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Thursday, 22 June 2017

Village Life!



    Admiral “Now then this is how it was. The sea port was heavily fortified,”
    “Is this an exact replica of the port?”
    “Not exactly, there are no German gun emplacements.”
    “What about the U Boat pens?”
    “No, there are no U Boat pens. But there are towers, and where you are is the dry dock.”
    “Should we add U Boat pens to the model?”
    “No the U Boat pens aren’t important. It’s the gates to dry dock we we’re going to blow up.”
   “There aren’t any dry dock gates!”
   “No.”
   “That’s because the mission was successful!”
   “We haven’t blown them up yet.”
    “Ah!”
    “Now I was here on the
bridge of HMS Tunbridge Wells with only a complement of a skeleton crew, we were crossing the Channel undercover of darkness.”
    “It was a suicide mission!”
    “We were to ram the gates of the dry dock, there were five hundred tons of high explosive aboard the ship. We had to ram the gates and the ship would blow up taking the gates with it. I’ll demonstrate.”
    “The plastic boat is HMS Tunbridge Wells.”
    “Yes.”
    “But why?”
    “Because I haven’t got a plastic model of a destroyer!”
   “No, I mean why did you have to blow these gates up?”
     “Because this dry dock was the only one large enough outside German ports, able to take a pocket battleship.”
    The Admiral demonstrates the attack using the plastic boat.
    “We were flying under German colours to try and fool them. But they must have realized something was wrong and they opened up with their heavy machine guns and then the eighteen pounders. We were hit several times, but it didn’t stop the ship from ramming the gates of the dry dock. The ship was wedged, but the explosive didn’t detonate!”
    “What did you do?”
    “Shells were exploding all around. The ship was on fire and could have blown up at any moment. So I got my men off and ran for it. We took out a couple of sentries, took their weapons and managed to steal a rowing boat. We had just about got out of the harbour when the ship blew up taking the gates with it. Then we rowed out into the
English Channel, and as luck would have it we were picked up by a German patrol boat and the crew took us back into the harbour. We were interrogated, then put into a prisoner of War Camp.”
    “What a fantastic story.”
    “I’ll tell you another one, how me and fifteen others escaped that camp. Stalag Luft 23 was situated a few miles from a river, and an idea struck me, that if a group of use could build a boat, we might make it out to sea. So we decided to start a modelling club, making model yachts and ships out of bits of wood, this was to put the guards to sleep so they wouldn’t realize what we were really up to. Then one day Tommy Day hit on the idea of making a model of a destroyer, but full-size, I tell you we had to come up with a first rate plan with which to fool the guards to what we were doing! Well one day after the steal and two twin diesel engines had arrived.............”

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Death And Destruction!


    Symbolically speaking one could say creation out of destruction, although that really is a little unkind on the Professor and Number 12. Destruction of the General and with it Speedlearn, means the citizens of The Village have the freedom to think and learn for themselves. And yet Speedlearn was not meant for the citizens of The Village, but the people in the outside world. After all Speedlearn was but an educational experiment, and the citizens nothing more than guinea pigs. What would a three year history course really mean to anyone living in The Village? It wouldn’t matter in the slightest, but you’d never think it, judging by the way that night the students celebrated the fruits of Speedlearn. They celebrated like it was Carnival or Mardi Gras! One might say they were intoxicated by education, drugged and conditioned more likely, most certainly they were being tricked. And so Number 6, with the aid of Number 12 of Administration came to the aid of the citizens and released them from their slavery. Creation out of destruction!

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Thought For The Day

    Early on in Checkmate, as the human chess pieces are assembling to take their positions on the chessboard, our diminutive friend the Butler appears in the road having walked down the steps from the Green Dome. He is accompanied by a Top Hat official from Administration, who carries the Butler’s black and white striped umbrella and the chessboard. This makes the Butler look very important indeed, especially as he’s carrying the box of chessmen. The Butler is obviously a student of chess because he follows the human game on his own board. Some have said in the past that it’s the Butler who actually makes the first move, and that the two chess players are simply following the moves the Butler makes. It’s a nice idea, but that is not the case. After the game Number 6 and Number 14, the chess champion, are talking in the Piazza by the pool and fountain, when the Butler comes walking passed, he is not accompanied by the Top Hat official from Administration. Now the Butler doesn’t look so important because not only does he have to carry his own umbrella, the box of chessmen, but also the chessboard! The question isn’t why the umbrella, when it’s not raining, the reason being that an umbrella can also act as a parasol against the sun, its why the need for the Top Hat official in the first place?

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Escape And Come Back!

