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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Village Life!


   “I always think people like you are better treated than people like me!”
   “How do you mean?”
   “Here I am, Number Two, Chairman of The Village, eating scraps from a prisoner’s table, and me the boss!”
   “Marmalade?”
   “I don’t get privileges like this you know. No-one brings me my breakfast on a tray. Nor do I have a comfortable cottage like this.”
    “No?”
    “No. I have a room in the basement of the Town Hall!”
    “You should take it up with Number 1.”
    “He doesn’t care. He says I’m not here to enjoy myself, there’s work to be done!”
    “Well people like you are here one minute and gone the next.”
   “And you are staying?”
   “Until I find a way out.”
   “Escape, why would you want to do that? You’re living the life of Riley here, you don’t know when you’re well off that’s your trouble!”
   “Everything has a price.”
   “Yes it does, and I’m not paying it!”
   “Have we asked you to? Have we asked you to pay for anything, or work for it? No.”
    “You would change places with me?”
    “What the inmates running the asylum, what kind of Village would it be then?
    “An empty one!”

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Caught On Camera!


   Why are Number 2 and Number 6 holding hands? Are they more than just good friends, I didn’t realize they were even close to being good friends! Number 6 may have won the election, but as he stood on the steps of the Town Hall the electorate looked upon him with suspicion. Perhaps they were wondering what life would be like under this newly elected Number 2. Perhaps that’s the reason the out-going Number 2 took him by the hand in order to make him feel safe, to reduce anxiety and stress, although it can be a sign of respect, or to make a connection, to lead in direction, and to protect. As for Number 6, he is in a docile state of mind, and being led blindly into a situation he will not be able to control.

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Who or What Is No.1?

    In ‘Arrival’ when the Prisoner is discharged from the hospital he’s given a number of cards. His employment card, his card of identity, a health and welfare card, and a credit card, and he’s wearing a badge denoting the number 6. It obviously doesn’t register that he is actually going to be called Number 6 anymore than any of us would expect to be known by our National Insurance or NHS number. When the Prisoner storms into Number 2’s office he demands he get Number 1. Does the Prisoner actually know there is someone with the name of Number 1 or does he simply mean No.1 as in the first officer onboard a ship. At that point the Prisoner doesn’t know people in The Village are known by numbers until Number 2 calls him Number 6.

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Sunday, 13 August 2017

6 of The Most Detestable Characters!

    Who do you consider to be the most detestable characters in ‘the Prisoner?’ I can think of a list as long as your arm, in reducing that number to 6, I arrived at the following.

1
The doctor-Number 40 {Dance of The Dead} clearly enjoys human experimentation, something he shares with Number 23 of ‘Checkmate’ in fact he could be her male counterpart! His method demonstrated at the outset of the episode may have always worked before, but clearly he hadn’t read Number 6’s personal file! But with Dutton he has a free hand in order to extract information from him. He realizes that everyman has his breaking point, but in his enthusiasm he goes too far, and leaves Dutton brain-dead! His methods might be efficient, but he fails to realize that there are other ways.
  For the dance Number 40 has been given {because other people choose people’s costumes} the costume of Napoleon Bonaparte. Strange that someone {perhaps Number 2} would choose that particular costume for the doctor, as Napoleon is most commonly used by people suffering from delusions!

2
The doctor-Number 23 {Checkmate} the female counterpart of her predecessor Number 40, who relishes human experimentation, who goes further, adapting experiments carried out on animals to humans. Pavlov’s experiments with dogs for one, and another with Dolphins. Like her predecessor she realizes that everyman has his breaking point, and should like to know what Number 6’s is. She would go further, by suggesting a leucotomy be carried out on Number 6 in order to stem his aggressive tendencies, by isolation of the aggressive frontal lobes of the brain.



3
The doctor-Number 86 {A Change of Mind} although Number 6 was a special case, this attractive woman happily carries out leucotomy operations on patients with a smile. Not by the once usual method, but has a much cleaner and humane way, by use of ultrasonic sound waves.






