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Sunday, 23 April 2017

Smoking In The Village!

    Although we never really see smoking in The Village, apart from Number 6 trying to smoke a cigar of his favourite brand, the fact that there are some Russian cigarettes in a box, Number 6 lights Alison’s cigarette, and The Man With No Name rolls, and smokes, a cigarette using brown liquorice paper, it must have occurred. When Number 36 attempts to buy a bag of sweets from a kiosk in ‘It’s Your Funeral,’ when her weekly credit allowance had been all used up, originally it was a packet of cigarettes she was trying to buy!
   Alison was a smoker and must have bought her cigarettes from either a kiosk, or the General Store, because on the wall just inside the door there is a cigarette machine. And Number 6 was supposed to smoke a particular favourite brand of cigar. Perhaps as being their “prize prisoner,” as Number 2 once described him, they indulged Number 6 by importing his favourite brand of cigar specially for him even though we never see him actually smoking them!

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Village Life!


    “You’re safe protected by the Queen.”
    “Good.”
    “What I mean is, you won’t be caught L.B.W like I was yesterday.”
    “L.B.W?”
    “Leg before wicket!”

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The Therapy Zone

    Number 6 has escaped The Village by use of a sea-going raft. He struggles with gun runners, and is forced to jump overboard and swim for it, well that’s not the first time he’s had to do that. Then he’s washed ashore, at Beachy Head scales the cliff, and travels inland. He encounters a gypsy camp and it treated not only to a cup of tea or broth, but the first genuine act of kindness since his abduction to The Village.
    Eventually he returns to
London, and does a very stupid thing by leaping out the back of that Luton van and into the busy road of Park Lane. And just because he heard a police siren which is instinctive of an escaped prisoner to run away from the police! But Number 6 gets lucky, and isn’t run down by the passing traffic. He makes his way across London on foot, eventually arriving in Buckingham Place. On the doorstep of what used to be his home, he encounters Martha, a housemaid who looks down her nose that the raggedy man stood making the doorstep look untidy. And has no sympathy for this apparent vagrant! Mrs. Butterworth however is a different matter. She takes pity on this “exile,” and invites him into her home and leads him into the study. After a few moments Mrs. Butterworth  leaves Peter Smith, a name he adopted on the spur of the moment {well I think it was, even after 50 years it’s still uncertain either way, whether Peter Smith is his real name, or that he was simply unwilling to give even that piece of information away} alone in the study. After all that has happened to him since escaping The Village some 25 days ago, he’s still uncertain of his surroundings. Because standing there in that study that was once his own, he could still be in The Village. Perhaps his feeling of uncertainly stems from the fact that once before he was supposed to have returned to London, to find himself in an office he knew very well, only to discover that he had been in The Village all the time. So he looks for reassurances in order to convince him of place of being, the dialling tone of the telephone, the view from the window. The patch of dry rot behind the bureau which he had made good about 6 months ago, and the hot and cold taps of the shower which had been put on the wrong way round........I wonder if that’s how they were fitted to the shower in the bathroom back in his cottage in The Village?
    Mrs. Butterworth said he didn’t need to convince her, but it wasn’t for her benefit, it was Number 6 convincing himself. After all Number 2 and the administration of The Village are damned clever. Everything which had happened to Number 6, between his escaping The Village to arriving back to his former home, could all have been induced to take place purely in his subconscious, and as he stood there in the study he could still have been in The Village for all he knew. But then if it had been that way, what could they possibly have achieved, what did they achieve anyway, except for the teaching Number 6 another lesson! If only Number 6 or Peter Smith, had gone away and forgotten all about it, he might have finished as a free man! But then as the newly retired Number 2 said in ‘It’s Your Funeral,’ “They’ll find me eventually, wherever I go.”


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Saturday, 22 April 2017

Tonight I Am Mostly Watching Anvil



    Tonight 'Anvil,' and the question of surveillance. And it would seem that surveillance cameras have taken a big step backwards since the days of the original 'Prisoner' series. Because "Undercovers" have to go and physically install what are called "Roach Cams." And then two "Undercovers" have to sit on places like roof tops, and record the surveillance film footage on a lap top! What's more "Undercovers do not even try to blend in. 909 and Six while working together as "Underovers," go the to swimming pool. They are wearing ordinary clothes, instead of swimming trunks, and they both stick out like sore thumbs!
   We also learn that there is no Number 1. There has never been a Number 1, and there never will be. This according to Village history, as told by schoolgirl 1,100.
   Two offers Six the opportunity to work against him as an “Undercover,” and Six will do anything to work against Two. It is a trap set by Two, but Two wants to see if Six can turn the situation to his own advantage!
   Anvil questions surveillance, which is part of our everyday lives today. No-one knows who is watching who in the Village. "Undercovers" themselves may be under surveillance by other "Undercovers." So much so that everyone in the Village could be watching everyone else, and everyone is suspect!      
    Six is recruited by Two to work as an Undercover, to work with 909 who is Two’s best undercover, he thought Six would have noticed that! Would Six really work for Two? Oh no, no, no, not for him, but for the people he would be watching. Six pronounces so loudly his opposition to Two, his disbelief of everything Two and The Village stands for, people might trust him. Two already has his suspects, and he knows that Six wants to meet with dreamers. So Two offers Six the apparatus and expertise of their highly trained and well financed undercover operations to do just that.
  Six “Why would you give me all that, if it wasn’t a trap?”
  Two “My dear Six, it is a trap. You have such a high opinion of yourself. I wondered if you would be clever enough to turn this opportunity to your own advantage. Still….”
  “Everything you say is a trap. Alright lets do it.”
 Cue opening credits………………..
    In THEPRIS6
NER-09 scriptwriter Bill Gallagher employed this idea in the episode ‘Anvil.’ When Six, working undercover as a school teacher, he asks the pupils in his class the oldest question in Village history. 1,100 replies “"There is no Number One. There has never been a Number One, and there never will be." The concept of the Number Two is an act of humility. The title reminds us all that we are all public servants, even Number Two.” As for Number Two, it was Number 2 the 14th who oversaw the reformation of The Village. As for the first woman Number 2, well it wasn’t Lady Two the Great, as suggested by one pupil. I thought it was Mary Morris! But as for there being no Number 1, that that there has never been a Number One, and that there never will be, what about Six being the One, as suggested by Two and proclaimed by both 147 and the people of The Village? Perhaps 1,100 got it wrong, and Six was the first Number 1!

