'˜Ere, guess what I had in the back of my cab today'
Those of us in the newspaper business are used to getting the call to see '˜someone in reception who has something interesting to show you'.
Off the top of my head I can recall being shown ‘a very rare Biro’ an equally exotic two-bar electric fire and an unusual three-pin plug.
There have been psychic hamsters, an eagle owl and once, a shire horse.
But never can any of us recall being summoned to the front office to be confronted by a tiger.
But in the late 1940s that was the fate awaiting some poor junior reporter in our old Stanhope Road office.
I was searching for old pictures of that building when I stumbled across the photo here.
Apparently the woman had just called into The Evening News with her rather large cat and was pictured getting into a taxi afterwards.
What the cabbie made of it all was not recorded.