My friends and I were in Adelaide interstate to sing in the Festival Choir for the final concert of the Adelaide Festival, Mahler symphony number 8. This is a big event, with international soloists and visiting choristers from a number of states of Australia. We were staying at the Residential wing of Royal Adelaide Hospital, and rang for a cab from the free cab phone in reception, to attend an important rehearsal. We waited for 35 minutes, then rang the company again, only to be told a cab had tried to pick us up at a different location from the one requested. 'We'll send one as soon as possible." We waited another 40 minutes interspersed with 4 more calls, then abandoned the whole cab idea, and started walking to the station, only to discover a cab rank at gate 6 of the hospital, with 5 cabs in a row, from another company! Why weren't we told that I wonder?