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THE NAKED CITY – THE EXPERIMENT

As far as community spaces go, the old Heffron Hall in Burton Street Darlinghurst, with its bland red brick 60s façade, served the area well for more than a half century. Back in the laissez faire days of the 60s and 70s you could hire the venue for a song, sling the caretaker ten dollars […]

THE NAKED CITY – THE GRUMPY GUIDE TO AUSTRALIA DAY

If you are bursting with an intense inner jingoism and primal sense of patriotic pride, chances are you will unleash the goddamn lot on Australia Day – like some kind of enormous chunder ‘downunder’. Whether it’s a pair of ragged Southern Cross undies, a massive booze laden barbie in the backyard or a flag worn […]

THE NAKED CITY – TV FOR SLOTHS

There have been some slow moving TV shows in the history of Australian TV, some as exciting as watching grass grow, but we were only recently exposed to the actual genre known as ‘slow TV’ or ‘slow television’. SBS screened three hours of the Ghan, making its way from Adelaide to Darwin, devoid of commentary […]

NAKED CITY – NO NEWS IS GOOD NEWS!

Tune into any evening news bulletin on either commercial TV or the ABC or SBS and you’ll soon realise how the various stations prioritise their news. A major incident like a terrorist attack in London will nearly always be the opening story but on a quiet news day the different stations reveal their true agendas. […]

THE NAKED CITY – THE MOVING PAD BLUES

Anybody renting a house or apartment in Sydney these days will be aware of the tenuous hold that tenants have over their residency. If your landlord decides not to renew your original twelve or six month lease but keep you on as a tenant, month to month, you know the axe could fall at any […]

THE NAKED CITY – CINEMA PAMPERDERO!

Back in the 1950s the most exciting thing about your cinema seat was when you flipped it up at a Saturday Matinee to discover a lucky number, redeeming it for an icy pole at the candy bar. These days things are much more sophisticated and the modern movie patron is now wooed with not only […]

THE NAKED CITY – SPEAKERS CORNER

If you believe newspaper reports the recent tour by alt-right provocateur Milo Yiannapolous (previously known as Milo Hanrahan and Milo Andreas Wagner) was a raging financial success. Milo himself is reported to have pocketed around $250,000 as part of a speaking tour that grossed over $1 million. The promoters obviously knew just who their audience […]

THE NAKED CITY – Porphyrophobia!

There was probably no more relieved person in Australia last week than Don Burke when the announcement was made that somebody in England with questionable DNA had announced their engagement to somebody from America. Suddenly he was pushed back to page five or six in the daily papers and almost forgotten on the six o’clock […]

THE NAKED CITY – BEWARE THE INFRASTRUCTURE MONSTER!

In the 1959 UK/USA movie The Giant Behemoth, a blatant Godzilla ripoff, a rampaging sea monster emerges from the Thames in London to run riot, destroying all in its furious path. Sounds familiar? Many would say it’s an appropriate metaphor for the high cost of  infrastructure that currently overwhelms the city of Sydney and its […]

Fake news makes waves

BY ANITA SENARATNA Last Wednesday night, locals and journalists gathered at Bondi Pavilion for Fraudulent Facts, Hoax Headlines and Malicious Media, a panel discussion presented by the Mark and Evette Moran Nib Literary Award and The Walkley Foundation. The panel consisted of several high-profile media figures - Sandra Sully (Channel Ten), Alex McKinnon (The Saturday […]