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THE NAKED CITY – THE ARIA AFTERMATH!

In the 80s and 90s, when the Australian music industry was booming and everybody was buying CDs, the big record companies would unleash their wallets with lavish after ARIA award parties. The annual awards night was seen as a real showcase of local music talent -  the record industry’s night of nights. In the great […]

THE NAKED CITY – ROSWELL REVISITED

Former SBS TV and FBi Radio presenter Jaimie Leonarder sounds very much like a religious evangelist when he says. “Have you ever paused to notice that everyone appears to be looking down these days?. I don’t mean emotionally but psychically. Their eyes are permanently positioned on their mobile phones. Such profound adoration for relentless data […]

THE NAKED CITY – LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION – SYDNEY!

Think of some of the classic movie locations of all time and you might immediately recall the mean streets of New York City, the boulevards of Paris or the historic precincts of Rome. All have been the urban film sets of some of cinema’s greatest classics. Sydney, on the other hand, can’t quite match its […]

THE NAKED CITY – A TABLOID ODYSSEY

I’m not a reader of the Daily Telegraph but I admit to occasionally picking up a discarded copy in a coffee shop or on public transport. Call it a kind of strange perversion but I am always intrigued to read what Andrew Bolt, Piers Akerman and Miranda Devine have to say in their various opinion […]

THE NAKED CITY – A BRIEF HISTORY OF GAMBLING

Not everybody will agree with me but I find the rising Crown Casino tower at Barangaroo downright scary. Its bulging frame, which will eventually dominate everything within cooee, looms over the waterfront resembling a Godzilla or Transformer-like monster. Its architectural merits aside I have to say I find it incredibly menacing, even more so with […]

THE NAKED CITY – The Museum Of Discontinued Products

News last week that a takeover of the Arnott’s biscuit brand by private equity behemoth KKR could see a number of their much-loved products disappear. Don’t worry Tim-Tams are safe for the time being, Chinese tourists love them too much, but it could be curtains for such long-time favourites as Milk Arrowroots and Orange Slices. […]

THE NAKED CITY: Whatever Happened To Mid Week Music?

There’s much talk recently about making Sydney a 24-hour city, revitalising the night-time culture and asserting our role as one of the world’s leading cosmopolitan cities. The Olympics back in 2000 proved that this could be done, albeit driven by a unique one-off event and compacted into a period of only a few weeks. Nevertheless, […]

THE NAKED CITY – DAGS IN SPACE

There’s a certain irony as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, we also recall the 40th anniversary of Skylab plunging to earth in the wilds of Western Australia. The latter was clearly an affirmation of the old adage, ‘what goes up must come down’, much to the joy of the many treasure […]

THE NAKED CITY – THE BIG ‘BOTHER’ HOUSE!

As we know only too well, many things are allowed to happen in the USA that are totally forbidden in Australia – at least for the time being. In ‘God’s Own Country’ you can amass your own private armoury of automatic weapons, keep a personal zoo of dangerous and endangered critters and set up a […]

THE NAKED CITY – CLIMATE PULP

It could well be a hot contender for the Macquarie Dictionary’s word of the year for 2019, keeping in a recent tradition with recent winners which were actually two words – last year’s omnipresent ‘Me Too’ and before that the very hard to come at ‘Milkshake Duck’, preceded by the globally popular ‘Fake News’. So […]