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ricky gervais


We spoke to top comedian Ricky Gervais about what’s happening on the streets of New York!


spend a lot of time in New York, and if we think the roads at


home are chaotic... man, you should see how the Americans behave!


I’ve got one word to describe those familiar yellow cabs that you’re so used to seeing in fi lms and on the telly – dangerous! I mean really, genuinely dangerous!


American roads can be deceptive. Car for car, there are probably the same number as in London, but the streets here are a lot wider, so you think there’s more space. And


quickly wished I was that guy on the pavement almost getting my legs taken away!


There was one occasion, a few years ago now, that left me so traumatised that I vowed never to get in one again! Honestly, it was like I was in Star Wars and Harrison Ford was the guy in the front at the wheel. It was absolutely mental, and terrifying!


So this is a good lesson for life – no matter how lovely and romantic something may look... and here,


“So this is a good lesson for life – no matter how lovely and romantic something may look... and here, it’s that cute yellow cab with the rounded bonnet and the pretty black and white stripes... you’re potentially dicing with death!”


more space means that the cab drivers can see better, and much further ahead, so they put their foot down and go for it!


CANS


So coming from London to New York, and knowing what capital cities are like for traffi c, you assume that everything’s going to crawl along at 10mph like it does at home, and then some yellow fl ash comes tearing past you nearly taking your legs away.


I suppose if you’re sat in the cab, you’re in a better situation - you know where you’re going and you can get there. But then I’ve been in the back of cabs before and very


it’s that cute yellow cab with the rounded bonnet and the pretty black and white stripes... you’re potentially dicing with death!


And seriously, they seem to bib their horns all of the time. In London, if someone sounds their horn at you, it’s like they’re starting a fi ght. Here, it’s just like breathing! It’s not even an insult. It’s like, “Whoa, whoa, be careful… whoa, whoa, where are you going?’ And I was getting ready thinking, ‘There’s going to be a fi ght here’. I came to realise that they just do it as a refl ex! It’s used in a completely different way. An annoying, ear-splitting way!


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