – reply by Twitter or Facebook or even be old fashioned and write a postcard, but I’d love to hear your suggestions for this one!

I have recently started my fourth Blue Book and also have started Pointing. I am struggling to get to grips with Pointing overall – I can’t seem to find an efficient way of planning routes, then when I get out I aimlessly waft from one point to another missing the actual need for a turnaround or the crucial barrier in the middle of the road. I’m sure I ride far too far in circles, returning to the same road over and over when I could have collected them all in one pass. I have yet to find a method of retaining what I’m seeing, I “collected” over forty points the other day and could only recall eight on returning. Do I go back there? Do I keep revising them? It feels like I’m collecting snowflakes with a toothpick.

I am mindful of the negative effects the Olympics – the devastating economic implications for small businesses, especially cabbies, inevitable travel disruption, and I won’t even start on what “legacy” we will be left with. But it has been easy to be positive over the last couple of weeks. This may have something to do with the apparent media blackout on any negative coverage, but I even though I am guilty of it, I don’t think it is always helpful to bleat on negatively, it can breed pessimism which prevents growth and progression. The current general feeling is that of unifying Great Britain, inspiration and success, all beginning in our precious London.

But then I give up and come home to watch more Olympics. I’m sure all those athletes at some point stopped and thought, “what am I doing here? Will I ever succeed?” But they didn’t give up, they worked harder to get where they are today – the best in the world. I only want to be one of the best in London, so I will take two lumps of inspiration in my tea and press on. I’m sure it will get easier as I get into it. Hey, I remember sitting at Gibson Square thinking HOW?! And now I’m at Stoke Newington Church Street! Mr Moggy regularly impresses on me, complete with wagging finger, “you can’t fail the Knowledge, you can only give up.”

Till next month, don’t work too hard! Mog

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WORDSEARCH ROAD NAMES

ONES TO LOOK OUT FOR Wharf Road Grape Street Lisson Grove Clark Street Mabley Street Euston Road City Road Baker Street Gloucester Place Penton Street Three Colts Lane King Henrys Road

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4. Belsize Road you cant turn right into Kilburn High Road.

2. T  he First bluebook run is Manor House Station to Sloanne Square.

5. You can’t leave Honor Oak Park Station on the right.

3. Paddington Stations Cab Rank is now on Bishops Bridge Road.

6. Baker Street is a two-way Street.

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Leave By Park Lane  Right Stanhope Gate Bear Deanery Street Left South Audley Street Right Mount Street Left Davies Street Right Brook Street Comply Hanover Square

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THE KNOWLEDGE COLLEGE ANSWERS CROSSWORD (ACROSS) 1. WILLOWWALK 3. TOTTENHAMCOURTROAD 4. CLERKENWELLCLOSE 6. DEVONSHIRETERRACE 9. CROPLEYSTREET 10. MOUNTSTREET

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The question of what to do with the Olympic park and stadium once the games leave town has caused some controversy over the past few years, with everyone from Saracens Rugby Club to West Ham United eyeing the venue as a potential new base.

“Oh sweet city of my dreams, Of speed and skill and schemes, Like Atlantis you just disappeared from view”… The 1948 Olympics, which were held in the wake of WWII and centred mainly around Wembley, were famous for being the most austere ever held. There was certainly no cash available to build any brand new venues. Despite the tough economic conditions however, the games that year somehow managed to raise a profit of £29,000… can’t see that happening in 2012!

The legacies of the 1908 and 1948 London Olympics however were far more straightforward. The 1908 stadium, which stood on White City’s Wood Lane, was the first ever purpose-built Olympic venue, earning much-deserved praise at the time. Its construction transformed the history of the games, propelling the Olympics to world-class status.

The 1948 games were also the very first Olympics to be televisedalthough very few people in those days of course actually owned a set.

After the 1908 games, the 68,000 seater stadium continued to play a major part in London’s sporting calendar.

As with 1908, the 1948 games represented an important development in the Olympics’ history, ushering in stability and consistency- ever since 1948, the games have been held at their regular, four-year intervals without interruption.

Athletics, rugby, boxing and baseball were all hosted at the site, but it was speedway and greyhound racing that really took off, entertaining large crowds of Londoners for many years.

Perhaps the main legacy of the 1948 Olympics though was the strong sense of pride, friendship and togetherness which was forged between the exhausted nations; something which was most welcome so soon after the carnage and horror of WWII. And where better to hold such an Olympiad than London, a city celebrated for its courage, defiance and ability to rise from the flames…

Football was also prevalent during the stadium’s history, with France playing Uruguay at White City during the 1966 World Cup. For brief spells during the 1930s and 1960s, local team, Queen’s Park Rangers adopted the stadium as their home ground. Concerts were staged too- one of which brought the venue notoriety when, in May 1974, 650 David Cassidy fans were injured in a crush. One spectator- Bernadette Whelan, who was aged just 14, tragically lost her life in the disaster.

The healing nature of the 1948 Olympics was elegantly summed up in a song specially written for the closing ceremony and which all of the athletes joined in to sing….

The former White City Olympic venue finally closed its doors on 22nd September 1984 and was bulldozed the following year to make way for a new set of BBC offices.

“Let us be glad- but not because of winning: Let us go home one family today. God make our Games a glorious beginning, And hand in hand, together guide us on our way.”

The stadium’s sad demise was chronicled by The Pogues in their song, White City which was released in 1989:

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