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THE NAKED CITY: THE MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR – SYDNEY 2000

It’s the 20th anniversary of the Sydney Olympics and we have all been encouraged to reflect on this historic event with pride and admiration – not only for the sporting achievements but for the way our city welcomed thousands of visitors from overseas. There are lots of feel good stories like the success of athlete […]

THE NAKED CITY – THE CREATIVE GUIDE TO LOCKDOWN PROTESTS

In case you hadn’t noticed, last Saturday was declared ‘Freedom Day’ with hundreds of anti-lockdown protestors confronting police in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth. In Brisbane signs were displayed evoking a Trumpian ideology of “Make Australia Great Again” along with an appropriated “Freedom Matters.” In every city the relatively small number of demonstrators comprised […]

THE NAKED CITY – THE DEITY AWAITS

Whilst the focus has been clearly on the human dilemma during the current pandemic there has also been a conversation as to the effects on non-human animals. Currently little evidence exists to support COVID transmission between domestic pets like cats and dogs and their owners, however there is some suggestion that animals in close proximity […]

THE NAKED CITY – A ‘VAXACIOUS’ QUESTION?

It’s official – Pauline Hanson will not be getting vaccinated if a COVID shot becomes available some time next year. She made this emphatically clear when asked for her views on such a vaccine being made mandatory by the Federal Government. Adding that she was not an anti-vaxxer, she expressed a sentiment that has attracted […]

THE NAKED CITY – CURTAINS FOR CRACKER NIGHT

Sydney without its annual pyrotechnic binge (aka the NYE Fireworks) is like Donald Trump without his fake tan, the Royal family without systemic dysfunction or the New York Post without the rantings of Miranda Devine. Okay, the analogies display where my prejudices lie but they also extend to the almost primal fascination some people have […]

THE NAKED CITY – LORDS OF THE FLIES

It was hardly earth shattering news, especially during a pandemic and with border closures right around the country. Nevertheless we learnt last week that the renegade Principality of Hutt River in WA was renouncing its independence and after 50 years of political isolation rejoining the Commonwealth.  Following a long time tussle with the ATO the […]

THE NAKED CITY – ARE YOU SMARTER THAN TRUMP?

If some of our local politicians started boasting of an exceptionally high IQ or the way they breezed through a cognitive test, you might immediately question their motives. When Donald Trump does the same it hardly surprises, as such claims fit perfectly into his persona of bluster and self-aggrandisement. But just how smart is the Donald […]

THE NAKED CITY – DESPERATE FOR A DRINK

A few weeks ago media were aghast at a queue of some 250 outside the Golden Sheaf Hotel in Double Bay on what was the pub’s traditional Wednesday student night. Punters were jammed up like sardines on the pavement outside in a scene that sent health officials into fits of apoplexy. The irony of punters […]

THE NAKED CITY – EVERYBODY WANTS TO BE POTUS

Jello Biafra, Ralph Nader, Dr Benjamin Spock, Dick Gregory and Gracie Allen – just a few of the independent candidates who have thrown their hat into the ring for a run at the US presidency over the past two centuries. Some have done so with serious political and ideological intent, others purely as an elaborate […]

THE NAKED CITY – TREASURE VERSUS TRASH

It was a sullen faced Sonya Kruger who told Channel 7 viewers last week that the Big Brother house had been placed in a COVID-19 lockdown, with all activities suspended. A member of the production crew had apparently tested positive and the plug had been temporarily pulled on one of the network’s top rating show […]