    Why did you escape and come back?
    I came back because I thought it was different!
    Different, you thought it was different?
    I escaped because I thought it was different there.
    Different to where?
    Here, different to here.
    But it wasn’t?
    No, it was just the same, only someone else was asking the questions!
    Someone else?
    Someone who is not you.............the Colonel.
    And so you came back.
    Yes.
    It’s almost as though you couldn’t stay away.
    Don’t flatter yourself, or this place.
    And yet you came back...........why?
    Life is better here.
    Why?
    I don’t fit in anywhere else.
    You’re an exile?
    A nameless exile.
    But here?
    I belong.
    I’m pleased you finally realize that Number Three.
    My number isn’t Three it’s Six.
    Well we thought we would reward you. Now you are only second to me, and two away from One.
    You expect me to be pleased about that?
    I must remember to amend your file. Six is a free number now, to be allocated to the next new arrival.
    Lucky him!
    It might be a her!
    And me?
    You have nothing more to offer us. Clearly you are no use to us in the outside World, clearly you couldn’t wait to return here. You know your trouble Number Three?
    No, but I’ve a feeling you’re going to tell me.
    You’re far too acclimatized to The Village. You have been out of circulation for far too long.
    Then let me go.
    You came back remember?
    What about my resignation?
    Oh not that old chestnut, we don’t care about why you resigned, it’s no longer important. The best we can offer is to find you employment here in The Village. A man of your calibre............ could do sterling work as an Undercover!
    A what?
    You could keep an eye on certain citizens.
    Like you perhaps?
    Oh no not me, I’m Number Two, I am beyond question.
    No-one is beyond question.
    You think so?
    You’re setting a trap for me.
    It’s only a trap if you want it to be.
    Village is all there is for me now.
    Have you only just realized that Number One?


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Exhibition of Arts And Crafts

                       “Ou desirez-vous aller?”

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Caught On Camera!

   In the background what are those two chaps doing with that dinghy in the pool? Are they just two eccentrics messing about in a boat, or are they secretly, in the open, cleverly practicing an escape plan? The one pulling the other because the water in the pool isn’t deep enough for the use of oars. To be honest I’m surprised the water is deep enough in order for the dinghy to float, I’m sure it must touch the bottom more often than not. It might be they are preparing for a Village boating regatta, certainly the two chaps are dressed for a regatta. Come to think of it, everyone in The Village is always dressed for a regatta! And the tricycle pictured in the foreground, is the third form of peddle transport.

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Sunday, 18 June 2017

The Prisoner XXXXXXXXXX-ED Out!

       A week ago saw the end to the current screening of ‘the Prisoner’ on ‘True Entertainment,’ although at the time I didn’t know it! I took a look at ‘True Entertainments’ programme listing for next Sunday {June 25th} and the two Prisoner episodes are not listed, removed and replaced by the early life of Elizabeth Taylor. Couldn’t they wait and see ‘the Prisoners’ eventual outcome? Apparently not!

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The Prisoner – True Entertainment?


   No longer ‘True Entertainment,’ as for a second time during the Sunday screenings of ‘the Prisoner’ two episodes have been taken off air, today it’s the turn of ‘Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling,’ and ‘Living In Harmony.’ In their place the early years of Elvis {Twice} and John Denver take me home! I could watch the two episodes via good old fashioned video tape, or DVD, but it just wouldn’t be the same as a live screening so to speak, I have even become used to the stretched picture aspect. Well all I can say is, there’s not much harmony about, and the Prisoner has been forsaken, which means there are four episodes missing from this screening. They didn’t re-insert ‘Many Happy Returns’ and ‘Dance of The Dead,’ so they won’t re-insert ‘Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling,’ and ‘Living In Harmony.’

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A Favourite Scene In Hammer Into Anvil


    When Number 2 is interviewing the leader of the Brass Band, all Number 6 did was ask him to play the Farandole from the L’arlesienne suite and Number 2 had the Band leader hauled in for interrogation!
    “A request you say?”
    “Yes sir. That's all, he asked me to play the Farandole from L'Arlesienne suite.”
    “What else?”
    “I don't understand sir.”
    “What else did he say?”
    “Nothing sir.”
    “Nothing! Number Six just asked you to play a tune... and then walked away.”
    “Did he sir? I didn't notice.”
    “Does that make any sense to you?”
    “No sir.”
    “No, it doesn't, does it. I'll ask you once again... did Number Six say anything else.... about me for example?”
    “About you sir?”
    “Well did he?”
    “No sir.”
    “Perhaps you've forgotten. Try to remember!”
    “He didn't sir.”
    “You're lying aren't you? There's something going on!”
    “I don't know what you mean sir.”
    I don't know what you mean sir. I'm as much in the dark as you are. You're all lying! Its a plot! Going behind my back. Who do they think they're dealing with? Pigmies!”
   Number 2 didn’t believe him, he was sure Number 6 had said something else to him, but of course he hadn’t. Number 202 was merely unwittingly used in one of Number 6’s little jamming activities against Number 2, and he fell for it! But in the end Number 2 did finally realize that the Band leader didn’t know what Number 2 was talking about and let him go. Number 2 doesn’t have a very high opinion of the citizens, he called them pigmies. I suppose he looks upon the citizens of The Village as small insignificant people, personally I’ve always seen that as an insult to the Pigmy people who are anything but insignificant.

