Saturday, June 17, 2017

Another day


A Ghost bike, when a cyclist is killed a ghost bike appears and their details appear on the website

Georgian Dublin

The charges for hiring the Dublin bikes.


 I just came across this click here and I found that Dublin corporation had removed a ghost bicycle under the abandoned bicycle scheme..It a kinda defeats the purpose.

Fire safety is something that you never take a chance with, smoke detectors fire alarms sprinkler systems and fire hoses you would think would be a priority.  Never take it for granted my friend. If you see escape routes blocked and short comings leave and make a phone call the next day.
That insulation that they insulate buildings with I would have assumed would have fire retardant built in, after all the plastic substance for the insulation gives off a really toxic smoke.
So a block of apartments goes up in London and it goes up in flames like a match.
Say a prayer for the dead and the bereaved.
Everyone lost all their possessions.
Say a prayer for them all.

In the rest of the world we had Blooms day from the book Ulysses written by James Joyce.
A great day to be free with a straw hat.

A girl jumped into my taxi today and at journeys end she told me that this taxi ride was the best one she had ever had.
She has been in Ireland for more than 10 years.
From Latvia she arrived here like so many, her heart full of hope and her dreams to become reality.
You know what ?
I think she is getting there.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Just a thought for a great girl far from home


Just one word from father Ted

This is a drill bit for sinking Piles for building tall buildings
Before Christmas I picked up a Phillipina girl going towards town.
Some journeys begin and end with a destination, other journeys last for years with repeated contact.
She told me that she was between jobs and that she was here illegally and that her brother and sister had demanded that she send them €1,000 for Christmas.
I nearly clipped another car as I was so distracted with anger.
She gave me some flyers as she was getting out and I asked another Phillipina girl that I know to help her.
Just last week I remembered her when I found her flyer in the car and I rang her.
My friend as it turned out was a friend of hers as well and she had supported her through that bad time.
Now she is in a good place and her ( Who was my friend as well)  friend rang me to explain what was happening.

Europe,America and all foreign destinations become a Shangrila for the fortune hunters.
You just have to pluck money from the trees, as easy as that.
My girl told me that she asked them to send her for €500 as she had no job!!!
This shut them up quick.
Both these girls are wonderful warm gentle people.
They are sacrificing their youth to help the folks back home.
The girl that I helped rang me back later.
"John are you OK yourself ?
Why did you ring me out of the blue like that?"

So she was clued in as to the unusual nature of the phone call.
A really bright caring girl.

Now here is a con of huge proportions




Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Exam time


A Barrell organ in Holland

A Lion at Clontarf Castle

Smithfield

Today the state exams begin for our pupils, Ie Bac. in France and GCSEs in Britain.
Keep your cool kids,if you are relaxed the information will come to you more easily.

But exams are a bad way of measuring peoples ability.
If you fail at exams it doesn't show that you are not a quick thinking intelligent person with great potential.
This may not be your year or your subject.
Hang in there, start your own business. Become a millionaire.
A guy called Guy Martin in the UK was told by his teacher that he was stupid and that he never would amount to much.
The teachers name was J.D.Weatherspoon.
Every pub Mr Martin opens bears that teachers name and his sales are in the millions.

In the taxi business things are lifting a bit, a little bit more work.
I have my formula to follow so I have no complaints.

I asked that you say a prayer to your various Gods for Timothy Harte aged 11 who was going for a bone marrow transplant.
He had Leukemia the poor kid.

The Great news is that the transplant worked and all the new blood cells are now from the donor marrow.
Thanks for all the prayers , we all wish him a wonderful summer.
Your health is something we take for granted until it goes wrong.

Kids are great but tricky, my wife's spare key went missing so she has no key of her own.
She went to visit the grandchildren in Northern Ireland last week and I got a phone call that she couldn't open the door of the car. What should she do?
I talked her through what the problem might be to no avail.
So I drove up (Return trip 420 Kms)
I opened the car with the valet key, everything was dead.
A battery charger was connected, after an hour. Still nothing.
A jump start was required, but as the cars were at an aqard angle 2 sets of jump leads were needed.
With a flash she sperung into life.
So I drove her car home.
On the way home as it got darker I noticed that all the internal lights had been turned on.
Lucy my granddaughter had turned them on.
But in my car when you lock the car all the lights turn off.

So as they say in China "Shit happens"

Manx radio comes in on my car radio and all this week the TT races are broadcast

Sadly as I came home tonight on the radio they reported the death of an Irish  rider from Co.Meath.

mad men for sure
 One millimeter wrong and you are gone at 180 mph.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

A tidy mind

Every day they change the floral display in the Westbury hotel

The boy is back in town. Returned after his last strike by a truck.

The latest all electric vehicle to hit Dublins streets.



An American lady was ringing her husband on Grafton St
"I am a bit lost honey I am standing beside a statue of Michael Jackson on Grafton St,"

So here I am with a very tidy wife.
You go out and when you come back everything has been put away.
Where it goes is a mystery but my bank cards and credit cards have gone...
I need to make a payment to someone of around €6,000 but my card is gone!!!!!
So I should have got an office for sure.
The Garda commissioner has lost her fone too, there are investigations into her telephone activity but the fone is gone..
If you find it
HIDE IT.

Cruise ships are arriving into Dublin port every day, some with as many as 5,000 passengers.
It is rip off central at the port with some guys scamming the visitors.
I reckon that there is enough honest work around on the streets.
Some guys work the airport where they rob as well.
Why would anyone scam someone like that?
It only kills the business for everyone.

Go to New York and it is a fixed fare to Manhattan.
In Athens and Manchester you pay for your taxi in an office and you give the voucher to the driver.
Why?
To make the driver honest.

