Protein, protein, protein? Is UFIT the answer?

I’m training for a marathon, I have already completed a half marathon last year. Now, whilst I am far from an expert on matters of this nature. I will sit down, research and get to the bottom of something that I want to know.

Two crates are better than one

I had the privilege of being sent some protein drinks from UFIT, one batch of strawberry and one chocolate. I have tried more protein powders than you can shake a stick at. I used to have a cupboard full of protein powder shakers. But one thing I could never cure! A small amount of the powder used to sit at the bottom after the contents had been depleted. Aargh must have the full protein, must get it inside. Build, build, build, So when I had the chance to trial these drinks, my hand was first in the air.

 Where’s all my protein gone

I have come to realize (obviously) that you need protein to repair muscles. But I thought, you didn’t really need much replacement during cardiovascular training as well I was wrong! 

 

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SOURCE:

Fitness magazine.com

The flavors I was sent were strawberry and chocolate. I love strawberries and I love chocolate so I was in my element. However, for me at least, the chocolate seemed a bit thinner in consistency compared to the strawberry. It was still nice, really nice. But if you like your protein shakes fairly thicker, it’s strawberry.

The science…..

In each shake there is packed 22 grams of protein. According to a study by the USDA we eat on average 69 grams of protein a day. But if you exercise more than an hour five or more days a week, increase intake by 0.75 grams per pound. Now I am definitely not one of those that measures, calculates everything I put in my body. Even when I was weight lifting (a long time ago) and got fairly big, I didn’t obsess about it. SO, the UFIT shakes are a sure-fire way of at least making sure you may be getting the right amount of protein.

The amount is your choice

The first week I was drinking them I did everyday. I run 3 times a week: 13 mile on a Monday…….6mile on a Wednesday….5 mile on a Friday. But, I drank UFIT everyday, I have to be honest it was a bit much for me. However, I did actually feel a difference. I was less achy, my legs didn’t feel as tight and I did actually feel a slight pump (very slight).

The second week I opted for every other day, and for me that felt better. The effects I mentioned above were still there but it gave me a chance to rest my stomach. I drank them in the morning straight after a run, now I can’t eat after a run it does me in. So these shakes were ideal for replacing nutrients without feeling the sick heaviness of solids. And they do say eating protein in the AM tends to curb your appetite…..win win. I am one for testing out the psychological impacts of what might be a placebo. So I went 2 weeks without the shakes, and after having them for the short time of the previous two weeks. I have to say I did feel better for having them…..I really did, and I didn’t think I would!

How much

These are marketed as £2 a shake, but I have found them (remarkably) in ‘ICELAND FREEZER STORES’ for £1.50. All in all, I will be going back on these. As you may know I am on SLIMMING WORLD, and if you are too, these shakes are 8 syns per shake. Below is the nutritional info for both:



I say give them a go, as for the chocolate I know I said it was slightly thinner than the strawberry. But, it’s chocolate flavor……come on! I’ll still be drinking it.

Let me know if you get these, and let me know how you get on with them. Running a marathon? Let’s exchange some tips.

Luv ya xxxx

Tony Martin brainfood

A little bit of what you fancy……CHOCOLATE!

Who loves chocolate? Oh yes, me too. Chocolate is often seen as an indulgence, and why not it’s good to indulge. I have been in a healthy eating plan for a while now. I’m training for a marathon and some things have had to fall by the way side. Chocolate is one of them, but I like chocolate so why can’t I have it?

This got me thinking, so I started to look round and this is what I found. Now, I have no doubt that some of you know this. But it is good to actually see it jotted down for something to sink in.

A 100 gram bar of dark chocolate with 70-85% cocoa contains (1):
11 grams of fiber.

67% of the RDA for Iron.

58% of the RDA for Magnesium.

89% of the RDA for Copper.

98% of the RDA for Manganese.

It also has plenty of potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium.

