Next stop: Dublin

I had a nice break for about 14 hours — I arrived in Minneapolis, and my wife showed up with her massage table (there’s a reason she is the Trophy Wife™), but now I have to get on a series of planes to arrive after a series of stops in exotic Dublin, where I shall somehow find my way to someplace to stay for a day or so before giving a talk to the University College Dublin humanists. It should be fine, even if I am stumbling about a bit with uncertainty about where I’m going — the Irish are a hospitable people, and if nothing else, I can always find a pub.


Everyone uses that picture Larry Moran shot of me on the bridge across the Thames…I may have to start sending him royalties.


  1. #1 arensb
    January 30, 2010

    Just make sure you don’t get arrested for blasphemy.

  2. #2 Sili
    January 30, 2010

    Brave to use a London picture to introduce a Dublin talk.

    I think the big, pink molar woulda been a safer choice, but I’m obviously biased.

  3. #3 blf
    January 30, 2010

    Right now I really really wish I was still living in Dublin…

  4. #4 blf
    January 30, 2010

    Brave to use a London picture to introduce a Dublin talk.

    So now’s an opportunity for the photographers in Ireland to shoot a series of better photos: Professional Poopyhead Little Pee Zed isn’t just visiting Dublin, but also elsewhere on the island.

  5. #5 luna-the-cat
    January 30, 2010

    With all due respect, finding a pub will not help you with the “stumbling about a bit” problem. In fact, given just how lovely real Irish Guiness is, it may make the problem a bit worse.

  6. #6 Onias
    January 30, 2010

    Ali G:
    Why is the capital of Ireland called Dublin?

    ‘Cos it keeps doublin’ and doublin’ and doublin’…

  7. #7 Rorschach
    January 30, 2010

    Yeah have fun with those Irish people PZ, we can’t wait to see you down here in a few weeks for the really important stuff !!

    And still the Creation and Complexity talk ? Maybe something down the lines of the Fry/Hitchens takedown of the RCC would be in order…..

  8. #8 Sven DiMilo
    January 30, 2010

    Everyone uses that picture Larry Moran shot of me on the bridge across the Thames

    wonder why…

  9. #9 PZ Myers
    January 30, 2010

    Of course a pub will help me with the stumbling bit! It will help me stop caring that I’m stumbling.

  10. #10 Rorschach
    January 30, 2010

    Link fail, my apologies, start here…

  11. #11 Onias
    January 30, 2010

    Prof. Myers, be sure to include a reference to the rationalist philosopher John Toland.

  12. #12 Asbestopluma
    January 30, 2010

    Your passport is showing. How embarrassing.

  13. #13 negentropyeater
    January 30, 2010

    What does a priest and a pint of guninneas hav in common?

    A Black body, a white collar and if you get a bad 1 it will tear the ass of ya

  14. #14 negentropyeater
    January 30, 2010

    PZ and the nun

    PZ approached Mulligan’s bar in Dublin. On the step outside he was accosted by a nun, Sister Marie, who said:

    ‘Surely a fine man like yourself is not going into this den of iniquity? Surely you’re not going to waste your hard-earned cash on the devil’s brew. Why don’t you go home and feed and clothe your wife and children?’

    ‘Hang on, Sister,’ replied PZ. ‘First, there’s no devil, how can you condemn alcohol out of hand? Surely it’s wrong to form such a rash judgement when you’ve never tasted the stuff? And also, my wife and kids are far away in America.’

    ‘Very well,’ said Sister Marie. Till taste it just to prove my point. Obviously I can’t go into the pub, so why don’t you bring me some gin. Oh, and just to camouflage my intent, maybe you should bring it in a cup not a glass!’

    ‘OK,’ said PZ and into the bar he breezed.

    ‘I’ll have a large gin,’ he said to the barman. ‘And can you put it in a cup?’

    ‘My God,’ said the barman, ‘that nun’s not outside again is she?’

  15. #15 Nerd of Redhead, OM
    January 30, 2010

    Is there any local food PZ should try before he leaves?

