Sunday, July 05, 2020

4 th July

Happy 4th of July to all you over in the USA

Friday, July 03, 2020


Most of us have sailed through this crisis unaffected.
I said most, not all.
There are lots of newspapers available on the internet, I got one called the Epoch Times, it is based in America and it is against the communist government in China, a Chinese friend of mine who says it is very good also pointed out that it goes a bit too far in reporting the TRUTH.
Here is a clip from the business section.
SSP group to lay off 5,000 jobs. Coffee and sandwich shops.
Macys posts $3 billion loss
NPC who have franchises for 1,200 Pizza Huts and 400 Wendys files for bankruptcy
JC Penny went bang
H&M to close 170 stores by end of 2020
Airbus to shed 15,000 jobs

But there is good news for someone
Gileads flu vaxene which RELIEVES the symptoms will set you back $2,340 a shot.
It won't even cure you, only relieve symptoms.

Face masks on sale for €1 each, cost of manufacture 10c

Near Las Vegas there is an Indian reservation of the Navajoes Indians.
They have bee hit very badly by this pandemic.
I read that an Irishman who was working in Las Vegas has been helping them out.
Good man 

But for that tribe the war in the Pacific would have turned out very differently
Click here and to add insult to injury after the war they got no medals or pensions,
  Mr Obama did go some way to make things right for them.

History is tough for sure.
I came across an article written by a black woman. It was about her heritage and slavery.
We are talking about masters raping their servants and when they fall pregnant the offspring are ignored.
I know that that happened in the big houses of the aristocracy all over Europe.
Anyhow here is a link to her here but it does not mention her heritage I found it here. Interesting to say the least. People are not one dimensional, they have many facets and like a diamond ring if you look closer you might see a completely different picture.
On slavery. It is little known that thousands of Irish were enslaved and forced to work in the sugar plantations of the West Indies.

I have been very lucky in my life to have met wonderful people and quite a number assholes in my life.

Have a look for my book The steering wheel university on Amazon

Here is an example of both.
A business man going to the airport and he asked me for a receipt.
Then he snatches it from my hand and runs off even though I am shouting after him.
A policeman was standing by the door and I asked him if I could run after him.
"No! But I will solve the problem for you" and he got on the radio
15 minutes later a red faced protesting entitled businessman was taken back all the way from the check in desk.
"I paid, I paid and I have  a receipt to prove it"
Well that proves nothing I saw you run away and the driver calling after you.
There is a camera in the taxi, would you like to go down to the office and we will put the chip into the computer?
"I have missed my flight now and its your fault" he shouted at me.
"No sir its your own fault, pay him now and give him a £5 tip for not prosecuting you for theft".

As the businessman went off the garda turned to me,
I said thank you and he said you are very very welcome.

Hold the good things in your mind until we meet again.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

The footballer on the move

So now things move on
He was trained by the Howarth brothers who operated market stalls from Wigan market.
People like our footballing friend are always on the lookout for new ideas.
He spotted an opening!
There were goods which were being sold by chemists only, theese goods were sold with a big mark up.
He got some small stores and negotiated goods to be supplied at a keen price.
He built up his new business and the number of stores grew.
Back in the 70's the trucks would stock up the stores to the ceiling, opening at 9am the shelves were all bare at 2pm.
The very idea that there was a shortage created a need in the business.
He sold it and went to America for 18 months to study supermarket management.
He built up the business Whelan Discount stores which he sold to Morrisons when it took off.

Did he retire? 

Well no

He bought a football club Wigan Athletic and brought the team to the first division.
He also built a fine stadium.

Then there was the adventure that was JJB Sports, plenty of strategy there as well and he built it up to great heights. I was told that he was going to sell out when he was convinced to sell shares in the company and the guys with clip boards came in and started overruling his power.
What did he do?
He sat back and when the share price fell through the floor he bought it all back.
The guy who told me the story said that some of the directors went to prison !

So he sold out when the ship was back on course .
Today he runs DW Sports and fitness centers around the Yorkshire and Lancashire area.

So that is the 83 year old Dave Whelan

Look hard  and and keep your eye out for opportunities

Some people say he was lucky
Others say he made his own luck

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Opening up?

So things have started to move like Molasses on a hot day.
The pubs will open at the end of the month under strict rules.
It is a new age we are going into.
I never imagined I would walk into a bank wearing a mask and demand money and there would be no panic.
A guy rang B&Q the other day and asked the young lad how big was the queue, the lad at the other end said
"Its the same size as the B"
In Lidl the other day an old guy was wiping tree sap off his car. I spoke to him for a few minutes and then I remembered that I had a car cover in my garage. (Brand new) and he could have it for €20.
He never rang, so I looked it up on Amazon and it costs £30 +postage. Ah well.
You win some you loose some.

Here is a story that I will give you in installments.

A footballer broke his leg which disqualified him from playing in the cup final.
His team won but he did not get a medal.

He was very depressed and he had a good mate who asked him to come with him to Sheffield market and be his Shill. There would be banter and then he would go off and take a break and start again in an hour.
The footballer soon copped on that the market stall holder was as clever as a fox, so he learned from him, the cut and thrust, the quips and banter.
The the dealer asked him if he had a passport? When the answer was yes he told him to come to the south of France with him for a rest and the heat would do him good.
The stall holders family owned a villa in the south of France ! (Back in the 60s)they used it in rotation.
No one ever sat out except at night.
Who the hell would trust a dealer with a suntan!

