In the back of a Belfast taxi


‘City Hospital, the Cancer Center please”

“Are you going for yourself or to see someone?”

“Just visiting”

“I’m only asking cos I’m being treated at the center in Dundonald.  I have this weird blood disease that means my blood gets too thick. I have to go to have a pint or two removed and to get some treatment every week. It’s not too bad–at least I can still work. It’s actually like that disease black people get–you know–sickle cell anemia”

“I’ve never heard of a white person with anything like that”

“I know–my friends all call me Leroy ”

2. ” I went to East Belfast on a call out and there were these two guys with the police and the police arrested one of them and took him away in cuffs and said to me ‘will you take the other guy home” so I am driving up the Newtownards road and this guy is raging and he’s saying he is going to go back and shoot the policeman and I am thinking ‘ for dear sake leave me out of this’ and then he has to stop in some wee street to get something and he asks me to wait and as soon as he is out of the car and into the house I take off, no fare or nothing.

“Did you phone the police?”

“No–they can leave me out of it”

3. “This is a lovely car–smells new”

“Yes, me and the wife treated ourselves. I’ve been working for 30 years and you need something reliable in this job so me and the wife got a new car each. First time we’ve ever had a car from brand new. It can tell you how to do anything like..parking and all. My wife only had hers two weeks and someone ran into the back of her. Wrecked it. Thousands of pounds of damage and in the garage for two weeks. She only just got it back today.”

“She’ll be nervous driving”

“Yes. That was my daughter I was talking to when I picked you up. She was in the car with her when it happened. Still wearing a brace. They both went out today for a wee tootle around but they don’t like it. Too scared. My wife was in the hospital for a couple of days. You lose your nerve so you do”

“Were they badly hurt?”

“Oh, not too bad. It was mostly the car. Brand new car. She doesn’t want to drive it now. Neither of them do”

About Liz Barron

US Peace Corps Volunteer in Armenia. Permanent address in Washington DC. Deep roots in Northern Ireland and persistent Belfast accent. Blogger,cook, mother, grandma, Scrabble-player and enthusiastic world traveler.
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