On this day Oct 8 2008 the news arrived of John Lennons death.
I was working in the international telephone exchange at the time and other operators in the know started waking up their press contacts to spread the news.
1980 was a tough era for war and the same thing is going on now.
Just so you know that we didn't forget John
Monday, December 04, 2017
|Every day telescopes into the next day 20 to go|
|All over thee world people are killing each other saying that its for the will of God|
|Israel, Palestine, Iraq and please God that peace will hold in Northern Ireland.|
|On the radio just now this song came on. Paul Brady is the same age as me and a better song writer|
Here is the list of my fans Viva Norway
Thursday, November 30, 2017
|A converted bus brings tea and hot food to the homeless|
|Finding a dry place to sleep is a big bonus|
|Thank God Turkeys are just for Christmas|
Wow and thank God that the doctor in the other posting just walked into her mothers house safe and well. She had been in hospital as a patient and had bad news coming , her mind must have flipped.
Thank God again she is at home with the people who love her. I hope the future is kind to her.
The other day I picked a girl up in Kilmanham going to Coolock.
"Right I said down by the quays?"
No No No she directed me out to the M50 and over to the Malahide Rd.
She seemed to think that I didn't know the way.
Adding €20 extra to the journey by going her way.
I would never go the M50 It adds miles to the trip and if there is a problem you could be stuck there for ever.
Only Sat Navs bring you that way.
I had a guy from Way up North from Alaska the land of polar bears and fishing.
Did you ever see the TV series Deadliest catch?
Well my lad David stops trawler men going aboard and gives them random drugs and alcohol tests.
A good idea.
He spent the weekend here bringing food to the homeless in the streets of Dublin.
He was a good Christian kind of guy. He really was happy to help.
We have hundreds of people sleeping rough in Dublin.
4 deaths in the last few weeks.
Our government are riding the gravy train and do not give a shit about what is happening to the people who elected them.
No not many people know but the leading country that reads my blog is Norway. !!!
The other day I had 3 Norwegian ladys to the airport. I told them about the blog and they said that they would look me up.
When we arrived at the airport one of them gave me all her €uro change "WE won't be needing this again" Then the last girl gave me the warmest hug ever.
"This has been the best taxi trip ever"
Very glad to help
Sunday, November 26, 2017
This is not the usual missing person.
She is a doctor with 2 small children.
Look around for her, I cannot even imagine what has happened.
So a girl came up to me when I was on the Old Burlington rank and asked me where the Wexford bus stop was? I didn't know and I asked the 3 other taxis on the rank.
The bus was coming so I told her that I would bring her to the next bus stop at UCD.
"But I can't afford to pay you"
Look I said. Just pass it on, make the world a better place.
So as we stopped there the Wexford bus pulled up behind us and out she hopped.
If she had walked back she would have missed it.
The photo shows where the bus stop was on Leeson St...
Now we all know
You would not believe I had the luckiest 24 hours !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Whether it was because of my good deed or not is for another day.
Monday, November 20, 2017
|A seat to Dermot Morgan of Fr.Ted fame|
|Back in business.|
|Avery very rare car a Bristol (Google it)|
Just popping around minding my own business when every parents worst nightmare got into the taxi.
A dug addict!
So you play it by ear, this girl was tripping all the time, talking to herself.
She was tall enough and still had flesh on her bones, teeth rotten from the methadone, talking on and on. "Left here, right there" She brought me up to the flats area of the Coomb, she went to a house and knocked on the door just as the next door neighbor came out, the look of disgust from the people next door said it all. Her brother or who ever came to the door and the expression he gave her said volumes in his looks and silence, then he told her to "Fuck off.".
She was talking all the time barely conscious.. Her eyes going out of focus and opening again.
Don't take it up the wrong way, she could be any of our children.
I just hope this never happens to you or anyone belonging to you.
When she got out she just slammed the door without paying and when I looked down later there was €5 in the cup holder. I know she didn't mean to leave it but it was better €5 for the €9 fair than nothing at all.
She would have seen drugs as she grew up, it's not like she didn't know what would happen to her.
The dealer saw his chance an converted her to the ranks of the living dead.
Still I had other normal people from Boston who made up for it all, even though I brought them to the wrong Hertz car hire!!!!
Thursday, November 16, 2017
|This is Bram Stoker the author of Dracula|
|The little museum of Dublin well worth a visit.|
|Brown Thomas Christmas display|
I have a friend who is a taxi driver.
When I see him he says "I think how would my day have turned out if I had turned left instead of right?"
There is a movie called Sliding doors that explores the scenario in great detail.
For myself I take the cards as they come and try to work it all out.
The guy got in on O'Connell St and said Finglas.
As we motored along I said "Is it the village?"
Beside Cappagh hospital he said.
Then we had to ask Mr.Google.
When we arrived he gave me €20 "Wait"
Every taxi driver knows that this is a drug deal going down.
So I turned around and killed the engine and waited.
The security was like a military operation, first of all 2 guys came up.
Then one went away.
