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The Proud RAF Veteran

Phone call late last night from a customer who normally just uses a taxi for church, He booked us to take him to have lunch with his wife at her nursing home, she has only been in for a few weeks as her health is failing her, Obviously i cannot use his real name but  lets call him “Michael” for he has Parkinson`s disease and over the last few months has been getting worse, It is getting a struggle getting Michael into the cab and i have to fasten his belt and steady him getting out.

                                    The problem is he is a proud old chap who thinks he can do everything himself ,which he did in the past ,doing the caring for his wife ,even preparing the sunday dinner before church, but he is getting frail. I have really enjoyed chats with him ,stories about the RAF during the war, which i can relate to , because Dad was in the RAF at the same time ,so talk of Tea Whallers, Rations (food) and Irons(knives and forks) was no mystery to me. When that stopped we talked cricket and about his youth. Anyway dropped him off at the nursing home ,got him out of car without any mishaps and arranged to pick him up at 1700 hours prompt, As he got to the nursing home door he turned to wave and he seemed to have a distant look on his face, thought no more about it until i got phone call about 3pm off his son cancelling taxi as his father had been taken into hospital,I passed on my best wishes , I don`t know how bad he is but hope i get a phone call soon to take him to church, But who knows prehaps being parted from his wife after all these years and his progressive disease has taken it`s toll on Michael , I am not big on religion and sometimes have a bit joke about it but tonight  might have a quiet pray for a tired old chap who has served his country and his wife for many proud years . Thanks for letting me  share thoughts ,

August 24, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Lost Weekend

It`s been a while since last blog and many things have changed in my life. After 30 yrs of married life, Mozzie and i have seperated, nobody else involved it`s just happened. we need some space but are still friends and have many things to sort out. family have been great and very understanding and supportive . We are selling the house or trying to ,been sold once as far as contracts but no go . Once sold not sure where to move but from September will be able to work all over Co Durham and not limited to Derwentside area, On saying that  we have built up a great deal of regular customers esp to Airports and will do everything to continue, Will post more regularly hopefully as i get used to my new single status #creditcrunchtaxis  PS the Lost Weekend title comes from my hero John Lennon as he described his split from Yoko for a couple of years (mind Yoko found him a substitute wife,as of this time Moz has not done so )

August 11, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Time for Update

Its been an age but update is needed.Most important message is #delvespuss aka Misty is thriving,according to Sophie and Ben she is  up to date with her jabs and is now climbing her back garden fence and exploring . Her mission in life is to  scratch everything and everyone in sight. On a personnel note i have been “invited” onto a research study into Barrettes Oesophegeous , after having the old camera down the throat, It could lead to something nasty but nothing showing with biopsies  so pushing it to back of mind (until i drive down every blooming housing estate saying Barratts Secret Sale. Been up and down on the work but trains and aircrafts are still going and with the “party” season starting it will pick up, only problem is a few more clubs and pubs are due to shut making evening work a bit quiet . Expensive time of year with taxi test,tyres shockers mot  and tax all coming together,but seen as the Irish have decided to take up the multi billion cash injection  there is nothing left for anyone else.

November 23, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Time for Update

Most important update is #delvespuss aka Misty Sophie and Ben report that she  is up to date on her jabs and is now exploring the back garden fence and decided the her mission in life is to scratch everything and everyone in sight. On a personnel note i had the old camera down the throat and have been “invited”onto a research study for Barrett’s

 Oesophegeous which could lead to something nasty but the biopsies are clear, Trying to push it to back of mind until i drive into housing estates saying “Barretts  Secret Sale”. Work wise ,aircraft and trains still ok although evening pub trade getting quiet with rumours of a few more pubs and clubs about to close

November 23, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Twin Strikers

September 3, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A Right Pain In The A***

Busy weekend gone with the bank holiday weekend,the last  before Christmas so punters quite rightly make the most of it. Mind things have changed a bit ,in the good old days it was a full weekend ,now people are a bit more sensible and tend to go out on the sunday and have a day of recovery on bank holiday monday. Have seen busier times but after having taken holiday makers to airport , good to see the pizza/kebab shops still doing roaring trade at 4.30 am for the stragglers . Monday had a phone call from sister Barbara to take her to Durham Hospital for clinic for her  “Arther itis (pick up at Bishop Auckland) . We arrived at 3.30 to be told there was a massive delay ,eventually getting out at 6pm which was a right pain in the a*** for us moving bookings as well as sis after her injection.

                        Airport and train bookings still going ,in fact prob get busier with holiday companies sitting on a load of unsold holidays, here ‘s hoping. On the #delvespuss  aka Misty front Sophie and Ben telling us she is going for her second injection (another pain in the ….) and getting chipped also  having a sniff around the back garden and is coming on a treat after her poorly paw.  Only a couple of days left of school hols left and mornings getting darker with heavy traffic to look forward to ,but autumn is a great  mellow season.

September 2, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Sophie’s Blog on here

Quick update ,Grandaughter Sophie is blogging on her life,her little kitten Misty aka delvespuss and life in general.I am biased but she is witty and has a lovely writting style and is a must to favorite .
Misty had a visit to vet and you can keep up to date on her progress via Sophie,i think she is practising uploading photos so please have a peep and give her a follow. Grandson Ben the footy mad toon fan has started his blog more info to come.
Workwise still a might quiet but confident that the airport runs will pick up in September so get booking early and remember ,no extra charge for unsocial hours like the opposition,which is pretty important as early flights mean check in 3 hrs ahead ie 3 ar 4am pick up for most morning flights. We can tweet, text or ring on arrival for pick up and we check tinternet for flight arrival times, so remember the slogan #creditcrunchtaxis , if you get a quote we will do our best to beat it

August 25, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A Week of Highs and Lows

More lows than highs this week unfortunately . On the high side business has picked up after what used to be described as “factory fortnight”  when all the factories closed down for the summer break at the same time, still happens to some extent up here but the factories are getting fewer, as are the pubs  and clubs which are either closed,for sale or would like to be. On the plus side good old “Spoons ” is now open at 7am for brekkers and a reviving pint of the amber nectar after some have done the job search for the day. On the low side, had a phone call off a young lass who was  stranded in house with poorly baby and needed prescription picked up, when i delivered it she paid fare in  copper and five pences and when asked if she was ok was a bit tearful.

