Charolais Bull***t

That’s the closest i’ve come to swearing on Slugger, but reading the crap spouted  on Eamonn’s twitter is driving me to it, it gets on my wick every time I log on, either it goes or I go!

BTW Charolais is probably one of the most docile breeds, which makes it the most rather popular on small farms, hence the higher number of incidents (Mr. Mallie does not state what type of incident).  Probably the bovines with a more aggressive reputation are Friesian bulls, which is partly why most dairy farms go for AI may contribute to a preference for artificial insemination on dairy farms.  However never trust  a bull of any breed.

DR It’s Moochin i added the photo to help illustrate. Here’s another, this particular Charolais weighed in at over 1100kg and one*ahem* shot from him was enough to service 300 heifers (so i was informed by the farmer up near Ballyclare where this was taken in ’06).

  • Tend to ignore the Mallie Twitter. Don’t care if it stays or goes, but would think ‘featuring’ a range of journalists twittering would probably be useful to see who else is out there, and other twitter feeds worth ignoring.

  • Drumlins Rock

    I have so so tried to ignore it, but If I see writing I have to read it, and always regret doing so.

  • Alias

    I agree with you regarding the dapper Eamon. He’s a misplaced luvvie.

    (content removed, try not to get too personal, thanks, Mod.)

  • Alias

    Good idea.

  • The Third Policeman

    Don’t want to play the man here, but I don’t see why its only his twitter Slugger features. Is he slipping Slugger a wee bit of cash in the claw?

  • percy

    yes ye should go DR
    playing the man on an open thread is pure folly.
    the embarrasment is all yours cara

  • Alias

    A protected species…

    Has the Mod ever endured reading Mr Mallie’s Twitter feed? The subject is more personal than it is political, so if the subject is personal it is because he has specifically introduced it.

    If you don’t want the personal, then remove the offending feed. 😉

  • Kevin Barry

    Worst thread ever

  • joeCanuck

    Reading Mallie or any particular blogger is not compulsory. So I don’t understand why some people allow themselves to get upset. I know it can be hard to ignore anything written on the page but it is your choice.

    Yes,bulls are very dangerous. A young farmer I know who was engaged to one of my wife’s best friends was killed by his bull a few months ago.

  • Rory Carr

    I should be careful, Drumlins Rock, if I were you, criticising another’s writing in a piece which consists of three sentences at least two of which contain simply appalling errors of grammar and construction.

    Your last sentence has no subject. In the penultimate sentence – which should in any case be broken into two sentences – you speak of a “number of incidents” and we are left to ask, “Incidents of what, car crashes, muggings, jumble sales?” And as for, ” most dairy farm, [sic]” the least said the better.

    I must admit however that the agricultural theme was appropriate as you seem more at home with a plough than with a pen (unless it be a bullpen !).

  • pippakin

    Is it not one of the problems of twitter rather than Mr Mallie? It is hard enough to cram comments into 140 characters, and to then take them out of the twitter environment can cause the reader to at least blink!

    Rory Carr

    Remember I don’t care what you think of my grammar so don’t bother.

  • Rory Carr

    Since you have not originated a thread attacking the writing of another, Pips, you have not placed yourself in the firing line. Besides which I am sure that it is quite beyond you to write other than with the most impeccable grammar.

    It is the expression of your thinking with which I sometimes find occasion to take exception, but always expressed most elegantly, my dear.

  • pippakin

    Rory Carr

    Aw shucks! sarcasm at this hour of the morning…

    In fact it is twitter I blame for the decline of my own grammar etc. so I’m naturally sympathetic to others. it is almost impossible to be grammatically correct on twitter! and the abbreviations have plumbed unheard of depths, unless of course it is your habit to write before as b4…

  • Laughing (Tory) Unionist

    Let’s replace Mallie with even a soft Unionist for a month and see how the spoofers on this thread chunter.

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    DR,

    ” it gets on my wick every time I log on, either it goes or I go!”

    As someone who never reads EM except to browse his headlines pieces on the side and in spite of your harsh words about RTE (those people with funny accents that amuse you) then please stay and Barabbas (Mallie) can
    go.