BA had a huge computer melt down last weekend and I had a wonderful Japanese girl going to London then to Tokyo, I really hope she made it.
If you are stuck in Dublin, be quick....Jump on the high speed ferry.. then by train to London.
In many cases quicker than a plane to make that connection,

HailO has now become Mytaxi which is owned by Mercedes Benz,
Its like they promised us a super duper service and gave us a 1960's Skoda

Really its not working, for drivers or passengers. Very sad indeed

This is far far worse.
A young girl was neglected in her home. Her mother was alcoholic and would abandon the house for days, locking her daughter in her room.
She was rescued by a neighbor and brought to the attention of the powers that be.

It was alleged that she was being sexually abused by 6 men..(A child)
Garda interrogated her without a psychiatrist or child care worker being present.

How could a child answer questions from Garda who themselves had not been trained in child care .

The court case collapsed and they walked..
If it was only in my world this would not happen.

On a lighter note here is Philo.
They are making a film about his life.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Be careful for what you wish.


In Portabello, lunch special

Mama Mia


Strolling through Ulysses


To celebrate our birthdays my wife and I went for an Italian meal and then to a performance of "Strolling through Ulysses"
In the cellar of the Stags Head pub. (Every Sunday 1.30 and 5.30)
Its really good one man show if you have ever tried to read the book.



Sometimes you wish
That things would be better
That it might stop raining
That you might win the €115.million on the Euromillions draw.
Then you see something that makes you thank God that things are as it is at present.

I have a friend who is Muslim and she says to me "Be careful for what you wish for John, you are the happiest person I know. If Allah gave you the lottery. The devil would take away all your happiness.
For every moment of happiness their is a equal moment of pain"

Some friend she is !

This morning I stopped to pick up a young French girl with a walking stick.
God but she was on her last legs, fighting not to go into a wheelchair and very delicate.
Her limbs had splints on which I presume were to prevent her bones from snapping.
On arrived at her stop I told her to stay where she was so that I could help her out.
She stood up and as I closed the door she nearly fell right over on to her back. 
But I had her and I walked her to her front door.
Guys if you saw her,such a wonderful gentle and beautiful person.

Why don't the scumbags and pedophiles of this world get sick? 

This world has no logic or justice for sure.

It would be great to have the ability to change it all. 
as the guy said "To change the world you start in your own corner and work outwards,"

This weekend we had Africa day, where the country's which make up the continent get together to show Ireland their richness of culture.
Then we had "The battle of the bay" on Dollymount strand, all kinds of kite surfing, volleyball and loads of other beach activities.

Boys and girls on Hailo, the world has shifted and we are now Mytaxi!!!!!

Something which was great has been replaced by something much much worse.

They are spending hundreds of thousands to say that HailO is now Mytaxi
Yet for the drivers it is crap and for the public it is also crap.
You can't order a 6 seater cab, you don't know if there are many free cabs around before you order one, the drivers are being offered a job as far as 12 Kms away !
Then when you take a job other jobs keep coming in.
When that job is finished and you you are on and log off they tell you that they have suspended you from duty as you have refused too many jobs.

Worst thing of all is that there is no one to listen, "send in an Email" and when you do no one listens to you, or you get a standard reply 2 weeks later.

So my friends there other apps and we will scour the streets before we pay 12%of our money to keep the deaf giant alive.
 
 A fan of the blog was in the taxi the other day.
You are Dublintaxi blog !!!!!!!
"Why didn't you come to the Blog Awards?" He implied that I had won a prize.
Well for myself it is only a way of letting off steam, I don't do awards.. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Hate

Hate is such an evil thing.
Strapping a bomb to your child and sending them into a crowded market to maim and kill other people is so evil that it is outside understanding.

Yet not long ago our IRA were bombing innocent people on the British mainland.

Killing innocent children is the lowest of the low.
My God this is not right on any level.

Evil breeds evil


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Naked in Dublin


Support for a wind turbine

Great name for a cafe, wrong place Its gone

Department of education



A few weeks ago a woman was spotted walking naked through the streets of Dublin.
Click here to read more and then have a think.
A woman having a complete mental breakdown, CCTV footage collected by the police put up on social media. I understand that she was beaten and assaulted as she was being taken away.
She was sectioned and had mental as well as addiction problems.
Guess what ?
That footage of her arrest was put up as well.

Have people lost all sense of what is right or completely wrong?.

The poor girl was sectioned under the mental health act and killed herself a few days later after her release.
They said that she was so disturbed that they could not deal with her case.
Wow...That is really bad news.

The Garda concerned denies any wrong doing.

Police need more training in how to deal with mental health issues.
Properly trained negotiators need to be around and available to help the people who are standing on the ledge.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Prince Charles


 

 


















A really old Volks and Holland


This morning the traffic was very bad, so bad that I gave up and came home.
Prince Charles and Camilla are in Dublin,the weather is great for it too.

There used to be  joke that Britain would join the € when Charles would be king
Which would be never.

Last Sunday I went from Northwood near the airport to Dublin Zoo.
When we arrived there I said to my passenger "Say hello to my relations in there"
Do you mean the monkeys? he said.
"If a cleric overheard you saying that in my country you would be executed by sword"
Lucky I didn't ask him if he was visiting his own relatives.
Saudi Arabia is ruled by a very strict clerical sect.
A woman can be arrested for driving a car, you are stoned to death for committing adultery.
Two Dublin woman talking at the bus stop.
"Did ya hear that you can be stoned to death for committing adultery?"

"Be Jases  if they brought that in here we'd run out of stones,"



Bob Dylan is here tonight so business is good.