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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Remind Me NOT to Hail a Taxi in England....

The regulars that read my blog know that sometimes I veer away from photography now and then
do some fun stuff on my blog.

One of the things I occasionally do is FUNNY  REAL NEWS stories
and then MY COMMENTS in bold italics.

one of those days!!!


Here goes!:

In February, aspirants for taxicab licenses in Portsmouth, England, were officially
informed by the City Council that application forms are available in
other languages or in "audio," "large print," or "Braille." [Job
Announcement cited in Volokh Conspiracy blog, 2-3-10] [Daily
Telegraph, 1-30-10]

Say WHAT????

1. So, you can get a BRAILLE application to drive a taxi in England?
2. And, don't worry if you really aren't BLIND, but you can still get it in LARGE PRINT so you can SEE IT???

3. If you can't read, you can get it in, don't worry about those STOP signs and ROAD signs,  and STREET NAME signs, they really don't matter, do they?

4. Remind me to opt for those darling horse and carriage rides instead of a cab in England then, okay? Maybe the horse can see, at least.  Oh, and maybe they can speak better English too.


Jeanne Estridge said...

That's pretty scary.

I wonder if the drivers of those double-decker buses have to be able to see and read?

Unknown said...

LOL, unbelievable that it's offered in braille! I wonder if the cab fare is cheaper if one has to help the driver.

MadSnapper said...

YOWSA! i am with you no taxi's over there, but then i don't have to worry since i don't float or fly, and i cant get a taxi or a train to get me over there. to cute, loved it

Anonymous said...

A blind taxi driver would be a thrill a minute. Reminds me of the Kamakazi (former suicide pilots of Japan's imperial air force) taxi drivers in Tokyo in the early 1950s. At the time there were few stop signs, fewer traffic lights and pedestrians had the right of way. So to hire a taxi in Tokyo was to see what a suicide pilot saw. A thrill a minute. Horn blaring and drive like a bat out of hell.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my blogging buddies...

Patty, and Abe Lincoln
Brookville, Ohio

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Ha Ha ha, Joan.... Another funny one!!!!!


Insanitykim said...

Oh it's ok...their taxis are pulled by horses, so, there is at least ONE pair of working eyes! ;)

Mellodee said...

There are regulations in Texas law covering acquisition of Hunting licenses for the legally blind! I swear!

Unknown said...

OMG! And I thought city cab drivers stateside were scary!

Pat Tillett said...

Based on the manner in which he drove, I believe I've ridden in the vehicle of a blind cab driver...

SquirrelQueen said...

From some of the stories I have heard about the traffic in London being blind might be an improvement. I think I'll go for the horse drawn carriage too.

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