Opinions or otherwise
I get a lot of mail as a result of this site.
Some people write to me directly, while others leave a comment on one of my masterpieces which has nothing to do with the topic.
Most mails get binned because they are trying to screw money out of me in return for “improving my search engine rankings” whatever that means. Judging by the weird and wonderful search terms people use to arrive here, I don’t think I have any problems in that area.
Some people write to abuse me. That’s fine by me. I have a laugh and then bin them too, unless they are from Supershadow in which case I keep them for the giggle. Don’t ask me who Supershadow is because I neither know nor care but he writes some pretty funny stuff.
One that popped up this morning was in the form of a comment to yesterday’s effort. It is a straightforward request for my opinion. I could let the comment through, but it would then just become an off-topic reply to an off-topic comment. That would confuse even me. The best way then is to post his query in full –
Grandad, I know that I’m out of the subject and that you do not travel by bus, but I would really like to know your opinion about the great gift from DublinBus at the beginning of this year: http://www.dublinbus.ie/en/News-Centre/Travel-News/Revised-Cash-Fares-2012/
Well, Vafanculo, you have sort of answered the question yourself. Indeed I don’t travel by bus. I think I have used the bus system no more than a couple of times in the last forty years, so frankly I don’t have an opinion. One thing I have noticed is that since the financial crisis fell on us like a ton of manure is that the the only crowds who are putting their prices up are those controlled directly or indirectly by the state, while on the other hand they beg everyone else to lower their prices. Hypocritical? Yes, in the extreme. But then what else would you expect from a crowd of wankers whose mission in life seems to be to grind the working man into the dust?
So there you have it, Vafanculo. I honestly don’t have an opinion, which may surprise a few as some seem to think I have an opinion about everything.
Do buses still have conductors with leather bags and little windy up silver machines to issue tickets?
Can’t comment on the present bus services Grandad but the last time I was in your beautiful country (1956) I travelled by an extremely ancient train between Dublin & Bray. As I was quite youngish my farther parked me outside a bar with a glass of lemonade while he enjoyed a pint of the good stuff. The barman/landlord took exception to my exclusion and threatened to throw my dad out unless he brought me into the bar as well. I remember the conversation seemed to flow around two gentlemen who were assuaging their considerable thirst before driving the next train down to Wicklow. What a wonderful country when nobody seemed to worry about things like financial crisis’s and the Nazi European Union..
Happy new year to you all.
CIE are rob-ery, do dah, do dah, as the song went. We have propped up this Semi State Body for years with our taxes at a high cost, while they provided a shite service especially on rail. All the while they keep raising the fares as the service remains useless. Try to get a train to Drogheda during the day, at a time on their timetable.
The Private Sector could give a better service if this Monopoly was broken up.
Toper – The old place has changed a bit since. Your pub has probably folded since the smoking ban cane in and anyway would have turfed your father out for bringing a kid near the place. Mind you, you’d probably find the same trains running? [And I mean – the same trains].
Slab – I noticed all right that their excuse for raising the fares is that there are fewer passengers. Have these fuckwits not copped onto the idea that they might make more money by lowering prices and therefore increasing passenger numbers?
A friend of mine suggested on Monday that we take the Metro (in Paris) to somewhere on Monday evening.
It’s PUBLIC transport – I think.