Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Why people are using taxis less.

Below are figures from the taxi regulators website (Or whatever name it is now known as)

Breakdown of Prosecutions June 2012

No vehicle licence 10

Standing for hire at a place other than an appointed stand 6

No Drivers Licence 8

Failing to comply with roof-sign requirements 2

Allowing to operate SPSV without ensuring person
had valid SPSV Driver Licence 1

Failing to comply with the requirements in relation to
the fitting & operation of the taximeter 1

Failing to comply with the requirements of an authorised

Total 29

Total of 29 offenses

Give the manpower and I will give you 2,000 illegal drivers in one month.
Plus a further 500 illegal drivers who do not hold a PSV licence.

What we must say is that the transport authorithy or the Carriage office is not fit for purpose.

I have had 5 horror stories told to me in the past week, really bad ones.
But then it's like everything, you stick in a retired guy into the job who is already on a big fat pension, he gets report written up.
Then they pick up a nice wage packet and move on to the next big scam.

How can a driver be vetted who is only a month in the country?

How can he drive without doing an Irish driving test?

How can he drive without speaking English?

How can a taxi driver be working and not know where the towns that make up Dublin are?

How can drivers who have no PSV licence be allowed to drive away once they are stopped?

If my wifes car was 3 days out of insurance the Garda are within their rights to take it and have it crushed.

But its much worse when its a taxi plying for public hire, yet nothing is done about it.

Sometimes you have to let off steam!

Wrong lady for sure

A taxi driver was telling me about a cyclist who cut across in front of him the other day.
He blew the horn and got a rude gesture in return.
Then he overtook the car in front on the outside and cut back in front of him as well.
This time when the driver blew the horn the cyclist gave the fingers, the car blew his horn again and then the cyclist spat on the front of the car.

The car was an unmarked police car which turned on its sirens and arrested him.

Sometimes you get away with things for a long time, then you get brave and do worse.

Then some day you do it to the wrong people altogether.

If you were the lady I picked up the other day in Clontarf going to Blackrock?

This is for you.

She told me that there were no holidays this summer as her daughter had been ill.
It turned out that mould and fungi which was growing in the walls of their rented house were causing the problem, her landlord won't help.

I know someone who has property to rent in the area.
So contact me and perhaps you might be sorted.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Bye Bye July

The sand has arrived at Dublin Castle yard they are mixing and compacting the sand and start carving on Monday. It should be ready in a week.
Don't miss it this year!

Gotchya MICE

What a boat and with the Euromillions at €150 + million it could be yours.

Vodka clearly

A Morris Minor van. I am so old that I cn remember them as the norm.

Posative discrimination

I saw a Junkie in a highly excited state with a young 14 year old in tow,
"No he's not gone he's over here, he's got plenty of gear"
She was a very young looking kid.
If I were king bringing a minor or supplying a minor with drugs would be a crime punished by death.

There seems to be a big increase in the supply of heroin lately.
I cannot stop it, so I must let this plague pass over me and keep calm.
No matter how I look at that problem I see no future unless people can start to believe in a future and can have dreams, ambitions and goals to fulfill.

But it tragic and sad to see this disaster unfold before your eyes.

Onward and upwards.

I had a young girl in the taxi last week and when I took the money and gave her the change back she didn't budge. When I told here that we were HERE she said. "You never finished the story you were telling me". So I pulled in and finished it off.
A happy story.
She thanked me and said that she never felt better going to work in her life.

I suppose that is what life is about if you are giving a service.
Just try to give that extra bit of joy and value.

Dublin Port is busy at present. You know with air fares sky high for travel in a moments notice the ship is the way to go.
The cruise ship the Queen Elisabeth is coming in on the 8th I believe.

There is little work for taxis on those cruisers but they do bring thousands of sightseers to the city.

Mice are coming into loads of houses where I live, it must be the damp weather driving them from the gardens. My Sons cat is killing loads of them all the time, you see him strolling past with a mouses tail sticking out of his mouth, off to have a snack!

I would safely say that HailO the black cab app is saving my bacon at present.
Not that I am getting loads of jobs from the system, I am however getting credit card jobs.
There has to be more taxis on the system so that when the public call for a taxi one will be there. If there is low cover then the public will not use it.
A radio company will charge you between €90 to €120 per week for the privilege of using their system. Then they will demand that you give between 20% to 30% discount to customers.
Add to that you will be waiting 2 or 3 weeks for payment.

