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Inteachán – Book Three: Operation Turnback 3: 23 ‘I’ll be back when I am’


But when the crying ends there is still always  something to be done and so with a sniff and a wipe of her sleeve Inteachán thought about her next move.She was stuck in a pitch-black hole attached to a rope that was not moving any more. She could hang in the hole for the rest of her life as far as the world was concerned as only Mac knew where she was and it would be days before he would raise the alarm.‘I’ll be back when I am,’ Inteachán had told Mac as she headed off. ‘I won’t be back before.’But what was bravado then was now something so much harder to explain that Inteachán decided to act rather than reflect.Original link
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Inteachán – Book Three: Operation Turnback 3: 22 ‘Tears of fear and solitude’


Fear gripped Inteachán tight like a brand new skin.And as the enormity of her predicament threatened to wrench her free from the precarious perch of her sanity Inteachán began to cry.Salty great tears fell from her eyes and kept falling downwards. Tears of fear and solitude. Desperation. Realisation. Responsibility. No nine year-old should be in such a terrible position.‘What have I done to deserve this?’ whimpered Inteachán.‘Why is it my fault that the world needs saving?’And with the nothing of the darkness as her only answer Inteachán despaired.Original link
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Inteachán – Book Three: Operation Turnback 3: 21 ‘the darkest of lights’


Just as quickly as Inteachán descended she suddenly stopped.The rope was caught and no amount of flicking her wrist would free it.Inteachán hung in the darkness. Her harness began to pull tightly as her stilled weight now tested its seams.Inteachán breathed deeply and then swallowed.Her ears popped.She yawned.Inteachán breathed deep again but she couldn’t keep the fear from starting to fill her body like the darkest of lights.Original link
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As Easy As ABC.


We tend to think the alphabet has been around forever. We tend to think its application is universal. In fact we are wrong on both counts.The alphabet as we know it (20 plus symbols representing sounds) has been in existence for about 4,000 years. It emerged first in Egypt, where before that thousands of hieroglyphics representing individual things was the main means of written correspondence. Progress was slow and most of the development took place in ancient Rome and Greece. The word alphabet is in fact made up of the first two letters of the Greek alphabet – alpha & beta. By about this time most of the written works in the Western world were alphabet based, and have continued to be so. Bu...
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Inteachán – Book Three: Operation Turnback 3: 20 ‘privy to a cosmic truth’


But of course the world couldn’t wait and it was the evening of their return that Inteachán’s parents perished before they had had the chance to reveal the truth and the story as we know it began.Not that we should be too hard on Inteachán’s parents though.Imagine it was you that was privy to a cosmic truth and even though you knew the time had come when you needed to tell your only child everything you knew but were forced to balance this cosmic necessity with the wholly conflicting and much more mundane desire to simply allow a young girl to retain their innocent view of the world for just one more day.Original link
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Inteachán – Book Three: Operation Turnback 3: 19 ‘The world can wait ‘til morning’


‘There are some truths we are not meant to know,’ he continued but Inteachán began to doze. She was only young and it was late.‘I really need to tell you …’Inteachán’s mother put her finger on his lips.‘We have time enough to speak of these things and many more.’ She smiled. ‘Let her sleep for now. The world and its saving can wait until the morning.’Inteachán’s father nodded and looked down at the sleeping girl.‘You’re right, my dear,’ he whispered. ‘The world can wait ‘til morning.’Original link
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Inteachán – Book Three: Operation Turnback 3: 18 ‘Each star a tiny nail’


As she continued her descent Inteachán could not have known that the sides of the hole were bent and skewed. Occasionally the rope got slightly snagged but a flick of her wrist would free it and so Inteachán felt that she was making good progress.Once she had adjusted to darkness and the silent Inteachán felt herself relaxing slightly. She thought of Mac and how much he had suffered. She thought of her parents and the times they shared. Car rides and camping trips.An open tent at midnight and everyone looking up to the night sky. Inteachán nuzzled closer to her parents.‘It’s all there,’ whispered her father. ‘Each star a tiny nail to hold an important truth in place.’Original link
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Operation Eye Witness


I don’t normally write about myself on this blog as it is mainly about words and their origins, interviews with authors, and ‘fancy that’ snippets about linguistics. But today I’m going to talk about my recent operation in hospital. Before the more faint-hearted of you stop reading, let me reassure you that the only reddy-pink stuff splattered round the operating theatre was the rather colourful disinfect all my exposed bits were liberally sprayed with before they got going. I know that, because I was awake all the time.I went in for an operation on my shoulder which is normally done under general anaesthetic, but because of a problem with my liver it was decided that it would be better if i...
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Inteachán – Book Three: Operation Turnback 3: 17 ‘foot then leg then chest then all’


Down into the darkness then.Inteachán watched as the shadows ate her whole – foot then leg then chest then all. Aside from the gentle creaking of the rope the world was silent now.Not just anyone would be prepared to do what Inteachán was doing.Most of us would still be at home hoping that someone else was doing something.Well, someone was.Is.Original link
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Inteachán – Book Three: Operation Turnback 3: 16 ‘groping for a better word’


Of course, lowering a rope is the easy part.Lowering yourself is another thing altogether.Breathing slowly, Inteachán checked her gloves and began her descent.If the sight of child feeding a rope to a hole was bizarre enough then the sight of this same hole slowly swallowing the same child whole would undoubtedly leave any onlooker groping for a better word.Not that the world will be saved by the finding of a better word.We are way beyond that now.Original link
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Accent and Dialect.


