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Inteachán – Book One: The Song of the NotBeSpeak 1: 48 ‘Who wants to join The5?’


‘Listen to me,’ said the Rock Star and the crowd fell silent. The Rock Star spread his arms out wide.‘The5 are here,’ he cried. ‘The5 are really here.’Even though they didn’t know why, the crowd began to clap and cheer. The Rock Star punched the air and whooped.‘Yeah!’ he yelled. ‘They’re really here.’The Rock Star played the crowd now.‘Listen,’ he whispered. ‘Who wants to join The5?’‘We do,’ someone yelled from the front of the stage. ‘We all do.’The Rock Star pulled the Horn from his belt.‘Ladies and Gentlemen,’ he roared. ‘This next song is for all of you.’The Rock Star put the Horn to his lips.[contact-form]Original link
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Inteachán – Book One: The Song of the NotBeSpeak 1: 47 ‘But Inteachán isn’t done’


But Inteachán isn’t done.Why would she be? The world needs a savior after all? And Inteachán is all we’ve got.As the Rock Star threw himself into his next song with renewed vigour Inteachán kicked the spanner with all her tiny might.Nothing.Another kick.Still nothing.One final kick and from somewhere deep within her Inteachán finds the strength to loosen the nut.Original link
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Inteachán – Book One: The Song of the NotBeSpeak 1: 46 ‘When the inevitable darkness comes for you’


Mac reached over and picked up his spectacles. He swung his tired legs out of bed.‘And so the day I always knew was coming is right here now.’Mac looked out into the darkness.‘If you are reading this then you should know that we tried. We really did.’Mac paused and a small tear began to form in his tired eye.‘I suppose it was always the case that an old man and a young child would be no match for all the evil that the world has never seen.’Mac smiled.‘When the inevitable darkness comes for you, please be assured that it wasn’t the whole world that surrendered.’Original link
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Inteachán – Book One: The Song of the NotBeSpeak 1: 45 ‘Inteachán has failed’


The Rock star felt a stir within.‘The5 are coming,’ he spoke in his heart. ‘I am near complete.’Inteachán  was laying in her bed again just before the explosion. Her parents sleeping in the room beside her.Mac woke from his elderly dreams.‘And so it starts,’ he whispered in the darkness.‘Inteachán has failed.’Original link
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Inteachán – Book One: The Song of the NotBeSpeak 1: 44 ‘A Dreadful Juncture’


At this point it is fair to say that the world has reached a dreadful juncture.With the terrible truth now slowly pouring from beyond the NotBeSpeak are beginning.No-one was able to see but a form began to materialise on the stage.A form that coalesced in the light that the video cast upon the dark.Indeterminate but concrete. Fleeting but arrived.The first of the NotBeSpeak.Original link
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Inteachán – Book One: The Song of the NotBeSpeak 1: 43 ‘The Terrible Truth’


Inteachán had nearly reached the spanner when the video started playing. The terrible truth began slowly pouring from beyond.thereisonlynowandnowisonlygonepastpresentfutureisallnowneverthisistheterribletruthamenoverandforeverthereisonlynowandnowisonlygonepastpresentfutureisallnowneverthisistheterribletruthamenoverandforeverthereisonlynowandnowisonlygonepastpresentfutureisallnowneverthisistheterribletruthamenoverandforeverthereisonlynowandnowisonlygonepastpresentfutureisallnowneverthisistheterribletruthamenoverandforeverthereisonlynowandnowisonlygonepastpresentfutureisallnowneverthisistheterribletruthamenoverandforeverthereisonlynowandnowisonlygonepastpresentfutureisallnowneverthisistheterrib...
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Inteachán – Book One: The Song of the NotBeSpeak 1: 42 ‘The Box is Empty’


Inteachán inched carefully over towards the spanner. Being left-handed she held the ornate box in her right hand. In the hurry of her escape she hadn’t had time to think much about the box but now Inteachán noticed it wasn’t very heavy.Inteachán stopped and carefully opened it. The box was empty! The Rock Star had tricked her. Inteachán looked down and to her horror she saw that the Horn was tucked into the Rock Star’s belt.As she digested this dreadful news the Biggest Band in the World launched into their opening number.Original link
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Things we think we know.


