Sunday, October 14, 2018

Time is flying forwards


Holloween


And Christmas

I am still having problems loading up the photos.
Perhaps I need a new computer?

Do you not think that they could sell loads of other products in the space taken up with the Christmas goods?
Perhaps it is just me.

I bought a box of screws in  Aldi 1,000 assorted screws.
I took a screw out to fix the tumbler drier, them coming back into the kitchen the case opened and out fell 1,000 screws of different sizes. It would be cheaper to throw them in the bin than to sort them out.
Life is full of surprises.

I am working away (Don't tell the tax man) The work is coming and it is not like the bad old days when this moment in time would be a slow time.
Taxi drivers cars are being hit by robbers, they smash the drivers window looking for the float and any spare cash.I have a 24/7 recording system on the front and back garden. The video camera in the taxi activates when the car is shunted so I feel covered.
You have to be on your guard all the time.
Remember the girl from Brazil going  to Santry from Northwood?
When we arrived at the bank in Santry she gave me €20 and said that she was going back.
She produced a pile of €20 notes and asked me for 2x€10 notes. So I pointed to the €20 on the dashboard and said "We are all square so ?"
She went into the bank and came back out, I drove her back to Northwood and I asked for €18, "No you have to give me €2 change, I gave you €20"
I said no, I gave you 2x10s for that 20 and I said, and we are all square.

"Lets not argue, I will play back the Video on the camera."I said
Without another word she paid up and got out.

I really don't blame her, Brazil is in a very bad way,why else would so many of them be here. Dishonesty is a fact of life there.

So be careful out there.

My Bandoneon master sent me this from Brazil.
He asked me for my reaction.
"My heart beats faster and she plays well"


Saturday, October 06, 2018

Onward and upwards

 You know collecting a debt for a friend creates a bad feeling in my blood.
There are people who jump out of taxis and never pay, other times you have video footage and the name of the guy, with a link to their address and the Garda do nothing for you.
It is frustrating.
So this guy owe around €1800 to my friend and I know people in his line of business, ie. they work with him though not directly.
Next week the word goes out that this guy dosent honor his tab.
I will ask the people I know if this is the right person to do business with?
Then we take the legal route where his name appears on record.

How stupid will he be?

Taxi drivers just know too many people.

My sons car failed the NCT so its €600 of repairs.
But it is a good car and he is my boy.

I wish to thank all the wonderful who have brought me on journeys through this great city over the last few weeks.

You are all great people



Over the last week we lost 2 great preformers Charles Asnavore and Montserrat Caballe



I know Christmas trees.
But it has strted.

I am sure God is enjoying the renunion and a special concert.

Friday, October 05, 2018

All the leaves are brown

This is the driver that is alleged to have knocked down the cyclest

A statue at the Landsdowne hotel"The Line out"

Staff from Brown Thomas return to work after testing the fire evacuation

Its near Grafton St


It must be the season for NUTCASES
I picked up a guy at the Mespil hotel last Friday, other people were waiting and they let him go first.

"Thank God you came. My flight to Toronto takes off in 20 minutes!"

Now you and I and the dog down the road knows that you have to present yourself at the check in desk 2 hours before your flight for long haul flights.
He got a bit of a fright when I got him to the airport in 17 minutes.
I will never tell them to calm down and that they are too late.

Nutter number 2 arrived too late for his flight to Amsterdam.
What did he do?
He ran past the check in desk, kicked open the door downstairs and tried to block the plane.
Now the question has to be asked.
What would have happened if he was a terrorist?
I mean he made it on to the tarmac no bother.
Then the next day he was brought to court and when he came out he dropped his pants and Mooned the press.

Nutter number 3
Was a taxi driver who was having a row with a cyclist on the North Strand. Plenty of shouting and the taxi driver slammed into him knocking him clean off the bike.
Then he drove away with everything on video.`
It is looking bad for the taxi driver.

Nutter number 4
A Cyclist breaks the lights followed by a white taxi, they tear down to Belvadere place and at the bottom of the road the taxi crosses the road to the wrong side and mounts the footpath.
It is said that the cyclist broke one of the mirrors of the taxi.
Still is it worth loosing your license over?

My insurance costs me more that €2,000 for this year
6 years full no claims bonus.
What would it be with penalty points and a crash to settle.

Work wise it has been great recently, this happens when the swallows go and the schools and courts start working again. One theory was that the school teachers would work as taxi drivers during the long holidays, then when school started again business would rocket for the regular drivers.

