I’ve loved London since I was a child; a passion especially boosted by day trips to museums and being allowed to watch episodes of ‘Minder‘ before bedtime!
Before becoming a London cabbie, I worked in Secondary Education. I had experience at schools in Watford and Telford; working in units with teenagers who had severe learning and behavioral problems. I then went on to train as an English teacher, working in schools in Birmingham, West Bromwich and Dudley.
After leaving my first calling, I struggled to find employment, and spent time on the dole, followed by spells working in department stores and supermarkets.
I moved back to the south-east and discovered ‘The Knowledge‘; the training course to become a qualified London Taxi Driver.
I enrolled on it and, after a gruelling 4 1/2 years, managed to pass and have never looked back (please click the menu bar; ‘The Knowledge of London; Training to be a London Cabbie‘ for a detailed account of that experience).
I’m very proud of my roots… as with many Londoners, they are rather mixed:
My Great Grandmother (on my Mother’s side) was a Native American; an Arapaho Indian (a tribe referenced by the late, great Ian Dury and his band, ‘The Blockheads’ in the classic tune, ‘Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick’)…. maybe there’s something in the genes there that helped my instinct and sense of direction!
My Grandfather (on my father’s side) was Irish; a County Cork man…must be where I get my luck and that other famous cabbie trait; the ‘gift of the gab’ from!
My first book- ‘The Knowledge: Train Your Brain Like a London Cabbie‘ is due out in May 2018.
Thank you so much for visiting, I hope you enjoy your time in my virtual Taxi!