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EsCApE

    I would have thought they would have let me go by now, I’ve nothing left to tell them. They did say they would let me go, if I gave them some sort of information. At first I resisted, well you do don’t you at the beginning, it was just questions they asked. It was easy to resist, by simply not answering their questions with no comment. No comment I said, to each question I answered no comment. But then they start playing tricks, by getting some young attractive woman to use her feminine wiles against you, to play on your sympathies, and play the damsel in distress. But I was having none of it, mind you Number 9 was damned attractive. But then they start playing with your mind, they twist things so that you don’t know what day of the week it is, not that you can ever be sure what time of day it is, what week, month, year it is in The Village.
    One chap said he could be my friend, could be but he wasn’t, he had me half electrocuted! Another filled me with mind bending drugs, and that was that, I talked oh God how I talked, I talked so much they couldn’t shut me up! I told them everything I knew, and quite a bit I didn’t think I know.
    Now I’m here, still waiting to be released from the peaceful atmosphere of The Village. Mind you it’s not so bad, they look after you here and for as long as you live. Three square meals a day, with nothing to do and all day to do it in, my god I’m bored!
    In the beginning there was the desire for escape. I’d talked with others and listened to what escape attempts they had all tried, they’d all failed of course because they were still here. So seeing no-one had tried to escape by digging a tunnel, like that Count of Monte Cristo, I started digging. My cottage was less than one hundred yards from the edge of the woods. I had to stop my maid coming to the cottage, couldn’t have her discovering my secret and give the game away before I had hardly begun. But she wouldn’t go away, go away I shouted, your services are no longer required. I drew the curtains and blinds across the window, but that made her even more curious. She whispered to me through the letter box “What are you doing?”
   What I was doing was taking up the floorboards in the living room, and digging a hole in the bare earth with a spade I stole from the gardener’s hut, that’s what I was doing. “Are those floorboards piled up there, and what’s that heap of earth, are you digging a hole?” the maid asked peering through the open letter box. I’m digging a tunnel if you must know. “Oh good, let me in and I’ll help you with it.” What are you doing there Number Twenty-nine?” a man’s voice asked. “Number Nine is digging a tunnel, and he’s going to let me help him with it.” “Oh goody the man said, perhaps he’ll let me help as well.” Before I knew it there was a line of people outside my cottage door, and all I could do was open it and let, all twenty two of them, in. Curiously they had all brought shovels and spades with them.
    We all dug for days on end, in shifts, half would dig while the others slept and vice versa. Then one day, it was around the
noon of day when one of the diggers reported that we’d broken through. I was much relieved because my calculations had us having dug our way through to the other side of the woods, and should now be digging upwards to break through to the surface. And yet, we entered a tunnel, a tunnel which opened into a small cavern. It soon became clear that we had dug our way into a little gold mine! In the end it might be thought that wealth bought us all our freedom, but no. Number 2 couldn’t allow us to leave, after all who would work the mine?

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Quote For The Day

    “I am glad you’re here.”
                       {Number 2 – The Chimes of Big Ben}
   
Why should Number 2 be glad that Number 6 is in The Village? After all Number 6 could be anyone at all. Perhaps Number 2 has had prior knowledge of Number 6 during his life beyond The Village. After all in ‘Once Upon A Time’ Number 6 did claim to know Number 2. “I know you” he said, and went on to call Number 2 an enemy. Maybe he knew this man worked for The Village. As for Number 2 it’s perhaps a simple case of him having read Number 6’s personal file, and he was glad to have a man of his calibre as an adversary he can pits his wits against!
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Saturday, 17 June 2017

Cartoon Capers!


   The Times newspaper June 17th 2017-06-17

    My wife was reading The Times newspaper this morning, and reaching the business section gave out a cry and said “Look!” I couldn’t believe it!
    This cartoon appeared with an article about the Bank of England and
Britain’s rising debt. That’s Mark Carney the Governor of the Bank of England! The Cartoon is by Chris Duggan.

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Friday, 16 June 2017

Patrick McGoohan - A Perfect Likeness!



