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Thread #3254   Message #325108
Posted By: Lena
23-Oct-00 - 01:09 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Woolloomooloo Lair
Subject: RE: LYR REQ: Woolloomooloo Lair
What a thrill this thread for someone who lives in darlinghurst!!! Woollomooloo,for prople who had a quick glance at Sydney,is the old harbour where commercial boats (the ones also bringing immigrants & stuff)would stop.It's always been a romantic,bohemian,dirty area given that sailors and adventurers would get down there looking for fun and dangers.A little bit further,in Paddington,poor labourers and factory workers had their homes(small ones made in bricks,surely the cheapest kind of housing one hundred years ago but terribly trendy and expensive nowdays)and it made altogether a tragic but interesting area.Now Woollomooloo is quickly coming up to be the most fashonable area in Sydney,as far as i can tell.But.when i walk down Victoria street,and cross the 'loo to get to the Botanical Gardens and Bennelong Points(Opera House spot)I can still see the true roots of the suburb:next to shiny restaurants and buildings made of flats worth millions of dollars,there are still the Salvation army spots,social workers,the little city made of mattrasses for homeless people around the Police station ,the dirt,starving dogs,children playing in the streets talking in such a thick slang I couldn't get a word,aboriginal boys and girls fishing near the pier,drunkards.And huge grey sheeps on the horizon.And it's all some sort of Wonderland.