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Tuesday, 13 October 2015

The Colonel

   What a terrible way for Colonel Hawke-Englishe to die, to be blown to bits at the wicket by an exploding cricket ball, and just one run short of his century! The mess was simply awful, blood, guts, sinew and smashed bone everywhere. It must have been a terrible sight to have to look upon. The spectators were shocked, as were the players, but no-one more than the wicket keeper and the player in the slips. Somehow I don't think Colonel Hawke-Englishe should have been in the field, although he wasn‘t the first to do so. His predecessor didn’t fair all that well either! For one reason Colonel Hawke-Englishe looked to be a bit too old for a field agent. However he did appear to be enjoying himself. And besides he did have a back-up man in Potter. Not that he turned out to be all that good.
   However this death by exploding cricket ball having been successful once, was well worth a second go, and might just work a second time. But this time the Girl who was Death was dealing with a far superior opponent, and Mr. X was ready for her as the exact same scenario was being played out at the same cricket ground.
   After a number of close encounters at the funfair, and trial by ordeal at Witchwood where the Girl tries to blow up Mr. X by landmine, exploding candles. German stick grenades, and then by a Panzerschreck anti tank weapon. Mr. X finally tracks down the Girl in her father’s lair, the lighthouse. There both the Girl who was Death and her father Professor Schnipps die in much the same way as the Colonel. First to be blown to pieces by a pair of German hand grenades, but just to make sure, then blown to atoms by the exploding rocket.

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Exhibition of Arts And Crafts

                            “Yellow Alert!”


The Uniformed Village!

   You might be forgiven for thinking that Number 6, pictured here on the day of his discharge from hospital, that he's dressed more for school or the Henley boating Regatta rather than as a prisoner incarcerated in a prison. Because make no mistake, and dress it up all you like, The Village is just that. Picturesque and charming it might be, but never the less a prison, and all its citizens are prisoners, even those of its administration. And only those fortunate few are permitted to leave its confines.
   At first glance it must seem that there is no uniform worn in the village, as most citizens are dressed for a holiday camp by the sea, rather than as prisoners. But then if you look more closely all the citizens are wearing the same style of colourful clothing that makes up a Village uniform, including a colourful striped cape. Also colourful trilby hats are much favoured by women, young and old. Even Number 2 wears a uniform of grey slacks, deck shoes, polo neck jersey and either a single or double breasted plain blazer. Only the new Number 2, seen in ‘Arrival’ wears a piped blazer. In fact he wears the exact same style of clothes as Number 6. And the out-going Number 2 of ‘Free For All’ wears a dove-grey jacket with cuffs at the end of the sleeves.
    The female contingent of Number 2's have a more freer code of dress. In ‘Many Happy Returns’ she wears a blue and white diamond dress. But Number 2 of ‘Dance of the Dead’ is more masculine, and wears much the same as her male predecessors albeit more colourful, but minus blazer.
   All the doctors, nurses, and male orderlies have their own uniform. Of course there are exceptions where the females wear skirts and white flat slip-on shoes instead of deck shoes. All the gardeners, electricians, motor mechanics, and painters wear dove-grey overalls and caps. And members of The Village’s administration all wear black clothes and Top Hats. As for both the members of the Committee and the Local Town Council, they wear black Top Hats, grey slacks and various striped jerseys. The Labour Exchange manager appears very business like, but so as to retain a certain individualistic look, he wears a grey tailed coat, and a grey Top Hat sits upon his desk.
   Two people do stand out, the Professor and Madam Professor, because they do not wear any such Village uniform. They are allowed to wear their own clothes, perhaps because they are not permitted to go out into The Village itself. Seemingly to be more or less under permanent house arrest, particularly Madam Professor. Her only contact with other citizens of The Village is either through her art seminars held in the garden of the house, or via the doctor and nurse who are there to be in close attendance to her husband the Professor. Even the
Butler wears a uniform, although not strictly Village uniform, but the uniform of a man in the Butler’s position as a manservant.
  So no matter what standing any particular citizen may have in The Village, each wears a uniform, whether he be an ordinary citizen, administrator, guardian, or prisoner. 