  16. #16 Duffs1
    January 30, 2010

    We have the newly opened ‘Samuel Beckett’ bridge over the river Liffey, very suitable for photographs. Looking forward to hearing your talk in our ‘exotic’ city. I hope the students are going to help you to select suitable accommodation, pubs & stumbling ground? I know of a few decent places if you’re lost…

  17. #17 Zeno
    January 30, 2010

    I wonder: Does PZ gets lots of notes from people pointing out that he appears in that Larry Moran photo to have reversed the pad on his bag’s shoulder strap? The pad goes under the strap, not over. It was designed that way.

    (Yeah, yeah, I know. Get a life, Z.)

    P.S.: Later today I’ll post my narrative of PZ’s eighth and final appearance (at Sierra College) as part of his great California tour.

  18. #18 'Tis Himself, OM
    January 30, 2010
  19. #19 summitwulf
    January 30, 2010

    Please come to Cornwall. Luverly place, would be great to welcome you!

  20. #20 sbtech001
    January 30, 2010

    I’ve already reserved my seats for teh UCD show PZ. We’ll have to take you for some brews after what I can only hope will be a lecture withs not only breaks the blasphemy law but throws into a blender and inserts into a bishops arse.


  21. #21 sbtech001
    January 30, 2010

    dammit typo’s .. teh = the.. withs = which (apparently)

  22. #22 Dugges
    January 30, 2010

    Christ abú, can’t wait for this

  23. #23 Sven DiMilo
    January 30, 2010

    Sven’s link in #8 should be

    should it?

    Why don’t these work?
    Another try:

    …which works fine in Preview

  24. #24 Sven DiMilo
    January 30, 2010

    (ah…in my first there was that extra bracket at the end. And ‘Tis’s was internally redundat.)

  25. #25 nelc
    January 30, 2010

    I thought you said you were going to be in the UK today, PZ? Are you taking a late-night flight from Ireland to get there?

    Tsk, tsk. Don’t go telling Dubliners that they’re in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, lest you be sped on your way. People tend to be sensitive about that kind of thing.

  26. #26 kalox
    January 30, 2010

    Woohoo See you in Dublin PZ, Im making the trek to the big smoke to see ya. And you wont have to stumble far to find a pub.

  27. #27 MadScientist
    January 30, 2010

    Don’t forget to be blasphemous. And carry a banana. Always carry a banana.

  28. #28 Pierce R. Butler
    January 30, 2010

    “Yes, Dr. Myers, but are you a Catholic atheist or a Protestant atheist?”

  29. #29 Pierce R. Butler
    January 30, 2010

    Zeno @ # 17 – why does your name-link redirect to a TypePad page with old (3 yrs & more) material, instead of to your blog?

  30. #30 John S. Wilkins
    January 30, 2010

    Here’s a photo you can use if you’d prefer…

  31. #31 Zeno
    January 30, 2010

    Pierce R. Butler @ #29. Beats me. I have no idea. The link to my blog is there on the TypePad page, but the material on the page is ancient (in Internet years). Perhaps I should try logging in with another ID verification system.

    Thanks for pointing that out.

  32. #32 Kausik Datta
    January 30, 2010

    All I want to know is this: PZ met up with Mrs. Myers en route to Dublin. So where is the story of the preacher who helped Mrs. Myers that we were promised?

  33. #33 daleof
    January 30, 2010

    See you there! Hopefully I’ll be able to buy you a pint afterwards!

  34. #34 tonyflemingorg
    January 30, 2010

    While I can recommend quite a fewfaces in other parts of the country, in Dublin my wife and I enjoyed going to the Brazen Head Pub, if only for the fact that it’s the oldest pub in the country, est. in 1198 AD. If your schedule permits, a more enjoyable time can be hand by going on the Musical Pub Crawl, in which two professional Irish musicians teach you about the history of Irish music, demonstrate a number of instruments and generally show the best of Irish hospitality while guiding you to 5-6 different pubs in the Temple Bar part of town.

  35. #35 Bribase
    January 30, 2010

    I’m considering flying out to see PZ from London. Can you recommend a good place to stay?


  36. #36 drpaisley
    January 31, 2010

    While you’re in Dublin, you must check out the Porter House in the Temple Bar District. Nothing to do with steak, it’s a brewpub. Definitely worth making time for.