Getting HailO is a no brainer.
No weekly fee, they take 10% of every job they send you Plus 4% off credit card transactions.
Other companies take 10% for the credit card plus a monthly charge for the credit card machine.

A poor unfortunate Russian guy got into the taxi going to College Green to a solicitor number 16 I think. He was a big lad with a fold up bicycle. When we got to his destination we could not find the office, he added to our difficulties in 2 ways, one he wouldn't give me the firms name so I could call DQ and speak to them and he also refused to walk up the road and look for the number.
In the end I had to go, I still don't know why he wouldn't show me a letter which he must have had in his pocket.
But he had NO English and I had no Russian either.

For those of you who have ever put petrol in your diesel car.

Commercial break.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Thursday, July 26, 2012

A chance to do some good

From an email I received.

I don't know who wrote it, but it is worth passing on.

The Cab Ride.

I arrived at the address and honked the horn. after waiting a few minutes I walked to the door and knocked..
'Just a minute', answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear something being dragged across the floor. After a long pause, the door opened.
A small woman in her 90's stood before me. She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on it, like somebody out of a 1940's movie. By her side was a small nylon suitcase.
The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years. All the furniture was covered with sheets. There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils on the counters. In the corner was a cardboard box filled with photos and glassware.. 'Would you carry my bag out to the car?' she said.
I took the suitcase to the cab, then returned to assist the woman. She took my arm and we walked slowly toward the curb. She kept thanking me for my kindness. 'It's nothing', I told her.. 'I just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother to be treated.
'Oh, you're such a good boy, she said. When we got in the cab, she gave me an address and then asked, 'Could you drive through downtown?' 'It's not the shortest way,' I answered quickly.. 'Oh, I don't mind,' she said. 'I'm in no hurry. I'm on my way to a hospice.
I looked in the rear-view mirror. Her eyes were glistening. 'I don't have any family left,' she continued in a soft voice.. 'The doctor says I don't have very long.'
I quietly reached over and shut off the meter.
'What route would you like me to take?' I asked. For the next two hours, we drove through the city. She showed me the building where she had once worked as an elevator operator. We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived when they were newlyweds She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had once been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl.
Sometimes she'd ask me to slow in front of a particular building or corner and would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing. As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, 'I'm tired. Let's go now'.
We drove in silence to the address she had given me. It was a low building, like a small convalescent home, with a driveway that passed under a portico. Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up.
They were solicitous and intent, watching her every move.
They must have been expecting her.
I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the door.
The woman was already seated in a wheelchair. 'How much do I owe you?' She asked, reaching into her purse. 'Nothing,' I said 'You have to make a living,' she answered.
'There are other passengers,' I responded.
Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug. She held onto me tightly. 'You gave an old woman a little moment of joy,' she said 'Thank you.' I squeezed her hand, and then walked into the dim evening light.. Behind me, a door shut.

It was the sound of the closing of a life..

I didn't pick up any more passengers that shift. I drove aimlessly lost in thought.
For the rest of that day, I could hardly talk.

What if that woman had gotten an angry driver, or one who was impatient to end his shift? What if I had refused to take the run, or had honked once, then driven away?
On a quick review, I don't think that I have done anything more important in my life.

We're conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments.

But great moments often catch us unaware-beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one.
You won't get any big surprise in 10 days if you send this to ten people. But, you might help make the world a little kinder and more compassionate by sending it on and reminding us that often it is the random acts of kindness that most benefit all of us.

Thank you, my friend... Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance.

So every morning when I head out the door for work I say a prayer to my God.
"Please send me the oppertunity to do some good today and the wisdom not to miss that chance".

She often obliges and we both keep smiling.(Why not a female God?)

Tango dancing starts here

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Madonna is in town

Wow this is the pair of shoes I found in the car.
I got in touch with the HailO people and re united them with their owner.

Some photos from the St.Annes Rose festival over the weekend.

The schools are out and people are taking holidays, the traffic is lighter and the rhythm of the business has changed. People are in slightly better mood as the serious fraud office have started rounding up the officials of Anglo Irish Bank, the bank that brought the country to its knees.
It is a bit of a sham as we all know that most of the government officials were taking backhanders as well.