    But we presuambly need some clarifcation here regarding man-playing and blogger-tackling-below-the-waist , didnt someone get ejected recently from Slugger for dissing a blogger?

    ps Yon picture of that bull has put the hunger on me.

  • Mike

    Ooh, get her…

  • Laughing (Tory) Unionist

    What about getting rid of commenters who Just Keep Making Stuff Up?

  • Drumlins Rock

    Rory, have atempted to improve the grammar at your request, although I’m am sure you will find plenty of additional errors. With Mr. Mallies Tweets the problem is with the content and not the style.

  • Mike

    Now do you mean “in the firing line”, or “in the line of fire”, Rory?

    They mean different things, but your post could perhaps apply to either,,,

  • Drumlins Rock

    Sammy, its a fine looking bull, thanks to admin for adding it, they even got the right breed. I hope it is not man playing to criticise someone for their general input on this site, however I have removed comments that were getting too personal.

  • Mick Fealty

    Not at all!! But I am always open to criticism. Originally we wanted to mix the feed, but it came low down in the priorities. I’ll see if we can revisit it.

    I would add that Eamonn’s developing a conversational style on Twitter which is entirely appropriate for that format, but maybe doesn’t translate across to the Slugger page as well.

    There is no question of our removing it, but we’ll see if we can augment it.

  • Mick Fealty

    Be careful LTU, or you’ll find yourself ‘drafted’!! 😉

  • Laughing (Tory) Unionist

    I’ve heard that the rate for twitter ain’t a v large number. Indeed, it might not even be a number. Also, ‘soft unionism’ isn’t my bag. Despite the State Telly anschluss, I remain a fan of Smugger, but, you’ve made some poor decisions pace contributors. One in particular. And using a loon, even once, really does stink the whole place up. It puts folk off, and I can’t quite see who’s attracted by the loon-use who isn’t already here in slabbering spades.

    Also [engage whinge]: there should be a button you can click that shows the most recent comments on a thread, as otherwise you have to wade through the whole sodding thing to try and work out where they’ve cropped up.

  • Mark McGregor

    Drumlins:

    either it goes or I go!

    Mick:

    There is no question of our removing it

    Everyone:

    Bye bye Drumlins

  • Drumlins Rock

    you gonna miss me Mark?

  • Rory Carr

    You got me there, Mike. I did, of course, intend ‘line of fire’ and so deserve any ribbing that follows.

  • Mark McGregor

    I don’t think you should go. Your blog was as silly, if not more so, than some of the tweets though.

  • Drumlins Rock

    Mick, I dont do twitter, although it has its uses as a form of quick short updates. However I respect this site for its balance, sometimes its a bit too green, sometimes its too orange, (red, yellow and blue always fight their corner too).
    However Mr Mallie is die in the wool green, despite pretences of balance, his tweeting is giving new readers the wrong impression of the site, and in the long term will affect the balance.
    Although I have picked a light hearted comment to highlight the issue, other comments have been offensive, the worst of which was in response to the Claudy bomb report was “how could the state be so cruel”.
    I’m sure someone will now argue the point that the state was cruel etc etc, but that is the whole point of Slugger, we slug it out with each other, but at present when Eamonn tweets it recieves pride of place on the site and cannot be challenged or defended.
    Maybe putting Nolans tweets up as well would give a balance! but then you would need even more to get a truer balance…

  • Dec

    Beyonce Knowles has 862,046 followers on Twitter but has yet to issue a single tweet. Interesting.

  • Mark McGregor

    On the actual subject of the blog, what little there is:

    I don’t see the conversational style Mick notes, I see the opposite and it used to irritate me a little. Eamonn is broadcast only on twitter and while the style is certainly more informal than journalism it is still all output with no engagement. I understand that from his blogging where there is no real belief that he is reading the comments to engage but being broadcast only seems to miss many of the advantages of social media platform like twitter.

    Though if it annoys people they have the option to not read, I dumped him from Facebook for exactly this reason.

  • Drumlins Rock

    Mark, it was meant to be silly, and I hope there is room for sillyness on Slugger still!

  • Neil

    Goddammit, if there’s anymore silliness I’m outtahere. It’s silliness or me end of story.

