Sunday, September 24, 2017

Been there done that.

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The photo thing is still a mess 
 
I'm back, I did 2 jobs today and tomorrow I will work for a full day.

Its really great how we can hop around Europe thanks to Ryanair.

Except Ryanair really let down their customers in a super spectacular fashion this week.

Thousands left stranded!

So if it it happens to you, go to a railway station and buy a Eurail pass It will take you right across Europe by train in a few hours. It was the way to go in the 80s and its still good.

There is also a European bus network!!!

Big news from London Uber is being kicked out.
Security is the issue, things happened and were not reported to the Police.
Then there was the vetting process.
I had a few people in my taxi who told me about Uber very scary stories.

An app for calling a licensed taxi is one thing

Calling Joe Bloggs just out of prison in an unlicenced car which is also not insured as a taxi is another completely different thing.

Back again soon

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Netherlands

"Where are we honey?"
"Why its Thursday, we must be in Rome." 

Tomorrow is Thursday and I am in Holland.

Business, "What kind of business?"
"Mind your own business kind of business" 

So there is a photo behind the bar in Clearys pub in Aimiens St. (Best pint of Guinness)
I looked at it and the barman laughed at me.
"Don't tell me that you don't recognize Luke Kelly?"
Probably 18 years old no beard, a true folk hero, a fantastic photo.
Worth a look if you are a fin in Aimiens St.


A good few years ago I got a job to Phil Coulters house in Bray.
As I was handing over the parcel I saw Phils piano in the sitting room.
I asked and I was told that this was his one and only and original piano.  
"Could I please put my hand on it?"
She obliged and I really felt the energy from what this tool had produced such great songs,
With a little help from Mr.Coulter.

Coulter had a downs syndrome child and he wrote this song and he insisted that Luke sang it.

 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The big day out




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I don't know how many cars turned up but I would say that it was well over 300 taxis.
We went out to gather up our charges with their minders and we went into Parnell Sq. to meet the Garda band. Then with Garda escort we whizzed through the city center out to the Leapordstown racecourse to dance to a disco with chicken nuggets and lots of lemonade..
Then we gather them up and bring them back to their care homes.

These "Kids "live in long term care homes.
With my hand on my heart I bless them all and I hope that God will forgive me for bitching about my grumbles.

When I dropped off my charges off I turned on my "MyTaxi" app and it was like I had hit the jackpot.
Just one job after another.
So good night sweet people sweet dreams. 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Tomorrow Tomorrow

Tomorrow is a special day.
The taxi drivers special day out!

Be there or be square !


Me!
I came back from Barcelona last night 5 hours late!
We love to travel and hate the delays.
I won't go into it but it took the airport people 3 hours to find a wheelchair to remove a passinger who had taken ill before we were allowed to load.
Thank God it wasn't a fire as it may have taken them a day to find Hose A and Hose B.

What a city such great planning.
Our trip from the airport by coach, over 50 kms  and we never met a traffic light.
By the way taxis are cheap and seem to be run well.




Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Schools are back

The lions at Clontarf Castle are waiting

The gasometer down at Google
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I just thought I would stick in a video clip.
If it works I will give you more.

Well it came all too fast, summers over and the swallows will soon be gone.
I was in Holland a while ago and now I am off to Barcelona for my break.

While I am gone behave yourselves.

On Sept 12th the taxi drivers big day out takes place.
This year take part..Ring 087 1213344
or 086 3701215  Its the very best thing 
you could do.  
An unlikely lady in the car the other day, she is devorsed from her husband and the row over property
and other assets from the marriage.
 "He was and is a bully, so ind I went to a solisator who was recommended. After a while waiting she came in in a sharply cut suit and stiletto shoes and fishnet stockings. All she was short of was the whip to put manners on the bastard.
I had found my warrior" It should be an interesting battle.
"He was Ok until I found my present partner Antonio an Italian, romantic and passionate.
It was like trading in a Fiat Panda and getting a top sports car, Tom is really scared of him which is great" 
I wished her well for the future. 

I met a senior driver the other day. New 2017 car as well.
He didn't exactly land on his feet though.
He was coming along on the motorway when the car in front of him stopped dead.
He had no brake light warning  and he smashed into it. Both cars a write off.
The insurance company said that the taxi was at fault as he should have had a longer stopping distance...
I wouldn't like to be paying his insurance.
Then he found that he had bowel cancer, it has been a long road back to work.

He had one of the strangest things happen to him a few years ago,
Someone won €9 million in his area and the press were snooping around the shop looking for the winner. He went into the shop for a pack of mints and a young lad said. 
"Hey mister did you win the Lotto?" 
He said yea sure I did and then the press landed on his door and hounded him for months,
So be sure to keep it under your hat, 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Something a bit different




While I was in Kerry visiting the cousins I photographed the old Irish language Bible.
Printed in 1827 it was before the great famine.
The fonts were very different and you would have to travel a few miles now to find someone who could even read the old script.
My forefathers as it turned out were protestant missionaries on the most remote tip of Europe back then.
If only that book could talk.

I am only getting used to the new 3rd generation Prius.
The "Proximity" key is a bitch. You walk up to the car and when you clasp the handle it unlocks,
(Big deal)
you put your foot on the brake and start it.
Where did you put the key when you got in?
You need it to lock it.
In a normal car it would be in the ignition, right?
Now it can be anywhere and you need to have it to lock the car.
So you look on the dash, on the cup holder, the glove compartment only to find it in your pocket !

