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Sunday, 19 April 2015

Rover!

   The question should be asked, why does the Guardian Rover kill Number 12-Curtis? In previous episodes the Guardian has been called upon to stop potential escapees, who up until this time, in the series, have only been Number 6 and Number 8-Nadia Rakovsky. Oh there was that chap who wouldn’t be still in the Piazza during ‘Arrival,’ but he’s more likely to have been the subject of a warning aimed at the newly arrived Prisoner. But Rover has not killed before, it has always captured its quarry.
   There seems no rhyme or reason for having Curtis eliminated. Can we be sure that Number 6 actually checked the body for signs of life, or did he merely presume that as he reported to Number 2, that Number 6 was dead? The only reason why the script called for the death of Curtis, suffocated by the membranic Guardian, was so that Number 6 could escape The Village by impersonating his doppelganger Curtis.
   But then there is the question of fingerprints. Is it possible that they found a way of giving Curtis the exact same fingerprints as those of Number 6? Well a thumbprint at least. It’s quite on the cards that a thin latex copy of Number 6’s thumbprint had been created and so “worn” by Curtis over his right thumb. This trick has also been done by James Bond in the 1971 film ‘Diamonds Are Forever, when Bond was impersonating professional smuggler Peter Franks. Bond wore a latex copy of Frank’s thumbprint on his own thumb, as proof to his identity, in the same way that Curtis proved his identity as Number 6.
   Had the fingerprints of the dead Curtis had been checked, they would clearly have discovered the false latex thumbprint. Unless it had been removed after the fingerprint test, but either way they would have discovered that the dead man’s fingerprints were those of Curtis, not Number 6.

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Caught On Camera!


   Having watched ‘the Prisoner’ so many times over the past forty-eight years, one would think that everything there is to be seen has been seen. Well that’s been noted to be wrong before, and so again here. Sometimes when we miss noticing something its because the eye is concentrating on the action taking place. In this instant a bout of fencing is about to take place, but it would appear that the gymnasium has been constructed in Number 2’s office of the Green Dome! Observe if you will the purple wall in the background, and the steel framework.
    At the same time as this I also observed something else, an article from another episode which turned up later in ‘The Schizoid Man,’ and being put to an entirely different purpose. But that’s for next time.


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Exhibition of Arts And Crafts

                               “I Am Six!”

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Before The War – Since The war – Which War?