 4, The Shopkeeper No.112 {Hammer Into Anvil} he’s a guardian! This weasel, this informant, watches and reports Number 6’s unusual activity in his shop. In fact at one point he cannot wait to go running off to Number 2 himself, regarding Number 6’s recent activity. But what he doesn’t know is, Number 6 is playing him for a fool! However he has brought about change to the General Store, bringing special imports, and a record booth, so you can listen to a record before buying.


5 Number 56 {A Change of Mind} this stout, loud, brash, forceful woman would make it to Chairwoman on any committee! For the moment she is chairman of the ladies Sub-Appeal Committee, and this foul, bitter, and twisted woman doesn’t give Number 6 an inch! She doesn’t hang around long enough to see any contrition in Number 6. She seems pleased when Number 6 keeps refusing the offer of help, so be it, there remains only once course open to them. And when it comes to the time of the procession this woman is vicious in the way she brandishes her umbrella like a lethal weapon. Judging by the expression on her face, and the way she attacks Number 6 with her umbrella she means it, she hates Number 6!



6
Town Crier/Nero {Dance of The Dead} according to the proclamation there will be music, dancing, happiness all at the carnival, by order. Later he appears as Emperor Nero, one of the three judges at the Prisoner’s trial. He reads out the charge against the Prisoner like he read out the proclamation about Carnival. He seems to take delight in telling the Prisoner, when he demands to call a character witness, that names are not used in The Village. Well that’s quite right, only names are used more times that Nero might imagine! But after further deliberations it is up to Nero to give the death penalty.
    Footnote: But unlike the real Nero this one didn’t “play the fiddle” while The Village burned. Meaning to occupy oneself with unimportant matters and neglect priorities during a crisis. Besides which there was no fiddle {violin} in first century Rome, if Nero played anything it was the lyre!

   Such is my personal selection. However it would be easy for me to put my mind to it again, and arrive at another and altogether different listing!

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Page 6

    The poor old Professor, I wonder just how far he thought he could run. If it comes to that, where did he think he was running to? In previous episodes before ‘The General’ when someone attempts to escape either Number 2 or the Supervisor deploys the membranic Guardian to chase down the escapee. But not in the case of the Professor, the helicopter is employed in the hunt, but it seems rather cruel for Number 2 to get his own students to chase him down and bring him back to The Village. Although I don’t know, perhaps Number 2 saw the irony in that, either that or he didn’t want any harm to befall the Professor should he encounter the Guardian. After all an encounter with the Guardian can be a nasty experience at the very least, but one which might have proved fatal for an old gentleman like the Professor.

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They Found It Funny!

    “I am not a number, I am a person,” that’s what Number 6 started his opening election speech with, and the citizens, the electorate, laughed at him! This chap, Number 54 found it particularly funny, perhaps he learned long ago that he is not a person he is a number. That there is no such thing as a “person” in The Village, only numbers. Perhaps this Number 45 was once like Number 6, in his younger days, he may have resisted insisted that he’s not a number but a person. It seems Number 6 still has that to learn, and Number 54 found that funny. I wonder when he died, the number 54 having been reissued to the maid in ‘Dance of The Dead,’ and when had she arrived in The Village?

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Friday, 11 August 2017

Bureau of Visual Records


    “Hello, nice to be seeing you all again,” that’s what Madam Professor said on television prior to one of her husband’s lectures. But could she really see all the students, or is what she said simply an expression. If Madam Professor really could see all the students she must have been sat in front of an awful lot of television screens. Or a multiplex screen, one divided up into many several different screens!

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Village Life!


    “We’ve been watching you.”
    “I know.”
    “You know?”
    “Yes, there was a click.”
    “A click, where?”
    “In the mirror.”
    “Just in the mirror?”
    “No, over there, yes over there too.”
    “Do you know why we had been watching you?”
    “No.”
    “A man of your calibre is bound to get himself noticed.”
    “I resigned.”
    “We noticed that too. But you’re with us now.”
    “With you?”
    “Our Bank is a cover for secret work, you should be used to that, it’s like World Travel you once work for.”
    “You think I was a travel agent?”
    “And you’re not a bank clerk now, so what’s the odds?”
    “Well I’m better at figures than I was at holiday destinations!”
    “How much for a fortnight’s stay in
Blackpool?”
   
