I have to say that I forgot that this Easter marked the 20th year of the Northern Ireland peace agreement.After decades of war both sides were finally drawn together and 20 years ago the Good Friday was signed.
I was putting up a partition at the time and I put a copy of the Irish times into the wall.
It could be found in 60 years from now.
US president Bill Clinton, George Mitchell, Bertie Ahern and the wonderful Moe Molem banged heads together for months and years.
Getting them around the same table was a master feat.
In negotiations it has to dawn on everyone that no one will get what they want, everyone must concede points. As Britain leaves the EU problems with the border are causing fears to rise.
Please God that peace will last more than another 20 years.
No more bombs going off in busy shopping streets.
And the wonderful Moe
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
|At the Westbury hotel a display of Cherry blossom|
|Put a lock on your bin to keep the neighbors out|
|A complete tail light assembly for a Prius (Not mine) Micks garage|
|When you see this on your app its time to move on|
Bare en veldig merkelig ting!
På min statsteller er min største fanebase i Norge.
Just a very strange thing !
On my stat counter my biggest fan base is in Norway.
I hope translate Google got it.
Followed by USA
Well I am a bit of April fool I went out on Sunday morning, got busy and didn't come until 4 pm.
Getting out of the car my back went, Ouch.
This is what you get with a low seat. A van type seat would be so much better, you sit straighter.
There is an acupuncture clinic in Blackrock near the church, 20 minutes work from Janette and a 3 mile walk and you are right as rain just like Magic.
Still its not too bad and I need some rest.
I am selling land! It will involve driving up and down from Dublin to Cavan for a few weeks.
If you ever saw the film or the play "The field" by John B Keane you might realize that it could be stressful.
But I hope not.
A taxi driver with many years of experience was stopped by the taxi regulator.
Asked for his destination he was told that he was "driving them the long way"
They gave him a summons and then he delivered his charges to their hotel.
They signed the back of his receipt and he took their details.
He went back to the airport and took the shorter route, this took longer in time which put up the fare higher than the long way. So he employed a barrister, went to court and won his case !
Now he claims that the inspector was wrong.
But by treating him as a cheat in front of his clients he has maligned his good name.
Let us see what happens !!
I have to put my head down and write this fecking book!
It won't write itself.
But its hard to think when your partner recites shopping lists to you while you are writing.
Then she tells you about hedges needing trimming and lawns that need cutting.
So less time driving and more time writing should be my motto.
Perhaps I will move to Old Havana in Cuba and drink in the Floradita bar with the statue of Hemingway to my left hand side.
Now there is a plan.
For the guy who says
"I have to be at the airport in 10 minutes"
I would would love to do this.
Just as an afterthought I will give you this.
Wednesday, April 04, 2018
|A BEWICK IS THE CAR OF THE MONTH|
|James Bond 7 Number of a passing Rolls Royce|
|So the Luas goes through a red light then it blocks the traffic on the quays|
|I picked up a nail and spent an hour getting it fixed||This wheel would be great|
|Cherry blossom time again.|
A Muslim group here have suggested that we remove the Celtic cress at Harrolds cross road.
They find it offensive to their faith.
Well I suppose they must learn to tolerate other faiths and religions.
We would never go to their country and object to the noise when people are being called to prayer.
Or complain about them praying 20 times a day.
But on the other hand they have become persecuted in their own lands and came here for refuge.
If we tolerated total lack of empathy for others we would be sending them all back again.
How we treat others is a point to ponder.
She was from Sardinia and it was her birthday, a bright friendly girl.
Her boss kept her late and she hoped to make it to a cake shop in time to pick up her birthday cake.
The very next day she was off to Sardinia to visit Mama and Papa.
But her boss had told her to bring her laptop with her as he expected her to work while on holiday.
A lot of these teckie jobs pay less than they should and they have their workers on strange contracts.
Some companies in Eastpoint were shown up in the media as paying less than the minimum wage.
So I told her about a Canadian guy called Robin Sharma who gives talks on YouTube.
There has to be a way to talk to bad bosses?
Perhaps they only bully people because they can, but if they were challenged it would be interesting to see the reaction.
One young guy was working for a large building supply company years ago where his boss was aggressive and rude. Through family contacts he got a job in a smaller building supply company where his cousin was in charge.
2 years later the big building supply company went bust and the young lad was called into his cousins office. "Your old foreman is looking for a job, how would you feel about him coming to work here?"
"If he comes I go"
So he didn't take on his old enemy.
Anyhow the young guy would have been his old bosses foreman, which would have been interesting.
The clock ticks and the hour hand comes back to the same place again.
So behave yourself, or it will come back to bite you.
So going forward I give you the master,
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
|College of surgeons|
Reading about the taxi drivers in New York lets me see that things are not so bad here at all.
