Friday, February 27, 2015

Rugby weekend

I took the morning off, did other ING things things.
Shopping, washing, cleaning and thinking.
€300 will not go that far at this moment in time.

Big rugby game coming up Ireland V England.

It should bring some action to town.
I do find that it is just one mad rush, traffic moving at 1/2 walking pace and you can only do one job at a time.
Still win loose or draw it will waken up the town.

Do you notice the brighter evenings?
Spring has sprung.

 What is this?
Well it is like a kettle with no spout and a whisking blade inside.
It makes1 1/2 liters of soya milk for 20cent! A present from my Chinese friends Judy and Euron
And this ?

It came from Halfords and was reduced from e120 to e80, I thought it was a bit dear.
Then the guy said it had been reduced even further, I thought to myself that my taxi is sitting there with a flat battery,  doing nothing. I might as well buy it.
I looked at the receipt later e 35!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What does it do?
Well it jump starts a car up to 2000 cc.
It has a compressor to blow up your tyres up to 250 psi
It has a 17ah battery
It has a12V socket,
It has a 2A usb charging socket for your fone or Ipod
2 led lights for changing a wheel for example
It also has a 220V inverter to power your computer for example

It has to be the Swiss army knife of car kit all for e35

Just to say the other day a very dark eyed Italian girl got into the taxi,she had such a great personality.
She spoke English,Italian,French and Spanish  and was working for Irish Ferries.

During the trip I told her that I was working on a book to be published on Kindle soon.

She said that her mother had written 2 books but was afraid to publish them.
Perhaps she is afraid of rejection.
Wow, think if the books were published when she was dead!
Her daughter said that the books are really good, that is really so sad.
To be standing on the edge frozen in fear.

If nobody likes my book?  So what?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

First runner of 2015



Wow! Boys and girls,while you worked and enjoyed the Chinese new year I went off to Blackpool magicians festival 2015. Its the biggest of its kind in the world and in fact it is fascinating to see it all in one place. There would be around 100 magic dealers selling books, DVD's,cards and even large illusions which go for £ thousands. Then they have lectures and 3 magic shows covering every aspect in magic.
The final show was Korean magic, plenty of flashes and scarves,balls,doves and small umbrellas appearing and vanishing. When it is all over the long trek home again brings you through Manchester as Blackpool's airport is now closed.

So back to work where I got my first "runner".
I should have known better, but you have to give a level of trust in order to move forward.
She was a 15 year Roma Gypsy from Sutton to Phibsboro €24. Not a short run. But I grabbed her bag and held on to it, the question is.
Do you waste time by going to to the Garda station? Some waste of time that would be.
Or do you chalk it down to experience?

I asked a Garda to stop her as she walked past him,all he said was I should make a statement.
Anyhow I still have to go back to Howth to buy my fish tomorrow.

All the rest of the people were fantastic, but it is funny how you can allow a runner to sour your whole day.


Anyhow they say travel broadens the mind.

The other day I had a very clever girl in the car. She has a masters degree, speaks 8 languages and she can't get a job..
With all this, Where do you go ?

Monday, February 16, 2015

Stomp



Sometimes you see something....THEN MANY PEOPLE START TO TALK ABOUT IT.

Prophets taking the prophets words to create hate.

In the Sunday Times magazine there was an article about the burial of a 4 year old boy killed in Ukraine by pro-Russian rebels.
Lying in an open coffin his parents and neighbors are beside themselves in grief.

CAN ANYTHING JUSTIFY THESE WARS ?

NO NEED TO COMMENT

On the other hand a show is coming to the Bord Gas theater called Stomp Its like the Blue man group
But its not....


Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Prophets are Weeping

Our president Michael D. Higgins is a poet.

Here is something to think about.
The Prophets are Weeping
To those on the road it is reported that
The Prophets are weeping,
At the abuse
Of their words,
Scattered to sow an evil seed.
Rumour has it that,
The Prophets are weeping,
At their texts distorted,
The death and destruction,
Imposed in their name.
The sun burns down,
On the children who are crying,
On the long journeys repeated,
Their questions not answered.
Mothers and Fathers hide their faces,
Unable to explain,
Why they must endlessly,
No end in sight,
Move for shelter,
for food, for safety, for hope.
The Prophets are weeping,
For the words that have been stolen,
From texts that once offered,
To reveal in ancient times,
A shared space,
Of love and care,
Above all for the stranger.