I met a few really great people recently and I know that with such clever positive people living here we will survive and we will rise up again to a beautiful dawn.
So I will not worry about something which I had no hand in.
I committed no crimes of greed of fraud.
So look to tomorrow, it may stop raining and hopefully you have your health.

Look at the Rausing family in the UK, once richer than the Queen of England herself.
Their son who is a drug addict was arrested for driving under the influence. When they went to his home there was a weird smell.
On investigation they found the body of his wife, dead for weeks rotting under a pile of rubbish.

So money will not bring you happiness for sure.

I was up in the builders supply store today and a young chap there trying to buy loads of wood.
His measurements were all wrong and they were trying to find out what the metric equivalent was for "CUBITS"
Only when I got out of the store into the car park and saw his van and all the animals lined up 2X2 did it dawn on me.
"Noah and family, manufacturers of Arks since 2020BC"

Was written on his van.

The rain is that bad.

Madonna is on in the Aviva stadium and it has been constant rain for the past 3 hours.
A manhole cover on my street is dancing up from the pressure of water below.
The drains below must be blocked.

So today I was heading home when I met a guy with a very small case, smaller than a laptop and bigger than a cigar box.
First question, where are you going?
Your accent, where are you from? Brazil.
Then I chanced my arm.

I bet you are a magician...Bingo !

Meet Rodrigo Furtado from Rio Brazil.

This act won first prize at FISM Blackpool2012
Really good ? So origonal too.

A wonderful clean pure magic card manipulation act.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

The boss is gone

Imagine meeting this on a tight bend on a dark night it must be 80 ft long

This Harley is from Moscow, it is on its grand European tour.

Anyone for party cakes ? Liffey Valley shopping mall.

Well its the weekend again.
Bruce Springstein has been and gone, again it worked out well for all who went to the show.

The HailO system is starting to pick up and there are now more and more passengers signing up for the app. The publicity is still aimed at getting drivers to sign up. There is no point in going ahead with the system if there are not enough taxis around to take up the work.This morning my easy rider downloaded the app there and then and instantly went
"Wow look at this? Its fantastic"
Another lady I picked through the Hailo system this morning had a slight problem.
She put in the number 74 James's St Then she rang me. The 1 had fallen off the shop front where she was standing. Problem solved back to 174 and we were off to Baggott St.
When she got out I forgot to rate my customer.

You were 5 star, if you are reading this.

If you know me you will know that I feel that most of the migrants who came into Ireland have been a huge blessing for Ireland,mostly great workers who brought their skills and enthusiasm to progress their lives and enrich our daily lives.
I talk to the girls in the supermarket, the dry cleaners, people who make the coffee and all the people who use my taxi. I learn about their lives and their hopes and dreams, mostly positive.

A lady from Latvia who has been here for around 15 years told me about a less than pleasant journey she made back into Dublin from the airport once.
She got into a taxi being driven by a really old man.
She remarked on the rain and how it never seems to stop.
"If you don't like it you have a simple solution, just get back on the plane and go back to where you came from"
Because she was homesick at the time it felt like a kick to the stomach to her.
She told him that she had a perfect right to be here, she pays tax, rent and many other charges which goes to the state and provides the services which he enjoys.

So I told her that the old driver is just attracting all kinds of negative things towards himself, he was the one who would suffer.

The Irish have traveled all over the world when times were bad, in many places we were welcomed, in other places there were signs

"No Blacks, No Dogs, No Irish"

Most right thinking people do not tolerate things like that.

So times have moved on, everyone can see that you can not progress if you hold a racist point of view. But if you expect bad from strangers you will not be disappointed.

So I look for good things in everyone.

Do you ever notice how good looking the Continental girls are?
I thought it was because they had slightly different features and coloring, but no.
Europe has suffered many wars, where millions of men were killed.
When the war was over the balance between men and women was altered.
If a woman had a chance of getting married she had to make an effort, loose a few pounds, smarten up their dress sense and get the old hair dome.
Passed down through a few generations it has become second nature to look smart and look great.
Well it bit of a theory, and the work of a PHD.

There are a fair few tourists around at the moment, another cruise ship in today.
These ships can carry 2/3,000 people. They have tours laid on mostly but then the go shopping and spread a bit of cash around.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Chuck Feeney

The most remarkable passinger I ever met.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Mid July

My tiny grandsons hand holding my thumb.

