I have a confession, as from this month I’ve become a bit of a fraud. Ever since CabbieBlog has been uploading missives, I’ve boasted about being a London cabbie. This month I surrendered my badge and bill, so I can’t claim that again. This has occurred due to health issues, the difficulty with London’s traffic, but mainly Sadiq Khan removing thousands of cabs from the fleet, resulting in an inability to find a vehicle when you want to work part-time.
What I’m Listening
For anyone who has dreamed of becoming a writer (see the last paragraph of this post) Ed Reardon’s Week, was first broadcast on Radio 4 and available to purchase, and is essential listening. Written semi-naturalistically in the style of a radio drama, it concerns the story of a curmudgeonly middle-aged writer described in the show’s publicity material as an ‘author, pipesmoker, consummate fare-dodger and master of the abusive email’. Victor Meldrew is mild-mannered by comparison.
What I’m Reading
Dr Amir Khan: The Doctor Will See You Now is a powerful story and a rare insider account of what goes on behind those surgery doors written during the Covid-19 crisis – hope and heartbreak and everything in between. I’ll never complain about the NHS again.
What I’m watching
During this Platinum Month, I’ve been immersing myself in our Queen’s Jubilee and watching Netflix’s The Crown. My earliest memory of the Coronation was being given a pen and pencil set both with matching crowns in my first year at primary school, it’s a pity I didn’t keep them.
I was expecting my memoir Everyone Is Entitled To My Opinion to have been published by now. Now delayed due to my Gmail account not always allowing me to contact eBook Versions who are formatting the manuscript. It’s been a long journey from 23rd October 2018 when I agreed to write my autobiography for PenguinRandom House.
5 thoughts on “June’s monthly musings”
Shame you surrendered your badge. Are you not allowed to keep it for nostalgia reasons, even if you don’t work?
TfL are worried that you might still use the badge to gain work, but for only £200 a year I could retain my bill and badge!
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For less than four quid a week, I might have done that for old time’s sake. 🙂
I am hoping , even in your retirement from active cab driving that you will keep an eye on cab culture and keep letting we fans know how history plays out. Your insights and observations about not only London cab society but the world at large make our lives most enjoyable. All the best, Mark in Colorado US and when I can escape the increasingly bazaar Colonies, Lond
Thank you for your kind comments, as yes I’ll still be posting most days.