Life af­ter Uber

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Go­ing Un­der­ground

1. ‘I said judge’s house, not Manor House!’ Ni­cole Scherzinger, Pussycat Doll turned X Fac­tor judge, is a long way from home.

2. Why did Ri­hanna take the Tube in­stead of walk­ing? ’Cos she’d for­got­ten her um­brella-ella-ella…

Pedal power

3. Pippa Matthews, née Mid­dle­ton, dis­em­barks from her bike in Lon­don last month. Her forth­com­ing book, Cy­cle: A Year of Two-Wheeled Trans­port with Fam­ily and Friends, 416pp, is out now. £130.

4. You can tell it’s Jon Snow rid­ing the bike in front of you be­cause he of­ten leans to the left.

5. Rocco Ritchie, son of Madonna and Guy, would like to star in the kind of car chase that fea­tures in his fa­ther’s films. For now, though, the 17-year-old will have to make do with a push bike.

Back to black

6. Kar­lie Kloss, the Chicagob­orn model, fin­gers her plait ner­vously back in Fe­bru­ary as she finds out ex­actly what her cab driver thinks of im­mi­gra­tion.

7. ‘What kind of cab is the new black?’ mused model Lara Stone as she sped home through the night in May.

The job of the Mayor of Lon­don is to solve the prob­lems faced by peo­ple liv­ing in his city. So in yank­ing Uber into a head­lock and ef­fec­tively telling it to ‘shape up, OR ELSE’, Sadiq Khan is do­ing just that – solv­ing a prob­lem we en­counter all too fre­quently. Which is, of course, the dif­fi­culty of mak­ing chit-chat with cab driv­ers. For too long we have been lim­ited to ask­ing them how late they’re work­ing and whether they’ve had any­one fa­mous in the car. For too long we have tried to veer away from hot-but­ton top­ics like im­mi­gra­tion, Brexit, and whether ev­ery­one’s seat belt is on (‘I’ll… I’ll find it! Can we just go?’). Now, though, that prob­lem is solved. Just start a de­bate on the ban and hours of cheer­ful con­ver­sa­tion await. Thank me later. — Tom Ough

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