There are some words or phrases in English that everybody both knows the meaning of and how they came about. Well, we know the meaning, but being correct about the true origin is quite a different matter.Here are a few words we all know:Posh – rich,well-off, upper class, exclusive, smart.The story is that in the nineteenth century the moreaffluent travellers on the P&O ships sailed out to India from the UK on theport side and home on the starboard. Their tickets were therefore stampedP.O.S.H. However, etymologists think the more likely origin of the word is fromthe Romany for ‘half’ which became a slang term for ‘money.’This didn’t stop P&O liking the story so much that itstarted to use the ...
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Inteachán – Book One: The Song of the NotBeSpeak 1: 41 ‘The Giant Wall’


Once in the gantry Inteachán could see various angry-looking men hunting for her behind the band who were just getting ready to begin.Inteachán found herself above the giant wall of video screens and she set about scanning the wall for any weak spots.‘No one would be foolish enough to have one giant switch that turned the whole thing on and off,’ she said to herself. ‘That would just make all of this far too easy.’The first of the lights started to dim beside her. As they dimmed Inteachán noticed that a stagehand had left a bolt spanner attached to the bolt that held the chain that held the lights to the gantry.‘Not quite but close,’ smiled Inteachán.Original link
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Inteachán – Book One: The Song of the NotBeSpeak 1: 40 ‘#The5’


Inteachán was half-way-up the ladder when the Biggest Band in the World took to the stage. The roar of the crowd was deafening now.The darkness in the stadium was punctured by the countless tiny lights of thousands and thousands of phones and cameras taking photographs. The sky sparkled and danced, shimmering with a digital haze.‘Welcome everyone,’ said the Rock Star into his microphone. He wore a t-shirt that said ‘#The5’.ROAR.‘We have a real treat for you all tonight.’ROAR.‘Something so amazing that it is going to change the world.ROAR.‘Forever!’Original link
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Inteachán – Book One: The Song of the NotBeSpeak 1: 39 ‘An Unknowingly Deadly Sea’


From where she was currently hidden Inteachán had a great view of the crowd that had gathered for the concert. It seemed almost impossible that so many people could be contained in one place.Inteachán shuddered when she considered the possibility of an army this size of hypnotized people hell-bent on allowing the NotBeSpeak to destroy the world.‘I need to get going,’ Inteachán said to herself as the roar of the crowd washed over her like waves from an unknowingly deadly sea.‘I may have the box but I still need to stop the screens from playing the film.’Looking around, Inteachán spotted a steel ladder leading up into the lighting rigs.Original link
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On Drinking


Ever thought about the number of phrases there are todescribe someone who is drunk?Some are obvious, if euphemistic. They describe the physicalstate of the person – tired and emotional,legless; or the location as a result of their intoxication – under the table*.Several are more specific, often begin with a ‘p,’ and arenot suitable for a family blog.Some words and phrases are clearly associated with imbibingmore than is entirely good for us, but we don’t necessarily know why. We know,for example, that to be plastered isto have drunk more than we can properly handle, but not necessarily that theterm came from plasterers using alcohol to stiffen their mix for plasteringceilings. After several ...
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Inteachán – Book One: The Song of the NotBeSpeak 1: 37 ‘Backstage’


Once through the door Inteachán found herself in a small control room to one side of the main stage.A locked panel on the wall in front of her proved no match to her  skills and Inteachán soon had access to the main terminal for the stage lights.It would be too obvious to turn off all the lights at once so Inteachán set the timer on the digital clock to allow the various set of lights to go off in sequence until none remained.‘With any luck,’ she thought, ‘the band will be too busy to notice.’Original link
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Inteachán – Book One: The Song of the NotBeSpeak 1: 36 ‘Through the Kitchen’


Inteachán stood in an empty kitchen. Steel pans and wicked-looking knives hung on the wall. Three huge ovens dominated the room.As it was just before the start of the show the kitchen had closed down and Inteachán looked around.A sign above a door marked ‘Backstage’ instructed people not to enter unless they had official business.‘You couldn’t get much more official than saving the world from total destruction,’ Inteachán said to herself as she opened the door and closed it quietly behind her.Original link
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Inteachán – Book One: The Song of the NotBeSpeak 1: 35 ‘The Dumb Waiter’


