July 31st, 2015
When learning to become a London taxi driver you will get your blue book runs and you will have to learn these 320 runs, plus more. Another thing to remember are points. What are points?, well they are simply “points” of interest such as hotels, statues etc. Now obviously there are literally thousands of points in the six mild radius so learning them on their own would be a very big task. If however you look for points when doing the blue book runs it’s not so much of a chore. When you buy your runs most of them will have points at the beginning of the run and at the end of the run so what you need to do is have a quick look for those points and make a mental note of them. Once you are doing the blue book runs runs you will be going over the same street again and again so you will start to see points naturally.
What a lot of people once they have completed the 320 blue book runs is to go out purely pointing, this simply means you go out on your bike and spot as many points as you can handle. Obviously you don’t want to over do it or you will be cramming too much in and this won’t help you retain the information. A lot of the points are pretty obvious and you will already know lots and lots after completing the runs so when you go out “pointing” you will be looking for the less obvious and less easy to find points. You can download a list of over 30,000 points instantly from Here. The best way to have points is either the full address or at least have a post code, of course this is good for a lot of points but many will not have addresses or post codes and will be harder to find and many will require you to get off your bike and walk to find them. I suppose your wondering if this is all necessary, well in a word… yes!.
July 27th, 2015
When you first see the full list of blue book runs it can seem a very daunting task to complete the full 320 runs in the book. What makes it even more daunting is the fact that you will have to learn more than those 320 runs before you can get your green badge and become a London Taxi Driver. The 320 runs are just the start and they are there to get you going but you need to learn every route within the 6 mile radius. Don’t forget you will also have to remember and find a lot of points, what are points?. Points are points of interest that you are expected to learn, so for example Nelsons Column, that is a point but so is the PC Blakelock Memorial as is the Savoy Hotel. these are simply places or sites that a customer may want to be taken to.
People often ask how long it takes to become a London taxi driver and also how easy is it to fail the knowledge. Well the time scale depends on you but you are looking at between 3 and 5 years to get your green badge. As for can you fail, well the only way you will not pass the knowledge is if you give up. If you stick with it and get the work done you will pass eventually, it just takes some longer than other.
July 23rd, 2015
What is meant by acronyms? This is when we take the first letters of words to make another word like ASAP which we all know means As Soon As Possible. When doing the knowledge you will be using runs and these runs have a lot of acronyms/initialisms, so for example SDOL. A lot of people ask what does SDOL actually mean, the list below is of the acronyms/initialisms used when doing the knowledge.
SDOL = Set Down On Left
SDOR = Set Down On Right
B/L = Bare Left
B/R = Bare Right
LOL = Leave On Left
LOR = Leave On Right
L/B = Leave By
L & L = Left and Left
L&R = Left and Right
Com = Comply
L = Left
R = Right
F = Forward
L and R are probably the most obvious but many people when starting out don’t realise and when they are told you can actually hear the penny drop.
When you get a set of the 320 blue book runs you will have them set out for you, like the example below:
RUN 1 MANOR HOUSE STATION N4 TO GIBSON SQUARE N1
LOL______ GREEN LANES
R________ BROWNSWOOD ROAD
L________ BLACKSTOCK ROAD
F________ HIGHBURY PARK
F________ HIGHBURY GROVE
R________ ST PAUL’S ROAD
COM_____ HIGHBURY CORNER
L/BY_____ UPPER STREET
R________ BARNSBURY STREET
L________ MILNER SQUARE
F________ MILNER PLACE GIBSON SQUARE FACING
You can see many of the abbreviations used on the knowledge run above and as you look at it you can see that know you know what they mean it makes more sense.
July 19th, 2015
You can purchase a set of the blue book runs below, simply add them to your bag and then go to check out. You can pay with PayPal or simply use a credit or debit card. If you would prefer, choose “Phone Order” and someone will ring you to take your details. Make sure you add a phone number when filling in your details so we can contact you to take payment.
You don’t need a PayPal account to buy with PayPal simply add the products below then once at the PayPal payment page just choose the “Pay with a credit or debit card”. All payments are taken over PayPal’s secure networks and are 100% safe and secure. the file will be delivered on a CD and contain everything you will need to get you through the knowledge.
You can also get a blue book runs pdf download if you visit www.taxiknowledge.co.uk
July 15th, 2015
A lot of people want the taxi blue book runs on paper instead of on their computer. Obviously you would want them on paper to be able to go out and actually do the runs. So what is best? on paper on digital runs,
Well if you get the blue book runs in digital format you are going to have to print them off, so how much would that cost? If we say £25 for ink and another £10 for paper then to print the complete set of blue book runs would cost you around £35 to print off, this does not include the price of the actual runs which would set you back around £15 giving you a total cost of £50.
A lot of people don’t actually have printers so the next way to print out the runs would be to go to a library, they will usually charge you 10p per copy so again the printing is going to cost you over £30.
Maybe the best solution is to get the runs in both paper (book) format and also in a digital format. Taxiknowledgeshop.co.uk are offering just that. You can purchase a physical paper copy of the blue book runs and while waiting for your coil bound A4 book to arrive they will e-mail you a copy of the runs so you can either revise or even print them out and do some runs, all for under £30. This is probably the most economical way to get a complete set of blue book runs for the taxi knowledge of London to become a London taxi cab driver.
