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THE NAKED CITY: The Grumpy Best – but Mainly Worst Of 2021

Most welcome news of the year: Chris Martin has announced Coldplay will stop writing music as a band in 2025. A few years to wait but the anticipation will excite The Guardian in the UK who once described the group as “music to wet your bed to.” Sorry Coldplay fans! Most arrogant act by a […]

THE NAKED CITY – RADIO LOCKDOWN

During the pandemic and various lockdowns there’s no doubt the role of the media is greatly amplified. It provides vital information, often comfort and reassurance and a diversion from the stark realities of the health and economic climates. One section of the media often overlooked during the current restrictions is community radio. Surveys have indicated […]

THE NAKED CITY – POST PANDEMIC POKIE PANDEMONIUM

During the current lockdown the majority of people here are grappling with the present, and contemplating what to do in a long and drawn out recovery. A few however, particularly a well cashed up elite, are setting their sights much higher for the difficult years that lie ahead. Some are investing in million dollar houses […]

THE NAKED CITY – WORST CHEWING GUM I EVER TASTED

It’s 8pm on the grand concourse at Central Station in the depths of the current lockdown. Apart from a handful of police on patrol there’s hardly a soul in sight, bar a few hapless commuters waiting for their inner city trains. If a tumbling tumbleweed suddenly rolled across the huge vacant space you would not […]

THE NAKED CITY: STEAK KNIVES FOR THE VACCINATED

It’s been well publicised that many countries throughout the world are encouraging their citizens to get vaccinated against COVID by offering a range of free incentives. Here in Australia the somewhat shambolic roll out of the vaccine has come more with a set of disincentives - like queuing for an hour or longer at Olympic […]

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 – VALE THE DUKE OF RACIST GAFFES

When Prince Philip left hospital a few weeks ago, it was obvious his days on this earth were severely limited. Appearance wise he looked like he had just departed an audition for a remake of Night Of The Living Dead. The media had been alerted and obituaries and tributes were hastily readied, lying in wait […]

THE NAKED CITY: INSIDE WIRIAN – THE LUNA PARK FIRE

The recent three part ABC documentary Exposed: The Ghost Train Fire was a meticulous piece of investigative journalism that confirmed many of the rumours that had existed for decades following the horrendous Luna Park inferno. That it took some 40 odd years to see the light of day says a lot about the depth of the […]

THE NAKED CITY – A BURGER WITH THE BLUES!

Apart from Harry’s Café De Wheels it’s hard to think of an iconic fast food outlet that has survived the ravages of time in Sydney. Even the current flagship Harry’s is an upmarket version of the old caravan which operated near the gates of the Woolloomooloo naval yard for over four decades from the late […]