Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Galway races

As you might know I am writing a Kindle book.
So today I have decided to share a story from it with you..

Two taxi drivers had built up a small pot of money between them and they decided that they would go to the Galway races, on the last day they had two hot outsider tips....Sure winners...They would make a killing and take the bookies for broke.
All the way there there they laughed at how they would buy with the money.
But above all else they would have a great time in Galway.

and up to a point they did.

But their horses, those hot tips were "Also ran" So they joined the procession of traffic back to Dublin.
They were as mad as hell, The money for the rent and more besides were lost on those stupid horses.

As they were beginning to settle down their fate they saw a happy smiling face thumbing a lift.
They stopped and he to was going to Dublin as well..
Unlike them he had a fantastic week at the races.
He was great sport, full of stories which would have put the tales of the  Arabian nights into the shade.

Life was good after all until they reached Kilbeggan in the dark.
There was a Garda there directing traffic and when he saw the car he stopped them.
"You only have one headlight working
Your tax is two months out of date
Taking out his note book he wrote down their details.
You have a bald tyre as well
He finished writing, and then the hitch-hiker got out.

"Garda these guys are not criminals! They lost their shirts at the races could not cut them a bit of slack?" ,
He put his arms around the Garda and hugged him, tapping him  on the chest.
The guys in the car were going mad in case they were all going to be locked up because of his antics.

Then he stopped, shook hands with the Garda. hugged him again and got back into the car.

"Lads this traffic is crap, I will show you a quicker way back to Dublin."
So the narrowest of minor roads were followed back to the big smoke.
On arrival in Crumlin the hitch hiker turned to the lads.

This is my stop
You are a great pair of lads, don't worry about that copper you will hear nothing more about him unless he has a fantastic memory.

Then the turned to the lads and handed them the Gardas note book.

Have you any idea what I do for a living?


Sunday, July 26, 2015

I took a break

                       Killarneys lakes so grand !
                 This is callled Cromwells arch, it is said that he marched through it as he left Ireland
                          A Duch traders house from the 1700s Youghal
                          Photo exhibition in the D'Lite studio
                                Early morning before the crowds arrive.

So I went down to Cork to see a friend of mine in Youghal, spent a day there and drove to Killarney to see a relative, back to Youghal and then off to Dublin in the morning again.
We really have a great country here, loads of crops ripening in the fields and an air of recovery about the place.Though I wouldn't want the EU central bank know that.

You hear loads of interesting things when you drive a taxi, an English man was telling me how the new Garmin SatNav is so much better than before,it is connected to a control center "Heavy traffic ahead, would you like to divert?""You are changing lane, please move to left hand lane"
Etc.. He hit a hell of a bump coming off a motorway doing 70 mph and the satnav sent in a report.
He saw an overturned car down the bank and thought that some poor sod had lost control and crashed.
Indeed they had..
The crash was reported and the police didn't investigate until 3 days later!
The male driver was dead and his passenger died in hospital after being rescued.
There will be more than a few questions to be answered there.

We had 5 cruise ships into Dublin port last Friday, 15,000 people they say when you count the crew.
If the sun was shining we could have sold tons of ice cream..

Do you know of D'Lite studio?
It was set up by a Polish girl called Agata, she has a studio over a few garages in which to do fashion photography, she also rents space. Then she makes movies and documentaries add to this her photo magazine called Blow, then she has a school of photography.
She is a qualified architect as well.
She was awarded Irish business woman of the year a few years ago.

In every way she is incredible!

I have been bumping into her for around 5 years now and she goes on from strength to strength.

Give her a Gooogle.

I wish I had been a police man today, a learner driver with her phone stuck on to the center of the windscreen of the car talking on Skype while driving alone. I can only hope that we don't share the same insurance company.

I picked up an odd one from Czech republic in Fairview  today, I couldn't understand which destination she was giving,
Go up the Malahide Rd. She said the name of the place again...no go..
I asked her if she had it written down and she just stuck a mobile phone right into my face.
I stopped the car "Baldoyle industrial estate".

How can you drive a taxi when you don't know where you are going?

If I had known your destination I would have never driven up the Malahide  Rd like you asked.
Its the Howth Rd or the coast rd.  Foreign people are really good at helping you with their destination, after all we have a common goal in getting there. I knocked 50c off the fare and she just said.
"I will leave this empty yoghurt drink bottle here"
and off she went, out of my life hopefully for ever .

I got a job with 2 lady's from Liverpool today and they told me that they used to stay at the Clarance hotel (Bono's place) and that Bono has sold his interest in it now and it has really become run down, it used to be great and it is sad to see it so badly managed..

