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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Bureau of Visual Records

    In 'The General' Number 12 enters the Board Room, but if it wasn't for the surround of the pair of steel doors, one could be forgiven in thinking that he was entering Number 2's office in the Green Dome.
    Number 2 is in the Board Room because he's a member of the Board of Education. But just a minute! Surely this is the Council Chamber, seeing the decorated walls, the Penny Farthing disc suspended on the wall, and that strange looking chair with the blue light in the back rest, the same as it is in 'Free For All. Although the double steel doors are there, covered by a Vote for No.2 poster. And again in 'A Change of Mind' Number 6 enters the Committee Chamber by those very same stairs when he is brought before the Committee, yet the members of the Committee do depart through the pair of steel doors.
    And yet you can see the pair of steel doors, and the ramp Number 12 walks through and down into the Board Room in 'The General.' And yet the staircase situated in the the chamber in 'Free For All' is then removed and replaced by a large wall screen, such as the one in Number 2's office, for the Board Room in 'The General.'
 However later in 'A Change of Mind,' the wall screen has been removed and the staircase replaced for the Committee Chamber! It would appear that The Village is nothing if not adaptable. But it seems a great deal of work for someone! One could say that the changes within the chamber are due to the construction of the room for whatever reason. And yet the removal of the staircase does give the chamber a new aspect, it looks a slightly different room. But then why replace the staircase? After all Number 6 could easily have walked through the opened pair of steel doors into the Committee Chamber, nothing simpler. And yet that wouldn't have looked quite so dramatic as Number 6 being filmed from the top of the staircase, as he seemingly walks down into the bowels of The Village.'

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  1. The Village was of course cost-conscious, so they had their facilities like the No. 2 room, the observation room etc. built a alike, employing the same style, even materials thus contrasting the exterior look of the place. There's even a practical purpose to it, whenever a visitor arrived he would be shown around but he'd left guessing, puzzled by the very same appearance of all rooms. He would hardly be able to tell them apart. And that, obfuscation, is one of the Village strategies.

    Visitors! What kind of visitors would that be? People with political influence, supporting an establishment like the Village although is was deemed unsuitable for a democratic society. And, who knows, perhaps as a role model for export... - BCNU!

    1. Hello Arno,
      That's very good, and nicely thought out. Your imagination gives a reasonable explanation. I like the idea of a visitor being shown around, and being left puzzled and guessing by the very sameness of all the rooms.

      Have a good day
      Very kind regards