Sunday, December 31, 2006
Time for a little downtime. I wonder where my good frend John is heading off to now.
Each year he heads off to Spain, Portugal or the Canaries until easter.
"Your a long time dead, don't leave it all for the taxman", he says.
He plays cards and golf for money and he plays to win!
The Turner water colours go on display in the National art gallery in Merrion Sq. The light is at its lowest now and it is a condition of the person who gave them to the nation that they can only be seen in Jan. The taking of the Christ by Carravagio is also in the gallery as are paintings byRenoir other impressionist paintings.
Rock chic, a display of rock guitars is on in Collins barracks. Rory Gallagher,Jimi Hendrix and many other guys who gave their parents sleepless nights are featured.
There is ice scateing in the RDS and in Smithfield. A Russian girl told me "I fell on the ice and got a wet bottom" The thing is in Russia it is so cold that the ice would never melt.
We complain about the weather here but we don't ever get 20 below and winters with little or no daylight. Nor do we die of thirst or roast in the endless sun. The flies in the Carribean or Africa bite and suck your blood day and night.
The other day I picked up 3 people.. "Were going to Bray first then out to Skerries. Turn off that fucking music and keep your eye on the road." His phone rang then and his mates told me to go to the Confession box in Marlborough st..When he finished his call he started again
" You were listening to my call...I have a good mind to give you a good thump." When we arrived at the pub he thought one of the smokers outside was looking at him and hopped out to start on him. His mates paid up with a "Never mind him".
Its all very well but he is one very sick person and it's people like him who find themselve in a coma or worse still put others into coffins. He was one to watch out for next time. People on drugs can seem perfectly normal when they are standing on the roadside. They are so dangerous.
We really do need the London type cab where you can lock them in the back. We had them a few years ago but the roads are so bad here and with them being so heavy they shook themselves to pieces.
Here's wishing you all the very best for 2007. Have a prosperous, healthy, happy and safe one.
If you do die,
That you may be in heaven an hour before the devil knows your dead.
Friday, December 29, 2006
This is an old house in Chapelizod, will it be knocked down for progress?
Well it looks like its nearly time to ring out the old and ring in the new.
There was nearly scuffles as all the old Dubs headed home again after spending Christmas in the country hotels. They were not used to the idea of waiting outside in the cold. They could not see the logic of putting the rank outside when the could queue on the other side of the station in a well lit area which is under cover and dry. Well logic is a thing that CIE (rail co.) has not much of.
If I was in charge I would fine them 1,000 e for every 1/2 hour a train was late. Then the trains would run on time, or at least questions would be asked as to why a train can be 2 hours late.. One was late for more than 2 hours the other day.
The Sales are in full swing, too many shopping bags to get on the bus. So at least there will be work until next week. The aport is moving now that our contintental cousins are coming back from Europe. There was a good run there for the last few days.
I bought the new Dublin city map. Carefull the new one is 6th addition, 5 is still out in many places.It covers Bray, Leixlip, Maynooth and Newcastle. They could have expanded around Swords which has become another city, I looked up the new retail estate in Carrickmines, its not on it. But I think another map company is doing the towns around Dublin, hopefully it will be more up to speed..
I heard the large number of taxis in Dublin as being described "as like herds of wildebeast galloping over the plains of Africa. Endlessly moving down Georges st. into Dame St and on into O'Connell st as they move to the green pastures in Drumcondra and Stoneybatter."
It really is not a joke when the morning rush is over and you cannot get a place to pull onto a rank. I think its nearly time to take up the banjo and busk on Grafton st.
After Christmas the new inspectors will be hitting the road. It will be interesting to see how the big time scammers will survive. Turn on your dictafones lads, "He said I said".
We all know some of the scams that are going on, so lets see what happens to the crooks. I would love to see them run off the road. Many others I would like to see hosed down. Them and their cars.
Monday, December 25, 2006
10 Of the best beginning with P
1 Peace. I wish that you polaticans would shoot each other instead of killing kids(forgive spelling).
2 Passion, Remember you can't have it without Pain 1 0z pasion= 1 lb. pain.
3 Pretty girls, like Brazilians are the best looking people in the world (Ethopians too). Not that we can leave out the Poles,Latvians, Estonians. Lithuanians,Chechs,Slovaks and all the EU.
4 Porsche. Not that I would ever buy one, but they are super.
5 Photography I love to see photographs. The chance ones which made a fortune. I know a guy in Madrid who bought an appartment on 4 phopographs. The panoramic ones,like in National Geographric and the portraits which allmost expose the persons soul.
