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THE NAKED CITY: WHEN TOO MUCH VINYL IS NOT ENOUGH

When the so called ‘vinyl revival’ became commonplace a few years ago, many were sceptical that it would survive. After all, the old analogue technology of a needle tracking into the groove of a disc made of polyvinyl chloride to produce a sound seems hopelessly out of date given the current advances in the digital […]

THE NAKED CITY – THE GRUMPY GUIDE TO ELECTION WAFFLE

Feeling confused as to where your true political loyalties lie at the forthcoming Federal Election, mentally battered by the onslaught of Clive Palmer’s TV adverts or discombobulated by the opinions of the political pundits? Then worry no more. Here in the clearest and simplest of language is the everyday guide to election slogans, jargon, vote […]

THE NAKED CITY – BUDGET MEALS ON A SHOESTRING

Like most big cities, Sydney has its share of urban myths – some almost believable, others consigned to the realm of fantasy and a good old fashioned leg pull. My all time favourite is the supposed jazz concert at the Elizabethan theatre in Newtown that billed the legendary pianist George Shearing as their featured attraction. […]

THE NAKED CITY: THE HITS AND MISSES OF OZ MUSIC

The last 20 years have seen a multitude of books devoted to the Australian music scene, many of them tell-all biographies peppered with anecdotal apocrypha. Whilst most are entertaining and often quite revealing, much of our music history has gone undocumented and sadly neglected. It’s a big positive then that Clinton Walker’s new book Suburban […]

THE NAKED CITY – TONIGHT I’LL BE EATING

Ray Martin, Lee Lin Chin, Hamish Blake, Andy Lee, Lleyton Hewitt, Magda Szubanksi, Anh Do and The Wiggles – just a few of the celebrities and sporting personalities who have featured in recent television commercials for UberEats. All have no doubt been very well rewarded for their endorsement in what has been an advertising blitz […]

THE NAKED CITY – NIGHT SHOPPING IN THE LOO

Like Darlinghurst, Kings Cross and Surry Hills, Woolloomooloo has always been a popular location for Sydney’s once bourgeoning number of brothels. Prior to the decriminalisation of prostitution in 1979, the city’s knocking shops were a largely rough and tumble affair. Many were owned by gangsters like Tilley Devine who by the late 20s had built […]

THE NAKED CITY – HEALTHY SYDNEY COMES SECOND BEST!

Wow, Sydneysiders will be overjoyed to hear that we have recently been announced the second healthiest city in the world. Widely reported across Australian media, the Healthy Cities Lifestyle Report for 2021 supposedly analysed factors such as hours of sunshine, annual average hours worked and the amount of outdoor activities available in their grading of […]

THE NAKED CITY – Bring Back The Ducky!

It’s great to see that the Sydney Festival will go ahead in January 2021 with an ‘Australian Made’ program – no big name overseas acts but the spotlight on some wonderful local musicians, dancers, actors and artists. Naturally crowd numbers will be restricted with the various COVID-19 protocols but it’s a brave move to stage […]

THE NAKED CITY – SANTA SACKED FOR CHRISTMAS

It’s about this time of year that the big supermarkets like Coles and Woolies start stocking their shelves with mince pies and puddings. It may still be a couple of months to Christmas but it’s their almost subliminal way of gearing you up for the big Yuletide spend. How Christmas will pan out during the […]

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 […]