The Naked City

THE NAKED CITY: STEAK KNIVES FOR THE VACCINATED

It’s been well publicised that many countries throughout the world are encouraging their citizens to get vaccinated against COVID by offering a range of free incentives. Here in Australia the somewhat shambolic roll out of the vaccine has come more with a set of disincentives - like queuing for an hour or longer at Olympic […]

THE NAKED CITY – THE $24 MILLION LIVE MUSIC JAB

The State Government’s recent $24 million live music package, specifically targeting venues, has been met with a mixed reaction from those with any connection or interest in genuine live music in NSW. The immediate cynicism was evident in the comments section of the Sydney Morning Herald with one reader writing “Ahhh, decades of doing everything […]

THE NAKED CITY – The Grumpy Guide To The Great COVID Clean Up

During the worst of the lockdowns last year we learnt to live without many of the activities that we have always taken for granted, like hanging out at the local pub, taking in a new movie at the cinema or spending a whole afternoon at the beach. These were generally viewed as minor sacrifices when […]

THE NAKED CITY: BIENNALE ON A BUDGET – PART 2

Last week I suggested that we are entering a new paradigm when it comes to the way the arts are regarded and their relevance in a world where uncertainty and human tragedy dominate the lives of so many. There’s a well promoted optimism, that give or take a year or two, everything will be back […]

THE NAKED CITY: BIENNALE ON A BUDGET

In the current global pandemic many facets of our cultural life have been forced to either postpone their normal agenda or take a subdued back seat to the human tragedy we witness every day. Throughout the world major art galleries have closed, opera and ballet seasons canned, music festivals cancelled and production halted on numerous […]

THE NAKED CITY – THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN SONG BOOK

We often hear reference to the ‘Great American Song Book’ and that country’s fine tradition of celebrated songwriters across a number of musical genres. Here in Australia we don’t have anywhere near the number of composers and lyricists that the Americans have but it’s reasonable to say we have cranked out our fair share of […]

THE NAKED CITY – POLISHING THE TV TURD

There was a time during the early days of television, when receivers had just come on the market, that people gathered in front of department store windows to ogle at the new technology. When TV arrived in Australia, the often notoriously unreliable cathode ray sets were at first very expensive and only the better heeled […]

THE NAKED CITY – JACKHAMMERS ON GEORGE

Perhaps the best analogy is somebody who has endless cosmetic surgery, never satisfied with their current appearance and willing to go to great expense and inconvenience to achieve their desired look. That’s George Street in Sydney’s CBD, the city’s landmark thoroughfare but one which has been continually ripped up, dug up and architecturally violated over […]

THE NAKED CITY – VALE THE DUKE OF RACIST GAFFES

When Prince Philip left hospital a few weeks ago, it was obvious his days on this earth were severely limited. Appearance wise he looked like he had just departed an audition for a remake of Night Of The Living Dead. The media had been alerted and obituaries and tributes were hastily readied, lying in wait […]

THE NAKED CITY: INSIDE WIRIAN – THE LUNA PARK FIRE

The recent three part ABC documentary Exposed: The Ghost Train Fire was a meticulous piece of investigative journalism that confirmed many of the rumours that had existed for decades following the horrendous Luna Park inferno. That it took some 40 odd years to see the light of day says a lot about the depth of the […]