“Breathe in.......breathe out......Village life goes on.”
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Friday, 21 April 2017

Village Sports!


   When Number 6 was standing for election against Number 2, in that speech he gave from the forecastle of the Stone boat he tells the electorate “You can partake in the most hazardous sports and you will,” perhaps Kosho is one such dangerous sport he had in mind. It certainly looks pretty dangerous! I recall when I used a trampoline at school many of my classmates used to have to stand around the trampoline in case if an accident. But it’s not just the danger of falling from one of the trampolines, one could lose ones footing and slip off the top of the wall. There might be a handrail, but the top of the wall has a slope to it. One wrong slip, lose grip of that railing...... And then there’s the water tank. When you have your opponent at your mercy you’re supposed to dunk him into the tank of water. It’s no wonder they have to wear crash helmets, without one you could crack your head open if it hit the side of that tank. Death could be instantaneous! Health and Safety today would have a field day if they saw anyone taking part in this outlandish and dangerous sport!

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There’s Nothing No.6 Cannot Do!

    Thinking about it, Number 6 built himself a sea-going raft, survived 25 days at sea on it, in all elements, spending only 4 hours out of each 24 asleep. And during that time he fought off the two gun runners, and swam the best part of the English Channel! He wasn’t aboard his raft in the English Channel, he was picked up by the gun runners in the Atlantic Ocean. He then jumped overboard and swam for it, towards the light in the distance, which turned out to be the lighthouse at Beachy Head, where Number 6 was washed ashore. So it stands to reason that he swam perhaps the greater part of the English Channel between England and the French coast, depending on where that motor cruiser was in the Channel. The light from the lighthouse can be seen 26 miles out at sea, and it was a small dot of light when first seen. So it’s possible that when Number 6 jumped overboard he was some 20 miles from the south coast of England. Plus the English Channel is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world. You see there is nothing Number 6 cannot do, as The Girl Who Was Death said “You’re a born survivor!”

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What’s Number Six?


    “What’s number six?” When originally I heard Sir Charles Portland say that I thought what does he know about Number 6? Yet in this instance its a photographic slide he’s talking about, but perhaps in Sir Charles saying those words they are designed to put the viewer on the alert, to expect a little more than just a change in photographic slide! It could be one of those “in jokes” Patrick McGoohan wasn’t so terribly keen on, unless it was one of his! After all its a bit of a coincidence that Sir Charles should say those exact words “What’s number six,” when the main character’s number in ‘the Prisoner’ is Number 6. But in that may lie the design. If Sir Charles had said “What’s number eleven, or what Number twenty three” any number other than 6 it wouldn’t have been so noticeable.
   Did Sir Charles know of The Village, and if he did did he know his future son-in-law had been abducted there? If not then he was telling his daughter the truth, and yet even after 50 years its still not clear either way. Don’t forget ZM73 had handed in his letter of resignation, but his fiancee Janet Portland was still under the impression that her finace was still working for her father. So her fiance had not informed her of his decision to resign his position in her father’s department, and if Sir Charles was aware he certainly kept it to himself! And if he didn’t know, then either the Colonel or that bureauocrat to whom ZM73 had handed in his letter of resignation, had not passed it on. And yet that cannot be right, as the two previous Colonels knew of their ex-colleagues resignation, one even attempted to extract the reason behind it from Number 6 during ‘The Chimes of Big Ben.’ Oh well it is ‘Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling’ after all.
    But I digress, what’s Number 6? It’s a badly under-developed picture of Doctor Seltzman!

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

The Therapy Zone

    50 years of ‘the Prisoner’ and so much remains a complete mystery, unfathomable, unanswerable. What matters that we do not know the meaning and reason for something we cannot explain? We shall not suffer for it, we are not the poorer for it. It’s just as Number 2 once said, one like to know everything, unfortunately because the lack of some details the file on the Prisoner and his Village will remain open, and sadly never to be brought up to date!
    I wonder what happened to Chambers? I like to think that the Prisoner followed in Chambers footsteps in having been abducted to The Village. It’s just a pity that Cobb wasn’t Chambers then late of the Foreign Office, that would have made more sense. After all Number 2 had told the Prisoner of Chambers being a nice guy, and so talkative. Or perhaps instead of Dutton it could have been Chambers Number 6 encountered at the cave in ‘Dance of the Dead.’ After all ‘Dance of The Dead’ was originally to have been the second episode.
    It seems to be that British Military Intelligence was very susceptible to having its operatives abducted to The Village. More than that, they are turned, and then put back into the original place of work, but kept on ice so to speak, ready to be called on to act for the Village. The Colonel and Fotheringay are two such excellent examples. It maybe supposed that that is what they intended to do with Number 6. Abduct him to The Village, extract all information from him, then turn him, and send him back. Only he had resigned from his job, and the department he worked for within British Military Intelligence, so the Village administration had nowhere to send him back to. Having resigned he was ineffective to them. He would have to remain in The Village....for life!
   Perhaps the reason why they wanted to know the reason behind the Prisoner’s resignation is because they thought they might be able to put it right. Then he could rescind his resignation and so return to the fold so to speak. To carry on the good work but for The Village! That would of course presuppose that the Prisoner having resigned his job was unknown to The Village administration. That they had always intended to abduct him to The Village, and that ZM73’s resignation was purely incidental to the act of his abduction. But it could have been an inconvenience to them….had he disappeared somewhere on holiday!


