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Friday, 23 February 2018

Caught On Camera!

    The question here is, not where did the Butler get that key from, because it’s the same key he used to unlock the door of the cage back in the Embryo Room. But why are the President, members of the Assembly, security guards, and frogmen all locked in the cavern?

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Exhibition of Arts And Crafts


Thought For The Day

    In ‘Many Happy Returns’ Number 6 arrives in The Village at the end of a parachute, having been ejected from a jet aircraft. A thought occurred to me some time ago, a fanciful one no doubt, but I like to think that’s the way Curtis arrived in the Village. But no doubt he arrived by helicopter from the Landing stage, just as anyone does. I wonder just how delighted Curtis was at having been seconded to The Village? Remembering the Colonel in ‘Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling,’ he didn’t seem over delighted to find himself there. Perhaps he’d been there before and had bad memories of the place. Certainly he had been sent by the highest authority, he should have been proud, he was certainly gratified. So perhaps Curtis wasn’t all that happy about it either, that much they may have had in common. Certainly they had one thing in common, they both came to a bad end in The Village!

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A Favourite Scene In Hammer Into Anvil

    Having left the Green Dome, Number 6 observes the posters in the bay window of the General Stores. “Music begins where words leave off,” “Music says all,” And “Music makes for a quiet mind.” He enters the General Stores, selects a copy of The Tally Ho, then examining the sleeves of a selection of LP records, he selects the Davier recording of Bizet’s L’arlesienne and wants to hear it, well all six copies of the record as a matter of fact. But surely they are all the same!
    The shopkeeper Number 112 begins to wonder what Number 6 is up to, not that Number 6 listened to all 6 records, but he did apparently find the one he was looking for. However according to Number 6 it wasn’t a very satisfactory recording.
   Number 2 didn’t understand what makes one of those records different, they sound identical. The sleeves are all the same, no variation in tempo, Number 6 must have been listening for something. He was timing them you see, and then he wrote something down on a piece of paper but the shopkeeper has no idea what, and neither do we. But since no further reference is made to that note, it may be assumed he didn’t actually write anything, but was part of the act of jamming!

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Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Village Life!

    “Well you’ve certainly made yourself at home, haven’t you?
    “Are you telling me, or asking a question?”
    “What do you mean?”
    “Well first you accuse me of having made myself at home, and then you asked me a question.”
    “There’s no question about it, you’ve made yourself at home!”
    “No, I’ve made you a cup of tea.”
    “How did you do that?”
    “I boiled some water in the kettle. I put three caddy spoonfuls in the pot, one for you, one for me, and one for the pot.”
    “Not one for luck?”
    “No, I added hot water and let it stand for a few moments.”
    “Did you warm the pot first?”
    “Oh dear, you really don’t know how to make a decent cup of tea do you......did you show it to the pictures?”
    “I didn’t know I was supposed to!”
    “If you show it to the pictures you’ll get a stronger brew.”
    “I didn’t know that.”
    “Well you do now. A Scotsman by the name of James Fraser taught me that.”
    “Shall I pour this away?”
    “Yes, then I’ll show you how to make decent cup of tea.”
    “According to James Fraser?”
    “No, according to George Orwell!”
    “Did he show it to the pictures?”
    “No, he wrote nineteen eighty-four.”

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The Therapy Zone

    Plan Division Q, a complicated execution plan to get rid of a Number 2, no I don’t mean Number 2 who was about to retire, but that toadying interim Number 2.
    Number 100 had radicalized Number 51-the Watchmaker, who had made a replica of the Great Seal of Office, and had constructed a detonator device for a bomb which would be hidden in the replica of the Great Seal. Number 100 had obtained the necessary plastic explosive, and Number 50 the Watchmaker’s daughter had managed to persuade Number 6 to involve himself in the plan. His part to convince Number 2 that there was a plan to assassinate him, but he discovered that it was not an assassination plot, but a plan to execute Number 2!
    “Plan Division Q all set………it’s working beautifully……….dead on schedule you could say…….no sir, no. no just the way you ordered it……….the people are already gathering it will be a very err, very spectacular……….no nothing can go wrong now I..I’ll stake my future on it……….well thank you sir, yes well I know you will.”
    The way this interim is seemingly always taking off and putting on his spectacles during interviews is reason enough, it’s an irritating habit! But the trouble was Number 6 just had to be involved. Up until the moment Number 6 confronted the Watchmaker in the
Bell Tower everything was going according to plan, the Great Seal of office which had hung about he head and shoulders of the retiring Number 2, now hung about the head and shoulders of the new Number 2. So why was there no detonation of the bomb inside the Great Seal? Because the detonator was then in the hands of Number 6, Number 100 had done his best to retrieve the detonator but he wasn’t physically up to the task, the plan to get rid of this new Number 2 had failed. Now something else would have to be thought up, a new plan to rid The Village of this failed Number 2!

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Fall Out

     With the Supervisor having been promoted to the new Number 2 in ‘Once Upon A time’ by Number 2, it fell upon him, out of duty, and no doubt curiosity, to release the inhabitants of the Embryo Room. Having sealed Number 2’s body in the cage, the new Number 2 asked what Number 6 wanted, “Number One” said Number 6, “I’ll take you" he said.
   Then in ‘Fall Out,’ Number 2 took his place amongst the delegates on the benches of the Assembly. My wife asked “Who is in charge of The Village, who is Number 2?  The Supervisor-Number 28 had been promoted to Number 2 for one week. So probably Number 2 promoted someone else, as the Supervisor’s assistant Number 60 had been promoted to Supervisor in ‘Hammer Into Anvil.’ Mind you, they had brought back another former Number 2 to take the role of President or Judge, if you prefer, in order to preside over the three trials in ‘Fall Out.’
    It’s interesting, because during the proceedings of ‘Fall Out’ life in The Village goes on as normal, and someone would have to oversee that. Whoever it was, it would have come as something of a shock to see The Village being evacuated, especially when he hadn’t given any such order in the first place. But then Number 2 had given the order to evacuate the Village, even if he had taken the decision upon his own shoulders. No doubt he felt it was for the best.
      So what might be the rationale behind the use of this the Beatles song, especially in the fire-fight of ‘Fall Out?’ Irony! Man is capable of peace, love, and war. "Love thine enemy" others would have it "Do it to them, before they do it to you!" There has never at any time been any peace on the planet Earth, not since Man has walked upon it. Man has always been at war with himself some where on Earth, and in that man is his own worst enemy, in the way he spends billions, upon billions on weapons of destruction, rockets and missiles which could destroy the planet in almost the blink of an eye. That is the irony of the violence in the revolution of ‘Fall Out’ to the Beatles song ‘All You Need Is Love.’ Further more, it is ironic that the only people to actually be killed in that violent fire-fight, are the armed security guards.
    Number 6 or Number 1 it makes no difference, its all Patrick McGoohan! With the Prisoner, in the later-made episodes, you are not watching an actor playing the role of Number 6, you are seeing McGoohan playing himself! “I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I” as the delegates of the Assembly chant.
   Patrick McGoohan was never very forthcoming about what the Prisoner was all about. I often wondered if he actually knew, or whether he was just making it up as he went along. When asked a straightforward question, McGoohan was hardly ever known to give a straightforward answer. He described the series as "the battle between the good and evil in oneself." But the series certainly never started out like that. More of a superior spy thriller, which is how story editor George Markstein saw ‘the Prisoner.’ For the late Patrick McGoohan, ‘the Prisoner’ became an obsession. He's not the only one, is he readers.............

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