Call Sign’s ever-alert snapper, Alan Green, recently took
this photo of the latest all-seeing camera supposedly to
enforce traffic regulations. We can’t help but surmise how
much this and the other cameras scattered around in
ever-increasing density, actually earn?
Mike (in cab) and Simon
Do you fancy
getting fit while having fun? DaC driver Mike Bures (B01)
could have the answer – running around Battersea Park with a
group of other drivers all thinking the same way.
Mike told Call Sign: "This is an invitation to my fellow Dial-a-Cab drivers who, like me, have been looking for a way to exercise and lose weight. For some time I had been trying to think how I could do it without interfering with the all-important work regime!
One day last November, I was having tea at the Royal Oak and chatting to Simon Connolly (N48) about his gas engine and the troubles he has had with it. During that conversation, I asked how he stayed so slim while I had faced the frustration over the years of joining gyms and then always giving up because I was tired or had to go out and earn some money. Simon invited me down to Battersea Park where he and ten other cabbies ran every Tuesday and Thursday. And that was the start of my twice-weekly run and it has changed the way I think about my health.
We meet in the car park at about 1:50 pm (cab parking is £2.20p) and make our way to the Millennium track to use the changing rooms - which also have hot showers (£1.50p). We start with a warm-up period of stretching exercises including a bit of banter covering all aspects of life – including cab driving - then off we go for a five-mile run. By 4pm, the run has finished. Some are ready to go home, whilst some like me, are starting work. Some others even do a bit more running! You just suit yourself…
When I first started running, it took me a few months to be able to do the full five miles without having to stop for breath, but the result is now that I feel less stressed and look forward to meeting the lads on Tuesday and Thursday with the added knowledge that at 6 feet 4 inches, my 17 stone 12 lbs of last November has now become a stable 15 stone 2lbs.
Any DaC driver who’d like to join us can email me at email@example.com. I look forward to seeing some of you there…"
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