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THE NAKED CITY – SMELLS LIKE AN OLD CARDIGAN

It’s no secret that the kind of ‘fine’ art that is traded through auction houses like Sotheby’s and Christie's is often viewed as an investment opportunity rather than a recognition of the work’s intrinsic value. Million-dollar paintings often end up in bank vaults and may never see the light of day, let alone an appreciative […]

THE NAKED CITY – The True Story of the Fake Uluru

At a time when local indigenous rights were finally realised and climbing the rock at Uluru was banned forever, it’s interesting to reflect on the demise of a somewhat bizarre East Coast tourist attraction. In 1990, Mike and Mal Leyland, famous for their Australiana TV series, opened Leyland Brothers World at Tea Gardens in Northern […]

THE NAKED CITY – ROSWELL REVISITED

Former SBS TV and FBi Radio presenter Jaimie Leonarder sounds very much like a religious evangelist when he says. “Have you ever paused to notice that everyone appears to be looking down these days?. I don’t mean emotionally but psychically. Their eyes are permanently positioned on their mobile phones. Such profound adoration for relentless data […]

THE NAKED CITY – SYDNEY’S MUSIC CENTRAL

In a city where live music has taken a real beating over the past decade or so, one suburb is defying the trend with a string of venues far outnumbering what other precincts have to offer. Whereas areas such as the Sydney CBD and Kings Cross once boasted numerous live music venues, it’s Marrickville that […]

THE NAKED CITY – GILDING THE THUNDER BOX!

It was the sort of ostentatious item that would not be out of place in Donald Trump’s Trump tower apartment where just about everything is gilded in gold. It was in fact once offered to Trump to purchase, but maybe the $5 million price tag was even a tad too much for the self proclaimed […]

THE NAKED CITY – A TABLOID ODYSSEY

I’m not a reader of the Daily Telegraph but I admit to occasionally picking up a discarded copy in a coffee shop or on public transport. Call it a kind of strange perversion but I am always intrigued to read what Andrew Bolt, Piers Akerman and Miranda Devine have to say in their various opinion […]

THE NAKED CITY – CLIMATE PULP

It could well be a hot contender for the Macquarie Dictionary’s word of the year for 2019, keeping in a recent tradition with recent winners which were actually two words – last year’s omnipresent ‘Me Too’ and before that the very hard to come at ‘Milkshake Duck’, preceded by the globally popular ‘Fake News’. So […]

THE NAKED CITY – OXFORD STREET BLUES

Back in the days when trams rattled up and down Oxford Street, the Darlinghurst end of this major CBD artery was a thriving commercial hub. The last trams, which of course took you all the way to Bondi Beach, ran in 1960 and in the ensuing six decades Oxford Street has certainly seen its ups […]

THE NAKED CITY – BECAUSE THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO

Amidst the controversy that still simmers over footballer Israel Folau’s fire and brimstone Instagram post, one important aspect remains relatively undiscussed. Champions of free speech Alan Jones and Mark Latham have leapt to Folau’s defence with libertarian flair but what about another long-running issue – the misinterpretation or selective interpretation of the Bible itself. Folau […]

THE NAKED CITY – RAILROADED!

Successive NSW governments have a questionable record when it comes to wrecking and destroying things like 30-year-old football stadiums, architecturally significant convention centres, iconic Australian museums and a whole range of historic buildings in concert with rapacious developers. And when demolition does take place it’s often done with an almost indecent haste, as is the […]