6 Pooch. My dog and personal trainer, who makes sure I take a walk every day rain or shine.
7 Please and thank you. It costs nothing and it shows people that you have been brought up properly.
8 Plants, (my wifes comment) Without them we could not eat or have air to breathe.
9 Passengers. who need taxis every day.
10 Pals, 2 legged and 4 legged male and female they are what makes the world go around
without frends what is there?.
Why limit it to 10
I also wish those of other faiths that the blessings of their gods may rain down upon them.
Laurie Walsh from Nanango Australia, a big HI.
We must meet again then you can show me how to throw that stick.!
If you want a good laugh go over to DC Cabbie and scroll down to Bombay taxi driver.
Wishing you all the very best for 2007.
Remember if its foggy and you have a UK connection, take the ferry and train. Better a little discomfort than your holidays at home.
Friday, December 22, 2006
Just in case you thought it was only in the USA or Canada where the bright lights shone.
This is not Las Vagas but Cabra.. The neighbours used to be frends. Now they are arch enemies, each trying to outdo each other. The kids who used to play are forbidden to talk to each other all very sad really. Venture out around Tallagh. Fettercairn is fantastic for lights.
Traffic was mayhem in Dublin had 4 fares over e50. Makes up for the Greek lady yesterday who told me how cheap taxis were in Geeece..Well why did she travel?
They are also cheap in Uganda by the way and Vietnam.
I reckon the shopping rush will burn itself out by tomorrow.
Happy Christmas happy passingers. Prosperous 2007 in case we do not meet again
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Yesterday the port tunnel opened for business. Between 3.30 and 8.00 PM more than one thousand trucks had used it to access or leave the port.
Here's the photograph of before it opened. Lets hope for a bit if peace now all the trucks will be underground.
The tunnel cost a mere e750 million. I hope it works out, lets all hope it is a success.
Last night someone closed the barrier going into the tunnel. The harbourmaster, the operators or the truckers did not know what was going on. When the ships started unloading at 5 am. they drove to the entrance and waited. the tailback eventually went back so far that trucks could not drive off the ships. When the barrier was lifted the traffic lights gave the trucks 7 seconds on green every 57 seconds.
But by 8 o'clock they had got the hang of it.
A spokesman said "We told people that it would be closed when it opened".
Whatever that means!
Fog at Heathrow. Big trouble for holiday makers getting connecting flights.
Its worthwhile heading for the boat and train to London etc. better than missing you connecting flight to S.Africa or Australia.
Parties are in full swing and evryone is in good spirits.
Monday, December 18, 2006
Just thought I would share that with you.
The builders are easing off and many of the Polish workers are heading off home. The Brazilians ,Indians and Chinese will be staying here. The Chinese are very crafty they don't celebrate Christmas or new year like the rest of the world. New year comes in February when they celebrate all the money we spent the 2 months before..The Chinese also know that after a few pints you must take an antidote, which is only found in Chinese food. Fooling aside the accupuncturist is the only man for a bad back. "I fix you.You have blocked egenery channel. If you not better, come back I treat you again free."
Conventional doctors treat the pain not the cause.
Take it easy ,wrap up warm. This madness will pass.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Each day is different when you drive a taxi.
Yesterday and today were no exception.
I was ar the Aport and picked up a lady going into the south side of the city. When she got into the car she started the calls, ringing all her frends to say she was back etc. etc.
Then she said “Driver I would like you to take me to the hairdressers, wait for me then home to my appartment it will only take 40 minutes”
I said absolutely no way would I wait for 40 minutes for her or anyone else to get a hairdo, with people falling over themselves to get taxis. Anyhow I had a wife coming home from work and 3 kids all waiting to be fed. So we settled for Appartment then Dry cleaners ,hairdressers, then I could go home.
Arrived at the appartment, through the security gates into the basement car park. Out with the luggage, up to the appartment. “I will be down in a minute”, When I went back into the basement the door locked stopping me going back up again.
I waited locked in the car park.
45 minutes waiting.
I was almost boiling when she came down..Not a word about being sorry to have kept me waiting..When we arrived at the hairdressers there's e47 on the clock.
She gives me e50 in 2 seconds I have her change and recept in her hand, no tip.
She talkes on on the phone 5 mins..I turn off the engine 10 mins.. 20 mins . I turn round and roar “ WILL YOU ****OFF”
I have never come closer to killing anyone or having a stroke.