There are many different kinds of dark chocolate, some good and some bad. For me there is only one kind and that is Green and Blacks, I tend to go for the higher content of 85-95%.

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I can already see the eyes closing and the taste buds of many recoiling in bitterness. But you get used to it, you really do because for me after doing without chocolate for so long, I don’t like the way milk chocolate coats the roof of your mouth.

Bottom Line: Quality dark chocolate is rich in Fiber, Iron, Magnesium, Copper, Manganese and a few other minerals.

Eating a lot of any kind of chocolate isn’t that good for you. Dark chocolate still has sugar in it, but in moderation the antioxidants will take effect. Me? I have 1 maybe 2 squares of dark chocolate a day. Again on slimming world ( for those of you that are) 1 square of the type I have is 1 syn, for others I would suggest you refer to your book or the slimming world app.

My other advice would be to go with a good quality dark chocolate too. In my opinion don’t go for the own brand type, but opt for a more recognised dark chocolate. Yes it might cost you a few more pennies, but in the long run you will benefit from it.

I could go on about how good it is at lowering blood pressure, may lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, may improve brain function. But here is a link to the facts on one of the pages I have been looking at, take a peek and see what you think. With just one maybe two squares a day what’s the worst that can happen?

You may get some benefit from it, AND you get to have what might be your favourite treat EVERYDAY.

Let me know which one you choose, as there are many flavours out there as well. Ginger, chilli, you name it. Let me know how much you have too, we can all do with a few ideas.

happy indulging guys. Luv ya xxx

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How to start the morning positively

GET YOUR MIND IN THE RIGHT PLACE

Many of us wake up groggy with the lack of sleep still lingering. We want peace and quiet but we just can’t get it, if you live in a big city the hum of the traffic just does not stop. We all have morning habits that seem to get us going, coffee being one of them for most people. But is it the coffee? Or the idea of having the coffee? Our minds become filled with the day to day hustle and bustle tasks. That’s why it appears as though time goes quickly, we become distracted and then start to focus on the negative. Start worrying about the bills, where the money is coming from to pay them so we miss the sweet smell of life and what we have. Focus on the good and we tend to see more of what we focus on, a bit like studying for an exam.

GRATITUDE IS IT THE RIGHT WAY?

Being thankful for something in your life is always a plus, you feel good about having that in your life. Imagine if you will the dishes, doing the dishes and letting your partner do them. Most people do in fact like to make other people feel good, being grateful for your partner doing the dishes makes them feel good because they made you feel good. I’m not just saying just be thankful “thanks for doing the washing up sweet”. No I mean grateful really thankful, you then go on to reciprocate the action. To reinforce this write down what you are grateful for, the brain recognises the pen strokes and the action of you FOCUSING on the good. We all should say thank you more, how many times do you put your hand up to another driver when they let you pass? Makes you feel good when someone does it to you doesn’t it?

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My Gratitude journal

POSITIVE ACTIONS FOR A POSITIVE MOOD

So here are a few things that get me in a positive vibe for the day ahead, and I do them everyday mostly in the morning before I even start getting ready for work.

  1. I keep a gratitude journal, I have a goal and I use it as an affirmation and I write it at the top of the page everyday. I then list 10 things that I am grateful for either from the day before, the hours I have been awake already (a cuddle from the wife as you leave the bed) or the things that I know I have coming up.
  2. Now, I have a book a favourite book that I read a section of everyday. I was introduced to it a few years ago and it keeps me positive THINK AND GROW RICH: Napoleon Hill. It is about keeping the mind positive and having faith in yourself, something some of us just don’t have and we are all actually quite amazing in our own way.
  3. Excercise is important you can’t have a healthy mind if you don’t have a heathy vessel in which to keep that mind. It keeps you alert and in many cases stops you from getting tired. You can quite literally obtain more energy from expelling some energy.

