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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

A Closet Prisoner!

   This wasn’t the first time Number 6 had come face to face with himself in The Village, and as it was to work out, it would not be the last!
   The first time Number 6 faced himself he was The Schizoid Man, and contrary to whatever Number 6 might have said, it must have been greatly unpleasant for him to stand there and see himself suffocated into unconsciousness, even death by the membranic Guardian!
   Then it must have come as something of a surprise to come face to face with himself again, but as a piece of sculpture {which could be ironic considering his own piece of abstract sculpture} in the drawing room of the Professor’s house. Especially surprising when he had no prior knowledge of the Professor, let alone Madam Professor!
    In ‘Dance of the Dead’ Number 6’s own suit of clothes had been delivered to him especially for the occasion of Carnival. Number 6 took this as a sign that he was “still himself!” And here he is again, in a cloakroom, indicated by the two racks of coat hangers, void of any clothes. Perhaps the white robes worn by the delegates of the Assembly hung on them. I have never counted them against the number of delegates. Number 6 comes face to face with himself once again, well the Supervisor said that they thought he would feel happier as himself. So the Prisoner-Number 6 has emerged from his ordeal strong and intact! And yet as Number 6 approaches his effigy at the far end of the cloakroom, he puts a hand to the throat of his effigy, and just for a moment, and it is only a moment, it seems as though he was about to strangle the life out of it. But then changes his mind and begins to unbutton the polo shirt instead.
    And finally the former Number 6 comes face to face with Number 1, as himself, and face to face with himself! However as meetings go there’s not that much to it. If we thought here was to be some meaningful discussion between the former Number 6 and Number 1, then we were to be disappointed. The only meaningful moment between the two comes when Number 1 hands the former Number 6 a crystal ball in which his future is foretold….. as a Prisoner! It is a future which is rejected, as the former 6 allows the crystal ball to slip through his fingers, and shatter into a thousand pieces of crystal on the floor. What’s more had the former 6 been able to lay his hands on Number 1, he might well have strangled the life out of him. Which might well have been as unpleasant for him as it probably was when he stood watching himself being suffocated by the Guardian. And really, to have had Patrick McGoohan fighting with himself again, would have been one repeated scene in the series too many!

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Exhibition of Arts And Crafts

                       “Milchman - Milkman!”
                          {A touch of ‘Carry on Spying!}


60 Second Interview with The Group Captain

    No.113 "I cannot make my mind up about you."
    Group Captain "What the devil do you mean by that?"
    "Are you an exterior agent working for The Village, or are you simply what you appear to be?"
    "I'm an Royal Air Force Group Captain."
    "Not working for the Village then?"
    "What are you talking about, what village?"
    "You were supposed to have piloted that Gloster Meteor jet, in a search for The Village."
    "Oh, that!"
    "Yes, that, Group Captain."
    "All I know is, I was in the "kitting out" shed, when this milkman comes strolling in. I told him he was in the wrong place....... I woke up later with a bloody big bump on my head!"
    "So you say."
    "Yes, I do say!"
    "You didn't wonder about the missing aircraft?"
    "It was reported lost at sea."
    "You didn't conduct a search for the missing plane?"
    "........ No."
    "On whose authority didn't you go looking for it?"
    "The Colonel’s."
    "An accident at sea, and no-one wondered what happened? No search was conducted to find wreckage, the two bodies?"
    "Thorpe said it would be a waste of time and resources."
    "Did he?"
    "Did you ever wonder what happened?"
    "Well I can tell you that he ended up back here in The Village!"
     No.113b "Smile." {click goes the camera}