The NY medallion was once valued at over $1million now it would be hard to get half that for a medallion now.
The Yellow Cabs sit in their yards as the drivers who used to hire them now drive for Uber.
The punter is happy as there are more cars available and they come quickly...But not all is that good.
When I took out my taxi license years ago I had to have my past vetted by the police, then I could apply to proceed to have my knowledge tested.
Then I got a PSV permit .
Now to get a license for the car took another few leaps and twists.
Once valued at £90,000 in old money our system changed to make a taxi plate worth £5000
Then you couldn't sell or transfer your taxi plate so things got worse.
But I am sure you don't want to know about that.
So for Uber you drive on your own insurance until someone hops in and Uber takes over the liability.
Or do they?
Google it to find Uber horror stories..
Even today a British rapist taxi driver who was guilty of murders as well as many rapes was about to be released on PAROLE but after a fuss was locked up again and people in the parole board have resigned instead. It was a close call. He was nearly out. His name was Warboys
So you have to be careful, you yourself know best of all.
A real diamond of a woman stopped me, she had a zimmer frame walker (With wheels), going to Inchacore.
She was a dealer (Not a drug dealer) on the street. Told me about her daughter in Jameses St hospital dying from cancer, 41 years old.
"Its hard to be cheerful, but I have to visit her"
She was a true diamond and when I took out all her stuff she handed me the fair.
"Look son, take this
Buy a lotto ticket"
She gave me €2 extra with a beaming smile.
God bless her and all who belong to her. I hope her daughter dances at her next wedding.
The Dublin people are made of great stuff.
On the other hand I won't be bitter and write about fancy travelers in shiny suits who ask for a €40 receipt for a €35 journey then ask for their €5 change etc. etc
I wish I could distill the happiness that my customers exude!
That would be awesome.
At this time every year my mind returns to a very rude English couple going to the airport on a Sunday morning at the Conrad Hilton hotel.
This couldn't happen today as technology would not allow it to happen.
So we were on our way and the woman leaned forward.
"Your driving us round ta ouses!, just take us to ta da aiport"
No point in giving her an argument! She knew it all.
I drove with the radio on low while they argued in the back.
They sounded like a cement mixer with gravel in it.. If you know what I mean.?
So at the airport I pulled out the suitcase and with the correct change in my hand I straightened the handle.
"I hope you left enough time for your flight ?"
"Corsre I ave ya fucking moron"
"No! that change on the clocks fucked up my whole day"
"Wats ya takin abaut?"
"The clocks, they went forward last night! Its an hour later now"
It took 3 seconds until his demeanor started to shrivel up.
He had missed his flight....
My God! Such a girl from Brazil with the most beautiful face and smile, a budding film star, or so she told me.
No I won't show you her photo from the dash cam but she was indeed very beautiful.
She was going to the cinema complex on Parnell st and at €15 she stopped me on O'Connell St she had no more money.
I still brought her thinking of that old Beatles number
"Baby you can drive my car"
Friday, March 16, 2018
|This giant mural looks great from across the river.Up close its made from junk|
|Another crane appears on the horizon|
|Balfe St at the Westbury has been dug up for weeks.|
I finally took the day off and went to the barber and took a look around the city by foot.
The city is changing very fast, a lot of beggars and junkies around. Its a pity that the powers that be won't do something to help the unfortunates.
There was a girl of around 20 years old around Pearse St. sitting on her school bag her head on her knees.
The poor kid was really suffering and I wished that I knew of a way to help her.
That evening I picked up a guy at the James Larkin center an outreach center i Ballybock.
He had been through the mill himself and was putting in time to give something back.
So I got the outreach number and the number for the center as well.
He was doing security for a movie last night, he also told me that he would love to be an actor.
I think I might know someone who could give him a leg up to fulfill his wishes.
That would be great.
So all the way to Ballymun with no charge.
"Giving something back"
A fair few crashes at the moment, wet roads? Long texts?
A little female soldier from New York in the car looking for a car hire near the airport.
I never heard of it and we drove around the different car lots asking, Then she gave me the phone number.
"Turn left at Keyleys" down that road there was no signs for the place. There was a big Eurocar place and another one internet hire. I went in there and there on the back wall "Ace car hire"
So she then had to drive the car back into town to pick up the rest of her crew to drive to Kilkenny.
Not a great plan as the drive back in would take its toll on the nerves.
Better to have all come out together and traveled on from there.
Only a suggestion, save the time and the frustration.
If you plan to travel and hire a car use holidayrentals.com we have used them many times without fault.
There is a sign at the bus station "Airport €20"
So I was bringing 3 people in the mad Friday traffic to the airport for €20 !
I had the meter running €26 with traffic.
One of them handed me €20 and I gave her €10 change
Then the other couple offered a €20 to the other girl.
