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Seize the Day

Opinion by PETER HEHIR A letter from a youth-led climate movement published in the Guardian yesterday morning; Tuesday the 26th of July, really made me wish that I was young again. The group, who are calling themselves End Fossil: Occupy!, are organising a global movement to occupy schools across the world pushing for action on the […]

The Powerhouse Museum is NOT Saved

Opinion by KYLIE WINKWORTH If at first you don’t succeed, try try again. This must be the government’s mantra in lodging its EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) for the ‘Ultimo Renewal’ of the Powerhouse Museum (PHM). The EIS is for a concept DA that will set the parameters for a design competition and redevelopment of the […]

THE NAKED CITY – THE ACCIDENTAL FOLKLORIST

When the presenters of the long running blues music program ‘Stormy Monday’ on 2MBS-FM discovered that the late American writer, record producer and ‘forensic musicologist’ Peter B Lowry had moved to Sydney, they immediately made contact and invited him on air. Peter was an encyclopedia of the Afro-American music tradition and soon became a regular […]

THE NAKED CITY: SYDNEY CITY LIMITS

It was a relatively low key announcement last week by the NSW Government, one that sparked both curiosity and a degree of apprehension. In what on the surface appears an act of shameless cultural appropriation Sydney has signed up to hold a version of the renowned South By Southwest Festival, held annually in Austin Texas. […]

The Perks of Office

Opinion By PETER HEHIR An article in the Sunday Telegraph on 19th June states that “the Inner West Council Mayor Darcy Byrne – who is a close friend and former staffer of Prime Minister Anthony ­Albanese – owes more than $15,000 in rates on a $2.5m property in Balmain. The Mayor, Darcy Thomas Martin Byrne […]

THE NAKED CITY: TRACKS OF MY TEARS

It’s a common weekend sight in greater Sydney and throughout regional NSW - steam train enthusiasts gathering to drool over lovingly restored locomotives from a bygone era. Both kids and adults alike pack out the regular steam train excursions, travelling in beautifully refurbished vintage carriages. Whilst there is an ongoing love affair with the romance […]

THE NAKED CITY – FUR THE LOVE OF TRADITION

Amidst the euphoric scenes of Brits celebrating the Queen’s platinum jubilee, many saw the parade of the regimental guards with their enormous fur hats as a reassurance of the UK’s might in the world as well as a flashback to its once worldwide imperial power. For others, albeit a tiny minority, all we saw was […]

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 […]