On February 23rd, 2014, we set off on a new tome travel of Simmone Howell’s ‘Girl Defective’. Fortunately for us, Simmone had already mapped out the locations on Google Maps. You can view this here. This map, combined with a re-read and a very helpful list that Simmone kindly provided us with, allowed us to map out Girl Defective in photo form. We are very happy to share it with you all.
‘Across the road sat the Paradise, all peeling walls and pot-bellied gargoyles and promises forsaken. A man was camped on a fold-up chair out the front. He had a blanket over his lap, and a hand-painted sign: ‘Save the Paradise from the Greasy Palms of Monsters.”– pg 43
Simmone told us that the Paradise is actually a mix between The Palais and The Palace. The two were side by side, but The Palace has since been demolished (Wikipedia tells us this was due to damage caused by a fire back in 2007). That site got turned into a car park and whenever I think about that, the song ‘Big Yellow Taxi’ pops into my head. The only other semi-interesting thing I have to say about this location is that my mum won tickets to see a special performance by INXS at the Palais and I went with her. But it was JD Fortune who is just not the same as Michael (and is also a bit of a twat [spell it with your peas!])