Did you ever hear of a "Parcel Motel?"

They are all over Dublin.
If you are looking for something from Amazon and they don't deliver to S.Ireland you register with parcelmotel.com and when you place your order with Amazon and it is delivered to the N Ireland and the Nightline people bring it down to Dublin and put it into a locker near you.
Then they text you with the code to unlock the locker.
For a normal packet the charge is €5.
Now I have a son in Northern Ireland and he obliges me, but it is a good back up.

Why don't Amazon oblige us by delivering electrical goods to the Republic?
Simply our returns policy dictates that the price includes the cost of recycling, and they must take back the faulty TV or kettle.Which they couldn't do.

There was a big concert here at the weekend Ed Sheeran, a great show enjoyed by 160,000 people over 2 nights.

This is not a rehearsal   Live your life today

I didn't know him until I looked him up.


Saturday, July 18, 2015

Fasting ends Feasting begins








Very soon the sand will arrive in the grounds of Dublin castle and once more the sculptures will appear. The picture above shows the location where Sir William Rowan Hamilton first wrote down the fundamental formula for quaternions on October 16, 1843, which is to this day commemorated by a stone plaque on the northwest corner of the underside of the bridge.


                                                        The Irish Film Center

                                               

                        People crossing The Hapney bridge (A toll bridge)

                              I will be back at  Finnstown House around Christmas for this bird.


Ramadan is over the feasting begins Eio Al Fitr and on Friday last there was great rejoicing around the Mosque, everyone dressed up and smiling from ear to ear..
Irish society is changing quickly for sure.

By the way the Rose festival is on in St.Annes park Clontarf 130 bus fro Abbey St.
Fun and games for everyone and its free..

Things are moving on and thousands of tourists are flooding into the Emerald Isle, lets hope they enjoy it.
Its a pity the weather is so wet at the moment.

I went to a place where people arrive into the country. A selection of drivers were being selective, all they wanted was a long run. (Totally illegal)
I doubled up with 2 people going the same direction which turned the journey into a decent one.

Our taxi regulator is a big joke. They take out fees and do nothing when it comes to sharp practice.
I made a complaint around 8 months ago and got a notification recently that they were looking into it.
"The words not fit for purpose" come to mind

I noticed 2 people arriving at a city hotel and the guy paid with a €50 note, as the driver stepped back to the car and the passenger said "Its OK keep the change"So the charge must have been over €40.
When he is being brought back to the airport he will be sick to find out that it only costs €25.

This robbery effects everyone's business, little or nothing is done about it by the officials.

In New York it is a fixed charge, its written right in front of your face.
In Greece airport you follow the taxi sign to an office and you state you destination and pay.
You give the driver the receipt on arrival.
HailO has done a lot in returning the trust between driver and customer, they track my progress all day long and if a customer has a problem I can be called in and even loose the right to work for them. I saw it happen one day in the office a €25 journey turned into €60 and the customer was pleading with him to go back the other way.
When the driver was struck off he was very upset.

HailO made a refund to the customer.

To the customer whose son had his phone stolen by an Uber driver
Have a look below
The Garda should also be notified as he did steal the fone.
See comments on last post.

https://www.uber.com/cities/dublin I think Uber are in the book as they have an office.
They will also have photos of drivers.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Last Sundays vintage car show

                      A herd of Jaguars

                                As good as new !!!! Or bettter
                     The end of a Prius
                       Massey Bros.. Motorbike hearse!
My first(Not this one) car a Hillman Imp..

Perhaps you will go next year ?

Friday, July 10, 2015

Sunny days in Dublin town


      Old American cars in Cuba
                    These mad machines fly around  !
Fine dining in the National hotel
                              Tobacco leaves drying in the tobacco houses
  
No! Cigars are not rolled on a dusky maidens thighs, more likely rolled on a wooden block with moist hands


Hooray its Friday !
Not that it makes much difference to me.

So I was outside a well known Dublin hotel when an extended American family who engaged 2 taxis to take them to Blackrock.
So off we both went in search of the address..
I thought the other guy had a handle on it and he thought the same about me, after looking around a bit they said that they had a phone number so we tried to ring 00 353 1 xxxxxx no ring tone.
We tried again, the same thing.  
The granny of the group was getting very sharp, I have rung that number a thousand times,
Its the right number.
"But it only has 6 digits, Dublin numbers have been 7 digits for more than 20 years !!"

Then we tried to Google the address, "Albert terrace upper" and into the sat nav
NO GO.
Then we asked a few people, then a lady who was passing said "You are looking for Prince Albert Terrace upper."

The puzzle had been solved !
"We are dreadfully late said the granny and it is all your fault."

