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5th Nov '17 12:30:16 PM pvsage
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Although in the US, [[TheTaxi taxi]] drivers often have a FunnyForeigner stereotype, it's quite different (in a sense, the antithesis) in England. Often ex-[[OldFashionedCopper police]], the drivers of black cabs (or to be technical, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hackney_carriage#Black_cabs Hackney Carriages]]) are known for falling into the second type of PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad and liking to share with their customers their views on what's wrong with society today (immigrants, the youth, etc.) and their proposed solutions (public hangings and floggings). Not to be confused with black people who drive cabs, toward whom this character might not be congenial. [[note]]This is heading for DiscreditedTrope status in modern times, as London has one of the highest ratios of ethnic minorities to white people in the whole country and it's much easier to be prejudiced against an abstract concept than against people you've actually met.[[/note]]

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Although in the US, [[TheTaxi taxi]] drivers often have a FunnyForeigner stereotype, it's quite different (in a sense, the antithesis) in England. Often ex-[[OldFashionedCopper police]], the drivers of black cabs (or to be technical, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hackney_carriage#Black_cabs Hackney Carriages]]) are known for falling into the second type of PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad and liking to share with their customers their views on what's wrong with society today (immigrants, the youth, etc.) and their proposed solutions (public hangings and floggings). Not to be confused with black people who drive cabs, toward whom this character might not be congenial. [[note]]This congenial[[note]]This is heading for DiscreditedTrope status in modern times, as London has one of the highest ratios of ethnic minorities to white people in the whole country and it's much easier to be prejudiced against an abstract concept than against people you've actually met.[[/note]]
[[/note]], or with Uber drivers who offer the company's luxury service in black-on-black sedans.
22nd Oct '17 11:42:21 AM darrenr
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* It is a cabbie's rather melodramatic account of the previous night's events which makes David realise the reality of his situation in ''AnAmericanWerewolfInLondon''

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* It is a cabbie's rather melodramatic account of the previous night's events which makes David realise the reality of his situation in ''AnAmericanWerewolfInLondon''''AnAmericanWerewolfInLondon''.
22nd Oct '17 11:42:21 AM darrenr
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22nd Oct '17 11:41:52 AM darrenr
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* It is a cabbie's rather melodramatic account of the previous night's events which makes David realise the reality of his situation in ''AnAmericanWerewolfInLondon''
27th May '17 5:19:25 PM nombretomado
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* A ''{{Viz}}'' strip had Cockney Wanker taking the Knowledge, which included directions from two arbitrary points for Londoners (a straightforward journey) and out-of-towners (Up the M1 to Dundee, and back down again), and being able to do a stream-of-consciousness speech from any topic to "Enoch Powell, send them all back" (known as "The Ignorance").

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* A ''{{Viz}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Viz}}'' strip had Cockney Wanker taking the Knowledge, which included directions from two arbitrary points for Londoners (a straightforward journey) and out-of-towners (Up the M1 to Dundee, and back down again), and being able to do a stream-of-consciousness speech from any topic to "Enoch Powell, send them all back" (known as "The Ignorance").
12th Mar '17 11:01:07 AM nombretomado
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* On ''Radio/TheNowShow'', MitchBenn parodied the news that the WOMD dossier was partly based on the testimony of a Baghdad taxi driver by imagining him as a driver of a black cab:

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* On ''Radio/TheNowShow'', MitchBenn Music/MitchBenn parodied the news that the WOMD dossier was partly based on the testimony of a Baghdad taxi driver by imagining him as a driver of a black cab:
12th Feb '17 5:18:22 AM DaibhidC
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* Creator/TSEliot used to tell the story of how he was picked up by a cabbie with "an eye for a celebrity" who told him "Only the other evening I picked up Creator/BertrandRussell and I said to him 'Well, Lord Russell, what's it all about then?' And do you know, he couldn't tell me."
29th Aug '16 3:27:36 AM JackG
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* Although involving a New York cabbie, there's a scene in ''Series/TheEqualizer'' that has a stereotypical cabbie griping to Robert [=McCall=] about crime and PoliceAreUseless. It's not until the cab is stopped by some thugs running a shakedown racket on unlicensed cab drivers that the audience realises it's actually exposition on why he's called the Equalizer for help.
29th Jun '16 2:35:23 AM Morgenthaler
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* From ''DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency'':

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* From ''DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency'':''Literature/DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency'':
4th Apr '16 10:40:46 AM DarkPhoenix94
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The test taken to qualify as a Black Cab driver in London is called "The Knowledge[[note]]of London Examination[[/note]]", takes about ''three years'' to study for, and requires a ridiculously intuitive knowledge of [[UsefulNotes/OneLondonThirtyThreeBoroughs London geography]]. As Creator/BillBryson put it, "[London cabbies] would sooner entrust their teenage daughters to [[EvilChancellor Alan]] [[ReallyGetsAround Clark]] for a weekend than admit they've never heard of your destination", but chances are they have.

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The test taken to qualify as a Black Cab driver in London is called "The Knowledge[[note]]of London Examination[[/note]]", takes about ''three years'' to study for, and requires a ridiculously intuitive knowledge of [[UsefulNotes/OneLondonThirtyThreeBoroughs London geography]]. It gets to the point where the memory centres of a cabby's brain are recognisably larger than those of a normal person. As Creator/BillBryson put it, "[London cabbies] would sooner entrust their teenage daughters to [[EvilChancellor Alan]] [[ReallyGetsAround Clark]] for a weekend than admit they've never heard of your destination", but chances are they have.
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