Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Cabbies too smart to charge correct fare

London cabbies who successfully learn The Knowledge have more grey matter in their brains than ordinary taxi drivers. A recent report shows that after four years of studying the city's routes, those who pass the test have an enlarged hippocampus.

That's the part of the brain |related to memory and spatial navigation, not a university for large river-dwelling mammals with big nostrils.

I've a feeling further study might show that the average London taxi driver also has an enlarged rip-em-offus. That's the part of the brain related to the ability to charge large sums of money for taking overly-long routes to ferry unsuspecting visitors around unfamiliar streets. It'd be interesting to know what a |study of Belfast's private hire black taxi drivers would show.

Based on my own field |study, ie being charged £10 from IKEA to the Ormeau Road, I reckon that we'd find some Brassus Neckus, Bellyus Maximus and of course, Bigus Windowsus.

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