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Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Bureau of Visual Records

   This Mini-Moke was obviously meant for Number 6 to use in his escape from The Village. True he wasn’t able to escape in the vehicle, the only track out of The Village leading to the mountains. However without it Number 6 wouldn’t have been able to haul the tree trunks he cut down in the woods down to the quayside. Also, was the General Stores left open for him, or did he have to break in? And those 964 work units, was Number 6 made to pay that I.O.U he wrote on the counter on his return?
    And what about the damage to that off-side mud guard? Looks like it’s had an accident and the repair crudely carried out! It’s reported that
HLT709C had been in an accident on the way to Portmeirion, is this Mini-Moke HLT709C? If it isn’t it means another Moke had a nasty accident!


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Free For All

    The members of the Town Council, can they laugh, can they cry, can they think? In their heads must be the remnant of a brain, in their hearts must be the desire to be a human being again. Brainwashed imbeciles, such is Number 6’s description, but are they? We only have his word for it, and what does he know? All Number 2 could say was the members of the Town Council were there when he arrived. And how many of them are there, because they are the members of the out-going Council, presumably to be replaced by other such former Number 2’s or interim Number 2. Is that what happens to failed Number 2s, that they end up sub-divided on the Town Council?
   According to Number 6, who explained to both the Colonel and Thorpe, the Town Council is democratically elected once a year, and he could have been a member. Perhaps he could, seeing as he was Number 2 for a few minutes. And yet by the time of the next episode democracy in The Village has been abolished, done away with because of it inefficiencies! That was quick I must say. And yet if we are to take that as gospel, and I think we must because Number 2 has no opposition, and it would have been true had ‘Dance of The Dead’ taken its originally intended position as second in the screening order. And yet that would then have made a mockery of the free local elections of ‘Free For All’ which would have followed soon after. Alright the election was rigged from the very beginning, even the result. But free elections when the citizens must all have been brainwashed into taking part. But then Number 2 was a master of manipulation of such a community as The Village, which is something Number 6 lacked. This was demonstrated towards the end of the episode as Number 6 attempted to manipulate the citizens into a mass breakout or at the very least cause enough chaos so that he could slip away somehow, unobserved.
     Vote for me and I’ll be ever so comfortee! 


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Exhibition of Arts And Crafts

                        “What Was That?”
          Living membrane - an alien creature - a thing - or a balloon!
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A Favourite Scene In It’s Your Funeral

   Poor old Number 2, he’s returned to The Village having been away on leave, just in time for his retirement! Although I suppose he could have been on a busman’s holiday, holidaying in The Village seeing as it gives the impression of a seaside holiday resort.
    “Did you call?”
    “Yes……send someone to the bureau of visual records there’s a tape I want to review.”
    “At once….subject?”
    “Subject….warning of an assassination plot, persons Number 6 and my successor.”
    {There is a pregnant pause}
    “Well get on with it!”
    “It would be a waste of time….there is no recording of that description.”
    “How strange.”
    “You must have been misinformed!”
    “Strange although you have no duty functions in the bureau of visual records you can state instantly, and with total assurance that the records I require are non-existent……. Please explain.”
    “No Number Two I’m not able to.”
    {Another pregnant pause}
    “I understand…..the fact that you won’t explain explains everything.”
    Number 14 calmly, but perhaps with a feeling of regret, leaves the office, and Number 2 to consider his immediate future…..seeing as he hasn’t got one!
    I like the way Number 2 says to his assistant “Strange although you have no duty functions in the bureau of visual records,” Number 22 doesn’t seem to have any sort of duties at all! Having said that, it must have been singularly difficult for Number 22, being in the unique position of having to serve two masters at the same time!


