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Sunday, October 01, 2006

Theme Day - Taxis

Today's theme day for the City Daily Photobloggers is Taxis.

Now I've spoken about London taxis before so for this theme day, I'd like you to imagine sitting here for eight hours a day. Now consider Fred Housego, a black cab driver who became one of Mastermind's most popular winners. (Mastermind is a UK TV quiz that combines searching questions on specialist and general knowledge subjects)

Taxi courtesy of Colts Taxis.

46 Daily Photo sites are participating in the 1st October theme, please use the links to below to visit them.

Due to time zone differences and other factors, the theme photo may not be displayed until later if you are viewing early in the day.

1 (Porto ) -2 (Albuquerque ) -3 (London ) -4 (Seattle, WA (USA) [Kim] ) -5 (Edinburgh ) -6 (Stayton, OR ) -7 (Greenville, SC ) -8 (Budapest ) -9 (Antigua Guatemala ) -10 (Alexandria, VA ) -11 (Manila ) -12 (Twin Cities ) -13 (Szentes ) -14 (Paris ) -15 (Portsmouth ) -16 (Ryde ) -17 (Sydney ) -18 (Oulu ) -19 (Singapore [keropok] ) -20 (Santiago ) -21 (Melbourne, Aust ) -22 (Dubai UAE ) -23 (Bandung (Indonesia) ) -24 (Copenhagen ) -25 (Sequim ) -26 (Singapore ) -27 (Tenerife ) -28 (Sharon, CT ) -29 (Tuzla, B&H ) -30 (Jakarta (Indonesia) ) -31 (Rotterdam ) -32 (Brussels ) -33 (Stavanger (Norway) ) -34 (Aliso Viejo, CA ) -35 (Oshawa, ON, Canada ) -36 (Vantaa, Finland ) -37 (Trier (Germany)) -38 (Newcastle upon Tyne ) -39 (Hong Kong ) -40 (Shang Hai ) -41 (Brussels ) -42 (San Diego, CA (USA) ) -43 (Sydney (Nathalie)) -44 (St Paul (USA)) -45 (Delta, USA) -46 (Trujillo, Peru) -

posted by Ham at 00:02 -- Comments here: 25

Comments on "Theme Day - Taxis"


Blogger Eric said ... (00:50) : 

This one seems quite modern it a Black cab?


Blogger Kim said ... (01:58) : 

Super shot from the cabbie's point of view, Ham! I remember how suprised I was at how old the London taxi seemed, and my husband, who has been to London remarked this was quite ususal. Eric's comment makes me want to see the exterior of this one, as well. Kudos,
PS-your photo makes me wonder if Chris in Newcastle will also feature a behind the wheel view, since he's a driver himself. . . heading off that way now. -K.


Blogger Denton said ... (02:20) : 

Interesting photo and story. I had expected a photo of the London taxi unique style. Instead we receive the taxi drivers point of view. Very good.


Blogger Kate said ... (03:44) : 

Great; different, obviously, than had been expected. Creative.


Blogger Edulabbe said ... (04:00) : 

Mmmm. I've never thought what does a cab driver feel after 8 or more hours behind his steering wheel. Boredom? Stress? Sadness? Frustration?

Greetings from Chile


Anonymous John - Melbourne said ... (04:30) : 

I thought I was going to see a lot of yellow cars with taxi on the top today, so far I'm very impressed.. good one Ham, something a bit different for sure.


Anonymous Rudy Girón said ... (06:16) : 

Inside look at cab, great, now can I seat in?


Blogger Irredento Urbanita said ... (07:05) : 

Strange for me see the driver seat on the right. You did I remember that yesterday I saw a video about Stephen Gerrard (star of Liverpool F.C.). He was also driving his luxurious car on the right.

Greetings from perú


Blogger Lavender Lady said ... (07:48) : 

What a great photo! At first I'm thinking something is not right in this picture...then I remembered where you are! The first time I was in England I had a hard time getting used to driving on the other side of the car, much less the otherside of the road.


Blogger ~tanty~ said ... (08:04) : 

Very creative shot!


Blogger Kris said ... (08:20) : 

ooh, thanks the the insight!
i got to read the link to know about Fred


Blogger Zsolt72 said ... (09:19) : 

Weeks ago I took a photo inside, too. But then I changed my mind because I didnt find it as interesting as the slogan I posted finally. But your inside pic is really surprising to me with thiese old features in the modern Londond:)


Blogger Ham said ... (10:07) : 

Yes, this is a "balck cab" which usd to be unique to London (and only black) but now can be found elsewhere and in different colours. The driver's compartment is very spartan by modern standards and separated from the pasengers. The cabs are unbelievably expensive to buy for what is really a van with a different body.

Some features of the cab - it can turn round in a very small space, the doors can be locked by the driver to stop the passengers jumping out. There is no spaxe in the boot (trunk) for bags.


Blogger Jazzy said ... (12:37) : 

i can't even imagine how difficult it is to sit behind the wheels for 8 hours but than again if the people are interesting time can fly.


Blogger kaa said ... (13:03) : 

good shot of the inside of the taxi. creative..


Blogger Jing said ... (13:27) : 

oo...really modern cab i guess!
It looks different from those cabs in Shanghai.


Blogger John Nez said ... (15:47) : 

I've noticed that cab drivers have some of the most interesting blogs out there.

Taxi Tales, for instance is full of fascinating observations and colorful incidents. Seems like a really interesting line of work, compared to sitting at a desk all day long shuffling papers.


Blogger Kitten Heels said ... (19:04) : 

A 'balck' cab Ham?? that's a new one!! Weren't they originally called Hackney carriages? Or is that a random piece of info that belongs somewhere else?


Anonymous Pamela said ... (20:53) : 

You know you've been an expat too long ...

... when you look at this for ages thinking, I dunno, but there's something irregular and finally realising that the steering wheel is on the "wrong" side.

No doubt, I can get pills for this. :)

Great photo Ham.


Blogger Ham said ... (22:30) : 

John, you are right, here are two taxi blogs for anyone that's interested.

Kitten Heels - ye-e-e-s, but I might be saving that part of the story up for another day ;-)

Pamela - never fear, digital technology is here to help... look for the button that says "flip" and the world will settle back down.


Blogger Kitten Heels said ... (23:00) : 

oops sowwy I'll be quiet now


Blogger Nathalie said ... (00:19) : 

Great approach to the topic!


Anonymous Helen said ... (02:43) : 

Unique take to the topic.


Blogger Felicia said ... (17:34) : 

I like your perspective!


Blogger Sally said ... (09:01) : 

Like the others said, a thoughtful post.


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