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Bringing Back the Golden Mile’s Bling

Last week Lord Mayor Clover Moore refused a request to meet with local business leaders to discuss revitalising the Oxford Street economy. Seven years into her dual role as Sydney’s Lord Mayor and the local State Member, Oxford Street’s fortunes are waning. What was once a vibrant retail strip has turned into a wasteland before […]

Marching Down the Aisle with a Placard in their Hands

This Saturday, gay rights activists will rally outside Sydney Town Hall to demand the recognition of same sex marriages in Australia. The rally will take place, despite the Anglican Church’s initial attempts to block protestors from using the square next to Town Hall, the traditional gathering place for community protests in Sydney. Fresh on the […]

Moore or Less

Amidst all the excitement following the execution of the arrogant, self serving and reprehensibly inept State Labor government, Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore’s own nail biting return to office as the Member for Sydney has barely been reported.  When the last votes were counted and the final results for the State election were posted on […]

Death of an Advertising Salesman

This week, Rupert Murdoch quietly shuttered yet another local publication in Inner Sydney.  On March 14th, Nine to Five joined a fast growing grave yard of once independent Sydney publications shut down by News Limited. Writing her own obituary in the final edition of the magazine, editor Abi Weeks noted, “… after 22 years 1132 […]


Handel’s obscure early eighteenth century comic  opera  Partenope is juxtaposed against Man Ray’s surrealist artwork of the 1920s in a three hour plus marathon of operatic proportions. Opera  Australia first created the production in conjunction with the English National Orchestra  and the original production in London in 2008 received a few boos on opening night. […]


Opera Australia has lined up three of the most popular operas in the traditional canon for their summer season. First Madama Butterfly, then Carmen and last and certainly not least: The Barber of Seville. Starting with the rousing overture through to the cartoon-like set and spectacular operatic performances, this production will not disappoint. “Figaro, Figaro, […]

No one is cleverer than Clever Moore

With a state election less than one month away, Sydney’s Local Member and Lord Mayor, Clover Moore has suddenly relaxed her attitude towards revelry on the City’s footpaths. Having tirelessly fought to clean up our city streets, the Lord Mayor was recently spotted holding a glass of chardonnay outside a trendy art gallery at the […]

Crowded House

As the the State Labor Party’s sixteen year long reign draws to a close, inner city residents can reflect on the brave new world the ALP will leave behind. Lined along the City’s transport corridor from the CBD south to the airport, a swathe of soulless, high density apartment blocks will sprawl from Redfern all […]


Opera Australia’s current production of Carmen is a sensuous affair. Rinat Shaham – the Israeli born mezzo soprano – performs the fiery Gypsy lead role voluptuously. Her rich voice is sweet and sultry. As she stomps across the stage and clacks her castanets, steam practically rises off the stage.  What chance does the naive Don […]


If you have never been to the opera, Madama Butterfly is an excellent place to start: the storyline is easy to follow; the music is rapturous and there are even a few famous arias thrown in for good measure. Opera Australia kicks off this summer season with their popular production of the Puccini classic. Set […]