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Exhibition of Arts And Crafts

                                  “Surprise!” 
 BcNu

Citizen No.12


    You come whistling into Number 6’s cottage as though you own the place, which as we both know you do not! Granted you look like Number 6, however you don’t wear the same colour blazer as he does. And its blatently obvious that you have not taken the time to read Number 6’s peronnel file, otherwise you would know not to wear that badge. Number 6 never wears his badge!
     How was it for you after you woke up here in The Village, anything like the way Number 6 woke up as you? I can understand the makeover they must have given you in order to make you look more like Number 6, if he looked anything like you when he woke up. Tell me, are you naturally right-handed or were you conditioned to be so? Perhaps as Number 6 was undergoing conditioning to make him like you Number 12, you were experiencing the same conditioning to make you like Number 6. But they put the wrong blazer on the wrong man, and do take that badge off!

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Monday, 17 April 2017

Village Life!


   Mind out there Number 6, make way, can’t you hear vehicle horns? Two fast approaching Mini-Mokes come speeding along the road, each driven by a medic. But just a minute, whose the chap on the bicycle peddling for his life, he appears to be trying to keep up with the two taxis. Perhaps he has a mania for chasing ambulances. Maybe there’s a life in danger, and the chap on the bike had ridden to the hospital to get help!

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Thought For The Day

     At Madam Professor’s art seminar there was a man tearing pages out of a book, and to Number 6 the man appeared to be doing just that. But not to Madam Professor, according to her he’s creating a fresh concept, destruction arising out of the ashes. Perhaps he just didn’t like the book, perhaps it reminded him of something unpleasant. Or perhaps he just didn’t like books in general. Then there was, according to Number 6, a woman standing on her head, but no, you see that’s an easy mistake to make. Again according to Madam Professor the woman is developing a new perspective, but why can she not simply be standing on her head, why complicate it and for what, art’s sake? And finally a man is sitting in a chair, he’s asleep, apparently the mind learns only when it wants to. But then the man might simply be tired, or had become bored. I remember becoming bored once, it was during a screening of ‘Brand,’ Patrick McGoohan was playing Brand. I do not care for Ibsen’s plays, they are too dark and damned depressing for me. Anyway there he was, McGoohan as Brand, ranting and raving about something. Eventually I fell asleep, and about half an hour later I woke up. And there he was, this Brand, still in the same place, still ranting and raving on about something and I felt as though I had missed nothing! After the screening people were saying marvellous things about it, how wonderful Patrick McGoohan’s performance was, they enthused about it, and coming out with the most profound things. But you see I didn’t get it, if truth be told I didn’t want to get it, and as far as I was concerned Patrick McGoohan was simply playing the role of another angry man, he was good at that. For me people were seeing things I couldn’t, or they were simply trying to sound clever, which is worse. I’m like Number 6, if I see a man tearing up a book that’s just what he’s doing no matter what the interpretation. A woman standing on her head is doing nothing more than that, perhaps she likes to feel the blood rushing to her head! As for the man asleep in the chair, well that was me!

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Mind Games!


    Oh no not again I hear you sigh, but if there’s one thing, apart from its unique incidental music, ‘Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling’ has provided a goodly amount of material to write about. And it was while I was replying to an email recently that I thought here’s something I’ve not touched upon before.
    No.2 “We call this our amnesia room, we’re rather proud of it. With it we can erase the memory back to any point we choose. This man was extremely co-operative, told us all we wanted to know in three days {what like A B and C} with hardly any persuasion. So now we wipe out all unpleasant memories of The Village, and put him back into circulation to gather more information.”
    If it’s possible for them to put the mind of their choosing into an enemy agent, then send him into circulation in order to gather information. Then to bring him back to The Village in order to extract that information, why should they need to use any form of persuasion, why shouldn’t their agent give up any such information voluntarily? Furthermore, why is it necessary to wipe any unpleasant memories from the mind of their own agent? Surely if they do that, then send the agent back into circulation in order to gather more information, when they bring the agent back to The Village surely he wouldn’t know where he was {a possible flaw in the plan} therefore he would resist, and refuse to give away the information in his head. That could account for the need to use persuasion in order to extract information!

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Saturday, 15 April 2017

This Evening I Am Mostly Watching THEPRIS6NER


   Having been attacked by the Guardian {I do not write Village Guardian, as the Guardian never appears in The Village in this series} at the end of ‘Arrival,’ Six is left unconscious in the desert! Then there is another remembrance, Michael returning to his New York apartment with Lucy. While as a boy he is on the beach looking for  his brother, as 16 is in the desert looking for his brother Six!
  Six didn’t recognise 16 as his brother, because his bother was lost at sea on one of their trips to the beach when they were boys. 16 is not Six’s brother. Two gives Six his brother back, and a family. Family is important to Two, its just a pity that Two’s own family is so disjointed!
   Two recommends Six undergo some therapy, The Talking Cure. Unless Six is afraid that Two will mess with his mind, or that Six will discover that he is the problem after all!
   Six spends time with 16 and his family, discovers that he’s a bus driver, learns that he does like pork after all. He also learns about Wonkers, the television serialisation of the book Wonkers, about life in The Village. One of his “nieces” explains the current storyline Six……….okay, so, 765 is in love with 23-30, but 23-56 is pregnant to 46-5, and 9-13 had an affair with 23-30. So 765 is jealous of 23-30, and so she, like, took her revenge by sleeping with 46-5. While on the television screen……………
   765 “I’m leaving you.”
   “No.”
   “Yes.”
   “Oh no! Why?”
   “I love your brother.”
   “Oh.”
   In Palais 2, Two’s residence,11-12 sits on his mother’s bed as she sleeps on, dreaming The Village, and then spies on Two as he feeds his wife, M2, three more pills. And Six helps 16 with a bicycle repair, before he goes to the Clinic for his first therapy session with the brothers 70. For Six The Village is a dark place, his home is not his home, his brother is not his brother, nothing’s real!

