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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 – The Grumpy Guide To The Logies

There are all sorts of crimes in this world depending very much on your point of view. If you are a staunch republican you might regard the entire British Royal Family as a crime against egalitarianism. Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is without a doubt a massive crime against humanity and on a lesser scale, Johnny […]

The Naked City – ‘Sky News – The Musical

As the dazzling lights of Vivid stun our sensibilities, anaesthetising us from the daily grind and the relentless march of Covid, it’s time to shut down the LED driven euphoria and look to a future that few dare predict. Not of course if you are Sky News’ Rowan Dean who made this audacious Amazing Criswell […]

THE NAKED CITY – VALE THE BLOOD FEAST

Some visual artists, celebrities and rock stars love to shock and carve up a side of beef in the process. That was certainly the case when Lady Gaga fronted the MTV Video Music Awards back in 2010 clad in her infamous ‘meat dress’. She later explained it was her way of protesting against the military’s […]

THE NAKED CITY – ON YOUR PAT MALONE

Whilst very much a minority there are still plenty of people worldwide who lead solitary lives, either full or part time and often not by choice. Isolation could mean an elderly pensioner in Australia holed up in a tiny bedsit with hardly a visitor in sight. It could also mean a prisoner in jail, confined […]

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 – CLIVE’S DYSTOPIAN VISION

Anybody watching commercial television in this country in recent months could not have missed the onslaught of advertisements for Clive Palmer’s freedom loving United Australia Party. In the 2019 Federal election Clive is reputed to have spent somewhere between $60-80 million on advertising, securing around 3.5% of the popular vote but failing to win a […]

THE NAKED CITY – FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE?

Australia’s range of sanctions against Russia over their invasion of Ukraine is unlikely to cause the aggressor any great pain, but they are an important show of solidarity with other worldwide democracies. Since the post-war period our relationship with Russia has always been a curious one, especially when they expanded into the behemoth that was […]

THE NAKED CITY – THE EVEN GRUMPIER GUIDE TO EUROVISION 2022

Australia has long had a reputation as a nation of cringers. Whether it’s the tyranny of distance brought on by our geographic isolation or just a basic sense of inferiority, we are constantly trying to boost our esteem by asserting ourselves on the international stage. When it comes to achievement in sport and the arts, […]