She must have been mad!
I know that I was as mad as hell.
But today first lift to Swords with an Indian guy. “I hope you can change e100”
Good chat on the way out then when we arrived I had to get out of the car to get the change. 188.8.131.52. I lifted the note off the drivers seat as I did so I rubbed the note to open it up, and Voila e200. There was one note wrapped around the other. I waved it at him.. loook He looked at the note twice but did not see what I was showing him, then I held up one note in each hand. He was really shocked E100 is a lot of money to loose, so be careful out there.
I won't go into the story of how all the IT jobs are going to India..Thats a tale for another day
All the pickpockets are very busy now.
The prisoners are out on Christmas leave as well so take care out there
Saturday, December 09, 2006
Then there is 2 taxis given the same number. Did I say that all the taxis had to change their nimbers? Now taxis from outside the city are able to ply their trade as the uneque Dublin, Cork etc. numbering system is gone, replaced by a national system.
The strike hurt a lot of innocent people. I was on picket duty at Heuston station where I overherd one of my collegues tell the father of a sick boy. That theres a strike on and he should have thought of that before he came to Dublin.
The father had an appointment with a consultant in a hours time.
On that day I had no car,but I don't see the point of hurting your customers and creating bad feeling towords yourself.
Still I know there is a lot of bad feeling on both sides.
The last photo is of one of the portloos that the Dublin Airport Authority expect us to use.
Over one Thousand taxis pass through the Kesh. When there are delays nature calls and its not unusual to have urine and fecies overflowing out of them onto the tarmac.
You can see they are never cleaned down too well.
This is the kind of thing we should be striking about. I asked Mr.Tommy Gormans office about it, they told me that I should take it up with the DAA. Now the union did not get back on to me, so what do you think of our state of the art restroom.
Friday, December 08, 2006
The base of the statue has 4 angels. Very stern ones at that. If you are passing it take a look at the one on the right on the other side. She has a bullet hole in her left breast. She was shot in 1916 by the British (no Irishman would shoot an angel)
The other one is on the Glenageary Rd Upr.
Makes me think of Easter Island.
Yesterday I saw a taxi on a low loader, with a plastic sack stuck to the pillar at the side of the windscreen.
There was only one likely cause for this damage.
I am not saying it was the same car, but a taxi hit an air hostess as he headed into the Kesh (Holding area) There is a hole in the hedge and the staff run through it all the time. It is an accident waiting to happen.
There was a 3 car pile up at the entrance caused by the boy racers rushing to get in first.
Remember a simple error could cost a life not to mention what your insurance will go up by.
Got my meter sealed today..In Italy it costs one euro to have your meter checked over here it costs something like e70. Still it would be a long way to go just to save 69 euro.
Slow down and take care
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
So this is the spire which sticks up 120 meters in the centre of Dublin city. I tell tourists that it was erected because the city fathers thought that something should be done when they found out that there was more than 6,000 heroin addicts in the city.
So they put up a big needle!
The fine building with the helping hand sculpture is the dept. of education.
More to follow soon
Monday, December 04, 2006
I was told that most people were sent home as there were no flights landing ergo no planes to fly out again. I did not spot that this would happen , but I did ok anyhow.
The dart was off, probably a tree down on the overhead lines.
So I worked the streets and later Heuston station where scores of extra people were turning up from Cork and Shannon where there flights had been diverted to.
When the work eased off I got out to streach my legs and I found a Prada purse with cash and credit cards. I rang a few of the card companies(some which never answered)and passed on my phone number, the owner rang me back. Today I returned the purse and got a thank you plus e20 for a Christmas drink!.
This has restored my faith in humanity.
But I will try to do the right thing even though there are so many selfish, ignorant people that you sometimes wonder if its worth being straight.
Still the storm has passed and all the weary travellers reached home today, but you had better book in at the airport in plenty of time for you flight, as there will be no spare capacity for the next three weeks.
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Then why can't you get a taxi to come home?.
One thing reason is that everyone closes around the same time at night throwing heaps of steaming drunk people into the cold wet night. They are unhappy that the night is over and in no mood to wait around.
Joys in Baggott St(beside AIB) closes last 5 am. and taxis wait outside.
Its a fact that it took hundreds of buses and taxis over 4 hours to bring evreyone into town in the first place..Now the Dart and Luas are gone and only the odd night link bus.
