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Inteachán – Book Five: The Tallest Tower Crane 5: 22 ‘magnified across the heavens’


As the loop plays out across the sky, people stop working to stand up and see themselves magnified across the heavens as they plead and weep and cry before a lens that doesn’t care.The canned laughter and syrupy music only serves to make the humiliation ever more complete were it even necessary for that to be so right now.Iseult and Gilly watched in wonder as they stood under shelter in the courtyard of their gulag.‘What on earth can all this be?’ asked Gilly with a tremble. ‘I cannot begin to understand.’‘And that is exactly why we should focus on the things we do know,’ said Iseult.She put her hand of the old man’s shoulders.‘Why focus on the darkness when it is the light that keeps the ni...
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Inteachán – Book Five: The Tallest Tower Crane 5: 21 ‘a celestial loop’


The film cuts again and this time an image of Stooky Bill materializes in an enormous close shot and, like the worst excesses of popular television from a time way gone, begins to sing in the most mocking and creakiest of voices;‘There is no Future nowNor was there ever beforeAnd with the Past behind usThere is now just Nothing evermore …’Cut once more to another staple of popular television, the ultimate heart-string-tugging telethon as the video statements made by the doomed begin to play across the sky on a celestial loop accompanied by teary, swirly music and peals of canned laughter.Original link
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Inteachán – Book Five: The Tallest Tower Crane 5: 20 ‘a sunny dappled playful meadow’


The clouds now part and the Crowley-Baird Inc. logo appears as if the sky was a giant screen. Behind the logo is a sunny dappled playful meadow and as the sunshine in the picture slowly fades the logo is replaced by the words ‘Terminal Transit.’ An automated voice begins to speak.‘On behalf of everyone at Crowley-Baird Inc. we would like to welcome you all to Terminal Transit.’The film playing now fades in to a beautiful sandy beach with slowly lapping waves and a hammock gently moving between two palm trees.‘Congratulations to you and your planet for having been selected.’Original link
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Inteachán – Book Five: The Tallest Tower Crane 5: 19 ‘the fruit of whim’


A lightning storm takes hold and rolls across the sky with jagged ferocity, stabbing the darkness.A booming voice rings out through the tumult.Ten voices.One Hundred.Legion.Five.‘Welcome to Terminal Transit.’The suffering we are now visiting upon you is simply the fruit of whim.’‘We mean you each and every harm you are currently experiencing.’‘Only us.’‘Listen.’Original link
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Inteachán – Book Five: The Tallest Tower Crane 5: 18 ‘visions of a future’


The streets began to fill with professional comfort-givers; priests, nuns, politicians and television personalities – now with no recognized formal function but determined to try and maintain some claim on events as they unfold.With a permission based solely on the same cosmic perversity and absolutely nothing else, these comfort-givers were given special dispensation from the labour at hand in order to offer empty promises and visions of a future that cannot possibly exist now. Walking among the weeping, toiling crowds.Hand-wringing.Glad-handing.Original link
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Inteachán – Book Five: The Tallest Tower Crane 5: 17 ‘an eventual rhythm’


Everything always finds an eventual rhythm and the end of the world is no exception.The sky is now so black that day and night are only useless memories of a time.Before.Where once beautiful clouds thrilled their audiences by floating low and slow across the city and then out to sea, they now lay sullen and black.And heavy and still.There is only rain now.Hateful hellish rain.And winds strong enough to make you walk double as you go about your pitiful business.Original link
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Inteachán – Book Five: The Tallest Tower Crane 5:16 ‘a single pleading stream’


Imagine a single pleading stream of hopeless angry frightened desperate voices captured and then eventually set adrift across the darkest darkness of Time and Space forever more.‘We are very sorry.’‘Isn’t there someone who can stop this?’‘Queríamos envejecer juntos.’‘Who is in charge ‘round here?’‘I can’t find my mammy.’‘Je ne veux pas mourir.’‘Can we talk about this?’‘Are you’s all angels like?’‘What did we do to deserve this?’‘Are you kind-of like aliens?’‘How dare you!’‘Please don’t do this to us.’‘My wife died this morning.’‘We’re not afraid.’‘I think my parents are still alive.’‘Et absterget Deus omnem lacrimam ab oculis eorum. Mors ultra non erit neque luctus neque clamor neque dolor e...
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Inteachán – Book Five: The Tallest Tower Crane 5: 15 ‘its own book of condolences’


