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Well, that´s a clear shaped standpoint I respect, sort of the law and order approach, but obviously not mine. Now, lets get pi_ssed.

Joking, not only am I in Germany now, I am also very, very sick, it is not getting any better. I am starting to get a little worried.

Go see a doctor today.

B & H ain’t worth dying for……

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 6:36 am
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No, it sure isn´t and don´t think I am a fanatic and a licensing issue is not the independence of India.

(Although the structures behind them are quite the same, the state gives a wrap about small people and their rights for the glory of the Empire and the posse of millionaires around sodding Cameron. I mean, look, same thing, same spirit with the Grand National, 35 horses dead by now, they don´t want to change the regulations!!)

I want to add the following: law and order as such is not a bad idea, but if a law is faulty it must be altered and if a person can claim being discriminated by a faulty law it mustn´t be to his disadvantage, there should be a compensation in form of an exception, until the faulty law has been altered and is right again. But we all know how Thatcher-types think about that.

PS: Well, Gusmac, there is not a lot you can do about a flue, so I go see a doctor tomorrow, if it´s not better. (Thank God, I still have a way with women or it would, Germany or not, still be the tent and arctic temperatures or hospital, for I don´t have a room here anymore. :mrgreen:)

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 8:00 am
Jochen, go see the Dr asap, there is a lot of Pnemonia and Lukemia floating around the UK right now and ask for a Sepsis blood test as that has been knocking ppl over from all ages, and it’s lethal if not detected in time. GWS.

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Don´t worry, I am better now and what´s more I know my body and it´s signs. So it is just the worst bronchitis for some time now and I had them since I was little, when I was adolescent it turned into asthma. So, I had health problems all my life.

But, see, that´s the point.
Who´s health is a 100%, of the drivers?
The average driver nowadays is in his fifties – who´s health is a 100% ok?

But do they care?

There are a lot of lobbies in the UK and elsewhere, very strong here the lobbies of the millionaires and also very strong the lobby of the semi-militaristic wheel-chair mafia. God, can they be a pain in the a… can´t they? Now, they want all cabs wheel-chair accessible…

But do they want to pay for it?
Who pays the extra fuel for those tanks?
Can´t those people just accept that God has meant some hardship for them, in decency, without letting it out on the rest of the world, why, it´s almost like why don´t they want every damn single house in the city refitted with an WA-elevator! Christ!

But I sure know there is no lobby whatsoever for an honest chap, who just wants to make an honest living and who´s life just might not be all roses too.

Edit: Juuust love that: “Conservative MP Nadine Dorries accused Mr Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne of being “arrogant posh boys” with no understanding of ordinary voters.” I mean, how would they?

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2012 6:37 am
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How I will fight HCO over the next years

– an important point is that not only in HCO, but basically in the whole of Brighton & Hove City Council nothing ever works. How could it, when there is no mayor, when the councilmen don´t get paid? The whole system is inefficient and is neglecting the basic needs of the people. Moreover, the whole chain they developed to give people the right to complain does not work, because the system is defending itself, criticism is not tolerated, that´s why my complaint was ignored by the superior of HCO´s Head Officer, was ignored by the Standards and Complaints Officer, was ignored by the Local Government Ombudsman. The system defends itself.

– I, personally, think that B&H is, in terms of bureaucracy, stubbornness and sovereign attitude THE worst HCO in Western Europe (where-else do you have to use a phone first to talk to them and is a sign saying that abusive behavior is not tolerated, I´ve never seen this anywhere else and there certainly is a reason for that, that people are not satisfied with them!), but I want to know this for sure, so I will use my member-ship in cab-forums in so far four countries to actually pose that question, who is the HCO in Western Europe with the worst bureaucracy, and will only propose B&H. I will encourage a live discussion and there will be links to the other forums so that you can actually talk to them about this and have a discussion.

– HCO treats their clients not like people to be licensed, they treat them like cattle to be brandished. If they are not willing to make an exception in a situation which not only calls for an exception, but shouts, they are not willing to spend any thought on anyone. Yet at the same time they practice a system of endless self-perpetuating work, a bureaucratic monster called annual renewal, which is only there to ensure that there is enough work for the licensing officers and this in the dire times of public deficit! So, the whole thing contradicts itself, there are not there for the people because this would be too much work and at the same time they create superfluous work to keep them too busy to be there for the people. (Same with the DSA-test, which only ensures the drivers ability to drive like back in driving school for half an hour, instead of a test that ensures the ability of professional driving under stress, which could just be proven in the final road test, there is no need for an extra test.) I also very strongly believe that their neglect for the people is systematic, I think that they actually are going so far as to despise drivers and talk bad about them behind their backs, so that I will lodge a disciplinary complaint, accusing them exactly of this.