  37. #37 Apriori
    January 31, 2010

    I second that suggestion. Porterhouse is my home away from home when in Dublin. They brew a most impressing variety of excellent beers. Remember not to try the “Brain Blasta” until right before you retire to your hotel.

  38. #38 coughlanbrianm
    January 31, 2010

    Is there any local food PZ should try before he leaves?

    Why? Isn’t he coming back? Ba – Boom!

    Oh right! You mean like in the safety of his own home? Ba – Boom!

  39. #39 blf
    January 31, 2010

    I third that suggestion. For some of the time I lived in Dublin, The Porterhouse was, in fact, my local pub. Some of their brews are excellent, others are Ok. And they have a good selection of beers from around the world, occasionally on tap.

    Tip: Don’t ask for a Guinness there. They don’t carry it.

    For the truly dedicated Porterhouse fans, I understand the original Porterhouse (which is in Bray, not the one in Temple Bar) is now also a B&B.

    There’s a third Porterhouse in London, near Covent Garden. (And close to another place, which is now closed and whose name I cannot recall, which I liked whenever I visited London: A French brewpub. Quite good French-style beers and, of course, spectacular food.)

  40. #40 MetzO'Magic
    January 31, 2010

    PZed, hi,

    I’ve got myself and 3 colleagues coming to see you on Tuesday. I was able to drum up exactly one creationist at work, but couldn’t coax her into coming to see you even though I promised you didn’t bite (though I may have taken a bit of license with reality there).

    I can also recommend the Porterhouse. And there’s a very atmospheric pub called The Bank, located on Dame St. close to the Trinity College entrance. It’s a refurbished Georgian era bank, and the loos are actual vaults.

    BTW, Pzed, where are you staying in Dublin? I’ll send you an e-mail with my contact details, and maybe we could meet up and get to work on that jet lag of yours…

  41. #41 Cathal
    January 31, 2010

    Re: Food native fare that PZ should eat.

    Soda Bread.

    It’s the only food that we know how to make properly.

  42. #42 sbtech001
    January 31, 2010

    Speaking of the porterhouse… You’ve got to try a banana beer!

  43. #43 Cruithne
    January 31, 2010

    You should make your way up to Belfast if you get the chance PZ, we sure could be doing with a little more godlessness up here.

  44. #44 'Tis Himself, OM
    January 31, 2010

    And close to another place, which is now closed and whose name I cannot recall, which I liked whenever I visited London

    I know the one you mean. It had a Scottish name, McDowell’s or MacDougal’s or something like that. Had the most delicious hot minced beef and cheese sandwiches, called a Big Mike or Big Mick or something like that.

  45. #45 blf
    January 31, 2010

    I know the one you mean. It had a Scottish name, McDowell’s or MacDougal’s or something like that. Had the most delicious hot minced beef and cheese sandwiches, called a Big Mike or Big Mick or something like that.

    That doesn’t sound right (unless they changed (considerably?) after my last visit before finally closing), albeit I could be mistaken. The brewpub I’m thinking was very much French—most of the staff seemed to be French, they brewed a blonde, a brune, and at least one other beer, I don’t recall the food including anything like a minced beef and cheese (albeit since that’s not my thing I may not have noticed), I think the name I cannot recall was French-ish, and I first learned of them via a local (London) CAMRA newsletter (found in the Porterhouse as I now recall). As I now recall, both outside and in it looked more like a modern café (glass and sniny) then a typical pub. This would have been c.2002, and they no longer existed c.2007. I do not recall what is now there.

  46. #46 66steve
    January 31, 2010

    @blf #45

    You’ve got me pondering that one now. I used to watch the Tour de France daily in there in 02 and 03. It was on Endell St, opposite Betterton st. Great beers and a great restaurant too.

    Fecked if I can remember its name though, sorry.

  47. #47 blf
    February 1, 2010


    Yes, Endell Street sounds right for the location, and looking at the map, it’s more-or-less where I (vaguely) recall the place being. Unfortunately, my London notes aren’t at hand, so I can’t look it up, but in a few weeks time (if I remember) I’ll be adjacent to those notes…

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