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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 […]

THE NAKED CITY – 2022 – A PSYCHIC FORECAST!

As I have bemoaned before there was once a time when psychics, soothsayers, tabloid hacks and even legitimate futurologists made all sorts of predictions for the coming year. Yet with the uncertainty over COVID and the volatile state of politics worldwide few are prepared to stick their neck out for 2022.    I’ve always been […]

THE NAKED CITY – THE MEANINGFUL GUIDE TO CHRISTMAS GIVING

Christmas gifts are usually given as a sign of affection or friendship and chosen to suit the particular recipient. Not everybody likes what they receive and some gifts find their way back to a department store or are creatively rewrapped and regifted. Yes, there are some ungrateful bastards out there, as it’s supposedly the thought […]

REVIEW: The Wharf Revue – Can of Worms

After more than two decades of providing Australia’s annual dose of satirical laughs, the boys, aided and abetted by the fabulous Amanda Bishop, are back with their revue called Can Of Worms. Again, Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Phil Scott present their yearly assessment of Australian and international politics and political leaders. As the publicity […]

Wharf Revue Set To Open a ‘Can Of Worms’ With Audiences 

By Lucinda Garbutt-Young The annual iteration of Wharf Revue is returning to the Seymour Centre this year, with a production titled Can Of Worms. The show, which pokes cathartic fun at the Australian political climate, is designed to get audiences thinking.  Actor Mandy Bishop explained that the show is empathetic towards its muses, while allowing […]

THE NAKED CITY – JET POWER TO THE RESCUE!

Back in August of 2020 Gladys Berejiklian told a Sydney media conference that “Australia and New South Wales are not good at building trains, that's why we have to purchase them." She conveniently overlooked that Victoria has been building its very successful suburban fleet for many years. In fact the Victorian Government has invested in […]

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, […]