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Londoner Patric McGuinness wakes in the morning thinking about roads, goes to bed thinking about roads and shouts out road names as he passes them.A former gang member and ex-drug addict, the 47-year-old is studying for "The Knowledge of London," the notoriously difficult test drivers of iconic black taxis must pass to ply their trade.Undeterred by the competition and the dauntingly low 20-percent pass rate, McGuinness studies London's confusing maze of roads by puttering around the city on his moped with a map pinned to the windshield.Taxi test applicants take an average of four years to learn 320 routes – themselves made up of chains of streets, intersections and traffic circles – as well as 30,000 points of interest to pass the exam.
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