September 9th 2017

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COVER STORY Our unsafe schools are putting students at risk

EDITORIAL Turnbull needs a circuit breaker or he's a goner

CANBERRA OBSERVED 'What's the question?' is the crucial question

FOREIGN AFFAIRS Beijing applauds jailing of Hong Kong activists

NATIONAL AFFAIRS The economic agenda Australia needs won't come from Mal or Bill

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY Child-support payments and parental alienation

MARRIAGE AND LAW NSW Law Society spruiks for same-sex marriage

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS Germany's energy plan: a disaster in the making

MUSIC Monetising the muse: 'Frugal comfort' would be welcome

CINEMA Logan Lucky: Southern fried robbery

BOOK REVIEW Serious Bioethics salted with humour




CANBERRA OBSERVED Love may be love, but certainly consequences are consequences

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CRY FROM THE FRIDGE: Live at Casey Base, Antarctica


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Reviewed by Sebastian Gunlighter

This two-CD set really captures the warmth and intimacy of the venue, a tin shed under two metres of snow and ice on the world’s thickest ice-cap. The guitar-drums-comb outfit comprising the Centric brothers, Phalo and Ego, and Ego’s mother-in-law Shirl, turn up the heat on 17 of their well-known tunes and soon have the audience’s teeth chattering in time.

The production values could be higher in this reviewer’s estimation, at least from a post-production point of view; at which time they might have taken out the constant grating wow and flutter caused by the cold drawing the power out of the battery in Shirl’s portable tape-recorder.

That being said, no hard-core blat rock fan will want to be without this further demonstration of the sheer energy that Shirl Pasternak can build up on the comb. Stand-out numbers are Fly Me Bat, S***, the ever-popular ballad Thanks for the Money and an extended minor-key rendition in seven/eight of Salve, Caesar, the Ointment’s in the Jar.

So, for those of you who weren’t there in person, which would be all of us save two shivering environmental scientists, a huskie and a penguin, this is your chance to live the legend.

“I love these guys, especially the one in the tuxedo,” said Muriel Crate, who wasn’t there either.

 3½ earplugs and a snowplow


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