                                       After getting home later i couldnt stop thinking about her predicament,and my predicament whether to ring her back to see if she was ok, its a fine line between concern and minding your own bloody business but sod it i rang and said if she needed  some shopping or anything to give us a ring. Thank goodness she was pleased we rang and said its nice to know someones there. That was over the weekend, this morning she called again and we collected another prescription and medicine for her, she said she gets her money on Wednesday , so now thinking hope she is ok until then.  Next quandary is leave well alone (she has our number) or give her a bell later?

                 The other low which was not as important but a bigger low was puncture on saturday night , much to the amusement of the punters who watched and gave sterling advice on my efforts to change the wheel, actually quite chuffed with myself only taking 15  mins and only loosing one run. Of course had the worry of driving the rest of the weekend without spare,you can buy most things  on a sunday but not a tyre. (Booked in  later this morning) The final low was an  ignorant Hooray Henry   t**t who go  in cab on saturday night with Mrs Hooray Henrietta and said i quote “I don’t like your “Nig***r seat covers” , I replied ” there zebra covers and i don’t like the word n*****r ” , Suffice it to say rest of short journey done in total silence and no tip was forthcoming or welcome off the racist git. fortunately we have very few nasty punters and lots of great ones. thanks for reading and lets hope for more highs than lows this week

August 16, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment


Been a quiet time since the school hols started. You would have thought it would be the opposite but apart from airport and train/coach runs the locals are staying indoors entertaining the kiddies,understandable in these times,it costs more on the “days out” than ever it did.

                             All  of my grandchildren  love animals Sophie and Ben have hankered after a kitten for ages,they have had their goldfishes for years (Trixie is old enough to start senior school soon,if she didnt enjoy swimming around her tank all day). Mam and Dad have relented and after proving they would be commited to looking after there new addition,Sophie has done a 80 page doc on her laptop on “Kittens”  negotiations began.

                           After many visits to local pet shop they saw the perfect puss, last of the litter and all alone, so cute even the pet shop owner opened the shop early to go in and give her a cuddle, all that remained was to persuade Dad who also loves pets but loves his three peice suite and house as well. Things were getting tight,the puss was sold once but lady who bought went on hols and changed her mind before collecting her new pet.  Sophie would have been mortified if Dad said yes and puss was sold so on impulse i called in and left some money to reserve her, all that was left was to get Dad to  ok and me to explain to Mozzie that we might end up with  an addition at HQ.  I felt awfull afterwards not wanting to put Steven in a position as  it did look like a conspiricy. The family took Steven to the shop and rumour has it he stroked and cuddled her, which taking me back to car sales days if a customer (lady) stroked a car bonnet or wing we new it was a sale, apparantly its all about body language and ownership. So yesterday Deborah rang at 7am as excited if not more  than the kids to tell me the news , the puss (now called Misty formally known as Cookie arrived home to new bed, scratch post , cage toys etc, ( bought by Steven  night before,the softy).   Twitter has been kept informed of all the developments and Sophie said Misty can be Delves Taxis mascot, Updates no doubt will follow  ,im trying to get Sophie and Ben to do a Misty blog.  The pet shop owners were chuffed as well coz apart from Misty’s new family visiting each day, Mozzie,Jade and me were calling in each day to keep them informed of the ongoing “talks” with Dad. In fact when  Debs, Sophie and Ben called in to pet shop she said  a  man  had bought her (me) Sophies face hit the floor . I think all children should have a pet, as long as they are fully commited and i know Misty will only suffer from too much love.

PS  As Misty arrived Bens goldfish “Gutierrez” sadly passed away as Misty arrived

July 31, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Big Bang Theory

Friday has never been my favorite day,its a day when things tend to go wrong for me. In the past we  could not get the cab tested in time because the council offices had a “POETS day and when something  goes on cab its a friday when you fail to get parts the phrase ” its the weekend you know” is quoted. Unfortunatly the weekend is the time for us and its like losing a weeks work to be off the road.

                                  Sure enough last evening (friday of course) on a local run to  Consett a bang happened in fact a big bang happened,it felt as if exhaust ,turbo or something major had gone. Had a quick look under the hood and noticed the turbo pipe and sheared, black smoke from exhaust and kangeroo jumps but managed to get punters to their destination and cab home.

                                  This is when working alone becomes a nightmare, i no longer have a back up cab licenced for costs do not warrant  it ,but  wished i had at this point. I contacted  garage i use and  organised  appointment for saturday morning, the rang to cancel friday night/saturday morning runs. For the regulars and my next door neibours  airport run for sunday at 3.15 am i booked the opposition for him. Many might think i am mad giving runs to other taxi firms but we  gamble that “looking after” regulars is more important in the long run and hopefully this will pay off.

                   It will be monday by the time my chap can get onto main dealers for the turbo pipe ,(see what i mean ref its the weekend) and fingers crossed back on the road. In the meantime i am manning the phones and still taking bookings for airports ,trains etc gambling on getting the cab back pronto, its a quandary  what to do but if we dont take bookings by the time cab back there will be no work. PS if anybody got a spare cab i could borrow give us a bell thanks for listening to the moan ,i mean blog .

July 17, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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