You could get a headache trying to work it out.

I am chasing money on behalf of a friend. He is a film maker and this money was due to him in the summer. Requests for payment have fallen on deaf ears. So today I posted off all the details again.
A good customer of mine who has a wide number of connections googled the name while he was in the car. He knows people who do business with him.
I will put in a word next week.
It will be really embarrassing for him when the word gets out that he dosent pay his tab.

A story from the taxi was that a young college guy worked for Bill Gates as a caddy, the lad said to himself that he would be in for a good tip. He tried to impress him with advice and after the game he paid him the normal amount with no tip.
The young lad cursed him to hell and the next day he got a call from his university to say that Bill Gates had paid all his college fees and that he had wished him good luck in the future.

Another person of interest in the car was Tommy Tiernan. I did not recognise him and asked him what he did for a living. Then I turned around and recognized him and we had a great trip.
He has a 9 year old son who is mad into magic.



 This makes me feel nostalgic for the old Dublin


Monday, September 24, 2018

A miricle




So we had the big day out for the less privileged children of Dublin, 200 or so taxis a 20 Garda motorcycle escort and then off to a big party with singing and fun in Leopardstown.
It has been going on for more than 50 years and Johnnie Walker our super taxi driver who started it all off is still on the go. Paddy Drax is another long time attendee.

So I was trying to get the photos up but my computer is acting strange.

I have met a few heroes in my day and last week there was a documentary about one of them.

Orla Tinsley got into my taxi years ago and I never forgot her, she was out of breath and turned out to become one of my super heroes.
"No I haven't got asthma I wish I had but I have CF. Cystic Fibrosis"
She went on to tell me about her condition and that the only cure was for someone to be killed and she might get a new set of lungs.
What was on her mind on that day was that she and others had raised money to build a special ward to isolate CF patients and the hospital that it was attached to had filled it with ordinary sick people.
This in turn would mean that the unit could never be used for the purpose intended.

She told me not to be sad when I told her that she was a wonderful brave person.
"I am a fighter, don't feel sorry for me.I never want anyone who met me to be unhappy."
True to her word I did feel inspired.
I told her that there would be no charge for the journey, the only pity was that it was not longer.
"I would love to give you a big hug as well, but I don't want to kill you?"
She laughed "I couldn't think of a nicer way to go"

And she was gone

That was a good few years ago

She is doing creative writing in New York and she crowd funded a lung transplant.

SHE GOT IT !!!!!!!


Monday, September 17, 2018

The eve of the big day

Tomorrow is the taxi drivers big day out, I will take the morning off and hoover the car to get it nice for my passengers. Then drive out to Palmerstown to collect them and bring them all to Parnell Square where the Garda band will play and then they set off down O'Connell St, then the band will stand to one side and the Garda motorcycle escort will bring us to Leaopardstown race course where further entertainment will follow.
Then around 3. pm they will all head home again and wait for another year.

Last year they had to send off for more taxis and those scumbags charged for the trip while everyone worked for nothing.
So if you can make the effort to join in come on !!











Above is the floor of the entrance to the Clayton hotel in Ballsbridge it used to be a school for the children of Freemasons.


The first 3 photos explain a recent plumbing adventure I had a while ago.
The cold water tank was overflowing, I sent up the "plumber" twice
He didn't fix it and in the dry weather you could see just how much water was being wasted.
So into the attic I went and found the water tank and I saw that the ball of the ballcock was under water, so I went to the plumbers merchants and got the metal plate shown and a new stopcock just to be on the safe side.
The small metal plate stops the plastic tank from bending when pressure is applied.
Bingo the leak is now stopped.
All through my life I have learned that you have to rely on your own instincts to get things done.

Like a carpenter that hung a door and when you opened it it hit the ground.
The solution he said was to take a piece out of the door, I asked him to put a level on the door to see if was hung plumb, then he walked off.
I got a level and took out all the screws bar the top one made it plumb screwed it back up and it swung perfectly.
The next day he was shouting "If you knew so much about it how come you are not doing it?"
The builder overheard him and sent him home for good.

C'est La Vie as they say in Google.

Even my Citroen car had the wrong spark plugs in the manual ?
That really took some figuring out but an Lebanese air frame mechanic helped me through the servicing, he had cut a sinew in his hand and spent 3 or more hours showing how the car worked.

