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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 […]

THE NAKED CITY – POSITIVES FROM THE PANDEMIC?

It’s one of those clichés that we often draw positives from adversity but anybody doing it tough during the current pandemic will quickly dismiss that kind of gratuitous cheering up. Nevertheless there are some good things that have emerged over the past six months as a result of the COVID calamity and for what it’s […]

THE NAKED CITY – SYDNEY – BEST WE FORGET!

Generations from now we will look back at the current pandemic as a hugely significant period in our history, with a massive archive of analysis and hindsight. The worldwide plague will become one of the best documented events of the current millennium and hopefully provide the lessons to prevent if ever happening again. But what […]

THE NAKED CITY – THE ROYAL BUSHFIRE CIRCUS

First it was the bushfires and the choking smoke, then the economic impact of the coronavirus, followed by the floods and now the announcement that we are about to endure yet another Royal tour. Even worse the Australian Government has invited Prince William and Kate Middleton to tour the devastated bushfire areas and take part […]

THE NAKED CITY – FIREWORKS OR FIZZER!

It’s about this time of the year that the PR machine of the City Of Sydney Council swings into overdrive to promote the annual New Year’s Eve fireworks. We always hear that the pyrotechnics will be bigger and better than ever, along with the gross exaggeration that a billion people will be tuning in worldwide […]

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 – CLIMATE PULP

It could well be a hot contender for the Macquarie Dictionary’s word of the year for 2019, keeping in a recent tradition with recent winners which were actually two words – last year’s omnipresent ‘Me Too’ and before that the very hard to come at ‘Milkshake Duck’, preceded by the globally popular ‘Fake News’. So […]

THE NAKED CITY – OXFORD STREET BLUES

Back in the days when trams rattled up and down Oxford Street, the Darlinghurst end of this major CBD artery was a thriving commercial hub. The last trams, which of course took you all the way to Bondi Beach, ran in 1960 and in the ensuing six decades Oxford Street has certainly seen its ups […]

THE NAKED CITY – THE MUSEUM OF OLD AND NEW TRAINS

During the recent Federal Election, noises were made by both the major parties as to plans for a high-speed rail system along the Eastern Coast. Labor seemed to be more committed to the idea, promising to buy up the real estate needed before it became too expensive. It’s a project of course that has been […]

THE NAKED CITY – THE EURO-EVERYWHERE SONG CONTEST

Congratulations to Kate Miller-Heidke, who has just been voted as Australia’s representative at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. As you probably know the public got to have their say this year as to who our chosen singer would be and Kate topped both the popular and jury votes. Regardless of the quality of the warblers […]