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THE NAKED CITY – THIS SPORTING POLITIK

Politics and sport have always combined to produce some particularly ugly moments such as the 1936 Berlin Olympics, hijacked by the Nazis as a hideous propaganda exercise. In Australia the 1971 South African Springbok tour was met with numerous anti-apartheid protests but a decade later in New Zealand a similar tour led almost to a […]

THE NAKED CITY – TONIGHT I’LL BE EATING

Ray Martin, Lee Lin Chin, Hamish Blake, Andy Lee, Lleyton Hewitt, Magda Szubanksi, Anh Do and The Wiggles – just a few of the celebrities and sporting personalities who have featured in recent television commercials for UberEats. All have no doubt been very well rewarded for their endorsement in what has been an advertising blitz […]

THE NAKED CITY – A SIX PACK OF ACARTOHYGIEIPHOBIA

In March of last year as the pandemic and lockdowns took hold, a café in Mareeba, North Queensland came up with the novel idea of customers paying for their coffee with rolls of toilet paper. The nationwide hoarding of bum fodder had seen the café itself run out of the prized item and the owners […]

THE NAKED CITY – RHYMING SLANG REBORN!

The internationally famous Australian jockey Edgar Britt, who died in 2017 aged 103, was occasionally asked his reaction to the popularity of his name in Australian rhyming slang. For those not familiar “going for an Edgar” meant going for a shit and was in common usage for about half a century. Rather than be offended, […]

THE NAKED CITY – The Grumpy Guide To The Great COVID Clean Up

During the worst of the lockdowns last year we learnt to live without many of the activities that we have always taken for granted, like hanging out at the local pub, taking in a new movie at the cinema or spending a whole afternoon at the beach. These were generally viewed as minor sacrifices when […]

THE NAKED CITY – THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN SONG BOOK

We often hear reference to the ‘Great American Song Book’ and that country’s fine tradition of celebrated songwriters across a number of musical genres. Here in Australia we don’t have anywhere near the number of composers and lyricists that the Americans have but it’s reasonable to say we have cranked out our fair share of […]

THE NAKED CITY – POLISHING THE TV TURD

There was a time during the early days of television, when receivers had just come on the market, that people gathered in front of department store windows to ogle at the new technology. When TV arrived in Australia, the often notoriously unreliable cathode ray sets were at first very expensive and only the better heeled […]

THE NAKED CITY – HEALTHY SYDNEY COMES SECOND BEST!

Wow, Sydneysiders will be overjoyed to hear that we have recently been announced the second healthiest city in the world. Widely reported across Australian media, the Healthy Cities Lifestyle Report for 2021 supposedly analysed factors such as hours of sunshine, annual average hours worked and the amount of outdoor activities available in their grading of […]

THE NAKED CITY – Bring Back The Ducky!

It’s great to see that the Sydney Festival will go ahead in January 2021 with an ‘Australian Made’ program – no big name overseas acts but the spotlight on some wonderful local musicians, dancers, actors and artists. Naturally crowd numbers will be restricted with the various COVID-19 protocols but it’s a brave move to stage […]

THE NAKED CITY – LET’S SHOOT ‘TRUMP’ DOWN UNDER

Never has there been more Australian interest in an American election than the current debacle, with saturation coverage across all media. Local elections come and go but none with the drama, madness and unbridled idiocy that’s currently unleashed in the US. What better time for us to cash in shamelessly on the situation and announce […]