Blackpool, is that all you can afford?”
    “Bank managers don’t eat off silver plates you know!”
    “Well go on then, treat yourself to an overdraft!”

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Harmony Times

The Man With No Name 
     We are all familiar with Clint Eastwood's character from the three spaghetti western films A Fistful of Dollars, For A Few Dollars More, and The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly, the Man With No Name. Although he is called by the names of Manco, Joe, and Blondie in the three films. But basically he's the Man With No Name.

    I suppose you could call the stranger above the Man With No Name, because if he has a name no-one ever uses it throughout the entire series of the Prisoner. Although in his time he has been known as Duval, Schmitt. ZM73, and he once called himself Peter Smith, and the Colonel in Many Happy Returns called him Number Six, to which the Prisoner took great offence! So, in The Village he goes by the name of Number Six. Yet in Living In Harmony even this name is taken away from him, and truly becomes the Man With No Name. A 'drifter,' a 'high plains' drifter!
    But before this Man With No Name became a drifter, he was a Town Sheriff of an American wild west
frontier Town in the late 1800's. It was a job from which he resigned. No letter of resignation, but simply signified by the handing in of both his badge and his gun. But why did he resign? A town Sheriff is open to many dangers as he tries to keep the peace. There might be a gang come riding into town, say the James gang, the Dalton boys, the Youngers, or the Clanton gangs, to rob the Bank. And the Sheriff would have to try and stop them, and if he couldn't, then he'd have to form a posse and go after the Bank robbers. A Sheriff, worth his salt, would have to be fast on the draw, otherwise he wouldn't last very long. But then the faster on the draw the Sheriff became, so much greater his reputation, and that in turn would attract to town every gunslinger out to make a reputation for himself. And each time the Sheriff, who got paid very little, would have to stand up to each and every gunslinger who came to Town, and more than likely would have to face him, or them in a gun-fight. In time, this sort of thing can wear a man down, the killing. Having to put his life on the line every day, for little pay, a few dollars a month. So perhaps this one time Sheriff was fed up with the killing he had to do. Fed up with having to get up every morning, to face having to put his life on the line, eventually that would become too much for him, as it did for many Sheriffs of the time. So it could be as simple as that, as to why The Man With No Name resigned!

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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Well It Was worth A Try No.2!

    What might be considered the worst plan or experiment to have been undertaken by Number 2? Three episodes spring to mind, and all three have good cause to be the worst plan to be conceived. ‘The General’ because of the abominable experiment of Speedlearn, it was an abomination, slavery. Taking away people’s right to learn, to make mistakes. And of course the result was the destruction of the General, and the deaths of the Professor and Number 12.
   The second episode is ‘Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling,’ and the  transference of one man’s mind into another man’s body. Perverted science  brought about by the  desire for information, as well as doctor Seltzman’s reversal process! This did not end well. Number 2 may well have acquired the reversal process, but he let doctor Seltzman escape though his fingers. And there was the death of the Colonel to be accounted for.
   And then comes ‘Living In Harmony,’ the Prisoner fed with hallucinatory drugs, talked to through microphones. Put in a dangerous environment, isolated him, gave him love, took it away, made him kill, and he’ll crack if only in his mind. This episode too ended badly, two deaths, Number 22 and Number 8 for which Number 2 will have a good deal of explaining to do, as well as having to pay for this failure. And I suppose one further episode could be added, one final attempt to manipulate Number 6, to face him with the fact that he has been Number 1 all the time, and therefore he alone is responsible for everything that has happened to him, ‘Fall Out.’ The confrontation between Numbers 6 and 1 did not go well. In fact there was armed revolt, death and mayhem! The rocket launched, the loss of Number 1, the escape of four prisoners, along with the sudden evacuation, and The Village left totally deserted. It was a bloody disaster for which someone will have to pay dearly, after all someone had to have been to blame.
    Out of these four episodes I find it difficult to choose one, to say it was worth a try Number 2, but was the most ill conceived plan of them all. It has to be ‘Fall Out,’ it was an unmitigated disaster! Although the reader might not agree, you may discount all four and have a completely different idea yourself.


