Thursday, July 18, 2024

On the road for another year

 The taxi licence is renewed for another year. Hip Hip Hooray

While we were waiting at the office I met Mr Robinson, a guy who has been in the business for many years. He is making electric taxis in his garage at the moment while he waits for the next adjustment in the taxi fares. Thousands of meters will have to be calibrated when that happens. He is also the main agent for the electric London taxi. This is the Rolls Royce of taxis.

On the way home I recalled to my son how I bought a Mazda X Garda Car at auction once, I got it at a good price and one of the guys at the auction told me that the engine was blown. I asked around and Robinsons were agents for Japanese engines at the time. IVI engines.

In and out on the same day. We had that car for 4 years and when we sold it we got more for it than we paid for the car and engine combined.

Here is a story you could tell to your passengers as you go along.

My wife is looking at her fone and is telling me what the weather is doing, its very annoying.

Back in the 60s my Daddy went to Blackpool with a few of his mates. He brought us back a box with a model donkey inside. It was for predicting the weather.

It was about a foot high and it had to be placed around 15 ft from the house.

If you couldn't see it it was night time.

If its tail was wet, it was raining,

If it was dry it was not raining

If the tail was moving around it was windy

If the tail was still there was no wind that day.

Then one day it was lying on its side and the instructions read EARTHQUAKE

Tuesday, July 16, 2024


 Its the little things that catch you out.

To renew your licence you have to have a tax clearance cert.

Then fitness for the road NCT

Followed by motor tax.

Taxi insurance etc. etc

On joining you would have to be vetted by the police. One taxi driver is facing prison at present.

It is said that he raped 2 girls and before he got his taxi licence he was found guilty of raping a 7 year old child. What kind of a vetting process did he go through?

My first taxi licence was Cxxxx and my present one is Jxxxx. When we first qualified there was a rule that you had to be unemployed and there was a bit of a limit to the licences issued.

A friend of mine bought a taxi plate and he handed it back in stating that he could make no money at all. A few months later he saw his plate on a new car being driven by the Garda from the carriage office. He stormed into the office and was detained until he cooled down.

The rules are loose for some and strict for others.

When you are driving along its great to share a joke with the passengers,

"I got a puncture the other day and went to a tyre place. He fixed it in a few minutes and charged me €25. I thought it was a bit steep and I said that the last time I had a flat it was only €5

"Thats right he said the puncture repair is still €5 but it costs €20 to blow up the tyre.

But what can you do Thats inflation for ya"

Friday, July 12, 2024

How to Crack a Combination Lock in Seconds With No Tools!

So the other day I had a 4 wheel combination lock and I locked myself out. I tried for an hour or more and I was on the point of giving up and buying another,
I had an idea and went to YouTube and in less than 20 mins. I had it open.
So here it is in case you need to know.

Famous people I met without knowing.
He was going to the VIP area at the airport and I asked him if her was meeting someone?
Why do you ask? Well I could wait and bring you all back.
"Good thinking, but I am going home."
I am opening a company here to employ 1,000 people and I am looking for an office to house them all. 
An enterprise like that needs to be split up, if your workers were in one office and a fire broke out you would have really big trouble. I am thinking of a campus situation.
I see where you are coming from now. So I gave him the name of Europes biggest commercial property company. 
Could you please give me your phone number?
I never give out my number so I just gave him a wrong number.
As we swung over to the VIP area I asked him what the name of his company was 
Its called GOOGLE. 
I never heard of that one I said. Oh you will.

A lot of the big guys travel incognito and pick up seeds of knowledge along the way.
Many of the big fish are polite and very interesting to talk / listen to

Sunday, July 07, 2024

RIP Neno Dolmajian

 A sad case where a man from Montreal was beaten up in Dublin has died. 

He was 41 years old.

The Garda are useless, this happened in O'Connell st. right in the middle of Dublin.

I walk from Amiens St to O'Connell to go to the Magic society meeting. I carry a really good baton which slips up my sleeve it is retractable. Druggies, and thugs walk around with no curbs on them .  