M.D.H. 2014

Friday, February 13, 2015

Feb 19 coming.

          Our lady of China
Terracotta warrior stands guard
Electric bicycles for sale


Yes folks it will become the year of the sheep on the 19th.
Dublin celebrates the event  on this website click here
On Sunday 22nd 12pm-5pm there will be dancing Dragons and perhaps a Sheep or two

If you are thinking of buying an electric bike you can visit my Chinese friends by clicking here

Tomorrow is Valentines day, Wine Roses and Chocolates.

But did you know that a relic of St Valentine lies in the church on Auinger St.
There is a book there where you can write your wishes

It has gone late so I will top up tomorrow

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Deleated

Yesterday I wrote a bit with photos and when I pressed publish it all vanished without trace.

Did it all go into the twilight zone?? who knows.

I will try again tomorrow.

Saturday, February 07, 2015

70 YEARS AGO SINCE AUSCHWITZ WAS LIBERATED.



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Whenever we think of horror our minds turn to war.
After Auschwitz was liberated the allies rounded up the local town people and marched them through the death camps. "We didn't know" was their response.
The children of the local population were spared the horror.
It did have a profound effect on the local people and indeed the entire world.
I had a passenger whose father rounded up the locals on that day, he described it to me like as if he had been there himself, the smell stayed with his father for years.

"This must never happen again"
Was the cry, yet today thousands of displaced people are in Jordan and the Lebanon,thousands are dying of starvation around the world.

 Did you know that there are more slaves in the world today than there was at the height of the slave trade?

The world is still in a bad place and to change it you must start in your own corner.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Mad Dublin

 Modern day Dublin docklands
 I don't know if I have given you this before. Blackrock pub.
                               Harolds cross
At last a chip and pin that seems to work.





One thing about us taxi drivers all the world over.
 We see it all, the good the bad and the tragic.

The other day I was passing down a city street when I got that hail that all taxi drivers hate.
Outside a pub where one guy holds the door and they run inside to get your passenger.
 You can't pull away while they drag out your customer.
 Out they came 4 of them carrying my customer who was passed out. Someone tripped and they all came down...Just like someone in a movie they soon found out that gravity had tripled her weight and they couldn't pick her up again.
 Honestly they pulled and grunted and only when 3 other big strong men came out did they manage to elevate her into the car. 
"God what did I do to offend you?" came into my mind.
Then I noticed her shoes which were burst along the sides with holes in the soles, cheap threadbare track suit and a torn coat.
2 Guys got in and we went to her apartment. "Don't worry mate we are going back with you"So we arrived at her apartment block where a balancing act took place where they brought her up and inside. The neighbors passing by said "This is every night. Where does she get the money?" No one had a good word to say about her.
So the 3 guys came back, "She is a really fine lady, she comes into the pub and sits in the snug talking to her friends, then she forgets how much she had to drink until it is too late. Her husband is in hospital and he will be coming out in an oak waistcoat. (dead)
 Her son was killed in Australia last year and she will be on her own very soon.
I had turned off the meter and they threw me €10 extra on top of the €5 which I had been paid..
    The city streets throw everything at us. 

A friend of mine was disgusted at a young guy of around 18 years old. 
The kid was a heroin addict. 
Life going down the tubes quickly.
His mother died and his father was alcoholic. "Jesus Son cop yourself on, look at you? Young with all your life before you. You will be dead in a year the way you are going on" 
I can imagine Sean laying down the law to him .
He gave the lad his number and told him if he wanted help to ring and he would stand by him.
 Most good taxi drivers have all the right (and wrong) telephone numbers.  
The best of us go that extra mile.
Come to think of it the worst of them go that extra mile too 
(the long way round)
Fr.McVerry is the only person helping young male drug addicts. God bless him. He will tell you it is hit and miss all the time.

So you thought you had problems?

The city is getting more like the USA every day..
The other day people reported a disturbance and a woman being taken into a car against her will.
Later on a woman came into a filling station in a distressed state to buy cigarette. Two policemen were inside and they approached her. When they went outside the man drove away. Crashing at the Spa Well roundabout where he stood with the gun pointing at his own head. Then he shot himself, he died today.
Parents killing family and friends have become more common.

Things were better when Apples and Blackberry's were just fruit.