    I have received intelligence that there is now a bust of Patrick McGoohan in Portmeirion, which is attached to a plinth and positioned in the old Toll Booth attached to Toll House. The bust is an excellent likeness of Patrick, and well placed, as well as in keeping with Portmeirion.
   The bust is by French Sculptor Tiziano and dated 31st May 2017
   The photograph by kind permission of Rick Davy

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thePrisonerCon2017



   Intelligence reached me this morning about the cancellation of thePrisonerCon2017 event to have been held in Seattle in the United States of America. This is due to the lack of registrations of people wanting to attend the event. This is confirmed by the organizers.

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A Favourite Scene During The Chimes of Big Ben


    After Number 6 emerges, from what he thought was an office he knew very well in London, only to find he’s still in The Village. He sees Fotheringay, Number 2, and the woman Nadia standing outside the Recreation Hall, and walks over to them. He looks up and says nothing. They look down on him as he looks up at them and simply gives the salute and says “Be seeing you,” then walks away. I’m always impressed by the way Number 6 takes this defeat in his stride, but then perhaps he can see that any protest either physical or verbal would be a waste of effort. Besides it would get him precisely nowhere, he probably wouldn’t want to give them the satisfaction. Yes he has been betrayed, but Number 6 only had himself to blame, so gullible as to believe Number 8 knew the location of The Village. He didn’t even question her on how she had been able to contact Karel when she was a prisoner in The Village! But Number 6 has learned a hard lesson, he now knows who has put him in The Village, seeing as he’s been betrayed by his own people, the Colonel and Fotheringay. So he can no longer depend upon help from that quarter, which leaves Number 6 completely on his own, without a friend or anyone he can place his trust in!

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Village Life!


















    “Why are you dressed like that?”
    “Why are you dressed like that?”
    “I asked first.”
    “I was given these clothes this morning…………”
    “So was I.”
    “…………This morning when I was discharged from the hospital.”
    “Ah I win.”
    “How do you make that out?”
    “Because I saw you this morning when my predecessor took you to the Labour exchange.”
   “I didn’t see you.”
   “I rode by on a bicycle at the time, on my way to the Green Dome.”
   “To replace Number Two?”
   “Yes.”
   “While he was with me in the Labour Exchange he was being replaced.”
   “Yes.”
    “So why are you dressed like me?”
    “I could ask you the same……. You could be a Two impersonator!”
    “Is there such a thing?”
    “Not yet, but there will be. I’m surprised you didn’t think of it. You still could, and be the first!”
   “You could be a Six impersonator for all I know!”
   “Why should I want to impersonate you?”
   “You could be……. two times Six!”
   “That’s twelve isn’t it?”
   “I’ve already seen an electrician and gardener who are identical, and two ex-Admirals who are dress-a-likes.”
   “We could start a club, call it half a dozen of the other.”
   “Or six of one.”
   “There’s no difference, they are merely different ways of expressing the number six.”
   “I like to invert it as half a dozen of one six of the other.”
   “Trust you!”
   “What do you mean by that?”
   “You just have to be different from everyone else!”
   “It’s called individualism.”
   “That’s not allowed here.”
   “Says a man dressed identically to me.”
   “I won’t be the only one doing this, give it a few years and everyone will want to dress like me, believe me!”
   “At least they won’t want to be dressed as Number Two!”
 
   {Won’t they? As it happens Number 2 has become a very popular figure these days at Prisoner Conventions!}
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ESCAPE!

    Number 6 may well have wanted to escape The Village, so it must equally follow that he wanted to escape his daily existence. That’s what he tried to do in his former life. Yes he resigned but that’s just another word for escape. He was disillusioned with the kind of work he did, work which had become mundane and repetitive, he was probably looking for something new and fresh. He may not have altogether known what it was, but he quickly found it in The Village, and for that he only had himself to blame. If he was no longer satisfied before, he certainly wasn’t satisfied now. In The Village, reduced to nothing more than a number, questioned all the time. Confined, coerced, manipulated, conditioned, betrayed, and above all pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, de-briefed, and numbered! If the Prisoner was looking for something it certainly wasn’t this. He was looking more for a tropical beach, palm trees, sun, sand, sea and an ice cream, somewhere to escape to! It may be asked why did the Prisoner need to do that? He’d just resigned his job, people don’t usually look to go further a field straight after chucking up their job. They usually go home, put the kettle on and think what they are going to do next? But then I suppose not everyone is in the position of an ex-secret agent!

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Chimes Out Of Tune!