But you have to be alert. I never ever saw a Garda there.

Years ago when assaults on taxi drivers became commonplace the Garda were stopping taxis and searching for weapons, which they then took, leaving the driver defenceless.

A couple of weeks ago a taxi driver got a run into the city centre and he tried to rob the driver at journeys end. A big fight followed and he escaped with nothing but leaving his fleece behind, A big call to 112 and they waited 45 minutes until they arrived. They then decided that it would not be worth their time to follow him as too much time had elapsed.

My abiding heartbreak with them is this.

I came up from the river to turn left on to Heuston station. At the lights there was a black min with one of the patients from the hospital which carers for mentally challenged people. As I stood there he put his right hand over  sholder and cupped her right breast. The look of sheer horror that came over her face will be with me until I die.

I went around via Kilmanham jail and into the complex. I didn't see them and I asked about 6 people where the office was, who is in charge? No help from anyone, The local Garda station were no help. I wrote letters to the Garda who told me that unless they saw it themselves there was nothing they could do. "Glad that you are not on the murder squad "was all I could say. I wrote to the Garda commissioner. He was of the opinion that the guy would have to be seen in the act.

Around 2 years ago a residential institution in Palmerstown almost had to be closed owing to rape and abuse of its inmates. 

If it was my guy it is something that could have been stopped sooner.

My son is driving the taxi now and the world is starting to open up for him. You see a hell of a lot from the drivers seat of a cab.

Friday, July 05, 2024


 A book written by Bram Stoker when he lived in Marino.

It is a brilliant book which tells of the living dead.

In my mind I equate the living dead with the vampires. They infect more people and they then live off their blood.

The other day I went for a flat white. There was a tall girl in front of me and when I put in my order I turned to speak to her. God it was like a punch to the gut when you don't see it coming.

She was a drug addict, but one of the most beautiful girls I have ever seen. 6ft.tall perhaps 5 st. weight wonderful blue eyes and her soul had been taken away. It really startled me.

Such a beauty, her parents must be going through hell, she is going through, you could see it in her eyes.

I saw a documentary on an American pop group, I wont name them but the name begins with B well they had 2 girls who followed them around. Then one day they switched them over to Heroin.   In the TV program the group members laughed about it.

I hope that there will be a hell fit for those lads, and it should be tough.

Monday, July 01, 2024

Orla Tinsley

Things that happen along the way lies dormant in the back of my head and then something happens to bring that moment to the front of your mind again. 

A girl got into the taxi going to RTE our national broadcaster many years ago. She was quite upbeat but very breathless. Have you got asthma? I asked. I wish to God that was all I had, I have CF Cystic Fibrosis. The rest of the journey was spent telling me about her condition.

On arrival at RTE I said that the trip was on the house and she was astounded and asked me why. So I told her that as sick as she was she never complained once and I wished her all the very best.

Her journey in life has not been easy. 

Guess what? she has written a book. Its called Orla Tinsley My Story on Amazon. 

I downloaded it last night.

So not driving around the mean streets has left me without the input that I would normally get. So I have decided to give you bits of knowledge that was given to me over the years.

If you have a dishwasher don't be kissing her like Adolf Hitlers brother did which got him the sack from the Gresham Hotel. (True story)

Dishwashers are in the top 5 causes of domestic fires.

Do never start it working and go to bed or leave it running when you go off to the shops.

It is a design fault. The wires go from the control and under toe door. After a while the wires break and short circuit,

Do you have a life insurance policy?

Where is your money invested? Well ask them to give you a print out of your investments and study them. So I did and looked.

If they make money it will be their bonus and if they loose it will be your money that went.

So I invested in Irish cement Gypsum and a whole slew of building companies. The investor rang me back telling me that building had been stagnant for a long time and he would only transfer 1/2 the money. So I went back at him telling him it was my decision not his and I would complain  to the regulator.

18 months later my investment had risen 150% and I took all the money and invested into pharmaceuticals again with great complaints from the investor expert and thank God for Viagra we hit another big winner.

Where did all the money go?

