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Climactic clash, riled Royals, traumatic trawler, gay apple: Hubbub – 9 Oct 2019

Bite-sized bulletins by ALEC SMART Climate Chained Radical environmentalists Extinction Rebellion (XR) have chosen this week and next for rallies and civil disturbance to draw attention to the climate crisis threatening the planet. Protests, many involving activists chaining themselves to immovable objects (or each other), have taken place in the USA, Europe, India, and Australasia. […]

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 […]

Under The Influence

Formed by a group of friends in high school the Illawarra based band, Under The Influence (UTI), has stood the test of time, thanks in large part to their friendship. For over 20 years now UTI has been toiling away in and around Wollongong, consistently playing live shows to their dedicated and hardcore fans. However, […]

Bastille Festival

July is a month of national celebrations around the world. Beginning today Sydney will embrace its French side as Bastille Day celebrations kick-off around the city. For the ultimate French celebration head on down to the Circular Quay and The Rocks precincts to take in the annual Bastille Festival. Formally known as The Bleu Blanc […]

The business of being independent

BY ANGELA STEVENS   For the first time in 60 years the seat of Wentworth might go to a non-Liberal, and while this probably says more about what’s gone on in Canberra than the quality of the candidates, independents and single issue party candidates have picked up on the scent of an opportunity. One of […]

The elephant in the room

BY PETER HEHIR   I recently attended a forum at the University of NSW convened by the Nature Conservation Council NSW. Apart from the presenters there were about thirty or so who’d come to listen to speakers including Peter Newman talk about urban sprawl and the need to increase the density of our capital cities. […]

Wheels fall off bike rentals

By Alec Smart There are many benefits to the much-maligned brightly coloured rental bicycles strewn everywhere. They’re cheap, reliable, convenient and useful if you need to commute a short, relatively flat distance in an area where parking is limited and public transport expensive. They also reduce traffic congestion, encourage people to exercise and are a […]

Opinion: Public toilets are crap

By ALEC SMART Ask the average Sydneysider about the universal Emerald City experience and you will inevitably have to listen to rhapsodies about the beaches and the harbour, then several rants about real estate prices, traffic and rude people on the inadequate public transport. Almost everyone in Sydney can regale you with rat tales - […]

Art from the Heart

by John Moyle   The ArtHouse Hotel in the CBD is hosting an art exhibition with a difference: all the works are by injecting drug users who are clients of the Uniting Medically Supervised Injecting centre in Kings Cross.   This is the eighth year that the exhibition has been mounted and the second year […]

THE NAKED CITY – LET’S MAKE TRUMP WELCOME!

The news that Donald Trump might visit Australia in November en route to the APEC summit in Papua New Guinea has some in Australia salivating and others ready to run riot in the streets. The most polarising president in US history is set to have a similar effect if he does land Air Force One […]