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THE NAKED CITY – Five Stars For Your Appendectomy!

They’re calling it the ‘Tripadvisor’ for medical procedures with the expansion of the Australian ‘Whitecoat’ website to include ‘reviews’ of doctors and specialists. These reviews will initially be non-clinical, with only those doctors agreeing to take part being listed. However eventually the website might go further with ‘restaurant’-style patient reviews of their own clinical outcomes. […]

THE NAKED CITY – COKED OUT IN KINGS CROSS!

What is it about the old and new Kings Cross Coca Cola signs that has raised such passion and anger recently? Writing in City Hub a few weeks ago Andrew Woodhouse, from the Potts Point and Kings Cross Heritage and Residents Society, lambasted the idea that the old sign had any heritage value and branded […]

THE NAKED CITY – ANATOMY OF A JAZZ CLUB – FOUNDRY616

Throughout the world jazz is performed in many different venues – from concert halls to large outdoor festivals, however the ‘jazz club’ with all its character and intimacy remains the favourite home of the genre. Whether it’s the Village Vanguard in New York, Ronnie Scott’s in London or the Jazz Showcase in Chicago, great international […]

THE NAKED CITY – THE BRASS BAND BEHEMOTH!

We’ve said it before – but think of a brass band and you are more than likely to conjure images of a combo from the Salvation Army, a German oompah group or an ensemble of enthusiastic school kids all playing slightly out of tune. Well cast away all those wretched stereoptypes, because brass bands are […]

THE NAKED CITY – DOES SYDNEY NEED A SLEEPBUS?

In April of 2000 Clover Moore wrote to the then premier Bob Carr expressing “concern at Government inaction in the face of a growing crisis in the inner city – the crisis of homelessness.” She specifically drew attention to the “crisis situation arising in Tom Uren Square” in Wolloomooloo, where up to 40 people sleep rough […]

THE NAKED CITY – NUEVO MONDO LINGO – MATE!

Traditionally speaking, Australians always have congratulated themselves on the number of good old slang words and expressions that pepper our vocabulary. So when the Oxford Dictionary announces that it will be adding a couple of hundred well worn ‘Aussie’ venacularisms to their Australian Dictionary online, it’s a real cause for celebration. Words such as 'saltie' […]

THE NAKED CITY – THE OLYMPICS – CAN WE PLEASE HAVE THE BILL?

The Olympics are over for another four years and no doubt the endless post-mortems are about to follow. Compared to more recent Olympics, like London and Beijing, you have to admit Rio had it all – Russian drug cheats banned, submerged sofas on the kayak course, athletes and tourists mugged, street protests, high level ticket scalping […]

THE NAKED CITY – JERKY BOYS!

The story may well be apocryphal, but we have it on good authority that one hapless punter was frisked at the infamous Morrissey ‘Vivid’ concert last year and denied access after he was found with two packets of beef jerky cunningly concealed on his body. As you might remember, the bumptious Morrissey had issued a […]

THE NAKED CITY – CRAZY CRAZES TO IGNITE THE CRAZED!

Whether it’s fifty or more young people playing Pokemon Go on the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House or a queue down George Street for Uncle Tetsu’s Japanese cheesecakes, we live in the era of the instant craze. Fuelled by a ferocious social media these new fangled fads spread like a virus, numbing the brains […]

THE NAKED CITY – EMBRACING THE UKE!

These days you can borrow more than just books from your local library. CDs and DVDs are always plentiful and now you can even take home a ukulele. Yes, that wonderful four string instrument that has seen a major renaissance in recent years is now available for loan at City of Sydney libraries as well […]