The tax man took it in a settlement.

Still it was better to have it.

Sunday, June 09, 2024

D day

We have not had another world war yet in my lifetime thank God.
So many places in the world are suffering now. That war in Ukraine will cause widespread suffering and food shortages.
So many years ago we took our trusty car and went to France. It happened to be the anniversary of the D day landings and there was loads of veterans and WW2 vehicles on the ferry. Our son was very young at the time, but we were told loads about what happened on the day.
Later that day we stopped for a meal and we placed our order. A young English couple stood up and said how much they enjoyed the meal and asked "Ou est la bord de la Mer?" (Where is the seaside) The waiter took great delight to make fun of them. Walking down between the tables like a circus clown and in a loud voice. My wife speaks fluent French and she stopped him with a shout like a bullet would.
Masseur, are you completely mad ?.
But for the parents of these people and the sacrifice that they made in the war you would be speaking German today. The French did not account for themselves well during the war.
So we will not be eating here today and We will be contacting Ies routiers to inform them of your behaviour.
We left the Café to a huge round of applause.
You don't mess with my wife.

Monday, June 03, 2024

Blackrock clinic

 My wife is ill. Its not life threatening but she is bad enough.

She has sciatica its a pain in the lower back and down the left leg.

It has been going on now for 8 months and this is the reason that I had to hand the taxi over to my son.

We have been to different doctors and we are still no closer to a cure.

We went to the Blackrock clinic and they did a small operation, then 2 or more follow up consultations.

Then the bombshell came that they would offer us no more help !!!!

I phoned and asked that someone would ring me back. When this did not work I wrote again and threatened them with exposure on the blog.

A holy nun rang and spoke to my wife. Absolutely no apology.

We deal in accident and emergencies and special procedures.

We do not provide aftercare !!!

With all their skills and wonderful doctors we are on our own

Sunday, May 12, 2024

Perhaps a little bit of thought

 There was a story rattling around about a fathers grief when his 13 year old daughter killed herself. He managed to unlock her mobile phone to find that she was being bullied without mercy. He read some of the texts and said that the phone records were in the hands of the police.

They were going to prosecute in the next few weeks.

It is so important to talk to each other face to face once in a while. Small problems can grow if a person is isolated. "Put away the mobile and talk to me "

There was a big fundraiser here in Ireland called "Darkness into light"

When I drove my taxi I had a couple of people who were suicidal, I started carrying leaflets from the Samaritans and handed them out. 

There is an amazing story in my book called The Steering wheel university (Amazon) about a taxi a taxi driver who was waiting for a job in The summit car park in Howth A lady in her night dress walks past him and.................

Saturday, May 04, 2024

Caifornia to Toronto

So I will try to make this quick.

3 Guys having a beer in a pub in Toronto.

One of the guys had moved with his wife to Canada when she got a big promotion.

The conversation came around as to which of them had ever had the shortest time on a job.

One of the guys said "I guess its me, 4 hours"

What happened was when we moved to Toronto I went around looking for work and this place asked me to come in the next morning wearing overalls.

The boss in the front office told me to look at the first car which came and then report to the front office. A lady came in with a warning light on the dash which indicated Mass air sensor fault.

I popped the hood and I found that someone had unplugged the sensor. I plugged it in and then I went into the front office. The boss told me that I was to tell her a whole pack of lies saying that it will cost $800 and we will need the car all day.

I went to the lady telling her what was wrong and that there would be no charge.

Then I told her what the boss had told me to do.

She gave me her business card and told me when I found a place to call her up.

She sent me so much work over the years. All my staff are trained to be honest.

And that is why we have 6 garages around the city.

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Remarkable people

 Well time moves on and it wont be long until the Barnacle geese leave Clontarf and fly to Greenland and then the tiny swallows will come here from S.Africa. Things keep on moving.

So the most remarkable person I ever had the pleasure of meeting was Chuck Feeney, he invented something very simple and became a multi Billionaire. He decided after a while that God did not give him the money just to buy expensive cars, big houses and live the high life. So he decided to do good with his fortune. Thousands of college scholarships were given to black kids which diverted them from the Vietnam war. He built a 200 bed hospital in Vietnam and kitted it out. Limerick university and the list goes on.