What about our Summer, It has to be the governments fault at this stage.
Prayers are being held to bring good weather, lets hope they work.

I brought some people out to the airport to collect a hire car, they said they were going to arrivals, but I knew that the car hire depot is outside the perimeter fence. So I told them to save 3/4 of an hour I would go my way, if I was wrong I would nor restart the meter to bring them to te arrivals area. I was right so I headed back out.
On the way in a car had stopped in the middle of the road, no signals and he was still there when I came back out. I drove up on the footpath and told him to turn on his hazard lights.
He was roaring at his wife "Just stop talking and leave me alone". Then the man from the car hire company came and jumped into the car. He turned the key and straight away I knew what was wrong by the sound of the engine turning over.

What is the last thing you do before you bring a hire car back ?
That's right !
You fill it up with petrol.

Well not if it's a diesel car you don't.

With the amount of starting the clown from the car hire company was giving it it might be a new engine !

If you are filling up and you spot you have put in petrol.€10 worth will do no harm as long as you fill up to the top with diesel.
A diesel nozzle is too big to put into a petrol car, though I know a French lady that did just that, she said she was wondering how it was taking so long to fill up the car.

The difference between Genius and stupidity is that Genius has its limitations, stupidity knows no limits.

The HailO system is taking off, I don't know the numbers but over 600 taxis have signed up and it is the biggest transport app being downloaded at present.

Talking about science, you do know we are having a huge science week?
A huge Science convention is on in Dublin at present.
Irish people have been right at the cutting edge of science for many years, for such a small place we have turned out many giants of discovery.
Ernest Walton who split the atom
To show you how small the world is he is related to my daughter in law.
Then as we cross Broom Bridge in Cabra where William Rowan Hamilton had a eureka moment.

Anyhow thanks to our reduced corporate tax we are hosts to all the Major Internet companies.
I don't have to Google Google I know its in Barrow St.
eBay Blancherdstown, IBM, Intel, Facebook are all here. Intel you betchya.
The problem I have is that if these large multi national companies decides to go somewhere else they will leave a wasteland behind. A bit like the motor manufacturing leaving Detroit.

How apt that I posted an article about human trafficking at the time when 2 travellers have been sent to prison for enslaving homeless men.
Lured in with a promise of £150 a day they were locked up beaten and subjected to many months and years of mal treatment.
I must say a big word of thanks to the British police, it must have taken themh a lot of time watching and gathering evidence.
This kind of thing is so awful that people do not believe it is happening and blind it out of their minds.

It must have been the same when the Nazis started rounding up the Jews.
No one could believe that such evil could exist.

Something to cheer you up for the weekend,

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Human trafficking and prostitution

A few years ago I picked up a black girl from Brazil around 18 years old, very naive and friendly.
She was going to Johns Rd in Sandymount. Look I said its only 300 yards down the road, so I brought her.
When we reached the house she told me that she was going there to do a shoot to become a model, she would be famous one day and she would remember that it was me who rescued her and brought her for her first fashion shoot.
I froze because I knew back then what I still hold to be true today.
I told her that she was in danger, she should ring me later on and I would direct her towards people who could help her.I knew a native speaker who would explain to exactly what I was talking about.
She insisted on going into the house.

Around a month later I took a morning off and decided that I would ring around to find the appropriate telephone number where I could find help for any other girl in the same situation.
So I rang Irishtown Garda station, after explaining my fears for her welfare the Garda told me to report her to the department of immigration and have her deported.
Not much understanding of the situation there

So I rang Harcourt terrace part of the Garda network.....No reply

So I rang the Garda HQ in the Pheonix park....No reply.

Then I thought that there was some department in Store St garda station and the garda there told me again that the likes of that girl should be deported. I was not going to argue with such lunacy so I stopped for lunch.

After lunch I rang the rape crisis center and a wonderful lady listened to my story and promised that someone would ring me back soon.
I forget the woman's name but she rang from Ruhama 01 8360292 I told my story again and she told me that I was brilliant for caring and trying to help.
"You are looking for inspector Jim Lordin who heads operation Quest. They are based in Store st garda station".
She then gave me the direct number.
I rang Mr Lordin and told him to give a kick on the arse to whoever answers his fones downstairs.

Then I went through my story yet again.

