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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 – FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE?

Australia’s range of sanctions against Russia over their invasion of Ukraine is unlikely to cause the aggressor any great pain, but they are an important show of solidarity with other worldwide democracies. Since the post-war period our relationship with Russia has always been a curious one, especially when they expanded into the behemoth that was […]

THE NAKED CITY – THE EVEN GRUMPIER GUIDE TO EUROVISION 2022

Australia has long had a reputation as a nation of cringers. Whether it’s the tyranny of distance brought on by our geographic isolation or just a basic sense of inferiority, we are constantly trying to boost our esteem by asserting ourselves on the international stage. When it comes to achievement in sport and the arts, […]

THE NAKED CITY – IS THE CLOCK TICKING FOR TIKTOK?

There you were waiting for your bus in a terminal in the US in the early 1970s. No mobile phone to keep you endlessly amused and you had just read every inch of the daily newspaper. Your Greyhound was running late and you had a whole hour of your lifetime to fill. Not to worry, […]

THE NAKED CITY – SPOTLIGHT ON DARK TOURISM

Books and magazine stories have been written about it, Netflix series filmed and television journalists have revelled in its bravado. Often described as ‘dark tourism’, we’re talking travel to those parts of the world where others would not dare set foot. The danger is not a natural one, like wild animals in the jungle, but […]

THE NAKED CITY – MEAT LOAF, PRINGLES AND FLUFFY TOYS

The lasting memory that many Australians will have of the late American singer Meat Loaf is his disastrous performance at the 2011 AFL grand final at Melbourne’s MCG. The ‘Loaf’ was so far off key, he could have been in the adjoining suburb. Like many famous and infamous celebrities his death saw a rash of […]

THE NAKED CITY – THE GRUMPY AFTERMATH TO NYE

During WWII, the Nazi regime in Germany found a convenient way of maintaining the vibe around its villainous onslaught, not only within the military and its upper echelons but with the public at large. To put it crudely they became a nation of meth heads, supposedly from the Fuehrer right down to the frontline cannon […]

THE NAKED CITY – BLACKBIRDING IN THE MODERN ERA

If you've ever had the misfortune of watching the long running Australian TV series Border Security you will be familiar with the scenario of a border force officer interrogating a potentially illegal worker. What a cheek these foreigners have, trying to sneak into Australia on a tourist visa, when their real purpose is to work illegally […]

The Rushcutters Bay skatepark saga is not over

Opinion By CHARLOTTE FELDMAN Mr Andrew Woodhouse has written and been quoted in City Hub regarding his role in saving Rushcutters Bay Park from the construction of a concrete skateboard facility being built there. Mr Woodhouse omitted to mention the Darling Point Society, which has been fighting against this plan on behalf of residents for […]

Tip the scales back to resident power

Opinion By PIP HINMAN The NSW Coalition and NSW Labor voted on November 23 to gift developers another opportunity to tip the scales in their favour and away from local residents and local government. They decided to remove councils’ ability to charge for compliance investigations, despite warnings that this would lead to councils being forced […]