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Thursday, 15 March 2018

The General

    Report to the General, that’s a new one! But it wouldn’t be the first time Drake has reported to a General. There was General Carteret in the ‘Danger Man’ episode ‘The Black Book,’ Sir Noel Blanchard, the General’s brother-in-law was being blackmailed. In that case Carteret was using Drake to achieve his own ends. Drake doesn’t like being used, so it’s no wonder he doesn’t like Generals. So hearing the Professor’s message on his tape recorder saying the General must be destroyed was like a red rag to a bull!
   But really was there any reason to destroy the General? After all it was only a computer, it wasn’t the actual process by which Speed Learn operates that was destroyed, surely another computer could be sourced and another Professor to programme it with lectures. The Sublimator, in the projection room, which projects the Professor’s lectures onto the cortex of the brain, was still intact at the end. There is really no reason why the educational experiment of Speed Learn could not be resumed. And what about the students, when the next day there were no further lectures, wouldn’t they have missed them? Or was it a case of the citizens simply going about their daily lives as though Speed Learn had never existed?

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