Like a nation forced to sign its own book of condolences the video testaments continued relentlessly. Even on the happiest of occasions a camera’s lens can make you feel tongue-tied but imagine how it would make you feel at a moment like this.Whole families standing before it.Orphaned children.Weeping parents.Single men and women.New-found friends clinging together.Confused.Dazed.Uncomprehending.Everyone waits in line for their turn.  Original link
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Inteachán – Book Five: The Tallest Tower Crane 5: 14 ‘the cruelest of practical jokes’


In the contemporariness of the modern world we have all become accustomed to uploading all of our thoughts and dreams for the attention of the sometimes watching world and so the process started here wasn’t anything new but in the hands of the NotBeSpeak this recording and cataloguing of personal content was the cruelest of practical jokes to be played on the doomed world as they knew full well that once the planet was destroyed this content would still live on somewhere for someone or something or nothing and no-one to discover at some time in the future and be amused by or simply delete.Original link
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Inteachán – Book Five: The Tallest Tower Crane 5: 13 ‘the ultimate reality television show’


The city continued to be pulled apart and as it was so the significance of records and metrics came once more to the fore.It wouldn’t be a genocide without the concomitant cataloguing and noting and so the task fell to an army of hastily-appointed trustees with a civil service background to collect the last will and testament of every citizen.Like the ultimate reality television show, everybody began to be forced at gunpoint to leave a record on video of who they once were.Once their message was recorded, they were herded back to whichever landmark they had been assigned to destroy and the process continued.Original link
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Inteachán – Book Five: The Tallest Tower Crane 5: 12 ‘likely house a mouse’


Mac moved slowly now, shuffling in his ragged, filthy suit. The front of his brogues were worn through and if you took the time you would see a grimy toe poking through the broken leather. His hair was matted and streaked with dirt. Wispy strands of silver hair hung lank and long from his chin to his temples. The sort of beard from a fairy tale that would likely house a mouse.Mac spoke to no one as he made his way to the canal in the morning and back to his bed every night. He took no part in any activities and looked straight through anyone who tried to engage with him.Barometric in his bearing now, Mac embodied the dying of the world.Original link
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Inteachán – Book Five: The Tallest Tower Crane 5: 11 ‘ordering this disorder’


‘But,’ said the refugee, ‘everything is ending now and soon there will be nothing left.’‘And what should we do?’ asked Iseult. ‘Sit around and weep for what was once our world? Or resolve to do all we can to keep moving forward somehow.’Iseult put her hand on the refugee’s shoulder and smiled.‘We are building something here. In spite of everything that has now occurred, we still have something to build on.’Iseult pointed at the filthy chaos of the courtyard.‘Even ordering this disorder is something to live for.’Original link
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Inteachán – Book Five: The Tallest Tower Crane 5: 10 ‘there is everything left’


‘I was part of the team that toppled the Spire,’ continued the refugee. ‘Hundreds of people kept at the thing until finally it fell, crushing forty people as it did so.’The refugee shook his head.‘I have no family left so was able to flee in the confusion without fear of reprisals.’‘You are welcome to stay here with us,’ said Iseult kindly. ‘We could use the help.’‘Help you with what?’ asked the refugee incredulously. ‘There is nothing left.’‘Actually,’ replied Iseult, ‘there is everything left.’Original link
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Inteachán – Book Five: The Tallest Tower Crane 5: 9 ‘monuments, buildings and landmarks’


