Wednesday, April 16, 2014

1014 to 2014 The battle of Clontarf

A first sign of Summer

     Vikings set up camp for the battle of Clontarf this weekend
       A leak in the night leads to a new toilet,with metered water a dual flush system is installed.

A few years ago the hot tap in the bath started to drip, much later on a plumber was working next door and was invited in to take a look.
His story was something like this.
"Those taps are obsolete and the pipes are old imperial ones. If I started to change things over the old copper pipes would split,So I will have to fit new copper for a few feet back.
But you would be better to put in a new bath while you are at it".

Before he had reached the new bath point he had crossed the €200 mark.
Just then I arrived home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What are you talking about I said.
All it needs is a new washer.
You won't get one the tap is obsolete.

Just fuck off ! Obsolete my arse.

So whe I had the water turned off I removed the valve from the tap to find a shaving of plastic from the new plastic tank fitted in the attic a few years ago.
It was stuck in the valve, hence the drip.
Then I covered the tap with a cloth and turned on the water and ejected loads more plastic shavings.

Job done, tiling to do now!!!!

A doctors plumbing is giving problems and he calls in the expert....25 minutes later all is well and the plumber asks for €200..
Christ man says the doctor even I don't earn that much !

Well neither did I when I was a doctor...says the plumber..

On Sunday morning I did a bit of cruising around and got 2 HailO  runs to the airport, people are on the move for Easter.
Later on in Milltown I was flagged down by a pretty young girl who had been on the razz all night long.

She had had a row with her boyfriend and had no money or credit card but she had her mobile.
She was heading off to Clondalkin a good long trip.
She was a fairly wild kid and she was "Dying" all the way home.. When we arrived at her house she picked up the WiFy from home pressed the HailO app I picked up the job and took the payment, just like that!
I was adjusting my fone and turned to say goodbye to her when I noticed that she had a slit in her skirt nearly to her hip. "Thats a lovely bit of leg" I said.
Thanks and she winked at me.

It is very very important that taxi drivers are well vetted it is one profession where you meet people in vulnerable situations all the time

So tonight take a look at the full moon around 19.30 in Dublin.

This weekend the Battle Of Clontarf 1,000 later.. 

One more thing from 1st May there will be a €1,000 fine for texting on your mobile while driving,

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

A tragedy beyond beleif.

On Monday a Chinese woman was killed by a car which had bounced off the Luas tram.
She was standing on the footpath when she was hit.

In the instant that she died she could not have been happier.
She was married to an Irish man and the couple had just had their first child.
They had bought their first home together.
After 10 years living in Ireland she was to fly home this Thursday to show her parents their new grandson.

Every once in a while we are all guilty of taking our eye off the ball.
But habitual texters on mobile phones drives me mad..
Lets have a Blitz on people driving through red lights and people on phones all the time.

It only takes a moment to save a life.
This BMW struck the Luas right before my eyes,he went straight through the lights.No one was hurt.

 The joining up of this bridge was  a minor miracle of engineering.

 Sign on a Virgin train toilet.

I had a water moment today...The toilet cistern split, but I caught it in time before the house flooded.
A whole new unit...I had to fit it myself.
I don't earn as much as a plumber while driving a taxi.

How could I have missed it!!!!
My blog posts have passed the 1,000th posting mark almost without me noticing.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

New Changes, Same clowns, different circus.!!

     Sometimes the clampers take it off, sometimes its the motorist. Naughty boy.
                                   St.Helens Radison Hotel
                     There is a bit of a fuss about this. Jim Larkin was a non drinker
and spoke on the evils of drink yet who gave them permission to use his image

This is a GATSO van parked on Cork Street for the past 2 days...No markings whatsoever.
Simply a money gathering exercise.

I had a barrister in the taxi the other day, she had been working on the new regulations which came into force on the first of the month.  She told me that there would be a raft of new offences and tough penalties.  I asked her if they would be enforcing things properly and I gave the example.
80 taxis are at the taxi rank at Heuston station on Sunday night.
A car pulls up 3 inspectors get out and put on HiViz jackets, they approach the rank and 20 cars drive away..
Will they be stopping those guys driving away? or will they just inspect the remaning taxis?
There are loads of illeggal taxis in Dublin but the powers that be continue to ignore the problem.

