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THE NAKED CITY – DEATH ZONE ON EVEREST!

Amidst a hyperbolic frenzy and a protest over billboarding of the Opera House sails, the world’s richest horse race on turf was run last Saturday – but what does it all mean? The organisers Racing NSW will tell you it was a massive success, attracting a bumper crowd at Randwick and considerable media coverage. They now claim […]

THE NAKED CITY – HELLO POSSUMS!

With a prediction that koalas in NSW could be extinct in the wild by 2050, the time has surely come to look at new ways of preserving our native fauna. It’s long been advocated that restrictions on owning and raising domestic wildlife by members of the public be greatly relaxed as one way of increasing […]

THE NAKED CITY – RAISING THE ENDEAVOUR!

News that the wreck of Captain Cook’s HMS Endeavour has been discovered off the coast of America has already seen calls that it be raised, restored and returned to its ‘rightful place’ in a suitable setting in Sydney. Whether this will ever happen remains to be seen in what could easily become an international dispute […]

THE NAKED CITY – THE GRUMPY GUIDE TO THE CURRENT LEXICON

Keeping up with changes in the ever evolving English lexicon can always be daunting – particularly in a world where many believe language in general is under threat. Some would point to the new ‘illiteracy’ spawned by a generation of mobile phone texters, Instagram style apps and the short attention span of tabloid click bait. […]

THE NAKED CITY – WHERE THE HELL IS REFU-JESUS?

Throughout history we’ve often wondered why men and women who hold strong religious beliefs often fail to put into practice the basic tenets of their sacred texts. This is of course particularly perplexing when it comes to those in positions of political power, especially when they make a big deal of their spiritual faith and […]

THE NAKED CITY – AUSTRALIA’S POWER SAVIOUR!

It helped bring down a Prime Minister and remains a quagmire of ideological bickering and governmental indecision. The ongoing power debate, coal versus renewables, has yet to be resolved but help could be on the way – or to put it more correctly, ‘on the waves’. Russia has recently launched a floating power station equipped […]

THE NAKED CITY – BRING ON THE SPAG POLITIK!

Part Shakespearian, part soap opera and part Dan Brown, the drama that played out in Canberra last week has left just about everybody gasping for fresh air. With a Federal election looming large it’s surely time to abandon conventional politics and look to a new paradigm free of dogma, 2GB talk back and the ranting […]

THE NAKED CITY – BOARDING HOUSE BLUES

In the recent SBS series Filthy Rich And Homeless, one of the celebrity participants, Cameron Daddo, finds himself in one of this city’s notorious skid row boarding houses – a claustrophobic, roach infested, foul smelling room that most of us would consider unfit for human habitation. He is genuinely shocked that this kind of ‘accommodation’ […]

THE NAKED CITY – TURNING A BLIND EYE

Back in the 1800s in Sydney you could go to the beach during the day as long as you didn’t leave the sand. Daylight bathing in the harbour or surf was effectively banned and it was until the start of the 20th century that local councils amended the law. In 1902 for example Randwick Council, […]

THE NAKED CITY – BRING BACK THE DIPPER!

When the acclaimed American director Peter Bogdanovich visited Sydney some years ago, he was asked what impressed him most during a jaunt around the harbour on an evening media cruise. It was not the Bridge or the Opera House that captured his attention but the bright lights of Luna Park. Less impressed in more recent […]