Saturday, February 10, 2018

Two ships lost in the night

I wonder if this is stolen, parked in an unlikely spot

This entire block was built facing the wrong way, the founadtions were in when the rest of the plans arrived.Imagine it 180o the other way

The light closest is 1/3 smaller than the other one the rest is reflection

We put lights into the bay window at home. We got the fittings in "bright Lights in Glasnevin industrial estate beside Lidl.

Just by chance I picked up 2 people who were having a rough period in their day.
The first one was in her pajamas and dressing gown heading up to Clare Hall.
She was really glad to be picked up as no taxi driver likes a crazy woman in his car.
She was on a mercy mission to a friend who was having a major meltdown.
4 times the other woman rang on the way up (15 minutes)
"No honey I am in a taxi" etc. etc.
All the rest of the time I heard her life story.
She was born out of wedlock and her grandmother wanted her mother to go to England, have the baby and have it adopted..The grandfather insisted that she stay in Ireland and have the baby here,
The mother took flight when my passenger was a couple of years old and the grandparents tried to rear her. The granny died and as the grandfather couldn't take care of a small child she was taken into care. In and out of different institutions she met the woman we were going to rescue when they were 12 years old and they have been soulmates since.

We arrived €8 on the meter. Jesus she insisted on me to take €20. So strange when the business people on expense account wait for 40cent.

The second was a guy of around 20 dressed in black.. 3 stop journey.
Like the lady I got a good look into his private life.
He got out of prison the night before and he made 3 phone calls from my phone.
He didn't have time to fix himself up with a new one.
"I was innocent, CCTV footage, real blurred. It could have been anyone"
He went on to tell me how loads of young lads in prison were innocent.
The way things work, you are asked to drop this package over to Jimmy, then mind this for me and the next thing is you are caught in possession.
Well I dropped him at a lucky 7s casino, just the place not to be going.

I told someone that I write a blog once , A stupid British lady.

"Well I hardly thing anyone would find your life in any way interesting"

She had insisted to be brought to the wrong address.
I had brought 3 other delegates to the right address earlier.

A very sad story

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Be on your guard

This boy is now back in town

Temple bar

This is the famous Dutch print cloth on sale in the Moore St mall

I picked up a girl from Brazil the other day and I told her what great kids they were.
Always happy and working hard.
Her fone rang, "No I am in a taxi. I foned for you 1/2 an hour ago and you didn't come so I cancelled. What do you mean you have followed me for a mile looking for me?
You didn't come and I cancelled you, why didn't you call me?
You are going to what? 
He is charging me €6 to cancel the call  The bastard."
At least I could help her with that one, I told her how to contact MyTaxi who will deal with him.

Then she leaned right over between the seats until I could feel her breath on my cheek.
"You are a good person and I want to tell you something, all people from Brazil are not honorable or honest, so be on your guard.
I have a 2 year old son and I had paid a friend to care for him while I was out working.
My boyfriend came home early, and I came home as well by chance  unannounced  and caught him having sex with her in my bed..She was my very best friend and they betrayed me.

I have been treated for an aneurysm in my brain. If this had happened 6 months earlier I would be dead.
I have great friends and the most beautiful son you  ever saw, so I moved on.
I have lived in Ireland for 8 years now and I got a PhD from Trinity college.

I will give you this advice,
watch your friends."
Then she sat back in her seat.

She was as bright as a spark from an arc welder and the journey took no time at all..

At times like this you feel like you should do one on the house, she is a really great person, you would love to know her better, such energy.

Then to get back to other things.
Taxi driver attacks.
On Sunday morning a taxi driver was attacked on Jamess St and robbed of his mobile fone.
Another taxi driver stopped when he saw the man in distress, then the driver collapsed and he was brought to the hospital.
He died later.
 The postmortem has not been released as to whether he had another weakness or did he die from a blow to the head.
It is very sad for his wife and kids. RIP

On the other hand the meter updates and sealing?
Why is it a monopoly? SGS for testing and sealing for €85 a pop and the setting up of the meter €70 for 90 seconds..In this day and age there should be a few agencies you could go to.
Then you would see prices drop.