But at least Two got Six to admit to who he is, Six. And we learnt a little more about Michael, that he worked for a company called Summaker, and was connected to surveillance as an observer, watching people, writing reports about people living in New York. And he once had a brother, no I don't mean that impostor in The Village. A brother who was lost at sea, drowned, well you saw that for yourself. But how Six knew where that buried tin was, well is that simply a memory?
   Nice to be seeing a pair of twins in The village, 70, who tried talking things out with Six. Two doesn't believe in this sort of therapy, but then it's not important for Two to believe, just as long as Six believes! But did I say there was something dark and dangerous about Two, if I did, then I left something out, he's also twisted. I mean keeping his wife drugged like that, then sleeping with her!
    Most of what we see takes place out in the desert, looking for the ocean this week. An ocean through which the Village guardian comes along and takes 16 into the depths. A terrible way to die. But then, if the ocean was never there in the first place, when you think about it, 16's death was even worse for him than we saw on the screen.
   I think it was very clever of Two to give Six a family, through which Two hoped to see Six accept his situation through his brother, and finally settle down. It appears that Six used to work at the bus depot, as a bus driver!
   Harmony I found to be a surreal episode, with a surreal ships anchor in the desert, along with a long abandoned railway halt! It's all to do with the mind isn't it, and that takes some getting my mind round. 16 was never Six's brother, and people go on the bus tours of The Village day after day, seeing the same old thing, described in the same old way. And what about that Solar Cafe, rebuilt, as though the explosion in Arrival never took place. What's more there's something very 1950's about The Village. What with the Bubble car, and the black
Bedford van. They come for you see, and in broad daylight, just like they came for Six, those men in their white suits and black Bedford van. They come for you, and take you to the clinic. I wonder what they'll do to Six?
    So surreal, with so much happening, I'll really have to watch this episode a second time before I can really get into it. Because I was determined not to give up on the series. And that was a brilliant Village guardian effect, the way it moved though the water, which really wasn't water, but sand.....poor 16!

Breathe in…breathe out…more Village
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Thought For The Day

     On the morning of ‘Free For All’ there comes an early morning greeting, made by a female announcer “Congratulations on yet another day,” probably meaning that if you're awake, you've made it through the night! Well they come for you in the night you see, at a time when your guard is down and you’re heavily drugged, and take you away. They did that to Number 6 three nights running in ‘A B & C’ as they carried out a running experiment. And if it hadn't been for the doctor-Number 14 there would have been the possibility that Number 6 might not have made it through the night, so keen as Number 2 was to continue with the experiment! But at least they took him back to his cottage, because there is that time in ‘The Schizoid Man’ when they didn’t! They came for Number 6 in the night, two doctors, but his sleep was light, so they deepened it for him! Then he was supposed to have woken up the next morning, not as himself, but as someone else. There have been times when I’ve woken up not realizing what day it was, but ‘The Schizoid Man’ takes things to extremes. It’s between four and six weeks when Number 6 wakes up in a strange apartment, but at least he did, and lives to face the day as someone else, Number 12, and told that his job is to impersonate himself. Life cannot get much worse than that, or can it? There’s the time in ‘Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling’ when they came for Number 6, but this time it was different, as four “Snowdrops” military policemen manhandling him from his cottage. I’ve wondered why it is that Number 6 is taken from his cottage that way, it’s the odd one out, when it would have been much easier to take him from his cottage in the night when he’s asleep and heavily sedated!

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Exhibition of Arts And Crafts

                         “Portrait of No.2”


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A Favourite Scene In The Prisoner


    In ‘Many Happy Returns,’ Number 6 dodges passed the police roadblock, they are apparently looking for an escaped prisoner, which I find particularly ironic. Anyway, he jumps aboard and into the back of a large Luton van with the name NETCO, on the tailgate of the van, it’s a sign which doesn’t look quite right to me, I suppose it’s the white background. It’s as though the sign has been contrived for the camera, because I would have thought such a sign would have been on the side of the van, not just on the tailgate. A sign on the side of the van wouldn’t be seen so well on camera, but on the tailgate the sign is ideal for the camera!
   He climbs up onto a ledge above the driver’s cab, gets himself a sack to cover himself, and goes to sleep. Suddenly Number 6 awakens to the sounds of a police siren, instinct suddenly kicks in. I don’t know why, but he gets up and he leaps out of the back of the van........into the busy road of
Park Lane! I’ve never understood why Number 6 suddenly leapt out of the back of that van, after all he had no idea where he was, certainly the sound of the siren had an effect upon him. But having leapt out of the back of that van he might easily have leapt under a London bus, been hit by a taxi or car, and laid badly injured, or worse, lay dead in the road! I’ve always thought what a terrible risk he took by doing that, it was so unnecessary because no-one knew he was there, least of all the van driver. And really I suppose, Number 6 was most fortunate that the van was travelling to London in the first place.

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Thursday, 13 April 2017

What The Devils That?