YOU DESERVE IT

We all work hard everyday, we are all working towards something no matter how big or small that may be. So we all need a bit of time out and we need to spoil ourselves, let ourselves realise how special we are. Eliminate the bad thoughts and encourage to good thoughts. Take time to chill out in the morning, waking up late and being disorganised quite often determines the sort of day you are going to have. We all deserve to make time for ourselves and appreciate ourselves, if we can’t learn that then how can we learn to appreciate others. Each and every one of us deserve to have the best that we can in our lives, every positive thing that brings good things has to be the right decision right? Believe it or not the list of things that I have put down here, actually does make you feel good does make you feel that positive vibe. I was sceptical when I first started trying it, but it does actually work. There are many expensive gratitude journals out there that you can buy, but I don’t think you need to. Me? I just bought a cheap note book and placed a cover on it with a design that I liked, to me it was more personal it meant more. It would encourage me to continue with the habit on a more permenenat basis, once the habit becomes ingrained you do it without thinking.

TAKE UP THE CHALLENGE

Try out this small list of tips, try it for a couple of weeks. Even better try if for a month, see what happens and what benefits it may and can bring you. Remember this blog and after if you take up the challenge, come back comment and let me know how you go.

Tony Martin brainfood

A Full Tummy On Overnight Oats

We should all have breakfast in the morning, or at least that is what we are told anyway. Me? I do, i never leave home without it…..nope, not a visa card! But something in my tummy, it sets me up for the day. And this is one thing i have come to enjoy recently since losing weight and going for the healthier lifestyle.

OVERNIGHT OATS

35 grams of porridge oats
Muller light yogurt of any flavour you wish
Handful of either frozen fruit of chopped fresh fruit
1 airtight glass spring top jar

 

OVERNIGHT OATS BF

 

 

  1. Place the weighed porridge oats in the jar (I am on a plan that only allows 35g, you can add more if you wish)
  2. Place either the yogurt or the handful of fruit that you have on top of the oats (we use frozen as they tend to last longer than fruit left in a fruit bowl)
  3. Pour on the yogurt over the top and coat well (DO NOT MIX AND STIR AT THIS POINT)
  4. Place the lid on the jar and place in the fridge overnight.
Divide your fruit into handful portions
Divide your fruit into handful portions

 

Finished jar to be place in the fridge for the morning
Finished jar to be place in the fridge for the morning

 

 

These will fill you up and is a great breakfast to start on, porridge oats are a good source of slow release energy. I sometimes just have strawberries with them, whatever you do, do not use bananas it does not come out nice.
ENJOY XX
Tony Martin brainfood

 

 

 

 

MY WINTER WARMERS 4 items of clothing for keeping warm this winter

Guys we all need to keep warm, and for me I will do anything to do that. Damn when I was a builder I even wore women’s tights, really thick ones and I worked with a bunch of guys that did the same. There is no shame in it you got to do what you can, two guys walking down the road one is wearing a woman’s scarf the other is freezing his KAJOOLIES off. Which one is the stupid one? I know which one I would opt for.

SO….this is what I use to keep warm when I’m out and about either walking the dog or walking to shops. I was in the building trade for 24 years so I have had some practice in trying to keep warm and, I have built up a massive wardrobe of warm clothing. This is what I use most of the time.

 

 

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my treasure trove of warmth
  1. Now this is warm, really warm and I bought this the other day from CLAIRE’S ACCESSORIES. Yes it is a shop that is aimed at women and young girls BUT WHO CARES! It’s a snood thingy I guess you can call it, it is a fur-lined tube and it cost me £5. £5 for keeping me warm when I walk the dog and walk to the shop, in my view who cares if its sky blue pink. This one happens to be ‘male’ colours,  guys don’t be silly GET IT ON AND GET WARM.
  2. Hats I love hats and I love warm ones specifically bobble hats, this is just a small selection and yes they all get worn. I am even wearing one now, I do tend to wear them around the house ( I know crazy)  its like a cuddle for the head. And believe it or not it does actually help me relax.
  3. These are a must guys go and invest and spend you HAVE TO have these. They are WATERPROOF gloves and they are the warmest ones I have ever had. I bought these quite a few years ago from decathlon I can’t actually find this design, maybe because they were bought some years ago but they still have a great selection. Waterproof gear can not be recommended enough.
  4. And then we come to my most treasured possessions my WATERPROOF SOCKS, yes waterproof socks. These are a must and they DO work I have had my feet dipped in water and my feet were bone dry. Coupled with a pair of waterproof shoes and there is nothing that will get through. But, they are warm I have had the heatkeepers brand before but these are warmer. There is a company called SEALSKINZ that do these (mine are not these ones) which I had a pair from them some years ago and I lost them. I was gutted! The ones I have now are from Aldi and they are still bang on. Every now and again Aldi will do outdoor gear from time to time but you keep your eyes open.
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Application of the fur lined tube scarf

