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Well-known Member, Male, from London....City of contrast.
- London....City of contrast.
- A Licensed London taxi driver.
I'm married to a wife that puts up with my hi-fi and home cinema ramblings, we also have two daughters who are presently at university. Number one daughter has completed her four year master's degree in chemistry at the University of Nottingham and is now at Berkeley University in California to do her PhD which takes five year's as opposed to four in the UK. She was also offered, amongst other universities, places at Oxford & Cambridge but she turned both of them down with Cambridge replying at the end of a letter sent to her "that it was their loss". Part of the reason of refusing to accept the places offered to her at these universities were (1) A lack of upfront funding whereby American universities were throwing money at her and (2) In her heart of hearts she really wanted to go to Berkeley. So for us as parents a bitter sweet feeling as California is not driveable like Nottingham but ultimately we are happy for her. She also did a one year's exchange at McGill University in Canada (the equivalent to Oxford & Cambridge over here) on her third year at Nottingham. She has now passed her qualifying verbal exam to continue her PhD. So by the time i'm 108 she might actually be earning a decent income!!!!
Number two daughter is studying forensic biology to eventually go into um.... forensic biology and i've told her that if i'm not feeling too good she can practice on me, which ironically came too close in 2016. She is studying at Nottingham Trent which is a different University situated on the other side of the city from the University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent was originally a Polytechnic. She completed a year at Avans Uni in the Netherlands doing a one year's "sandwich course" before going back to Nottingham Trent to complete her third year this September on the above.
Ok, the latest about me is after suffering from a heart attack that I had at the beginning of May 2016 I had a stent fitted as a life saving emergency at the Royal Free hospital in Hampstead and four weeks later I had a triple heart bypass performed at St Bartholomews hospital in central London. 2016 hasn't been a great year for me as well as all those celebrities who have left us, or maybe it has.... as I survived. So as much as I hated renting a taxicab, as I said on a previous iteration of "about you", it was just as well that I was renting because (in hindsight which is a wonderful thing) although I still prefer the option of owning my own taxi as I had done for many year's, there are no business expenses if and when "things" go wrong. The taxicab went back to the fleet owner and was then rented out to another taxi driver. The reason for renting over the last few year's? The unreliable TX4 taxi with too many problems.
I passed a stress echo cardiogram in November 2016 (this is how well the general public are looked after and cost me £500 even though financially things were tough, the licensing regime don't pay) and I am now back at work as my taxicab license was reinstated. All in all I was unable to work for over seven months in 2016 because one can only take this test from around three months or so after the heart bypass op and not the actual attack. I did well on my recouperation as well as my rehabilitation and I was signed off after having my first appointment at St Bart's eight weeks after the op. This was a nice boost and a lovely surprise with regards to being told to effectively bu**er off so soon after the five hour op for both myself, wifey, daughters, family and friends. I now rent an older version of the TX series taxi, a TX2, as it will be cheaper to rent than a TX4 even though it isn't as nice.
With regards to going back to being an owner driver again. Well we now know the cost of the new replacement for the TX4. It is to be called the TX e-City and not the TX5 as thought and will be on sale at the tail end of 2017. It is to be a hybrid, as all new cabs must be from the 1st Jan 2018, so an electric powered cab with a small petrol engine, no diesel anymore. The cost (and this is with the government subsidy of £7.5k) a whopping £55.599 without interest. No thank you very much. I will now consider whether I continue renting, which I don't like, or purchase at some point a used euro 5 or euro 6 TX4.
I still miss my metallic grey "Fairway Driver" FX4 taxi (the older shape model where you opened the passenger door from the centre, and the TX e-City will be going back to that opening door system) as that was an inherently problem free model unlike the replacement TX series, and in particular the euro 4 TX4 not so much the euro 5 but also the last TX4 model the euro 6. The last version of the "older shape" FX4 cab had a Nissan 2.7 litre engine and matching auto gearbox which denoted the "Fairway" range of models. Mine, as mentioned above, was a "Fairway Driver" model and it was this "Driver" version that was the first purpose built taxi in the UK to have front disc brakes and by implication had to have a redesigned front suspension. The "Fairway" series was known in the trade as "bullet proof" as it was 99.9% reliable and was the very last iteration of this model shape until the TX series took over, the TX1, TX2 and the TX4 there was no TX3.
Things could have been sooo different, apparently I sailed a little too close to the wind for comfort after the op and I needed a higher blood transfusion than is usual. It took around two and a half day's after the op for the doctor's to get me back into the real world. If I hadn't rallied at that point wifey was told there was a possibility of doing a CT scan. Wifey saw how I looked just after the five hour open heart surgery and it must of been a very worrying sight for her as I was in intensive care with various tubes coming in and out of me. Of course I wouldn't have known about anything as I was "out of it" so to speak.
This proves that money isn't everything although (unfortunately) it helps.... a lot. At the time of being unable to work I was on income support allowance. I cancelled that benefit at the point of going back to work in late November 2016 although I won't quite be doing the hours I used to do. At 66 now I don't intend to live to work anymore as I have done for over forty years... but work to live.
SignaturePedestrian standing on the pavement calls out "Taxi"!....Taxi driver driving past calls back "pedestrian"!....and why not, that's what I say.