   It looks very much like the Prisoner is about to have a nasty experience! If only he had kept his head, his hands on the steering wheel, and foot to the accelerator. Perhaps that’s what made the Mini-Moke jolt suddenly, taking his foot off the accelerator stalling the vehicle with it still in gear? Had he not done so, the vehicle’s impact with the membranic Guardian would have caused it to rise into the air, and the Prisoner could have driven on at speed into the distance with the Guardian in pursuit! But then had that taken place perhaps one of the Posts, like Post 14 could have shot out one of the Mini-Moke’s tyres using a high-powered rifle, thus causing the vehicle to crash, throwing the driver out onto the sand, leaving the driver to the merciless Guardian!

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The Village!

    Is The Village simply for the benefit of Number 6? After all everything which goes on there appears to revolve around him. At least that is the impression given. Can we be sure that The Village even existed before the Prisoner Number 6 arrived there? There is no evidence that it did, perhaps Number 6 built The Village himself in order to make his own prison.  And did The Village still exist after Number 6 left? Certainly The Village was abandoned, evacuated of all its citizens, and no-one in their right minds would ever go back there................would they?     

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The Bureau of Visual Records


    ZM73 should have kept that receipt for the roll of photographic film in his wall safe rather than give it to Janet Portland for safe keeping. Then mister “Carmichael” couldn’t have laid his hands on it, and with it the photographic slides for Sir Charles Portland! I wonder if that wall safe was replicated in Number 6’s cottage back in The Village? Shouldn’t think so.

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The Pri50ner

    50 years of ‘the Prisoner,’ you would think by now I’d have gotten it out of my system, but no I’m still writing about it, trying to think of new ways to come at the series. Oh I know some people who have given up on ‘the Prisoner,’ having got all they need from the series, and have moved on having found new interests to keep them occupied. Well it does happen you know. I know of a couple of people who have thought themselves to be “over” and “beyond” the Prisoner now, I wonder what they mean by that? Obviously they are not one of Number 2’s so called “lifers.” Some people have obviously escaped, and moved on to pastures new. But they will become prisoners again, oh not of ‘the prisoner,’ but of something else.
    Yes writing of ‘the Prisoner,’ my very first letter to be written on the subject of ‘the Prisoner’ I submitted to Number 6 magazine, the society magazine for Six of One: The Prisoner Appreciation society back in 1987. It was a short letter as I recall about nothing in particular, rather insignificant as I recall.
   ‘The Prisoner’ used to be a rather private affair as I once wrote in an article, but now since writing my ‘Prisoner’ based blog I’ve made it a rather public affair. Well the majority of us feel the compelling need to share our thoughts, ideas, interpretations, and the different ways we look at the series, with like-minded enthusiasts. Although we might not agree with the other guy’s points of view, but then that’s human nature. It goes on you see, the playing around with ‘the Prisoner,’ it gives pleasure. “Questions are a burden to other. Answers a prison for oneself,” meaning, as Norma West once recalled in an interview “There are perfect questions, and only imperfect answers.” But even that doesn’t stop us moving pieces around, trying to make them fit, in order to make the jigsaw complete. But what then? You have the jigsaw in front of you, the picture could not be clearer, you break the jigsaw up into its individual pieces and put them back in the box............only to take them out again at some future date to begin all over again.


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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Thought For The Day

    In the construction of ‘6 Private’ they incorporated a perfect reconstruction of ZM73’s study of his London house right down to the last detail, and I’ve wondered if they also incorporated the wall safe behind the television set. And seeing as how the bathroom door slides to the left as you go in, did they also put the hot and cold taps on the wrong way round when the plumbers installed the shower? They certainly installed a camera behind the mirror in the bathroom.............just a minute! What was it Number 2 said during his de-briefing of the Prisoner, “What was that, sounded like a click, something in the mirror?” But there is no mirror in the study of his London home, not when he’s getting ready to leave after handing in his letter of resignation. Not when Mrs. Butterworth lived there, and certainly not when the Prisoner woke up back in his London home, but in the guise of the Colonel. Unless of course Number 2 was referring to the mirror in the hallway which seems unlikely as they wouldn’t see much through that, apart from the opposite wall, and part of the front door. So where was ZM73 while he was under such close surveillance, and if ZM73 was at home to which mirror is Number 2 referring during that debriefing in ‘Arrival?’

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Exhibition of Arts And Crafts