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Monday, 12 October 2015

Caught On Camera!

   During his first speech to the electorate in ‘Free For All,‘ Number 6 describes himself as not being a number, but a free man. This the citizens found most amusing, and laugh at the candidate. Number 54, seen here joining in with the laughing. Yet by the time of ‘Dance of the Dead’ Number 54 is Number 6's personal maid. Which means that the current Number 54 is relatively new to The Village. And that something must have happened to the former 54. Probably having died of old age, and if he had died, then most likely of natural causes seeing as how he was probably too old for escape!
   Number 54, like other citizens, find the idea of their new local candidate not being a number, but a person, hilarious!
    Oh and standing next to Number 54 in the crowd is Number 14, a woman, but not the doctor from the previous episode. It may be supposed that she has long departed The Village in one way or another.

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Village Life!

    Poor old Dutton! Number 6 was put on trial for the possession of a radio. In his defence he was allowed to call a character witness. He called Roland Walter Dutton, even though names are not supposed to be used in The Village. Why Dutton? Well he was a man who was due to die. The Prisoner knew that, being in possession of the termination order against Dutton. So what better man to say the things that needed to be said? After all the Prisoner thought Dutton would have nothing to lose. But Number 6 was too late. The termination order came too late…….for Dutton. But instead the doctor-No.40 has gone too far with one of his experiments, leaving Dutton brain-dead. See the inane expression on his face. And yet, and yet there appears to be something else, something in the eyes, something behind that smile. Whatever Dutton has become, he has achieved one thing no other man in The Village has achieved. Dutton has found a way to tame Rover. A puppet on a chain? No, Rover on a stick!

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The Therapy Zone

    Who exactly is in control of the educational experiment of Speedlearn? It might be supposed that seeing as he’s Chairman of The Village, and Chief Administration, Number 2 is. And yet he has to report to the Board of Education. When he takes one of the Professor’s lectures, which has been micro reduced, to the projectionist, he asks Number 2 if this lecture has been approved by the Board? Number 2 tells him it will be. So it appears that Number 2 has to persuade the members of the Board of Education to okay the Professor’s next lecture. Had Number 2 to do that with every one of the lectures? If so it was a slow process, and Number 2 must have felt that his hands were tied for most of the time. On the other hand Number 1 may have wanted it that way, so that Number 2 would not allow himself to get carried away with his enthusiasm for this latest experiment.
   So did the Speedlearn experiment end with the death of the Professor and the destruction of the General? It seems that it did. But there was no need, surely another kindly Professor could have been found, and another computer acquired. But perhaps it was a question of time. After all with the death of the Professor and destruction of the General the lectures would have come to a sudden stop. So what of the students who could not complete the history course? Surely they would have asked questions about why the sudden stop to the lectures. And Madam Professor, then a widow. One can imagine that she would have to remain a prisoner in The Village, but would be allowed to continue with her art seminars. After all what else could Madam Professor have done?

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Sunday, 11 October 2015

Gone To Pieces!

    It’s inexplicable how Number 6 knew it wasn’t the Professor lying in the bed. Because he took the walking stick out of the hat stand before he ever entered the bedroom. Then looking down at the head lying on the pillow he raised the walking stick and brought it down hard upon that head. Madam Professor screamed, but what for, her husband, whom she must have known was not actually lying in that bed. Or for the destruction of her masterpiece, a replica of her husband’s head sculpted in resin.
    Number 6 picks up a piece of thick resin “You should take greater care of him ma’am, he’s gone to pieces.”
   But they are taking great care of the Professor, his wife never leaves him, and he has an even more attentive doctor.
     As for Number 6, they certainly take great care of Number 6, as Number 2 once said to his assistant at his suggestion that there are methods they haven’t tried yet.
   “I want a man with a whole heart, body and soul.”
   “He’ll crack!”
   “Perhaps, one tiny piece at a time, I don’t want a man of fragments!”
   There’s no chance of Number 6 being beaten with a stick, but he might get bruised a bit from time to time!

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