    Apparently The Village has been going for a very long time, since the war it would seem. The only question, which war? Well I arrived here a few days ago. They asked me all kinds of questions, wanting to know all about me. I said they can’t do this to me, that I have rights. Number 2 asked me who I thought I was, Number 6? I looked at the badge pinned to the lapel of my blazer, and said “No, apparently my number is Seven.” Number 2 said there’s no such number in the Village. “Not my fault” I told her “It’s the number given to me,” she made a note in a book on her desk. “Just how much do you know” I was asked. I told them I knew hardly anything at all. “So you’re one of them!” One of whom? “One of those who are brought here because they know too little!” I hadn’t a clue as to what Number 2 was going on about, but agreed to tell them all that I knew. Well I’ve never been keen on drugs, and I’ve a very low pain threshold.
    So I began to settle down to a quiet life here in The Village. They gave me a credit card, card of identity, a Health and welfare card, and employment card. I set myself a daily regime, a walk around The Village twice a day, morning and afternoon. I would have lunch at the cafĂ©, and buy a copy of the daily newspaper The Tally Ho. Being a smoker I asked the chap at the kiosk for twenty Number Six, he said “Are you trying to be funny?” Alright I told him, twenty Number 10. He just scowled at me, and served me with 20 Village Woodbines and a box of Village matches!
    Somedays I would play chess, or go for long walks along the beach and play ‘ducks and drakes,’ or swim in the open lido. And then there was the occasional Village activity, such as a concert of folk music, or demonstration of mime in the Recreation Hall. I never considered escape, well there are only so many ways of attempting escape. I mean take Number 82. He carved himself a dug-out canoe out of a tree trunk. He paddled out into the middle of the estuary at night, attempting to escape under the cover of darkness. But the searchlight crew in the Tower spotted him, The Village Guardian was despatched……there was no funeral, as you need a body! Well I’m no good at woodwork. I cannot navigate, or make a homemade compass. I could try for the mountains, but I’m no mountaineer. I can swim, but not so far. Nor can I pilot a helicopter, but I can drive, perhaps away along the beach to somewhere. But really I haven’t got escape in me. I like a quiet life you see, and life here is really preferable to what it is elsewhere. I was a journalist working on a two-bit rag of a newspaper and going nowhere. The wife had left me for another woman, and that’s when life for me hit rock bottom, so I resigned, I went home, woke up, I was here!
   Next week there is the Exhibition of Arts and Crafts. I’ve seen some of the entries, they’re not very original, mostly paintings, drawings, and sculptures of Number 2. Me, I’ve painted a landscape of The Village, and entitled it “View From A Villa.”
    Eventually I got a job working on the local newspaper. At least it’s work with which I’m familiar, even if I am told what to write! But now and again I’m free to write articles like this one. There’s no harm in it, no propaganda, no rebelliousness. Well I wouldn’t want to seem unmutual would I now. Not like that Number 6. It was suggested that I write an article about Number 6, citizens might find him interesting the editor said. I tried getting an interview with Number 6, but he just slammed the door in my face. So how am I to write such an article about a man I know absolutely nothing about I asked the editor? “You’re a journalist aren’t you? Just make it up as you go along!”
   “So there’s this chap by the name Number Six. He goes about shouting “I am not a number, I am free man.” He tries to escape at any given opportunity, pokes his nose in where he can. Usually he wears a dark blazer with off-white piping. But one time something curious happened, he started going about The Village wearing a cream blazer with black piping, what’s more he was seen to be wearing his Number 6 Penny Farthing badge. Well I tell you readers, when have you ever seen Number 6 wearing his numbered badge? Just about never I’d say. Then one day, just as I was passing the Recreation Hall, I saw not one Number 6, but two! They were having a fight, and the one in the dark blazer was knocked to the ground. Then The Village Guardian appeared and herded the both of them away. I told the editor, he said I must be seeing double, and what was I making up this rubbish for? I told the editor that I hadn’t made it up at all. “What two Six’s in the Village” he barked “Next thing you know you’ll be seeing Lord Lucan here!” Well he has to be some place, and if not here, then elsewhere!     
                                     
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Saturday, 18 April 2015

THEPRIS6NER - ARRIVAL

  This evening I shall be watching THEPRIS6NER to celebrate the 6th anniversary of the production of the series, as well as the 5th anniversary of the British premier of the series. This will be my 11th screening of the series.
                                    
 "See how the sun makes it all glow, the kind of day that makes you feel good to be alive!"
 The Village taxi - still only the local service - 147 does local destinations only!
 Less forceful, more subtle, less a storm in a teacup!
This is new Village - yet it's strangely familiar!

Breathe in....breathe out.....Village life goes on!
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All The Fun Of The Convention!

    This weekend is the annual 'Prisoner' Convention in Portmeiron, and what a beautiful day it is, but the cool breeze will continue.
   A few moments ago between 10am and 10:30 the Election re-enactment took place.
    SIX FOR 2
   VOTE-VOTE-VOTE!
SPECIAL GUEST - No.2 Derren Nesbitt
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Robert Rietti

   Robert Rietti pictured above, appeared in the 'Danger Man' episode 'You're Not In Any Trouble Are You?' has sadly passed away on April 3rd 2015 at the age of 92.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/obituaries/article4413825.ece

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Rietti 

    Robert  Rietti was born in London February 8th 1923. He was a voice specialist - actor- and director. With regard to 'the Prisoner,' he carried out voice-overs for several characters, including that of a number of Number 2's in the opening sequence of the series.
   He was a special guest at PM2008 event held at Portmeirion.

http://www.theunmutual.co.uk/newsarchive314.htm

Robert Rietti rest in peace.

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