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THE NAKED CITY – MINAJ A TROIS!

With vaccination rates soaring and the promise of a clear pathway out of lockdown it’s hard to reconcile last weekend’s violent demonstration in Melbourne. Whilst scheduled Sydney protests might have been a fizzer, Bleak City saw some 235 arrests and numerous police injured. Why anybody would risk a substantial fine and a criminal record a […]

THE NAKED CITY – THE GRUMPY GUIDE TO CELEBRITY

‘Celebrity’ – it’s probably one of the most over used words in the modern English language. Loathsome to some, it’s a magnet for billions attracted to the latest piece of clickbait shared on the internet or tabloid press. You may have thought that the celebrity spotlight had dimmed during the current pandemic but like the […]

THE NAKED CITY – RADIO LOCKDOWN

During the pandemic and various lockdowns there’s no doubt the role of the media is greatly amplified. It provides vital information, often comfort and reassurance and a diversion from the stark realities of the health and economic climates. One section of the media often overlooked during the current restrictions is community radio. Surveys have indicated […]

THE NAKED CITY – SHAKE HANDS WITH DANGER!

These days school children have access to an almost unlimited range of audio visual material to expand their knowledge and hopefully shape their social responsibility. Much of it can be downloaded via the internet and viewed on a variety of devices. There was a time however when today’s digital technology was just a science fiction […]

THE NAKED CITY – PROTEST OR PEST

Their democratic right to protest aside, many would regard the ragtag collection of protestors who have turned out regularly for the anti-lockdown protests as serial pests. The same faces, spruiking the same agendas, regularly appear at the Sydney and Melbourne protests and unmasked, they have no problem being documented by the media.  Whether frustration with […]

THE NAKED CITY – POST PANDEMIC POKIE PANDEMONIUM

During the current lockdown the majority of people here are grappling with the present, and contemplating what to do in a long and drawn out recovery. A few however, particularly a well cashed up elite, are setting their sights much higher for the difficult years that lie ahead. Some are investing in million dollar houses […]

THE NAKED CITY – WORST CHEWING GUM I EVER TASTED

It’s 8pm on the grand concourse at Central Station in the depths of the current lockdown. Apart from a handful of police on patrol there’s hardly a soul in sight, bar a few hapless commuters waiting for their inner city trains. If a tumbling tumbleweed suddenly rolled across the huge vacant space you would not […]

THE NAKED CITY – THE COVID CULTURE LEGACY

The Mona Lisa with a surgical mask!  If in 100 years time that image manages to survive many will wonder what the reasons were for its original appearance. Chances are, that like the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918, COVID-19 will be a distant memory. Perhaps a more virulent virus will have since swept the world […]

THE NAKED CITY – CALL THE POSSUM MAN!

As the play on words  cleverly states “one man's fish is another man's poisson.” Perhaps we could add to that “one man’s pest is another man’s possum.” That’s certainly the case with our beloved brushtail marsupial which is regarded as New Zealand’s worst ever feral invader. European settlers brought possums there in the 1850s where […]

THE NAKED CITY – DAGS IN SPACE

When US astronauts landed on the moon back in July of 1969 it was touted as “one giant leap for mankind.” Much of the world watched in awe and amazement in what was considered one of modern mankind’s greatest achievements. When Richard Branson put his Virgin Galactic hot rod into pseudo space earlier this month […]