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Inteachán – Book Two: A New Signal 2: 34 ‘some kind of infernal connotation’


‘They are that new technology company who have moved into the old offices of the Irish Nationwide Building Society down on Merrion Row,’ said Mac. ‘I always thought that their name had some kind of infernal connotation.’‘And you are right,’ crowed the Rock Star. ‘John Logie Baird didn’t develop television on his own. He was helped by another famous resident of the sleepy little seaside town where his workshop was based for a while.’‘You mean Aleister Crowley,’ said Mac. ‘The self-proclaimed wickedest man in the world.’Original link
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Inteachán – Book Two: A New Signal 2: 33 ‘Crowley-Baird Inc.’


‘As you now know, the First of The5 is now here and with the kind of beautiful randomness that denotes such steely precision has taken the name Stooky Bill.’‘Stooky Bill?’ asked Inteachán.‘The ventriloquist’s dummy used by television pioneer John Logie Baird in his early image transmission experiments,’ said Mac.‘Precisely,’ said the Rock Star, ‘and this is just the beginning.’He smiled at Mac.‘Have you heard of Crowley Baird Inc.?’Original link
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Inteachán – Book Two: A New Signal 2: 32 ‘I may be a fool’


‘I may be a fool,’ replied the Rock Star, visibly stung by Mac’s forthrightness, ‘but I’m the fool who currently knows more about everything than both of you put together.’‘If that’s the case,’ replied Mac, ‘then perhaps you might give us the benefit of this knowledge.’‘Why would I?’ asked the Rock Star. ‘What would be the point?’‘Precisely,’ said Mac so seriously that the Rock Star nodded.‘I think I see what you mean.’Original link
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Inteachán – Book Two: A New Signal 2: 31 ‘All of this is nothing to them’


‘All of this is nothing to them,’ Mac continued.‘They happen in spite of the world not because of it. Or anyone on it.’Mac stared at the Rock Star.‘As if a plague thanks its victim before causing their organs to fail.’The Rock Star interrupted.‘But The5 asked me to make the film and blow the Horn.’‘You could have been anyone and all those other things anything,’ continued Mac.‘In fact,’ he boomed again, ’there is no you in any of this. You are simply the fool causing us to expend valuable breath.’Original link
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Inteachán – Book Two: A New Signal 2: 30 ‘He doesn’t want anything’


Slowly, warily, Mac and the Rock Star lowered their weapons.Inteachán moved to one side, allowing her to keep a close eye on the man in the wheelchair. Mac pulled a chair close and sat down.‘So,’ sneered the Rock Star, ‘this is cosy. The three of us sitting here waiting for the world to end.’‘But why do you want it to end?’ asked Inteachán. ‘It looks like the world has been pretty good to you.’The Rock Star smiled but Mac interrupted before he could answer.‘He doesn’t want anything,’ boomed the elderly academic. ‘He doesn’t even know what he is doing.’Mac looked around the room.‘As if these scribbles were really part of the plan.’Original link
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Inteachán – Book Two: A New Signal 2: 29 ‘What’s a few more words?’


The Rock Star fell silent and raised his musket.‘I’m happy to shoot you as well,’ he said. ‘It matters not a jot to me.’‘I’m sure,’ said Mac, ‘but just know that I am close enough to deal you a fatal blow as well.’Inteachán stepped forward. She could stand no more.‘But where will it leave the world’ she asked, ‘if you two kill each other?’The two men looked at each other but didn’t reply.‘How about you both lower your weapons,’ said Inteachán, ‘and let’s see what we can find to say about this.’The Rock star shrugged.‘Doesn’t bother me,’ he said. ‘The world’s doomed anyway. What’s a few more words?’Original link
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Inteachán – Book Two: A New Signal 2: 28 ‘the sweetest of songs’


‘Oh, how very touching,’ sneered the Rock Star. ‘A lonely pensioner and an orphan child. The sweetest of songs just waiting to be written.’He laughed as he swept his arm around the room.‘If I hadn’t already finished the lyrics to my next album I would start writing straightaway.’All the while the Rock Star sneered Mac edged ever closer towards him. He was now standing between Inteachán and the wheelchair. The Rock Star looked up.‘That’s far enough, Professor Mac an Bhaird,’ said the Rock Star. ‘No closer please.’Original link
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Inteachán – Book Two: A New Signal 2: 27 ‘I lost you once’


‘But you won’t shoot her, will you?’ said a familiar voice.Inteachán turned to see Mac advancing towards the Rock Star. As he approached Mac slipped a wicked-looking blade from his umbrella.‘Well, look who’s here,’ sneered the Rock Star. ‘Grandpa Doom and his cosmic plot.’The Rock Star laughed at his own joke.‘But Mac …’ started Inteachán.‘I lost you once,’ said the elderly academic firmly. ‘I’m not going to lose you again.’Original link
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Inteachán – Book Two: A New Signal 2: 26 ‘What do you think?’