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Bureau of Visual Records


    There are all kinds of uniforms in The Village, but have you observed how mostly the prisoners, such as Number 58, wear striped jerseys and the Guardians wear single coloured jerseys? This man is a prisoner who is undergoing aversion therapy treatment. In The Aversion Therapy Room he is strapped into a chair with electrodes attached to him, while on a screen a film is played, film of the white membranic Guardian, Number 2, and the single word unmutual and the patient is extremely excitable. He becomes very agitated by the images shown on the screen, the Guardian, Number 2, and the word unmutual. It might be imagined that aversion therapy is designed to help the patient get over his or her aversion to something. However, if that is the case why would doctors remove an aversion to something citizens are supposed to be afraid of, namely the Guardian and Number 2. He’s not supposed to be popular and liked by the citizens, although Number 2 in ‘The Chimes of Big Ben’ would appear to be an exception to that rule if the Arts and Crafts Exhibition is anything to go by. More likely the aversion therapy is designed to instil fear in the subject, to increase a patient’s aversion to something, or someone, hence the citizen’s reaction towards unmutuals. Through aversion therapy the citizens are turned into socially conscious citizens who are provoked by the loathsome presence of an unmutal.

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Quote For The Day

    “The Professor and I have several privileges. We came here voluntarily, we have everything we need, we’re perfectly happy.”
                                                  {Madam Professor-The General}

   Yes I bet they did, Madam Professor doesn’t sound very happy! I’d put money on it not being at all what they expected it to be. They could have been told that a village school was in need of a teacher, and with his wife the artist she would make an excellent addition. There’s a Village alright, but there’s no school, only a large number of guinea pigs to be used in the educational experiment of Speedlearn. But there is a school house where the Professor and his wife live, but are never allowed out into The Village itself. Only the Professor is allowed to leave the confines of his house when occasion demands, and that one time when he managed to escape! As for madam Professor, she is never allowed to leave, but seeing as she is the artist she is permitted to hold art seminars in the garden of her house. No doubt the idea being to keep her occupied, after all the only reason she is in The Village is to make sure her husband does what Number 2 wants, and if the Professor should resist, then some unpleasantness could easily befall his wife. They are both necessary you see, the one for the other, even essential. Besides if it had not been them it would have been some other couple, and that’s the thing you see, never volunteer for anything! And yet there is one other way of looking at it, perhaps the Professor and his wife were a couple of misfits who needed the work, and needed The Village as much as Number 2 and the Educational Board needed them!

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Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Earl Cameron


    Actor Earl Cameron celebrates his 100th birthday today, I wish him happiness and joy of the day. He will also no doubt have received a birthday card from her Majesty the Queen.
    For those who are not acquainted with Earl Cameron, other than through his role as the Supervisor-No.106 in ‘The Schizoid Man,’ here are a number of links about the man and the actor.







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Village Life!


   “Control here…….I’m sorry?........I’m on yellow, Control room here……….. you’re not on the telephone, how can that be, I’m speaking to you now! No sir we haven’t found Number Six, as I was going to say, negative search results so far. No trace of him yet sir.”
   “You’ve been looking for him then?”
   “Yes sir, well not me personally, the Observers………… I’ve just had a tea break…..biscuits sir, they were proper biscuits the ones with the cream inside.”
    “Bully for you, now get about your business and put out a general call, Orange Alert.”
    “That mans Rover sir!”
    “Yes Rover. Why bark yourself when you have…….”
    “A balloon sir?”
    “You trying to be funny?”
    “No sir, but we have a saying in
Haiti, a little dog is very brave in front of his master’s house!”
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Many Happy Returns of The Day

Wishing
Earl Cameron

A very happy
I00th
Birthday Today
May the sun shine on you today and everyday
BCNU

Monday, 7 August 2017

Fall In: The Prisoner at Fifty Event

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Rocket Red One!

    Something silver high in the night sky leaves a tail of fire in its wake, height 70 thousand feet and falling, exterior heat three thousand degrees, 50 thousand feet and falling, flame burnout, 30 thousand 20, 10, 5, 2, 1,000 feet and still falling.

