London cabs to make their Karachi debut

Apparently the iconic black cabs of London are to make their way to the streets of Karachi (and also Lahore and Islamabad) next month. I must confess I have mixed feelings about this: the presence of the cabs will undoubtedly lead to some much needed positive coverage of the city, but I fear for the reputation of the cabs. London cabs are famous not just for their unusual shape, but for the drivers behind the wheels – it takes three years of training, encyclopaedic knowledge of the city’s streets, and a barrage of tests before potential cab drivers are allowed to carry passengers. Let’s hope the same attention to detail and service is enforced in Karachi.

As an aside, there are already questions concerning the manner in which the investment was approved. Viva le revolution! Or at least the neo-liberalist version.

18 Comments so far

  1. Poo Poo Head (unregistered) on June 17th, 2006 @ 9:51 am

    Welcome but I won’t like you at all and would always try to spoil your thread if you are still in UK. Please clear. But if you have British accent then I could make an exception.

  2. Inspirex (unregistered) on June 17th, 2006 @ 10:34 am

    Hey cyril. Welcome aboard.

    Ground reality is that you dont even need to be there to get a drivers licence, and over 50% of commercial drivers need glasses.

    This cab thing is, like many, fishy.

  3. Darthvader (unregistered) on June 17th, 2006 @ 11:39 am

    stupid post about something i couldn’t give a rat’s ass about . EF london cabs . the real question is : who the EF are you and why are you posting on KMB ?? do the Metroblogging rules not apply to you ??? its a tough crowd here on KMB chum . go write on Oxford blog , if they have one. this citing-newspapers-for-material-to-write-about crap is weak.

    as always , greetings and salutations to the KMB community (wink wink)

    love, peace and rus malai
    Vader, the Dark Sith

  4. Cy (unregistered) on June 17th, 2006 @ 2:01 pm

    Haha … KMB is a tough crowd. Sorry to break your hearts, but I’m here to stay. Applications for personal gadflies are being accepted right now, but I do implore that you at least present a worthy challenge. I arrived here at KMB because I noticed it was all to often overrun by vacuity. As for my credentials as a Karachite – I’ll show you mine if you show me yours. ;)

    Inspirex: Thanks for the greetings. Getting a licence is a joke in Karachi, but a privately run service can get things to run more smoothly, e.g. radio cabs.

  5. Darthvader (unregistered) on June 17th, 2006 @ 3:13 pm

    errrrr okay : ” iam here to stay ” ” present a worthy challaenge ” blah blah blah ..Obviously you missed the point , but than again thats what i would expect from a dungbeetle like you. let me break it down for you in simpler terms . per the FAQ posted on the MB site , authors are supposed to live “in” or “around” the city they want to write for , and , they should be active contibutors to the blog.
    last time i checked , Oxford is nowhere near khi, and you are not a active contributor and therefore you are not qualified to be an author on KMB.It also leads me to believe that you are here as a result of favoritism or falsification . either way, have a nice time referencing newspapers and undermining the good work that some good authors(3 to be exact) do around here .

    good luck clicking and dragging your mouse ..i gather you already have a lot of practice with it …hehehe.

    love as always
    Vader, the Dark SIth

  6. Zain (unregistered) on June 17th, 2006 @ 3:19 pm

    Hey CY, welcome to Karachi MetBlog! I am dying to those cute cabs running on the streets of our beloved city.

    Looking forward to your posts!

  7. Nadir Nasir (unregistered) on June 17th, 2006 @ 5:31 pm

    guys.. Welcome our quest… ‘he must have born in karachi’ at least he has a link…

    Well there are two things that feel necessary to pin point here..

    1. have you calculated the price in PKR… ????? it cost Rs 2,000,000 (20,000 Pound), who will afford the taxi of this much cost???? both the people and the drivers????

    2. Where the hell they are gonna drive the damn taxis????? where are the roads???? and see the traffic???

    It really amaze my brains how they take action on National basis???? they have recently asked for closing the shops and businesses at 8… this means… 5 – 7 was already the PEAK HOURS extend it to 5 – 8 due to traffic… after 8 it’ll be another “PEAK hours” from 8-11… we don’t have roads… we don’t have alternate routes….


    Scaring the shit out of me…

  8. mansoor (unregistered) on June 17th, 2006 @ 5:51 pm

    welcome cy!

    Personally… i’d take the good ol rikshaw anyday ;)

  9. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on June 17th, 2006 @ 8:14 pm

    Welcome on board CY – don’t let PPH and DV bug you they are just messing around :)

    (come on guys don’t give CY first day jitters hold on to your horse for a juicy post :)- )

  10. Poo Poo Head (unregistered) on June 17th, 2006 @ 8:56 pm

    Come On Teeth M. Its not that we are giving him hard times. Its about rules. We are never tired of complaining of politicians , mullahs but in real life we do same same in our capacity. And the style “I am here to stay” is so Musharraf[read dictator] that I just could not believe.

