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NAKED CITY – FESTIVAL FATIGUE!

Wow, when it comes to ‘festivals’, Sydney is right up there with the leading cities in the world for the sheer number of such events that we stage. There have been endless music and film festivals, food festivals, art festivals, community festivals, multicultural festivals and even a ‘Festival Of Light’ – although the latter was in […]

NAKED CITY – TRANE LIVES!

One of the most positive upshots of the current world wide vinyl revival is the rediscovery of some truly classic albums by a younger generation. Ironically the CD versions have been available for many years, but it’s the tactile vinyl reissue that takes the listener back to that exciting time when the music was first […]

NAKED CITY – OPEN AND SHUT SYDNEY

It’s a once in a year chance for the general public to sticky beak inside some of the more intriguing and often downright quirky structures that have helped define the Emerald City. As their blurb states “Sydney Open invites the curious and intrepid to see inside the heritage treasures that trace the city’s beginnings and […]

NAKED CITY – I WAS A TEENAGE ATHEIST!

“I Was A Teenage Atheist” - it sounds like the title of some obscure and totally weird 60s teen flick or even a warped Christian propaganda movie. In reality it was the dilemma I faced when I was a school boy back in the 1960s. With all the baloney pitched about religious freedom during the […]

THE NAKED CITY – THE AMAZING TRANSPARENT WOMAN

As a schoolboy in suburban Sydney during the 1960s, one of the highlights of the year was a school excursion, either to somewhere like the Port Kembla steel works or the Museum Of Applied Arts & Sciences in Harris Street, Ultimo. The latter was always a much anticipated experience if only for one particular exhibit […]

NAKED CITY – CASPER THE UNFRIENDLY POST

Sydney needs the giant metal “Cloud Arch” (aka the ‘tapeworm’) like it needs another monorail, another two years of light rail construction or an enormous milk crate in Belmore Park. Call it the proverbial hole in the head! Only last week it was revealed that the cost of this absurd public artwork had blown out […]

THE NAKED CITY – SLAVES TO THE BIG PICTURE

With Coffin Ed. The US based Urban Dictionary lists “Big-Noter” as an original piece of Australian slang, describing a boastful or big headed person. Perhaps we associate the description more with people who splash their wealth around in gratuitous displays of conspicuous consumption. If Sydney was a person there’s a lot to say that it […]

NAKED CITY – GROUNDHOG DAY FOR THE HOMELESS

Just prior to the eviction of the tent city community from Martin Place, the Premier Gladys Berejiklian stated that “it was unsafe for people to be sleeping on concrete in Martin Place.” One wonders if that same statement applies to the forty odd men who regularly sleep on concrete in Tom Uren Square in Woolloomooloo […]

THE NAKED CITY – KITCHEN COP KILLER!

With Coffin Ed. Channel Seven labelled it one of the TV events of the year. Well they do say that about all their new ‘franchise’ shows and Hell’s Kitchen on Sunday night was a classic piece of rehashed formula entertainment. Take a concept originally pioneered by the potty mouthed Gordon Ramsay, import yet another celebrity […]

NAKED CITY – IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER

Once again there’s been controversy over the judges' decision in the awarding of the winning portrait in this year’s Archibald Prize. Mitch Cairns' painting of his partner Agatha Gothe-Snape drew considerable flack from a number of fellow artists including John Olsen who described the work in the Trump like dismissal “very bad”. Well it wouldn’t […]