He gave away 8 Billion dollars.

I wrote to him when I learned what he had done and we stayed in touch for more than 10 years. Sadly he died at the beginning of the year.

Stephen Spielberg was another guy that I did not recognise, I did say that he looked similar, but he said that he was no one famous. I would not have got the fare but I was the only driver who would take dollars. We talked about movies and he asked me what was my favourite movie? Cinema Paradiso without a doubt. The lighting, the cinemaphotography, the casting of characters, God but Sicily is so beautiful, now most people do not know how important music is to a movie. It is totally overpowering. I am the one person who knows how important the music is.

We were going to the K club so we talked loads. At one point he took out a note book and started writing down one to the tales. "You're writing it down?"  There was a bit of a panic as he thought that I was objecting. I had to write that down as I would just hate to forget. I carry 2 note books and 2 pens  and I write down great ideas. When I get home those ideas are written into my diaries. One set of diaries is in a safe in my home, the other in my office. If I am stuck for an idea I will play Russian roulette and find an idea.

If a diary goes missing the  other copy is taken out and duplicated and the search for the missing one goes on.

Seeing as how he was involved in the movie business I told him about a shoot that took place in Tara with princess Hya and a Japanese pop star. (Name dropper) After filming all day I had the camera man sound man etc in the car. The camera man said that it was a totally waisted day as the wrong lens was in the camera. He could not tell the director as he would loose face and he would never employ him again. Stephen said that he would love if someone would look out for errors on his set.

So he asked me to come back that evening and bring him to Dublin and back down again. I said that it would be 4 journeys for me and I would be only paid for 2. Anyhow they have a super limo here and it would be much better. No I want to go with you. 

Measure one leg of the journey and I will give you 5 times that amount.

I am sorry but its my wife's birthday and I don't want to get killed.

So I headed back to Dublin, watching the Late Late show that night Pat Kenny introduced Mr nobody famous Stephen Spielberg who said. Hi John thank you so much for looking after me today and I hope that we meet again soon.

So for the guy I am looking for. He lived around Crossmaglen in the 1940s and he had a farm. A busy wee man he built a wind charger and made electricity. Then he built a valve radio. All the neighbours gathered round to observe the miracle. He built an aeroplane and flew it around until he was stopped as he had no pilots licence. He bought a thrashing machine and when the harvest was over he stripped it down to pieces and asked everyone in to look at the makings of it. They all said that he would never be able to rebuild it. Not only did he get it back he modified the manifold and got 2 horsepower extra from the engine.

So he decided to build valve radios as electricity was coming  into the country areas. He went to the bank manager in Carrickmacross who turned him down flat.  

So he sold the farm and went to America where he got a job in a convent as a handyman. Then one day he met a guy who was working for NASA. As they talked he discovered that the Irishman was thinking in a different way. They brought him to help design the space shuttle. The guy who was telling me this said that they all marvelled at how his mind worked.

When the moon landing happened they put a plaque made of gold on the moon and his name is on it bold and proud.

The guy who was in the car was doing a story about him and he wanted me to drive him, sure thats life. 

If the bank manager had given him the loan we might not have landed on the moon                            

Sunday, April 21, 2024

St. Valentines day 1981 Dublin

 Yesterday the enquiry into the Stardust ended. 

From 1981 until now has been a long hard road. 

They say that the fire started from an electrical fault. The fact that the fire escapes were blocked and the fire doors were chained up needs no enquiry as to what caused the 48 deaths of those young people. 

One family lost 3 of their children aged 18,16,and 22. What is beyond belief is that there really has not been a proper investigation in all the time that passed. 

I would love to have a proper legal eagle to go through it all.

Sutton cemetery has a mass grave, just across from Phil Lynott.

Pop in and give them all a prayer.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

A moment on a train in London

 Unless you don't know that canaries in cages were used to detect poisonous gases in the mines years ago this joke might go past you.

