Name: Mr Hackney Carriage
Profession: London Black Cab Driver
How long have you driven a cab for?
What’s the strangest object that’s been left in your cab (one cabbie once told me, a dead pig!)?
I get lots of the usual, phones and stuff, but 3 tomatoes was probably the oddest
Do you genuinely take the shortest route?
Yes, of course
Who are the rudest passengers?
They’re New Yorkers
What’s the oddest thing a tourist has said/asked/done?
Nothing springs to mind. Mostly they just try to pay in their own currency – like Rubles.
What’s been the strangest thing about driving a cab during the Olympics?
How blinking quiet it is
Since people often yell ‘Taxi!’ at you, have you ever just had enough and yelled back ‘Pedestrian!’?
What do you have for breakfast?
Do you drink lots of tea?
Yes, but green tea
Who’s been the most famous person you’ve had in your cab?
Sir Paul McCartney, he was very nice.
Did he tip?
Fluff, no wonder my offerings are sneered at. Any other famous people?
What’s that Australian singer…erm…Kylie. She was nice too.
Do you ever listen in to conversations going on in the back?
[Grins, pauses] I try not to!
What do you like the most about taxi driving?
What do you loathe the most?
Have Addison Lee et al affected your business?
What do you like people to call you?
Who are the worst drivers?
What is your favourite part of London?
The City – I like the vibe
Anything else you’d like to add?
Trivial Pursuits would like to thank Mr Hackney Carriage for answering our questions. Better be off now though – Taxi!