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THE NAKED CITY – A POX ON AUSTRALIA DAY

Unlike the Fourth Of July in America and other celebrations of nationhood around the world, Australia Day seems very much a manufactured event. Take away the PR campaign that usually precedes, the various Government sponsored activities on the day, the fireworks, the citizenship ceremonies, the Australian Of The Year awards and Sam Kekovich flogging lamb […]

THE NAKED CITY – THE GRUMPY GUIDE TO AUSTRALIA DAY

If you are bursting with an intense inner jingoism and primal sense of patriotic pride, chances are you will unleash the goddamn lot on Australia Day – like some kind of enormous chunder ‘downunder’. Whether it’s a pair of ragged Southern Cross undies, a massive booze laden barbie in the backyard or a flag worn […]

Light the blue touch paper and stand well clear

Sydneysider: A personal journey Australia Day – or Bogan Day, as its political boosters have made it – is on an inevitable collision course with history. Annual celebrations and holidays begin for reasons of religious, ethnic, national or international solidarity but drift relentlessly toward being just another opportunity to party, or into fatal irrelevance. Very […]