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Sunday, 22 April 2018

Arrival

    It may not be wondered what it was that saw the need for Number 2 to be replaced, other than having Number 6 to deal with a new Number 2, which effectively placed him back at square one. Like in the game Snakes and Ladders, he’s doing pretty well, but landing on a snake’s head sends him sliding down, sometimes all the way back to square one, so that he has to start all over again!
    “Get him.”
    “I have taken his place, I am the new Number Two.”
    “Get Number One.”
    “As far as you are concerned I’m in charge.”
    Well that’s right, after all Number 2 is Chairman of The Village, Chief Administrator. So really that’s why no-one but Number 6 persists with the question who is Number One, while to others Number 2 is in charge. It really doesn’t matter who Number One is, he’s not overseeing the day to day running of The Village.
    But I suppose the first Number 2 did fail when he sent the maid to play on Number 6’s sympathies in order to extract some kind of information from him. But Number 6 didn’t show the young woman any sympathy, only the door!


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Village Life!

    “What’s the password?”
    “I was going to ask you that.”
    “Ask me what?”
    “What’s the password?”
    “I asked you first.”
    “I didn’t realize there was a password, is it Gemini?”
    “No, perhaps its schizoid man.”
    “It wouldn’t be that would it?”
    “No, I don’t suppose it would be.”
    “The atmosphere here is very different to what it was elsewhere.”
    “What made you say that?”
    “I don’t know, it’s just a turn of phrase.”
    “What like Jacque has a long moustache.” 
    “Does he?”
    “Who?”
    “Jacque has a long moustache, I hadn’t noticed.”
    “No, it’s a recognition code they used in the war, to pass on instructions to the French rĂ©sistance.”
    “Well in the army they would say halt who goes there friend or foe?”
    “Friend.”
    “Step forward and be recognized friend.”
    “Good, well I’m pleased we’ve sorted that out.”
    “See you later in the canteen?”
    “You bet and remember it’s your turn to pay for the teas and buns!”


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Call The Substitute!

    The white Queen’s Rook suddenly had a brainwave, or a sudden attack of individualism, by making a move without being told to move! Basically chess is played by two opponents who only have themselves to rely upon, unless you decide to make it interesting. By that I mean instead of two players, you have four players, two players on both sides who make a move in turn. I have played chess that way, either when the two players on the same side who confer between moves, or much more interestingly, making their moves independently of their co-player. But on the chessboard it’s much more a team game, each chess piece is dependent on the moves made by those on its side. I learned to play that way at school.
    There can be no room for individualism.
    “Check!” the white Queen’s Rook shouted.
    But it was an illegal move, no order was given for the Rook to make a move, and in any case the opposing chess player had already castled, and therefore the King was being protected by the King’s Rook. And then the call for the substitute came from the Control Room, a voice booms out across The Village through the public address system.
    “Call the substitute, call the substitute, the substitute, the substitute, call the substitute.”
   The Supervisor orders the Rook to be taken to the hospital, and is removed from the chessboard on a stretcher! Then the substitute Rook takes his place on the chessboard, standing on the square upon which the former Rook stood before he made a move of his own.
   This call for a substitute, does that mean a substitute had been standing by the side of the chessboard just in case he was needed? Why, why would they expect that a substitute chess piece would be required? Perhaps it was anticipation of what the white Queen’s Rook would do! It might be the Rook had been mentally adjusted so that he would make the illegal move he did. And then removing him from the chessboard on a stretcher it would raise Number 6’s curiosity, which it did. And the next day when Number 2 met with Number 6
    “Hallo, enjoy your chess yesterday?”
    “Don’t tell me you care?”
    “Well of course, we want you to be happy.”
    “Fine, give me a one-way ticket home.”
    “Won’t you ever give up?”
    “What do you think?”
    “You know you’re wrong, we have ways, if you drive us to them.”
    “I can imagine.”
    “It’s all done under the strictest medical supervision.”
    “I can guess that by the state of the man you took yesterday!”
    “What the Rook? Oh no, he’ll come to no harm, it’s just a rehabilitation course.”
    “You make it sound very attractive, what do you want me to do, envy him?”
    “Ha, ha, ha, like your sense of humour. But we can’t have you worrying get in.”
    “Why?”
    “I’m going to the hospital, I thought perhaps you’d like to see our friend the Rook.”
    “Yes.”
   And from that moment Number 2 had involved Number 6 with the Rook. But to what end? To accidental betrayal on the part of the Rook, I say accidental, because it wasn’t really his fault. Really Number 6 only had himself to blame!


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