Then a car drove past at speed and another third car made the drop.
He came over and got in. "Right back to the conference center"
You know there is no point in preaching the gospel to him. he has sold his soul and there is no point in taking a bullet in the back of the head from him.
Fuck him I hope he will die screaming for mercy!
The mystery carries on
So today I took the day off, I got my hair cut, walked over to the Merrion hotel to congratulate the concierge on becoming the best hotel in Dublin
Then over to the MyTaxi HQ with a letter from a very unhappy customer..
She was a nutcase,she even stole my pen. "let me out on the corner" 20 yards further on than a group of people heading for the airport.I circled the block, but they were gone.
The message she gave me read "Ring me at 8pm Thursday" Some hope of that happening.
Boys and girls a lot of shops have closed down in the last year or so,
With soaring rents and wages places are going by the hour.
Bewleys cafe on Grafton St has re opened I went there for coffee, A girl asked me if I was looking to be seated. I said no, a take away.
Then she pointed me to the counter where a guy was buying sticky buns, the choice went on and on.
Decision made the guy looked at me. "I'll be with you in a moment" and he spent forever putting the buns into a box.
Then it was my turn. He took the money and told me to stand at the end of the counter.
There was a supervisor type of person there and I asked her if I could had made my order at this end of the counter instead of joining the other queue.
Yes that is the way its done,
Bit the other girl made me join the queue for cakes and wasted 8 minutes.
Even at that the guy knew I only wanted coffee to go, he had asked me.
He could have pressed the button before he loaded up the cake order.
She didn't understand me.
Thank God there are other places to go.
Sunday, November 12, 2017
|This place just closed its doors without notice a few weeks ago, a great shop it was.|
|Irelands biggest Hippocrate, caught hiving money off-shore to avoid tax,|
|Big guns at the imperial war meusium|
30 years since the Enniskillen bombing click here.
Just people remembering those who sacrificed their lives to defeat Hitler and defend freedom.
It is strange how people kill innocent people in the name of their special cause.
The wisdom of it all defies logic.
Whether its in Boston.,Belfast or Beirut.
When you come to stay for a while to visit Ireland you have to prove that you can support yourself for the duration of your stay.
The poor guy that I picked up from Uruguay had come to stay for a few months.
He was moving his base so I popped the seats forward and loaded up all his gear.
He had a tale of woe for sure.
The powers that be want to see real money that you can support yourself during your stay, so he had withdrawn several thousand €uro in cash to show them.
Now it is not easy to open a bank account so he had the cash on him.
He was robbed, all the money taken.
When we were going over to his new place I noticed that my phone was gone, he rang it for me NO REPLY...So after I dropped him off I retraced my steps, no luck.
Then when I got home my wife was talking to her friend in America on Skype.
I had left it on the table before I left.
Normally I would give him that ride on the house to let him see that there are a few good people around.
Often I stop to tell tourists not to talk on the street with their phone in outstretched hands.
12,000 phones are stolen in Dublin every year !!!
They think I am mad and they just carry on.
A few months ago I thought how it might be to loose my own fone.
I bought a second hand one and had everything backed up ready to go.
Not a bad idea at all
If I thought of half the things that happens, or a quarter of the things I am thinking about this blog would span volumes.
So if you are the really cute Brazilian girl.
Or the nurse from the Philippians,
Or that really tall French girl.
Or even that funny Greek guy
You are all remembered in my prayers
Saturday, November 11, 2017
|Tail of a WW2 German plane, with lots of hits to its credit|
|An early Google mapping bicycle|
So there I was at the ferry and a guy walks up to me. "Do you take credit cards?
So I want you to take me to Maynooth."
We had to negotiate with the taxi in front of me.
He was first car so he demanded the job.
Four times we asked him if he took credit cards?
Then he has to come with me.
God but he was an interesting man. He had worked all over the world, involved in positioning oil rigs and drilling platforms, a really clever guy.
During the conversation we spoke about drugs and I told him the drug story I told to Stephen Speilburgh.
Shocking as that story is he topped it.
"My daughter was 16 years old and a rebel, she went to a party and got drunk, while she was in a drunken stupor a drug dealer picked her out and injected her with Heroin, then he raped her and made her pregnant. Her child was the most beautiful person I ever met in my life.
My daughters pain lasted for another 10 years.
Living as a drug addict she overdosed.
I see drugs progress and change and get a bigger grip on humanity.
In the bush kids get hooked on ICE they go from normal people to being robbing prostitutes in a few weeks.
I hope I am wrong but I see an epidemic of drugs wiping out whole continents in the near future"
I hope he is wrong too but society is hollow.
There is very little wholesome thought going on in peoples minds, little loving care happening.
Well I hope we are both wrong. We will see.
Perhaps Mr.President will solve all our problems one way or another.
I am really a simple man, good food, good company, great music and I am happy.
If there is wonderful dancing I am more than happy.
There is an Argentinian tango festival coming to Dublin.http://www.dublintango.com/Click here for details
Look at this for wonderful ease of movement a pure joy to see