    A mate of mine befriended Dom Joly on twitter and then informed him he was a ‘wanker’. Seems like about the only use for twitter I can see.

  • Drumlins Rock

    Mark, I think the difference here is “the option to not read” does not exist, I’m one of those people who if I see a headline has to read it (one of the reasons Bi-lingual signs/adverts bugg me, I always try to read the first sentence before my brain kick in and says catch yourself on) It is impossible to scroll down the page and not glance across.

  • “twitter – join the conversation”

    The Mallie mini monologues could hardly be described as conversation 🙂

  • Would have thought there there is always a question on every aspect of a blog to keep it fresh and relevant. So ‘no question’ presents a question in itself.

  • joeCanuck

    ..Bi-lingual signs/adverts bugg me..Thank your lucky stars that you don’t live over here then.
    🙂

  • Drumlins Rock

    Joe, actually it was canada that sprung to mind first, have been over twice this year.

  • spige

    There once was a man called Glitter
    Who was partial to tweeting on twitter
    Young folk he would tweet
    To arrange and then meet
    With the intention of taking them up the… Cavehill for a scenic walk.

  • Laughing (Tory) Unionist

    I met a young lady on twitter
    Ample, if not a big hitter
    She pasted muster for me
    From her head to her knees
    But others I feared were fitter.

  • Laughing (Tory) Unionist

    I was astonished to find on twitter
    an Ulsterman who was bitter
    about themuns he tweeted
    and frequently bleated
    if only he’d be a quitter

  • Laughing (Tory) Unionist

    Oxford’s Chinese History professor is Mitter,
    Who’s yet to get started tweeting on twitter
    But when you read Eamonn Mallie
    That dreadful Aunt Sally
    Be grateful for less e-litter

  • Rory Carr

    Goddamnit! Now they are mangling the sacred literary form of the limerick. It’s like watching hippos dance Swan Lake.

  • Laughing (Tory) Unionist

    When Themuns attempted to rhyme
    The scansion was quite the crime,
    Well, so Usems affected to hope
    And ignoring their cries of MOPE,
    Insisted on tears at bedtime.

  • spige

    Or a Charolais bull doing Riverdance perhaps?

  • drumlins rock

    I once had a prize Charolais bull
    who was quiet and docile, quite peaceful
    till a tweet of attack
    from a smart city hack
    made the bull call for honour by duel

    so the challenge was published afar
    and was discussed in manys a bar
    but as was his tradition
    as an institution of the nation
    the hack simply hid from the war

  • pippakin

    Aaaand another of Irelands sacred cows bites the dust…

    Sorry.

  • JR

    I have to say drumlin, I like the photos. Reminds me of our old bull. We use a blonde bull now.

  • drumlins rock

    were back to the Charolais, after gonig Blue for few years, now they were ugly brutes.

  • Neil

    When I was a kid I went into my granda’s byre and tried to pet one of the fresian bulls. Near killed me. It was a mean big brute, but those are two quare looking animals in the photees hi.

  • JR

    We had a salare for a few years. Very hardy, good growers and would calve anything but too wild. Good if you need exercise.

  • joeCanuck

    Our local paper has an ad from a farmer this week.

    5calves for sale. Never Bred.
    Also one gay bull.

  • Rory Carr

    Where is this thread going?

    We’ve gone from a call to censor a contributor to a criticism of the writing in the original post, to ‘soft’ Unionism, to Beyonce Knowles, to poor attempts at the limerick, to nostalgia over farm animals and now we’re on to homosexuality in animals.

    It can’t be long before Richard Gere pops up looking for his gerbil.

  • pippakin

    Rory Carr

    Armed with a Mars bar I suppose, behave yourself.

  • Rory Carr

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts with everyone on the world-wide web, Alleycat. Is there any dosh in it? When do I get mine?

  • alley cat

    Roary! Thanks for sharing yours aplenty. Mr Mallie is in the£
    Business of selling thoughts and opinion are you?

    Hence your check will not be in the post!

  • Rory Carr

    Well, Alley Cat, given that he is able to excite your interest, it seems that Mallie has earned his pay.

  • Rory Carr

    P.s. That’ll be a fiver. (no cheques !)