Our most precious things in life are our children, so why do the eco-warriors in London persist on transporting them on their bikes? Today, I saw one which had a plastic cradle attached to the handlebars with a 3-year-old perched on top.
Monthly Archives: December 2020
I‘ve had a mental block regarding blogging just lately. It’s nothing unusual, it happens lots of times to lots of bloggers. I’m scratching my head staring at a lone cursor blinking forlornly in the middle of a blank white screen, with my liver-spotted hands poised over the keys. So, I had a look around at the usual what to do when you can’t think what to do websites, looking for motivation, and unsurprisingly they all seem to have the same what to do suggestions.
So, I could bang on about Brexit, now only two days away, though it seems every man and his dog are now counting down.
Uber, given a reprieve, could be examined to see if they are now whiter-than-white. But the reality, with a quiet Christmas out of the way, was there even enough customers to put in a complaint?
I could give my predictions for next year, only to forever having comments uploaded about how wide-off the mark I’d been.
In the end, I’ve sat down and decided to write. What about, I haven’t a clue, but we’ll see what happens.
What On Earth Can I Say?
Having retired, writing is a feeling of catharsis. It costs nothing to put pen to paper and even the most obscure topic will be read by someone in the world who might even reply.
So . . . I have nothing to say, but here I am saying something, and hoping something might just might, turn up.
It’s been an extraordinary year, with Covid-19, something the experts at Public Health England assured us would never reach our shores. Well, without the risk of saying “I told you so” when first reading of this virus in China I started a 1-line diary. Starting on 31st December 2019, every day I recorded how this malevolent form was impacting our lives. If you are minded to, you can read it next month under ‘Coronavirus Journal‘.
As this blog is about London I should mention that this New Year’s fireworks will not be claiming, as in the past: ‘London Is Open’, when clearly it isn’t.
Next year I should decide whether to surrender my ‘Bill’, that’s my licence if you’re not one of a dwindling band of London cabbies speaking the lingo. I haven’t driven for 2 years (could I even find my way from Buckingham Palace to Trafalgar Square?), and to maintain the licence costs over £200 a year.
How many intend to return to the office, all bright and bushy-tailed, next year. Or will London become a ghost town with tumbleweed blowing through the City?
The West End has been decimated, many shows including Phantom of the Opera closed, so no more young Japanese taking selfies outside Her Majesty’s Theatre at 10.15 at the end of the show.
The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine looks promising, as does the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine but as the Americans say: “You do the Math”, protecting an entire country is going to take over a year, so where does that leave London’s leisure sector, and by extension, the Licensed Black Cabbie?
Happy New Year
There you have it. I had nothing to say and most of what I said amounted to nothing that hasn’t already been said. I’ll leave it at that. I just want to wish everyone a very happy and healthy New Year and may 2021 be Covid-19 free. Thank you to everyone for your continued support during this year.
London in Quotations: Jimmy Kimmel
How can you ever be late for anything in London? They have a huge clock right in the middle of the town.
Jimmy Kimmel (b.1967), Jimmy Kimmel Live! 5th March, 2013
London Trivia: The first smog
On 27 December 1813 smog descended upon London, lasting until 3 January 1814, it was said to have spread as far as the North Downs. The worst area affected was the East End where the density of factories and homes burning coal was greater than anywhere else in the Capital. Here people claimed not to be able to see from one side of the street to the opposite pavement. It caused the Prince Regent to turn back from a trip to Hatfield.
On 27 December 1871 the world’s first cat show was held at Crystal Palace, a staggering 200,000 people attended
In 1841 the Metropolitan Police reported there were 9,409 prostitutes and 3,325 brothels known to the police across the 17 police districts
St Pancras station’s bricks are that famous red colour because they’re made from Nottinghamshire clay supplied by the Nottingham Patent Brick Co. Ltd.
St. James’s Palace and its park were formerly the site of a leper hospital for women dedicated to Saint James the Less, the palace was secondary in importance
Trafalgar Square was to have been called ‘King William the Fourth’s Square’ architect and landowner George Ledwell Taylor suggested its name
Charles I’s statute in Trafalgar Square stands on the site of the original Charing Cross marking where all distances from London start
Tradition has it that Pimlico is named after Ben Pimlico, a 17th Century Hoxton brewer who supplied London with a popular Nut Brown ale
Running between Old Street and City Road Bath Street recalls the location of London’s first purpose built outdoor facility the Peerless Pool
London has fewer bridges spanning its principal river than Paris but has 23 underwater tunnels more than any other city in the world
Arsenal were founded as Dial Square in 1886 by workers at the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich, but were renamed Royal Arsenal shortly afterwards
Bank is the only one-syllable station name and Knightsbridge is the only London street name with six consecutive consonants
Trivial Matter: London in 140 characters is taken from the daily Twitter feed @cabbieblog.
A guide to the symbols used here and source material can be found on the Trivial Matter page.
Christmas Quiz 2020
You have eaten your fill and now find yourself looking at CabbieBlog’s baker’s dozen of foodie questions. The correct answer will turn green when it’s clicked upon, and the incorrect answers will turn red giving the correct explanation.