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Tuesday 17 April 2012

The Therapy Zone

No.6 Serving The Community

    Number.6 serving the community? Well some readers might find that difficult to believe, but its quite true. In Free For All Number 6 stood for public office. Being just the sort of candidate needed according to Number 2, who himself enjoys a unanimous majority. He explains to Number 6 that the good people don't appreciate the value of free elections. But doesn't everyone vote for a dictator? Because at the end the new Number 2 gained his win with a unanimous majority!
    Then there is the question of The General and Speedlearn, the compulsory education of the whole of the community via subliminal means. But the system is corrupt, as everyone knows the same thing, spouts their knowledge word for word, and learns when, but not what why or how and what's more its only history that the students are learning. Number 6 steps in to find out what its all about, and after learning from a recorded message that Speedlearn is an abomination, that The General must be destroyed, Number 6's course of action is set. And by his action, and that of his confederate Number 12, he saves the citizens from becoming little more that a row of cabbages!
    A sadistic, paranoid, monomaniac is brought to the village in the form of Number 2. He hasn’t been in the Village five minutes and already he questions the security of the community. He tells the citizens that they must be constantly on their guard against the enemies in their midst. He knows that there are those who believe that they can get away with their plots and conspiracies {he must be talking about Jammers!} and he sees those who do not report their suspicions as being traitors, and will be treated as such!  It was this sadistic Number 2 who drove Number 73 to committing suicide, so in avenging Number 73's death, a woman No.6 didn't even meet, let alone know. He did the community a great service, and the Supervisor-Number 28 has ultimately Number 6 to thank for having his job back!
    Appreciation Day, the day when the community shows its appreciation of those who govern us so wisely. Well here again Number 6 comes to save the day on no less than 3 counts. In saving Number 51 from being executed for the assassination of the retiring Number 2. saving the life of the retiring Number 2, and thirdly preventing mass reprisals against innocent citizens of the community.
   And finally, although ordinary members of the community will never know, Number 6 paid the community the biggest service of all. By ridding the community of Number 1!
   It is no wonder then that this man was brought to the village. He has already proved himself as being a tremendous asset to the community, and no doubt is destined for higher things. Possibly to eventually attain the position of Number 1 himself.

    Once again I have been looking at Prisoner based newsletters and magazines produced by Six of One the Prisoner appreciation society over the years. Yet since as far back as 1978 there have been numerous Prisoner based newsletters and magazines produced by groups and individuals in the United States of America.
    File 6 was one such magazine produced in San Francisco circa 1978.
    Rover in Los Angeles circa 1979.
    The Tally Ho Washington circa 1980.
    The Prisoner Newsletter Midland MI 1979-1980.
    The Green Dome New York circa 1980.
   However long or short these magazines and newsletters lasted, they each served a purpose, by bringing information and contact to fans of the Prisoner series who otherwise lacked such information and non-contact with other fans of the series.
  In Great Britain there have been such Prisoner based newsletters and magazines as - Chimes- The Camera Obscura - I Buckingham Place - Orbit 48  - Free for All - The Penny Farthing and The Manchester Guardian. All of which have now long since gone, the like of which will never be seen again, well never again in such profusion. These days if fans of the Prisoner need information, it's just a few clicks of the mouse away on the internet. Such a thing had not been dreamt of by many people, and so those recipients of such newsletters and magazines were pleased to have them. And they helped bring other fans together, who might have otherwise lived a solitary life as a fan of the Prisoner.
   But on a final note, for you to trawl the Internet looking for information, artless, or indeed blog written on the subject of the Prisoner, someone still has to actually write it, just like me, as I am doing at this moment, and then post it, or publish it on websites and such for you to be able to read it. Not much different to writing for a magazine really is it. The only difference being, you can actually hold a magazine, feel it, touch it, and turn the pages by hand, instead of by the click of a mouse. But do keep clicking away, as there will be more information to come I'm sure.

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