So if you buy a 2CV you must use Champion L87Y spark plugs not the short reach ones in the manual.
 Off to bed now and great things will happen tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

9/11

 Our thoughts go out to the family's of the dead and missing on this day.
Everyone in the world remembers what they were doing when they got the news.
It was an absolute tragedy and still not fully solved.
We cannot forget.
God bless you all, may peace come to you and may you all meet again in the next life.


An old abandoned car takes its last ride

The monument to the Duke of Wellington in the Phoenix Park

A large silo leaves Guinness's. This put the USAs airforce on full alert as they thought they were Scud missiles.



Boys and girls
If you drive a taxi in Dublin this is for you.
The taxi drivers special kids day out is on the 18th of Sept 9 days away and 1,200 kids need to be picked up and brought out Ring 086 3701215 and put down your name.
When you do it and see the smiles on their faces there is no better feeling.
As you drive off in convoy to cheers and smiling faces and when the tourists see what is happening they wave and smile and many of them cry with happiness.

So come on boys and girls take the day off and get a free t shirt and thank your lucky stars for your blessings.
Ring 087 1213344  or 086 3701215 to express your interest.

God I am so lucky with the fantastic people I meet.
Today I met a Nigerian doctor going to Blackrock, she was ebony black and had the brightest eyes and the most beautiful smile you ever saw.
You would just know that all her patients will feel better as soon as she walks over to their bedside.
Sometimes you just know that she is has a really special place in Gods plan.



Monday, September 03, 2018

Taxes are done now for a short rest.

A                                                   Irish People love Brazilians and they love us.

This is a great idea. Put some fruit into a paper cup, cover it in cling film and put small holes in the cling film with a biro, the fruit flies go in and cannot find their way out. Then you pop it in the compost bin.

A nice new Triton shower SILENT IN OPERATION
A TAXI RANK WHICH IS ONLY OPERATIONAL WHEN THE STATION IS CLOSED.

Life happens when you look somewhere else for a second.
The swallows are gone, the Barnacle geese are on the move and the kids are all back at school.

Soon the clocks will go back one hour. But not if BIG BROTHER can stop us.
The EU want to impose their rule on us once more. If you are in France  the clocks one hour ahead of Irish time or GMT. Then as you head to America the clock changes again and again.
A few years we left the clocks at summer time and the children had to go to school in the dark. Quite a few children were killed on the roads and the powers that be decided that changing the hour to give us daylight in the mornings was a great idea after all.
Then if the UK leaves the EU we will have to change our clocks as we pass north and south through Ulster.

Some people will go to heaven
Other people just might not
You decide !

4 guys jump into a taxi and at the destination they jumped out and ran off.
The driver looked into the back of the car and saw a passport on the back seat.
So he brought it home and his son found the culprit on facebook.
What do you know he was going on holiday the very next day. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
Taking the passport he threw it on the open fire.
"You're going nowhere!"

Now to my way of thinking a quick phone call.
Negotiations could have yielded €100 for the passport.
So the guy could learn his lesson and go on his holiday.

This way no lessons were learned anything.

Monday, August 27, 2018

The Pope is gone back home with a fly in his ear.

There was such security in Dublin that was beyond belief. It cost around €30 million
Motorways closed off for hours, Cabra a large housing area near the Pheonix park closed down, no cars allowed in or out. The Garda were around all night. Taxis were not part of the plan.
One person told me that her neighbor came over from the UK only to be told that wheelchairs were not allowed in the park, so she went to the mass in Knock Co.Mayo.

Then he got nailed about the child abuse, the sexual assaults and the cover ups.
One bishop had to stay at home in the USA to deal whith over 600 of sexual abuse cases which were covered up by bishops for years but now exposed by the Police.
Then he was told about the Magdalene laundry's where unmarried girls who had had children were put to slavery without pay and kept in very bad condition.
There were a large number of children SOLD to Americans without their mothers consent.
Often if the mothers asked to see their baby they were told that the child had died.
Then he was told of the more than 800 babys bodies uncovered in a septic tank in Tuam.
He was told to deal with the mess in no uncertain terms and not to keep saying he was sorry, but to act properly on the information before him.
On other points he said that he had never heard about the complaint, he was then told of the dates when the Vatican had been informed.

The Mass in the Phoenix park was a ticket event and 500,000 people were to attend. 150.000 turned up. The weather was very bad in fairness.

I know that it is not his personal fault, he is 81 years old soon to be 82 and the Mafia inside the Vatican have their knives out for him.