I was lifting out the suitcases and I heard "I will square up with you in the terminal"
I got into the car
The truth hit me and they were gone...
Lets sell some stuff
Friday, March 09, 2018
|It was like the end of the World when the storm struck out in Portmarnock|
|Where is GOOGLE? Right here in Barrow St. Dublin|
|Nearly £500 Punts found after being "Put away" in 1991|
What do you think could I really be living in a house on the edge of the twilight Zone ?
Doing a big tidy up the other day in the bookcase up pops an envelope put away in 1991 to be found now in 2018
£490 old Irish pounds traveled through time to be found again.
A Polish guy told me the "Old money" it cannot be exchanged.
But in Ireland it can.
So its back to the central bank with my passport and bank details.
They won't just exchange the money.
You have to wait until it is transferred to your account,
Still money is money.
I am waiting for OIL, we just about ran out and he should be here soon.
We couldn't be bothered to change over to gas as you get a bill every month whether you are using gas or not.You only pay for what you use with oil, no monthly charge.
The wood burning stove that we installed a few years ago gives us an awful lot of heat, then with using old pallets for fuel it costs nothing to run.
Business is picking up in the taxi in comparison to other years. Time was 10 years ago you would be better off going to stay in Spain for the heat and the rest as there was no work here until St.Patricks day..
More than 800 taxi drivers left the business last year, whether it is the economy improving or the falling income I cannot judge.
A really interesting lady from India the other day.
She was an artist had just arrived here and was looking for a sim card.
Most phone shops don't open until 11.00 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Then she had to go to her solicitors on Ushers quay.
She had a great wonderful happy laugh. Then she showed me some of her paintings on her fone. They were really good for sure.
I am sure that I saw them in the Sunday Times a while back.
Then she said.
"You are a very interesting man and great fun to be with.
I really enjoyed your company.
You are very handsome in spite of your age!! "
My balloon went with a big bang.
I am taking all day off today.. much work to do here in the house.
Sunday, March 04, 2018
|Time to get the shovel|
|Meanwhile in Brazil.Wish I was there too|
I went out and I worked and it was like what Christmas used to be like.
One jumping out another one in.
The only problem I had was when I ran into a snow drift and the snow lodged under the car.
When I went to reverse the front wheels had lifted off the ground.
So we had to scoop the snow from under the car !!
But a few drivers put in a 16 hour day slept for 5 hours and another 16 hour day.
Next thing is "Crash Bang Wallop" and they are out of action and all the money they made will be gone.
People wanting to be brought to and from the airport was mad. Surely the website would say no!
Things got rough over in Tallagh, this is an iffy area at the best of times, so the spark hit the powder keg and riots took place. Looting started and then they destroyed a Lidl store.
Now they have to go many miles to pick up the groceries.
I am still thinking about the 26 year old girl who died from cancer last week.
I hope her mother and sister have been taken care of.
Such a tragedy, a young life gone.
You could understand her not worrying her parents.
Then it was too late when they heard the news.
Her friend who was in the taxi had a problem with her credit card payment.
I told her to put the money to good use and give it to the Brazilians mother.
I asked MyTaxi to refund me the 12% at least.
They came up trumps and refunded the entire amount.
They restored order after a few hours with the help of the army
No Bread !!!
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
|This guy had a big place in broadcasting for many years|
I picked her up near St.Vincents hospital going to Church St.
On the way she told me about her friend who was diagnosed with cancer in January, at 26 years old you never think of dying. She had held back about telling and worrying her mother.
Just hoping to get better.
Then her mother was told and she is flying in with her sister to arrive on Monday.
But it seems like she might have died before then, she was very weak.
She paid with a credit card, touch and go.It beeped and then just before I turned off the SumUp card reader I read the message "Communication error!" I hadn't been paid and she was gone.
I had rung her before she got into the taxi so I rang her again, then sent a text.
Later on she texted me and we arranged to meet om Monday at her English school to get paid.
I met Virginia from Brazil and later on that evening she sent me a text that the girl used to be in her English class and she knew her.
On Monday morning Virginia sent the message
"John she is with the angels, she died this morning."
I sent a text to the customer and told her to give the money to the girls mother.
I had put the transaction through the MyTaxi app and they would be taking 12% out of that.
Fair play I wrote in and they refunded the 12%
God bless her, I hope her mother made it to her bedside in time to say goodbye.
I could easily see how you would tell your folks back home that you were fine so as not to worry anyone.
So today the snow came, then more snow.
Tomorrow the airport will be closed, all buses stopped from 7pm and they are off all day tomorrow.
I went out and drove around, I found work.
The big problem with bad snow or flooding is that if you damage your car you get no compensation from anyone.
You also get "€25 ? it was only €18 yesterday"