Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Post number 503

Audrey Hetburns dresses in the Newbridge center.(try the link)

Thomas St.

Jenny Vander, she sells antique dresses as worn by the Hollywood elete.

Kings Hospital school now known as the Law Societies HQ

Kite surfer on Dollymount strand.

Imagine I crossed the 500th posting and didn't notice!
At least some people are reading it now.

I was working too much over the last few weeks with little result, like "A one armed paper hanger" as my friend Laurie Walsh in Australia would say.

At the risk of repeating myself, something happened a few years ago. I picked up a lady at Heuston station going out to the Spa well pub, she didn't say a word and sat in stony silence all the way.
As you come out of Templeogue village and you approach the Cheshire home the road widens up and I was doing 40 MPH when I was stopped.
He was a real pain in the ass, asked me what the speed limit was, each tome I said 40 and he would ask again and again. Then I said that perhaps it might be 30. "Then why were you doing 40?" He checked the tyres,lights,tax and insurance.
My picture was affixed to the new fare card with a paper clip, so I was to be fined for that as well."You passenger will be fined for having no seat belt"
With that she explode in tears, she howled with great emotion which shook us both.
The copper was so addled that he said.

"Take that woman home at once" There was no fine.

She had been at the funeral of her best friend and had been in such shock from the moment that she heard the news that she couldn't cry..
The aggressiveness of the Garda broke through the dam and released a tidal wave of grief.

I think all us men can all be a bit like her at times.

I had bought a box set collectors addition of Cinema Paradiso, 3 DVDs director cut and a CD with 20+ arrangements of the wonderful music soundtrack.

So I watched it once more last night and today "The laxative of emotions" has worked and I feel great.

Now we must clean the house before we take a few days in Kerry.

Down in my local pub there is a corner where taxi drivers and ex taxi drivers sit, the misfits.
Among our group is Joe he is around 80 and goes under the nickname "La Cukkeracha"
When Joe drinks whiskey he bursts into song and we all get thrown out.
The barman knows that one of us was bold and got him the whiskey.
But in a few days we are allowed back in again.

Such is life.

I brought Jo home the other day he turned to me and he had bad news.
His Grandson had gone to Thailand to visit a friend who lived there and he hired a motorbike, he crashed and is in a coma in hospital.
His daughter and her husband had to fly over to be at his bed.
Last word is that they are holding him in a coma until the brain gets a chance to recover from the trauma, then they can assess the damage.
Poor old lad, he was a Naval chef and called out to me as I drove off. I'll bake you an apple tart john.

So say a silent prayer to which of the Gods you turn to.


  1. Great work, John.

    I really enjoy reading the stories of cabbie life--both happy and sad. I've not been to Dublin myself, but it sounds like a nice place. If I'm ever in town, I'll buy you a pint. I'm particularly moved by the stories on this page. Life in the big city can be funny and sad all in the same day.

    Keep up the blog work, and I'll keep reading.

  2. dublin definitely sounds interesting.....never been there,or to US.....live miles away n ur blogs vry insightfull in2 a lifs far away n completely different from mine

  3. I would love to see those Audrey Hepburn dresses. They look so small. Keep on writing! The Camp Host Housewife and Photographer

  4. The Jenny Vander dresses are small and the Audrey Hepburn dress is small too, the Marlyn Monroe dress is quite large though!

  5. Great Job John , Congrats !! Sending you 500 honks from Times Square for all your posts !! Think I'll get a ticket ??LOL Keep writing and taking pics, thats a great shot of the lone kite surfer on the strand. Great pics and writing as always !

  6. you have done a great job with the collection of pictures, i just loved seeing dublin with your eyes and i think i might be taking a tour of the place too in near future, from what i read in the past, i though dublin was not a tourist place but you have changed my mind, thanks a lot

  7. Loving your blog John. Great to get the little slice of home every so often and paticurally the photos. Dublin seems a bit better seen through your eyes.

  8. Your blog never fails to sparkle with interest!

  9. I always enjoy your posts. You're a fine observer of humanity, and no doubt a fine human too!

  10. I love this blog... looking at the world through your eyes.

  11. On looking back at this post I can't help but notice that all the dresses in the window of Jemmy Vanders shop are white, while the girl passing is in a vivid red dress,yet she longs for a white dress!