                               “Rescue!”
BcNu

I’m Just As Much A Prisoner

    I find that I’m just as much a prisoner today as I was yesterday and the days before that! I suppose it had to happen to someone, and today it happened to me. This morning I woke up to find the Village deserted, everyone had gone but me! The silence was broken only by the wind and the squawking of the sea birds. I washed and dressed then went out into The Village. The General Store was locked, as was the cafe, there were coffee pots and half drunk cups of tea and half eaten cheese cakes on the table on the patio. The Old People’s home was deserted, no-one clambering about the Stone Boat’s rigging. I forced my way into the Green Dome, then into Number 2’s office, I was sure he was behind what wasn’t going on that morning. But he wasn’t there, but there was a note, I read it. It said “Would the last man to leave The Village please turn off the light!” It was signed Number 2 Chief Administrator.
    I went back out into The Village, there was no helicopter, and even if there was I couldn’t have piloted it. I could have set off on foot towards the mountains, but I wasn’t much of a walker, and even less a mountaineer. Then I saw it, an abandoned Mini-Moke. The key had been left in the ignition, I climbed aboard and turning the key the engine fired into life. I drove out of The Village and into the countryside along a well used track way. After a few miles the track ran out, I could go no further, it was the mountains. So having driven back to The Village I wondered what best to do. It struck me that I could do one of two things, the first seemed unlikely as I was no seaman, and besides even if I were there was no boat. I might be able to fashion myself a sea-going raft, but then there was the question of navigation, of where I was sailing to and not knowing where I was sailing from. I was not prepared to risk my life at sea. The alternative was to sit it out, wait for someone to come to The Village and find me.
   I made myself as comfortable as I could, I still have my home, and after breaking into the General Store I had ample provisions. True there was no electricity, but there were candles, and I had two torch lights with plenty of spare batteries. I decided to build a beacon, a distress beacon, and there was no-one more in distress than me marooned in this Village. The Bell Tower was the highest point in The Village, so I found myself an axe in a workshop and with it felled three small trees, stripped them of their branches then chopped the trees up, and hauled the logs, branches and all to the top of the Bell Tower. Then from a supply shed I took a can of petrol and emptied its contents over my beacon and set light to it as night was falling. My beacon burned half the night, I’ve no idea if my distress beacon was seen but no-one came. I rebuilt the beacon deciding to light it only when I saw a sign from my world beyond The Village. I kept a daily watch from the
Bell Tower, there was never any sign of a light, boat, or plane.
    Two weeks had now passed by and I was beginning to get fed up with my own company. Then one morning I woke to find the tide had gone out, all I could see was flat sand stretching out into the distance. This was my chance. First I found two wooden crates into which I filled as many provisions from the General Store as I could, mostly tinned stuff. I found an old wooden keg which I filled with fresh water from the waterfall. I remembered that Number 14 had a camera, so I hurried round to her cottage, found the camera and a spare roll of Village film, and took photographs of all points of the Village.......for evidence. Then I drove the taxi round to a workshop, I found a dipstick which I used to check the petrol tank, the Mini-Moke not being fitted with something as simple as a fuel gauge! The dipstick indicated the petrol tank was only a quarter full. So I topped it up from a large fuel tank, found not far from the workshops, as well as filling four large green Jerry cans. These I placed in the Mini-Moke along with my boxes of provisions, together with the roll of film. I drove through The Village for the last time, it was quite, peaceful, the only sounds were the wind, the squawking of the sea birds, and of course the engine of the Mini-Moke. It had never occurred to me until I drove passed the Town Hall and down the road to the Old People’s Home, that there had been no sight nor sound of the white membranic Guardian. I could only imagine, indeed hope that it had been deactivated, and had not been left to patrol the deserted Village.
   At the Old People’s Home I steered the Mini-Moke round to the left, then after a short way right down the slipway and onto the beach. I stopped the Mini-Moke and looked all about, and waited. Then depressing the clutch I engaged first gear, pressed down on the accelerator while at the same time lifting the clutch and the Mini-Moke moved slowly forward. When I was well out onto the sand I stopped the Mini-Moke once more, looked, listened, and waited. There was nothing, so I revved the engine, engaged first gear and pressed the accelerator to the floor and the Mini-Moke raced across the sand, away from The Village and into the distance..................


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Sunday, 9 April 2017

Village Life!


    “Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake baker’s man, bake me a cake as fast as you can. But this is what you fed into the computer!”
    “And that’s what came out.”
    “And that’s what you get from a second-hand, rewired computer like the General!”
    “I can put it through again if you like sir.”
    “What’s the point, if you only get out what you put in?”
    “But if you don’t put it in, in the first place, you can’t get it out in the second place!”
    “But we didn’t get it out!”
    “But we put it in.”
    “And this is what came out.”
    “Yes sir.”
    “It’s meaningless!”
    “Nursery rhymes are rarely meaningless sir.”
    “Who asked you? Oh get out of my way.”
    {Number 2 quickly makes for the door through the arch, and trips up}
    “And who put that blasted step there? I could have broken my leg, pigmies!”

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Bureau of Visual Records


    That Number 6, he’s always walking, irritating man! But if only Number 2 had known at the time, that Number 6 had just come from the woods, having infiltrated the secret laboratory and learning of what had been taking place there. Well what price all the surveillance, and Observers who are supposed to see and hear everything?! But perhaps there was no surveillance in the laboratory, after all no-one was supposed to know it was there except Number 2 and Number 14. But there you have it in a nutshell, Number 14, the weak link in the chain! She had occasion to go to the laboratory in broad daylight. As she left her cottage and was being watched by Number 6, who followed her through The Village, into the woods to the laboratory. So again what of all the surveillance in The Village, there are even cameras in the woods, and Number 6 was able to follow Number 14 without himself having been observed. It may be supposed that Number 6 following Number 14 may well have been caught on camera, but how often are the security tapes reviewed? Not that often I shouldn’t wonder, not unless something of importance happens. The breaking of curfew, an escape attempt, or breach in security, so unless an Observer happened to pick up on Number 6 following Number 14, then he would have got away with it Scot free!
   But had Number 2 known of Number 6’s recent activity, what could he have done about it? The laboratory and what had been taking place there had been discovered, and there’s no way of making Number 6 un-know that, so bringing the experiment to a premature closure!

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Page 6

    There’s one thing I don’t understand…….. why didn’t they bring ‘A’ to The Village, and ‘B’ as well if it comes to that. But perhaps they weren’t important enough, maybe they didn’t know too much or too little! Mind you the doctor did suggest that Number 2 might bring Engadine to The Village, to which he said yes, probably because he thought Engadine was ‘C’. But she wasn’t, he was! What’s more ‘C’ had been successfully brought to The Village, and with any and all information having been extracted, he was “turned” and indoctrinated into the ways of The Village then given the position of Number 2! It’s a sad thing, but Number 6 must have realized this, and through his intervention Number 2 made a sad figure of a man, who suddenly realized that he’s not the man he thought he was. That his former self, his former life, had been brainwashed away!

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Saturday, 8 April 2017

This Evening I Am Mostly Watching THEPRIS6NER

    It’s the 8th anniversary of THEPRIS6NER, and this evening my wife and I will be watching ‘Arrival.’ A man wakes up somewhere in the desert, and a tiny beetle scurries off. Who is this man, what’s he doing there, and how did he come to be out in that desert surrounded by the mountains? 

   There are a couple of flashbacks or remembrances of this man in his apartment. Then suddenly the sound of gunfire!

