Charities and black cabs
Two things from last night.
I was with some friends enjoying some lager in Covent garden. We were in the pub until last orders. We were all saying our goodbyes standing outside the pub and a fellow walked into our midst. He had one of those plastic goblets thingys for gathering change and he did have photo id. He was collecting money for a Leukemia charity. Someone with us did give him some money; I was a bit put off by the way he just barged in amongst our conversation and actually he had a something of a distressed look about him almost desperate this gave me some pause. I did wonder how does this work; collecting money for a charity at 11:30 at night? What sort of guidelines and regulations might there be on this? I really don’t know. Can one be collecting money for charity at anytime of night? I do give money to charities; I happen to do it usually via direct debit.
It was a very pleasant night after the sprinkling of rain earlier in the evening; the air was definitely bit fresher. We talked about walking from Covent Garden to Kensington; we started off on our on our trek; there was three of us now; I started to feel really knackered. It had been a long day and we ended up hopping into a black cab near Trafalgar square. It was a democratic vote of 2 to 1 to get a cab.
The cab had a television in it. I had seen this once before in black cab but I did not try it; this time the TV screen was on already as we entered the cab; there is a flat screen in the panel of the passenger section of the cab behind the driver. There is a volume and channel control on the left and right side by the side windows. We started watching some CNBC but that was far to boring at this time of night; we then opted to watch some BBC classic comedy. There was a loop of “Only Fools and Horses” and then a Monty Python sketch; the one about village idiots. We talked more about the concept of TV in cab then watching it. There was a quite as bit of advertising for buying BBC DVD’s and branding going on in the segments.
Technology is eveywhere! Is this the future in action?