Its a tough gig.





I will probably go to hell for this BUT


Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The Pope is coming

Facebook

Google all in Dublin


Winicabs was the first. You had this thing behind the meter and when the meter was idle jobs would come through your mobile.
They were the first here in Ireland. Then they delayed the launch, then another delay and along came HalO and just blew them out of the water. Click here

This is life "Hesitate and you've lost "

I just thought I would share it with you as I threw it into the trash can today. 

Well a lot has happened since then Google, Facebook and another 100 hi tec companies have set up in Ireland.
Good and bad.
Rents are soaring but on the plus side we now have the best looking women in the world here.
3 wonderful lady's stick in my mind from last week Egypt, Poland, and Serbia. 
The world is so small now. I have had the great pleasure of meeting people from every country in the world thanks to the hi tec set-ups
I hope everything stays dandy I would not like the EU to change out tax rates for sure.

The dreaded tax return has been completed.
The next thing I will get is a demand for payment which is very threatening when it comes.

Once I had  a guy in the car who had fled from his country at the fall of the Shah of Iran. 
He turned his property into gold and diamonds and paintings. Then he brought it across the world to Ireland where he had contacts. Then bit by bit he bought property and built hotels and apartments. But he forgot about TAX and they came after him for €1 Million and €6,000 
He had to pay there and then.
"I paid the million and I told them that in 25 days I would pay the balance, this was not enough, so I borrowed the balance from a friend. Were they happy? No they went after my friend to find out where he got the 6 grand. 
So now we have a big company of accountants working on the recovery of the tax, we will get it all back for sure.
What really annoys me is that they did nothing to earn that money and they are not being held accountable for how they spend it"

Here is something to finish it off with a laugh

"How do you do and shake hands.



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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Security problem solved?

A pouch which blocks the key signal

Back to basic bog standard 60s security

So I had a guy from Canada in the taxi and I was moaning about the bloody "proximity key"
With the key in your pocket you walk up to the car and put your hand on the handle and it pops open.Then by the miracle of modern science you press a button and drive away...Wowzer !
He had 2 BMW cars stolen in London and has not found out how it happened.
So I ask around. The thief can  pick up the key signal from your hall table through the hall door.
Zoom he is gone
I know this  is a repeat of another post..But
So what do you do?
 The first thing to do is to put your car keys into a tin box on the hall table, this block the signal.
 next buy the pouch from Amazon which blocks the signal when the fob is in your pocket.
Then buy a crook lock.
Then all you have to do is to sleep well.

The other day at the ferry port I had one of those magic moments.
He wanted to go to the bus station and none of the other cars would take him (Too short)
I was last so I told him to hop in the charge was €12 and he gave me €20 he was so happy.
On arrival there was a Scottish couple waiting and they jumped in "Temple bar"
Then as they were getting out a girl with beautiful shoes jumped in.
Polish by birth reared in South Africa and brought here by her Irish husband.
Not only that 
She she was going in my direction and brought me home.

Oh the joys of Karma

Monday, August 13, 2018

You have to stay awake

 A madman on a bike
Read the small print
A house or a castle in Dalkey

A cluster of cats.

The call came and she jumped in, from Brazil and she gave AB as her destination.
Then after some more questions it turned out to be AIB in Santry.
When we got there she handed me a €20 and then said that she was going back.
She pulled a bunch of €20 notes from her pocket and said.
"Could you give me back 2X€10 please"
I pointed to the €20 she gave me and said that we were quits now.
So I waited and then we went back.
On arrival at the end of the journey.
I asked for my €14
"I gave you €20"
Yes you did and I gave you back 2X€10 before you went into the bank.
"No you did not! I gave you a €20 from my hand"
I pointed at the security camera and said.
Shall I play you back the tape from the camera !
"Oh I see!
Here is your money.
Have a great day"

It was strange how suddenly her attitude changed, like turning a light switch.
Get a dash cam boys and girls.

She got in on Dorset St and asked for Christchurch. Then directed me and we chatted.
She was going to the Methadone clinic down on Merchants quay.
She was a lovely person, you would hope that she is not on drugs.
Story in yesterday of a family of 5 people, 2 young girls the parents and a teenage son who had become a drug addict.
He had been hammered by his dealers a few times for his debts, but he still owed money.
So the dealer came around one night and woke them up and burned down their house.

They left them standing outside in their night clothes with nothing.

