[Talk-GB] Future UK mapping parties

John McKerrell john at mckerrell.net
Tue Jul 17 10:57:55 BST 2007

I'm also hoping to organise a mapping party in Liverpool later in the  
year. I'm thinking some time around the end of October so we'll just  
have to hope the weather isn't too bad.


On 17 Jul 2007, at 10:14, Dave wrote:

> On 17/07/07, Andy Allan <gravitystorm at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 7/16/07, Abigail Brady <morwen at evilmagic.org> wrote:
>>> On 7/16/07, Andy Allan <gravitystorm at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> ... not in my experience! They all use GPS devices, and the last  
>>>> time
>>>> I got a taxi he took us to the wrong part of Hammersmith (the
>>>> streetname was similar to the one we wanted, and pulled out an A-Z.
>>> Was that a real taxi driver (who do have to pass this scary  
>>> test), or a
>>> mini-cab person?
>> I only take black cabs, so all my experiences are with "real"  
>> drivers.
>> I think The Knowledge is either something which is passed and then
>> quickly forgotten, or else rapidly becoming a legend from days of
>> yore.
> They all generally know the west end and the city perfectly. And most
> can find tube stations and railway stations without difficulty. But as
> there is no requirement to take the test on a regular basis, and as
> the human brain generally (in my personal experience) resembles a
> sieve, it's not something I'd expect most taxi drivers to remember.
> Unfortunately the law requiring them to carry a bale of hay in the
> boot was repealed in 1976... I despair...
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