    “What’s that noise…..something in the sky……..I can’t see it! Get down, get down!”
    Whoosh, the sound is deafening, the falling object just misses the village, its houses the local pub, church, the school before plunging to the ground!
    “What’s going on out there sergeant?”
    “Yes sergeant, you’ve got to investigate.”
    “Alright, alright, there’s no need to panic, just let me put my tunic on.”
    A silver shaft had embedded itself into the ground, on the outer hull a red 1 .
    “What is it Sid?”
    “It’s a rocket Dorothy, the heat, it’s incredible!”
    “I don’t like it Sid, I’m frightened.”
    “Now then, now then, what are you two doing?”
    “It’s a rocket Sergeant.”
    “The heat’s incinerated the haystack!”
    “I can see that for myself, I don’t need telling.”
    “Is it the Russians?”
    “I don’t think the Russians would send a rocket over here simply to destroy a haystack miss! Now look you two get back, and keep back, and that goes for all you others. Tom you keep these people in order, I’ve got to make a telephone call, and a report to make.”

    A black
Bedford van speeds on its way to the crash site. Inside are four men, the driver, a Government Minister, and two other men.
    Minister “What went wrong?”
    “We don’t know.”
    “The Home Office stresses that there is no immediate danger. This could turn out to be a complete disaster, in more ways than one.”
    “I am painfully aware of that.”
    “What went wrong?”
    “If I knew that I would tell you. We don’t know how far it went into space.”
    “Wasn’t there any radio contact?”
    “No.”
    “Did you launch it?”
    “No I didn’t!”
    “Did you authorise the launch?”
    “You know I didn’t, but they’ll blame me all the same. All I know is we lost contact with The Village. Sometime later this rocket was picked up on radar.”
    “The Village, is a place, we have to keep that dark. Can’t have information leaking out about it.”
    “That might be difficult now.”
    “The rocket should never have been launched.”
    “Do you think I don’t know that. Now we’ve got to find out why.”
    “What about the men inside?”
    “We don’t know.”
    “This is going to cause one hell of stink. What do you think happened, what went wrong?”
    “You had better send a team to The Village.”
    “Both the Russians and the Americans want to know what’s going on, the un-licensed launching of a rocket………….”
    “Well the sooner we find out what went wrong the better for all concerned.”

    The police were at the scene in force, as well as the fire brigade, and ambulances were already on the scene when the
Bedford van arrived. The four men alighted. There was a large crowd.
    “Alright Blake, set the radio equipment up over there, try to make contact with the crew. Inspector, keep all those people back.”
    “Yes sir. What about the hatch, can’t that be opened?”
    “Not unless you want to incinerate the men inside.”
    “Well we could dowse the rocket with gallons of water to cool it” suggested the fire chief.
    “That would prove disastrous.”
    “How so?”
    “It could explode!”
    “Then what do we do?”
    “Wait for the rocket to cool.”
    “How long will that take?”
    “Two, three, maybe four hours. Any contact Blake?”
    “Rocket red one can you hear me, this is control come in rocket red one…….no sir, there’s nothing coming through.”
    “Keep trying.”
    “Rocket red one can you hear me, this is control, come in rocket red one, red one can you hear me…….”

    The rocket was cooling off, the temperature about right.
    “Can’t we open that hatch?”
    “The temperature is about right. Blake…..”
    “Sir.”
    “Still no contact with the crew”
    “No sir.”
    “Set up the remote control, but don’t open the hatch until I give the word.”
   “Sir.”
   “Chief, we’ll cool it off a little more, back those fire tenders up to the rocket, and stand by.”
   “Get those tenders backed in, get the hoses ready” ordered the fire chief.
   “Blake?”
   “Ready.”
   “Okay, pour on the water.”
   “Wait!”
   “What is it Blake?”
   “A sound, from inside the rocket.”
   “Rocket red one this is control, can you hear me, red one rocket this is control, red one can you hear me……”
   “Look!”
   “What is it Inspector?”
   “The hatch is opening!”
   “You did that Blake?”
   “No!”
   The hatch slides open, no-one moved towards the opening, everyone waited. Then a figure emerged, a figure wearing a white robe and cowl. The figure stumbled forward until it fell on the piled earth around the crater.
    “Quick, get the medics.”
    “Who is he?”
    “It’s Number One!”
    “Is he alive?”
    “Barely.”
    “What about the rest of the crew?”
    “Lets find out.”
    Once inside the rocket a search for the rest of the crew, the control room and the four life support orbit tubes were empty. The rocket was searched from the nose cone to the rocket motors, of the other three members of the crew there was no sign.
    “What happened to the rest of the crew?”
    “I don’t know.”
    “Did they leave the rocket?”
    “How do I know, we’ll ask Number One.”
    “How is he?”
    “He’s in a bad way” the medic announced.
    “I need to ask him questions.”
    “I doubt he can answer.”
    “One, Number One what happened? Tell us what happened.”
    The man lying on the stretcher opened his eyes, his mouth opened, and laughed inanely like a madman!