An assistant in a pet shop says to the lady who just came in. Madam I am not saying that your perfume is strong. But all the canaries in the cage were alive before you came in.

A moment from years ago came back to me.

We were on the train which was packed into London from Heathrow and there was a Russian girl standing beside me. Now I am the kind of person who will talk to a drop dead girl. I asked her if she was a model, she said no and asked me what made me say that. Her blue eyes were fascinating and she carried herself very well.

"Well no. I have just graduated from the London school of fashion" and she was starting her own clothing company to sell clothes on line. Wow that is so different. What is the name of the company. ??

Boohoo ! After a few minutes I said Fashion without tears. I will use that. You're welcome.

We talked on and soon. her station came up and I gave her a lift out with her bags. I put my hand out to touch her shoulder and she just slid into my arms and gave me a kiss on the lips. And she was gone.

Her company went from strength to strength.   Then the press got involved and said that her clothes were being made in third world countries with slave labour.

You know this is happening all over. Iphones are being assembled for 50c

She was one of these Russian billionaire families and her brother is now running the company.

I hope that those fantastic blue eyes are still smiling.

Sunday, March 31, 2024

Spring Forward Fall Back (Clocks)

Oh Boy. I am sure that there are a few people going around wondering why their mobile phone had the wrong time this morning. Truth be told the phone was right.
As usual a politician was on saying that the winter/summer time difference should end. It was changed a few years ago and kids were killed walking to school in the dark mornings.
America (USA) has 3 time zones from side to side. Sometimes I wonder if you have to change your watch to go from one side of the road to the other. Our phones keep us right to the millisecond.
I have around 6 watches, I don't even know where the 2 most expensive ones are, but the other 4 only cost me around €10 each !! I bought a watch in a market for £10 and after a while the battery went and I brought it to a jeweller. as he was fitting the battery I asked him if it was a good watch. No its only a cheap Chinese movement he said. Worthless. So 18 months later it stopped again and I went to the late great Tommy Cummins in Fairview.
He opened it up and told me that it had got a blow and that one of the teeth on a cog was broken. I told him to dump it so......."Are you mad? "I could repair and service that watch,  then I will issue you with a certificate of authency any if you brought it to a collector you would make in excess of £!,000. So I told him what the other guy said.    He needs to go back to watch school said Tommy. Tommy was a good man he died of Cancer RIP.

The most celebrated client I ever met was the multi billionaire Chuck Feeney (He is in my book The steering wheel university) 
Chuck invented duty free shopping and became a rich man. He wore a cheap $10 Casio watch though he gave away more than 8 billion dollars. Why would I wear an expensive watch when I could do so much more with the money.
I stayed in touch with him for more than 10 years and the contact was great, he was as wise as a fox.

He died in Jan. The world will miss him.

Thanks to him I know how to invest my future lottery winnings.

I may have told you this before. .BUT
I checked my Lottery ticket before I went to bed.
"Its a winner!" First prize €33 million.
I got ready for bed and checked it again....Its a winner....WOW
So I went to bed and at 7.30 I checked it again Still a winner.
I got the bus into the Lottery HQ and handed in my ticket and I got the biggest kick on the arse that I ever got in my life.
 "Yes you've won a ticket into the Millionaire raffle."
You see the system has to calculate the prize and we do not know until 8.00am what the prize will be.
"Could you not just say, you have won a prize?
I wrote in as I felt so badly about it to no avail.
A couple of years later I had the solution and wrote again.

Dear Sir
I am writing to you requesting that you change the wording on your website from "Its A Winner" to "You have won a prize"
I am employed with the Garda and the fire service and I try and talk down suicide victims who are about to kill themselves. I spent 3 hours with a young man on the cliffs at Howth last week, when we got him to come back it transpired that he thought that his financial problems had been sorted and he could not face life any longer when he found out that his ticket was useless.
Please Please change the wording to "YOU HAVE WON A PRIZE"

And they did it

My cousin Gordon had the best opinion about the Lottery.
This is the best thing I ever saw. 
A tax on stupidity.

