I found this post as I’ve decided to learn some of “the knowledge”. I’ve ordered the “blue book” of 320 runs which should arrive this week.
For a cabbie, the runs are only a starting point, the aim being to know all the points of interest along each route. These are named buildings, major hotels, hospitals, stations, restaurants, sports venues, museums, theatres, police stations, magistrates/crown courts etc. The candidate should know all the streets and points of interest in quarter of a mile radius of the start and end point of each run. The first part of the knowledge concentrates on the area within a six mile radius of Charring Cross, that’s an area of 113.1 miles! BTW, that blog mentioned in the OP has now changed to be http://blackcablondon.net/, I mention it in case the redirect fails in the future. This short video shows the incredible street knowledge they have and here’s a student on a typical study run. If you ever get a London black cab you can ask the driver (nicely) to call out the points and he will tell you everything there is to know about the areas you pass through.
The point of this for me is several fold, I want to learn more of London. It’s such a vast city that I haven’t a clue about whole areas. I actually want to use some of the runs as my own memory journeys and here is where I think it will become difficult as I already use various trips as my “palaces”, so to store a journey in a journey could lead to issues, so I need to think of a viable alternative.
I’ll likely tackle it in a number of ways as I think that using different methods to learn the same thing gives me a deeper sense of learning/understanding:
- I'll pump the routes into Anki - turn by turn for each run. I'll tag the card with the run name.
- Cloze the runs in Anki.
- I might look to encode each turn, with an event for left, right, forward, comply and whatever else they use.
- I will try to use imagery for the real names where appropriate, eg, Crown Street, Copenhagen Street
- I might want fixed images for:
- I'll probably P.A.O encode the street names where they are difficult to otherwise visualise, using my initials technique that I use to learn lines for recitals.
- I'll may also encode the entire journey street by street as P.A.O.
I don’t intend to become a cabbie or learn every route and point. I want to end up knowing more of London and eventually use some of the runs as further memory palaces for other stuff I want to remember.