They say the way I misprounounce suburb names in the indictments is a gift. Sometimes, people can detect a lilt in my voice, which makes them wonder which part of Australia I come from. But no one can hear the hilarious remarks coming from the bench, “you can tell my associate is not from the south of Sydney!”
The Oxford dictionary defines associate as “a partner or companion in business or at work.” However, I’m not like Mike Ross from Suits, sorry to disappoint you. Instead, I sit behind a small bench in front of a Judge in a courtroom witnessing the daily theatrics and poor acoustics of the criminal justice system. In this position, I am virtually transparent. But, when you feel invisible, there is no end to the trouble you can get into. There is a reason that my nickname comes from the…
(to be continued)
Drop by next weekend to read my historical blog on the Darlinghurst Courthouse.
I don’t have Wi-Fi, but if I did, I know I wouldn’t use it to browse Netflix. Why would I… when I have the last, best video store just down the road from me? I could spend hours in the aisles of Film Club.
Film Club is located at shop 136A Darlinghurst Road. It has been serving the Darlo community since November 2011. It is, without a doubt, Sydney’s premier film rental library, with over 20,000 titles on DVD and Blu-Ray. Film Club also sells a range of limited edition screen printed film posters, DVDs, books and assorted snacks (Cadbury Clinkers!).
On your first visit to Film Club, you may find yourself feeling overwhelmed. There is so much to look at! In my opinion, the best sections are:
TV series: where you will find the latest season of “Broad City”.
Action: every Clint Eastwood, Liam Neeson and Denzel Washington movie that your heart desires.
I think you can tell a lot about a person by their favourite film. That’s why if someone tells me that they haven’t heard of Casablanca or Humphrey Bogart, I see that as a little red flag. However, if you haven’t had the chance to watch the classics then don’t worry, Film Club has you covered all the way back to the roaring 1920s. Broadsheet Sydney believes Film Club is:
“Perhaps the whole country’s most comprehensive classics collection.”
I second this. It’s a cinephile’s paradise! And speaking of film buffs, Ben (the owner) and Ian have the most impressive memories and film knowledge. I dare you to name your favourite movie! I bet you (a clinker) that they will find it within two minutes. Alternatively, if you are not a chatterbox like me you can always consult their recommendation wall, which is constantly updated.
With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy? — Oscar Wilde
Insert “Darlinghurst” into the google engine and it will provide the following response:
“Inner-city Darlinghurst is a funky, high-energy area with cafes, sleek multicultural restaurants and intimate cocktail bars.”
Do you think this quote does Darlinghurst justice? The short answer is no. I believe our Darlo encapsulates Oscar Wilde’s thoughts and more. Where else could you find an old courthouse, National Art School, record store and Film Club all within one kilometre of each other?! This inner-city suburb is an eclectic community that many of us call home.
Darlo has been my home for almost two years now, and before that I lived in its sister suburb: Paddington. I believe dear Darlinghurst should be the subject of an official diary. So, as the self-proclaimed “girl” of the suburb I have decided to share with you my weekly experiences and thoughts.
If there is anything you would like me to cover in my diary entries please let me know.
xoxo darlo girl
Street art at the old car wash between Darlinghurst & Victoria Roads.