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THE NAKED CITY: TRACKS OF MY TEARS

It’s a common weekend sight in greater Sydney and throughout regional NSW - steam train enthusiasts gathering to drool over lovingly restored locomotives from a bygone era. Both kids and adults alike pack out the regular steam train excursions, travelling in beautifully refurbished vintage carriages. Whilst there is an ongoing love affair with the romance […]

THE NAKED CITY – MURDER ON THE DANCE FLOOR

So called ‘long-COVID’ is not just a malaise confined to bodily health and mental well being. The effects of the pandemic and various lockdowns will be felt for years if not decades to come, despite the appearance of a somewhat superficial return to normality. One of the hardest areas hit has been the entertainment and […]

THE NAKED CITY – FUR THE LOVE OF TRADITION

Amidst the euphoric scenes of Brits celebrating the Queen’s platinum jubilee, many saw the parade of the regimental guards with their enormous fur hats as a reassurance of the UK’s might in the world as well as a flashback to its once worldwide imperial power. For others, albeit a tiny minority, all we saw was […]

The Naked City – The Grumpy Guide To The Logies

There are all sorts of crimes in this world depending very much on your point of view. If you are a staunch republican you might regard the entire British Royal Family as a crime against egalitarianism. Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is without a doubt a massive crime against humanity and on a lesser scale, Johnny […]

The Naked City – ‘Sky News – The Musical

As the dazzling lights of Vivid stun our sensibilities, anaesthetising us from the daily grind and the relentless march of Covid, it’s time to shut down the LED driven euphoria and look to a future that few dare predict. Not of course if you are Sky News’ Rowan Dean who made this audacious Amazing Criswell […]

THE NAKED CITY – LABOR’S OWN TOY STORY

Compared to Anthony Albanese’s victory in the federal election it’s a very small story, but interestingly the closure of the much loved Toy & Railway Museum in Leura has a strong connection to both the Labor Party and its ideological base. Having been a major tourist destination in the Blue Mountains for some 40 years […]

THE NAKED CITY – BRING ON THE CHEESE ROLLING!

There was much chest thumping and media hoo-ha last week when it was announced Australia would host the men’s Rugby World Cup in 2027 and the women’s version in 2029. With the Commonwealth Games heading to Victoria in 2026 and the Olympics in Brisbane in 2032, we are plunging into a decade of major sporting […]

THE NAKED CITY – VALE THE BLOOD FEAST

Some visual artists, celebrities and rock stars love to shock and carve up a side of beef in the process. That was certainly the case when Lady Gaga fronted the MTV Video Music Awards back in 2010 clad in her infamous ‘meat dress’. She later explained it was her way of protesting against the military’s […]

THE NAKED CITY – THE ETHICAL GUIDE TO WORLD TRAVEL

As most COVID restrictions are lifted international travel is well within the reach of those Australians who can afford it. Airlines and travel companies are hawking all kinds of deals to encourage offshore tourism and many are taking advantage of that. Yet before you rush down to your local travel agent, maybe you should take […]

THE NAKED CITY – FUTURE SHOCK!

You have to hand it to the visionaries in the City Of Sydney Council and various architectural firms around town. They seem determined to transform vast areas of the city into huge paved plazas, despite the pain and suffering often associated with this kind of urban renewal and beautification. We have all seen the turmoil […]