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THE NAKED CITY – MISERY ON MARS

It’s not hard to see why at least two of the world’s richest men, Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk have turned their attention to the heavens and the conquest of space. After all when massive estates, million dollar artworks and gargantuan yachts no longer appeal where else is there to blow your billions? The colonisation […]

THE NAKED CITY – A VAXACIOUS QUESTION

Every year the big dictionary publishers and various institutions roll out their ‘word of the year’. Not surprisingly amongst the choices for 2020 were ‘pandemic’, ‘COVID’ and ‘lockdown’. Perhaps the runner up should have been ‘conspiracy’ as wild assertions and unmitigated misinformation spread throughout social media and broadcasters such as Fox News like a plague. […]

THE NAKED CITY – HEALTHY SYDNEY COMES SECOND BEST!

Wow, Sydneysiders will be overjoyed to hear that we have recently been announced the second healthiest city in the world. Widely reported across Australian media, the Healthy Cities Lifestyle Report for 2021 supposedly analysed factors such as hours of sunshine, annual average hours worked and the amount of outdoor activities available in their grading of […]

THE NAKED CITY – TRAVELLING THE WORLD AT HOME

Pick up the travel section of any daily newspaper or glossy magazine and you’ll see a burst of optimism for international travel in 2022. Cruise companies are already accepting bookings for their former floating petri dishes and travel writers are enthusing about all variety of exotic destinations that beckon the vaccinated tourist next year. It’s […]

THE NAKED CITY – HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN!

I can’t say that I have ever been much of a fan of Lady Gaga but I will admit she did a belting version of the Star Spangled Banner at Joe Biden’s inauguration last week. And let’s quash the rumour that there were three secret service agents concealed in that bellowing dress she was wearing. You wonder […]

THE NAKED CITY – A POX ON AUSTRALIA DAY

Unlike the Fourth Of July in America and other celebrations of nationhood around the world, Australia Day seems very much a manufactured event. Take away the PR campaign that usually precedes, the various Government sponsored activities on the day, the fireworks, the citizenship ceremonies, the Australian Of The Year awards and Sam Kekovich flogging lamb […]

THE NAKED CITY – COFFIN ED PREDICTS (With Apologies To Criswell)

There was once a time when journalists, social commentators, futurologists, psychics and would be soothsayers would trot out a list of predictions for the coming year – some of them painfully predictable and others wildly improbable. Given some of the happenings of the past 12 months it’s little wonder few have been bold enough to […]

THE NAKED CITY – BREAKDANCING IN BRISVEGAS

The postponement of the Tokyo Olympics aside, many would argue that the so called Olympic movement has suffered substantial reputational damage in recent years. The Games have always been politicised with Hitler setting the gold standard back in 1936 in Berlin. However widespread doping, which has plagued the Olympics since WWII, plus the domination of […]

THE NAKED CITY –  GIFTS THAT KEEP ON GIVING!

The Government wants us to go out and spend, spend, spend but many are tightening their belts in anticipation of a horror year financially in 2021. Just what will happen to the usual Christmas splurge over the next few weeks remains to be seen, likewise the storming of department stores on boxing day for the […]

THE NAKED CITY – LIVE AND LET LIVE!

Over the past decade many initiatives have been put in place to revitalise live music in Sydney. Both the State Government and local councils have funded programs aimed at bringing back a music scene that flourished in the 80s and 90s. The biggest problem seems to have been the constantly changing landscape when it comes […]