Eoin Butler: writer, journalist and Mayoman of the Year

Tripping Along The Ledge


New adventures in babysitting (contd.)

Evolution has contrived to make the sound of a crying baby one of the most unpleasant in nature. The more piercing the child’s shrieking, the harder it is to ignore. The harder to ignore, the more attention is lavished upon the child and, hence, the greater chance it has of surviving into adulthood. In a small apartment, it’s like having a car alarm going off in the living room for hours at a time. Read the rest of this entry »

March 24th, 2010. 9 Comments »

Perusing the Sunday papers, something suddenly strikes me…

I hate the Sunday papers. The first six days of the week, newspaper articles tend to begin with sentences like ‘The government has announced…’, ‘Sources in Timbuktu report…’ or ‘Grave robbers in Ballyjamesduff have stolen…’ But come Sunday, all that goes out the window. Suddenly, it’s all ‘Is Bebo turning our children into vampires?’ or ‘Can worrying about my bum give me the plague?’ Read the rest of this article here.

March 23rd, 2010. 7 Comments »

Miscellaneous Amusing Items I’ve Come Across #31

Provided they meet certain criteria, obviously… Read the rest of this entry »

March 23rd, 2010. Comment now »

So I hear you’re a racist… Is this the new thing?

Egg Racism
“Ah Christ… Who told you?”

“I met Tina in Tescos the other night.”

“For fuck’s sake… He was a Malaysian fella in a Malaysian restaurant wearing a black shirt… Anyone could have made the same mistake.” Read the full article here.

March 23rd, 2010. Comment now »

Pakistan and India: armed and fabulous

The India-Pakistan Wagah border flag-lowering ceremony, as witnessed by the BBC’s Sanjeev Bhaskar.

March 23rd, 2010. 7 Comments »

Our mothers sang together in the choir.

One day they got to talking about Anne Marie. With all the disruption, our mothers said, Anne Marie had fallen behind on her school work. My mother mentioned she had a son in the same class and that maybe I could help. It was decided there and then… Read the rest of this article here.

March 22nd, 2010. 2 Comments »

Suspect is armed & dangerous

Is this the least likely (& most amusing) photo of a youthful Bill Gates you’ve ever seen? Haha… not by long shot it ain’t.

March 21st, 2010. Comment now »

That’s some real conversation for your ass

Top 5 Reasons Why Ben Folds’ Bitches Ain’t Shit is the Greatest Thing Ever.

1. Okay, technically, “Bitches ain’t shit but hoes and tricks” is about the most misogynistic statement you could possible make. But for some reason, it’s even more UN-FUCKING-BELIEVABLY misogynistic when uttered by a nerdy, middle class white guy (accompanying himself on the piano). This has more than just shock value though. Read the rest of this entry »

March 21st, 2010. 8 Comments »

SXSW: dispatches from the frontline

Day began @ 6.30 in the AM when a 30-piece Mariachi band in full regalia performed a surprise gig in my hotel bedroom. Advance warning would have been nice, but the set certainly created some buzz in the adjoining rooms and corridor. Read the rest of this entry »

March 19th, 2010. 14 Comments »

Ronan Keating (hearts) Your Granny

Holy crap! There’s pandering and there’s pandering… Cool your boots Keating, you look like you’re about to slip her the tongue! Now look, I know the goody-two-shoes dollar is your dollar. And its a good dollar. I’m not knocking you for doing your job. But in the name of God, man, have some self-respect! Even Daniel O’Donnell would tell you this was overkill…

March 18th, 2010. 6 Comments »