   It was once noted that having arrived in the Colonel’s office after a supposed twelve hour journey, the crate is finally opened, and Number 6 and Nadia are on opposite sides of the crate to which they were when they originally got in the crate. Well obviously the crate was opened from the opposite side to the one they got into!
   More than that is the red lorry which is supposed to be transporting the crate with Number 6 and Nadia sealed inside, well there is no crate on the back of the lorry! You'd think if someone was going to film a lorry on the road, they'd actually put that crate, even if empty, on the back of that lorry, certainly for continuity purposes. And in that regard it would have been better if they could have had film of the same lorry, not that of two different ones! After all, the film of the crates being put aboard a cargo ship, means the viewer can assume that one of those crates contains Number 6 and Nadia. And again the viewer sees a crate filmed being loaded onto a cargo plane. Perhaps the lorry is from another film, in fact all the film of the twelve hour journey was supplied by World Background. 
   ‘The Chimes of Big Ben’ has a “cold war” scenario. Forget for a moment that Number 6 and Nadia are supposedly escaping from The Village, the action could easily suggest that they were simply escaping from a country behind the Iron Curtain. And bringing the Prisoner back to an office, again supposedly in
London, with both Fotheringay and the Colonel present, well that merely confirms it is the British who are behind The Village.
   And why oh why didn't Number 6 pick up on the fact that Big Ben chimes twice in the space of 2 minutes and 45 seconds. But it was rather clever for them to get the chimes of Big Ben, which is being played on a tape recorder, to synchronise perfectly with the watch worn by Number 6! 


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Exhibition of Arts And Crafts

                    “Sometimes In My Dreams!”
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Page 6

    I wonder, I wonder if those three children in ‘The Girl Who Was Death called Number 6 uncle Six? I was only wondering, only 16’s family called Six Uncle Six because he was supposed to be their uncle. In THEPRIS6NER that is. I shouldn’t think Number 6 was an uncle to those three children, but they might have called him uncle Six, using it as a term of endearment. Uncle Six has a sort of ring to it, wouldn’t you say? After all to them Six wouldn’t be his number, but his name. Ah, but whose children were they, I hear you ask? It’s has been suggested in a theory that they might be the sons and daughter of Number 2. That would be the easiest thing I suppose, nothing easier really. Number 2 brings his children to The Village, unconscious so they see nothing of The Village, only the room of their nursery. So how many times did Number 6 visit the children? If it was but the once it seems to be an awful lot of trouble to go to, just for one try at getting Number 6 to drop his guard with children. But then it’s not any less an elaborate plan than any of those preceding it. And anything is worth trying once. Strange how between ‘The Schizoid Man’ and ‘The Girl Who Was Death’ the reason behind the Prisoner’s resignation appears to have become of secondary or indeed of no importance whatsoever, while breaking Number 6 has suddenly become the primary objective for some. While now the reason behind the Prisoner’s resignation has suddenly become important again. But it seems to have been a half-hearted attempt. Not running out of time, more like ideas. It’s the same with Number 6 attempting to escape, after ‘Checkmate’ he simply stops trying to escape. He did try and send a message to anyone who might find it, but that backfired on him. Because then like Cobb, as far as Number 6 is concerned, to the outside world he’ll be dead, something which seems to have been forgotten by the time of ‘Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling!’

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Monday, 12 June 2017

Caught On Camera!


    You know in ‘Arrival’ how there are three Number 66’s, well four if you count the two different ex-Admirals, plus the maid in the Prisoner’s cottage and the taxi driver who drivers Number 6 home from the hospital. Well there’s another Number 66 but this time in ‘Free For All,’ the chap on the right in the picture. 66 is a very popular number in The Village it would seem!

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There Never Was A Number 1!

    The question at the time was, how was Patrick McGoohan going to wrap it up with regard to ‘Once Upon A Time,’ to resolve the question of Number 1? According to ‘the Prisoner’ Film Librarian Tony Sloman he once said that McGoohan was never going to resolve the question. There never was a Number 1. Pat McGoohan was Number 1. We were all Number 1. There was never a Number 1. The extra shots were never there on the original. That was the end. Because ‘Once Upon A Time’ was originally just another episode, being one of the early written episodes. The final scene at the end in which the Supervisor asks Number 6 what he desires? To which Number 6 replies "Number One" was later added
    Makes you think... doesn't it especially when in THEPRIS6NER 1,100 said “There is no Number One. There has never been a Number One, and there never will be.”

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Quote For The Day

    “He’s a plant, if anything happened to him, our masters would know who was responsible.”
                                  {Number 2 – Hammer Into Anvil}
    “Our masters,” in ‘Arrival’ Cobb spoke of his new masters, that he mustn’t keep them waiting. And Number 2 in ‘The Schizoid Man’ said of Number 6 “I can’t use the normal techniques, too valuable mustn’t damage him permanently say our masters.” And in ‘Hammer Into Anvil’ Number 6 accuses Number 2 of being afraid of his masters, there is never any mention of Number 1, or being afraid of Number 1, or Number 1saying Number 6 is too important, that he mustn’t be damaged permanently, its always the “masters.” It’s only Number 1 when it comes to ‘Fall Out,” that’s why I’ve always thought Number 1 as being Number 6’s alter ego as being a cop out. After all up until the advent of ‘Fall Out’ it’s always been assumed, and with very good reason that its Number 6’s former employers within British Military Intelligence who had him abducted to The Village. Or if not then by some other department within British Military Intelligence, certainly one or the other, but not this Number 1 character seen for a few moments in ‘Fall Out.’ Yes someone has to be in charge in The Village, but that would be Number 2 wouldn’t, as Chief Administrator. Yes Number 2 would be answerable to Number 1, but my guess would be that even Number 1 is held accountable to those “masters” we hear so much about!

