Saturday, June 17, 2017

Another day


A Ghost bike, when a cyclist is killed a ghost bike appears and their details appear on the website

Georgian Dublin

The charges for hiring the Dublin bikes.


 I just came across this click here and I found that Dublin corporation had removed a ghost bicycle under the abandoned bicycle scheme..It a kinda defeats the purpose.

Fire safety is something that you never take a chance with, smoke detectors fire alarms sprinkler systems and fire hoses you would think would be a priority.  Never take it for granted my friend. If you see escape routes blocked and short comings leave and make a phone call the next day.
That insulation that they insulate buildings with I would have assumed would have fire retardant built in, after all the plastic substance for the insulation gives off a really toxic smoke.
So a block of apartments goes up in London and it goes up in flames like a match.
Say a prayer for the dead and the bereaved.
Everyone lost all their possessions.
Say a prayer for them all.

In the rest of the world we had Blooms day from the book Ulysses written by James Joyce.
A great day to be free with a straw hat.

A girl jumped into my taxi today and at journeys end she told me that this taxi ride was the best one she had ever had.
She has been in Ireland for more than 10 years.
From Latvia she arrived here like so many, her heart full of hope and her dreams to become reality.
You know what ?
I think she is getting there.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Just a thought for a great girl far from home


Just one word from father Ted

This is a drill bit for sinking Piles for building tall buildings
Before Christmas I picked up a Phillipina girl going towards town.
Some journeys begin and end with a destination, other journeys last for years with repeated contact.
She told me that she was between jobs and that she was here illegally and that her brother and sister had demanded that she send them €1,000 for Christmas.
I nearly clipped another car as I was so distracted with anger.
She gave me some flyers as she was getting out and I asked another Phillipina girl that I know to help her.
Just last week I remembered her when I found her flyer in the car and I rang her.
My friend as it turned out was a friend of hers as well and she had supported her through that bad time.
Now she is in a good place and her ( Who was my friend as well)  friend rang me to explain what was happening.

Europe,America and all foreign destinations become a Shangrila for the fortune hunters.
You just have to pluck money from the trees, as easy as that.
My girl told me that she asked them to send her for €500 as she had no job!!!
This shut them up quick.
Both these girls are wonderful warm gentle people.
They are sacrificing their youth to help the folks back home.
The girl that I helped rang me back later.
"John are you OK yourself ?
Why did you ring me out of the blue like that?"

So she was clued in as to the unusual nature of the phone call.
A really bright caring girl.

Now here is a con of huge proportions




Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Exam time


A Barrell organ in Holland

A Lion at Clontarf Castle

Smithfield

Today the state exams begin for our pupils, Ie Bac. in France and GCSEs in Britain.
Keep your cool kids,if you are relaxed the information will come to you more easily.

But exams are a bad way of measuring peoples ability.
If you fail at exams it doesn't show that you are not a quick thinking intelligent person with great potential.
This may not be your year or your subject.
Hang in there, start your own business. Become a millionaire.
A guy called Guy Martin in the UK was told by his teacher that he was stupid and that he never would amount to much.
The teachers name was J.D.Weatherspoon.
Every pub Mr Martin opens bears that teachers name and his sales are in the millions.

In the taxi business things are lifting a bit, a little bit more work.
I have my formula to follow so I have no complaints.

I asked that you say a prayer to your various Gods for Timothy Harte aged 11 who was going for a bone marrow transplant.
He had Leukemia the poor kid.

The Great news is that the transplant worked and all the new blood cells are now from the donor marrow.
Thanks for all the prayers , we all wish him a wonderful summer.
Your health is something we take for granted until it goes wrong.

Kids are great but tricky, my wife's spare key went missing so she has no key of her own.
She went to visit the grandchildren in Northern Ireland last week and I got a phone call that she couldn't open the door of the car. What should she do?
I talked her through what the problem might be to no avail.
So I drove up (Return trip 420 Kms)
I opened the car with the valet key, everything was dead.
A battery charger was connected, after an hour. Still nothing.
A jump start was required, but as the cars were at an aqard angle 2 sets of jump leads were needed.
With a flash she sperung into life.
So I drove her car home.
On the way home as it got darker I noticed that all the internal lights had been turned on.
Lucy my granddaughter had turned them on.
But in my car when you lock the car all the lights turn off.

So as they say in China "Shit happens"

Manx radio comes in on my car radio and all this week the TT races are broadcast

Sadly as I came home tonight on the radio they reported the death of an Irish  rider from Co.Meath.

mad men for sure
 One millimeter wrong and you are gone at 180 mph.