– Like I said, the licensing process is altogether not really good to separate the wheat from the chaff. Instead of annual renewal there should be even stricter licencing terms in the form of continuous checks of knowledge and language. That goes for other problems too, especially that there are too many licences on the market and there is no tool to remove them from the market again, once they are superfluous. Moreover, there should be a smart tariff, encouraging people to take cabs for a longer distance and not just for round the corner with three suitcases and no tip. The fact, that in B&H the meter doesn´t count up for the first, say, 500 yards, is not smart tariff, it´s stupid tariff. In Freiburg it´s the other way round, so there is basically no trip below 8 Euros anymore, even if it´s just short distance.

– I will try to involve as many drivers in this as possible and make them show solidarity, as this is nothing but any other random act of official arbitrariness the council has shown before and basically a result of the pointless process of annual renewal. For this I want to emphasize that I just want to be treated like anybody else. I may have tried the approach with HCO before that I am a special cab-driver who deserves some special attention (like I basically tried everything in the book to make them change their minds), but I do see now that this is clearly a blind alley. In this case I want to be nothing but an ordinary driver who is discriminated because of stupid regulations and stubborn bureaucrats, who are not doing their job and this is in no way different from other ordinary drivers who are victims of any official arbitrariness. The bottom line is we all can get into a mess like this and many have been already.

– I will try everything possible to get maximum public and media attention for this. From time to time I want to visit Brighton for certain activities that will ensure that. I will go to the ranks and try to talk to as many drivers in person as possible, I will let them know about this and I will ask them where they personally had trouble with HCO before. Some actions might be quite spectacular, depending on my mood at that time, it might very well be that I will dress like a historical person that has already been quite a pain in the arse of the English authorities, but I can´t promise. Following that line I might also be inclined to point out that English authorities have always been quite generous with rules and regulations, when it meant to invade countries (Iraq) and send destroyers to others (Malvinas, in case this word is unknown (which it shouldn´t) the Falklands) than they are inclined to make exceptions for small people.

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– In any case, a very important column of my resistance will be the super-knowledge I have already announced. By now I already have the town-map of B&H in my head, I am capable of drawing a sketch of almost all the roads that are asked in the tests, in detail, within the next year or two I will be able to do this in every perfection imaginable, with all the little alley-ways and little specks and dots listed in the A-Z Street-finder. Like I said, I want to claim this as on official world-record, as the best cab-knowledge there is, in a major town and per square-mile and try to get into TV with this. (I know the London chaps still have done more work, but of most London areas they only have a rough idea about.) Anyway, this is just the “Brain vs Bureaucracy”-approach that will ridicule them sufficiently, on one side the bean counters of the council, on the other side sophistication and cosmopolitanism, Jochen Lembke, Europe´s cab-driving writer, generously and casually Sh****ing off some super-knowledge on the side just to make a point and them look ridiculous. Looks to me like I can only win and they can only lose, looks to me why should I drive a cab in Brighton, when I can get more attention as a writer this way, thanks indeed, B&H HCO.

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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 6:42 pm
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I have just received an email from the Local Government Ombudsman, where he declares the matter closed, because I did not answer him to his first email, where he basically rather sheepishly repeated the standpoint of the council.

Here´s my reply to that, from today:

It´s very simple, sir, you are not even worthy an answer.
I have written to you in any detail imaginable my point of view and you have not even read it.

Yet I will enclose you in my disciplinary complaint, as well as the others, who simply refuse to do their job, because unlike cab-drivers they get payed all the same.

Yours sincerely, Jochen Lembke

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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 8:06 pm
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Jo:~ What’s the attraction of Brighton & Hove?
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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 8:36 pm
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wee eddie wrote:
Jo:~ What’s the attraction of Brighton & Hove?

The sun.
The Albion.
The night-life.
The trade.
The large gay population leading to a large single girl population.
Me.

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Oh I forgot to add, the England Squid Championship. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstop … inner.html

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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 4:42 am
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A lot of single girls in Brighton are also gay, mind you, Sussex.

That one time when I was slagging off all the gays in Brighton and it was not before I was all through with it when my view on the rear mirror fell on the t-shirt of my female passenger with the two woman symbols blending into each other. Oops.

Anyway, she took it lightly, unlike all the other female passengers I´ve had trouble with, which taught me to be extremely careful with English women. They´re not easy to handle, are they, “back off, jerk” at day-time and total sluts when drunk.

So, what I like about Brighton? Hove.
Hove to me is enough Brighton, it always gets dodgy, when you are in the Brighton end of town and perhaps not by coincidence I was a Hove Streamline 202020 driver, before they merged anyway.

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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2012 1:01 am
That one time when I was slagging off all the gays in Brighton

So it’s ok for you to speak ill of someone different but B&HHCO are out of order for not red carpeting you a license?

C’mon man get real will ya, on one hand you say you are being persecuted and on the other you are persecuting someone for preferring their own sex, you can’t help being gay if you are, it’s a brain thing and unless they are the vile right on type who thinks straights are abnormal and shoves it in yer face you have no reason to treat them harshly, ppl from yesteryear used to link them to pedophilia, and that is the same level of thought you have used,

Anyway, crack on son, this place is a wilting plant now, I’m pretty sure your homeland will recover best and quickest in all this financial mess those lovely knownowt ppl in high places have created for us to enjoy, this is my 3rd recession since leaving school so you can imagine how chuffed I am can’t you.