Saturday, March 16, 2024

Happy St. Patricks Day

Well tomorrow will be St.Patricks day. A day to be celebrated all over the world.
There is a wealth of stories of how the Irish were sent there as slaves to work in the sugar plantations. Slavery was widespread. The singer Riana is of that stock.
I see that the Black Irish was downloaded and that song of the migrant.
The song was written by a Garda who was travelling on a bus when the song came to hin. He had a pen and note book, so he wrote it down. Bing Crosbie the famous American singer had an international hit. The royalties paid for his house. Then it features in the Quiet man movie the income put his kids through collage, then it appeared again in Stephen Spielberg's movie ET. Which paid for his retirement home in Spain.
One interesting point is that he wrote this fantastic hit song. It came just like that and he never wrote another one.
I found out that they are going to knock down an iconic Dublin pub The Brian Boru on Prospect Ave to make way for the construction of the new metro railway.
The story about this pub that is stuck in my mind concerns a pub across the way The Gravediggers. Just at the back of the cemetery. Well the story goes that one of the Dubliners folk group had died and all the best of Irish talent had gathered in the pub to celebrate his life.
The owner of the pub was (I forget his first name ) Kavanagh and he was very fixed in his ways. After a while a banjo came and when the first chord sounded the owner shouted.
"There is no music in this pub, if I let you sing today that lot over there will be singing tomorrow. And they can't sing a note" 
Everyone to a man finished up their drinks and walked over to the Brian Boru where they sang all night and nearly drank the pub dry.
By the way The Gravediggers is one of Dublin's best pubs.

The Isle Of Innisfree

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

As darkness falls good night

 As most of you know I have retired and my son David has taken over the job. He is very nervous about it but I suppose we all were at the start. He has people to meet and places to go for sure.

So the main reason that things came to such a sudden stop was my wife's illness. It is nothing fatal like Cancer thank God, but I have to be htre.

So here is a story which hinges on a remark made by a passenger.(Chuck Feeney)I would love to be a taxi driver if I was starting my life again, you hear so much. It only takes one idea to turn you into a millionaire. Chuck invented duty free shopping and became a billionaire. But unlike most people becoming rich he gave it all away.

Look up the book about him "The billionaire who wasn't by Conor O'Cleary. I stayed in touch with Chuck for more than 10 years after we met. Such a great guy.

So on with the story.

Outside London there was a railway station with a car park. People used to commute to London from there. It was busy enough.

If it was raining there was potholes and with the bad lighting people would walk through the puddles. So one day signs went up giving notice about work starting over the next 4 weekends.

Lighting went in, followed by1/2 the car park having drainage done and a fine tarmac top. The following week the other side was done and lines were painted, so People knew where to park. Then came the parking ticket machines. Cheap enough at the beginning, offenders were clamped but things settled down through the years.

One day when the commuters came they found that the ticket machines were all full, they went into the station master who rang the contact number, no reply. He rang the railway company who rang back to say that they had no record of the car park. Locksmiths were called and the parking meters were drilled out, emptied and new locks fitted. 

Some guy had spotted the situation and took it over for more than 20 years. He bought his house, sent his kids to university, he probably bought a house in Spain as well before walking away.

He did no harm to anyone.

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Happy St. Valentines day

Did you know that there is a relic to St.Valentine .

It can be found in the Carmelite church on Whitefriar St.

There is a post box inside where you can drop in a note to tell him exactly what you want. "That last fella you sent was no good, he didn't want to work at all"

Anyhoo I should be on my way to Blackpool tomorrow morning, but I have to stay here to take care of my wife. Nothing too severe sciatica.

It has been going on for more than 12 weeks now. All that time with no taxi work. I passed to taxi to my son. But I really do miss the outing every day.

To get back to Blackpool. What's on. 

The Worlds biggest magic convention, thats what's on.

100 +magic dealers selling things to preform the smallest magic trick in your hand to something to make a car vanish and everything in between. Then there are lectures where great magicians share their secrets with keen listeners.