A few days later I got a phone call from one of his eejets, there is no Johns Rd in Sandymount. (He had looked it up on a map where it is listed as Johns Rd east, but on the street sign its just John's rd)

A few days later he rang me to say that there was no house with that number on the street.

I offered to bring him down myself and put his finger on the doorbell, but he refused to come.

Criminals have nothing to fear from this lot.

A few weeks later on I had bottled up my emotions too much and exploded.

I rang Mr Lorden and threatened to expose a brothel which was being controlled by garda in Dublin, they were even driving girls out on jobs....If you have information you give it to me now.
I told him it was the Sunday World who would get the information, he had 2 weeks to act.

Strange to say he did put a stop to that circus, but I am still sore that I have not helped that black girl from Brazil.

Well they took down that movie,but here are some new clips.

That is what the link prostitution on the right hand side of this blog is all about.
So now you have seen the movie and we will all be more aware of the kind of things which is going on in our fair city.

Friday, July 06, 2012


Molly Malones trying to sell strawberry's in Mary st.
The police stop them more than people selling drugs. Fact!

Did you ever see a motorbike running on Guinness?

No not the lovely lady, its the street statue people on Henry St.

What is trust?

Well it is what you must do when you employ someone to do a job for you.
Or when you get a taxi that the person driving it is competent, insured and has no criminal record for sexual violence or murder.
Or, when you buy a product. That it does exactly what it says on the tin.

Adam Clayton of U2 fame has had his personal assistant jailed for stealing €2.8 million from his bank accounts.

In reality comparing me to him,it is like me misplacing my float.

The thing to note is that the group U2 needs people to work for them without supervision.
Total trust is given and expected in return.
Then one day someone takes €400 and it is not noticed and it becomes an epidemic.
Suddenly a lot of money has gone astray.

U2s last tour took them away from home for around 2 years.
The gardener needed to cut the grass.
Helga came in and cleaned the house.
Tom picked up the post and sorted it out.
Mary checked that all the bills were paid.
Other people checked that the schedules were in order,hotels transport, wages etc.
The stage they played on tonight is being dismantled and is off to its next destination.
Tomorrows stage is identical, it was used 2 days ago,transported through 3 countries, assembled and ready tomorrow, while another stage is being erected as they preform.
3 stages leapfrogging around the world.

So Bono and the gang just have to concentrate on their music.

It is hard to believe, but money is not that important, its a by product of their music.


So his personal assistant goes off for 7 years in jail for stealing €2.8 million

So the next person to get his knuckles rapped is his accountant.

We trust that the regime that polices the taxi business is doing their job properly as well.

Why do you get that sinking feeling when the taxi diver asks you where Raheny or Ranelagh is?
Not a street but he has no idea where an entire town of Dundrum might be.

Is someone letting you down?

Then there was the drugs company fined for selling a drug which had dangerous side effects.
They were giving doctors weekends away to prescribe the drug, it was going on for quite a while too.

Lets hope that more people do their job to the best of their ability.

On an up beat note I picked up a man from America going to the Guinness brewrey, he spoke about this and that. Then he told me that he had been born in Cork and had been adopted to America by a second generation German family.
We spoke about his feelings towards his natural mother, a thing that many adopted children go through. Then he said that a few years ago they had come over to meet his mother, but the nuns said that she was not able to handle it, too much time had passed etc.

We in Ireland, looking back at the way that overhangs were run, how the Church abused the trust of the people.
We the normal people of Ireland raise our hands to God and ask how could such wrong be committed in his name.

But he worked well, he now employs over 300 people, his company operates in over 1/2 of the USA and is still growing.
So he is willing to move on from the past, build on a better future for us all.

So the books to read are Penny apples by Bill Cullen and Dublin tenement Life

You can't drive forward looking in the rear view mirror.

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Terenure Motor show

This can be found on Sir John Rogersons Quay

FM 104 delivers a cake to EMI, the old Beatles record label

Madonna is coming to Dublin

Prize winning solicitor

This Sunday the 8th is the day for the Classic and Vintage motor show in the grounds of Terenure college.
Next weekend is the Tango Fiesta, which is nearly sold out.

