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THE NAKED CITY – NOT WAVING DRONING!

I don’t know about you, but I am thoroughly sick of those much glorified flying ‘drones.’ I went off them in a big way when a few years ago I saw a bunch of hoons deliberately take down a seagull with one in a park. I shamelessly admit I now get a devious thrill whenever […]

THE NAKED CITY – MAKE AUSTRALIA GRATE!

With a Federal Election looming a new form of street art has suddenly appeared all over Australia. Not some mindless variant on popular graffiti or a lovingly painted street mural – no,  it’s the defaced Clive Palmer United Australia Party billboard. With a budget that seems to know no bounds, Clive has been plastering the […]

THE NAKED CITY – THE SYDNEY FOOTBALL STADIUM DEMOLITION SPECTACULAR!

You have to feel for architect Philip Cox, as despite a temporary legal injunction, the wrecking ball hovers ominously over his Sydney Football Stadium – a mere 30 years since his innovative design was first realised. It’s almost akin to watching an innocent man on death row, waiting in vain until the final day of […]

THE NAKED CITY – THE DEATH OF LANGUAGE

The Macquarie Dictionary loves to add new words to its ever-expanding volume including their much-publicised word of the year, which incidentally was “Me Too” in 2018. Despite the annual inclusion of many new words, there is a good argument to suggest that our everyday vocabulary is rapidly decreasing, giving way to a monosyllabic, text abbreviated, […]

THE NAKED CITY – ALL ABOARD THE PARTY ‘POLITICAL’ BUS!

Whilst the phenomenon is not unique to this country there is something intrinsically Australian about a group of like-minded young people loading onto an old reconditioned bus, laden with alcohol, a sound system blaring out deafening doof and enough flashing LED illumination to light up the Martin Place Christmas Tree. Yes, we are talking party […]

THE NAKED CITY – METH TOURISM IN THE YEAR 3000

With a spate of music festivals on the Australia Day long weekend, the NSW Government still cold on pill testing and punters continuing to take their chances with dodgy MDMA tablets, at least the criminal fraternity is celebrating. Whilst much of the product is imported it’s no secret that ‘cooks’ are working overtime in clandestine […]

THE NAKED CITY – RAILROADED!

Successive NSW governments have a questionable record when it comes to wrecking and destroying things like 30-year-old football stadiums, architecturally significant convention centres, iconic Australian museums and a whole range of historic buildings in concert with rapacious developers. And when demolition does take place it’s often done with an almost indecent haste, as is the […]

THE NAKED CITY – IT’S WORLD ‘SOMETHING’ DAY!

It’s about this time of year that we often familiarise ourselves with the new calendar to see just when the public holidays fall. This is seldom done out of any particular reverence for the holiday in question. Take Australia Day for example. Apart from the announcement of the finalists for Australian Of The Year and […]

THE NAKED CITY – APOCALYPSE ALMOST NOW!

Back in the 1960s, as the old red rattlers made their way out of West Ryde Station, commuters were greeted with a trackside billboard that regularly forecast the day of judgement, the ‘rapture ’ and the end of the world as we know it today. I seem to remember it was curated by the Christadelphians […]

THE NAKED CITY – ‘AND THE WINNER IS’ – MELBOURNE!

There’s an unfortunate irony regarding those archival photos of Sydney that now adorn the outside of many building sites in our CBD. Many of them recall those long gone days when trams rolled merrily up and down our major streets. Juxtaposed of course is the almost stagnant trail of light rail construction that continues with […]