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Aversion Therapy!


    The current Number 2 of ‘A Change of Mind’ is most probably the worst of all them all, and you should not trust him as far as you can throw him. He may have a benevolent, beguiling charm but this is only a fa├žade, behind that smile lurks a menacing character that makes your skin crawl, well it does mine! Such is the affect he has on the citizens that his image is used as part of the therapy treatment being conducted by doctors at the hospital.
  In the Aversion Therapy Room people are treated for their aversions and phobias. One poor individual has a phobia of the Guardian as he becomes quite agitated and excitable at seeing the Guardian on the screen. At one point the letters and numbers of No.2 and unmutual appear on the screen, not to mention Number 2’s face. It’s understandable that citizens should be treated for their aversion to the Guardian as it’s something to be afraid of. But an aversion of Number 2....yes well in this particular case that’s understandable!
   When Number 6 was at the hospital having undergone a medical, when he asked Number 46 if he had been in there, in the Aversion Therapy Room? Number 46 said that he had not been in there, he’s one of the lucky ones, having undergone the operation known as Instant Social Conversion, and he thinks that’s lucky. Perhaps he’s right, perhaps he is, it would all depend on how long patients spend at any one time in that room during any one session, and how many times a day! It just goes to show how much this current Number 6 is disliked, that doctors have to treat patients for their aversion to Number 2. Things in The Village have never been that bad before, some of the Number 2’s are quite likeable.

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Thought For The Day

    Chess appears to feature large in ‘the Prisoner.’ In Arrival there sits the ex-Admiral his chess set at the ready waiting an opponent to play. Later of course Number 6 gives the Ex-Admiral a game, but 6 isn’t on form, he lost one game and hasn’t another game in him. The ex-Admiral was right, 6’s mind wasn’t on chess, but on a different game altogether. It’s as the x-Admiral says, we’re all pawns.............. in someone’s game.
    During ‘The Chimes of Big Ben’ Number 6 enjoys a 7 move checkmate win against the General, but in a later episode it’s an 11move checkmate win for Number 6, he must be slipping! The episode of ‘Checkmate’ is where the most chess is seen in the series, but my word they set that chessboard out on the lawn quick enough! One minute there’s a plain lawn, the next it’s broken up with the addition of white squares. Two chess matches using human chess pieces are played, after this episode the chessboard is taken up and never seen again. And just for once The Tally Ho broadsheet newspaper has a chess problem, which Number 6 appears to be solving, yet he’s playing a very different game. He has eyes on the Rook-Number 53 who with a number of other citizens will become as pawns in his game against Number 2. But it’s a game Number 6 cannot win, because just like on the chessboard the Rook makes another wrong move of his own, resulting in a fools mate win for Number 2!