I hate being cold really hate it, so how do you keep warm? Guys what do you use to keep warm? ideas that are shared are good ideas. Share your ideas here and comment below, Let me know.

 

Tony Martin brainfood

 

 

 

 

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STARBUCKS Vs COSTA: Who wins you decide.

What is there to say about STARBUCKS? What is there to say about Costa? Well, quite a lot I reckon and I like one of them SO much. Think now and decide which one YOU think I like, don’t cheat don’t scroll to the bottom. Read this post decide which one you like and see if we match. So…….here we go:
STARBUCKS (for me) is the pink little bunny sitting in the corner, doe eyed waiting for you to notice him. His holding a bouncy ball waiting for you to come and play. This is the coffee shop that is fun, it knows about adult stuff but it still likes sucking on chuppa chups. The coffee is good (really good) but again it is fun they are fun flavours, my favourite being the White chocolate mocha. This takes me back to when I was a kid, not that I touched coffee when I was a kid I would have been bouncing off the walls at that age. It reminds me of the cowboy with the glasses, the pure white innocence of THE MILKY BAR. Not so innocent if you look at the CALORIE COUNT, (just a little tip, ask it to be skinny and add sugar free syrup for a healthier option)  but all coffees from these kind of places are like that, it IS an indulgence it is a treat. Almost every STARBUCKS I have been in it’s hustle and bustle, and sometimes that isn’t a bad thing it wakes you up its vibrant, energetic and welcoming. Started in 1971 they have far exceeded themselves…. TAX, TAX, TAX, I can almost hear people shouting. MP’s expense scandal I shout back holding my placard with obscenities on it. Starbucks as I said is a fun place a place to take gran, you even have a lady grinning excitedly at you from every cup you look at.

And then you have COSTA! Costa is the big boy, wearing a pair of DM’s but with a suit to match. Costa wants to wake you up but he wants to wake you up with a shake, a shout in the ear and a word of motivation to get your ass out of bed. Costa wants to get things done he is the business man in a field full of clowns. The cups are almost regal in presentation no cheeky gimmicks……’your in Costa ya having a coffee and ere is one of our cups to prove it’. Their brand is what it says on the tin or in this case……what it says on the cup. The Costa joints that I have been in are reserved in comparison, no one talks loud it’s peaceful and you can get work done. I actually have a thermal cup from Costa and it goes everywhere with me. My favourite drink? Caramel latte and as the Barista told me the other day the milk has to be bang on 140 degrees, no more no less. My 2nd choice (as with Starbucks) is the CAFE MOCHA a slightly serious coffee, that stares across the table from under its brow mocking you with the sweetness of chocolate ‘ go on, go on I dare you to sprinkle!’
Say what you like about both these place….over priced, over rated just for a coffee. I don’t think so because you see, you’re not just paying for the coffee. Your paying for the ambience your paying for the welcome, the training that the person has put in to making you a ‘damn fine coffee’ (a scene reminiscent of ‘ Twin Peaks). In both places your paying for lounging about (if you can get one) on a big soft sofa whilst you take a break from the rushing around. Go ahead you deserve it and why not, afterwards you feel spoilt and don’t tell me you don’t.
Let’s not get into the whole tax evasion thing we could go on for days but, according to THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER :

Starbucks has made a small profit for the first time in the UK in 17 years with 791 outlets including franchised owned, the pre-tax profit was £1.05m.  Not a figure to be sniffed at and then we come to COSTA once again: Sales at Costa owned by Whitbread rose 17.2% in the first quarter of 2015 with profits estimated as early as April at £1.4bn.
These figures indicate who is the major player in the annihilation of a coffee bean placed in a grinder. Whichever way you look at it and despite the figures personally and almost privately we all have our favourite escape.
Yep you guessed it I FRICKING LOVE COSTA! Give me a Costa now…..give me a Costa at night, morning, now, now and then some more now………I could go on but you get the general idea.
Comment below with what is your favourite chain, and the 1st choice of drink. Give me some ideas and tastes to try. Happy caffine-ating people.

 

Tony Martin

Healthy lunch with SWEET POTATOES

We have been going slimming world now for about 31 weeks and what started out as a way to lose weight changed into a complete life change and brain reprogram. So far to date I and my partner have lost bang on the nose 3 stone in weight each. When i became a taxi driver I ballooned from 12 stone right up to 16 stone 10 (do the math). My partner is an education as she comes up with a lot of meal ideas, and because of the plan we never go hungry. And that’s exactly what slimming world is, it is not a diet but a healthy eating plan a re-education of how you view food, so here we go with the latest invention.

 

sweet pots

 

SWEET POTATOES WITH BACON, ONION AND PEPPERS.

  1. Bake the sweet potatoes in a fan oven  mark 200 until they are soft inside (make sure to prick with a fork first)
  2. Cook lean or medallions of bacon in a non stick pan with a few sprays of fry light cooking oil
  3. Chop one onion and 2 peppers (any colour) and toss into the bacon and cook together
  4. Once the potatoes are soft half and scoop out the inside and place into a separate bowl
  5. Once the bacon mix is cooked to taste, chop and place in the bowl with the mush from the potatoes.
  6. Mix well and combine together and place back into the skins of the sweet potatoes
  7. Add a sprinkling of grated cheese on top ( if you are on the slimming world plan either syn the cheese (weighed) or count it as your HEA
  8. Serve with a massive side salad
Sweet potatoes with bacon, peppers and onion
Sweet potatoes with bacon, peppers and onion

 

Those of you on the Slimming world plan will know all about the syns that you could add to this recipe, having said that we had the cheese as our HEA, so it is completely syn free. Those of you not on this plan SYN FREE and FREE FOODS basically means (believe it or not) you can eat as much of this as you want.

Enjoy  xxx

 

Tony Martin

Morning pampering Routine

This is the first post of 2016 and the first post of my revamped and final look blog, now I have decided where I want it to go and defined the brand of what BRAIN FOOD is about. I have been busy over the last few weeks what with Christmas and the new year with work and family, and i have started a few good habits and this is one of them.

I do feel that guys should look after themselves, just because we are guys it doesn’t mean we can not  have a good pamper now and again. Everyday stresses and the environment its good to take time out and allow ourselves to look and feel good. This is something I do every morning and night and have done for the last few weeks, and I have to say my face feels a lot better. Every morning I get up at 5:00 am and the first thing I do is go for a run, anything between 3 and 6 miles. Then when I come back and I start my morning routine with a shower and routine face wash separate to the shower.

 

 

 

The products i use everyday
The products I use everyday

1.  Nivea for men 48 hr antiperspirant

2.David Beckham body spray       

3.Nivea for men crème

4.Lynx hair gel                               

5. Superdrugs Vitamin E facial Scrub

6. Gillette shave gel for sensitive skin

                                                          1. This does actually work for 48hrs, although I wouldn’t do this as a rule a shower everyday can only be a good thing’

2.       I simply love the smell of this, it’s a clean crisp smell and leaves the  fragrance lasting almost all day

                                  3.        This is a fairly new product from Nivea and for me it is he best moisturizer I have ever used, it does face, body and hand. the fact that it does the hands as well as the face for me is a winner. I use after I shave and makes my skin feel extremely soft and doesn’t feel tight after a shave at all.