There is no solution to the drug problem, just keep an eye out for your children and friends and pray,

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Omah 20 years ago

Today it is 20 years since the Omah bombings.
Click here for photos of the total devastation 

29 people killed including a woman expecting twins

Lets not forget that peace is a precious thing.

God bless them all


Monday, August 06, 2018

You must visit Dalkey

Enso

a V12 6 carburetor monster!!!


An Aston Martin racing car in "Racing Green"
I would cross the road to view an unusual or rare car.
Today I ventured out to Dalkey for their vintage car show.
There was a 10K road race nearby and I had to walk 2 miles.

The property around there is fantastic, up on the hill lives Bono of U2 fame and that multi platinum singer Enya in her castle.
What a great day for it and when I came back to the car I got a MyTaxi job right back into the city.

Go to Dalkey when you come to Dublin, take the Dart out and stroll through the expensive landscape.
Then sample a snack from one of the many cafes and bars around.

There is a photographer at the entrance to the train station and they took a photo of this woman with green eyes and red hair..It was fantastic, pop in she might show it to you.

Then one night I was dropping off a couple further up the road.
The man got out and as he was paying me a woman stepped up smartly.
"Thomas Dunn. I hereby serve you in front of witnesses"
He panicked and tried to pull the money from my hand.
She was a detective and had been waiting to serve the court papers for hours if not days.

The singer of this song below was in my car. She is a total recluse and I did not recognize her, the radio was turned on low and she shouted "Turn it up" She sang with the purest voice in harmony and it was magic.
I told he that she should turn professional.
"I'm not that good, am I? "
I found out who she was weeks later, It was a wonderful moment even if she wasn't a worth $140 million..




Friday, August 03, 2018

Security with a big T


What a beautiful house. Pembrooke Rd

What engineering ! each wheel steers. It can go sideways !

People waiting to get off the Irish ferries ship Uilisies the biggest RoRo ferry in the world.



Have you ever had your car stolen?
If it is the tool by which you make your living you are going to have a hard time.
My present Prius has a" Proximity key"
So key in pocket you walk up to the car and when you touch the door handle the car unlocks.Then you get into the car and without putting the key into anything you press the button and off you go.
At journeys end you press the button again, the car shuts down and you take the key out of your pocket and lock the car.
The key is sending out a signal all the time!
A guy could come up to your house with the keys in the hall and pick up the signal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
Then he drives away in your car...
We have 2 cars with proximity keys and I am a bit worried.
One customer from Canada had who lives in London had 2 BMWs stolen, another guy had his BMW stolen and bought a Volvo with a KEY..
 Now they can be bypassed as well.
For the solution an immobilizer switch would be great.
I the meantime I keep my keys in a tin box on the hall table.

I will take time to look around and I will write to that great magazine "Car Mechanics"


Did you hear about the woman who had a problem and she sent it to them instead of the agony aunt?

Dear Laura,
Today when I was going to work I was around a mile from my house when my car cut out and refused to start again. I rang my husband and got no answer, so I walked the mile back to my house.

Imagine my surprise when I caught my husband of 36 in the bedroom with the blonde girl from next door who is only 18..
I don't know what to do as I am 38!
I hope you can help me?

Yours Carry.

The reply came back sharpish.

Dear Carry
We in the workshop have discussed your problem and we believe that your problem was caused by dirty fuel or a blocked fuel line. If you can drain the fuel tank  and then change the fuel filter you will have many more miles of trouble free motoring ahead of you.
Charlie in the workshop also suggests that you check the leads going to the coil.

We hope this solves all your problems.
If not contract us again, perhaps a diagnostic check will solve your problem.



As they say Men are from Mars
Women are from Venus




Thursday, August 02, 2018

Weather changing Grass is green again

The car of his dreams is the stuff of nightmares, cehecking on it every 5 minutes

Guinness are building a Gin distillery here (Or is it Whiskey)

Not a bad photo of the Sam Beckett bridge.

The Polish embassey, one of the finest examples of architecture in Dublin

So the rain has come, the grass is green and the farmers are happy.
But in a few days time the Galway races will end and the Dublin horse show will begin,
This is a huge social event for horse lovers where equine competitions are held from dawn to dusk.
It is really something.
Yesterday I got a MyTaxi call to the marker hotel 3 minutes away so I responded.
This is one of the hotels which demand a €2 kick back for the porter!
You have to add it on to the passengers bill and it goes back to the little rat.
So as I passed Facebook a guy ran up to me "Airport quick!" I asked him if he was booked and when he said no I went around to the front of the hotel and they cancelled !
I asked him what they were doing booking a taxi and cancelling it again with 3 taxis waiting at the taxi rank outside the hotel.
You must be hard up for €2 I said having missed my airport job as well.

