Eoin Butler: writer, journalist and Mayoman of the Year

Tripping Along The Ledge


Miscellaneous amusing items I come across #54

I resent feeling that I have say this, but I WAS babysitting my niece at the time…

March 25th, 2011. 2 Comments »

Published: Irish Times, February 19 2011

“I learned everything I know from illegal downloading… So I don’t mind giving back.”

The External World from David OReilly on Vimeo.

Congratulations to Irish animator David O’Reilly, whose extraordinary short film The External World (above), won an Adobe Award at the Regebsburg Film Festival last night. Here’s his (King’s) acceptance speech.

My interview with him is after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

March 24th, 2011. 2 Comments »

St. Patrick’s Day, 2011

According to press reports last week Tottenham are set to introduce new space-age football jerseys, which will alert coaching staff when a player is suffering from fatigue. If I’d be wearing one climbing Croagh Patrick Thursday morning, I suspect my number would have been called before we’d even left the car park.

This was my first time climbing The Reek in almost four years and, man, it was tough going. If it wasn’t for the presence on the mountain of climbers thirty and forty years my senior, I’d have been tempted to throw in the towel. But those pints in Galway that night tasted all the sweeter. Made it Ma, top of the world!

March 21st, 2011. 5 Comments »

About the blog awards

I have no idea who nominated me for an award at the Irish Blog Awards, which take place in Belfast tonight. I don’t know much about the awards, except that I am nominated in the same catagory as David McWilliams, Jim Carroll and Donald Clarke. So obviously, I am extremely flattered.

I’m not deluded enough to think I have any chance of winning. But whoever nominated me, and for whatever reason, I’m sure it wasn’t for thinking things but not saying them. So here are my two cents. Read the rest of this entry »

March 19th, 2011. 30 Comments »

This is funny

This is from a few years back, starring Jerry Seinfeld as himself and Patrick Warburton (who played David Puddy on the show) as the voice of Superman. Yes, it’s an American Express ad, but it’s rather amusing all the same. Part two is after the jump… Read the rest of this entry »

March 16th, 2011. 6 Comments »

I’m a pedestrian

You know the way some people are motorists, and some are cyclists, and others are, I dunno, innocent bystanders? Well I’m a pedestrian. I don’t walk for the exercise or the love of it or any of that crap. I walk because, for me, it’s the optimal method of getting from A to B. Not just that, there are all those extra little perks: no monthly payments, tax, or insurance. There are no timetables, parking spaces or unbecoming head gear of any type. It’s free like the Luas, except that this train leaves when I say it leaves. And – because there are no strikes, signal failures or traffic jams – it’s only late if I’m late.

There’s just one problem: there are no Rules of the Footpath. Honestly, it’s like the Wild West out there. Read the rest of this entry »

March 15th, 2011. 10 Comments »

Published: Irish Times, March 12 2011

“What was the highest grossing movie of last year? Jackass 3. Well, we weren’t trying to make Jackass 3…”

valerie plame
Ex-CIA agent, now the subject of a film starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn.

Spies often tells us that the James Bond image is a myth, that intelligence gathering is a dull, unglamorous business. Your career doesn’t really bear out that theory though, does it?
Well, I always loved what I was doing. It was exciting to work undercover in foreign countries, using disguises and hi-tech gadgets. But I never spent much time at the craps table, let’s put it that way. I never owned too many sequined work dresses!

You joined the CIA straight out of college. What did your friends and family think you did for a living?
My cover varied, depending on what the circumstances called for. I usually posed as a businesswoman or a commercial traveller. I was lucky. When my identity was betrayed, my friends understood my reasons for deceiving them. The only thing they said – to my face at least – was, well, that explains a lot… Read the rest of this article here.

March 14th, 2011. 1 Comment »

In which I Google my own name

Of course, it’s not something you should do too often. And when you must, it’s not something you should publicly admit to. But what the hell? Last time I googled the words “Eoin Butler”, I discovered that my friend and I were listed as problem tenants on a website called LandlordSolutions.ie. (Our crime? Taking a case to the PRTB four years ago, which had ruled 100% in our favour.)

I managed to get our names removed, but not without using (for the first and only time in my life) the utterly cringesome phrase “I write for the Irish Times, you know.” Time before that, I discovered that I’m reviled within the Ultimate Frisbee community. Which caused me to soil myself pretty badly, as you can imagine. So this is a task I approach with no little trepidation.

But fuck it, I’m bored. So here goes nothing… Read the rest of this entry »

March 13th, 2011. 8 Comments »

“Yeah right. Last Irish box you saw the inside of had a number 5 on the lid…”

Went through the Magic Door, did he?

We both crease ourselves laughing.

“Special offer at Saver’s Supermarket, wha?” Read the rest of this article here.

March 11th, 2011. 10 Comments »

This is funny [SECOND UPDATE]

zach gal
Yay, Zach Galifianakis presents SNL for the second time this weekend. Last time he described his look to the audience as: Read the rest of this entry »

March 11th, 2011. 5 Comments »