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THE NAKED CITY – The Museum Of Discontinued Products

News last week that a takeover of the Arnott’s biscuit brand by private equity behemoth KKR could see a number of their much-loved products disappear. Don’t worry Tim-Tams are safe for the time being, Chinese tourists love them too much, but it could be curtains for such long-time favourites as Milk Arrowroots and Orange Slices. […]

THE NAKED CITY – DAGS IN SPACE

There’s a certain irony as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, we also recall the 40th anniversary of Skylab plunging to earth in the wilds of Western Australia. The latter was clearly an affirmation of the old adage, ‘what goes up must come down’, much to the joy of the many treasure […]

THE NAKED CITY – INDIE VENUES ON THE RISE!

During the 1970s in Sydney, the live music scene gathered momentum in numerous pubs and large licensed clubs. There were some smaller independent venues around but they often found it difficult to compete with the financial clout of the larger operators. For the pubs and clubs, promoting live music was a lucrative means of attracting […]

THE NAKED CITY – NO LAUGHING MATTER!

In a world where a reborn nationalism is very much to the forefront throughout the political landscape, the recent election of a TV comic in Ukraine probably came as no surprise. That Volodymyr Zelensky won by a landslide, with 73% of the vote, says a lot for the average voter’s disillusionment with modern-day politics and […]

THE NAKED CITY – A COKE, A JAM SANDWICH, A BEX AND A GOOD LIE DOWN!

Back in the 50s and 60s the hard working Australian housewife would often find herself in need of a well-earned break after a full and often stressful day of household chores and kiddie care. Around 3pm it was often time for “a Bex, a cup of tea and a good lie down,” as the popular […]

THE NAKED CITY – BEATING CANCER ON A BUDGET

Earlier this year the Australian Government announced that it was investing more than $200 million to list four new breakthrough cancer treatments on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, saving patients up to a quarter of a million dollars a year. The decision gives some 1800 cancer patients access to a range of new and innovative medications that […]

THE NAKED CITY: The ‘Jetsons’ Syndrome

The Jetsons began as an animated sitcom back in the early 60s - a kind of futuristic counterpart to The Flintstones presenting a fantastic world in which technology enriched almost every aspect of the daily experience. Robots, holograms, gadgetry galore and flying cars made life an absolute joy. Whilst there were minor inconveniences and some often […]

THE NAKED CITY – MAKE AUSTRALIA GRATE!

With a Federal Election looming a new form of street art has suddenly appeared all over Australia. Not some mindless variant on popular graffiti or a lovingly painted street mural – no,  it’s the defaced Clive Palmer United Australia Party billboard. With a budget that seems to know no bounds, Clive has been plastering the […]

THE NAKED CITY – RAILROADED!

Successive NSW governments have a questionable record when it comes to wrecking and destroying things like 30-year-old football stadiums, architecturally significant convention centres, iconic Australian museums and a whole range of historic buildings in concert with rapacious developers. And when demolition does take place it’s often done with an almost indecent haste, as is the […]

THE NAKED CITY – APOCALYPSE ALMOST NOW!

Back in the 1960s, as the old red rattlers made their way out of West Ryde Station, commuters were greeted with a trackside billboard that regularly forecast the day of judgement, the ‘rapture ’ and the end of the world as we know it today. I seem to remember it was curated by the Christadelphians […]