On the wall to her right was a dumb waiter used to supply artists with their pre-show meals.Inteachán slipped her wrists free of the cable tie, leapt to her feet, grabbed the box, reached the dumb waiter, pressed the button and climbed inside before the Rock Star realised what was happening.Frantically she pulled the door shut and felt herself descending in the darkness. As she did so Inteachán could hear the Rock Star raging up above her.‘I’ll get you, you hateful little brat,’ screamed the deluded Rock Star. ‘And when I do you’ll know you’ve been got.’Inteachán waited until the dumb waiter stopped descending. She pulled up the door and stepped out.Original link
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Inteachán – Book One: The Song of the NotBeSpeak 1: 34 ‘Inteachán Spots her Chance’


Inteachán had said very little while the Rock Star outlined his insane plan. She looked scared but this was only a ruse. Her hands were tightly bound behind her back and the chair she was sitting was getting more and more uncomfortable.Inteachán realised that by gently moving her thumbs together in a clockwise rotation she was able to loosen the cable tie that bound her hands. By now the Rock Star had really lost the run of himself and was bounding around the room in his Cuban heels muttering about centuries of indignities finally being tallied up and taken for. He wasn’t paying any attention to Inteachán and she realised that this was her chance.Original link
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Inteachán – Book One: The Song of the NotBeSpeak 1: 33 ‘We will take this dirty old town by sunrise’


‘As you know, The5 exist in the spaces between things,’ explained the Rock Star. ‘The white between the words on a page, lines of a book or the editing of a film.’The Rock Star rubbed his hands together.‘Tonight The5 will reveal themselves in part to the world via the rapid cuts of the specially-created video that will be playing on the massive wall of screens behind the band.’Inteachán said nothing.‘As the video plays and the strobes pulse and the music deafens, the crowd will gradually become hypnotized to do the bidding of The5.’The Rock Star leapt to his Cuban-heeled feet.‘As the concert’s climax is reached I will blow the Horn and The5 will appear to 80 000 brand-new followers – plus th...
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Inteachán – Book One: The Song of the NotBeSpeak 1: 32 ‘I am going to have to have you killed.’


‘What do you think will happen when I blow the horn?’ asked the Rock Star.Inteachán didn’t reply.‘The Summoning will begin,’ continued The Rock Star. ‘And once the Summoning has begun then there will be no stopping events.’ He smiled. ‘But you know all this, don’t you, because Mac has explained everything to you, hasn’t he?’‘He has, replied Inteachán, ‘and I am now more convinced than ever that he was right.’The Rock Star frowned.‘I’m not going to argue with you, Inteachán,’ he replied. ‘I’m going to tell you the truth about what is really happening and then,’ he paused dramatically, ‘I am going to have to have you killed.’Original link
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Inteachán – Book One: The Song of the NotBeSpeak 1: 31 ‘Your tiny little mind would simply shatter’


‘You cannot begin to imagine what I have seen and heard,’ boasted the Rock Star. ‘Your tiny little mind would simply shatter.’He stood up and walked to a desk. He opened a drawer and took out an ornate box. The Rock Star placed the box on the floor between Inteachán and his chair.Inteachán eyes lit up.‘This is what that geriatric dodderer sent you to fetch,’ said the Rock Star pointing at the box. ‘This box contains the Horn of Donn Cuailnge.’The box was made from an ancient wood and was carved with figures that Inteachán couldn’t quite make out. Though the room was dim the box glowed bright from within.Original link
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Inteachán – Book One: The Song of the NotBeSpeak 1: 30 ‘The5’


‘The5 first spoke to me during a recording session.’The Rock Star sat down to continue his story.‘The rest of the band had gone home but I wanted to re-record a vocal so I stayed behind. As I mixed the track I kept noticing a slight vibration in the background.’The Rock Star scoffed.‘I’ll spare you the details of proper adult rock-stuff but suffice to say this vibration became audible when I changed to the right frequency.’The Rock Star looked over his shoulder.‘That was when The5 spoke to me.’‘The Five?’ said Inteachán.‘Not The Five, The5,’ corrected the Rock Star. ‘I’m sure that Mac has told you all kinds of ludicrous stories about the NotBeSpeak.’Inteachán nodded.‘Well,’ said the Rock Sta...
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