October 7th 2017

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COVER STORY Green energy push has left us blowin' in the wind

EDITORIAL Lessons for Australia in NZ election results

CANBERRA OBSERVED Assurances on religious freedom needed now

ENERGY Peak oil turns out to be another moral panic

FOREIGN AFFAIRS Timor Leste, Australia reach new border treaty

BUSHFIRES Disaster awaits as advice again goes unheeded

GENDER POLITICS Does biological sex matter?

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE Intolerance of the 'Yes' campaign for all to see

EUTHANASIA Medical murder: three historical cases

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS Gallant Taiwan survives alone in the bitter sea

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE Prepare for apologies in a generation's time

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE A reflection on the use and abuse of the thought of the Angelic Doctor

MUSIC Stupendous talent: What to do with all that ego?

CINEMA Trollhunters: Guillermo del Toro's TV fantasy

BOOK REVIEW Debunking the 'harmless' tag


EUTHANASIA Victoria's death bill: questions that need answers

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Reviewed by Sebastian Gunlighter

Frankly, this recording is an embarrassment, as I am sure will agree all true lovers of dusk squirrel-squeezing. Which is not to imply that it does not have its virtues (which it doesn’t).

Admittedly, the bagpipes are not everyone’s bag of pipes, but the substitution by Francis Fade of live squirrels with flutes up their butts is scarcely an improvement. Nor does Raeleen Fail’s replacement of snare-drum with rabbit snare really give much of a lift to the songs.

Even the choice of songs is questionable. A beautiful old hornpipe like Smack Granny in the Granary has seldom served as an overture to Colin McDunghill’s admirable orchestral suite Smack Barney in the Barn. Really, an unheard of faux pas, in this reviewer’s contention.

On the technical side, Fade’s squirrel control, especially on the exhale, could be smoother and, although Fail manages to elicit some good percussive effects from the rabbit snare, the thud of the hammer against the captured rabbits is a wee bit sickening.

The single bright point on the album is an unrehearsed moment in which Fade’s squirrel breaks loose and Fail cracks it lovingly over the skull with her hammer. That single moment shows the duo still has it. We look forward to their next sally with trepidation but some hope.

“A disappointment,” said Eltham train driver and rodent clasper Ivor Tool.

“It seems they’ve confused novelty for innovation and originality this time round.”

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