The View From The Cab.

Some of the most interesting and colourful characters found in London are some of the most unnoticeable if you’re not looking carefully enough. Newspaper vendors on Street corners, peddling the latest sensationalism in rain wind and sun, see all different folk passing by and have rich myriads of tales of the rich and poor to tell if asked. Hotel doorman, those that simply open and close your way in or way out but always with a smile no matter what their own life has thrown at them, have brushed shoulders with some that are idolized.

There is one man in London that sticks out because of the mannerisms who uses to promote his wares; The Big Issue. For those that don’t know, The Big Issue is a magazine that the homeless can sell on the Streets to provide themselves with an income and thereby a sense of worth and pride. The man I speak of is unique. He stands on the corner of where The Strand meets Trafalgar Square and may of one time known better surroundings and an easier life-style. He knows that he will never become a millionaire nor for that matter live better than ‘hand to mouth,’ but the effort and entertainment he provides deserves your recognition if passing. He pirouettes holding his copies in outstretched arms smiling as he asks; “Hows your day?” never seemingly noticing the ignorance of the uninterested. “Stop” I want to shout, “engage with him,” find out what you don’t know by plain conversation. Why do we seek out the false celebrities in life when some real home-grown ones are walked passes everyday. If you are looking for inspiration look no further than the person nearby.

About Daniel Kemp

Daniel Kemp’s introduction to the world of espionage and mystery happened at an early age when his father was employed by the War Office in Whitehall, London, at the end of WWII. However, it wasn’t until after his father died that he showed any interest in anything other than himself! On leaving academia he took on many roles in his working life: a London police officer, mini-cab business owner, pub tenant and licensed London taxi driver, but never did he plan to become a writer. Nevertheless, after a road traffic accident left him suffering from PTSD and effectively—out of paid work for four years, he wrote and self-published his first novel —The Desolate Garden. Within three months of publication, that book was under a paid option to become a $30 million film. The option lasted for five years until distribution became an insurmountable problem for the production company. All seven of his novels are now published by Creativia with the seventh—The Widow’s Son, completing a three book series alongside: What Happened In Vienna, Jack? and Once I Was A Soldier. Under the Creativia publishing banner, The Desolate Garden went on to become a bestselling novel in World and Russian Literature in 2017. The following year, in May 2018, his book What Happened In Vienna, Jack? was 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 most about; 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 and described as—the new Graham Green—by a highly placed employee of Waterstones Books, for whom he did a countrywide tour of book signing events. He has also appeared on 'live' television in the UK publicising that first novel of his. He continues to write novels, poetry and the occasional quote; this one is taken from the beginning of Once I Was A Soldier There is no morality to be found in evil. But to recognise that which is truly evil one must forget the rules of morality.
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1 Response to The View From The Cab.

  1. I’m so jealous! You must have notebooks full of arterial to write about 😉


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