Cabbie Alf Townsend

ISBN: 9780750932462

Published: April 1st 2003

Hardcover

160 pages


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Cabbie  by  Alf Townsend

Cabbie by Alf Townsend
April 1st 2003 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 160 pages | ISBN: 9780750932462 | 3.20 Mb

In 1963 Alf Townsend passed The Knowledge - after 14,000 miles on a moped round central London. Since then he has covered millions of miles in his taxi. This book includes a selection of his tales of everyday life as a cabbie, in which we meet MrMoreIn 1963 Alf Townsend passed The Knowledge - after 14,000 miles on a moped round central London. Since then he has covered millions of miles in his taxi.

This book includes a selection of his tales of everyday life as a cabbie, in which we meet Mr Whippy and Violent Pete, Bread Roll Mick and the Motorway Mouse, Claude the Bastard and the mysterious Mr X. Alf also examines the history of cab-driving in the capital - including the variety of taxis that have been used - and even tries to shed some light on the most ancient and obscure Hackney Carriage laws that are still on the statute book.

(Do you know why a taxi is so tall? So a passenger can get on board wearing a top hat: its true...) Concluding with a look at the seamy side of night work, the rise and rise of the mini-cab, and what the future may hold for the London cabbie, Alf Townsends book should prove entertaining reading for all Londoners, and anyone else who has travelled in the back of a black cab.



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