In another life I had another business which involved using multi meter's which had to be calibrated,
The NSAI said that it would cost  £110 per meter and the same body in Belfast quoted us £15 per meter.  Then the Irish standards people told us that they would not accept the UK calibration.
Check ! To us.
Someone rang the EU office of the standards authority.
They ruled if the Irish standards people would not accept the UK certification that their license would be revoked. 
Check mate !
The price dropped to £15

A neighbor brought his mother in laws car to testing station in Ballymun.
( Perhaps I told this before)
He worked in the maintenance section at the airport and he tested the emissions, "Great a pass" he thought when he tested it at the airport.
But it failed on the emissions.
No way would they test it on another machine 
So her rang the standards authority who told them to test it again or they would close them down.
It passed and then they were told to bring back all the cars that they had failed that day, plus they got fined for not cross checking the instrument that morning.
So you see no one is above the law except the law. 

I just bring this up to show that you should not take things lying down or they will walk all over you.  

Thursday, February 01, 2018

A new month

A new month and another classic American car

Idiots at work
So there I was waiting at the bridge having come down Fishamble St The cars coming towards me have no right turn.
So a Kenneddy truck comes over the bridge, the pedestrian lights are green.
That guy walking was 4 feet from getting creamed.
I couldn't clip the footage. This is a video taken by my fone from my computer

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Meter updated

Mystical symbols in the lobby of the Clayton hotel Ballsbridge

A new lampshade waits hanging..Tricky one

The glass lift and staircase in the National gallery.

The Turner water colors are on display in the national gallery on Clare St until next Wednesday.
The gallery is closed on Mondays.

On Friday I went up to the taxi meter man.
A lot of taxis waiting, much confusion.
Some with appointments others like me looking for appointments.
Then Charley the owner came in and looked at the confusion.
"Who has no appointment?"
Then he handed out 4 legal meteorology form books, "fill these out and I will do you all now"
True to his word he updated all the meters, each one taking 2 mins and costing each driver €75.
Then the meter has to be sealed again ...another €86.10
All this for a 3% increase, the last one was 4 years ago.
Its a rip off and a racket.
Plus time wasted.

Spare a thought for James Stunt the x husband of Petra Ecclestone of formula 1 fame.
He got himself into the record books as the victim of Britians biggest burglary.
£90 Million. in cash, gold bars, jewelry and watches.
No CCTV and no insurance.
At least he still has his cars one of which is said to be worth £3.1 million.
The couple were once said to be worth £5.5 billion
But are they happy?

Then there was a french music teacher who created a double identity to claim social welfare payments and now owes the system €175,000.
But he has seen the error of his ways and he is paying it back at €100 per week, or if he keeps it up its €5,200 a year ! I wonder did he surrender his passport.

I wish my taxman would give me the same opportunity.

I had a man in a hurry who no matter which way I was going was the wrong way.
"Look I think I will just jump out here!"
I told him to pay up or tell me which way he wanted to go, not tell me that every way was the wrong way,
It seemed to work, he shut up and in the end he gave me a €5 tip, then he apologized. Things are quiet at present

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

A blogger with big ideas

How to change the battery of a mark 3 proximity key
. First take out the manual key
 Then Prize it open with a small screwdriver
 Then open it up again to expose the battery

 Photograph each step to prevent you putting the covers back on the wrong way.

I came across this story about a blogger who thought it would be nice to stay at a Dublin hotel and she would pay with a good write up in her blog.
The hotelier said NO WAY.
This attracted the blogger to argue that the publicity would bring him extra business.
But the judgment would be biased from the start.
Anyhow how would this free publicity pay his staff or cover his overheads.
The blogger was a bit of a whinger and she took another swipe at him.

Then her "Fans" started giving the hotel negative ratings even though they have never been to the hotel.He has taken it up with google
Read the story here.

There was a restaurant close to the Westbury hotel and the one across the road was closed down and they were stripping it out. On the wall was plaques saying "So and So" says eat here.
"You should take a few of them and put them up" I said to the guy across the street.
He has since retired since but he told me. Those plaques cost more than €400 each and I doubt if the people who recommended the restaurant ever ate there.
He told me of a place in Italy where the business was very very good.
The maitre'd chatted to his patrons who enjoyed the food without exception.
There was a bench at one side where 4 people sat every night.
If a table didn't turn up they got it. Then if they waited until the end of the night they got a free meal.

He told me that one day a small French gentleman had his meal and asked for the matre'd.
Good day sir. My name is Egon Rone of the Michlan guide and I have just had one of the fantastic eating experiences of my life. My staff have eaten here before and tonight we are giving you 2 gold stars. This has never been given as a first time before!