‘What do you think?’ said a voice behind Inteachán.‘These are the lyrics to my next album.’ Inteachán turned round to see the Rock Star sitting in a wheelchair and wearing a neck brace.‘I thought we would meet again,’ he continued, ‘especially considering the fact that you put me in this thing.‘‘I had to stop you,’ said Inteachán. ‘I had no choice.’‘You’re right,’ he smiled. ‘You had no choice.’ The Rock Star pulled an antique musket from a pocket inside his dressing gown.‘Just like I have no choice but to shoot you now.’Original link
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Inteachán – Book Two: A New Signal 2: 25 ‘The5The5The5The5The5The5’


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Inteachán – Book Two: A New Signal 2: 24 ‘Every inch of every wall’


Inteachán gasped.Every inch of every wall was covered with tiny handwriting. But not just the walls. The floor. The ceiling. The windows  frames. Every available surface had been written on.Inteachán edged closer. The handwriting was neat and uniform and Inteachán couldn’t even begin to imagine how long it would have taken someone to complete such an enormous task.Original link
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Inteachán – Book Two: A New Signal 2: 23 ‘Lifting a latch’


It was a surprisingly simple case of lifting a latch and slipping through a tiny window that allowed Inteachán access to the Rock Star’s house.She found herself in a downstairs toilet and so she carefully opened the door.Inteachán stepped into a brightly lit hallway, resplendent with a sweeping staircase that curled from the floor above.However, and even if a child was really interested in interior design, Inteachán didn’t have time to study the staircase.She couldn’t take her eyes off the walls.  Original link
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Inteachán – Book Two: A New Signal 2: 22 ‘clump and cliff and clay’


Following a path of clump and cliff and clay, Inteachán carefully clambered up towards the grounds of the house.She scaled an ivy-clad wall and dropped silently into the garden. Ahead of her sat the house, brightly lit and baleful in the moonlight.A fox appeared on the edge of the lawn.‘Not again,’ thought Inteachán. But this time the fox melted back into the shadows and she was left alone with her mission.Original link
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Inteachán – Book Two: A New Signal 2: 21 ‘the sea sighs’


Inteachán waited for nightfall and then made her way down to the beach.Though the Rock Star’s house could be accessed via a very large set of gates Inteachán thought it safer to take a less obvious but far more circuitous route.Sometimes at night the sea sighs in its satisfied slumber. Inteachán loved to hear it when it did. She stood for a moment to listen.‘Right,’ said Inteachán, ‘let’s get on with getting on with it.’Original link
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Inteachán – Book Two: A New Signal 2: 20 ‘Bound for Killiney’


The DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) is the rail line running along the coast of Dublin, from Malahide and Howth southwards as far as Greystones, Co Wicklow.Nobody paid any attention to Inteachán as she boarded the train at Pearse Station bound for Killiney.Original link
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Inteachán – Book Two: A New Signal 2: 19 ‘He calls them The5’


‘Nobody has seen the Rock Star since the concert,’ said Mac.‘He wasn’t with the people rescued from the Phoenix Park Tunnel.’‘He told me that he knew all about us,’ said Inteachán. ‘All our plans.’‘He must be in contact with the NotBeSpeak,’ said Mac.‘He calls them The5,’ said Inteachán. ‘They spoke to him in his recording studio.’‘Then that’s where we need to start,’ smiled Mac.Original link
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A Fast Moving Story for the Teenager in Your Life


Books sales, especially to teenagers / young adults, are on the up. Christmas is coming and many avid readers’ thoughts turn to how many new books they will find in their Christmas stocking, be it print or virtual. And Alex Still Has Acne, has been written to appeal to boys as much as girls. It’s fast paced and can be read in one sitting – a near perfect gift for the Christmas holiday’s quieter moments.And Alex Still Has Acne is about three teenagers who, on the face of it, have ordinary, comfortable lives. Life for fourteen year old Alex is OK most of the time. He enjoys school, has a best friend Sam, and a pretty and only mildly irritating younger sister, Nicky. But then Sam starts acting ...
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Inteachán – Book Two: A New Signal 2: 18 ‘What do I need to do?’


‘I have been dreading this,’ said Mac, ‘but I need to ask you to carry on with your task.’A small tear appeared.‘I never knew such sadness as when you were lost and I know I run the risk of such sadness again but the world needs you. It needs you more than ever, Inteachán.’Inteachán took Mac’s hand.‘What do I need to do?’ she asked.Original link
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Inteachán – Book Two: A New Signal 2: 15 ‘only almost everything’


And just as soon as she was gone Inteachán came back.Mac heard her coming up the stairs to her flat.‘And so you’re here again,’ he said as she opened the door.‘I am,’ said Inteachán, ‘I’m back from I don’t know where.’Inteachán could see that Mac was upset.‘What did I miss?’ she asked tenderly.‘Oh,’ replied the elderly professor, ‘only almost everything.’Original link
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Inteachán – Book Two: A New Signal 2: 14 ‘The Phoenix Park Tunnel’


The audience from the fateful concert were discovered the next morning in the Phoenix Park Tunnel when workmen opened an old section due for development.To their astonishment they found 80, 000 people standing silently in long lines, as if waiting for something.Mac watched amazed as the television news report showed streams of dazed people being led blinking into the daylight.Original link
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