Reporter No.113
Photographer No.113b

Monday, 27 July 2015

Caught On Camera

    Number 6 was about to leave his former London home, when Mrs. Butterworth said he mustn’t go like that. So he washed and shaved, and was given clean clothes to wear.
   Number 6 arrived at No.1 Buckingham Place on March 18th, the following day being the 19th is his birthday. After his report to the Colonel, Number 6’s report is checked by a local policeman who checks the Gypsy campsite, and possibly a Special Branch who goes to question Mrs. Butterworth. And then with the aid of a Naval Commander and RAF Group Captain, calculations are made to ascertain a search area for the Village. All this, along with the organising of an aircraft, so to refuelling at RAF Gibraltar would take time. It might be suggested that it was all accomplished in a day, so that Number 6 would arrive back in The Village in order for Ms. Butterworth to present him with a birthday cake, which she had promised to bake, if he promised to come back. Well Number 6 did come back. And Mrs. Butterworth did present him with a cake, suggestive of a birthday cake, suggesting that Number 6 arrived back in The Village the very next day on March 19th being Number 6’s birthday. But the cake wasn’t a birthday cake, as there were only six candles, making it more of a homecoming cake. After all Mrs. Butterworth-Number 2 said “Many happy returns” not “Many happy returns of the day” as she might, had it been his birthday. Yet strangely enough, originally the Brass Band was to have been playing the tune “Happy birthday to you.”
   We do not know how long it took to search the 1,750 square miles, although it may not have been necessary for Number 6 to make a complete search of the area before he found The Village. However judging by the amount of stubble on Number 6’s face, it took more than a day to find The Village, seeing as he was clean shaven when he set out from an airfield in
England! Or then again, perhaps it was possible for Number 6 to grow a moustache overnight!

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The Lure of Number 1!

   It could well be thought that Number 6 was lured to Number 1. It might be thought that it was inevitable that Number 6 should finally get to meet Number 1. After all, while in The Village Number 6 is the only citizen to ask about Number 1. “Who is Number 1?” is the persistent question during the opening sequence. He even asked the question of Number 8, while on the chessboard. She managed to avoid the question! But seeing as Number 1 is the boss, and Number 6 had defeated Number 2 who is second to one, it seemed natural that Number 6 should ask for Number 1.
   But he didn’t ask to see Number 1 in a rocket! However could it really be imagined, that Number 6 would get to meet Number 1 in an oak panelled drawing room? The two men sitting in armchairs discussing matters over a glass of Brandy. Or perhaps to meet in an office like Number 2’s in order to argue out the situation there. If they had, what might the outcome between them be? Certainly the opportunity for escape would have been limited, if not impossible, depending on the outcome of the meeting. But then how to rid himself of his alter ego? To lay hands upon him and strangle the very life out of him would be one way. Or perhaps the better way would be the physical absorbance of 1 by 6, or the other way around {as in the case of Harold Pelham ‘The Man Who Haunted Himself’} in order to leave the “one” man standing!

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   If by his name Rover {the Village Guardian} then we shall know it!
In answer to a teabreak teaser there came a couple of answers to the possible meaning R.O.V.E.R
    Writer Tim Palgut has it in his 2003 book as ‘The Prisoner – The Village Files as “Reactive Orange-alert Vigilant EnforceR.”

    Jana has it “Regulative Omnipotent Vigilante (against) Evasive Resisters”

    Patrick Powers writes “Rescue Our Village Escapee Rightfully.”

    Well I thought I might as well put my two pennyworth in.
    MK1 Rover “Remote Orbital Vehicle {for} Escapee Retrieval.” 
    MK2 “Roving Organic Vigilant Escape Repulser.”

  And finally an idea from Morag “Robotic Organism Valiantly Encapturing Runaways.”

    This has proved to be an interesting exercise.
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Sunday, 26 July 2015

A Favourite Scene In The Prisoner

   It’s no good looking up there Number 6, that jet aircraft is long gone!
   When in ‘Many Happy Returns’ Number 6 comes full circle and ends up back where he began! The water and electricity is suddenly switched on, and yet that coffee percolator shouldn’t be brewing coffee quite so instantly as it does. That would suggest that the percolator was brewing the coffee before Number 6’s return.
    The door to his cottage opens, the black cat walks in followed by Number 2-Mrs. Butterworth carrying the cake she promised to bake him if he promised to return, which he did of course. Number 2 wishes him many happy returns with something of a smarmy expression on her face. He then crosses the study and looks out of the window glancing up at the sky, then out across the Piazza, the view which the television viewer sees, not being the angle from Number 6’s window of course. 
    As the Brass Band plays from Mini-Mokes, the citizens parading around the pool and fountain in the Piazza, I like to think this gives the impression that Number 6 arrived back in The Village, not only on his birthday, but also on the day of the Carnival. Seeing as the scene footage used, is taken from the following episode ‘Dance of the Dead!’

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