Polish chippy? **** yourselfeverything in life gets dumbed down these days. in times gone by an apprentice chippy would be expected to buy his own tools piece by piece, week by week. Stanley made the best block plane, Marples the best chisels, Disston the best panel saws etc etc. he would learn how to sharpen these quality items and they would be with him for decades. nowadays where price is paramount and quality has given over to speed, a chippy's toolbag is full of disposable wicks and B&Q tools. they do the same job and for any imperfections a mixture of filla and a lower expectation will suffice. if the price was right and they turned up without too long a wait the customer will gladly pass them onto friends. the one exception being uncle Albert. a cantankerous old git who likes the old methods and insists on perfection.
are there enough uncle Alberts around to save the black cab? when will the last be bed bound? i saw the mixture of filla and lower expectation sunday night and it involved all 3 emergency services on a very quiet road in west london. i'm honest enough to say it doesn't look good for us professionals and i fully expect to be on another path next year. will i be using Uber to get around? it's as likely as me employing a Polish chippy i guess.
i've resigned myself to it. though if you think the knowledge is about 320 runs you are very much mistaken. they are just a taste of london. i can only remember one run (manor house stn - gibson sq) and nobody has ever asked me to go there.Well "waze" is better than 320 cabbie runs cus i keep eye on traffic do loads of backstreets , cabbie without sat nav will stay in traffic stay and stay or do u turns and "i know better way" where theres also a traffic and customer paying more and more and more. Technology going further you cant stop it cabieeeeee
Generaly speaking, you cannot compare a marks & sparks suit to a hand stitched one from Saville Row, ideally most prefer the latter, but this is not an ideal world, and More people are choosing to make - do with the former, but if both sides were to make some changes, I think they can co - exist for a longtimeit is over the top but i honestly can't think of another way to learn london. the problem is the qualification of having the map of london in your head is non transferable. i cannot emigrate to Canada and use this qualification. it's london centric. the only way TFL would allow me to drive a black cab. happily they take new knowledge student's money but do not defend the trade. 'protectionism' is a term that has been used against the taxi trade and one that the trade has been quick to argue against. i would rather justify it and call for more. by signing up and committing time and money for a qualification that can only be used for one thing, the regulating authority surely has an obligation to protect that one thing. if technology has surpassed the qualification then close the books and start the ending process.
as for training minicab drivers, there really is no need.