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Saturday, 10 June 2017

Number 2?

   It may be wondered what it was that made each subsequent Number 2 go to The Village in the first place? What was the motivation? What was said to persuade each one to go in the first place, let alone to go back a second time. Perhaps it was a desire to serve. On the other hand they may have been given no choice in the matter. In any case each Number 2 is different from each other.
    One or two are charming, one’s almost statesman like, while another is a good administrator. Interrogators yes. Persuasive yes, cunning, devious, and calculating. Whilst some would see Number 6 broken, others see Number 6 as being too important to be reduced to a man of fragments, because Number 6 has a future with The Village. And so other ways must be employed, and if necessary Number 6 must be persuaded. If Number 6 would answer just one simple question then all the rest would follow, and they would have him within their power.
   But Number 6 isn’t like the others, he’s not a sheep, he’s a goat, and goats cause trouble, Number 6 is a damned troublemaker! But even so he has to be handled very differently, seeing as how important he is. And in regard to handling Number 6 differently to the others, it would be an interesting experiment to know how different Number 2’s would have handled other Number 2’s assignments. Mix them up a bit, after all which of the Number 2’s would have had the mental strength to be locked in a room in a one on one situation with Number 6? As it is I think the best Number 2 was chosen for that particular assignment, the former Number 2 of ‘The Chimes of Big Ben.’ Because as well as the doctor patient scenario, the warder and prisoner aspect, there’s the rapport between the two men to take into consideration. Although that could have been looked on as a weakness. As for the educational experiment of Speedlearn, any of the Number 2’s could have overseen that. Well up until the moment Number 6 involved himself in the equation. Then the situation would have got tricky for any Number 2. The trick being not to underestimate Number 6. Too many Number 2’s were guilty of that. Several just getting away with it, like Number 2 in the episode of ‘The Schizoid Man.’ The only ace in the hole for him was the fact that Number 6 couldn’t possibly have known that Susan had died a year ago!
    On the whole Number 2 appeared comfortable in The Village, although perhaps not feeling quite at home. One even returned to The Village in order to retire, perhaps because he had carried out so much work for The Village and the community, that for him The Village had become home. And for all we know, he may well have spent his time on leave in The Village! Certainly another who had become as a weak link in the chain of command in having completely snapped, may well have spent the rest of his time on the psychiatric ward of the hospital. It takes a special kind of man not only to deal with the rigours of command, to be involved with Number 1’s machinations against Number 6, but to also come to terms with The Village as a whole. Which for most they did, and coming unstuck when the unknown quantity became involved, that of Number 6!
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Exhibition of Arts and Crafts

                          “Be Seeing You”
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Village Life!


    Who are these people? They are the citizens and citzenesses of The Village. During any free election you have two banks of electorate, they vote one way or the other, in this case they either vote for Number 2 of the old regime, or they are brave enough to stand firm on this electoral platform and speak a word, that word is freedom. In that they will vote for Number 6. And then there are the other voters, the so called “Don’t knows,” they are the citizens pictured here from ‘Free For All.’ They have yet to make up their minds about the two candidates, how do we know this? None of them are wearing rosettes thereby declaring their allegiance to either candidate.
    Confession by coercion? Well they all look old enough to have gone through that stage long ago, and now probably reside in the Old People’s Home. That means they are “lifers,” to be looked after for as long as they live, and will probably live long enough so to be a drain on The Village welfare system! On the other hand Number 6’s promises may ring richly in their ears, but what would they do with their freedom if they got it? And they certainly some look too old for those hazardous sports Number 6 insisted they could and will take part in. As for all those conceivable amenities which Number 6 said he could supply, these good people have been enjoying them for years and years, so there’s no need to apply to Number 6 who says he can make it easier and better. That’s as maybe, but better for whom? That’s what the electorate wants to know!

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Thursday, 8 June 2017

A Favourite Scene


   During ‘The Chimes of Big Ben’ outside the Recreation Hall, after the awards have been made at the Exhibition of Arts and Crafts. The Brass Band plays, and Number 2 and other citizens stand applauding two of the award winners on the steps of the Recreation Hall. Not only is Number 38 pleased with herself, in having gained an award for her tapestry, she also comes away with 2,000 free work units. There appears to be a genuine community spirit going on. People having enjoyed themselves, they are happy, it seems a joyous time, otherwise what’s it all in aid of? I like to think there are genuine times when the citizens are happy enough, and can be left to enjoy themselves. The event of the Exhibition of Arts and Crafts being one of them, and no doubt The Village Festival was another.

