Monday, November 21, 2022

Panic at Twitter and Google

The other day it was so sad to see workers of Google and Meta loose their jobs.

I saw chains of people moving the contents of their friends apartment down the road to another apartment.

They are just kids with no parents to guide them, never having lost a job like this they are in a panic,I really feel for them. Imagine that you are working remotely just to turn on your computer to find that it has been wiped remotely and your job is gone.

Shocking beyond words.

Years ago I had a guy going to the airport, to the VIP area,

Are you meeting someone? I asked. No he said why do you ask?

No luggage, If you are meeting someone it would be a run back into town.No everything I need is on the plane.

He said he was starting a company in Dublin and he wanted office space for 1,000 workers to start.

I suggested 5 offices of 200 well linked together. I knew of a commercial property company which could help him.

But he would have to build. I never give my personal number, I just gave him a wrong number.

So what do you make in your company of 1000 people to start off with?

We make nothing John. We sell information. You are spies I said. He laughed as we pulled into the VIP area. 

What is the name of your company I asked.

Google he said. I never heard of it. But you will he said as he walked to his jet.

He was as polite as anyone, many of his minions they would ignore you when they get into the taxi.

They might even tell you to shut up.

Its a pity that I didn't take his number.

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Got my taxi taxed !

The motor taxation office has been closed for the last few years and there is very little information.

One of the lads noticed that my car was not taxed and he told me to go on line and do it,

So I found a number and I told the lady what I needed. She made an appointment for 10.00am.

So in I went by bus and tram. A half hour later all my papers were stamped and in order.

I gave the number to a bus driver I met outside and as I was coming out he had got an appointment there and then and he was coming in.  He was a happy camper for sure.

We have Saints for all kinds of things.

Patron saint of Ireland S.Patrick

England has St.George

Travelers have St.Christopher

Lost property St. Anthony

Hopeless cases St.Jude

I lost my credit card holder a week ago, high and low St.Anthony said 'Its where you left it'

No help that fella. 

So I looked for around 2 hours and then there it was on top of a box of business cards under a perpetual motion thing. Do you know that you can buy fobs that can track your car, your suitcase, and your credit card holder for under €20. 

Not a bad idea. I had one for my keys once.

Thursday, November 10, 2022

So the DHL delivery man is crossing the river

 So if he brings the fox first.

Then the swan will eat the grain.

If he brings the grain first the fox will eat the swan.

So he takes over the swan and goes back for grain.

When he takes over for the the grain.

Then he takes grain over he takes the swan back to the other side again

Then he brings the fox back over again knowing that he cannot eat the grain 

Leaving the fox and the grain together he brings over the swan again

When he reaches the house he gets a big tip.

An ancient puzzle

Sunday, November 06, 2022

A puzzle

 So a DHL courier was given the job to deliver a swan, a bag of grain and a fox to a very important customer. 

The road ended and there was a river. But there was a boat.

The boat would hold one thing at a time.

If he brought the fox first the swan would eat the grain.

If he brought the grain the fox would eat the swan.

He scratched his head and worked it out.

So you think about it and see how he solved his problem.

Its a golden oldie.

By the way that American lady came up trumps, I guess she just needed a poke.

So back to business.

My Son is sitting the PSV test again and let's pray that he is successful this time.

There are a lot of things going on with the tests.

People who pass the test who cannot speak English and other strange happenings.

Some African countries will not give a character reference for their citizens, yet they become taxi drivers

Sunday, October 30, 2022

Please keep your troubles to yourself.

 I know a lot of people, most people know around 300 people or less. I know between 2 and 3000 people because of my work. I once was asked to show an American lady around Dublin and every few minutes someone would come up. "Hello John" and have a few words with me.After the fifth or sixth time she asked me if I was a film star? I just said I know a lot of people.

A Philipena girl I picked up and in conversation I asked her if she knew xyz ? Yes I do, Do you know Pqr ?

Yow the hell do you know them ? she said.

I just replied that I know a lot of people. Years later I got to know one of these girls better. Her husband had threatened her and kicked her out of her house. She owns the house. Her mother looks after their daughter and she fled to Ireland.Over here she looks after elderly people in the home. She is a wonderful kind and gentle person.This year she has gained a visa to be here.

Have you got problems?

Her sister has developed leukemia and she has 4 kids.

There is no treatment without money.

Her wonderful husband just fucked off and left them there to fend for themselves.

His children cannot go to school as there is no free education.

We help them as we can with money.

But if you came into my taxi to moan about your problems

Just fuck off

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Lost mobile

I really never thought that this would happen again. 

Once upon a time I found a wallet with around £1,600 in it Irish and English money.

I tracked the owner down and rang him. "Take some money out to cover postage and post it back to me please"

After much discussion he told me to open the wallet flat and cover it in cardboard and send it to me by registered post as a book.So I took out £10 and went to the post office. I had enclosed my name and address and phone number with instructions to ring me when it arrived.

It cost me £13 to send it and to this day I have not received a simple thank you.

An Indian gentleman on hearing my story said this.

"Some people do not believe in God, and they do not give thanks.

Some people do not believe in Kismet. What goes around comes around.

There are others who do not believe in Reincarnation.

But my friend some day you will be passing a Chinese shop and something will catch your eye. It will be a waving cat and you will buy it and bring him home.A week or so later it will dawn on you where you saw him before."

It will be that stupid doctor who lost his wallet.

Stupid in the present world and useless in the next"

Well last week the word came that an American visitor lost their fone.

I went to the airport and parked up for a couple of hours. I had to pay €10 for recovery fee as well.

Detailed plans were made for its recovery to California and DHL were chosen for around €100 including insurance.

The call came today and the owner is delighted to have the mobile back and she is going to give us €100 "Reward" 

That would cover the courier not to mention driving over and back to the airport and time wasted.

The other part that is a thorn in my flesh is that she is extremely wealthy and my wife will not let me tell her that more like €200 would cover all expenses.

Anyhoo (As they say in Canada) I still don't see why we should be down money.

Friday, October 14, 2022

Something bad in the paper caught my eye

 In the Times a few weeks ago there was a tragic story which had a happier ending and another one which did not work out well at all.

Mental illness is something where treatment and diagnosis is the absolute key.

A boy showed unusual behavior as a young lad and the doctor fobbed it off, the lad got worse and as he became a teenager he became violent and struck his mother. It became so bad that he was taken away in a van with 2 strong nurses holding on to him. Through the following years he became worse, though little or no medical help was given.

As he deteriorated he was moved to a secure mental institution where he was kept in solitary confinement to keep other patients safe from him and vise versa.

Now when his mother came to see him he was so sedated that he hardly knew her, on other occasions he would plead for help. 

Then one day a knock came to her door, it was a Garda with bad news.

Her son had died.

When she got down to the hospital her son was laid out in his coffin. His face had an angelic smile.

The mother cried with relief and grief, her sons expression said it all.

The daemons inside him had been banished at last, a gentle happy smile on his lips.

A doctor  in a white coat came over to give his condolences.

"He just slipped through the cracks"said the doctor

No treatment just sedation.

How many more are there like him ?

The other story in the UK was heading the same way and they brought a court case against the local authority to provide care at home for their son, and they won, he was receiving inhuman treatment.

Monday, October 10, 2022


 In a small town in Donegal people were going about their business when disaster struck.

An explosion at the local store has left 10 people dead. One of the dead was aged 5 years old and she went into the shop to buy her mother a birthday cake.

It seems at this stage that it was a gas explosion, but they are still examining the scene.

God bless them all and say a small prayer as the funerals begin.

There is a donations box at every post office.