    Please tell me then how could we change Pakistan if we just can’t follow simple rules. I have no personal grudge with any one by the way. There was an author from Michigan who is no more here[I guess she has been suspened because of not being “in” Khi] then why CY is allowed ? I am just registering my protest. I know you cant do much against dictators but atleast I am not running away. I would ask all follow visitors to protest and leave a note here , just let “them” know that we know what is the truth.Even if no one comes with me, I would keep protesting because I know I am right.

    CY be man[gal] and leave this position. You do not deserve this position.

  11. Darthvader (unregistered) on June 17th, 2006 @ 9:20 pm

    Teeth Maestro : with all the respect i have for you as a good author for quite some time ,please
    allow me to expalin my beef is this case. i hope you remember that a few months back some people showed interest in becoming authors on KMB and were told that they couldn’t since 1) they didn’t live in the city or ,2) were not frequent contributors. i thought that was consistent with MB rules.
    In the interest of fairness , i happen to believe that same rules should apply to everyone , and to my horror , iam finding myself in a very very small company . specially with all the new authors coming on board who have never contributed to KMB before , not even once.

    But its okay i guess ….rules are only made to be f****d with :). what’s ironic is that the same people who decry these inequalities in everyday khi life are the ones encouraging it. oh well ..helping your friends out is not such a bad thing i guess…:)
    so there , now you know what i was bitching about . i do enjoy your posts a lot and will even go ahead and take your advise and shutup ..FO RNOW .

    Vader, the Dark SIth

  12. Poo Poo Head (unregistered) on June 17th, 2006 @ 9:50 pm

    DV, but I am not gonna shut up unless they forced me to.

  13. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on June 17th, 2006 @ 10:25 pm

    @Awab:well you my start disliking me,it ok with me but when there re some rules then they should be followed.Cy should clarify that whether she/he/it is in Karachi or not.Whats wrong in it?If not then as per rule she/he/it doesnt deserve to make post and as i said earlier in a reply to checkmate’s idiotic comment tht POOPOO is not my darling but If he says something then valid then i will always second him.

    If you(we) hate our system,the government and institutes for some dictatorship and problems then we should try to bring changes in ourself first whether its about country or this metroblog.

  14. Mansoor 'Manny' Siddiqui (unregistered) on June 17th, 2006 @ 11:24 pm

    I agree. If there are rules, then those should be followed, no matter what. Helping your friends get on blogging on this site is not right unless Metro Blogging changes the rules to make it legitimate for people like CY and others to become author ….

    My request to all of the new authors who don’t fulfill all of the requirements for becoming an author on this site: Please step down and give a chance to people who fulfill all of the requirements and really deserve these posts!

  15. Darthvader (unregistered) on June 17th, 2006 @ 11:50 pm

    PPH: LOL … for some reason i knew you wouldn’t . it’s not in your blood :)…(which is a good thing ).


  16. Cy (unregistered) on June 18th, 2006 @ 3:39 am

    Hmmm … I guess this ruckus owes it’s origin to the Oxford address on my blog. To clarify: I did attend Oxford and have graduated from Oxford; I’ve been a Karachite all my life (a Nazimabadi even for the first 18 years!) and until my visa or job status carry me elsewhere, to my knowledge I will be in Karachi. As soon as my abode changes, I will voluntarily withdraw my KMB author status.

    For the rest – I’ve little patience to answer people who can’t even make the elementary distinction between whether Cy is a guy’s or a girl’s name.

  17. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on June 18th, 2006 @ 12:32 pm

    @Cy:I myself is an ex-nazimabad,have spent 25 years in nazimabad no 1.Now spending life in north nazimabad and GOd knows what is my destiny.

    There is nothing personal against you.Point raised by people are valid and according to metrobloggin rules which says that metroblogger must exist physically in the city.Otheriwse there are many karachiites who might have spent more life here than you and have more knowledge.Imagine if that poopoo becomes the metroblogger of karachi.!!.I am not a troll but would complain about anything which shows favoritism here.

    anyway,its a tough job for writing here.Best of luck *grin*.

  18. Original-Anon (unregistered) on June 18th, 2006 @ 6:39 pm

    @Cy: Welcome. This ruckus could have been avoided had you answered properly in your first response. I am assuming that you did not know or understand the whole history behind these comments. Anyhow, now we know you are in Karachi and none of the rules were broken. It wasn’t nice to label commentors ‘gadflies’ and accuse the blog of being inane. I hope you will show more respect to the rest of us (authors and us hapless commentors).As far as not knowing whether Cy is a girl’s name or a guy’s – well anything is possible in the online world.
    Teeth guy – I would suggest that new authors be introduced by one of the older,more established authors. This job would ideally fall to our captain but I have a strong suspicion he does not write about anything but cars!

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