Still its not as bad as the customer who bought a used Ferrari in California.
"Wow I was a real bigshot.
I took a call on my mobile (A big thing back then)
I put my coffee and keys on the roof of the car,
took the coffee and drove to my important meeting.
I didn't make it.
The keys fell off the roof and the car stopped.
The replacement key and towing charges nearly broke me.
Don't live beyond your means my friend"

Still in a month or so I will figure out on which side the wipers and the lights are, and the horn too.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Death and taxes..

Today and over the weekend I will be doing my income tax.
A very wise and successful man told me many years ago to do it weekly, monthly, quarterly.
Then do a review of your activities after that carry on and its done.
He turned out to be a billionare and I still did not take his advice.
His name was Chuck Feeney
So now its panic stations once again!!!!!
I was in Kerry last week, God the music is great. In Dingle we went to a concert in St.James church.
The folk concerts are so professional, better than TV.
The performer asked if anyone could do a jig, "I will give anyone who dances it a CD"
This girl danced like there was no yesterday. 
As it turned out she was German.
She was a wonderful dancer, typical that foreigners can do our stuff better than we can.
A fantastic night for one and all.

I have to get this photo thing sorted out, after all they say a picture says a thousand words.

As you go on in life things come across your bow which  you cannot avoid or solve,
A girl from Brazil learning English has a sick father at home. 
Not good at all.
So she has to go home without finishing her course.
Now the air fair to go and back to Brazil is expensive plus her job and her flat will be gone when she comes back.
God she really is a really nice kid... But she has to go. 
The future for her is difficult for sure.

So there was me saying how my income tax was a pin in the ass

Perhaps if we knew someone who was a little bit mad it would help.
 





Here is Chuck


Sunday, August 13, 2017

The Dublin horse show

As I am an idiot when it comes to computers I find that the photos will not load.
Tomorrow I will go to Andrew to ask him why. So we will continue with sound and no vision.
The Dublin horse finished today, thousands of horse lovers from all over the world gathered in Dublin, a fantastic event. America won the jumping trophy and great fun was had by one and all.
There was an armored BMW heading over to the event. I know the car it gives 8 mpg!!!
I spoke to the driver once after driving 2 miles on my battery after I had run out of petrol.
It weighs 3 tonnes (Whatever that is in new money)

I was in Kerry visiting my relations and we went to the Blasket Island to show my brother in law where my ancestors came from, the island of writers and story tellers.
Irish history is strange.
Driving back to Dublin in around 4 hours.
My back decided to go into spasm.
Taxi drivers should own a 4 mile dog.
4 miles every morning .
4 miles every evening.
My 3 mile dog died a few years ago.

Anyhoo as they say in Canada things progress.
Today they had a road race and closed off the Sam Bcekett bridge and the Quays, I got a MyTaxi call and the location was wrong, she was not helpful at all, then she didn't believe me that the bridge was closed.
"Its not on the internet"
So I offered to driver her towards the bridge to show her, "Whatever".
I made a minor detour and crossed through 2 red lights. Then another one through Abbey St.
The car behind me pulled along beside me. 2 armed Garda and it became 20 questions time.
Look Nothing was coming! ++++++=
No I don't drive through red lights all the time.
No I am not blind.Etc Etc

Look! this lady thinks that I am trying to scam her, tell her that the bridge is shut and then you can take her to Dundrum yourself while you are at it.

He gave up at that and drove off.
She the grumpy bitch held on to her grudge and gave me the exact fare at journeys end.

One other job that sticks out was a Canadian lady heading out to the Clayton airport hotel (Bewleys)
As I went in to the hotel to validate my parking ticket a flock of flight attendants came out and I said
"Its SHOWTIME"
They stopped and laughed, Japanese girls, they were all around 5'9 and looked great.

Next week I will bring a note book. Promise.
Then came the sad news that Eugen Burger had died. I love magic and I have met Eugene a few times
RIP Eugene



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Thursday, August 03, 2017

Galway races







This week we have the wonderful Galway races, a great occasion for one and all.
Two taxi drivers decided to take a bit of time off and they drove the long road to Galway.
They had hot tips and blankets to spend the night in the car.
Coming home they were in a very sorry state, they had lost all their money and they also had dreadful hangovers.
As they joined the long snake of traffic heading for the N4 a time of narrow roads and no motorways they were in despair. A young guy with a long coat was up ahead with his thumb up so they stopped.
When he got in he told them that this was the best Galway races he had for years.
They moaned and groaned about their losses, he told them never to follow horses.
He made them laugh all the way and just when they had forgotten all their problems they were stopped by a Garda in Kilbeggan.”You only have one headlamp working” on closer inspection he found a tax disc out of date and a bald tyre. When he inspected the drivers licence it was found to be a year out of date. Out came the notebook and pencil and the officer started writing and taking note of everything.
When he had finished the young passenger got out and went over to the Garda. He put his arm around him and patted him on the chest, he pulled the tail end of his uniform and said what fine men the boys in the car were, You should give them a chance.
No No No the Garda said so he patted him on the chest again while the men in the car felt that they would be locked up.
He gave up and came back to the car.
“lads I don’t know what I was thinking about, the traffic is very heavy, take a left here and I know a quicker route to Dublin”
As they approached  Crumlin in the early hours the hitchhiker pointed out where he wanted to get off.
“Don’t worry about that Garda and his summons, unless he has a fantastic memory you are home and dry. That tunic was very tightly buttoned and I nearly didn’t get it, but I did get it.
I am a pickpocket, one of the very best there is. Here is the Gardas notebook and that is why we had to go cross country, every Garda on the road was looking for us.
I might see you at the races again next year.”