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We've all taken a dodgy cab in our time. One guy asked me to give him a back-rub in exchange for letting me off the fare. I was like, "here's the cash mate." Another chappy claimed to be Paddy Patel - a child actor from UK TV series Tuckers Luck - he drove like a speed freak and regaled me with stories that "playing a black Irish boy. England wasn't ready for it." So go on - tell us your worst and we'll tell the world.

[edit: for those confused by the term mini-cab, London has two sorts of taxis: highly regulated, licensed and salt-of-the-earth black cabs that you see in films and a whole bunch of unlicensed, uninsured, random cars driven by nutters who aren't supposed to pick up from the street (you have to phone for them). They are universally rubbish]

(, Wed 26 May 2004, 21:44)
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Taxi hell
Most expensive: Lagos, where a taxi to the airport costs you 100 dollars, leaving you precious little for customs bribes.

Blatant rip-off: Japan, where the drivers will act lost, taking you on an expensive tour of the city whilst trying to find the largest hotel in Tokyo, which is, it turns out only 400 yards from where you started.

Most frightening: Nicosia, where the drivers only have two speeds: stop and 95mph.

Most frightening 2: Brazzaville, where your fare also includes the fee for your armed goon to ride shotgun.

Words you most dread: "Are you Engleesh? I am learning Engleesh! From the BBC World Serveeece!" (continues for three hours)

Stupidest: Reading. There's no place like home. If only they could find it.
(, Fri 28 May 2004, 12:29, Reply)

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