Plough Chains & Bees Arses Keith Hawke

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Published: November 2nd 2011

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Plough Chains & Bees Arses  by  Keith Hawke

Plough Chains & Bees Arses by Keith Hawke
November 2nd 2011 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 246 pages | ISBN: | 7.72 Mb

Plough Chains and Bees Arsesby Keith Hawke.“Film making is a demanding and a stimulating mistress. It has taken me on a lifetime journey around the world and into the reality of corruption, the attraction of rogues and the wild roller coaster thrillMorePlough Chains and Bees Arsesby Keith Hawke.“Film making is a demanding and a stimulating mistress. It has taken me on a lifetime journey around the world and into the reality of corruption, the attraction of rogues and the wild roller coaster thrill of making films in foreign countries.”This memoir is based on journals written at the time and on conversations since.Keith Hawke spent many years making films at the highest levels in Asia and round the world.From an inauspicious debut locked briefly in a prison cell he went on to film a lifetime series of adventures that included a climbing expedition in the Himalayas, a circus in Burma and a slightly blue feature film.He travelled the globe for some of the biggest multinational companies, filmed prime ministers and world leaders and did business with some very dodgy and colourful characters.“………………….And then I made my second misjudgement of the morning.

I piled into a Bangkok taxi and offered him double the fare if he would drive very fast to the airport. It was a wild exhilarating ride in the early morning traffic. We passed cars on the wrong side, ran red lights, forced other cars off the road and blazed a path through the lumbering trucks, overloaded buses and banked up cars.

We made record time to the airport but the potential for disaster rode with us every mile of the way.At the airport I rushed to where the Bristol Freighter had been parked for the night. It was gone. This was a disaster. I was supposed to be travelling with the official party and the whole day was a tight schedule of aerial visits at base after base on the Thai borders. The Bristol was not returning to Bangkok.I had to try to catch up.In desperation I rushed to the Thai Airways booking counter to try to book a flight to Ubon or Udorn to intercept the Bristol.

There were no flights.I wandered around the terminal buildings trying to reason a way out of my predicament.And there it was. A charter airline.. I would charter a plane and chase down the Bristol.The charter company were obliging and yes they did have a light plane that would fly me to the areas that I wanted to go to. The only problem was that they could not land at the military bases. I decided that as long as I could get to the airport nearest to the military base then I would find a way in. We bargained over the price and I finally took a deep breath and agreed.I looked out the window at the runways of the airport.

Suddenly to my surprise I saw the unmistakeable silhouette of a Bristol freighter coming in to land.“It must be another New Zealand flight,” I mused. “I wonder if they are by any chance going in the same direction as the Bristol which I have missed.”I walked out to the taxi area and waited as the Bristol came to a stop and the engines wound down.The door opened and out stepped the crew from the night before.

Their flight suits were drenched in sweat. They reeked of Klosters.“I thought you had gone already,” I exclaimed.“Nah. We just thought that we had better have a practice to make sure that we were still fit to fly this thing.”I couldn’t believe it. These guys had been drinking steadily since arriving in Bangkok the night before and they would have had less sleep than I had, and now they were going to fly the Bristol loaded with the Minister and his party all round Thailand.“Heads up.

Here they come. Lets get in the cockpit out of sight.”



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