Friday, August 18

No match for The Knowledge

cab_oldSatNav (GPS in Americanese) is for losers! So sayeth London's legendary cabbies, who would rather rely on memorising"The Knowledge," a mental map of the city's insanely non-rectilinear street grid.

"Regardless of the salesmen's hype about these machines they cannot match the knowledge and experience of a good cabbie," the general secretary of the London Taxi Drivers' Association told Reuters.

In Italy last weekend, it was a different story, as my friends and I relied on the dulcet tones of John Cleese to guide us around Umbria. Yes, the Minister of Silly Walks has joined the ranks of the celebrity GPS voiceover. It could have been worse -- the other voice option was Mr. T.

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