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Sunday, 9 December 2018

THEPRIS6NER 2019 Calendar

     It was difficult to choose which Prisoner calendar to produce for 2019, knowing one for the original series would be the most popular. However I felt the need to produce one for THEPRIS6NER because 2019 sees the 10th anniversary of the series, and I wished to celebrate it, and share it with those Prisoner fans who appreciate this series.
   
Breathe in......breathe out......more Village!

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The 2019 Prisoner Calendar

    Compliments of the festive season to you all.
   Here it is the 2019 Prisoner calendar with my compliments, so save and print as you wish. As well as the Prisoner just having arrived in the Village, the main theme this time is transportation.


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Saturday, 8 December 2018

Village Life!

    Headmaster "Why did you resign?”
    Pupil “Beg pardon sir!”
    “You've no need to beg my pardon boy.”
    “Righto sir.”
    “Look boy, when I ask you a question, I expect an answer. Why did you resign?”
    “Well sir..........”
    “Yeeeeees.”
    “.........I thought I had become too old for the Tufty Club!”
    “Whaaaaaat?!!
    “I'm still a member of the Corgi Club.”
    “The Corgi Club?!!
    “Yes sir, diecast model cars. Myself and other boys in my class collect them, in fact a latest edition to my collection is a Morris Eight.”
    “Look boy............. look boy what you do in your own time is your own affair.”
    “Thank you sir, but would you mind taking your paws off my blazer?”
    “Look boy, if I have any more trouble with you I'll give you.............
    “You can't do that any more.”
    “Can't do what?”
    “Beat me. It's against the corporal punishment laws.”
    “What are you, the classroom lawyer?”
    “I know my rights sir.”
    “The last time you were given six of the best, you said to give you twelve so that you could remember.”
    “That's right sir.”
    “So you remember?”
    “Yes sir.”
    “So tell me boy why you resigned, and you will be spared the pain.”
    “Is the Butler going to deliver the punishment again?”
    “Yes.”
    “I'd prefer the French Mistress sir.”
    “Who?”
    “All the boys know what the French Mistress wears under that cap and gown sir.”
   “You've no business knowing!! Just a minute, we don't have a French Mistress!!”
    “You should get one sir!”
    “You are an impertinent boy!”
    “If you say so sir.”
    “I do say so…………… You will take one hundred lines.”
    “Yes sir, thank you sir.”
    “You will write out one hundred times why you resigned.”
    “From what sir? I've already explained about the Tufty Club.”
    “Take pen, paper and write boy.”
     The pupil begins to write I resigned because for a very long time I've thought myself too old for the Tufty Club.
    I resigned because I'm fed up with school.
    I resigned because my Headmaster is a bully!
    I resigned because I was found behind the penny farthing shed with the French Mistress xxx
    I resigned because for a very long time....just a minute it's break time!
    I resigned for peace, for peace of mind, because too many people know too much. I know too much about you, don't I Headmaster……..
    “Thank you sir.”
    “But before you go boy......tell me, why did you resign?”
    “You've been told sir!”

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Quote For The Day

    “I’m a fool?!”
    “No sir, I’m a fool, not a rat!”
                                         {No.2 and No.6 – Once Upon A time}
 
 Honour had been instilled into the young.........what does one call him? Drake? ZM73? Patrick McGoohan? Or perhaps Number 6 would be best seeing as he is in The Village. Honour had been instilled into Number 6 from a very early age. He would not “rat” on a fellow school pupil, he would take 6, no 12 of the best, so that he could remember, punishment for not “ratting” on a classmate. That code of honour is a powerful thing, it must have been so instilled in him that he wouldn’t even give anything important away about himself. Is that why he wouldn’t give the reason why he resigned, because it would have been “ratting” on himself, if that’s possible. Number 6 is an honourable man, even unto himself and unto the British Military Intelligence from which he resigned. After all he wouldn’t even drop his guard with his own grandmother!


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Life Outside The Village!