   Then comes the sound of dogs barking, and figures in the distance. The man keeps himself hidden, out of sight, as he watches an old man scrambling down a slope as he is shot at by the pursuing Guardians. The man decides to help the pursued figure. He picks up the old man wearing a black piped blazer, and carries him, pursued by the sound of dogs, but there are no dogs, there are no pursuers! He finds a small cave and drags the body of the old man inside. Another remembrance of his apartment, and the look of panic in the man’s face. Beyond the cave only the desert for hundreds of miles in all directions.
   In the cave the old man regains consciousness.
   The man “Why are they after you? Has something happened to me? How?”
   The old man “Listen to me. Tell them all I got out.”
   “Something happened to me. I was in
New York.”
   “Go to five five four.”
   “Five five four what?”
   “Tell her.”
   “Tell her where I am.”
   “You’re, you’re not from here?”
   “I don’t even know how I got to this place.”
   “You…are…a…bloody…miracle……..be seeing you.”
   The old man, 93, died, and the Prisoner buried him under a dead tree. Then set out across the desert, walking for miles and miles under the hot scorching sun until he came to The Village!
   There are taxis, not the Mini-Moke, but the Renault Dauphine. There are no railroad stations, the taxi driver 147 doesn’t even seem to know what a railroad is. He’s asked to take the man to the nearest town, but it’s a local taxi service, that does local destinations.

   So where is this place
   “The Village.”
   “Yeah, but what village?”
   “Hey man, what gives with you? This is The Village, and I do local destinations.”

   The Prisoner goes into a bar, the “Go-Inside” bar where he meets with 313, he asks her why is he in this place? He’s in The Village, where else would he be? Then suddenly a guardian with a dog, he sees it, but not 313, that’s because there is no guardian or dog!
  Another taxi ride, and the Prisoner finds 554, a waitress at the Solar CafĂ©, where you can get anything to eat, just as long as it’s served in a wrap!
  Again the Prisoner is pursued by guardians with dogs into a derelict building which turns out to be a run-down cinema. In order to escape, the Prisoner smashes a window and climbs out onto a ledge. Then a dark shadow appears, its tossing a hand grenade in the air. The Prisoner falls to the ground, Two tells him to get up and walk, but the Prisoner cannot get to his feet. The Prisoner wants to know how long he’s been there. Two tells the Prisoner that he knows he is Six. The Prisoner pleads that he’s nobody, that he doesn’t know anything. But he does, he is Six, he is Village! the truth is right inside Six.

   The Prisoner ends up in the hospital where the doctor 313 is taking care of him. Eventually the Prisoner is released from hospital and is taken to see Two.
  “Look” says Two “see how the sun makes it all glow.......the kind of day that makes you glad to be alive!”
   The Prisoner wants to know why Two is keeping him there. But Two sees no locked doors.
   They were after him, the Prisoner tells Two, it sounds terribly ominous. Why is the Prisoner there? It’s nothing to do with him, any of this.
  But what was Six doing in the mountains? He was lost, he has no idea how he got there…..what did Two call him? Listen, something’s wrong here! Yes you are wrong Six. But don’t call him that. He’s not Six! But he has identification appertaining to Six, he is Six. Two wants to know what Six has done with 93, the old man, Six was seen out in the desert with him. But all Six wants is to get back to
New York. But that’s not possible, there is no New York, there is only The Village!
   And so it begins, a man confused in a Village from which there is no escape for the Prisoner!
Breathe in…breathe out…Village life goes on!

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Friday, 7 April 2017

The Turquoise Dome!


   This image was taken during the Prisoner Convention at Portmeirion last weekend {March 31st – April 2nd} I was watching my friends from Germany standing on the balcony, when I was struck by the colour of the Dome. Its no longer brown, its oxidizing and beginning to take on the bluish-green or turquoise colour of verdigris at long last.
   In 1991 the worn out wooden Dome was replaced by a copper Dome which was covered in lacquer, and has taken all this time to oxidize and take on the verdigris effect.

   So in time the current colour of the Dome of the Pantheon will return to the full turquoise colour it was originally intended to be as shown here.

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The Guardian

    We’ve seen the effect the Guardian has upon its victims, suffocation into unconsciousness or to death. For the survivor the effects can be pretty unpleasant. In ‘Arrival’ a young man dodged about this way and that, but very quickly the Guardian was on him, perhaps attracted by the movement of the man, or sensing his fear.
   Nadia attempted to escape during ‘The Chimes of Big Ben’ by simply swimming away. The Guardian was despatched to stop Number 8 and bring her back to The Village. A moving body in the water, the Guardian attracted to the swimmer by movement in the water like a shark, the same would apply with Number 6 after he jumped overboard and was left floundering in the sea in ‘Free For All.’ Curtis also fell foul of the Guardian, after he struggled to get Rover to accept the password “Schizoid man,” he ran for it. That, combined with a show of fear, the sudden movement was enough for the Guardian to attack.
   Going back to ‘Arrival’ before the Guardian attacked that young man, Number 2 gave the order to “be still,” and all the citizens including the Prisoner, apart from the young man, all stood stock still. It was the same in ‘Checkmate, when the Guardian was on patrol. The membranic thing roared and everyone, pedestrians and cyclists alike, stepped smartly to the sides of the road and stood stock still as the Guardian passed by. Also passing by at that time was Number 14 the ex-Count. He didn’t stand still but kept on walking ignoring the Guardian, and showing no fear which at the same time paid no attention to the man with the stick! Could this mean that if you genuinely had no fear or showed no reaction whatsoever to the Guardian, that its powers were rendered useless?


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I’m Going To escape…….

