Saturday, May 16, 2015

Born to run


 A huge cruise liner leaves Dublin port, 50 other liners are expected to come this Summer with thousands of people aboard each one.
   I don't know how this photo got in but it is a Mustang for sure.
 Once upon a time my friends this was real money..

There was 12 pennys to the shilling
20 shillings to the £
there was a 1/2 penny coin a thrupence,a sixpence.
Then a 2 shilling coin (24 pennys)
A half crown (30 pennys or 8 to the £)
A 10 shilling note then a £ note.

Click here for images.


Well I will give you a quotation.

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter"
Martin Luther King.

We are spending loads of money on a referendum equal status for same sex marriage and the minimum age for our president to be lowered.
How someone of 19 would have the experience for the job of president is beyond me.

Anyhoo it is costing millions at a time when hospitals are being sued for bad practice resulting in many deaths and no one is sacked. 
Staff in a nursing home were filmed by an undercover TV team beating poor blind and handicapped patients. (Summonses have been issued)
A baby was found abandoned in a plastic bag on a remote lane way at deaths door this week.
Hundreds of families are facing eviction because they cannot afford to pay for their homes bought in the boom years.
A 14 year old girl has given birth to a baby for the second time in a year.
 Junkies ans beggars line the streets of our capital city
Someone somewhere has to start to work out what is really important and start dealing with things.

Someone needs to speak up

As my present birthday comes up I have to say that growing older is compulsory growing up is your choice.

I am younger than Bruce!





So I guess I was born to run as well.



My youngest son said 

"Dad you went to work at 6am. and you are only home for breakfast now,then you will be off again at 4Pm and you won't be back until late,you never take a day off.
You are working too hard"

So I said that if he washed up the dishes and put the clothes wash out on the line it would be a big help to me..

They were still lying there when I came home.

I have to get my meter sealed after they have verified that the settings are correct..€68 on top of the €60 odd fee for changing the setting, its all a racket.

Still you have to keep on going.

Work wise things are magic, I got 4 return jobs while dropping off people, that is very very rare and back to back it is mad altogether.
One guy was a Cancer research guy from Oxford university, his expertise was controlling the blood flow to the tumors, by starving them they could kill them.
I told him about a radio programe on the BBC radio 4 about P53 a gene which destroys abnormal cells but is absent in cancer cells. 
Cancer is not just one thing, it takes on many forms, a cure is 20 years away he told me.
Perhaps if real funding came in, like the cash pumped into wars.
Then we would have Cancer beaten in 5 years.  
A good bloke €12 tip. 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

VE day

I have been trying to updte this 4 times, lets hope it works this time,
It did !


70 years since the second world war ended in Europe.

Germany invaded Poland and Europe went to war.

Then when the war was over the victors settled things between themselves and gave Poland to Russia, not  very just result for the Polish people.
I really didn't know that until a Polish customer filled me in.

Strange to say it took me a long time to realize the significance when my hairdresser told me that she was Armenian,
Then only after cutting my hair a few times she told me how more than one million of her people were exterminated by the Turkish people,
So most Armenians now live all over the wold and hope one day to find justice..

The killing began on 24th of April 1915 100 years ago.

At least I know now.

Denial was a big thing back in Germany after the war for many long years,

It is really big in Turkey today.

Kim Kerdashian is Armenian.

Have a look



On Friday I popped down to the Shipping port and got a Londoner heading to the Airport.
He was chatty enough, one thing that was a little odd about him and it still rattles around in my brain.
As we approached the airport I asked if he was heading to one of the car parks.
 "No mate Air France"
So it turnrd out that he is going to Cairo Egypt with no ticket booked.
Now if you are in the UK you have 3 or 4 airports in London and others in Manchester Etc.
Why would you come to Dublin?
Though if you were an English passport holder and were heading to a terrorist training camp in Egypt you might want to depart from an airport which might be a  less security conscious just like Dublin.
He also had no ticket booked which was very strange.

I looked at him heading to the desk when a guy came up to me and asked me if  I would take a Brazilian girl into Parnell St.
I said sure and she hopped in. "Here's €25, take to this place" saying the name 4 times..Her English was good enough,  my mind started thinking what was wrong in this situation?

Foreign language students come mostly  in small groups,

She was around 26  a bit too old.