Stone Roses in the Pheonix Park last night.
I can never work these things out, I am never in the right place at the right time.
Today there is another concert on there as well.
Friday morning might pick up if everyone else is working like mad tonight.
Another taxi driver told me that he comes in to town on my road at 8.45 and always gets a fare.
Perhaps when I come along at 7.30 no one is late for work.
Time to rethink my strategy.
Om Wednesday I woke up and thought it was Saturday !
With no fixed pattern this happens.
No sweat, no one is going to ask me why I didn't start at X or Y time.

But it worked out grand in the end.

I asked my accountant to show me the breakdown of his figures which he submitted to the tax man last year. After 3 phone calls the letter arrived.
It is a disaster,he never put in for car depreciation,2 NCTs tyres,car valeting,subsistence etc.
On top of that he didn't send me the entire return, only the section dealing with taxi driving.
I know that the rest of it will be crap as well.

Did you know that if your imcome tax is in a mess thanks to your accountant.

Its you'r fault not theirs ?

So be vigelant and take control of your finances.

This week 2 ladys told me that they had no man and were finding it difficult to find one.
"Imagine I am 28 and no man has ever proposed to me" said one
She has been in my car before, very pretty from Lithuenia, I can only think that men feel nervous around her as she is so good looking.
The other had just split up with her boyfrend at 33 years of age.

So with the other 2 girls from a few weeks ago I think we will head off to the lisdoonvarna matchmaking festival.

But there is a wise saying that goes.
"A woman needs a husband like a Fish needs a bicycle"

Or as Betty Davis might say.

"If I need a husband I will just use one of yours"

Most girls have secure jobs and are on a good wage now, its not like they need a steady man to survive.

Still I do know it is great to have kids and a home.

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Quotation for a roof

A homophobic note on the notice board in the Kesh

A photographer bids fairwell to his model as they part near the Westbury hotel

The train station at Adamstown, a town that was never finished.

The weather is so bad that we need to get a quotation for a roof to cover the country.
Something like they have in Wimbledon, it slides back if it ever stops raining.

Tomorrow is the 4th of July after all.

Happy birthday uncle Sam.

Today HailO Dublin went live. To can now download the app Visit here .

Enter the code dublin and get a €5 discount on your first trip.

Last weekend launched Gay Pride week. A big parade from the GPO.
I had a couple from Boston who were staying in the Temple bar pub.
When we passed the old Dolphin hotel we met the merry group.
They were being lead by a young lady who was topless except for tassels on her nipples and she sure knew how to revolve them. First anti clockwise then clockwise. Then with a quick flick she managed to get the tassels going in opposite directions.
This is hardly what Eammon Develera and archbishop Sean McQuaid would have wanted.

On the same note a guy hopped into the taxi heading into town.

"Well I think I finally have seen it all.
I have a 2 bed apartment and my neighbour across the corridor was having a family get together. They were stuck for space and asked me if their son and his girlfriend could stay in my spare room. I didn't mind so I cleaned the place up and put on clean sheets.
Now I didn't mind them sleeping together, they can go to hell if they want to.
So I went down to the shops to get milk and bread, they were in bed.
When I came home after my walk they were up and as I was passing the bathroom door which was slightly open.


You'll never believe it.

A was shaving the hair of Bs arse with a razor !

And I think it was my razor into the bargain.

Lord of almighty I nearly passed out with the shock.

I can tell you they won't be welcome back in my place again

Well it will be bed and breakfast in future for them pair".

One common thing I find is that people going short distances are being refused point blank by taxi drivers.

Airport taxi drivers go mental when they get a short job.
I can see the reasoning behind it.
You wait for an hour and a €5 job comes along.
I came across it in Dublin port yesterday.
Still it is the first cars job and he should take it, its part of the job.
Sometimes a crappy job will put you in line for a great job, you must take the good with the bad.
Another driver told me that his brother got into a taxi in New York and the driver went ballistic when he was told where he was going.
So when they reached the hotel he decided to give the driver a $10 tip.
The taxi driver was furious by now and waving the $10 bill around he shouted
"Look what this feckin Mick gave me after bringing him to this shithole !
As the taxi driver passed by his passenger (who was much bigger than him) for the third time he reached over and pulled the money from his fingers.

"Don't make such a fuss I'll keep it just to make you happy"

That finally shut him up all right.

So don't complain.

Monday, July 02, 2012

D'Lite studio

This in Farmleagh house one of the Guinness homes, now owned by the state,

The exhibition is running until the 4th of July, open until 9pm.