Eoin Butler: writer, journalist and Mayoman of the Year

Tripping Along The Ledge


My shortcomings as a writer and as a human being (abridged)

irish economy
For the past couple of months I’ve been writing a column for The Dubliner. It’s a much more taxing job then I had anticipated. I’m expected to offer coherent thoughts on some topic of contemporary relevance each week. This isn’t easy for me.

It wouldn’t be a problem, I suppose, if I actually gave a shite about the economy or knew what NAMA was or any of that. But that’s never going to happen. I’ve never opened a bank statement in my life. I’m not going to suddenly pretend I’m Eddie Hobbs. Read the rest of this entry »

May 19th, 2010. 27 Comments »

The Eternal (1980)

Just found out that today is the 30th anniversary of Ian Curtis’ death. It was down to a choice between either this or ‘Decades’ as the most appropriate (i.e. suicidally depressing) track to commemorate the occasion. Both, of course, achingly sad songs at any remove.

May 18th, 2010. 6 Comments »

Norm’s opening lines…

norm and cliffy
“How’s a beer sound, Norm?”
“I dunno. I usually finish them before they get a word in.”

“Whatcha up to Norm?”
“My ideal weight if I were eleven feet tall.” Read the rest of this entry »

May 18th, 2010. Comment now »

Faith Alive

practical islam
1. Down with this sort of thing… Saudi woman beats up virtue cop.

2. That’ll learn him! (1) Pakistani barber trims Muslim man’s beard. In retaliation, a mob breaks his ribs, wrist and legs… and then rape him.

3. A Mormon checks in to a hotel. As he’s leaving the front desk, he says to the clerk “By the way, I hope your porn is disabled.” Read the rest of this entry »

May 18th, 2010. 11 Comments »

“What are the perks? I imagine it’s like being a mobster. You walk into a grocery store and get bumped to the front of the queue…”

galvin all ireland
The GAA badboy reveals a surprise fondness for ladies clothing

What’s the mood in the Kerry camp on the eve of the championship? I’m going to take a wild guess and say “confident”…
I suppose you could say we’re confident. (laughs) We’re confident every year. It’s impossible to know how things will pan out. But we’re optimistic.

Kerry are reigning champions. Where do you see the biggest threat to your title coming from this year?
Well, Cork are obviously the hot favourites. They’ve made no secret of their ambitions and they’re the team to beat. The Dubs have changed tack. They look a more savvy bunch this year. They’re more defensively minded, more aggressive. And Tyrone are definitely going to be back there with another sting in the tail. Read the rest of this article here.

May 17th, 2010. 3 Comments »

Now here’s a politician I could get behind…

For what it’s worth, Alabama is in the south-east of the United States. So cowboys aren’t even native to that state. Either way, if Dale Peterson is to be stopped, I can think of only one man with the cojones to do it. And that’s this guy!

May 17th, 2010. 2 Comments »

Miscellaneous Amusing Items I’ve Come Across #36

free nachos

May 17th, 2010. 7 Comments »

Want to know what I hate more than anything else in the world?

(*if you've ever eaten out with me you may already know the answer)

A few years ago, my friend Neil and I spent three months backpacking across South America. We hiked to the famous Inca ruins at Machu Picchu, played football on the beach at Copacabana and even danced the tango in Buenos Aires. (Okay, that last bit is a lie. In Buenos Aires we took a guided tour of Boca Juniors’ football stadium, during which the only two words I understood were “Diego” and “Maradona”.)

The point is that, on our travels, we ate out quite a bit. Read the rest of this entry »

May 16th, 2010. 12 Comments »

This is Funny

Click ‘continue watching’ after each one. The 30 second adverts are, admittedly, excessive. But some of the jokes are really wonderful.

May 16th, 2010. 3 Comments »

Comment mutiny: swarm, swarm, swarm…

Apologies for not updating as often as I’ve have liked this week. I’ve been doing some top secret consultancy work for the government. We’re creating an elite mobile fighting unit to be deployed against the citizenry as the country goes down the toilet. I really can’t say any more than that. Rob and David – happy now?

May 14th, 2010. 2 Comments »