A life time fan and Prisonerologist of the 1960's series 'the Prisoner', a leading authority on the subject, a short story writer, and now Prisoner novelist.
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Friday, 22 January 2016
Everyone is still, at the command of Number
2, standing stock still in fact. And that includes the Prisoner who when he attempts
to take a step forward finds himself suddenly rooted to the spot! Then a small
white balloon appears in the waterspout of the fountain. Suddenly growing in
size it takes a position on top of the Gloriette. But at what price? For the
membranic Guardian appears to be nothing more than a white over-sized balloon.
Therefore a demonstration is called for. Enter a young man wearing a striped
jersey, sporting sunglasses and corduroy hat, standing in the pool. All of a
sudden, and for no apparent reason, he begins to dash about without actually
appearing to go anywhere. It seems likely that this young man has been
conditioned to behave in this way, suddenly released from whatever holds his
fellow citizens to the spot. The young man ignores Number 2’s seemingly half-hearted
order for him to stop and turn back. He then becomes the prey of the Guardian,
who attacks its victim suffocating him into unconsciousness or to death. So
without that demonstration the balloon is only what it appears to be, however
because of that demonstration, the white looking balloon suddenly becomes
something entirely different, and a whole lot more dangerous. And shows what
you have to face should citizens step out of line, even though they still don’t
know what it is!