Here’s a fitting song title for you from something German that Germany should be well proud of.

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FARKING A! :wink:

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They´re not refusing to red-carpet me a license, they behave like complete goofs. Moreover, since I am by far not the only one they show this behaviour to I see perfectly good chances to actually make them change this attitude and become more driver-friendly.

As for gays, c´mon man, don´t get me wrong, slagging off someone does not mean to hate someone (slag off. Usage: Brit, vulgar. (informal) criticize, insult, talk down.) a male organ is not at all repelling to me for I´ve got one too (and find it quite a nice thing to have, btw), obviously the homophobes are the sickos, not the gays.

As for the recession, well, get rid of sodding Cameron and his posse of millionaires (as we hopefully soon get rid of sodding Angie), free the country from the grip of the banksters and it´s gross dependence on US-economy, end the isolation inside Europe and you will see how the UK will prosper again. (Besides, being the dominant culture is sure good for musicians and writers, but maybe too much of these is sure not good for economy. :wink: )

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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2012 1:36 pm
Well the new French leader is a breath of fresh stuff, wants to spend out of crisis, I think it’s the best way out as well, have done for a long time, low productivity is like digging a grave with a toothpick imo, where the flip is high employment generating high tax revenue while lowering the benefit burden, it’s a win win imo, but like you said we know why the current lot are keeping it slow, it’s because it suits the man with cash to have dominant buying power, we only ever come out of reccession so they can offload their cheap purchases at high cost when they’ve allowed a bit of cash back into the system, lets hope you can put them in the stocks in the afterlife eh 8)

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Foreign Secretary William Hague has said there is only one answer to Britain’s economic woes – hard work.

This is such an outraging thing to say after 30 years of theft, done by people who had hardly ever worked in their lives, just let their money work for them or their delivery boys and secretaries.

I say there is only one answer to Britain’s economic woes – make those people hand back the money they stole, make them give it back to the poor and poor middle-class, to those people who had done all the working in all the years and never got rich, because honest work has never got you anywhere!

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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 7:53 am
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I have just put this whole thing on the other forums, for a lively discussion!
Watch out, B&H HCO, these boots are made for walking…! :badgrin:

Germany: http://www.taxiforum.de/forum/viewtopic.php?p=121770#121770

Austria: http://www.taxi-forum.at/phpBB/viewtopic.php?p=14436#14436

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Foreign Secretary William Hague has said there is only one answer to Britain’s economic woes – hard work.

This is such an outraging thing to say after 30 years of theft, done by people who had hardly ever worked in their lives, just let their money work for them or their delivery boys and secretaries.

I say there is only one answer to Britain’s economic woes – make those people hand back the money they stole, make them give it back to the poor and poor middle-class, to those people who had done all the working in all the years and never got rich, because honest work has never got you anywhere!

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Brighton & Hove Taxi Trade Forum • View topic – Anyone know who …
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22 Jan 2012 – Anyone know who Jochen Lembke is? ….. and what is your opinion? vie … =5&t=17526. I am thinking…..

It´s always nice to google your own name from time to time, isn´t?
Anyway, it´s time I registered with them anyway, what I did now and then I will know what this unknown person is thinking of me.
Or do you want to fill in the blanks, Sussex?
Haha, Sussex was desperately trying to keep me out of that forum, right? Well, too late, Sussex. :mrgreen:

Probably they think just the same that you all do, mainly, that I´m a thick-headed, stubborn German son of a bitch, who´s full of himself. :lol:
Yet, aren´t these exactly the qualities modern life requires?
The qualities to take on the devil himself? :wink:

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Jochen Lembke wrote:
Haha, Sussex was desperately trying to keep me out of that forum, right? Well, too late, Sussex. :mrgreen:

Do you really think I give a flying f*** what forums you choose to join?

As for that forum, you are more and welcomed to join up with those prize numpties.

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numpty: Scottish usage: a) Someone who (sometimes unwittingly) by speech or action demonstrates a lack of knowledge or misconception of a particular subjec… just to put me in the picture, Sussex.

Well, obviously you don´t have much sense of humour, Sussex, and a bit square you are anyway. Right, so I will join these numpties and numpty away a bit with them. Keep you posted, cuddly bear!

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2012 1:19 am
That’s funny I thought the B&HTTF was a fair site myself, can’t remember my username nor password but they send a regular e.mail informing of whats going on locally and nationally, you’ve got a really funny nick on there ain’tcha Sussex, some sort of Lone Ranger type name iirc Badger of Bodmin Moor or something just as abstract, anyway Jochen I reckon you’d be better company in the pub than our mate the voice of Brighton, just don’t bring up taxis while the pumps are working, so raise a Stein or fourteen and don’t let the barcards get you down :lol:

Whatever ppl may think of you, at least you have spirit mate, and I’m all for that type of person myself (still think you should just go take the test again if you want a badge again) but at least you aren’t weak or have to call your mates in to help you out,

Sussex a square…..nevah :roll: :badgrin:

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