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Mr Orme's Parrot

When I am in London I stay in Orme Court which is next to Queensway - just off the Bayswater Road. It's not famous for much except the Opus Dei in England is based there and it featured in the Da Vinci Code. But any taxi driver knows where it is because, at the start of the their career they all had to pass 'the knowledge,' the test that showed that they know pretty well any street in London. The examiner was (is?) called Mr Orme and apparently he had (has?) a parrot that sat behind him while he asked the questions.

The experience is burned into every cab-driver's brain along with his name.
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