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Sunday, 15 July 2018

Village Life!

   “Don’t I get to read your Tally Ho mailing?”
   “No Fourteen.”
   “But sir?”
   “I’m sorry, but you’ll just have to wait your turn, this has just arrived, and I’ve been waiting for this for ages, so I’ll read it first!”
   “Yes sir……….I wonder what Piet Hein’s writing about this time?”
   “Perhaps he’s writing about me!”
   “Why should he write about you?”
   “Well he’s more likely to write about me than he is you!”
   “He could write about both of us!”
   “Why should he do that?”
   “He might find us interesting.”
   “In what way?”
   “I don’t know.”
   “Very well Fourteen, carry on.”
   “With what?”
   “What?”
   “Carry on with what sir?”
   “I don’t know, carry on with whatever you were doing I suppose.”
   “I was assisting you.”
   “Oh yes. Well go and do whatever it is you do when you’re not assisting me.”
   “And The Tally Ho?”
   “I’ll let you have it later.”
   “Yes sir, that Johnny Prisoner he always makes me laugh!”


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ESCAPE!

    There is no escape, we are Village! It’s been tried so many times before, and here we are still in The Village! The thing is before any escape you need to know where you’re escaping from, so you know where you are escaping to. Otherwise you’re simply making good your escape by simply running away. And is it really any better elsewhere? In The Village you’re looked after for as long as you live, such is their welfare policy. And anyway if you are a good boy and cough up the secrets who knows where that might get you. Take Cobb for example, and Chambers late of the foreign Office. Not to mention the Colonels and Fotheringay, even Number 2 who was once as much a prisoner as anyone in The Village. Regretfully he resisted for so short a time, then he wasn’t trained as a field agent. But then everyone talks on the third day as a rule, Number 6 however is an exception to that rule. So talk and they might let you go, but even then you’re never truly free, they come for you sooner or later wanting you to work for them in some capacity or other. You might be like the Colonel who was brought to The Village in order to undergo a mind transference with Number 6. That was to cost the Colonel his life.
   So escape isn’t perhaps what it’s cracked up to be, it’s probably a case of better the Devil you know, better than the one you don’t. Anyway the sun’s shining, it’s a beautiful day, the weather forecast is the recent spell of good weather is to last another month, and I fancy an ice cream. Flavour of the day is strawberry, well when isn’t it? Only on Village Day when it’s raspberry!


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In The Village!

    One minute there is a local election, and a few episodes on the democratic process has been dispensed with, on the grounds that democracy is terribly inefficient. Which is fair enough I suppose. However had ‘Dance of The Dead’ preceded ‘Free For All’ as the film library order for ‘the Prisoner’ suggests, there would have been a much bigger problem, how to stage a local election when there is no opposition, no democratic process in The Village? Number 6 would have smelt a rat straight off! And yet as the episode sequence stands, it isn’t until after ‘Many Happy Returns’ that democracy in The Village has been dispensed with, because when it came to the question of a town council, Number 6 told the Colonel that the town council is elected once a year, and that he could have been a member. So it makes perfect sense for ‘Dance of The Dead’ to follow some time after ‘Many Happy Returns.’ The proof that there is no longer a town council in The Village becomes evident in ‘A Change of Mind,’ the council chamber has been given over for use by the Committee which stands against disharmonious and unmutual citizens.


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Bureau of Visual Records

   Number 6 has been in this chamber before, only last time it was to witness the dissolution of the out-going council. But since then there has been the dissolution of democracy in The Village. So waste not, want not as the saying goes, and the Committee moved into the chamber! Take a seat Number 6, all the Committee wish for is your complete confession, they will tell you what to say. It might seem strange but the wall decoration has always put me in mind of orange flames, suggesting Number 6 was about to descend into Hades!


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Friday, 13 July 2018

X Meets Death!

    Mister X combats the Girl who was Death. She is a trained killer, while Mister X is a born survivor. Mister X is called Mister X because either no-one knows his name, or his anonymity must be preserved. The man behind the big door in ‘A B and C’ once said that anonymity is the best form of disguise, and is often the way with important people. So is Mister X an important person? 
    Indeed the Prisoner can be regarded as Mister X all through his ordeal in The Village, and although for official purposes Mister X is given a number, he has no name. He may use false names, such as Peter Smith, Schmitt, Duval, but he still maintains his anonymity. Even his fiancĂ©e Janet Portland didn’t use his name, not even in a tender moment between them.
    There was even a Mister X behind The Village, who also maintained his anonymity right up until his mask of disguise was removed by the former Number 6. Mister X being the one and the same person, who would have thought that?  It had to be I suppose, no-one was as important as Patrick McGoohan. After all he was the boss!


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Exhibition of Arts And Crafts

                              Village Salute!

                                 It looks like a 6!

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A Favourite Scene In A Change of Mind

    Well perhaps not a favourite scene, but there is something compelling about the way the big man nibbles daintily on a shortcake biscuit! It puts me in mind of the time when Number 6 nibbles on his ice cream cone in ‘Once Upon A Time. The question is, does Number 6 keep shortcake biscuits in his kitchen to which Number 2 helped himself to, or did Number 2 bring it with him? If he likes a nibble from time to time, he might keep one or two biscuits in his pocket, I have known it done.


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