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Taxi!: Never a Dull Day - A Cabbie Remembers
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 20 August 2010
Dougie has had a ridiculous range of strange, vulnerable, incorrigable and entertaining people in his cab. He recounts his tale starting as an almost legal taxi driver working in a fleet of cabs in the fifties that all shared one tax disk, to becoming an owner driver of a second hand driver that was approaching a million miles on the clock.

Dougie writes with an instantly approachable conversational style and you get the impression that these are tales that have been told many times. Unlike many memoirs there is no sign of gloating or self-importance, most probably because he is often caught out by little schemes and shady characters as he battles to make his fortune behind the wheel. Don't expect constant amusement though, some of the tales are desperately sad and tragic, a real snapshot of city life.

The anecdotes, schemes and characters are colourful and entertaining, proving once again that real life is often stranger than fiction. However, the star of the book is Auld Reekie, the city of Edinburgh. In the fifties the city it still lived up to its moniker, swathed in black smoke from all the coal and wood fires.

Edinburgh has a special appeal to many people, Robert Louis Stevenson said that "Edinburgh is what Paris ought to be" and Dougie's unusual access to the high and low life of the city in the fifties provides an interesting and entertaining viewpoint on what happened behind the scenes of this stately city.

So make sure you behave if you happen to take a cab in Edinburgh or your antics could end up entertaining people long after you have left the city.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 30 September 2010
I was fortunate enough to be visiting in Edinburg in the early sixties, and while a little too late to ride with Mr. Findlay, I must of had some cabbies from the same school of hard knocks. When I picked up his book by chance a few weeks ago, little did I know that I would be reading something so utterly delightful. I recommend this book to anyone who has ever come across any odd characters in their lives, in or out of a cab. Mr. Findlay clearly describes not only the people, but the city with a knowledge that only a cab driver could attain. And I might add, Mr. Findlay seems to be quite a character himself. I rarely read a book twice, but I will this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 16 September 2010
Apart from being great fun this book transports you to the middle of the last century, vividly illustrating a way of life in a major British city during the period of great austerity after the Second World War. Taxi! is a joy to read and beautifully written, what is more it puts our present era of spending cuts and recession into perspective - if this book doesn't cheer you up nothing will.
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on 13 November 2014
A very enjoyable book! Funny stories true to life
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