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July 11th, 2015
Learn the knowledge in your sleep, yes subliminal learning does work for such things as learning a new language which means having the runs called over while you sleep should work just as well. How good would it be to listen to the runs while the slept and actually retaining the information. Also when you have the audio blue book runs you can listen to them whenever you want and the person calling them will never get tire or bored. There are some taxi knowledge audio runs out there but they are really not that good. All they have done is type the runs into some computer software and got one of those rubbish robot like voices to repeat what is written, they are not good.
How about if you could get the full set of 320 blue book runs on CD so you can listen to a real human calling them over? well you can and it won’t set you back as much as you might think. The cheapest audio runs out there at the moment would cost you over £50 for the full set, well you don’t need to pay anywhere near that, you can get the full set for under £30 from the taxiknowledgeshop
If you have not yet got anything for the taxi knowledge then you could have a look at their Complete pack which includes the 4 audio CD’s as well. That is even better value for money and could save you over £40 Click Here to see that great offer.
July 7th, 2015
You can get all the latest blue book runs for the knowledge of London and pay using your PayPal account. Even you if you don’t have a PayPal account you can still get your copy of the runs using PayPal all you need is a credit or debit card and when you get to the PayPal site just click the link to pay without an account. Get your copy of the Blue Book Runs today and pay a fraction of what you would pay elsewhere.
You most likely pay between £60 and £80 for a complete set of runs, well you can get them in digital format for less than half that Visit the site and see for yourself. You can also get the Complete Pack for less than you will pay for just the runs from other places.
The complete pack consists of all the blue book runs plus much much more, you will get a list of over 30,000 points, a list of blue plagues, embassies, restaurants, theatres, police memorials, museums London squares, over 30 blank maps plus a list of statues in London.
This is all valuable information and more or else all you will need to know to get you through the taxi knowledge of London. So if you want to get all this and want to use money from your PayPal account then no problem just add to your cart and when you go to checkout simply select PayPal as your payment option. Like I said you can also use PayPal without the need to have an account, a lot of people don’t realise this but you will see the option to pay without an account on the PayPal page when you click to pay.
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July 3rd, 2015
There are lots of places selling the knowledge of London blue book runs but who sells the cheapest runs? Most places will only have the blue book runs on paper and this can work out very expensive and actually work out even more expensive should you have to replace them due to damage or loss. The cheapest way to get the knowledge runs is to get them in digital format, either on CD or download them direct. You can see the link on the right for the either just the runs or you might want to get the full pack for an even better deal. Simply add them to you “bag” then “checkout”. You can either get them on a CD or we can send them right away via e-mail.
There is an even cheaper and I feel better way to get the blue book runs and that is to get them for the Kindle, iPhone, iPad and also android devices. Click Here to get the runs for under £10 and take them with you wherever you go. On the train, on the bus, waiting at the doctors or just chilling in the garden.
June 29th, 2015
You can now take the blue book knowledge runs with you wherever you go by simply buying them for the Kindle. This is great idea so you can revise the runs no matter where you are, on the train, the bus, in the garden relaxing or just chilling in bed you will always have the runs at hand, Click Here now to see some samples and get your copy.
With more and more people using Kindle devices it seemed logical that the runs should be available and not only they the book is cheaper on the Kindle, a lot cheaper. You can expect to pay around £80 for a full set of runs on paper and anything from £15 to £25 for them in digital format but with the Kindle book you get them for less than £9, this is truly a bargain.
We all know doing the knowledge can be a chore and finding the time to revise the runs is always going to be a pain but not with the Kindle version because you will always have them to hand. Click Now and get your copy
June 25th, 2015
There are many places that sell blue book runs to help you with the knowledge but which are the best?, well runs are runs so as for which runs are the best there is no real answer. The object of doing the runs is so you can learn the 6 mile radius you have to know to become a London taxi driver. Obviously everyone will tell you their runs are the best and if you want blue books runs that are up to date you should buy theirs. Well this is not really the case because as has been mentioned the bluebookruns are just routes from point A to point B. The idea is to be able to go from point A to point B in the shortest possible way, so you may find that some runs differ slightly but they are all doing the same thing and that is giving you a goal for when you are riding around London on your bike.
Another thing that will differ with runs are the points that are included at the front and the back of the run. Some will have different points to others but again this does not make one set of runs better or worse than others. Once you start doing the knowledge you will find your own way of doing the runs and also how to pick up and remember points. Although it is good to have points at the beginning and end of the run it is not that important. The main object when you start the knowledge of London is to get the runs done and be able to call them over successfully. A lot of places, well most actually will give you the blue book runs in paper or book form now this is fine but you will soon find that you have written and scribbled over them and they will end up a mess. So the best solution is to get the bluebook runs in digital form. If you are looking to save money then Click Here to get all of the runs plus 30,000 points, a list of over 4,000 restaurants, blue plaques, London squares and much much more for a really great price. If you buy now you will save yourself over 25% off the normal price and you will get all of that for less than half the price you will pay just for the runs elsewhere.