So with a wrong address and a wrong phone number it was after all our fault that they were late,

The other day I had a job to Stillorgan from a very smartly dressed lady.
As I asked the usual questions, then she told me that she worked in the Royal household in Saudi Arabia,
Your skin is fantastic I said...Good God man I don't go out in the sun.
She told me how the Royals treated her with great kindness and respect and how if you can manage the lifestyle for 5 years or more you become one of them,after a fashion.

It is a very strange part of the world where a woman can be put into prison for driving a car alone.

On the other hand I was looking at this beautiful girl walking past me then she asked me if I was available? You bet I said.
I asked if she was Brazilian?
No !
Ah Saudi Arabia !
How did you know?
Old men know about beautiful women..
She had a great laugh and told me I had made her very happy and she thanked me.

Then I remembered "Shochran Habibi" translated Goodby honey.

God she would have made a wonderful model, but she has brains.

Sometime the job as a few perks.

I asked a girl from Argentina   if she danced Tango?
No you don't understand Tango dancing is for old people !!!


Saturday, July 04, 2015

Happy 4th of July

                                      Looking into the Brazen Head the oldst pub in Dublin
                          Searsons pub on Baggott St back in business and doing well
            A really great idea, you toss in your cent coins, the shop counts them and uses them
Then at the end of the month they write a check to the charitys.
The shop gets the use of the small change.
                                 A fine bright moon over Dublin bay



Happy 4th of July

Just had to note it, as you know it is just another day here.


Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Boycott works

video


      Rugby world cup trophys on tour
   The start of the huge Gay Pride parade in Dublin.

Just a few words on the passing of time.
Photo problems mean that I cannot load the photos I want.
I will go to my Chinese Guru for a lesson on how to use a computer tomorrow.
Today I met a girl who had Circus connections..She said that even though all the Circus families are are not related that they are all connected through their trade and their art. She was surprised that I knew some showman Polari a secret language used by showmen to communicate secretly in public.

A lady who had a PR company called "Carrot Pr"

A really tight Belgian banker who told me how much she enjoyed the trip and waited for €1 change
"and my receipt"
Then straight away I picked up 2 guys who had used the wrong exit at the airport, €5 tip!

So the canteen at the Kesh where the taxis wait was taken over by a new American company.

Big changes were a comin, fewer staff, different rosters, different opening hours.
The staff in that canteen are very polite and popular.
So the drivers had a boycott of the flyers cafe for 3 days. 
And on the fourth day after loosing thousands of euro the Yankee company realized that the Irish taxi drivers would not be bullied and they gave written agreements to the staff as it should have been from the start.
Wow that place was busy today.

I have a credit card payment system called "Paylaven"It connects to your mobile via bluetooth,
It packed up a few weeks ago and they replaced it. Got it installed and matched to my phone again,
Today I had an American lady to the airport, no its not chip and pin card she said,so I swiped it and a panel appeared on my phone
"Signature Required"
She signed with her finger on the phone
"Checking signature"
"Signature verified...Payment complete"
Amazing

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Martin Kelly is a star///Tell him

From: Brian Lynch <lynch84@icloud.com>
Date: 29 June 2015 09:46:35 IST
Subject: Please help

When one of your 12 mates who has travelled over to Dublin on Friday evening to help you celebrate 50 years on this crazy planet, loses his entire Curragh racing money within one taxi ride of arrival in the capital, and then goes into brief meltdown because he can blame no one but himself, you start to think that this could be a long weekend.
So we all chip in to recover half of his losses, and the self confined lockdown comes to an end, the rumour that he might be on the next flight back to Brum dissipates and although he refuses to hit the big city Friday night, the rest of us head off for a few, with our trip to the Irish Derby still in tact.
Plenty of chat, with one subject dominant. How at 52 years old ?
Why so much cash ?
Where had he left it ?
Who had it now ? Etc Etc..  You won't see that again we all knew.

Except re-enter the story Mr Martin Kelly , the jovial old cab driver who had picked us up at Terminal 1 earlier on. We had chatted for the entire trip to the Central Hotel about this and that, saying we were off racing in Ireland for my 50th.

So anyway, Mr Kelly, or his next passenger found the clear plastic wallet and at sometime during Friday night the wallet found its way into the Central Hotel safe.

You have got to be kidding ? But no, it was true, and the weekend was saved.

I don't know how to thank Martin personally but maybe you could forward this on to someone who may know him. It wasn't the best taxi I've ever been in but the driver was solid gold.
Also the wonderful staff at the Central Hotel for doing their bit.

Thanks  Brian Lynch from Rugby.