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Sunday 21 September 2014

It Never Occurred to Number 6!

   Towards the end of ‘Free for All,’ while the new Number 2 and the maid Number 58 are settling in to his new sanctum, he momentarily speaks to the manager of the Labour Exchange on the telephone.
   “Anything I can do for you?”
   “Just checking. Be seeing you.”
   “And you.”
   It never occurs to the new Number 2 that all he had to do was to pick up the telephone and call Number 1. Then the mystery of who Number 1 is, for Number 6 at least, would be over. The only trouble with that idea is, that at the time of ‘Free For All’ is, they didn’t know who Number 1 was. Albeit it a single person or a collective group.

Be seeing you


  1. Hi David,

    I'm always amused when the phone in the Green Dome is ringing.. I think it isn't the Labour Exchange Manager who is calling, but neither does Number 6 call him. So I wonder who has arranged the call, and why. Number 1 maybe?

    Very kind regards,

    1. Hello Jana,
      You beat me to it! Yesterday I wrote a piece on this very subject and posted it on my blog this morning.
      Certainly someone was calling the new Number 2 because the telephone was bleeping and Number 58 picked it up, but it wasn't the Labour Exchange manager calling, because someone calls him, and its not the new Number 2. Perhaps it was Number 1 who put the two calls through, I cannot think who else it might have been, and certainly not why. It's one of those inexplicable moments!

      Very kind regards