He shook hands with the little Frenchman and introduced him to all his staff, never saying anything about the award. When he reached the store rooms he then told the Frenchman how honored he was that he should be offered the award.
We will not be accepting it, you see we cannot cater for more people, all I can do is to keep the standard high and my staff happy.
Our staff would come under pressure, critics would arrive to write a negative report to elevate their standing in the Sunday papers,
Some may even arrive and demand free food.

This will not happen.
So here is your bill
Please do come again and I hope we will impress you the next time as well.

Quite a few chefs have killed themselves over the pressure of a gold star.

Friday, January 19, 2018

A famous house on the SCR

There is a house on the South Circular Rd where a very famous person once lived.

Did you ever hear of Jean Darling ?
In the 40s she was a superstar in the mold of Shirley Temple.
When I got to know her she was elderly and could be mistaken for a bag lady.
Her mind though was as sharp as a tack. When she found out that I loved magic we became friends for the rest of her life.

Her mother brought her to Hollywood against her fathers wishes when she was very small and she became a star, as the work started to dry up. (She was no longer a cute baby face) she was approached by the inland revenue.
"Miss Darling .you haven't paid any income tax"
Mummy was taking care of all that but she had given it all to fortune tellers then the mother pissed off and Gene did a little bit of this and that.
Paying her taxes as she went.
One day she met her life's partner Kajar the magician.
She toured the world with him learning every facet of presentation and illusion craft.
When he died she came to live in Dublin, she was a bit of a recluse.

Here is what Wickipedia says click here

Monday, January 15, 2018

The last journey

A trademark which also depicts 2 business men shaking hands on a deal

On Friday I got the news that an old friend of going back almost 50 years had died.
He had fought MS for the last 20 years and a bout of that nasty flu saw him off.

Life is cruel, his wife looked after him during his declining years, no easy task.

It takes 7 hours to drive from Dublin to Youghal and back

The old taxi drivers joke goes.
"When I die I want to go peacefully in my sleep.
Just like my father did.
Not screaming and shouting like his passengers." 

There was another awful story in the papers last week.
A baby of around 20 months died in strange circumstances and an autopsy revealed the cause of death.
The child had swallowed small shards of perspex !
They had lodged into the esophagus  where it later pierced the membrane, then after some time it went through and cut into a blood vessel causing massive bleeding.

God forbid that I should ever feel sorry for myself. 

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

All the way from Turin

I went into this store the other day

There is an escalator going up and these filthy stairs going down.

Inside the lobby of the Gresham hotel very unusual
I was passing the  L'Occitane shop and I popped in

I saw the sign 50%off
I went in and picked something out only to be told.
"No sir that is not a sale item"

Note to self...Stay away from them in future..

The other day I picked up a lady from Italy Turin to be exact and she told me of her plight.
She came to Ireland in November and has not managed to find proper accommodation yet.

She is staying in Air B and Bs or guest houses since then.
I suggested some things which might work.
Then as I was sorry for her I gave her my number and she gave me hers.
The next day I visited a friend whose late brother has hundreds of apartments in his property company, a few near where she works into the bargain.
I sent her a text to expect a phone call from them.
For three days now she never contacted me to say she got the message.
This introduction means that she would not be trying to beat other renters to the flat.
An easy ride.
And not even a simple thank you.
Four days later she read the message 

Well I suppose you make your own luck in the end of the day.

A guy in the taxi had brought his wife to London to visit his his daughter.
But the daughter got the flu and had to be hospitalized for 5 days. It cost her  £6,000.
Shit that would make anyone sick.
They brought her dog home by ship as she was not well enough to care for the dog.

So tomorrow I am off the Boots to get the jab €25.
At this stage they now know the exact strain of the infection.
We taxi drivers have people sneezing and coughing over us all the time.

I went into a TV shop to buy a new telly.
Then I asked for a toilet. "We have no customer toilets, but a store 3 units down has a customer toilet"
So I walked down to use the toilet and the humor of buying a TV had gone off me.
But today the that old telly of 15 years gave up the ghost for good.
So I have one picked out and I will get it tomorrow, and for sure it won't be in the store with no rest room.

The older I get I see myself more and more like this guy

Did you hear about the fire in Liverpools Echo arena? 1,400 cars destroyed.

Now where is the guy who didn't put in a sprinkler system ?