Hate manifests itself in many forms. For the Irish and those linked to the IRA, hate seeps from every pore and it is directed to the British who have humiliated Ireland. Patrick O'Connor released with hundreds of other IRA prisoners still has a burning desire to harm the enemy of Ireland and he takes his plot to England to the very symbol of Britain's greatest engineering feat, the umbilical cord that links Britain to the Europe, the Chunnel and against Andrew McCain, a police officer who killed his brother.
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Double Dragon Publishing
April 06, 2006
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Excerpt from Beyond the Pale Cow by George W. J. Laidlaw
Nigel Thrombin had an insatiable hunger and every day of his teenage life he succumbed to his need. Hamburgers for him were a vital part of his make-up. Not only did it provide him energy and nutrients to allow him to grow, but also he knew he was making himself healthy and happy.
Why he found hamburgers so necessary was something he didn't understand. His mother and father had long since given up in trying to get him to change his gustatory desires. Hamburgers to him were what bread was to the masses; it was his staff of life.
But oddly enough he was finding himself forgetful and confused lately. His marks at school had plummeted yet for the life of him he had tried to do his duty. School was not abhorrent like for some of his classmates. Yet no matter how hard he tried sometimes he just couldn't do the math or finish his English assignments and now geography was becoming so confused he hardly could tell Brighton from Naples. That confusion was frightening. He had complained to the school nurse. She though he was just coming down with a cold. But he didn't think that was the case. No, something was just not working.
But not very far away from his small house where he shared it with two sisters and a brother something magnificent was working. Hundreds of years of dreams were culminating in one of the largest engineering projects that Britain let alone Europe had every seen. As one wag had said in the London paper 'Fog in Channel, Continent no longer cut off'. It was a parity of the isolationist and island attitude of the British in their small island. The thousands of years of history where a 22 mile Sleeve (La Manche) of sea kept Britain separated from the foreigners that were always causing trouble with their wars, revolutions and strange eating habits. The English Cannel has saved the English or maybe it had saved Europe from a nation, which had become a powerhouse in the 19th century. The sun never sets on the British Empire was true then. That claim was no longer valid and another nation across a far wider expanse of ocean had taken that claim. So this final thin connection was rather and after thought. The Chunnel was a remarkable engineering feat never the less and those that had accomplished it could well be proud. It was a series of three interconnected tunnels bored through the famous Dover Chalk from Folkestone, England to Coquelles, France, 31 miles under the channel at an average depth of 150 feet.
No longer would a passenger get sea sick in the temperamental channel. No longer would the fog shroud and imprison. But the whole concept of the Chunnel was still even after its completion still causing acrimony and heated discussions. Back to the time of Napoleon, the puffed up corporal, plans had been made to link France to England. For those with a keen sense of history it was the Channel had had kept the British pure. On only two occasions not counting the Viking invasions and they had cheated and had come across the North Sea had foreigners been successful in invading. Julius Caesar in 54 BC and William the Conqueror in 1066. Others had tried; the Spanish armada in 1588 and even Hitler, the other corporal with his war machine that had beaten Europe to its knees had failed to traverse the narrow gap between Europe and the Isolationist Island of Great Britain.
Oh there had been plans dating back to 1802 when Napoleon had supported the underground approach to conquering the superior British. Without their protective wooden walls of the British navy England could be defeated. Twenty-eight schemes had come and gone but only with the building of the Chunnel had it became a reality.