                          4.      I have just started using this, I used to leave my hair flat but wanted a new look with spikes. This is a winner for me and lasts all day, i have even had this on in  the rain and it stayed. It combs right out and does not leave the hair feeling sticky (hair does need to be washed after though and re applied)

                                           5.    Vitamin E Exfoliating Facial Scrub uses oatmeal to provide gentle but effective ex-foliation, unlike other scrubs this isn’t as brutal and a bit more delicate  on the face. I use this 3 times a week and have used this on and off for the last 25 YEARS.

                                        6.    Now I have fair delicate skin so for me this works, foam to me does seem to be a bit messy and just to thick so this seems to go on just right and the  application is more manageable.

 

Quite often men are a bit embarrassed to say that they have a daily cleanse routine but there is nothing wrong with it, especially with such a harsh environment. There are so many different products out there for men it has opened the gate and made this seem more acceptable. We all want to look the best we can and that should not just stop at women, hell I have even worn minor make up (it was on a film set mind you). I never wear it as a norm but what I’m trying to say is given the right environment things can become acceptable, and that environment is fast becoming the norm. You could go as far to say who cares what people think (that’s me) and go ahead and do what makes you happy, with people now living older than before its time to take care of ourselves more than just internally. Find out more about moisturiser and find your skin type with MEN’S HEALTH

 

It would be interesting to know what other guys out there are using, and if you are the girlfriend, wife or partner do you shop for your loved one? Comment below and let me know what is your favourite product

Tony Martin

12 Months To Christmas!

I have not posted for a while it has been Christmas after all! It’s the new year and I plan to take blogging and my new YOUTUBE CHANNEL a little bit more serious. With all the chocolates I have eaten I could have opened a sweet shop. We have been on a eating plan for the last 6-7 months and have lost about 3st 4lb, so I’m not too worried if I put a couple back on. Christmas is always good in our house and always exciting as we have two girls in our house and they are at an age when they can express the appreciation for what they get. This year, gone was the slaving away in the kitchen for hours on end we decided very early on this year that we were going to eat out.

cat and fid
We had to book early, just a short walk from our house

It was ok but as I said we were not really paying for the meal, look at it from a different angle and we were paying for QT with the kids. We were not stuck in the kitchen for god knows how long, arguing about how thick the gravy is. I always say jokingly after the girls have opened their present’s “That’s it got to wait another twelve months to open some more”. And whilst that is true it is always good to look forward to a new year. With a new year comes new goals and new ambitions, and the ones we have in store are plenty including a secret holiday for our girls. At the moment our house looks like a war-torn street in Beirut, I like a tidy stress free house. I like a house to look like it is lived in not quite clinical so for me the quicker the decorations now go away the better, but that involves doing some gymnastics against the hallway wall as some one else has our ladders.

 

not our house but very close!
not our house but very close!

It is amazing to me how many people spend a fortune on wrapping paper for it only to be ripped, torn and thrown away. “Well it makes the present look better”. Really! I mean really! We are always told to never judge a book by its cover so, behold the looks when the wrapping is sometimes worth more than the present inside. This exact thing happened to me the present was celebrated, held aloft in all its glory for months but the details of its contents were never divulged. Then it was given to me! I am a very lucky guy in my life and I am grateful everyday, my gratitude journal will tell you so. But I think you can kind of tell the rest for yourself, I once got a musical tie from someone I bought perfume for every year £60+ then one year they returned the gesture. Where is the tie now? I have not a clue. Today is a day off to try to treat our house to some TLC, we have a new vacuum which today will get a good battering. I have one question, why when you take your decorations down the room always instantly looks bare? No doubt for years you have always admired the look of the living room, even more so if you have just decorated. But once the tree is down it doesn’t look the same, and it takes some getting used to.

