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Category Archives: Cabbie’s Curios

My Upcoming Book….The Knowledge: Train Your Brain Like A London Cabbie

During the course of the past year I have been working on a book in conjunction with Quercus Publishing (a subsidiary of the Hachette UK Group).

It is now my great pleasure to announce that the book is now available for pre-order.

The Knowledge: Train Your Brain Like A London Cabbie’ will feature a rare insight into what studying The Knowledge (the intense process which must be passed in order to become a London taxi driver) involves, along with a sample of 50 official routes used to coach apprentice cabbies, various brain training techniques and an array of London trivia.

The book will be illustrated throughout with beautiful maps and images created by artist and cartographer, Jamie Whyte

To find out more, please click here.
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Glimpse of the past…. Eerie Mannequins, a Halloween Special

In March 1925 a huge fire erupted at Madame Tussauds, the famous waxwork museum on Marylebone Road.

The fire at Madame Tussauds, March 1925 (image: Copyright London Illustrated News)

So intense was the blaze that flames leapt up to 5o feet into  the air and, according to a report in the Manchester Guardian, one eyewitness who lived opposite said the “wax models could be distinctly heard sizzling.

The two unsettling images below depict damaged dummies which were salvaged from the building’s smouldering ruins.

Sleep tight….

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Time Out Blog: Nine things you probably didn’t know about Euston station

Euston is 180 years old this July. My latest blog for Time Out looks at some unusual trivia associated with the station. Please click here to read more.

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