On Friday I had to get my car passed out. SGS Its called.
Checking for things like meter seals,tax clearence certand other legally binding things.
New rules state that you cannot advertise so they made me take down the Visa and other credit card signs from the roof sign. "Its  advertising" he said
He photographed the car front,back,  sideways and inside as well.  I am sure that they will be trying to get the advertising wrap for HailO off the car soon.

So now you cannot let passingers know you take credit cards unless they ask you!
I have paid tax on the advertising I get, the revenue will loose all that money .
I really hope the bus people put their foot down after all buses are public service vehicles. as well
The taxi regulator intends to make us take a machiene of their choosing next year.

Whatever happened to free trade and competition in the market place.

I had a young lady in the car a few weeks ago, I asked he if she was doing her Leaving Cert.
"No I am 24 I am a final year medical student"
I had to say that if she came in as the "Doctor" I would ask if your mother knew she was there.

It will be great when she is 50 and looks 30 for sure.

This was all over YouTube the other day. A car came out without looking and bang..
Had the Lambo been going at a slow speed this would not have happened.

Look at this clown, so much money he throws a €500,000 watch into the Scene.
It would be interesting to be a fly on the wall when his God asks him how he helped the less fortunate.

The ultimate street racing film !!!!!!!!!!!Feel the speed

All the best of luck with the Grand National today

Monday, March 31, 2014

Rory O'Neill

Today I got a run into Parnell Sq. this morning with a guy who who works for a gay rights movement.
Rory O'Neill and Pantigate was spoken about. For people outside Ireland he spoke on a debate on television and called  some people homophobes and they didn't like it.
So they sued the TV station and they paid them off without debating the point.
Have a look here

Later Rory came on to the stage of the Abbey theatre after a play about the 1913 lock out and gave this speech.

We will be having a referendum on gay marriage soon, I wonder how that will come along.
Will it be like modern Ireland , open and forward looking or like the Ancient Order Of Hibernians attitude who forbade the gays a place in the New York parade.

You might never be picked out by the bullies. If you are Black, Jewish, Gay or just different it might well happen to you or your children.

Some advertisements are worth seeing again.

And yet another one

OK The last one.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Daffodil Day

                   Now here is something you don't see every day

                             Beautiful flowers from the Westbury hotel
                                   The fantastic tree around the corner from my house

Today is the day when daffodils are sold on every street corner of Dublin. The funds collected go for the fight against cancer. It is a big killer all over the world. Cancer is an awful curse, rich, poor, young and old can be taken. Research is your only hope so buy a daffodil. .
Lets hope they have a cure if it ever comes to your home.

This weekend they put the clocks forward (Spring forward and Fall back)

A few years ago I pulled up at the Conrad Hilton hotel.
No taxis were waiting.
A lady pulled in and asked for directions to Baggott St.. As I was directing her the concierge started blowing his whistle sharply. I started up the car and pulled over to the door.
The doors opened up and 2 English people jumped in while the concierge threw the suitcase into the boot."AIRPORT" was the command (No please or thank you)
I headed off towards Fitzwilliam Square and I told them that they were making a film there with 1920s buses and cars. The woman leaned forward and said. "Driver you're driving us round the bleedn ouses were not fecking stupid you know"


Today I would stop and tell them to get out.
I just said that the only way of getting to this spot was to go down two one way streets the wrong way.
So I gritted my teeth and turned on the radio low.
There was a noise coming from them, they were growling at each other!
The sound was like a cement mixer full of dry gravel.

Arriving at the airport I opened the door with the change ready in my hand.
"I hope you left enough time for your flight I said"
"Corse I have you fucking moron!" he said
"Because the change in the hour fucked up my day"
"Wat you talkin about?" he said.
"The clocks! They went forward an hour last night !  Its Summer time"


But I hadn't the heart to say. Who's the moron now.