We have other things to do!

  1. Our patio doors are broke
  2. Our toilet does not flush properly
  3. And we need to remove a sofa from the living room

These have happened in a very short space of time, very short so we have our hands full with all the other goals we have put in place. Am I looking forward to it? Yeah why not, why wouldn’t I there is much to do. Am I watching the Christmas clock in anticipation for the next one? ERM….. no is the answer we have much to do first!

 

Is there anything you have set down in the new year? Are there any jobs around the house that need doing? Have you bought presents already in the any sales? Let me know, you may even have tips on how to fix patio doors!

Tony (1)

6 Tips for female safety on taxi travel.

New year, Christmas eve to be honest they are all the same. Its a night out full of merriment and forgotten memories of the night before, and embarrassment the morning after whilst your looking at the crazy photos. But when it comes to going out we can sometime feel a little insecure especially if our friends inadvertently leave us on our own to get home. As a taxi driver myself I often see females walking home on their own and it disturbs me, on a few occasions I have picked them up and taken them home for free as they have not had any cash on them. You wont find this a regular occurrence as we all have to make money and have an income.

After being a taxi driver now for a few years my female customers have told me many stories of what has happened to them, below are a few tips for THE FEMALES among you of how to be careful when getting a taxi home at this time of year.

  1. Never sit in the front of the taxi if you are traveling alone: If you are travelling in two’s sit in the back, and if one does have to sit in the front this lady should (if convenient) be dropped off first. It isn’t due to the fact that the driver may not be trusted, on the contrary it saves any misinterpretation of gestures and comments by both parties. Especially if the female is heavily intoxicated, which in fact if this is YOUR friend you shouldn’t send them home alone anyway. (unless you know and trust the driver beforehand)
  2. Never ever get in a taxi/cab if it doesn’t have a company name and number on the side or a TAXI top light: Black ‘London’ taxis quite often have the emblem COMPUCAB or DATA CAB. And to be honest these type of cabs are checked, then checked again and then checked just to be sure. Know the company that is taking you home.
  3. Take a business card from the driver:  ALWAYS ask the driver for a card  even if you decide not to use the driver or company again, IF something does happen that you are not happy with or if you think you have dropped something in the taxi you have a number to start at.
  4. Fake phone calls instil confidence: If you are feeling a bit weary of your driver once you are on your way, make that phone call to someone you know. Even if you cant get no one IMPROVISE pretend you are talking to someone. This may sound a little crazy but it works especially if you commentate ‘to the person on the line’ about where you are.
  5. Always, always, always, make sure you have money to pay:  Take a minimum of £20 and place it in a hidden pocket either on you or in a bag. There are drivers out there that wouldn’t leave a female stranded but they/we do need to make a living so there is a small percentage that wouldn’t give a free ride and they are justified in doing so.
  6. All taxis have a council number: Make a mental number of the taxi council plate either on the rear or from of the taxi, make a note of it on your phone once you are in the taxi. FRIENDS: make a note of this as well as you send your mate on her way.

It is despite common belief fraud, to hire a taxi and then refuse to pay or do a RUNNER and if the company or driver persue it you WILL HAVE TO PAY and police can be called.

LADIES……NEVER EVER WALK HOME ON YOUR OWN EVEN IF YOU HAVE NO MONEY,QUITE OFTEN IF YOU TALK TO A DRIVER THEY WILL UNDERSTAND AND AN AGGREEMENT CAN BE MET WITH REAGRDS TO LEAVING SOMETHING AS SECURITY UNTIL YOU ARE ABLE TO PAY. eg. mobile phone, item of jewellery  etc.

These tips were given to me through talking to customers over a long period of time, how ever you get home over the festive period make sure you are safe in doing so. Not all taxi drivers are dodgy if any are actually at all. But it can be intimidating trying to get home late at night.

Tony (1)