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I am at my happiest at the moment, because I feel inspired to write again.  In truth, it is at the fanfic stage, but I am hoping that I can break my teeth on this project - basically The Prisoner epilogue.  In theory, it will lead me to writing something original of my own at a later stage.  I am at my most comfortable within the Village as it is a familiar framework to me.  Although I know the episodes enough to repeat almost verbatim, I have been studying TP/67 in closer detail, noting syntax, lexis, neologisms, soundbites en route as well as observing stylistics i.e fashion, decor/topology and obvious signs and semiotics.  I have also paid better attention to PMG's primary interview and most of the videos submitted by pmg6portmeirion

In a way, it will be a good transition from my previous incarnation of writing academic assignments to doing something creative.  It will have no slash or other romantic pairings, as it was against PMG's development of either John Drake or Number Six to have any physical connection and that suits me fine. Anything else would simply not be 'canon', darling.  I am not sure yet whether to upload the finished product to AO3, as right now, I just want to use it as a safety blanket.  I wouldn't spoof it, either - it would be much too important to me. Plus, I would like to use different twists to the story.  For instance, No.2 (Mary Morris) in Dance of the Dead never received the termination order for Roland Walter Dutton (No.6 pockets Dutton's note, which is never delivered), so maybe he is one of the inmates of the retirement home. I also think that No.2 (Patrick Cargill) in Hammer into Anvil never left the Village alive.  Maybe also, the dead body that Six found in Dance of the Dead was indeed an executed former No.2 or inmate, whose funeral at sea had been ill-judged.

Ah fanfics - the eventual springboard onto something new :-)

Addendum ::: I would like to get hold of George Markstein's The Cooler as I think it might prove to be interesting reading .  For reference, please see Inverlair Lodge

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I will be watching this with great interest as I am a huge Prisoner fan. Have you ever been to Portmeirion? What a lovely place it is. I honestly would have happily lived there.

I have never visited Portmeirion, but topographically, it is quite similar to where I live. It has the same rock formation and climate - geographically part of the same Celtic banding, I suppose. I live by an estuary that resembles the beach that Six is seen running on. Our village used to have a stone boat in the kid's playground before it was closed a few decades ago. No. 2's Green Dome looks like the top of Lloyd's Bank in nearby Penzance. Many, many similarities - that's why I have it so firmly lodged in my memory. Back when I was a kid, our village was full of upper-middle classes of retired doctors, colonels and dentists, so the public school old school tie brigade of the incumbent No. 2s felt very familiar. Things have changed now - it is more of an overspill of neighbouring holiday resort of St Ives and the place is hollow with second homes.

My sister has been to Portmeirion a few years ago. She said it was nice - she brought me back a large-framed photo of McGoohan on set. It made my day.

We've been there twice and are planning another trip there. We just love it there. The village has such a lovely vibe to it. I know why McGoohan fell in love with the place. Me, too. We stay at the hotel, which was the hospital they used in 'The Girl who was Death (I think).

It's so gorgeous there, I am envious you live some place similar.

I can't remember a hospital sequence in 'The Girl Who Was Death' - the place you refer to may be the Hotel Penrhyndeudraeth, which was the major hotel that transformed into the Village Old People's Home.

I vow to go to Portmeirion one day - bit out of my price range at the moment, but definitely on my bucket list :-)

Maybe, but I thought that was the Castell Deudraeth The web site is here: https://www.portmeirion-village.com/

Ooh - thanks for the link, it looks lovely :-)

It's fun to just go through the site. :D And the photos are great!

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