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Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Portmeirion

    I had not realized that the web cams at Portmeirion are now back up and running, a friend of mine sent me the following link a few days ago.

    Technology-wise Portmeirion has caught up with the 21st  century! I have to say it’s nice to see parts of Portmeiron with such clarity, and with a slightly wider scope. And yet, in years gone by Portmeirion was a place where you could go and be completely anonymous. It used to be a place for privacy. After all Edward VIII and Mrs. Wallace Simpson went to stay at Portmeirion in order to get away from the attention they had attracted. That sort of thing could never happen today, because Portmeirion is now open to viewing by anyone anywhere in the world! How ironic that is, when thought of in terms of The Village!

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A Favourite Scene In Checkmate

    “Love? You’re crazy!”
    “Yes about you.”
    “You don’t even know me!”
    “I know how I feel.”
    “Who put you onto this?”
    “Nobody…….how can you doubt me?”
    “It’s easy and I’m waterproof, a slight drizzle won’t wash away my doubts so don’t try.”
    “I only want to be near you.”
    “Everybody’s near in this place, far too near!”
    “Do you think they’ll ever release us?”
    “Let me know, I shan’t be around.”
    “Why do you want to risk your life, we could be happy together.”
    “Really?”
    It’s a nice little scene, but Number 6 has already had one tearful encounter with the maid on the day of his arrival in The Village. He wasn’t fooled then, and he’s not fooled now. He knows that someone put Number 8 up to making her declaration of love. Number 8 doesn’t know Number 6, but if she did, would she like him in her non-drugged state of mind? Number 6 places a good deal on his own company, his privacy, and sees everyone in The Village as being far too near for his comfort. As for Number 8 asking the question “Do you think they’ll ever release us?” The answer is no. They can’t risk letting so many people leave The Village free to talk about their experience! And as for a slight drizzle not washing away his doubts, just watch the following scene, when in the evening Number 8 is happy to make Number 6 his night cap of hot chocolate. By the end of that little scene Number 6 seems to have mellowed towards Number 8. Or is that my imagination?


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60 Second Interview with No.2

    “Why…….why?”
    “Why indeed!”
    “The Speed Learn educational experiment was going so well.”
    “Yes, but did the people want educating?”
    “You’re never too old to learn……who are you?”
    “I am Number One-one-three, and this is my photographic colleague Number One-one-three b, we contribute to The Tally Ho.”
    “Smile” click goes the camera.”
    “I don’t think he feels like smiling. The Professor dead, Number Twelve dead, and the General destroyed, couldn’t get much worse could it. Do you have anything to say?”
    “Why?”
    “Because you underestimated Number Six, that’s why! What will happen to Madam Professor now?”
    “She’ll have to move out of the Manor house, and into smaller accommodation.”
    “And her art seminars?”
    “What about them?”
    “She’ll have to hold them somewhere else.”
    “And you?”
    “Me………….I don’t know.”
    “Madam Professor will blame you for her husband’s death, and Number 1 will blame you for the failure of Speed Learn. You’ll get it in the neck twice!”
    “I know.”
    “I can see the headline now One-one-three b, is Number Two fit for further term?”
    “Smile” click goes the camera.


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Quote For The Day

   “Morning, nice day again.”
   “Be nice again tomorrow.”
   “What happened in eighteen seventy-eight?”
   “Eighteen seventy-eight? 
Eastern Romania was declared an autonomous province of the Turkish empire.”
    “Word perfect eh. Best of luck with the exams!”
                                {The waiter-No.26 and No.51 –The General}
    When it comes to the educational experiment of Speed Learn, are exams necessary? The lectures are “projected through the sublimator at a speed thousands of times faster than the eye can record, are imposed directly onto the cortex of the brain, and is, with occasional boosts, virtually indelible.” So it appears exams would be unnecessary, and a complete waste of time. After all the learning process has been completely by-passed, as has the possibility of making mistakes. “Virtually indelibly imposed on the brain,” means everyone knows the same information, and spouts the same answers word for word! If the three children, visited in the nursery by Number 6, had been subjected to the Speed Learn experiment, they would have been pleased, as with Speed Learn there’s no need for homework, and school would be a thing of the past!


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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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