Wavelength is broadcast on Resonance104.4fm at 2:45pm, Friday afternoons and repeated the following Sunday at 09:00am.
Corpses from Hell
Today's guest is Maxwell Paternoster
who I met at Maurice Seddon's funeral. Maxwell made a motorbike from parts bought from Maurice. He is also a video artist and illustrator, besides being a member of Corpses from Hell
, a sort of postmodern Hell's Angels devoted to unique hand made eccentric motorcycles. The show features recordings of engines at Bonneville salt flats and reminiscences of Maurice Seddon's scrapyard garden.
4th April 2014
Today's show is a continuation of The Seddon Tapes in the aftermath of the funeral of Captain Maurice Seddon
Royal Signals (retired), at Slough crematorium on Monday 24 March. Erika informs Maurice in German that George W. Bush was an alcoholic. Maurice orders red clover and Emu oil. A social worker approaches me at the wake and offers me the ashes of Maurice's sister, Cecilia, discovered in a plastic bag on the mantelpiece of Datchet Cottage.
28th March 2014
Captain Maurice Frank Henry Urquhart Necom Seddon (Royal Signals, retired).
Monday March 24th 12 noon Slough crematorium. On the eve of Maurice's final "adieu" as he was fond of saying, the dulcet tones continue to drift out on the airwaves. This episode includes persistence with directory enquiries, a Baby Belling salesman and a lengthy discussion with Erika in German touching on Art investment at the turn of the century (19th). Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits, and
Are melted into air, into thin air:
And like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capp'd tow'rs, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve,
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on; and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.
(Prospero, The Tempest Act 4, scene 1).
21st March 2014
Captain Maurice Frank Henry Urquhart Necom Seddon (Royal Signals, retired) May 22nd 1926 - March 5th 2014.
Continuing with the Seddon Tapes; mildewed and dust encrusted cassette recordings of telephone conversations that Maurice would record over years. Maurice's home for 50 years was Datchet Cottage, now demolished, and from whence these tapes were salvaged. This particular cassette presents a lengthy talk with a W.P.C. who shows remarkable patience as Maurice reports missing puppies, a stolen bath chair, and in passing, the case of the stolen unique and irreplaceable officer's ceremonial sword. To quote Maurice: "Now where do we go from here?"
14th March 2014