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NAKED CITY – ROCKIN’ PNEUMONIA & THE BOOGIE WOOGIE FLU

Last week Gavin Newsom, the Governor of California and the world’s fifth largest economy, ordered a complete shutdown of the state. Its 40 million residents were essentially told to go home and stay there with the possibility that roughly 56% of Californians, or about 25.5 million people, were expected to contract COVID-19. It was a […]

THE NAKED CITY – THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED!

On the morning of March 13, with many of the artists having already arrived in town, the plug was pulled on the annual three day Blue Mountains Music Festival. A student at Katoomba high school had supposedly tested positive to the coronavirus, the high school had been closed, and this became the final trigger for […]

THE NAKED CITY – A BRIEF HISTORY OF PARANOIA

TV footage of two women fighting furiously over packets of toilet paper in a Woolies at Chullora last week said it all. There are elements associated with fear of the corona virus which simply defy any normal logic. Why toilet paper was targeted as the go to item by these and other would be doomsday […]

THE NAKED CITY – Revenge Of The Pangolin

When we think of animals that are trafficked globally, often to be used in Chinese medicines and other natural remedies, it’s tigers, elephants and rhinos that immediately come to mind. Yet in recent years the most hijacked animal in the world has been a prehistoric looking, scaly mammal, prized for both its meat and the […]

THE NAKED CITY – A PLAN FOR COCKATOO ISLAND

Back in 2005, when Sydney’s Cockatoo Island was opening up as a venue for music and arts festivals, Jeff Angel from the Total Environment Centre cast doubts as to the amount of toxic material still remaining on the old World Heritage listed naval dockyard. The site had undergone a considerable clean up since its heavy […]

THE NAKED CITY – THE ROYAL BUSHFIRE CIRCUS

First it was the bushfires and the choking smoke, then the economic impact of the coronavirus, followed by the floods and now the announcement that we are about to endure yet another Royal tour. Even worse the Australian Government has invited Prince William and Kate Middleton to tour the devastated bushfire areas and take part […]

THE NAKED CITY – A GHOST TOUR OF KINGS CROSS

It was a midweek night in King Cross, over three decades ago in what were the buoyant and often permissive 1980s. Live music echoed from a whole variety of venues scattered around the area, often continuing well into the wee small hours. At the Piccadilly Hotel in Victoria Street, Lubricated Goat were hosting one of […]

THE NAKED CITY – WHERE IS THE FRINGE BIENNALE?

The 22nd Biennale Of Sydney is almost upon us and as always it throws up a multitude of interesting and provocative art experiences. Lots of free events and exhibitions and there’s no doubt it delivers a real buzz to the city. However, it’s always a select group of artists who are chosen to participate and that […]

THE NAKED CITY – AUSTRALIA DAY: A POSTSCRIPT

As somebody old enough to remember British Empire Day (aka Cracker Night) in the 50s, through an uneasy transitioning to the official nationwide Australia Day public holiday in 1994, I have to admit I have never been particularly enamoured of the latter. The cultural and political significance of Empire Day was always overshadowed by community […]

THE NAKED CITY – HANDS OFF THE WOMBAT

During the current bushfire season there was a warm and fuzzy story doing the rounds on social media, that even found its way into the mainstream press. It was reported that wombats were leading other native animals into their burrows to escape the raging flames. Whilst other animals do sometimes make use of the maze […]