Anaerobic Digester #atozchallenge

ADriving to a rugby tournament in Basingstoke with my son James last month, we passed a road sign that read simply ANAEROBIC DIGESTER. This is no doubt one of the most mysterious and enigmatic road signs I’d ever seen. I was tempted to follow but we were late (as usual) so had to continue on our way.

We carried on discussing this bizarre piece of road architecture. What the devil is an anaerobic digester anyway? Could we have taken that path and come across something like this…?


Then it struck me that Anaerobic Digester is the perfect name for a band (possibly thrash metal). We could imagine their theme tune; a grinding mix of electro beats and rock guitar a la Rammstein, with a distorted vocal shouting the two words ANAEROBIC DIGESTER over and over again. It’s a hit!

I’ve spent the last few weeks trying to persuade James (who is twelve) to change his school band’s name to Anaerobic Digester. His lead guitarist Sigmund (yes indeed – Siggy plays guitar!) said they’d think about it.

Until tomorrow.

Kraitt out!

P.S. “Anaerobic digestion is the natural breakdown of organic materials into methane and carbon dioxide gas and fertiliser. This takes place naturally, or in an anaerobic digester. A typical anaerobic digester is a sealed vessel, or series of vessels, in which bacteria act without oxygen.”

A genuine Anaerobic Digester

Author: Rob Kraitt

Rob Kraitt and writing partner, the irrepressible Ashley Pannell (creator of the successful video game franchise NAUGHTY BEAR) are possibly the greatest screenwriting partnership never to be produced! Their fairy tale extravaganza BEANSTALK went as far as Tim Burton - but not quite far enough! - and their madcap musical ME AND MY FROG was a winner in the now defunct UK Film Council's 25 Words Or Less Competition. Unfortunately for cinema goers everywhere, these and many other amazing movies never saw the light of a cinema projector. Rob is now an agent at Casarotto Ramsay and Associates Limited in London, representing writing and directing talent; and selling books for film & television adaptation. He has also served on the board of the Film Agency for Wales and participated on panels and masterclasses for the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the Writer’s Guild of Great Britain and the International Screenwriter’s Festival amongst others. He was also part of the BFI’s delegation to Shanghai and Beijing in 2015. Rob started his career as a script editor and consultant for many top film production companies in the UK including Working Title, Focus, Pathé Productions, Miramax and Ruby Films as well as the European Media Development Agency.

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