My weekend: Pete Scathe

Pete Scathe
Pete Scathe
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Pete Scathe, from Southsea, is an award-winning DJ who does Thursday nights at Scandals, Monday nights at the Atrium and other nights including Thunderdome and Pandemonia.

When did you last go away and where did you go?

I haven’t been out of the country for years, as I don’t get holidays. The last time I had a short break was when I went to York this summer for a couple of days to to visit my friend Paul, who’s Professor of British prehistoric archaeology at Durham. He lives not far outside the city walls, so he’s hoping he’s got a Roman sarcophagus buried in his back garden. As to things closer to home, I used to go out a lot, but these days I don’t have time. My mum has Parkinson’s disease, my dad was terminally ill (he died last week) and my brother and sister are in America, so my life consists of helping my mum and dealing with hospitals, doctors, carers and now funeral arrangements and so on.

Fortunately I enjoy my job, although not all the preparation that goes with it – promotional work, flyer design, music research, response sheets and so on.

The last book you read? I’m usually reading several books at once, but the last book I finished was Goodbye To All That by Robert Graves, which is justifiably famous for its depiction of Graves’ experiences in the First World War.

The last film you saw at the cinema or on DVD?

I think the last film I saw was The Hobbit II (right) last Christmas, which was so bad it almost made me feel glad that I never have time to watch them. It’s been fun plotting Tolkien’s probable grave rotation speed over the last few films – if the Hobbit III keeps up the trend then Tolkien could approach so close to the speed of light that he’ll gain enough mass to imperil the planet.

Where would you go for a day trip?

London is the obvious candidate here – I haven’t had a day out there for ages but I’m actually up there this weekend as I’m involved with an exhibition at the British Library (right) called Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination. Part of the exhibition talks about the 80s goth scene, and since I accidentally wrote the official online history of that, I got involved – they used my site for reference and they’re using one of my old T-shirts as an exhibit. I wrote the set list for the music and I’m meant to be DJing an event there tomorrow, which I’m really looking forward to. Although it’s faintly disturbing that one of my old T-shirts is now a historical exhibit.

Do you have any hobbies? One of the least rock ‘n’ roll hobbies imaginable: I collect antique books and 18th century periodicals. One day a second-hand bookshop owner waved some dilapidated old books at me and said: ‘You like old books, would you be interested in these?’ I looked at the start of the first one and there was a dedication to the Duke of Cumberland mentioning his recent victory at Culloden, so I bought the lot. Then I discovered 18th century periodicals and it was downhill from there. My flat now resembles a home for distressed books. If I ever retire I might take up bookbinding and try restoring some, as then they might actually be worth something.