I went to an interesting talk recently about accent and dialect. They are not synonyms: accent is the way someone pronounces things; dialect is the grammar and sentence structure behind how this is delivered. It is (relatively) easy to convey dialect on the page; much harder to convey accent. We do not know, for example, how our predecessors actually spoke – though poetry can help as it will show some words that rhymed then that do not rhyme now. To pick just one word: right was once universally pronounced reet (and still is in many northern accents) but is now commonly rhymed with rite. (This change in pronunciation is known as the ‘great vowel shift’ that took place in England between the ...
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Inteachán – Book Three: Operation Turnback 3: 15 ‘A Hungry Hole’


Lowering a rope at night down a black hole is not everyone’s idea of fun but Inteachán found the answer was not to think about the darkness but to focus only on the rope.Down it snaked into the black and anyone watching might have found it strange that a young girl was out and about at night feeding a hungry hole with a length of rope.Inteachán used a stevedore knot to tie one end securely to the lower hinge of an iron gate.Original link
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Inteachán – Book Three: Operation Turnback 3: 14 ‘I’m away’


‘The 12th Earl of Silverhill let the stories of this land guide him where they led, ’explained Mac. ‘This is what brought him to Tibradden.’Inteachán said nothing. She let Mac be himself some more.‘There are more significant occurrences like Tibradden Lough elsewhere in the country, particularly where limestone is more common, but for us the place is close enough to suit our purposes.’Inteachán smiled and looked at the page. Though beautifully faded now, in the way of old papers and parchments, Inteachán could still make out the lines of a mountain with the edges of a lake drawn inside it.‘I’m away,’ was all she said.Original link
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Inteachán – Book Three: Operation Turnback 3: 13 ‘only ink and intentions’


‘Armed with only ink and intentions the 12th Earl of Silverhill walked this country back and forth for thirteen years.Following trickles and noting their source; divining, descending and most of all drawing, we have the 12th Earl of Silverhill to thank for almost all we know about this island and its water.’Mac turned the pages of the Perambulatem Canalis.‘Ah!’ he exclaimed. ‘This is what I am looking for.’Inteachán leaned closer to take a look.Original link
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Inteachán – Book Three: Operation Turnback 3: 12 ‘Perambulatem Canalis’


The book was little more than a sheaf of yellowed pages and Mac was waving it so excitedly that Inteachán thought it was bound to crumble at any moment and fall gently to the floor like a desiccated butterfly’s wing.‘This is the original draft of what later became the 12th Earl of Silverhill’s seminal Perambulatem Canalis.’Mac sat back down.‘Published in 1783, the Perambulatem Canalis tells the story of one man’s obsession with culverts, conduits, and cloaca.He pushed his glasses back onto his forehead and looked at Inteachán.‘I’m feeling more like my old self again.’Original link
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Inteachán – Book Three: Operation Turnback 3: 11 ‘the city’s floodwater’


‘Technically,’ replied Mac, ‘it is an empty lake but that fact suits our purposes even more.’He smiled and Inteachán felt pleased inside.‘We, or should I say, you, are going to descend into the depths of the mountain, find a way to open up Tibradden Lough and then let it fill with the city’s floodwater.’‘Open it up?’ said Inteachán.‘Yes,’ said Mac, ‘open it up.’He walked to the nearest bookcase.‘This whole island is a network of channels and underground routes; the same as the city.’Mac found the book he was looking for.‘And just like plots and histories and civilizations and sewage systems, everything is connected somewhere.’Original link
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Inteachán – Book Three: Operation Turnback 3: 10 ‘Tibradden Lough’


‘Legend has that it that the middle of this island can be reached by anyone plucky enough to descend into the depths of this mountain.’‘And what would they find?’ asked Inteachán.‘Well,’ continued Mac, ‘our interest is not with the middle of this troubled land. ‘He smiled at Inteachán.‘But we would be very interested in the Tibradden Lough.’‘A lake?’ asked Inteachán.‘What would a lake be doing inside a mountain?’Original link
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Inteachán – Book Three: Operation Turnback 3: 9 ‘Sliabh Thigh Bródáin’


Tibradden forest.Inteachán trod lightly on the midnight soil.Pine. Larch. Spruce. Oak. Beech.Heading upwards as the slope gradually leads. Granite boulders shine like teeth in the grin of the shadows.‘Sliabh Thigh Bródáin,’ Mac had said the next morning. ‘The mountain of the house of Bródáin.’‘Where’s that?’ asked Inteachán.‘Sliabh Thigh Bródáin is the 561st highest mountain in Ireland,’ continued Mac. ‘With a cairn on top and,’ Mac paused, ‘though I now hate to use the word, a legend attached.‘Tell me more,’ said Inteachan. Original link
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Inteachán – Book Three: Operation Turnback 3: 8 ‘as necessary and required’


It was announced the next morning that Crowley-Baird Inc. had extended a ‘significant’ loan to the government for ‘the administration of logistical support and other measures as necessary and required.’Later that day the Taoiseach addressed the nation live on television.‘Extraordinary times,’ he intoned, ‘will always require extraordinary measures not to mention extraordinary generosity.’The news roused Mac from his stupor.“Have we learned nothing from our past?’ he railed at the screen.Inteachán was pleased to see the old Mac returning.Original link
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Inteachán – Book Three: Operation Turnback 3: 7 ‘Front Square is full of boats again’


The next morning Mac awoke to find that Inteachán had made him breakfast.She smiled kindly.‘You must eat something, Mac. It has been three days now.’Mac couldn’t manage a smile.‘Why waste your time with a charlatan like me, my child? All I have done is tell you a lifetime of lies and nearly kill you.’ Mac started to sob. ‘There is nothing left for us to do.’Inteachán didn’t answer. She looked out of the window.‘Front Square is full of boats again. It must be high tide this morning.’Inteachán looked back at Mac.‘Stopping the flooding would be a start.’Original link
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