Whilst the camp was in no real danger as the rest of the country was totally preoccupied with its own destruction, Iseult still felt it prudent to post guards on the gates and so it was that one morning a refugee arrived with tales of Terminal Transit.Over a bowl of soup the refugee told Iseult and Gilly about the horrors taking place in the city centre.‘All day without a break whole families are forced to attack monuments, buildings and landmarks with little more than their bare hands and are not allowed to stop until they fall fainting from the effort.’‘Then what?’ asked Gilly.‘Then nothing,’ replied the refugee. ‘That’s it forever now.’Original link
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Inteachán – Book Five: The Tallest Tower Crane 5: 8 ‘a simply broken soul’


Gilly was also worrying about Mac who, by this stage, was little more than a simply broken soul. Mac refused to leave his post by the canal and no amount of pleading from his friends could make him change his mind. All anyone could now do was to try and make sure Mac ate something every now and again and was as comfortable as possible.With every passing day Mac’s vigil seemed more and more hopeless.‘If Inteachán was coming back,’ Gilly said to Iseult, ‘then surely she would be back by now.’Iseult smiled sadly.‘I fear you are right, Gilly,’ she said. ‘I also fear that this will be the death of Mac.’Original link
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Inteachán – Book Five: The Tallest Tower Crane 5: 7 ‘nursing books and pamphlets’


Gilly was really worried about his wife and waited patiently each day for news that she might have been interred somewhere else in the city. Aoibhinn was one of the country’s leading landscape artists and so he could only imagine that she had had to endure the same fate as him, only with paintings instead of books.‘Her poor heart must be badly broken,’ Gilly said to himself.Gilly kept busy by trying to focus on the fact that he was actively resisting the end of the world by nursing books and pamphlets back to health.But what else he supposed to do?The alternative was to forever imagine the torture and deprivation that Aoibhinn had most likely endured.Original link
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Inteachán – Book Five: The Tallest Tower Crane 5: 6 ‘reunited with their chapters’


Gilly spent his days trying to make sense of the destruction he had taken part in. Following his and Mac’s earlier subversion, Gilly was now able to find almost-whole books in the courtyard and bring them into a large shelved storeroom which was now their library. A long row of tables in the middle of the room allowed broken books and other ephemera to be carefully examined and catalogued. Single pages were reunited with their chapters and slowly the shelves around the edge of the room began to fill.Original link
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Inteachán – Book Five: The Tallest Tower Crane 5: 5 ‘a strange peace’


As global life entered its final phase, the denizens of the Player Wills Factory now found themselves occupying a strange peace. So rapt was the city in its own destruction that aside from the occasional helicopter sweeping the city at night looking for absconders, Iseult, Gilly and the others were left alone and so settled into a gentle routine.Iseult spent her days now running the camp, managing the occupants with the day-to-day business of trying to survive in a derelict world. A nearby warehouse was discovered containing a vast range of supplies that were never delivered to the local supermarkets and these supplies were transferred into the camp and catalogued accordingly.Original link
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Inteachán – Book Five: The Tallest Tower Crane 5: 3 ‘with hammers and chisels’


As the queues formed so people were appointed to civic landmarks and other cultural sites in the city and charged with their demolition. This phase of Terminal Transit required the population to destroy historic buildings with hand tools so as to make the destruction last longer and feel more significant to those forced to take part.Under the watchful eye of the Defence Force whole families started dismantling  their appointed landmarks brick by brick, forced to work in return for the smallest of rations.At night, these same families slept pitifully on the streets beneath ripped tarpaulins and other paltry shelters, huddled together in their absolute misery.Original link
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Inteachán – Book Four: The Strikethrough Lemniscate 4: 50 ‘a long and mournful digital dolly’


As the swollen waters passed in front of him Mac saw hope and despair in every single ripple.Originally he understood enough to know that what he was doing was sheer folly but as the first hours passed and turned into days, Mac truly believed that were he to take his eyes off of the water then he would miss the very thing he was looking for.And so our once proud academic has now descended deep into the kind of daily darkness that very few people ever truly return from.As the camera moves slowly upwards and backwards in a long and mournful digital dolly, the audience is left with nothing now but the view of a tiny broken man dwarfed by and alone in an enormous broken world.Original link
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