Tuesday, August 02, 2011

The Dublin Horse Show

The Dublin Horse show is on !
Show jumping, Cossack riders loads of fashion and fun for all.

Yes it is that time again where sand sculptures appear in the courtyard of Dublin Castle.

"Little princesses come here"

The burned out Players Lounge. At least 20 people have lost their jobs.

Over the weekend Celtic were playing football here in Dublin. The Players Lounge in Fairview put on a good welcome for the fans. Breakfasts were provided, ballad groups played all weekend, courtesy buses were provided. The owners son plays for Celtic.
Well on Tuesday morning at 2am. there was an armed raid and cash was taken.
Then the pub went on fire. The details are not yet clear.

This is from Yahoo.

An armed gang has held up the sports bar belonging to the father of Celtic star Anthony Stokes.

Up to four men tied up a member of staff at the Players Lounge in Fairview, north Dublin, at about 2am and made off with a sum of money.

A fire broke out in the premises at around the same time and gardai are looking at the possibility that the robbery and blaze are linked. Nobody was hurt in either incident.

Players Lounge owner John Stokes was charged in May over allegations that he threatened a business rival.

The 54-year-old appeared before a special sitting of Dublin District Court where he was accused of ordering another publican, with menace, to cease trading within 24 hours.

It is not known whether he was in the bar when the robbery took place.

Earlier this year, Stokes was ordered to remove a massive 40ft banner barring the Queen from his pub during May's historic state visit.

He said he reluctantly agreed to take it down after a senior garda threatened to object to his application for late licences.

Where cash is involved you should use a cash in transit co. to empty your tills and safes frequently. Bookies, supermarkets, filling stations and shops all have to make plans.
Taxi drivers have to split their money so that if they are hit the can hand out the money in their shirt pocket quickly. keeping the rest in their sock.

Sometimes it can be a bit like the wild west here in Dublin.

I kid you not, a Taxi driver would not be worth robbing in these present times.

I didn't do much work at the taxi lately, but I dropped a passenger off in Blackrock the other day and I came back on the Strand Rd. towards Sandymount.
They have taken a few buses off on this route now so there are a few people looking for taxis again. As I was coming along I saw someone I should know. For a split second I faltered and drove past. It was Polly Devlin and her husband the poet Seamus Heaney It is funny I just wanted to ask her a burning question which was on my mind since I read her biography.
She was at a dinner with the rev. Ian Paisley years ago, chatting nicely as you do(A highly educated young lady she is)
Ian Paisley said "What is your name may I ask?"
She replied "I am Polly Devlin"
"Devlin, Devlin.(A Catholic name) You have come a long way." With that he turned his back on her and did not speak another word ot her all night.

I have often wondered if they ever crossed swords again?
I am sure if they did meet it would have been fun to be a fly on the wall.

Ah well perhaps we will meet again once more.
I was looking at washing machines in Power City a few years ago. She was fitting out an apartment at that time.The assistants were busy and she asked me about a washing machine and dryer. I remember telling her that you can get one combined. But to insure it is a condenser dryer. (Or you will have to make a hole in the wall to let out the steam.) That time I remembered who she was the next day.
Such is life!
You see a strange stone, you throw it away. Someone comes along and sees it for what it is.

A diamond.

There was the case of a doctor who was appointed to a Sligo hospital. She was qualified and she has the papers to prove it. Well, some nurses expressed concern as they watched her working.
Then a more senior doctor asked her to take a patients pulse.
Guess what! She had no idea how to take a pulse, never mind calculate the pulse rate.
She is suspended of course, but she still carries a licence to practice.
How she got the job when she had never served an internship we will never know.

Makes you think.

Remember that doctor in Wicklow St.who looks up your symptoms on the Internet?

Did you hear about that Boeing that went down while heading to Brazil?
There is going to be huge litigation about it now that the wreck has been located.
From the beginning it was reckoned that the tube that measures air speed had become blocked with ice. This gave a false reading and the plane started to stall.
In a Boeing or any big plane the controlls light up like a Christmas tree well before stall speed is reached.
Now the manufacturers are saying that the crew did not turn off the auto pilot because they did not know how to fly the plane manually.

WOW ! Just shows how things are allowed to happen.

I got one of those O2 money cards, great ! I thought I can put a few bob on it and give it to my son, he is 19 now so he can book flights and buy things on line.
It never worked !
You have to pay to put money on the card, a charge is applied for the card too.
So I tried to get help, help is all automated.
So instead of trying to get them to help any further. I tried to empty the account using interbank transfer and cancell the card.
That didn't work either.
It kinda makes you wonder why if a customer is having a problem with a product that they don't deal with the problem itself, rather than loose a customer.

I would imagine that the problem was a trivial technical one.

Anyhow they seem to have a big advertising budget.

Sarah Wilson was on to me . She is looking for host families in the good old USA to help her out. So if you can help look here.


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