Goodbye to the London Taxi?

News of Nissan’s new NV200 has pulled the taxi monopoly from underneath the traditional London black cab wheels and has instilled excitement into those after a much more comfortable and luxurious taxi ride. The new NV200 looks more or less like a black cab, so how can it compete.

The simple answer is that it has no need to compete, in terms of gadgets and features it is already the gold medalist. For those that wear their phone battery down to the minimum running risk of being out of contact, the NV200 has USB slots to charge it right back up to health. For the fearful folk of inner-city germs, be thankful for the NV200 comes with anti-bacterial material inside and is sure to keep you encapsulated in a hub of cleanness. Designed to be a ride with all the ‘home-comforts’ you’ll ever need, the NV200 sounds like it has already crossed the finish line. But, can it really push our famous black cab goliath off the podium?

This question can only be answered by discussing what the black cab represents. For many, the London black cab is as much a famous symbol as Big Ben is and Westminster Abbey. So what would be wanted more, an icon or a much more comfortable ride?

For the regular taxi traveller, the Nissan NV200 would be an obvious choice. However, I say this with slight unease, we rely on tourism a lot more than some dare to admit. Especially during particular times like the Olympics which i’m sure was an arguing point for the 2012 Appeal Committee fronted by David Beckham. David Beckham is much like the London taxi, an icon, a representative of tradition and success throughout the years. However, no longer in the lime-light of sporting success and too is as threat to younger and better stars.

Overall, in London we have a truly famous ensemble of iconic landmarks, but it would be a real shame to lose the traditional black cab.


Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato – Best Classic

Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato, the quint-essential English pipe smoking race car that shaped the world. Ok ok as much as that was a massively over-predicted statement and the Aston Martin didn’t shape the world, it was still a truly inspiring car. Defined by the pastel racing green it always fashioned, the Aston Martin was the pinnacle of English automotive design and inspired the likes of jaguar to compete. However, this race was already won…

This post is purely for the admiring of the DB4GT so enjoy!

Citroen DS3 – Set for canvas

The citroen DS3 has been a fairly landmark car for Citroen in terms of how it has entered the market and is now to have an even more dramatic facelift.

The super compact and stylish car fashions a futuristic exterior that puts the likes of Peugeot and Mini to shame. Its over-sized alloys with complex designs boast the best of ambitions from its creator as it was obviously meant to be a game changer. From the offset, yes it has been a game changer and has delivered a contemporary package of  performance and design excellence straight to the door of the consumer.

According to online sources the Citroen DS3 has been spotted with a canvas convertible roof on. Unlike many small city cars, the DS3 is a style icon of its time and is more or less free to change any design aspect it may wish without question. It stands above the rest of its market at present and is way ahead of its time with regards to looks.

Overall, we welcome the transformation to a canvas convertible and look forward to any future changes to the car.

Elon Musk – Rockets, Electric Cars and PayPal

As of reading small portions of Richard Branson’s book ‘Like a Virgin’, he is now demoted from being my official ‘Idol’. However, before I reveal to you my new idol I’d like to explain to you what an idol means to me. An idol to me, is someone who I literally want to be like and is an inspirational force for good in my life. I often try to shape my life upon the lives of others and this does not go well. Alternatively, from reading about my idols, I find that I can relate to their struggles in life (not saying i’m anything special), just that sometimes I too find myself frustrated and wanting to do more; take on more, read more, learn more and most importantly do it on my own. An idol is someone who sets out the framework and protocols for how I should be shaping myself and someone, that helps me to understand the character you need to be within the world to win.

After much-ado about a personal definition of an idol, I can now reveal to you that my new idol is Elon Musk. South African born founder of PayPal, SpaceX and CEO of Tesla motors. ‘At the age of 10 Elon bought his first computer and taught himself programming’ according to an online source. Ok, so he was 10 and taught himself programming, see why I’m impressed with him? He also created his own video game called ‘Blastar’ and sold it for $500 at the same age. His net worth of $2bn in 2012 sets him well within the rich and powerful rankings of the modern business-world. Overall, I offer my seldom given ‘Kudos’ to Elon Musk, clearly an exceptionally intelligent and driven 41-year-old.

Alexander Boris De Pfeffel Johnson

Yes, you’re correct in thinking that the above estranged triple barrel name is Boris Johnson, London town Mayors full name. Also widely regarded as ‘Borish Boris’ for his strange antics and mannerisms. Mayor of London since 2008, the tory MP is also the editor in chief for The Spectator Magazine, this being a field that Johnson is not massively known for.

As a child Boris Johnson received the highest quality of education, studying and such establishments as the European School of Brussels and more famously Eton. Eton was to be where Boris would meet his future ‘leader’ Mr Cameron and since was been inspired with a passion for politics. Under Michael Howard, Johnson served as Shadow Minister of Arts on the Conservative front bench. He rose to mayoral fame through attacking the current mayor Ken Livingstone and mentioning him in several of his manifesto’s. For example in 2008’s “Making London’s Mayor Accountable’ Boris said –

“I believe Londoners should have a greater say on how their city is run, more information on how decisions are made and details on how City Hall money is spent. Ken Livingstone presides over a budget of more than £10billion and demands £311 per year from the average taxpaying household in London. Yet Londoners have little confidence in the Mayor spending their money with care and prudence.”

Since then Boris has been a majorly consistent Mayor of London and according to online sources, has reduced the mayoral budget massively compared to Ken Livingstone. For Labour voters and Liberal Democrats, the choice of Boris Johnson for mayor might have been difficult to initially bear, yet he has slowly become to ‘weird’ child of the conservative family and may be underestimated when called ‘unique’. His quirky personality has much been his benefit as he certainly does not fall into the category of mundane and generic in terms of politicians. He is a man with opinionated and educated basis and although he has had a privileged upbringing, often appears to be able to relate to the lower classes in our society.

Is the God Particle dangerous?

Now that the Higgs Boson particle, also known as the God Particle, has been found or its existence has been proven the world continues to speculate as to the danger it presents to our tiny planet. So what are the real dangers of the God Particle and how likely are the dangers to come to fruition?

One danger that could occur is MBH (Micro black holes) a CERN study suggests. “This is possible because the CERN supercollider is the worlds most powerful particle accelerator and is smashing particles together at speeds similar to that of the first trillionth of a second after the big bang”. Internet-based arguments all seem valid to a non-physicist like myself and this only increases the worry felt by an apocalypse fearing 19-year-old.

Cooperative spread conglomerate reach further

In the world’s economy, bank managers and banks alike are cast into the shadows of people’s expectation. Little trust is thrown their way and rightly so, after the likes of Bob Diamond who fixed interest rates in aid of bank profits and how healthy the banking sector ‘appeared’ to be. However, amidst all of this, there remains one bank that has been a consistent and conforming beacon for banking regulation; that is the Cooperative Bank.

The Cooperative Group began from an amalgamation of regional societies creating what are known as cooperatives. The Cooperative group merged societies from London, Scotland, Yorkshire and Lancashire and began the CWS (Cooperative Wholesale Society), which is now an older name for the Cooperative Group. With a history of promoting fair competition and just ownership of shares and profits, the Cooperative Bank especially, remains one of the few banks seldom seen in scandal.

In the news today you might have seen that Cooperative Banks are to bid for a healthy £700m takeover of Lloyds TSB which own Halifax at present. With a wealth of capital, the Lloyds banking group are to quit whilst not necessarily ahead and are predicted to accept the bid. Good news yes? Yes.