Girl Defective – The Playlist

Wishing Well – The Millionaires

Spooky – Dusty Springfield

Urge For Going – Tom Rush

Cortez The Killer – Neil Young

She’s Leaving Home – The Beatles

Fancy – Bobbie Gentry

Orange Skies – Love

Norwegian Wood – The Beatles

Gloria – Them

Somethin’ Stupid – Frank & Nancy Sinatra

Ruby Tuesday – The Rolling Stones

Secret Agent Man – Johnny Rivers

Pocketful Of Rainbows – Jan & Dean

The Boxer – Simon & Garfunkel

It’ll Never Happen Again – Tim Hardin

Where The Boys Are – Connie Francis

Kentucky Rain – Elvis

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Tijuana Brass

The Crying Game – Dave Berry

In The Jailhouse Now – Jimmie Rodgers

Some Velvet Morning – Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Sinatra

(Also posted on our playlists page).

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22. Playground – GD

22. Playground - GD

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.    

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‘We mosied down to the park and sat on the swings… Nancy lit a cigarette and blew a plume of smoke into the blue. “We had some adventures, didn’t we?”‘ – pg 292 & 293

We had a grand old time on this cute playground. Like Nancy & Sky, we went on the swings. And by that, I mean we each had a turn at swinging as high as possible on the swings: Annette managed to get an amazing photo of me on a downward descent and I’m defying gravity like a motherfracking boss. Then I photo stalked an insanely fat pigeon, who we declared ringleader of the bajillion of them who were just chilling, watching our antics. After that, I went about my usual business of taking a squillion years to scope out the best angle for my photo while Annette watched me, patiently nurturing my OCD ways.

– Rachel

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20. Ormand Esplanade – GD

 

20. Ormand Esplanade - GD

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.    

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‘The occasional car rumbled in the distance but an undertow was now discernible, a thud-thud-thud of music’ – pg 275

Simmone told us that she imagined the house party to be on Ormond Esplanade. Turns out this is a pretty long road, so we chose to photograph the house that is shown when you zoom in on Google Maps. We also did a drive-by photo because we are lazy and didn’t want to park and walk again.

– Annette

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19. Ray’s Cottage – GD

19. Ray's Cottage - GD

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.    

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‘I led Luke through the notty backstreets to Ray’s cottage.’ – pg 257

‘”Ask Ray. Ray will help. Need some money or a place to crash? Ray’s good for it. He won’t ask questions. You’re all the same. Take take take. But when is someone gonna do something for ME?”‘ – pg 258

We weren’t sure what end of the canal Ray’s cottage was supposed to be, but we felt like the end farthest away from the beach seemed more ‘Ray’.   At this point we were hot, sunburnt, thirsty and needed to pee.  Nonetheless, we trudged along like the whiny but persevering individuals that we are.  There was a humerous moment when Rachel nearly got hit by a bike (keep reading, that’s not the funny part) because she was walking along the wrong side of the path.  So naturally, I started berating her for it and, because I was so distracted by giving her instructions I wandered onto the wrong side of the path and nearly got hit by a bike.  So I guess that’s karma.

– Annette

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18. Marine Parade – GD

18. Marine Parade - GD

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.    

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‘Go home, little sister.’ – pg 245

This scene is where Sky discovers a bit more about the mysterious Nancy and they have a slight disagreement.  No comical or even slightly interesting stories to tell about our stop here.  It was just your average ‘taking-a-photo-of-a-sign’ experience.

– Annette

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17. The Elwood Canal – GD

17. The Elwood Canal

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.    

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‘I closed my eyes and saw Mia in her silver dress weaving along the road. Cars honked and she gave them the finger. Then she was standing over the canal seeking her reflection in the water. I heard the splash, her surprised yelp. I could almost feel the shock of the cold.’ – pg 243

Simmone suggested that we walk along the Elwood canal, so we did and it was probably the most eventful part of the day. We also wanted to see the old workers cottages near the end of the canal as we were told that this is where Ray lived, so we took a leisurely stroll. We encountered several problems along the way;

1) We are both pasty (Rachel is a ginger) and we forgot sunscreen. So we both got nice and burnt.

2) It was a long walk and we needed to pee.

3) Our feet hurt.

4) The canal smells….bad!

5) We each nearly got run over by a couple of bike riders… twice – this may or may not have been our fault… both times.

But there was some cool stuff too, like a family with 3 small children trying to sell home-made lemonade on the walkway – they jumped out from behind a big umbrella yelling ‘Lemonade, 1 dollar!’.  It was pretty cute, but we were both busting at that point. There was also these interesting little stories paved into the walkway, talking about stuff that’s happened there over the years. All in all, I liked the walk, but it would have been better to do it at the start of the day, not when it was hot and stinky.

– Annette