Wednesday, February 17, 2016

London (Uber) Calling. What would Fezziwig think?

Pretty damn cool tattoo.  I love London cabs, especially the classic Austin FX4s
.  This London taxi driver put his allegiance on his arm to protest the entry of Uber into the London market. I like tradition and wish London black cabs and red double decker buses and classic phone booths would never go away, but I also appreciate progress and know that the old must give way to the new, even though I'm not often very happy about it.

It reminds me of what Fezziwig (Ebenezer Scrooge's boss in "A Christmas Carol") had to say to Mr. Jorkin about progress:

Jorkin: "Mr. Fezziwig, we’re good friends besides good men of business. We’re men of vision and progress. Why don’t you sell out while the going’s good? You’ll never get a better offer. It’s the age of the machine, and the factory, and the vested interests. We small traders are ancient history, Mr. Fezziwig.”
Fezziwig: “It’s not just for money alone that one spends a lifetime building up a business…. It’s to preserve a way of life that one knew and loved. No, I can’t see my way to selling out to the new vested interests, Mr. Jorkin. I’ll have to be loyal to the old ways and die out with them if needs must.

Austin FX4 scale model from Welly.

1 comment:

  1. Just saw one of those cabs in a movie this weekend. (The Boy) I like them too!