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THE NAKED CITY – THE GRUMPY GUIDE TO NEW YEAR’S EVE

In a recent interview with the ABC, author Richard Flanagan put an interesting spin on the common reference to the pandemic as the ‘new normal’. He asserted as far as history was concerned we had simply returned to the ‘normal’, following an ‘abnormal’ period of prosperity following WWII. Everyday life prior to the end of […]

THE NAKED CITY – WHEN THE MUCK STICKS

Some things never change during a pandemic. That almost primeval desire to gather in small groups and socialise is right up there along with the need to lubricate with alcohol and other daily stimulants like coffee. The new normal often relies on some inventive reworking of the old, like having contact free cocktails delivered to […]

THE NAKED CITY – THE VINYL GRAVEYARD

Earlier this year it was reported that worldwide sales of vinyl records outnumbered CDs for the first time in about 20 years. Admittedly streaming accounts for the bulk of recorded music sales but vinyl has made a remarkable comeback. It’s one of the few occasions that an old technology has been reborn and embraced by […]

THE NAKED CITY – A ‘VAXACIOUS’ QUESTION?

It’s official – Pauline Hanson will not be getting vaccinated if a COVID shot becomes available some time next year. She made this emphatically clear when asked for her views on such a vaccine being made mandatory by the Federal Government. Adding that she was not an anti-vaxxer, she expressed a sentiment that has attracted […]

THE NAKED CITY – THE MUSEUM OF RACIST ARTEFACTS

In a week where the number of COVD-19 cases worldwide passed the 10 million mark, a number of conservative Christians in America have spoken out about the wearing of masks. At a well publicised meeting in Florida a woman called Sylvia Ball claimed that “they want to throw God’s wonderful breathing system out the door.” […]

THE NAKED CITY – TAKE ME BACK TO TULSA!

If they were still alive today, you might well ask - how would some of the great American movie directors like Robert Altman and Stanley Kubrick react to the recent Trump political rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma? If ever there were the ingredients for another cutting American satire, the Tulsa rally had it all – jingoism, […]

THE NAKED CITY – REIGNING CATS AND DOGS!

It’s been widely reported that the current pandemic has seen an increase in the number of people adopting pets, the RSPCA in particular announcing record interest in the rehousing of cats and dogs. With more time spent at home, as well as the need for companionship, many have seized the opportunity to welcome a new pooch […]

THE NAKED CITY – PODCASTING IN THE PANDEMIC

It’s not surprising in the current situation that human ingenuity, which must be embedded in our DNA, invariably comes to the forefront. Whether it’s a small bar providing home delivered cocktails, a former cocaine dealer selling door to door toilet paper or a gin distillery converting to make hand sanitiser, the pandemic has thrown up […]

THE NAKED CITY – TYRANNOPHOBICS REJOICE!

Combing the many phobias listed on the internet, I’ve been unable to find one that specifically defines a fear or dislike of royalty – the kind of regal pomp, pomposity and subsidised privilege we associate with the British royal family. The closest I could manage was the word, tyrannophobia, generally used to describe a fear […]

THE NAKED CITY – SUBURBAN ROULETTE

Sydney, since its very beginning, has always been an ever-changing landscape. Nowhere has this been more evident than in the way certain suburbs fall in and out of favour. Back in the early 80s one of the daily papers conducted a survey of all metropolitan suburbs according to their desirability as a place to live […]