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Quote For The Day

    “Would you like to sit in this chair?”
                                       {No.2 – Hammer Into Anvil}

   Poor old chap, by this time he had completely lost the plot! He asked the physiatrist if Number 6 was mad, due to the fact that he telephoned the Head of Psychiatrics asking about his report on Number 2. Of course there was no such report, and Number 6 didn’t see the psychiatrist later on. But it makes one wonder, that due to Number 2’s mental instability during the interview, if the doctor did open a report on Number 2’s mental state. All Number 249 did was to suggest he ask Number 6, and Number 2 flew off the handle. “Would you like to sit in this chair?” and “Don’t tell me what to do!” he yelled. Judging by Number 2’s reaction to the possibility of a report on his mental state being carried out, he sees the very idea of a mental problem as being something of a stigma. More than that it makes one wonder how this Number 2 was appointed to the position in the first place. Mind you, perhaps Number 2 would have fared better against a lesser man than Number 6!

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The Pris50ner

    Number 2 once called Number 6 “Our friend,” one might wonder just how many friends Number 6 cultivated whilst a prisoner in The Village? It may be imagined that such a number would be low, perhaps hardly any at all. He did have one friend, Cobb whom he encountered on a hospital ward, but then Cobb went and gone. Then during ‘The Chimes of Big Ben,’ well Nadia was hardly a friend, more a means to something............escape! No, during that little episode Number 2 seemed more a friend, well not a friend exactly, they enjoyed a rapport. The manager of the Labour Exchange suggested to Number 6 that he could be a friend, but no.
    Then came Alison, Number 24, she could have been a friend to Number 6 seeing as he was helping her not only with her mind reading act, but also with her photography! Perhaps Alison was a friend to Number 6, she might have betrayed him, but then who wouldn’t if we imagine what pressure Number 2 brought to bear upon her. She must have at least liked Number 6, because she told him that had she a second chance she wouldn’t do it again. She was prepared to bear the pain, and yet that’s easy to say when there was no possibility of a second chance!
    Number 12 in ‘The General’ wasn’t a friend either, merely a confederate of the cause. Dutton might have been a friend in his former life, certainly he and Dutton were friendly enough towards each other. But then former colleagues finding themselves in the same predicament might well be friendly towards each other, as they might need to depend on each other in a tight spot!
    Number 8 was friendly enough towards Number 6, she even went to all the trouble to make his chocolate nightcap for him. But none of Number 6’s reliable men could be described as friends, just a group brought together in order to achieve an end...escape. But then Number 8 had been hypnotized, her friendliness towards Number 6 was manufactured. Monique-Number 50, what about her? No, they may have appeared friendly towards one another, but both were but a means to an end. Cathy? I suppose Cathy and The Man With No Name were friends, and yet Cathy didn’t really exist! Number 2 said in ‘Once Upon A Time’ that he was beginning to like Number 6 who was rather upset at the death of Number 2 when the Supervisor told him they would need the body as evidence. No, Number 6 didn’t really have any friends in The Village, acquaintances, confederates, yes he helped a few people, but there was no-one who Number 6 could call friend. Number 6 was more a dab hand at rubbing people up the wrong way, better at making enemies than friends.