Still life is full of ups and downs.
A girl who had broken her ankle was going back home, Living opposite the hospital entrance on the NCR, I brought her to the wrong hospital and exit on the SCR !!!!!!!!!11
Still that is why God put a rubber on the end of your pencil.
She had a great story about a guy who bought and sold costume jewelry. He bought the contents of a shop which had closed down and heaped it all into his van. Then he split it up into job lots and sold it on.
There was a box which was locked in his van and he hadn't got around to opening it.
One day he went over a big bump and there was a loud crash.
The box had broken open
Inside was bars of Gold bullion.
He bought himself a castle in Co.Wicklow where he lives the life of a Lord.
How did she break her ankle?
Two idiots fighting at a disco, the bouncer separated them. Then one of them tore across the dance floor and rugby tackled the other bringing her down on the bottom of the heap.
This will be expensive to fix.

The stress of doing the income tax is really getting to me.

Like the taxi driver who turned to comedy,
He worked quite a few gigs and a year later he spoke to the tax man.
So you did comedy and did you get paid?
Do you have a record of your payments? Good
Then you will have to deduct your expenses, suit, transport, BnB Food, transport allowance OK?
Add up all the money you took in
Then add up your expenses
Subtract one from the other.

Then send us a check for that amount.

Don't think it could be a joke.


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

July almost gone


A place to put my glasses

The famous  "Doors of Dublin"




I will have to go back to computer school..
My photos won't copy and paste like they used to.
I have a lot more computer problems that we won't go into here.

The Dublin horse show starts on the 8th of August for a week.
It is a huge event click here

I went to the boat, it was busy busy and got a €41 run to Clondalkin with a mother and 3 kids.
Can you imagine getting up at 6.30 am and going by train and boat to Ireland arriving at 6.30pm with a chorus of
 "Are we nearly there yet?"All the way over.
It was mental, the last leg was completed.
The house we came to was a drug dealers den for sure. Gangsters all over the place.
You should have seen them, they were something else.
not only did they pay but there was a €3 tip.
I wish I could show you the footage from the dash cam... but that would not be be PC.
The 3 children were really bright intelligent kids, but attached to this family they will not blossom and grow like they could do in a good normal home.

The Police have to be good people.
True?
Well you would hope so.
But if they were corrupt and a whistle blower came forward.?
What then?
Why they would truly kick that person all the way to hell.

We here in Ireland have been fed the results of inquiries and tribunals into Garda corruption.
The next chapter which opens up in the next few days is about Garda working with a drug gang in the midlands.
It will even goes to show that the Garda transported and sold drugs...WOW 

Latest news on the UK law and order scene is a big expose is about to hit the headlines about corruption at the highest level.
So sit back and wait for the bang,

On the claims culture there was a case which was thrown out of court about personal injuries sustained in a traffic accident. The judge told he that she was lying and her €60,000 claim was thrown out of court which leaves the court costs of around €100,000 to be paid.Ouch that will hurt. 
 

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Its Tuesday, but not for long

 Sorry there is no photos, computer problems.
I guess you will have to come to Dublin to see it for yourself/

Things are good.
I have renewed my licence for another year, so the paper hunt is over until next year.
I bought a Kindle fire a few years ago,it is a fantastic piece of kit.
It holds up to 600 books!
Then when they find out what you are interested in they funnel books towards you.
So it was that 4 books came to my attention one called  Please let me go a story about a 14 year old who was trafficked and sold to hundreds of men for sex.
Now I have a hard time with the Garda and how they don't deal with this problem.
I have had 4 instances of children and adults being transported in a drugged state.
My suspicions were never enough.
We need proof in order to act.
Still if I saw a 3 year old child running down the road alone I would have no hesitation in grabbing that child into my taxi..As if I would need proof that the child was in danger.

In one case a few years ago the Operation Quest could not find St.Johns Rd in Sandymount after 2 days searching !

Anyhoo as they say in Canada I will read the book and perhaps find some insight into the situation.
There is  website called Stop the traffik which I support on the right hand side of this blog, have a look see for yourself.