Some magicians are really friendly and Paul Daniels was a great example. I met him a few times and I went to a few of his lectures.

He was coming to Belfast and I sent him an email telling him that I was coming. On arrival Paul was talking to a group of magicians in a corner of the hall. I walked in and Paul shouted over.

"Gentlemen take a look at this fine man who has just come in. Take a good look and you can plainly see that he is very wealthy. After all he won't spend money on good clothes." I don't know where it came from, but I said "Or wigs Paul" to which he replied "TouchĂ©". Then I came back with "Toupee"

He ran across and gave me a big hug.

Debbie McGee was at some function as a special guest and she spoke of Pauls death. No matter where we were we drove back home if we did not have another show in the area. Paul would drive and then one day he asked Debbie to drive, then there was headaches, when he finally went into hospital he had a massive brain tumour. But he passed away with no pain.

Magic is so accessible now with the internet.

Look for

Bill Malone. Harry Cardines Santos, Harry Lorayne, Eugene Burger.

All of them do DVDs and soon you will have your party piece.

My favourite one is to take a €5 note and in full view fold it once, twice, three times and then blow on it and it has turned into a €50.

I have a deck of cards and all the faces are different but the backs are the same. A prediction card in an envelope is placed on the table.

I deal face down cards until the person says stop.

Then I deal the other cards from the bottom face up.

There is a prediction in this envelope, I know that it is right.

You open up the envelope and it doesn't match. Front or back.

After a pause you turn the chosen cards over and they match. Front and back.

Rene Levant was in Blackpool and after the show I saw him with a group of people. He was standing at the top of a small curved staircase, near the edge. I went over to congratulate him on his performance. I was waiting for my moment when someone came over from the other side. He stepped back and came tumbling down the stairs. (He only had one arm)I remembered that before I grabbed him in a bear hug and shot back down the stairs backwards with him in my arms.

Was he grateful ? He roared at me in Spanish and he and they all thought that I had pushed him down the stairs. In many ways looking back there is a saying.

No good deed goes unpunished.

Perhaps next year

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Romeo and Juliet

 Love and passion hit the paper on Tuesday.

Constance Marten a British aristocrat had a baby and fled from their folks in freezing weather with their new born baby Victoria. Her lover is coloured, so perhaps this is the reason why they panicked. The police found them sleeping in a tent that they bought from Argos in the freezing weather,

A couple of days later they found the babys body in a plastic bag under a pile of branches.

A situation of unbearable pain for everyone.

Today near Boston a lady sleeping in a wheelie bin was tipped into the bin lorry and crushed by the compactor.

The poor are always with us but when you see that Elon Musk wanted to pay himself over 50 billion, but it has been blocked on behalf of his shareholders.

A great bumper sticker seen on a Tesla.

I bought this car before I knew Elon Musk was mad

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

The worst thing ever

Like many people we do not buy the paper, on line is so much cheaper and quicker. Today in the London Times there was a story of a father and infant son found dead in a house. 

The dad was 20 and the child was 2. 

The father had died of a heart attack and the child died from starvation and dehydration.

Social services were on the case and they went to the house on the 2nd of Jan and got no reply. They reported it to the police who gained access to the house on the 8th and found the bodies.

When I went back to check on the facts the story has been removed.

I have no faith in the police whatever. I tried to report a guy who was sexually molesting a mentally handclapped girl.

"Unless we saw him doing it there is nothing we can do."

That letter went to the Garda commissioner.

I wrote to 4 care homes in the area, none of them would reply.

Another time I had 2 guys who were looking for a guy to shoot him.

Honestly (Its in the book)

The Garda station in Tallagh told me "Don't come in here telling us fairy stories"

One last story from my past. There was a ram raid on an off licence beside the International telephone exchange on Marlborough St. One of the lads called the boys in blue. But they had skidalled before the Garda arrived. A police car waited for the owner to come.

"Thank God I have CCTV said the owner"

So long ago that they didn't know what CCTV was.

When the tape was played back the Garda car was shown to have stolen more than the robbers. 

But we all know he was just holding it for safe keeping.