They often stay with host families.

The man who handed her over didn't come with her as well.

.My logical and wisest thought was that he was a pimp overseeing a change of shift and he had a lot more girls to meet.

Dublin is full of "Working girls"their morality is not for me to question.

In Amsterdam everything is regulated.
Here in Dublin the girls really suffer badly at the hands of their criminal pimps.

Ruhama are a small group where the help the girls instead trying to put them into prison.

One scumbag lowlife I once met had worked out a plan to give his girls heroin to keep them in line.
As addicts they never complained about how many clients they had to serve, they never ran away and he even had some to sell and he had free samples which he used to recruit new girls.
All very well worked out very well for him.
The drug dealers loved to party at his places and all in the garden was rosy for him,

I hope he dies in a lot of pain.

I would like that the Police would do a lot better, but they are so bad that I can only conclude that they are involved in the business in a big way.

Imagine Operation Quest not being able to find St Johns Rd in Sandymount a few years ago?


YES It really happened.

If you don't think this is going on try to Google "Dublin escorts"

I will let Karen Carpenter say Goodbye to Love

Do you get the significance?

If you are going to become a call girl it is goodbye ti love



video


Then another thing I saw in Old  Havana was a guy with a beer crate with tools he was putting in new flints into Bic disposable lighters and re filling them, he can't have been making much..

Real poverty there

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Darkness into light.


There was a marathon running event held last night.
The purpose of the event is to shine a light of hope on people who are depressed and to point them towards the light to get help.
A lot of taxi drivers have killed themselves over the last 10 years.
We cannot undo the past but we can change the future

Click here

And here

There are plenty of contacts where help can be found, The Samaritans will listen.

Friday, May 08, 2015

The first swallow of Summer

I was only back from holiday when I heard the "Zing" sound that I love.
The first swallow of Summer.
Instantly that sound brings me back to long summer days playing with my friends into the night never thinking of coming inside to go to bed..Happy days.These remarkable tiny birds fly 1/2 way around the world to live among us for one summer, then they go back to Africa and further .
The next season their offspring will come back to Ireland. Without ever being shown a map.

Remarkable.

Anyhoo back to Cuba.
It a very poor country. Communist rule, not the place to step out of line.
But they have a really good health system and a great education system.
Wonderful red rich  soil, very fertile.
But I saw plenty of poverty and mentally ill people walking the streets.
The people I met there were happy and well educated.

We went 5 star all the way as it didn't cost much more and we were well looked after.
The National hotel (Click it !) in Havana is where Frank Sinatra and all his Mafia buddies used to rub shoulders with the likes of Winston Churchill.
A fantastic place to stay in.




                                           Lobby of the National Hotel

Every night there was 2 shows and music was played for free out the back.

As I said there was hard poverty there. Plenty of crazy guys walking about blind and handicapped people begging.
One woman of about 50 was in a wheelchair. Her right leg had been amputated below the knee. Her daughter aged around 15 was pushing the chair.
I was waiting for my wife to come back to me.
The woman in the wheelchair pushed something into the hands of a stall holder. The woman just opened the package out, 2 T shirts and a dress.
The bitch of a trader just threw the clothes back into her face and shouted at her to go away.
I was totally shocked, I had not expected such a  reaction, no empathy  with with  the woman's situation. I still cannot understand the woman's mindset.
In Gods honest truth I owe the woman in the wheelchair €10, but I was so stunned I couldn't move.

Still I did one big gesture for Cuba.
Some things are scarce, Sunglasses for example.
We bought 6 pairs from Lidl and the went down a treat as tips.
I also had an old laptop cleaned and we gave it to our waitress.
To her it was as good to her as a new car.

I hope it all works out for her.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Havana

Here we are on the 5th of May and no word from me for weeks.



Well it was the chance of a lifetime to go to Cuba so I went.

To see the cars



And most of all the Music.





Well that was two weeks of my life I will not regret.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Dublin's second Easter


 As Easter was over for us here in Dublin the Russians and Romanians celebrated their Easter last weekend. A Romanian tradition is to die the eggs red and when you crack them open you bless yourself and say "The blood of Christ "
 On Georges St. a mural of two men embrace a sign of the times
I don't know what happened there, I published and then when I took a look most of the script had vanished.
Anyhoo The above vehicle carries 10 or more people who pedal and a driver who steers and operates the brakes.
The leader of the Russian Orthodox church Patriarch Krill said that Putins rule was a "Miracle from God" I guess the old boy is not Ukrainian.