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Sunday, 6 August 2017

Gordon Sterne

    News reached me this morning of the death of Gordon Sterne who died at the age of 94 in April 2017. It was read in the lastest edition of‘Doctor Who’ magazine.
    Born in 1923, a British actor who enjoyed active roles in film and television since the 1950s. Pictured above with Patrick McGoohan in a scene in ‘Living In Harmony,’Sterne is decribed as being a bystander bystander. But I see him having been more than that, interacting as a Townsman with The Man With No Name.
    Sterne “Well stranger fancy living In Harmony?”
    McGoohan “Not my kind of town.”
    “It’s a good town.”
    “Enjoy it.”
    “Why, what’s wrong with our town mister?”
    “Maybe I don’t like the way its run.”
    “Oh you just do as the Judge says, he’ll look after you.”
    “I’ll look after myself.”
    “It’s a good town.”
   “Keep it.”
    Sterne played small guest roles in such teelvision series as ‘I Spy’ series in 1955. ITV Play of the Wekk 1956. Escape 1957. The Great Van Robbery. No Hiding Place. Murder At site 3 1959. Hancock’s half Hour. Taste of Fear 1961. Tales of Mystery 1962. The Saint, Paul Temple, Crossroads. Dr. Who 1971. UFO. The New Avengers. Jeeves and Wooster 1992. Merlin 1993. Kavanagh QC 1997. The Turdors 2007-2009   
  And in films such as Sink The Bismark. From Russia With Love. An American Werewoolf In London.
Rest In Peace Gordon

Saturday, 5 August 2017

6 of The Best!

    In this brief series we come to 6 of the best characters, who may have a large supporting role, or might appear only briefly, which excludes Number 6 and any Number 2.

1,
Number 8-Nadia Rakovsky {Chimes} Nadia arrives in The Village in the usual way, by helicopter. She is taken to her cottage, apparently unconscious, where she wakes up. Does she already know what her assignment is, or is she like the Colonel of ‘Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling,’ ignorant of why she has been sent to The Village until briefed by Number 2?
   Number 8 isn’t really a citizen of The Village, she is a plant, and a very charming, and attractive woman. She is also very good at her job, playing the damsel in distress allows her to get close to Number 6. Her faked escape attempt must have been very distressful for her, as no amount of briefing about the Guardian could prepare Nadia for a very nasty experience! But in her attempt to escape The Village she did push herself to the limit. At the age of 17 she had been an Olympic bronze medallist, although that was a while ago, rough swimming meant she couldn’t swim so far!
   Nadia carries out her part of the plan perfectly, during which she appeared to have some feelings for Number 6, although as she stands there on the steps of the Recreation Hall, she looks to be unfeeling, and looks down upon Number 6 with distain!
   Of three external agents, herself, Curtis, and the Colonel, brought to The Village for various assignments, Nadia is the only one to survive the experience and be able to leave The Village.

2, The Supervisor-Number 26 is more than capable and is very efficient as he
carries out his duties. In his domain of the Control Room he’s the boss, but shares shifts with other Supervisors. He rarely makes a mistake, when he did it’s because he was unaware that it wasn’t Number 6’s birthday, but for that he was relieved of his position, replaced by Number 60. But that was a mistake on the part of Number 2, and Number 26 was soon restored to his previous position. His only other mistake was a piece of improvisation, in that he saw that the door to Number 6’s cottage was left unlocked because he doesn’t always answer the door! Although his number suggests a lower ranking in the hierarchy of The Village he has a close relationship with Number 2, and only once is he seen out of the Control Room.
   At one point in ‘Once Upon A time’ he is effectively promoted to the position of Number 2, The Village is all his for one week. After which in ‘Fall Out’ we see Number 26 is also a delegate of the Assembly who takes his place on one of the back benches, which makes Number 26 a more important citizen than first thought.

3,
Number 14 {Hammer} he always tries to do his best and wants to be more of an assistant to Number 2 than he is allowed, but he does carry out orders without question. Yet he is badly treated by Number 2, perhaps he doesn’t trust Number 14 whose loyalty is beyond question. Although he does like to project an image of himself, such as the time he was dozing in an armchair in the foyer of the Green Dome. Suddenly he hears the pair of steel doors opening, jumps up out of the chair, adjusts his jacket and stands to attention. Thus giving the impression that he’s been standing there at attention, for quite some time.
   He gives the impression of being a tough guy, he said he wanted to give Number 6 a dusting down, that he’d really enjoy it. Kosho, well he met his master that time, and was lucky to escape a dunking! And then he became angry! Number 6 had put the poison in, and Number 2 accused Number 14 of being a traitor and finished him! Number 14 no longer assistant to Number 2 stormed round to ‘6 Private’ to have it out with Number 6. There is a vicious brawl between the two men resulting in Number 14 being thrown out of the cottage through the French window, taking the balcony railings with him. It is not known what befell Number 14, whether he survived the fall, or if he broke his neck and died on the scene. Either way this is the last we see of Number 14. It would have been a nice touch had he survived to carry on his duties as assistant to the retiring Number 2 of ‘It’s Your Funeral’ for two reasons. Firstly, because Number 22 in ‘It’s Your Funeral’ not only dresses identically, but also bears a remarkable resemblance to Number 14. And secondly it’s Number 14 we see during that bout of Kosho in the same episode.

