Monday, November 07, 2011

First frost

View of the city from behind the Casino in Marino

Autumn frost in Fairview park

Elephants and Buddhas adorn a Dublin taxi

I reckon the person who never made a mistake never made anything.
On Sunday I did make a mistake !
A young girl going to Cappah to a boarding school.
We arrived in Cappah and she did not know where the school was. So in cases of difficulty you phone a friend...No good either. So we went into Cappah hospital and she suggested that it was in Cabra, just after you cross the railway line on the right hand side. Sorry to say I was still wrong, so I phoned another friend who suggested it was on the Navan Rd. When we went around the corner she knew where it was and directed me directly to it.
She was deaf and was lip reading as we went, to help her I had the light on in the car.
I would say she was 16 or so, a bubbly bright girl.
She told me she had 5 sisters and 3 brothers, so he came from a big family
So look in the mirror and say Cabra then say Cappa (as it is pronounced). There is hardly any difference.
So I had turned off the meter in Cappah and drove back and charged her €15
I did ask her to write it out on a piece of paper for the next time.
"St. Marys school, Navan Rd, after the Garda station and before the church on the right hand side, through the arch"
Evelyn Glennie the Scottish percussionist is deaf also, she feels the vibrations through her body, just like my girl does.
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I have replaced the battery in my car and my wife's car this week.
I think it is the frost that makes the weak batteries give up the ghost, but they have come down a lot in price over the years.

So it was no surprise that my first fare of the day was a schoolteacher who's car would not start.
Artaine motor factors carry a good range of batteries on the North side of the city and in Bond St behind Guinness Garry in the Harbor radiators will see you right.

The first frosty morning I saw 3 cars rear end each other 2 were new cars, a Volvo and an Opel brand new and shunted.
First frost can catch you out, like rain after a dry spell makes the road slippery you must take care.
Still it is nothing like that multi vehicle pile up in England last week.
One of my passengers told me that he has to go to New York on business once a month, then he hires a car and drives down the freeway for 6 hours. Bored out of his mind just sitting there while the car goes at 80 mph in 5 or 6 lanes going each way.

Poor old St Christopher has his hands full keeping us all safe.

What about the poor old taxi drivers in Australia ?,

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Thank you Sam for that.


  1. Anonymous9:40 AM

    You have such beautiful photos of your city !



  2. The pictures of the city are beautiful. Autumn is my favorite time of the year. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Some day I will take my camera and spend an hour or two trying to take photographs, not snapshots. look at for example

  4. Anonymous1:43 AM

    Artane autos tried to charge me 105 for battery .. Speedy tyres (facing artane castle) 65 euro ... Shop around pal ...

  5. I get a trade discount there, but you get what you pay for. Time will tell.

  6. Anonymous5:56 AM

    Battery was identical .. Unless your gettin 50% off hes doing you ..

  7. Stuart3:18 PM

    Totally forgot about this blog for over a year, so glad it's still here. Fantastic and inspiring as ever. Funny to think what's changed since I first found it back in 08 and yet it's still great. Thanks. :)

  8. I doubt you get it in Dublin, but in Scranton we would get cold snaps to -22C.

    Brand new batteries don't work in such conditions.

  9. -22C JD I doubt if many things could work at those temps. When you really think of it mankind is a super animal to live in the burning heat of the desert through to the boiling humidity in the Amazon to -20C.
    But sadly the crisis which is facing the world again is famine, the population is out of control.
    Apart from that there is little worse than seeing the same article you bought being sold for a lesser price. Especially if it is in the same shop where you bought it.

  10. Frost annoys me when driving because my car heater takes a while to clear the windscreen. Also the handbrake ceased up a couple of times last winter. Hopefully we don't dip that low (-17 C) again this winter. It makes for lovely scenery for sure

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