So a guy gets into the taxi not for the first time, He comes from a land of camels and Oil.
I remember him.
He has seen the blog and we have a big chat about the ways of the world.

Religion it seem has us all fucked up for sure.



I brought him to the wrong destination, so I turned off the meter and just charged him €10
When he was getting out he handed me €30,
"No mistake its all for you I enjoyed the trip so much"

Perhaps there is a God after all

I didn't want to rewrite the whole thing but did you see at the convention center we had another big conferring ceremony 2,700 new Irish citizens. We are a growing nation for sure.

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Cherry blossom time

 A sure sign of Summer, boats being lifted back into the bay.
Cherry blossom time.

As I admired this tree, looking up at the blossoms and at the hundreds of bees collecting nectar a local couple were passing.
"Look at the fantastic blossom, listen to the bees, isn't it fantastic" I said.

When they stopped They were truly amazed by the activity among the blossoms and they told me that they had lived in this square of houses where this tree is for 4 years and never noticed the blossoms before.
The lady was very petite (Hardly 5ft.) and very exotic. I had spoken to her once before at the bus stop. So I had to ask again where she came from. Patagonia  came the answer.
I looked it up on Google and it is on the very bottom of South America shares borders with Argentina and Chile..Google also said that the native Indians were very tall and had very big feet. The name Patagonia comes from that,

People are built in proportion you know a man with big feet will have a big what ?
(Guess? answer at the end of the page)

By the way there is a man in Tokyo who reads this blog, he went to Trinity College in his youth and loves to see the photos of changing Dublin. He wrote to me once and said that in Japan they take buses out of the city's to see the cherry blossom, to sit under the trees and return to nature.I wonder if he still looks in

The world and his wife are away today, I had a near miss on Friday, 6 minutes waiting.
Then off to the Airport, €6 into the journey and out it came "Fuck ! Stop! Passport"
So back to square one and this gent who is all engrossed in his phone starts directing me,
Down Griffeth Ave. to Whitehall and out the old Swords Rd.
Traffic was light enough, but instead of going the motorway which is longer I always head out through Santry.
For 3 reasons it is better
Bus lane all the way.
It is shorter.
If there is a pile up you can divert which you can't do on the motorway.

My idiot passenger exploded. Stay on the bloody motorway !  So I went back down the slip road and took the long way.
Going to Berlin he was, for the weekend.
No Thanks or Tip.
I didn't say it but I thought it.
"I hope you have a wonderful break in Berlin Herr Hitler"
One consolation is that he has to put up with himself all the time..
 I only have him for 1/2 an hour

How minor all that is compared to an incident in the Pheonix park over the weekend.
While the sun shone thousands of people converged on the zoo and the Pheonix park.
A youth killed a 22 month child of a Polish couple and drove off,
They caught the driver later and he has been charged.

I cannot imagine they much they are suffering over something like that.
If you have the ear of any God ask him to grant them peace.

It really brings it home how trivial a grumpy morons attitude is in comparison to what is going on in the rest of the world.

By the way

MEN WITH BIG FEET HAVE BIG SHOES.

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Beautiful day

Heading into Easter 2015 and big plans are being pit in place for Easter 2016.
You see it was at Easter time 1916 that our political troubles with England came to  a head and a revolution happened.
The result in a nutshell is the southern part of our island became the Irish free state and the northern part of the Island became Northern Ireland (UK).
Ever since then we have have had civil unrest, with IRA. UDA. UFF and many other factions who placed bombs in shopping areas in Ireland and the UK  killing men women and children.
Finally when we were all completely sick of it all, the masked men were brought to the table and they put down the guns.
It really took a great effort on behalf of Bertie Ahern, Albert Reynolds. Bill Clinton and George Mitchell from the USA to negotiate with them.

I am not going into a history lesson but you cannot go forwards looking into the rear view mirror.

Multi denominational church services through the land where parishes are united and we pray for the dead on both sides would be fantastic.

The money saved from all the planned events should be used to build a new childrens hospital.