I've been driving a taxi around London for over twelve years. From time to time I have someone famous, or well known (to me), sitting in the back of the cab. It wasn't until I attempted to recall who they all were that I realized just how many of them there had been.
They come from the arts, music, politics, sport, academia and the media - and occasionally 'other'. I never let on that I have recognized them and I never initiate conversation (this is my general rule with all passengers as it happens). They are all very nice people, okay.
Lord Michael Ancram
Richard Bacon - Called me 'mate'. We're mates.
Lord Kenneth Baker
Peter Baldwin - Doesn't live oop north, but dann sarf.
Bananarama (Keren & Sara)
Sir Peter Bazalgette - A nice man.
Angellica Bell - More than averagely cheerful.
Lord John Birt
Baroness Virginia Bottomley
Jonathan Cainer - Not fortold he would be riding in my cab.
Antoine de Caunes - An unusual Frenchman - he tipped. Merci.
Nick Cave - He had not a clue where he was going. So I just guessed.
Winston Spencer Churchill
Jarvis Cocker - Looks tall. Is tall.
James Cordon - Blimey, I think I'm his mate as well.
Baroness Brenda Dean
Sir Terry Farrell
Lord Julian Fellowes
Pam Ferris - A really nice lady.
Irving Finkel - Quite possibly the most interesting man in London.
Stephen Fry - Impeccably polite, as you would expect. We talked about the weather.
Charlie George - What else but a nice bloke.
Beth Gibbon - We chatted about a bad cover version of one of her (Portishead) songs.
Miriam Gonzalez Durantez
Rich Hall - Had impression he'd been out jogging, but was too knackered to jog back.
Amanda Holden - Didn't know where she was going, literally. Also thought she recognized me. Sweet.
Dame Kelly Holmes - The journey started slowly. But we completed the final 800m very quickly.
Sir Harry Hyams
Lisa I'Anson - She really had been jogging but was too puffed to jog back. Laughed about it too.
Oscar James - A north-westender actually and former taxi driver.
Charles Kennedy - Asked him question. No clue to answer. An honest politician.
Chris Lowe - Looks after his mum (she was with him). A good boy.
Daisy Lowe - Her companion spoke for her. Not horrible journey at all, just a bit strange.
Nicholas Lyndhurst - Attempted to hide identity. Didn't work.