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Sunday, 29 November 2015

The Prisoner Versus The Village

    The thing about the Prisoner known as Number 6 is, he is at a distinct disadvantage. The Village, or rather the Administration behind The Village knows all about him, well apart from the reason behind his resignation, but he didn’t know anything about them!
Whatever Number 6 does, to try and escape, or when he goes poking his nose into things which do not concern him, they are one step ahead of him. Because they know him, and what’s more because of that, they can calculate and compute his every move. They know what Number 6 is going to do before he does it. So they knew that Number 6 wouldn’t be able to resist standing for election as the new Number 2. They knew that once Number 6 had been convinced by Nadia that she knew the location of The Village he wouldn’t be able to resist escaping with her. Just as they knew how he would react once he had discovered The Village was deserted. During that episode they were just as much in control of Number 6 as they were when he thought he was escaping during ‘The Chimes of Big Ben.’ They knew what he would do, and so just let him get on with it. But that doesn’t take into account the fact that Number 6 was allowed to get away with destroying the General, thus bringing the educational experiment of Speedlearn to an abrupt end. Just as they knew what they were doing, or thought they knew what they were doing when they involved Number 6 in Plan Division Q. If they knew what Number 6 would do, then why involve him in the first place? Because they must have known that there was a danger of the failure of Plan Division Q if they involved Number 6 with it. But all in all, whatever the situation The Village survived, if not always Number 2. As for Number 6 he can never win, which is very uncomfortable for him. Oh he may escape from time to time, but he always ends up back where he began…. In The Village. Cue dark clouds, the sound of thunder, the long deserted runway, cue the green, yellow nosed Lotus Seven, the man’s face set in a grimace look of determination……… or is that simply because the wind’s in his face?!

Be seeing you………..back in The Village!

Exhibition of Arts And Crafts

                        “Residents Only!”
                            {Well who else?}

Special Imports!

    Music makes for a quiet mind, in other words music has the power to sooth the savage breast. Music begins where words leave off, well that should be the other way around! Music says all, no can’t think of an origin for that particular Village proverb for the moment.
    If the cuckoo clocks in ‘Hammer Into Anvil’ were special imports, might not the same be said of the LP records on sale in the General Stores? Not to mention the cameras on display in ‘Many Happy Returns,’ in The Village? Would cameras be so readily available in The Village? They must have been, after all Alison had a Polaroid camera in ’The Schizoid Man,’ she used it to take pictures of Number 6. You will recall she had entered the photographic competition at The Village Festival. I wonder how she got on? Oh yes, and another “special import,” Portmeirion pottery. No not the blue and white, but the Penny Plain salt and pepper pots. In a later episode Number 6 uses such salt and pepper pots in ‘The Schizoid Man’ when he is undergoing mind conditioning. And again in ‘A Change of Mind’ Number 6 pours away his cup of drugged tea from a Portmeirion teacup into a plant pot.
   I suppose the small notebooks of which Number 6 once selected one in ‘Hammer Into Anvil’ was a special import, also the pens and pencils, in fact everything used in The Village is imported. Brought there by helicopter, by boat, or lorry via the fall out tunnel. After all something, or someone must be brought into The Village via that tunnel, otherwise why have the electronic neon sign saying “
WELL COME” on the cavern side of the door!

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Three Days!

   During ‘Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling’ Number 2 explained about the workings of the Seltzman machine to the Colonel. Lying on the operating table in the Amnesia Room was a man who had obviously undergone the Seltzman mind transference technique. Because Number 2 said “We call this our amnesia room, rather proud of it. With it we can erase the memory to any point in time we choose. This man you see was extremely co-operative, he told all we wanted to know in three days, with hardly any persuasion. So now we wipe out any unhappy memories of The Village, then put him back into circulation to gather more information.” The man told Number 2 all they wanted to know in three days with hardly any persuasion. Then perhaps Number 2 of ‘A B and C,’ who only had three days in order to extract the reason behind the Prisoner’s resignation, should have employed the same technique as employed by Number 2 in ‘Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling.’ This instead of wasting time researching and computing the Prisoner’s whole life, and getting into Number 6’s dreams by Inception, and manipulate them in order to discover the reason behind the Prisoner’s resignation!

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Saturday, 28 November 2015

Sixty Second Interview With No.42

    No.113 “You don’t know me, I’m Number One, One three, and this is my photographic colleague Number One, one three b. We contribute to The Tally Ho.
    No.113b “Smile” {click goes the camera}
    “You’re Dutton, Roland Walter Dutton, oops, we’re not supposed to use names here, I forgot for a moment. That’s a nice balloon you have there…………….What is it Number Six expected you to say?…………………What’s happened to you Dutt……Number Forty-Two?……………Its alright, if you have anything to say Court Jesters are the ones who can get away with saying the things other people lose their heads for………………That balloon on the end of your stick…………….its growing larger……………..oh no it can’t be!”        
   {Suddenly the room is filled with the sound of a blood curdling roar!}
    Voice of Number 2 “Everyone stay calm, and stand completely still!”       No. 113 “That’s all very well, but for how long?”

Reporter Number 113
Photographer Number 113b

The Bureau of Visual Records

    ‘Dance of the Dead’ is considered to be a female orientated episode, and is the only episode in fact to feature a female Supervisor-Number 22. But Number 2 isn’t the first female Number 2, and Number 240 isn’t by any means the first female Observer, yet she is the first to report to Number 2 direct. She also seems very close to Number 2. The day-time Supervisor is a man, as is the doctor-Number 40. A nurse takes care of Dutton when he’s in the Control Room being used as a communications medium, but that’s not the first time a female nurse is used either. You may count in the maid-Number 54, but there have been maids before. So why is ‘Dance of The Dead’ considered to be female orientated? Perhaps because it’s the first time we have actually seen a female Number 2 in charge, as well as a woman Supervisor, not to mention Number 240’s heavy involvement in the episode. Altogether they make an accumulative force. If only the doctor had been played by a woman, such as Patricia Jessel from ‘Checkmate. After all she does appear to be the female counterpart of the male doctor in ‘Dance of the Dead,’ and her appearance as the doctor instead of Duncan McRae would have made the quorum!

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Caught On Camera!

    There he is, the butler who has something in common with two people. He has a black and white striped umbrella the same as Number 6’s. Secondly, like Number 240 he wears his cloak inside out, and the cat, well perhaps that is the only creature in The Village he can look down upon. And yet, butlers, valets, gentlemen’s gentlemen can be the most superior of beings. However in this particular episode the butler appears to be unemployed, at least we never see him serving his mistress Number 2. Perhaps she, like her predecessor has a housemaid!

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