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Published: Irish Times, June 26 2010

A preparation for death

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IT ISN’T DIFFICULT to pick out Greg Baxter as he strolls along Dublin’s Lower Ormond Quay. He has been living in Ireland for almost a decade and his native accent has all but disappeared. But, at more than six feet tall, with broad shoulders and a deep tan, the 35-year-old author still looks every inch a Texan.

He is polite too, and neatly dressed. In fact, for a writer who portrays himself as a hopeless degenerate throughout most of his newly published memoir, he looks remarkably well. Read the rest of this entry »

August 4th, 2010. Comment now »

Name That Tune!

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It’s a track by a legendary north of England band. The photo is the clue. All entries must be in by 1pm. The lucky winner gets four weekend camping tickets to the Electric Picnic, backstage passes, €2,000 spending money, helicopter transfer to the site and a massive pile of drugs. Read the rest of this entry »

August 4th, 2010. 32 Comments »

This is funny


Fast forward to about 1:01 on the video above. Then watch this second video after the jump. Yeah, I know. These clips have been going around since at least last Friday. It’s now almost Wednesday. But goddamnit, this is funny. Read the rest of this entry »

August 3rd, 2010. 4 Comments »

Published: Irish Times, July 29 2010

“To be fair, we did just fly past in a bright pink discotheque on wheels. He might have been a little bit distracted.”

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‘I THINK I went to school with that guy,” mutters 28-year-old Chris Dunne of Absolute Limos as he navigates a roundabout in Clondalkin, west Dublin. Its 8pm on Saturday and we’re en route to the first pick-up of the night. When the passerby does not return his salute, Dunne is disappointed. “He didn’t even acknowledge me!”

To be fair, I point out, we did just whizz past in a bright red discotheque on wheels. He might have been a little bit distracted. Read the rest of this entry »

August 2nd, 2010. 9 Comments »

Of course, I don’t believe a word of it…

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Back in the mid-90s I hitched a lift to Galway with a young businessman who drove a shiny black Mercedes. His job, he told me, involved rummaging around the attics and outhouses of rural Ireland and retrieving whatever rubbish he could find: old bicycles, obsolete household utensils, even discarded road signs.

Why, I asked him? He told me about a craze for Irish-themed bars that was sweeping Britain and continental Europe. Bar owners abroad were paying ridiculous prices for the kind of crap generally found gathering dust in our grandparents’ garages. Foot-pedal sewing machines were being used as tables in Bradford; High Nellies were hanging from tavern walls in Bratislava. Read the rest of this article here.

August 2nd, 2010. 3 Comments »

Published: The Dubliner, July 2010

The rain is bucketing down. I can hear the gutters overflowing outside.

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The phone is buzzing on my bedside locker. I wake up with a start. It’s Sunday morning. My friend has just been committed to a psychiatric hospital. Mobile phones are contraband, he says. So he’s texting me from under the sheets of his bed. I sit up and rub my eyes. Christ.

I shuffle downstairs and make a pot of coffee. Then I stand up and pace the kitchen floor. Then I sit down again and drum my fingers on the tabletop. I open up my laptop and type “friend in psychiatric hospital” into Google. Then I close it down again. The rain is bucketing outside. I can hear the gutters in the back yard overflowing. Read the rest of this entry »

July 30th, 2010. 24 Comments »

This is Funny

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Well, funny in the same vein as this at least. When it comes to answering a question with a question though, these guys are still miles ahead of the competition.

July 30th, 2010. Comment now »

Admin Blues

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“Is anyone watching that Celebrity Farm?”

No takers, but she’s undeterred. The girl is a conversational terrorist. No topic too banal. Read the rest of this article here.

July 30th, 2010. Comment now »

Email to my editor. 2003:

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FROM: Eoin Butler
SENT: 09 October 2003 10:37am
TO: sam@mongrel.ie

Hey Sam,

Possible feature idea. (I have a shit job. They don’t monitor my work very closely here.)

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July 28th, 2010. 19 Comments »

No To Racism In The Workplace Week

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Renegade TV weatherman MARTIN KING and reclusive IRA wordsmith P. O’NEILL teamed up in the Burlington Hotel this week for the launch of No To Racism In The Workplace Week 2006. Once again this year volunteers from around the country are being asked to refrain from being racist at work for one week, with all proceeds going to the National Children’s Hospital. Read the rest of this entry »

July 27th, 2010. 2 Comments »