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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 […]

Spin: Election 2022 at Enmore Theatre

Charles Firth is one of three political wits behind Spin: Election 2022, in which The Chaser Digital and The Shovel present “a comedic masterclass on the upcoming election.” The other two wits are James Schloeffel, from the The Shovel, and the entertaining Mark Humphries (from the ABC’s 7:30). Schloeffel’s witty satirical journal, The Shovel, was born […]

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 – 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 […]

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 – 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 – 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 – REALITY REINVENTED

When television began in Australia back in 1956 it was all very innocent and polite – a technological and entertainment novelty rather than a force for social change. We had variety shows, the Three Stooges, Our Gang, Disneyland, a bunch of American sitcoms, a nightly news service and the ‘epilogue’ at midnight when stations shut […]