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THE NAKED CITY – CINEMA PAMPERDERO!

Back in the 1950s the most exciting thing about your cinema seat was when you flipped it up at a Saturday Matinee to discover a lucky number, redeeming it for an icy pole at the candy bar. These days things are much more sophisticated and the modern movie patron is now wooed with not only […]

THE NAKED CITY – SPEAKERS CORNER

If you believe newspaper reports the recent tour by alt-right provocateur Milo Yiannapolous (previously known as Milo Hanrahan and Milo Andreas Wagner) was a raging financial success. Milo himself is reported to have pocketed around $250,000 as part of a speaking tour that grossed over $1 million. The promoters obviously knew just who their audience […]

THE NAKED CITY – Porphyrophobia!

There was probably no more relieved person in Australia last week than Don Burke when the announcement was made that somebody in England with questionable DNA had announced their engagement to somebody from America. Suddenly he was pushed back to page five or six in the daily papers and almost forgotten on the six o’clock […]

NAKED CITY – LA GRAND BOOFHEAD

Given the current concerns about burgeoning obesity, not to mention the terrible famines in countries like Yemen, it’s hard to believe eating contests and so called ‘food challenges’ still enjoy a certain popularity. A staple of state fairs and other celebrations, hot dog and other fast food eating battles have long been a public favourite […]

NAKED CITY – A DA VINCI OR A BABY MAMMOTH!

Here’s an unusual, almost philosophical question for you. What’s worth more - a 500 year old painting of Christ by Leonardo Da Vinci or a 42,000 year old, almost perfectly preserved baby mammoth? Both have been in the news of late and both are great examples of how we value or overvalue such seemingly rare […]

THE NAKED CITY – BEWARE THE INFRASTRUCTURE MONSTER!

In the 1959 UK/USA movie The Giant Behemoth, a blatant Godzilla ripoff, a rampaging sea monster emerges from the Thames in London to run riot, destroying all in its furious path. Sounds familiar? Many would say it’s an appropriate metaphor for the high cost of  infrastructure that currently overwhelms the city of Sydney and its […]

THE NAKED CITY – HOTEL HOKUM!

In Berlin there’s a bar built in an old brothel that hosts the décor of an upside down apartment. It offers the opportunity for patrons, in various states of inebriation, to gaze upwards at the furniture nailed to the roof and eventually convince themselves that it’s them actually hanging from the ceiling. I’m currently unaware […]

THE NAKED CITY – JAYWALKING IN THE JUNGLE!

Hands up if you have ever been guilty of ‘jaywalking’ in the Sydney CBD, venting your frustration at slow changing pedestrian lights by sneaking across on the flashing red. Most of us would probably plead guilty, even though we would hardly regard it as a crime. Nevertheless thousands have been fined in recent years, slugged […]

NAKED CITY – BICYLE THIEVES

In case you hadn’t noticed Sydney has a problem with dockless rental bicycles with both Councils and citizens alike complaining about the way they now supposedly clutter our footpaths. In some cases there’s been downright public hostility with bikes thrown onto roofs or dumped in waterways. Whilst many have embraced this cheap, pollution free means […]

NAKED CITY – THE SYDNEY RENTAL BLUES

With Coffin Ed. Back in May of 2014 this column took a look at “the chronic shortage of rental accommodation in Sydney and the stampede of hopefuls whenever a property ‘to let’ comes on the market”. We noted “anybody who has queued up for a recent inspection will be aware of the lottery involved in […]