6th September 2020 Off to Portmeirion tomorrow, Oona is playing at a wedding and we become Prisoners for the day – Day 167 in the UK

POST LOCKDOWN Off to Portmeirion tomorrow, Oona is playing at a wedding and we become Prisoners for the day Day 167 

And do you recognise this?

AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE I WILL STAY AT HOME, KEEP THE 2m RULE AND WEAR A FACE MASK

Staying at home! – STILL Protecting the NHS – STILL saving lives

I AM STILL Keeping safe

We have just finished watching ‘The Prisoner’ starring Patrick Mcgoohan which was in large part filmed in Portmeirion. I mentioned the 1966 World Cup final in yesterday’s blog, so more memory lane stuff from me. I think I saw it on a re-run in the ’70s and partly understood it. Today I think I enjoyed it more and appreciate the importance that Mcgoohan was placing on individuality and the right to rebel against oppression, authoritarianism and the establishment. You might say the story is unresolved as we never discover why ‘Number 6’ resigned from some shadowy job in security, but then again, do we always have to justify our actions to people, especially those we are supposed to be deferential too? Never was one for deference, people should earn respect. 

We intend to look at the place afresh, perhaps through Number 6’s eyes.

Last year Oona and I were in Portmeirion playing for and photographing another wedding. At the time I knew it had been used for the TV series but much lost in  my memories. Here are some images of a pre-covid Portmeirion.

So we can make out the bell tower and Numbers 2’s domed house. Lots of statues in the programme were used as ‘secret’ camera locations. No, this statue is not 300m high, I took two images, one of the background, another of the statue in the foreground and then composited them in Photoshop.
Oona ready in the Portmeirion Hotel ceremony room practicing. I wonder if that is a ‘two-way’ mirror? Number 2 could be spying on us? In the background you can see the terrace where Number 6 plays his chess games and reads the Village Newspaper called ‘The Tally Ho’. It is an old people’s home in the series.
Oona playing for the guests as they anticipate the arrival of the bride and groom.
A wedding day is about the bride and groom, so a private moment is very cool.
This was a small wedding and I really enjoyed the intimacy of just a few people who are the very nearest and dearest being there, whether family or friend.
A wonderful landscape for a wide angle shot of the newlyweds enjoying the view and each other.
The ‘ship’ has not changed much since the series. Will have to go into the wheelhouse just as Number 6 does. I hope the tide is out tomorrow, I want to run across the sand and shout ‘I am not a number, I am a free man’!

I like that catch phrase for the character. ‘I am not a number, I am a free man’. Perhaps this Government needs to look beyond the numbers, Johnson should meet some of the bereaved as he said he would but has now ‘U-turned’ about.

Stay safe.

Welsh Government’s Guidance on weddings and civil partnerships can be found here, must get around to reviewing it:

https://gov.wales/guidance-marriages-and-civil… and the frequently asked questions at: https://gov.wales/coronavirus-regulations-guidance…

To read the current Government guidance on getting married in England please follow this link: COVID-19: Guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships.

You may also want to read the frequently asked questions sections of the guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do.

Other matters today:

  1. More housework to do, slowly catching up..
  2. Oona’s leg looks to be improving, need to get out for some fresh air.
  3. Write this blog.

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