Friday, 24 July 2015

The Lost Art

Can I get a rewind! The lost art of the VHS cover

Monday, 20 July 2015

Experiments with a Samsung

In the garden of Paygate; July 2015

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Poem: MORTALITY; a sonnet

Fictional time unravels out of dust
And sifts through wind and rain and hail and fear;
Those that whose life is taut with pain unjust,
We come to understand the price is dear.

In sweeping cobwebs lined with aged skin,
We fold away a life so true to love;
And inch toward a time we can’t begin,
Our hearts weep gentle tears; white feathered dove.

In loneliness we walk our final breath
Towards a golden shrine of emptiness;
Unshackled chains drop harshly to a death
And creeps into the veins of heartlessness.

For once the sign of life comes to an end
The rhythmic pulse of soulful love descends.

This sonnet is based on the idea of mortality and has been written in iambic pentameter, 5 metrical feet, 10syllables, 14 lines with a rhyming couplet at the end. The 4 line stanzas are referred to as a quatrain.

Sunday, 12 July 2015


There is an app called Yaycam Retro which allows you to shoot film using an 8mm cine-camera look. It seems great, and being an Super 8 cine-fan is like Christmas coming during July. I will have such fun with this, but first, based on Andy Warhol, I have filmed my eye for forty seconds.

Here goes:

EYE; by Zac Thraves

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Splintered Cinema News

New Han Solo solo picture
Disney developing a live-action movie
Battle of Britain at the battle
Terminator is terminated

The creators of the Lego Movie have been drafted in by Disney to come up with a series of films based around the popular character from Star Wars, Han Solo. There is no word yet on who will be cast as the hero but hot favourite has to be Chris Pratt, who not only performed the voice for the hero of the Lego Movie but is also enjoying huge box office success with Jurassic World. He is hot property and has the charisma necessary for such an iconic character. No word yet on any involvement from Harrison Ford.

Fresh from success for Maleficent and Cinderella, Disney are now developing a live-action version of Prince Charming. I wonder if they'll do a live action version of The Black Cauldron or Oliver and Company?

The Battle of Britain museum in Hawkinge Kent will be hosting a Splintered Cinema event in September. The pop-up cinema company will be showing The Battle of Britain and notably it will be shown at a location used in the movie. Keep checking here for details of the date and time.

Terminator: Genisys has failed at the box-office, being beaten by a Pixar picture and the Jurassic dinosaurs. Falling on the back of average to terrible reviews, the fifth film in the franchise has not lived up to expectation or benefited from the return of Mr T-800 himself. Needless to say, from this writers point of view, the trailer pretty much told you everything that was going to happen. When will studios learn that audiences actually enjoy being surprised?

Splintered Cinema is a pop-up cinema event company run by Zac Thraves; please call if you wish to book for parties and events. Fees negotiable. 

(Zac Thraves is currently reading The Road by Cormac McCarthy and drinking Old Speckled Hen.)

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

How to be Free

Is there such a thing as FREEDOM?

Think about the word for a time and figure out how free you are. Are you in a relationship? Are you a parent? Do you work for an organisation? Do you have a mortgage or a loan? What is yours and yours alone?

It is when I ask myself these questions that I wonder how free we all are. We are told by our government that we have freedom of movement and speech and we are democratic, but is that the truth?

Freedom of movement: this is not true in the sense that we all have freedom of movement. Only in a controlled sense of the word. Freedom of movement means that you can travel to another country so long as you fulfil certain obligations, you pass through certain controls and you don't take with you certain items. That's progress for you.

Freedom of speech: again this is untrue. If we live in a country where a scientist can be forced to resign for saying something that a portion of the population don't agree with; or a celebrity can be victimised for stating their opinion; or an organisation has to use disclaimers; or a person is sacked for wearing a Christian cross; or people are victimised for being mentally ill. This list could go on, and it does not give me any clear indication that we live in a society where we have freedom of speech. We have freedom to state an opinion, but then we have to suffer the consequences.

Democracy: how can we state that we are democratic when the majority of the population did not vote for the current government? How can we state that we are democratic when we have CCTV cameras following our every move? We have people arrested for demonstrating?

All of the above is rather simplistic I know, but there is one thing that controls all of this:


We are not free because we are bound by money. We are not democratic because money makes the decisions. We cannot move freely because we need money which is the only currency. Interesting to see that the nudist climbers where asked to pay in buffalo. In the end it was money that got them out.

Just take a moment to imagine a world where money was no longer required. How does it look?

Thursday, 28 May 2015

The first words for a new book tentatively titled Pirates Vs Fairies 2

The following 500 words are the beginning of the next chapter in the Pirates Vs Fairies universe. I hope that you enjoy the opening, and that it intrigues you to want to know more. This is an exclusive and the book will endeavour to be out of my head by the end of the year.
If you would be so kind, I would be very interested in hearing some feedback,

Space is cold; roughly speaking it is about minus two hundred and seventy degrees Celsius. If the weatherman was reporting about that on the television he would be asking you to wrap up warm and only go out if you needed to. Perhaps a day off work and school would be advisable as the frost would be severe.
That is why when humans venture into space they travel in a large tin can, a bit like baked beans but larger. The tin can has lots of buttons and fire coming out of its bottom, this fire is what launches it from the pull of gravity on Earth into the weightlessness, atmosphere-lite, airless and cold universe.

I small tin can floated through the dark void of space, a small light flicked on and off from its nose. Surrounding it was nothing, when I say nothing I mean absolutely nothing, not even a small rock. It was in the middle of nowhere.


Noise does not travel through space as there is no air for it to travel on. So the beeping was coming from inside the tin can. Frost was on the window, but it was not Christmas morning; in fact the astronaut inside had lost track of what day of the year it was. All he knew was that it was Tuesday, because he had just eaten Tuesday’s ration of scrambled egg and ham, in powder form. He burped, and then a sudden panic tugged at his heart as he wondered if he had eaten the wrong day. He turned to his colleague, who was fast asleep at the controls of the tin can, and shook him awake.
“Is it Tuesday?” He said.
“I don’t care.” Said the pilot in reply, he had a name badge stating Milo. The rest of it had rubbed off so the others in the tin can called him Milo.
The tin can held a gathering of five people in total and it was quite comfortable. Inside it had beds; it had an eating area and it had a viewing gallery where you could look outside through a large window, or watch videos, or play games. Because there was nothing to look at outside other than the colour black most preferred playing games. There were three men on board and two women, both women hated each other, which is normal for girls but shocking for men who have never even kissed a girl; most nerds have never kissed a girl, and most scientists are nerds; so I will leave you to come to your own conclusions on that.
“I think I just ate Tuesday.” The astronaut said; his name badge had the word Tracy on it; it was his surname, not his first name, something he had to remind the crew often.

“I don’t think Tuesday will mind.” Milo said. He stretched his aching arms out and accidently flipped a small switch. Suddenly, an alarm went off and everything went dark.

Pirates Vs Fairies is a book for all currently available for download at Amazon. Just type it in and see the results. The book is very suitable for bedtime reading, whether you are young or old. It is also cheap, just 99 British pence.