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Tuesday, 6 June 2017

tHe ExPeRiMeNt

    “If you ask me Number Two, someone is running out of ideas!”
    “No-one asked you Number Fourteen.”
    “If Number One isn’t very careful Number Six will out think and out manoeuvre all of us, and then where will we be?”
    “In queer street I shouldn’t wonder.”
    “Something has to be done about Number Six, he’s a troublemaker, always sticking his nose in where it has no business. Number One is too soft on Number Six, he should be taken to the hospital and given the rough treatment. What does it matter the reason why he resigned, it don’t make no difference whether he tells us or not.”   
    “Number Fourteen, your words against Number Six should be guarded very carefully.”
    “Yes Number Two.”
    “You never know who might be listening, and careless words will avail us nothing.”
    “Yes Number Two.”
    “You should realize by now that Number Six isn’t like the others, he has to remain whole, unbroken, no extreme measures are to be employed. He has a future with us you see, it’s all been planned out very carefully.”
    “If that’s the case why are we here?”
    “To teach Number Six the errors of his ways. He must be taught to accept, to respond, and to wear his number!”
    “He’s not worn that since the day after he arrived here.”
    “Really, that was almost fifty years ago.”
    “I know, I’ve read his file.”
    “So how do we go about this?”
    “You’re asking me?”
    “Well you’re the one who suggested we’re running out of ideas, so now it’s your turn.”
    “I don’t know, according to files everything has just about been tried, something’s more than once.”
    “We could isolate him, put him in solitary confinement.”
    “He’d enjoy every moment of that.”
    “Put him in a sweat box for two months, turn up the heat.”
    “Rather crude wouldn’t you say?”
    “Perhaps, but isolating him from the rest of The Village would be a start.”
    “Then what?”
    “Use the public address system to feed him none-stop music, or just noise, white noise.”
    “Non-stop for a few hours then................”
    It’s gone quiet, but it’s a relief, how many days has it been, four, I remember keeping a note of it on the jotter on my writing bureau. The noise, it was deafening, now the silence it’s just as bad I never realized how deafening silence can be.
    “He’s not ready to talk yet.”
    “Why not?”
    “I asked him a question, he couldn’t hear me.”
    “So turn up the heat a little, hour by hour until he goes to sleep, then turn it off and freeze him.”
    Why is it so hot, water, water. The Prisoner goes to the small sink in the corner of his cell. He washes his face and fills a tumbler from the cold water tap even the cold water from the tap is warm! Sleep must sleep, so tired. A couple of hours later the Prisoner wakes up, he shivers with cold. Wrapping the bed sheet about him he gets to his feet, walks about the cell the tumbler of water is frozen!
    “The Prisoner wants to know why we’re doing this to him.”
    “What did you tell him?”
    “I told him that his stubbornness is the cause of his pain and suffering.”
    “The light of his cell, leave it permanently switched on.”
    “Yes sir, you mean to deprive him of sleep.”
    “If he doesn’t bend he’ll break, in his mind he’ll break and that’s

what will give him to me.”
    The light burns so bright, the Prisoner goes to the light switch, he turns it left, right, and left again he cannot turn off the light. He goes to his bed and buries his face in the pillow. Why, why are you doing this? I know you can hear me, even see me, I’ll tell you what you want to know, just turn off the light.
    “I do not want you to tell me anything, all I want in return for turning off the light” boomed the voice “Is for your complete obedience.”
    The light was switched off and left off.
    I cannot see in the dark, so please, leave the light on!
    “Do I leave the light on?”
    “Have him taken to the room next door.”
    “The room next door.....but no-one comes out of that room the same as they went in.”
    “It’s our last chance, the final experiment.”
    “It’s a last resort, and an experiment too far.”
    They came for the Prisoner in the night, they generally came for prisoners in the night, well they’re guard is generally down then. They strapped the Prisoner onto a tilted table. There were men and women standing about in white coats, each wearing a white face mask. There was electrical equipment, surgical tools, tools for torture, canisters of gas.}
    “Is he prepared?”
    “Yes doctor.”
    “Is the subject aware?”
    “He has been given two injections, but he can hear you doctor.”
    “Listen my friend, you can scream should you wish to, there is no disgrace. The last man in this room screamed, but then he had every right to scream. We put him into a particle accelerator, now he’s travelling at the speed of light into the future. But for you my friend there is no future, well not as yourself but as...............well I’ll leave it to your imagination!”

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Exhibition of Arts And Crafts

              “Portrait of An Individualistic No.2”
BCNU

Page 6

    In ‘Hammer Into Anvil’ Nmber 6 approached the leader of the Brass Band and asked him to play a request, the Farandole from
L'Arlesienne Suite. The members of the Brass band must have known all the tunes they played by heart, seeing as they have no music sheets!
   Also when they shot that pigeon down, the one carrying Number 6’s coded message, they got the wrong one! Because when Number 6 wrote that message it was in black ink. Yet the message handed to Number 2 in the Cipher Room the message is written in blue ink!
   Number 2 asked the Head of Psychiatrics if he was preparing a report on his mental health. He wasn’t then, but I bet he was the moment the doctor returned to his office! What’s more, I suspect that once Number 2 had reported his own breakdown in control, having suffered a mental breakdown, he would then probably fall into the hands of the psychiatrist whom he had treated so badly in that interview earlier in the episode.
   I wonder, is it possible to track a pigeon on radar? Research has proved that it would be possible, but it would depend on the type of radar used. And that’s good, because before, I used to imagine a number of search teams sent out to scour the countryside searching for the pigeon which had been stunned by the electronic beam. Mind you, it’s just as well the pigeon didn’t come down in the sea. Then Number 2 would have had to call on the crew of M.S. Polotska to make a search for the pigeon, which might well have been lost at sea, and the coded message with it!
   And what if Number 2 had been right, that Number 6 is a “plant” sent by those “masters” we keep on hearing about, to check on him, to check on Village security. Certainly D.6’s report will not make for good reading for X.O.4!

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