I met a right headbanger the other day on Annsley Rd She was going to the medical center in Smithfield.
Turn right here
Theres no right turn there.
Which way are you going then?
Straight ahead turn right into Buckingham street into Parnell St, if the traffic is heavy I will go up Hill St on to Dorset St
No No No
OK I said you show me the way I should go then?.
Stop the taxi !
How the hell are you driving a taxi if you don't know where you are going?
She slammed the door so hard it was like an explosion....Lucky me
She got into another taxi 2 cars behind me and no other taxi or bus came down that bus lane for 15 minutes or more.
I know she is not well.
But that is part of taxi life. 
Everyone else was normal !!

Monday, July 09, 2018

Sorry about Indapendance day

I have been rushing around like a blue arsed fly
 Or a dog chasing his tail.
Buzzing around and going nowhere.
My public service vehicle licence is due for renewal
I must have a recent car test cert.
Insurance, tax and an income tax clearance cert.
If I decided to buy a rickshaw I would not any of that PLUS
I would not need a meter and charge what I want to get and declare nothing to the revenue.
It makes a fool out of me having to jump through hoops.

So onward and upwards.
Two things almost back to back.
I got a lift back to the city from the airport
A young middle class American couple going to the Shelbourne hotel a 4 star place.
I told them what to see and where to go. I gave them a city map and offered other suggestions
He paid me and had his had out for his 2 euro change

Not long after that a woman going to the Crumlin Childrens hospital got in.
Her grandson was on life support in the hospital 15 years old.
I wont bore you with the details, but when she was getting out she gave me a
5euro tip. I really did not want to take it but I will put it into a collection box.
The poor woman going to say goodbye to her grandson

People are so different for sure

A girl from New York asked me to give her a plug  click here
I promise I will put in a proper link next time



I usually remember the 4 th of July. But it slipped my mind.
You see for us it is just another day,
So her is something to make up for my omission



Monday, June 25, 2018

A HEATWAVE

 An American gent in the taxi with his daughter of 16.
He was 84 He had a great wit and was showing his daughter Dublin.
There is truth in the saying that many's the sweet tune is played on an old fiddle.
He was a barrister and was looking for the Dublin of his youth, Where is this? Gone? Then there used to be a book store called Greens? Gone as well?
Then he said that San Francisco of his youth is gone as well. But if you can pick up the pieces if you know where to look.
"Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair"

Ireland is having a heatwave, we were hotter than Rio today.
Do you know what ? We deserve it.
Irish weather is cold wet and dull. My God you should see all the beautiful ladys passing by. Fantastico !

If I wrote about half the people I meet I would be here all night so I give you a few highlights.

Again I picked up an Indian lady who starts and finishes each sentence with your name.
"John, its a beautiful day John"She said my name at least 100 times. But I was not shocked as I came across this a month ago as well. An Indian man told me that this was common practice in some regions of India.
Then her mother rang her on Skype.
"Oh mother this is John My driver, Isn't he handsome?" turning the fone over to me where I addressed her mother who runs a traditional dance school in India.
The World has become very small for sure.
India is a country with a language for every city and a religion for every day of the year.
This in turn leads to many religious festivals.
The beautiful sarees worn by the women and turbans worn by the men have really vivid colors, they lift my heart and make me feel good when I see them.
They can cost thousands of euro for a wedding one.

With the magic of computers enjoy this moment of fashion.



You know that mark on the womans forehead?
I couldn't go without showing you this.


Thursday, June 14, 2018

Hurry Hurry More haste less speed

So it happens, you are flagged down by a desperate woman who is late.
She was going to Leixlip from the city center and had to be there as her life depended on it.
She was from Quebec Canada a French speaker, but small talk was not on the menu.
At moments like this mistakes are made, with the panic I put Leixlip on the Google map app ot be sure.
This unsettled her more.
I went along Jameses St and tried to go down for Military Rd but the trams and lights were blocking us.
I just said "What happened that you overslept?"
"My cat was sick and he spewed up all over the sofa a couple of times, I was up all night cleaning"
I didn't ask her why she didn't put the pussy in the bathroom and close the dooor
Shit now we were now motoring past the Liffey Valley shopping center and I knew that there was a left coming up for Celbridge.
Fuck I took the slip road that brings you up to  the Balllyowan Rd  and I had to wait at the lights forever to get across the road to get going again.
So I floored it again and I was hitting the road in spots as we went past the Weston airdrome.
A few minutes later and we had arrived. She rounded up the fare by €2, still it was a great start to the day for me.

