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NAKED CITY – SYDNEY’S OMNIPRESENT WRECKING BALL

When the then premier Jack Lang opened Sydney’s grand T&G building in the early 1930s he declared it would stand for another hundred years or more. At 68m to the top of its impressive tower and with no less than 12 expansive floors it was then the city’s tallest office building and an architectural marvel of […]

NAKED CITY – GOD HATES SIGNS AND BIGOTS!

Winston Churchill is credited with the saying “If you are going through hell - keep going” and the quote might well apply to Australian Rugby’s Israel Folau. After his post on Instagram saying that homosexuals need to repent or they will go to hell, he is going through a hell of his own with community […]

NAKED CITY – THE GRUMPY AFTERMATH TO THE GAMES

Call me a party pooper but I find the “Gold, Gold Gold”, “Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi” brand of jingoism that surrounded the recent Commonwealth Games a little hard to take. Whilst I only fleetingly tuned to the Seven Network’s multi channel coverage of the event, the constant reference to the medal tally was […]

THE NAKED CITY – A LICENCE TO KILL

It was an unusually balmy autumn night in Kings Cross last Wednesday week. A group of musicians had gathered on the chairs outside the Piccolo Bar in Roslyn Street for an impromptu jam. The music was by no means loud and hardly noticeable amongst the usual cacophony of passing traffic and pedestrian banter. Nevertheless, almost […]

THE NAKED CITY – BEDS NOT BIRDS?

With the approval of the $11.3 million Cloud Arch last year and the giant milk crate for Belmore Park seemingly still on hold the cashed up City Of Sydney Council is not afraid to splash large chunks of their massive revenue stream on so called public art. The latest addition to the ''City Art Collection'' […]

THE NAKED CITY – INVASION OF THE POD HOTELS!

Unashamedly old school, I have to admit the mere mention of the word “pod” evokes images of alien metamorphosis in Don Siegel’s classic 1956 sci fi shocker Invasion Of The Body Snatchers. With its theme often hotly debated, the movie was open to a range of interpretations with one commentator David Wood noting, "the sense […]

NAKED CITY – GUNS & POKIES!

Donald Trump’s reaction to the Florida school shooting, suggesting teachers now be armed in the classroom, must have sent raptures through the upper echelons of the National Rifle Association. Talk about the knee jerk wisdom of a ‘stable genius’. What it did demonstrate was Trump’s almost unflagging alignment with America’s most powerful lobby group, one […]

NAKED CITY – GRANDMOTHER HURLING AND OTHER NOUVEAU SPORTS

Hands up if you have little interest in so called ‘winter sports’ but have taken a perverse fascination in watching athletes crash out in the current Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. It’s not that you would like to see anybody seriously injured but it becomes a metaphor for life’s vulnerability when somebody self-destructs in an explosion […]

NAKED CITY – DAYS OF OUR GIGS

Back in September of 2014, the Sydney Morning Herald ran a story titled “Size doesn’t matter for Sydney’s small venues”. The crux of the story was that whilst some larger venues were closing down the influx of small bars and similar low capacity venues was taking up the slack. A few years later and things […]

THE NAKED CITY – MUMBAI CALLING

Call centres are said to have originated in the UK in the 1960s and it’s hard not to believe they were inspired by the works of George Orwell and Franz Kafka – such is the dehumanising effect on both ends of the telephone. These days modern life dictates that just about everybody will encounter the dreaded call […]