They say "What goes round comes round"

I think about them this time every year and I wonder what scam they were up to.

So boys and girls remember it will be mothers day on Sunday next.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Helicopter crash

          Following the Irish rugby team
               Firemen at work
     If you hate gardening you might like to live in a private gated development everything catered for.

Today the Rt, Hon. Edward Haughey Baron of Ballydesmond  was laid to rest.
The richest man in Northern Ireland.
He died in a helicopter crash..
He was in dispute with the people who serviced it.
He had threatened to bring them to court.
You would assume that if you had a faulty helicopter you would rent another until you were happy.
Very sad,I hope his empire can keep running on without him. Many jobs depended on him.
I read in the paper that he built up his entire empire by himself, going around knocking on doors.

He first came to my attention a few years ago when I saw a brightly colored Lamborghini running around the streets of Dublin.
A customer told me it was Haugheys son...The car had been a 21st birthday present.
He gave his daughter an Aston Martin on her 21st birthday.
It made me think of their safety for sure..


I am still running around to renew my taxi license.
The car failed the car test for 2 reasons.
1 the front drivers light bulb was in crooked.
2 They said that the numbers on the number plate were too small
The bulb I had to get help with and Google helped me to verify that the numbers should be 7cm tall.
Which they are.
Now I have to find a retest.

Down in the port the Stenna line ferry had a problem and couldn't let off its load.
Just stuck there and no one knows when they will get off.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

How was it for you ?

Once more the parade is over. This year in wonderful sunshine.
It surprised me just how many people it brought over.
One poor unfortunate guy from Brazil  was beaten up by two young thugs while one of their girlfriends filmed it. It went up on YouTube and facebook. Hey presto they were found and brought in.
In Ireland they proceed by sending the evidence to the attorney general before proceeding with the case.
Until then they are free to go.
Those thugs are a danger to society for sure.

One deviant who kidnapped and raped 2 children who were playing in their garden got 50 years in prison
It is well past time the punishment should reflect the crime.
Though the death penalty should come back for people like him.

Thank God Spring is here.

In New York the Gay and Lesbian community were barred from the parade.
It seems like some Hibernians over there have not yet grown up.
When Guinness and Heineken  who were big sponsors of the parade heard of the ban they pulled their sponsorship. So next year they had better step up to the plate or their might be no money for the 2015 parade.
Boston has worked this out, but it seems that NY are behind the times.

In the middle of the exciting weekend we beat the French at RUGBY !

If you listened to Irish radio you would kill yourself, one bad thing after another. 
Nothing is ever solved. Lyric FM is great,  classical music all day long.
At home we have 2 internet radios which can pick up nearly every radio station  from around the world.
Some stations are blocked,sure thats life.
I found a new radio station Spirit FM  a Christian word station Halleluiah !

OK  One more time
Dublin is GREAT !!!!!!!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Saint Patricks Day is coming.

It is coming fast this year.CLICK HERE TO GO TO OFFICIAL WEB SITE

Did you notice large groups of American students going around?
This coming Monday next week they will be strutting their stuff along O'Connell St and beyond.
The Irish go everywhere and once a year thousands of Irish decedents come home.

A few years ago in NY there was a big inclusion of gay rights into St.Patricks day.

To get you in the mood.

By the way get here early as the airport workers plan to strike !!!!!!!!!!!!

Here is a bad photo of 2 rings, but one is worth €2,000 more than the other?
Boodles Jewellers and Weirs of Grafton St.were conned by 2 people dressed in Arab garb.
Slight of hand con men they were called..
They asked to see several trays of rings, tried on a few and then left the shop.
But they substituted fake rings for the real ones.
Later in that day they noticed that some of the rings had lost their sparkle.
Then they spotted the fake ones.

Just goes to show you how good the stuff from Argos is.
Still if they did that in Saudi Arabia they would have their hands cut off.

Cheltinham race week has started and all the sporting Irish are away.

It's not call the sport of kings for nothing.

Arkle V the mighty Millhouse

Enjoy the day the weather is great