Taxi drivers make their fortune at other peoples misfortune.

Straight back in to Heusten station where I got a job to UCD Bellfield a huge university.
She worked with the poor and we had a really great talk about the corrupt lazy police.
Oh yes they are.

Our conversation gravitated to people trafficking and we both had battles with the police to get help for the victim.
But now people are waking up to the reality of what is happening.

She had come across a Romanian woman who had come to Ireland looking for her daughter, she had sent the girl over to Ireland to get better life and an education but the child vanished and while she was looking for her she got trafficked as well.
They are being helped now but the assistance is inadequate.
I didn't ask if it was prostitution or slave labor.
Twice I tried to help people and response was pathetic.

On the right hand side of my blog there is a link to stopthetraffik.org
Take a look, make a donation.

Once I was doing repairs in a house locally, I fitted locks etc. There was a young African girl there but she had little English, later on I met her bringing her cousins kids to or from school and she would say Hi.
Then one Sunday morning as I finished my night shift she was at the phone box outside my house with a suitcase and she was crying like a slapped child.
I brought her in.
Her English had improved and she told me that her aunt had brought her over on the promise of a better life. She would have free time and she would go to school every day.
The reality was a 7 day week from 7am to 10pn washing cooking cleaning and no school or time off.
She found where her passport was hidden and she found money. Now she needed to get to London where another cousin lived. I made tea and toast while I worked out something.
On the back of a till receipt was a special offer London for £25 I rang the number and they said that the bus was gone. But the boat had not gone, into the car, I gave her cash and paid for the ticket and she promised to ring me.
Five or six years passed and a banging on my front door woke me one Sunday morning.
Ohh My God John I am so happy to see you again.
It was he the little girl had grown up to be more beautiful than Niaomi Cambell
And my confused wife needed an explanation.
She was now a nurse in London and my God I was so happy that my £60 or so had worked for her.
Her aunt had died from alcohol and drugs.

A Mytaxi job in Ballymun brought me a tall Irish girl smiling going into town.
Sometimes the journey is silent and at other times the journey is shortened by great conversation.
Her parents were ill and she had put her life on hold to care for them, very stressful and it took its toll on her, in situations like this other people who should help as well step back and don't help. 
Her hair had fallen out owing to the stress.
She wore a bandana.
She had hair at the back but her scalp was bare !
She was pretty around 25 years old.
Today she was getting a wig !
God bless you kid.
You have a heart of pure gold.


Monday, June 11, 2018

Another day another Dollar


The first sign that Christmas is coming !

A train entering the docks round East Wall  Rd,

The writing is on the wall

This is a robber who broke into a parked taxi to look for cash.and was caught on the dash cam
A lot of taxis are being broken into at night. They smash the side window to look for loose change in the taxi. In many cases the driver will replace the glass at his own expense rather than bother the insurance company.

The big cruise ships keep coming in, some with as many as 5,000 passengers in one go.
I will say it again.
Too many people, perhaps 7 languages among the crew.

As the first world joke went

"Send up reinforcements were going to advance"
The order passed down along the trench only to come out at the far end.
"Send up three and fourpence were going to a dance".

Confusion will follow in case of an emergency.

Still lets not overstate the obvious.

A while ago on Dame St an American couple were coming out of a shop on my right hand side and as they stepped on to the pedestrian crossing the shop assistant ran out waving 2 bottles of water.
They didn't hear her over the traffic. As they passed in front of me I blew the horn, they ignored me.
Then I pulled over beside them and shouted Hi !
"You forgot your water in the shop"
The female shouted
"We are not interested" and walked on.
Then it suddenly dawned on the man why I was after them and he pulled her back.
I was gone at that point.
The woman must have thought that they were in a third world country and she was being bothered by the peasants. Still I hope they enjoyed the water.

Still people are people and that animal is so different that I sometimes think "Thank God that snake is gone at least he was better than the lion yesterday. Where did that viper come from?"
And so my day continues.

Still you often meet remarkable people for sure.

You could loose your mind overthinking the situation.

If I had gone this way or that way ?
How would my day have gone?
Was Julia Roberts around the corner?
Why did I ever pull up at this taxi rank?

You can over analyse every moment of your day for sure.

On Friday night I took the night off and went to see "The last ship" Stings musical.
What a great set and they sung my favorite song before the break.
Then the urge to have a few pints before bedtime and I dragged myself out an half time.
Sorry Sting.
It has a lot going for it.