QUICK BITES

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Ed­in­burgh Mil­i­tary Tat­too 2007, 8.30pm, ABC The 58th EMT comes to you from the in­com­pa­ra­ble set­ting of Ed­in­burgh cas­tle. Massed pipes and drums, the Dra­goons, the Black Watch, men in skirts, py­rotech­nics, even the Auck­land Po­lice band in their first visit, and the Queens­land Pipe and Drum band, pic­tured. I’m fa­nat­i­cal about Scot­land, hav­ing mis­spent my child­hood there, but there is only so much bag­pipe mu­sic a man can stand be­fore it starts to sound like cat­tle dy­ing. Drone on with­out me, ye bon­nie pipes and drums. Hog­fa­ther, 8.30pm, Seven On the face of it, you’d have to won­der why this odd two- parter ( con­clud­ing tonight) wasn’t shown in chil­dren’s view­ing hours. The ac­tion be­gins, for ex­am­ple, in the home of the tooth fairy, where fate rests in the hands of a bunch of wiz­ards. Plans must be made, trolls must be fought, fairies must be res­cued, yada yada. But Hog­fa­ther is not what it seems. In the first min­utes, a man is vis­ited by some­one claim­ing to be his worst night­mare, a de­mon with one black eye and one pat­terned bluish- white one. The de­mon kills the man, stabs him to death for no ap­par­ent rea­son, in cold blood. I guess it’s for great big kids rather than lit­tle ones. But, re­ally, why bother? Carols by Can­dle­light, 9pm, Nine See the Sid­ney Myer Mu­sic Bowl aglow with the faces of chil­dren en­rap­tured. Then there’s the lantern- faced Ray Martin, host­ing the 70th an­niver­sary of the usual do, for his own 18th year.

Ian Cuth­bert­son

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