Monday, 17 August 2015

Ghosts Make No Noise, a story

Ghosts make no noise, they are silent, standing behind you or over you; sometimes they are beneath you and you have no idea that they are there. Ghosts make no noise, but they smell. They touch your skin and send a shiver down your spine; they freeze a room in seconds and leave their own supernatural mark. The Battle of Britain happened over seventy years ago and it remains one of the greatest battles this country has fought; many lives were lost to save many more, and the Kent coast was first in line to meet the enemy of Nazi Germany.

If you go to the Battle of Britain Museum in Hawkinge in Kent, then you will bear witness to salvaged wreckage, uniforms, bullets, and cigarettes. All these objects contain memories in their make-up; they have finger prints etched into their framework. So if you go and feel cold, you will know that behind you, above you, or side by side to you, a pilot is standing watching your every move and hoping that you don’t forget him; remember, remember, remember.

The phantom airman was dressed in flying kit, consisting of a fur-trimmed leather jacket and blue trousers, with a safety vest over the top; he wore a flying helmet and had goggles over his eyes making him seem other-worldly, almost alien. An eerie glow possessed itself around him, and as he stands next to you, then he walks, away from you and towards the exit, before disappearing through a wall.
His kit appears British, so perhaps he is a friendly apparition, but he needs you to remember, remember, remember.

There is a wounded pilot staggering around the airfield dragging a parachute’ his plane must have been hit by enemy fire and if he could tell us, he would speak of the panic and the mayhem and  then the sound of the air all around him. The noise of engines roaring past him as he fell to the ground, unleashing his only means of safety, and making him fodder for enemy fire.

He must have landed in the airfield, confused and unable to stem the flow of blood coming from his wound. No-one knows who he is, yet he staggers around the airfield looking for safe haven.

Massive energy is located at the Battle of Britain Museum in Hawkinge, it is the place to find many artefacts of the Battle of Britain; many memories and fingerprints. Calling us to remember, remember, remember.

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?