Most people are happy to get in to your taxi,tell you where there going, and "thank God Mr.Taximan!". Others take it upon themselves fo fuck you in and out of hell. There is nothing much you can say about that, but I have often pulled up at a hostile rank and have the waiting punters at the rank pull them out so that they could get into the car instead.
If you are in a group say your goodbyes before the car pulls up. I will not wait longer than the second hug, goodbye! I will be gone to someone who wants to go straight away.
In the restaurant, book the taxi before you start the meal.
Leave town early
Go some place local to finish off the night.
Never wait at a rank.. drivers like to see that the people they are picking up are reasonably sober. At rhe rank you have to pick up the first homasidal maniac who is there.
Don't smoke, I am inclined to think if you are on your break you might need a bit more time and I don't want the car reeking of tobacco.
Walk out from town facing the incoming traffic. I have often seen people in Summerhill and Amiens st wave and curse the full taxis as they leave town. while the empty ones stream into town on the other side of the road..
A taxi bringing someone home to Rathfarnham or Stepaside will be out of the city centre for 1 1/2 hours! Thats for one trip. Take a nightlink for half your journey home then once your out of the masses you will meet empty cars heading home.
Celebrate Christmas and New Year in the first week in Feburary Just like the Chinese !
The restauraunt will be delighted to see you and let you sit for a few hours.
I know it is even stupid to suggest this but a pair of runners and a tracksuit in a bag out with you. This will mean that you can walk without freezing to death.
Sometime it gets a bit much to deal with/ If I work late it will be from the airport, though you can pick up plenty of headbangers there too.
I have had runners Ladies who have pissed on the seat Twice, girl sleepers are a perticular fear of mine, you must never shake them or touch them. Go straight to the nearest Garda station,
( Its worthwhile finding out where Garda stations are in advance)where a big burly garda will gladly slap them around or even as happned, twice take them in for bed and breakfast.
Two times I had a girl scream rape. The first one worker for RTE our national broadcaster. I brought her straight to the garda station where a bean garda ( luckely) interviewed her. She denied it all, then she slipped up saying "can't you take a joke"
The second time was very sinister and since that day I don't pick up girls on their own.
Harcourt St. Saturday night a girl waves me down going to Glassneven. She got in and fell asleep on the back seat,within 5 seconds.
At that time I had a Fiat Scudo wihch was adapted to take a wheelchair. So there is a big empty space in front of the bench seat. I had worked in the security business so as I could buy goods wholesale so I fitted an infra red camera connected to a 12volt time lapse recorder which was under the back seat. This was to cover my back and thank god I had it turned on.
Next thing I knew as I was turning into Dorset st. she jumps and starts screaming Help! Help!
I v'e been kidnapped! I held down the door lock and stopped the car falling from the moving taxi ,,relax whats wrong I asked
You got into the taxi in Harcourt st don't you remember ?
What happned next I know looking basck was well rehearsed.
She put her hand to her crotch and screamed I'm all wet, you bastard you are after rapeing me , You drugged and raped me when I was out! Ok Ok I said off to Whitehall garda station..They have fitted a gate to the side entrance so you can't drive into the yard like you used to. As we were going there she ranted and raved as how a pervert like me should be put in prison and never be let out again etc. As we got close to the station I was informed that if I gave her 200 pounds she would forget it.
No one would take my word against hers and I would loose my licence and never work again.. A few later minutes I was up on the grass outside the station. This is going to cost you a lot!..I blew the horn about 20times long blasts.
No one came out.
Then I let it slip that she had been on camera.
In that case you can bring me home she said.
This is the end of the line for you as I blew the horn again. Still no one came out and she said if I put a hand on her she would do me for assalt!
Pay the EFFIN fair and F*** off. As soon as she jumped out I locked up and ran in to speak to the guardian of the peace.. Come out quick to arrest the girl on the road.
To cut a long story short he was too busy, he was on his own and he did not care because no crime had been comitted ! Fucking hell I shouted if it was her who ran in here shouting rape you would be down on me like a ton of s***
Behave yourself or I will have you locked up, thats the biggest reaction I got from the Garda.
I am sure she has done this to many other drivers..
If you don't have the cash to have a camera installed buy a dictafone.. they can be as small as a small cigarette pack..Then when it comes to he said he said, you can recall and replay.
Be good out there boys and girls and take care. Hair spray is an excellent thing to carry in case of attack..or Impulse.
But then men can't help acting on it.