The View from the Cab

The view from the cab
For those who would like to know a little of the tradition of this Country let me tell you about the flag flown above Buckingham Palace and how public opinion has altered some conventional ways. Up until the death of Princess Diana it was customary for only one flag ever to be seen flying above the Queens residence, and that was the Royal Standard, which announced that Her Majesty was at ‘Home.’ On the day of Diana’s death, all flags in London were at half-mast as a sign of respect, but there was none on the Palace as the Royal Family were away. The outrage was palpable and self-evident in every newspaper, News Channel and spoken of by almost everyone you came across. There was even suggestions here, that the Monarchy was outdated and superfluous. Things eventually changed as they had to. Now there is always a flag hoisted, the Royal Standard when at ‘Home‘ and the Union flag when they are playing ‘Away.’ So now I can tell when she there and it is convenient to pop in for a cup of tea!


About Daniel Kemp

Daniel Kemp, ex-London police officer, mini-cab business owner, pub tenant and licensed London taxi driver never planned to be a writer, but after his first novel —The Desolate Garden — was under a paid option to become a $30 million film for five years until distribution became an insurmountable problem for the production company what else could he do? Nowadays he is a prolific storyteller and in May 2018 his book What Happened In Vienna, Jack? became a number one bestseller on four separate Amazon sites: America, UK, Canada and Australia. Although it’s true to say that he mainly concentrates on what he knows best; murders laced by the mystery involving spies, his diverse experience of life shows in the short stories he writes, namely: Why? A Complicated Love, and the intriguing story titled The Story That Had No Beginning. He is the recipient of rave reviews from a prestigious Manhattan publication, been described as —the new Graham Green — by a managerial employee of Waterstones Books, for whom he did a countrywide tour of signing events, and he has appeared on ‘live' television in the UK.
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