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THE NAKED CITY – BRING ON THE CHEESE ROLLING!

There was much chest thumping and media hoo-ha last week when it was announced Australia would host the men’s Rugby World Cup in 2027 and the women’s version in 2029. With the Commonwealth Games heading to Victoria in 2026 and the Olympics in Brisbane in 2032, we are plunging into a decade of major sporting […]

THE NAKED CITY – VALE THE BLOOD FEAST

Some visual artists, celebrities and rock stars love to shock and carve up a side of beef in the process. That was certainly the case when Lady Gaga fronted the MTV Video Music Awards back in 2010 clad in her infamous ‘meat dress’. She later explained it was her way of protesting against the military’s […]

THE NAKED CITY – FUTURE SHOCK!

You have to hand it to the visionaries in the City Of Sydney Council and various architectural firms around town. They seem determined to transform vast areas of the city into huge paved plazas, despite the pain and suffering often associated with this kind of urban renewal and beautification. We have all seen the turmoil […]

THE NAKED CITY – ON YOUR PAT MALONE

Whilst very much a minority there are still plenty of people worldwide who lead solitary lives, either full or part time and often not by choice. Isolation could mean an elderly pensioner in Australia holed up in a tiny bedsit with hardly a visitor in sight. It could also mean a prisoner in jail, confined […]

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 – SHANE WARNE’S TABLOID BILLIONS

The sudden death of cricketer Shane Warne was a huge media story in Australia and widely covered throughout the world's media, especially amongst the various cricketing nations. The live telecast of his memorial service at Melbourne’s MCG was extensively promoted as a global event, forecast to attract a viewing audience of over one billion. The reality […]

THE NAKED CITY – YOU TALKIN’ TO ME?

Animals, the non-human kind, have generally had a rough spin when it comes to their treatment by homo sapiens – ever since they first came into our contact. We have hunted them, eaten them, enslaved them, annihilated them and subjected them to a multitude of indignities. It’s a lousy record indeed but it hasn’t hindered […]

How Has Social Media Changed Comedy?

BY SAM WADE “Laughter is the shortest distance between two people”* Social media means that laughter can connect people across the globe. So I guess the world is getting smaller? I'm old enough to associate TikTok with Kesha (still a banger, yes I will die on that hill) and young enough to have grown up […]

THE NAKED CITY – FROM HERE TO INTERMENT

It’s been a popular trivia question for many years. What is unusual about most of the residents of Sydney postcode 2141? The answer of course is that they are dead, with much of Rookwood being taken up by its vast cemetery or necropolis as it is sometimes described. It’s a bit of dark humour, some […]

THE NAKED CITY – CLIVE’S DYSTOPIAN VISION

Anybody watching commercial television in this country in recent months could not have missed the onslaught of advertisements for Clive Palmer’s freedom loving United Australia Party. In the 2019 Federal election Clive is reputed to have spent somewhere between $60-80 million on advertising, securing around 3.5% of the popular vote but failing to win a […]