We're quite lucky, Mrs NBT and I, in that we share the driving duties when we go out - I drive there, and she drives home. This is win-win as it means we can get there safely and without much fuss, then I can get drunk on two pints before being driven home without fear of a chat with the police. Oh, Mrs NBT doesn't drink so it's not like I'm having all the fun while she sits miserably looking at me and wishing me ill. Well, not for that reason anyway.
At the moment however we're in a bit of a pickle, I'm doing all the driving as Mrs NBT is recovering from a broken arm and is not currently fit to drive. To date this hasn't been a massive issue as we've only had one social occasion which has required us to travel and that was on a bus route from NBT towers to the pub in question (well, barring a short walk either end). This ten minute bus ride cost us £2.50 per person per trip - so £10 over all. The bus did have free wifi though so that makes it ok for a bus to be so expensive, doesn't it? I rmember all bus journies being 10 when I were a nipper....
This weekend however we've been invited to an occasion which, while only 7 miles away (or a 7 mile ride along the canal - not currently an option with the injury Mrs NBT suffered), requires convoluted travelling where public transport is involved - either a bus then a walk then a train (journey time just over an hour), or two buses via the nearby major town (journey time approaching an hour and a half).
Given this I thought I might drive over, then take a taxi home at the end of the evening. I can get the car the next morning easily enough, as I said it's only a few miles along the canal.
Now it's been several years since I took a taxi, with the exception of fixed-rate taxis to the airport, so I've no idea how much they cost now. A quick check online throws up this site
The site suggests that this taxi journey will cost me £18.25. That's one way.
Is it me? That seems like it's quite expensive. The site suggests that a taxi to the airport should cost £30 while the fixed rate taxis costs us £16 (I think), but that was a few years ago. Are they perhaps using generic rates which are higher than I might expect?
Or is it just me being northern and tight and I should either suck it up, or stay sober and drive?