    At least Number 6 was able to keep half of the pledge he made to Number 2 during ‘The Chimes of Big Ben,’ “I’m going to escape and come back. Escape come back, wipe this place off the face of the Earth, obliterate it, and you with it.” Also Number 2 in ‘Dance of the Dead,’ said of Number 6 “He’ll eventually go back to his room, it’s the only place he can ever go.” And that proved to be the case after escaping The Village in ‘Many Happy returns,’ as he eventually went back to the room of his London home, even though he was suspicious of his surroundings. But really I don’t know why he was so suspicious, after all he’s walked through London from Park Lane to Buckingham Place, that should have told him where he was. However once back in that room I suppose………he could have been back in The Village! And that’s eventually where he went back to, his room in The Village, just as Number 2 said, “It’s the only place he can ever go.”
   It’s strange how Number 6 having successfully escaped the confines of The Village he couldn’t wait to return there! Mind you, seeing the state Number 6 was in when he returned to
London he was something of a raggedy man, an outcast, a refugee, with no money, no job, no car, and no home! To me Number 6 was more of an outcast in London, and seems much more at home in The Village. It’s no wonder he couldn’t wait to get back there!

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Quote For The Day

    “Excellent, fit for any contingency”
                          {The doctor Number 10 – A Change of Mind}

    That was the result of the doctor carrying out a medical on Number 6. He was not pronounced as being absolutely fit, but fit for any contingency. Number 6 asked if the doctor had anything specific in mind? Escape perhaps, being able to pilot a helicopter, or pitting himself physically against the white membranic mass of the Guardian. Or perhaps chopping down a tree and carving the hull of a boat out of its trunk. Standing for election maybe, or having his identity taken away from him, going to sleep as Number 6, but waking up as Number 12! Counteracting the machinations of Number 2 as he conducts an educational experiment upon unsuspecting citizens.
    To build a sea-going raft, to combat extreme weather conditions aboard an open raft in the
Atlantic Ocean, going without sleep for each 20 hours out of each twenty-four for 25 days, and navigating his way back home. Surviving aboard a gun runners boat, swimming part of the English Channel, scaling chalk cliffs on his journey home, only to end up back where he started....in The Village.
    Surviving the mob baying for his blood, after he is sentenced to death!
    Escape again, but having to put up with disappointment and betrayal, which isn’t the first time, and it won’t be the last!
    Taking revenge against a sadistic Number 2.
    Saving innocent citizens from a purge of The Village.
    Bringing about the downfall of a Number 2 who cares little for the Community and its citizens, as all he wants is to control their minds!
    Having his mind transferred into a body not to his liking, the Colonel’s, and worse, having his mind reset to the day he was due to hand in his letter of resignation. Then sent back to
London, and once all is revealed to him, not knowing if his mind would be re-housed in his body or not. If not then he would have to accept his current situation!
    Then The Man With No Name {Number 6} is placed in harm’s way in the American frontier. He’s a Sheriff who has handed in both his badge and gun, and ends up being abducted to the town of
Harmony, but when a goat appears amid so many sheep there’s bound to be trouble! He’s isolated, in a dangerous environment, he’s given love, its taken away, he’s made to kill, then faced with death.................
    He’s faced with The Girl Who Was Death, and ZM73’s survival skills are put to the test! As they are in ‘Once Upon A time,’ when Number 6 is taken through his life, as Number 2 tries to make him a better man. Number 2 wants to know why Number 6 resigned, but now Number 6’s resistance is beginning to wane because although he once gave away one piece of detail about his resignation, that it was a matter of conscience, that it was for peace of mind, because too many people know too much! So Number 6 survived, the Girl said that he was a born survivor, and fit for any contingency, even to the point that he only has himself to blame for his current situation. Or given the current situation there was only one way out, to kill the villain, and destroy his lair in James Bond fashion, ie Number 1 and The Village! And having escaped the confines of The Village, as soon as he could he would return to his ex-colleagues and make his report. Unless of course he had had enough by now and decided to hand in his resignation!

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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Caught On Camera!


    I wonder where the electrician is? Observe if you will the electrical wire on the floor behind Number 2’s desk. It looks like an electrician has been carrying out some work on the control panel of the desk and he’s nipped off with the job half done! Perhaps he’s on his tea break, or gone off to fetch a tool or something from his electrics truck. Perhaps he was also responsible for setting up the two Lava lamps like that, the one on top of the other!

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Exhibition of Arts And Crafts

                          “Portrait of No.6”
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Village Life!


   “Haven’t we been this way before?”
   “Yes, we always go this way when we’re going to the Town Hall.”
   “Well wouldn’t it be nice if for once we took the scenic route?”
   “That’s not like you, you’re generally so business like.”
   “Well I thought a change is as good as a rest!”
   “Isn’t that the Colonel getting out of that taxi?”
   “No.”
   “Oh my mistake.”
   “What made you think that?”
   “Oh I just thought for a moment……who is it then?”
   “I don’t know, he must be new here.”
   “He must be someone important, see he’s with Number Two!”
   “Is that Number Two?”
   “Well who else would it be?”
   “I thought Number Two wore spectacles, and sported a moustache.”
   “He does.”
   “Well the Two who has just got out of that taxi doesn’t!”
   “He’s wearing the old college scarf, and carrying the umbrella shooting stick, so he must be Number Two.”
   “But not our Number Two!”
   “What do you mean?”
   “Perhaps he’s impersonating Two!”
   “A Two impersonator, if he is, he’s not very good at it. He doesn’t even look like Two!”
   “Suppose not. Better put a spurt on, or we’ll be late for the meeting.”
   “Board of education?”
   “Yes.”
   “I’ve not seen you there before!”
   “I, I’m a new member.”
   “Ah that would explain it. By the way you needn’t keep taking off and putting on your spectacles like that, and that moustache you’re wearing……..it’s coming off!”

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