Then over 4 weeks the dealer trained him how to sell a line.
His product was magnetic window cleaners.
With the jokes an his own Shil in the crowd he was a big hit when he came back to England.

To be continued.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020


It is the 16 th of June when all the Wags of Dublin and elsewhere gather to celebrate Bloomsday.
The book Ulysses written by James Joyce, read by the few and understood by fewer.

I know senator David Norris very well and I said to him that I just don't understand that book.
"My God I can't believe it a Dublin taxi driver who can't understand Ulysses. It is what is going on in your head now. The thoughts travel at lightening speed, so fast that there is no rime to put spaces or punctuation between the words. How can you describe the swishing of the waves? Joyce does it in a spectacular fashion. Free your mind and read it again."

Joyce had to go to Paris to get it published (Shakespeare and Company)
His wife Nora Barnacle used to say "Why couldn't you write a book that people could read?"

Monday, May 25, 2020

It is OK Hooray

The postman dropped 5 copies of the book in to me today and the 13 missing chapters are in.

I also bought a copy of the eBook and they are in that as well.
A few spelling mistakes here and there.
Just to show you that I am human.
When will this lock down end ?
Donald Duck went to a solicitor "I want to change my first name" he said.
I must say the internet has been great for jokes!
A Cavan man was walking down the street with his wife and they passed a new fancy restaurant, as they passed the wife said "Oh that food smells divine" As he was feeling generous he turned around and walked her past it again.(Cavan people it is said are careful with money)

So the book is out on Amazon in book and eBook form

"The steering wheel university" By Paul Malone

The author drove a million miles and met thousands of people, they all educated him.

Some of the people I met would inspire anyone

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Happy birthday to me

Today the book launched on Amazon (Kindle direct publishing) but it has not gone to plan at all.

Six chapters of the book are missing!

If you can imagine that the cover for the printed book was designed for around 140 pages with 6 chapters missing it will be a lot slimmer.

Still it should be fixed for the paperback, fingers crossed.

I saw a death notice on the internet.
I recognized her straight away.

Her name was Lynn Shelton 54 had died from an unidentified blood disorder.

A few years ago there was a guy who was really tense walking up and down outside the Westbury hotel, he was talking to himself and gesturing wildly, I thought he was cracking up, after a while he went in to the patio area where he spoke with Lynn. Later on the guy went off to the toilet and the lady called me over.
She said that she was a movie director and that she was worried about the man. Straight away I told her that she would do much better in front of the camera. She was really beautiful.
She told me to wait for the guy and then take him to the airport safely.
I never forget a pretty face,so I was shocked to read that she had died at 54.

The guy was an actor and had come over for an audition but his nerves had got the better of him.
It was 3 hours before his flight so I brought him home for a cup of tea and a slice of bread.
My son is a drummer and this young man was the grandson of Buddy Rich the legend.
He played on Davids drums and a lot of noise was produced.

So the "Steering wheel university" will be fixed.
But a wonderful warm person Lynn Shelton is gone.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

This lockdown has me driven mad

Poor Judy, she went back to China for 3 weeks to visit her parents 4 months ago

Great for me I won the Lotto, if you could call €4 a win.Still "Manys a Mickle makes a Muckle.
So when I was picking up a few groceries I handed in my ticket and asked for a quick pick without a +
She scanned my ticket and then rang up for a new one. She was not used to the job and ran the ticket in with a plus. I never give back a ticket in case I am throwing away a winning ticket.
The ticket came to €3.50 and she asked me for 50c. No you owe me 50c.
She just couldn't see it.
Luckily there was a supervisor who jumped in.
"He gave you a ticket worth €4 and he bought a ticket worth €3.50?"  Said the supervisor.
"So he owes me 50c" Said the girl.

The supervisor reached into the register and took out the 50c. Thank God

There are none so blind as those who will not see.

On taxi driving you have to keep your wits about you all the time.
When I am giving change I count up. The fare was 21.60 Here is 40c brings it to 22 plus 8 that is 30.
The money that the punter gives you you place on the dashboard so that there is no dispute as to what you were given. So I went into Northwood and a tall Brazilian girl came out.
AIB, AIB. Where is that? AIB she said again, so I just said show me.
It was the Allied Irish Bank in Santry!
As we were turning into the bank she gave me €20. "You hold on to this,"
Then when we stopped she said wait for me. Can you give me 2 tens?
At that point I said we are all square now,so off she went.
She came back and we drove back to Northwood, on arrival she said (which didn't surprise me)
"Just take it from the €20 I gave you"
The row kicked off and then I said.
"Look at that blinking red light. That is a camera.
We will go down to Santry Garda station and sort this out now".
As quick as a flash she paid me and hopped out.

She must have done that a lot as she had it so well rehearsed.
Still there are a lot of prostitutes in Nothwood.
I am not saying that she was one, but that is such a sad road to be on.
I found an organisation to help.
Ruhama 01 8360292 or
Sad to say I do believe that some Garda turn a blind eye to what is going on,