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What is it with Australian taxi drivers? - Tactical Ninja

Jan. 24th, 2013

01:09 pm - What is it with Australian taxi drivers?

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Ohai, I am in Australia. It has sunshine and, apparently, koalas. I am not convinced of this though, having not seen one yet.

Meanwhile, Australian taxi experiences:

1. Drove like a maniac through Sydney, including yelling at other cars out the window, while regaling us with racist opinions at a constant staccato tempo.

2. Listened to talkback radio. Nuff said.

3. Actually ok, but that might have been the side effects of dance-party entertainment. We'll never know.

4. Today - needed directions from the airport to where we were going. Stopped on the side of the freeway to get his 'bible' (a paper map) out of the boot of the car, then got Happy to navigate to our destination.

Have these people not heard of GPS?

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From:pombagira
Date:January 24th, 2013 12:38 am (UTC)
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wheee adventures in a taxi in sydney..

this says that everything else will run smoothly...


*nods all wise like*
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From:richaarde
Date:January 24th, 2013 04:03 am (UTC)
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Pfft. Amateurs.

Try getting a taxi in New York City. It's statistically impossible to get all three of the following:
-a driver who has a driver's license
-a driver who knows where he's going (Bob help you if you're going to the outer boroughs)
-a taxi with fully functional brakes.
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From:nick_101
Date:January 24th, 2013 07:08 am (UTC)
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I hope you'll see a koala. Australia sounds quite nice.
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From:sorceress
Date:January 24th, 2013 07:51 am (UTC)
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Once you spot one Koala, you'll see more. They're sort of like a living optical illusion!
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From:blur_kiwi
Date:January 24th, 2013 12:12 pm (UTC)
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Completely and outrageously off-topic!

I owe you a huge 'Thank you!'

Some months ago, when I made an entry about my visiting Aberdyfi in Wales, you commented that it was where the last book in the 'The Dark is Rising Sequence' is set.

Well, I ummed and ahhed, thought and eventually decided to get a copy because I was intrigued. It arrived just before Christmas, and I started reading it around New Year. I finished the whole thing last week, and I loved it. So much so that I bought another copy for a friend.

So, thank you so much. :)))
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From:caycos
Date:January 24th, 2013 06:11 pm (UTC)
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In India our driver said you need three things to drive there: good brakes, a good horn and good luck...

I think I'll take Aussie ;)
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From:neverminetohold
Date:January 24th, 2013 07:36 pm (UTC)
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*snicker* To repeat a joke of Kaya Yanar: The taxi driver in Istanbul has one slogan only: "If Allah wants us to die, we will!" :)
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From:sophiawestern
Date:January 25th, 2013 04:26 am (UTC)
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What about kangaroos and platypi? have you seen those? :)
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From:richdrich
Date:January 29th, 2013 12:19 am (UTC)
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I once got a cab from Sydney airport to the North Shore, and the driver didn't know how to get to the Harbour Bridge.

It comes down to different licensing systems:
- in NZ you need a fairly clean criminal and driving record and to fill out a written test
- in London you need to be able to describe any route between two points the city verbatim while standing in an office
- in Sydney, you need to buy one of the limited number of licenses for a siz-figure sum (so the licenses belong to rich investors who lease them to the cheapest driver they can find).
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