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Saturday, 24 June 2017

New: The Prisoner – Essential Guide book

     Rick Davy’s handy 36-page guide to Patrick McGoohan's cult 1960s TV series. Why Portmeirion? Who was Patrick McGoohan? What car did Number Six drive? Why the giant balloon? And what was it all about? The answer to all this, and more, is included. Also includes a reference guide to each episode, and a wealth of officially licensed and previously unpublished colour and black and white photographs.
   The book will very shortly be on sale, details are at:


Caught On Camera!

    This is Barbara Yu Ling as Number 18, a taxi driver who is asked to take her fare to the nearest town. But the taxi service is only local, so the Prisoner asks her to take him as far as she can. Being only a local service Number 18 takes her fare on a tour of The Village via the scenic route. However by the end of the tour the taxi driver is still Number 18, but for some reason she has had a change of badge!
   The question is, why should a change in badge be required at all? Even if the badge had fallen off Barbara Yu Ling’s jersey it would still be in the taxi! It’s rather like Denis Shaw who plays the shopkeeper in the next scene. He starts of as Number 19, but by the end of the scene he’s had a change in badge and is Number 56! But in Barbra Yu Ling’s case at least continuity got the number right, if not the Penny Farthing!

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Quote For The Day

    “I told you.”
“Don't worry, it was a good idea and you did your best. I'll stress it in my report.”
                   {Number 2 and Nadia Rakovsky– The Chimes of Big Ben}

    Nadia Rakovsky, if indeed that is her real name, is dressed for leaving The Village. To whom is she going to report, an external power, or some government department, or person outside The Village? Not to the Colonel, he has first-hand experience of how it all went wrong! But if by any chance Nadia is going to report to Number 1, in person, then she's in for a bit of a shock, considering who Number 1 turns out to be! Mind you she might have been planning to report to the General!

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Exhibition of Arts And Crafts

                          “The Ratcliffian!”

Thought For The Day

    The Butcher, the Baker, the Candlestick Maker, and The Girl Who Was Death, I’ve always seen the village of Witchwood as the Girl’s personal killing ground, while the place is standing. An abandoned village with a caterpillar tractor loader parked in the Blacksmiths, Witchwood ready for demolition. The only question is, why was Witchwood abandoned? Generally when a long established village is abandoned its to make way for something else, a reservoir or some such thing. Witchwood and the Village have three things in common, they both have a Bell Tower and a green Dome, and in time The Village will be as deserted as Witchwood!

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Thursday, 22 June 2017

Village Life!

    Admiral “Now then this is how it was. The sea port was heavily fortified,”
    “Is this an exact replica of the port?”
    “Not exactly, there are no German gun emplacements.”
    “What about the U Boat pens?”
    “No, there are no U Boat pens. But there are towers, and where you are is the dry dock.”
    “Should we add U Boat pens to the model?”
    “No the U Boat pens aren’t important. It’s the gates to dry dock we we’re going to blow up.”
   “There aren’t any dry dock gates!”
   “That’s because the mission was successful!”
   “We haven’t blown them up yet.”
    “Now I was here on the
bridge of HMS Tunbridge Wells with only a complement of a skeleton crew, we were crossing the Channel undercover of darkness.”
    “It was a suicide mission!”
    “We were to ram the gates of the dry dock, there were five hundred tons of high explosive aboard the ship. We had to ram the gates and the ship would blow up taking the gates with it. I’ll demonstrate.”
    “The plastic boat is HMS Tunbridge Wells.”
    “But why?”
    “Because I haven’t got a plastic model of a destroyer!”
   “No, I mean why did you have to blow these gates up?”
     “Because this dry dock was the only one large enough outside German ports, able to take a pocket battleship.”
    The Admiral demonstrates the attack using the plastic boat.
    “We were flying under German colours to try and fool them. But they must have realized something was wrong and they opened up with their heavy machine guns and then the eighteen pounders. We were hit several times, but it didn’t stop the ship from ramming the gates of the dry dock. The ship was wedged, but the explosive didn’t detonate!”
    “What did you do?”
    “Shells were exploding all around. The ship was on fire and could have blown up at any moment. So I got my men off and ran for it. We took out a couple of sentries, took their weapons and managed to steal a rowing boat. We had just about got out of the harbour when the ship blew up taking the gates with it. Then we rowed out into the
English Channel, and as luck would have it we were picked up by a German patrol boat and the crew took us back into the harbour. We were interrogated, then put into a prisoner of War Camp.”
    “What a fantastic story.”
    “I’ll tell you another one, how me and fifteen others escaped that camp. Stalag Luft 23 was situated a few miles from a river, and an idea struck me, that if a group of use could build a boat, we might make it out to sea. So we decided to start a modelling club, making model yachts and ships out of bits of wood, this was to put the guards to sleep so they wouldn’t realize what we were really up to. Then one day Tommy Day hit on the idea of making a model of a destroyer, but full-size, I tell you we had to come up with a first rate plan with which to fool the guards to what we were doing! Well one day after the steal and two twin diesel engines had arrived.............”

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Death And Destruction!

    Symbolically speaking one could say creation out of destruction, although that really is a little unkind on the Professor and Number 12. Destruction of the General and with it Speedlearn, means the citizens of The Village have the freedom to think and learn for themselves. And yet Speedlearn was not meant for the citizens of The Village, but the people in the outside world. After all Speedlearn was but an educational experiment, and the citizens nothing more than guinea pigs. What would a three year history course really mean to anyone living in The Village? It wouldn’t matter in the slightest, but you’d never think it, judging by the way that night the students celebrated the fruits of Speedlearn. They celebrated like it was Carnival or Mardi Gras! One might say they were intoxicated by education, drugged and conditioned more likely, most certainly they were being tricked. And so Number 6, with the aid of Number 12 of Administration came to the aid of the citizens and released them from their slavery. Creation out of destruction!

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