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ASEY CHAMBERS &
EVIEWED BY PHIL BENNETT
Happily married duo,
Chambers and Nicholson, prove that you don't
have to dwell in the depths of heartbreak to
produce pure, heartfelt music of the soul and
With a penchant for story telling and
reflective narrative, the folky fusion of these
two songwriters is something quite special
indeed, with the co-compositions standing
out as the strongest on display.
And, as singers, their voices intertwine as
if they'd been performing together their
entire careers, with each slipping like fingers
into the glove of the other's lead lines.
There are songs that ache ("I'm an old
man, growing tired Getting used to the pain"
-- Wildflower), songs that chill ("I had a dream
I was crucified Hung my head as the townfolk
cried" -- The Devil's Inside My Head), and
songs that warm the heart ("If I wasn't all you
wanted...I only hope that I made you smile"
-- Once In A While).
With a troubadour spirit, these songs,
though falling within the sphere of alt country,
bear a strong resemblance to traditional
English folk, particularly in their structures,
where verses and choruses are often separated
only by their lyrical content. Top stuff.
46 © NOVA SEPTEMBER 2009
DR CLARE MIDDLE, BVMS CVA CertIAVH
Time To Heal
with an occasional reluctant pick at
chicken and tuna. This is my attempt to
keep the fat content low.
She sleeps a lot, is gaining weight, has
a foul breath and recurring mucky eyes.
She still enjoys a walk and a game with
Can I offer alternative sources of
protein in the form of legumes such as soy,
adzuki or lima beans? Which flavourings
may I use to encourage her to eat them?
Could she have a raw chicken neck? Are
there any vegetables I should not give her
-- she is a dog who will try anything? Would
digestive enzymes help and, if so, which
ones? Would slippery elm help?
I am concerned for her health and
seeking advice because I do not want to
cause her further harm.
Lyndal Lance (email address supplied)
It sounds as if there are a few separate
factors to consider here.
The first is that there can be a blur
between a diagnosis of pancreatitis (high
blood amylase levels with swelling or
infection of the pancreas on ultrasound,
laparotomy and/or biopsy) and a bout of
gastroenteritis with vomiting and diarrhoea
(which may show some rise in amylase
and/or white blood cells on a blood test).
In many respects, it probably does
not matter too much about the original
diagnosis if the only residual symptom now
is diarrhoea with blood in, as this is really
irritable bowel disease or colitis, and less
of an emergency than acute pancreatitis.
The way to treat and/or prevent both
pancreatitis and colitis is really the same.
Causes of both can be:
Never feed cooked fat eg cooked steak
fatty edges, lamb roast leftovers, or
However, it is fine to feed raw fat.
Raw fat is good for dogs and is a far better
energy fuel for them than carbohydrate in
the form of dry dog food, pasta, bread, or
dog biscuits. It is therefore good to feed
raw chicken/turkey necks, raw chicken/
turkey wings, raw lamb necks or any cuts
of raw meat/bone/fat that suit the dog and
My border terrier was diagnosed with
parvovirus at nine months despite
vaccinations. In May 2009 (2yrs 6 mths)
she was diagnosed with pancreatitis
though this was not evident on
ultrasound. She was treated with
It was suggested that she be fed with
prescription commercial dry and tinned
food and chicken breast and rice.
Unfortunately, since her pancreatitis she
has had an aversion to boiled chicken
breast which she previously adored.
And she's not keen on tuna in
I am seeking advice for a diet for her
that is not prescription commercial. She
is still having occasional days with pain
and foul bloody stools. These episodes
are reducing in severity and duration.
She has always been keen on plain boiled
wholemeal spaghetti, steamed vegetables,
skinless, raw, fat trimmed chicken necks
and dry food. She is presently surviving
primarily on spaghetti and dry food
(protein 25%, fat 8%, salmon and tuna)
that she likes. It may be wise to gradually
change the diet over about three weeks
from the pasta and dried food to the raw
meat/bone/fat and veges, to avoid a detox
diarrhoea, which may happen as the body
can at last rid itself of toxins that may
have been stored in the liver for a while
on the high carb diet.
It is good and safe to feed nutritive
oils which are liquid at room temperature
-- fish oil, cod liver oil or coconut oil -- as
all these are valuable Omega 3 nutrients
and will not cause pancreatitis, and will
only contribute to the colitis if she is
allergic to any of these which is unlikely.
For dogs allergic to fish, use coconut oil or
coconut milk or hemp or borage oil as an
Omega 3 source.
Drugs, especially corticosteroids,
These can all trigger autoimmune
pancreatitis or inflammatory colitis, so if
any were given in the one or two months
leading up to the pancreatitis episode, it
is very important to blood titre test every
three years instead of regularly vaccinate,
or use alternatives to corticosteroids for
Is a common cause of pancreatitis or
colitis as adrenalin reduces blood supply
to the gut, reducing optimal function.
Changes such as the owner going away
for a short while, a child leaving home,
illness or bereavement in the family or
even a dogfight, can trigger intestinal
symptoms. Homeopathics and flower
essences are ideal treatments for this
pattern. A great herb to settle diarrhoea
symptomatically is slippery elm bark
powder. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs
can also be very useful for treating a
tendency to intestinal complaints.
A separate issue you have here is her
runny eyes and being overweight. Just
from a nutritional point of view, you
should find this diet will help her easily
lose weight and improve her immunity so
allergic/infected eyes will be less likely.
For more details on the diet see the article
on Natural Diet for Dogs and Cats on my
Dr Clare Middle BVMS CVA CertIAVH is
a qualified holistic veterinarian. She welcomes your
questions on animal health and diet. Please send them
EVIEWED BY PHIL BENNETT
Built around jangly
mandolins and guitars,
pulsing rhythms, and imaginative harmony
blocks, Belle Roscoe's self titled debut is a
memorable collection of dreamy pop songs.
Everything's warm and friendly, a result, no
doubt, of the three vocalists' lifetimes together
as siblings and then as musical partners.
The smoothness of their harmonies is
nicely frayed with a reasonably tough edge
in the musical department, where, on tracks
like Shot Gun Love and Young And Fearless,
dramatic tensions build as electric and acoustic
instruments rub together with enough friction
to produce sparks.
The unsung hero of the outfit is Michael
McLintock, whose fabulous mandolin plucking
and violin scraping add a whole new dimension
to what essentially are straight ahead pop
songs in the 70s Fleetwood Mac mode.
"Folk-pop" scarcely scratches the surface
of the sound produced. And here lies the
strength of this album -- the subtly adventurous
Pop par excellence.
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