4, Number 12 {General} he is one of those dissidents he talks about, and has some anti professorial thoughts, that he’s a crank and should be treated as such, a
troublemaker and attracts troublemakers. Much the same could be said of Number 12, who attracts Number 6 to him. On the beach he teaches him a lesson about Speedlearn, and hands over the Professor’s tape recorder. He commits an act of sabotage, and when Number 6 goes to Number 12’s office in administration the next day, he is supplied with the outfit of a Top Hat official to go with the two security pass discs. Number 12 is a traitor! And would have been confirmed as such had Number 6 not stepped in with his insoluble question for both man and machine. Did Number 12 die a brave death in trying to save the Professor’s life, or did he take what is laughingly called the easy way out? A noble thought to think it was the former, that he gave his life for the cause. Although he must have realized that he would not be insulated against the electricity shocking the Professor. Number 12, died a martyr or was he just another suicide!

5,
Number 53-The Rook {Checkmate} has an independent mind, something which is frowned upon in The Village, and is a habit the doctor-Number 23 wants to break within him. So she uses an experiment adapted from Pavlov’s experiments with rats, no it was dogs. It is an experiment which leaves him fully compliant, and is the first of Number 6’s “reliable” men to be chosen. Except Number 53 still has the remnants of that independent mind, and it was while on the raft, transmitting that automatic distress call, that he must have got to thinking, and put to Number 6 his own test, and decided he is a guardian. And the best course of action he decided upon was to go back, tell the others, and release Number 2. It was a mistake.
   Number 53 is an electrical engineer, with noble thoughts. He invented an electronic defence system, and thought all nations should have it, as he thought it would mean World peace. But the plans got stolen, some petty minded bureaucrat let his bag get swiped. Perhaps an agent working for The Village stole those plans, and that electronic defence system was amended slightly to become the Beam seen demonstrated in ‘Hammer Into Anvil,’

6,
Number 22-Cathy {Harmony} who at the end wished it had been real, having allowed herself to become too involved. The reality being she was simply playing another damsel in distress, playing on The Man With No Name’s sympathies. Rather like Nadia during ‘The Chimes of Big Ben.’ In fact Cathy has something in common with Nadia, she was going to escape with a man they both appear to be attracted to.
   It must have been awful for Cathy to experience her strangulation by the Kid, even in a virtual reality situation, or role playing if you prefer. And yet here is yet another case of life imitating art, as Number 8 strangles Number 22 with his bare hands!

   This wasn’t an easy choice, in fact there are so many characters I could have chosen a completely different set of 6 characters 6 times over and more. In fact I kept changing my mind, but returned to the original 6 I first thought of. I had to draw the line somewhere, otherwise I would still be thinking about it!

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Living In Harmony!


    “Howdy stranger, I’m Frank “dead shot” Maher the fastest on the draw in this part of the territory...............wanna see it again?”

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Abduction!


    This is Number 6 being abducted from his home in ‘Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling.’ It would appear that this episode lacks the finesse of its predecessors. Before, Number 6 was heavily sedated, then medics came for him in the night whilst he was unconscious. But now there seems little time for all that, and they are resorting to good old fashioned brute force, which under certain circumstances can be very effective!
    So instead of sending two medics and a nurse, they sent a hospital orderly and four security guards to manhandle Number 6 out of his cottage and into the Red Cross trailer. Symbolically I suppose the security guards represent undertakers, and the Mini-moke and Red Cross trailer for the hearse. Only there are four guards instead of two undertakers.

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