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Bleck Cra
2011-05-30 20:58:46
"Builders Yard?. No. Slieve Binnian." from Bleck Cra Expand pics
Builders Yard?. No. Slieve Binnian. (Expand pics)
THE NEW FOLLY ON BINNIAN
Northern slope, off Binnian, this is what now greets you. A brief debate developed earlier on this site about the rights and wrongs of this effort and I shall not revisit it. The positions were intransigent – on this side and on that side. A replay would instruct no one. So I leave it to anyone who has stumbled on the new-look Slieve Binnian or whoever would like to comment, now having seen the photograph to do so.
Just as a précis, the new granite step and sand route constructed on Slieve Binnian replaces the myriad gentle tracks and trails with a razor scar that runs from nave to chaps. It seeks to direct you how to ascend the hill, Doubtless it will mellow. I shan’t.
I met a gent, idling down the steps like exiting the cinema, on my own way sauntering up.
“There will be traffic lights next,” I said, a little troubled that I was taking him to a place he might not have wanted to go. I needn’t have worried.
He fixed me with a jaundiced eye and added “Yes it is supposed to protect the mountain” and then looked across the vast emptiness that is the Eastern Mournes – and in that gaze, saw a million years that came before and a million years yet to come – all without the interference of step builders.
The workmanship is fab; the effort is gigantic; and the worth is nothing. Less than nothing.
Is it big? Yes. Is it wide? Yes. Is it tall? Yes. Is it broad? Yes. Is it good? No. It is completely awful.
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