    “To Lose A Fiancé Once Seems Like Carelessness, to lose a fiancé twice is tragic!”
    One can only guess at how Janet Portland must have been feeling after having lost her fiancé the first time, and then having found him , albeit in the guise of another man, but then only to lose him a second time must have been heartbreaking for her. Not that she quite understood what was actually going on, why this man the Colonel could kiss her like her fiancé would have done. All heart rending stuff from Janet's point of view.
   We can only speculate what Janet did after losing her fiancé once more. No doubt she would have approached her father again, asking him where her fiancé is, and what happened to the man who attended her birthday party to bring her a message from her fiancé. Would Janet have gone on pining for her fiancé, and if so for how long? Because life does go on, and I'm sure for Janet there would be few further chances of love and marriage, well certainly not to a man of her fiancés calibre. Older men would find Janet attractive, but not so younger men, well Janet is not so young herself, being considered at the time, middle aged.
    How much Janet asked around the people she and her fiancé knew, regarding her fiancés disappearance, apart from approaching her father, Sir Charles Portland that is, is err unknown. If by any chance Sir Charles was the only person Janet approached in connection with her fiancés disappearance, then Janet didn't look too far did she. Did Janet go so far as to report his disappearance to the police for example? If so, there is the possibility that Special Branch may have become involved, and would then have themselves approached Sir Charles Portland. What answers Sir Charles may have given, could have been those associated with his daughter.
Janet “Is he able to get in touch with me?”
    Sir Charles “I honestly don't know.”
    “Do you mean you haven't sent him on a mission?”
    “No.”
    Her father shrugs.
    “And you realise I'm telling you more than I should. I shouldn't even tell you that.”
    “You mean that even you don't know where he is?”
    “I have no idea.”
   Special Branch aren't going to get very far by interviewing Sir Charles Portland, are they?
   If Janet could not have her fiancé back, which realistically doesn't look very likely. Then she would have to marry another man, perhaps not to her suiting, to save herself being left on the shelf and ending her days as an old maid. Not greatly attractive or exciting for that matter, one wonders what the Prisoner saw in her in the first place. Janet might have been a useful ally, as the boss’s daughter, an aid in a step up the ladder of his career. After all the Prisoner could not have remained out in the cold for his entire career. If he was to have married Janet Portland, she would have wanted him to settle down, and to a quiet office job. Home at 5pm, out to dinner, possibly the theatre. Two children, holidays in France, to her fathers at weekends, clerking during the day. Not very exciting would you say, no neither would I. Not for a man like John Drake, who courted danger for the length of time he did. Travelling the world, meeting and perhaps making friends with so many attractive women. But Drake remained true to Janet, makes you wonder why?


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Thursday, 6 December 2018

Thought For The Day

    So here we are, 52 years of ‘the Prisoner,’ and we still cannot get enough of the series! But of course it has to be remembered that it’s not 52 years for everyone, only enthusiasts of my generation who were in it right from the beginning. And yet when was the beginning 1967, or anytime between then and now. Because that’s how it is for everyone, ‘the Prisoner’ had to start at some point for everyone, perhaps in 1984 as it was for many. Although I thoroughly enjoyed the 1984 screening of ‘the Prisoner,’ despite errors made by Channel 4 during that’s screening. The missing few minutes in ‘A B and C’ along with the inclusion of the regular opening sequence to ‘the Prisoner’ at the beginning of ‘Living In Harmony!’ Some twit at Channel Four saw that the regular opening sequence to ‘the Prisoner’ was missing, so he had it added to ‘Living In Harmony,’ then to be followed by the actual opening sequence!! In more recent years the television channel ‘True Entertainment’ has screened ‘the Prisoner,’ two and a half times if memory serves, and has not been repeated since, unlike other ITC television series on ‘True Entertainment,’ why not? In the past there have been few screenings of ‘the Prisoner,’ the reason given, because it doesn’t attract large viewing figures. But surely viewing figures do not count any more, do they? Like me you may well have ‘the Prisoner’ several times on different DVD’s as well good old fashioned VHS video tape, but there’s nothing to beat an actual terrestrial television  screening of the series. It’s just a pity that when there are such screenings, that ‘the Prisoner’ commercial bumpers are no longer used.


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It’s Your Funeral

    How come The Tally Ho was produced at 10am when it is always issued at noon? That’s probably a continuity error, the fact that The Tally Ho was published daily at noon, according to Number 6 in ‘Many Happy returns’ appears to have been forgotten by the time of this episode. Unless of course having the broadsheet published earlier in the day is one of the retiring Number 2’s improvements for the good of the people. If so it became even better during the following episode ‘A Change of Mind,’ because two editions of The Tally Ho were produced in the one day!
    According to the daily prognosis report Number 6 buys a bar of soap every day. Does he? I suppose he must, otherwise the daily activities prognosis report on Number 6 would be wrong!
    Why does the interim Number 2 use a yellow telephone to talk to No.1 when all the other Number 2's use a red one? Its probably down to a continuity error, and a pretty stupid one at that, one which should easily have been avoided!


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