New store in
Southport is offering the Australian look
TAKING Shape is the brand new fashion retailer
which comes to the UK high street with the motto 'Celebrate your
Curves' to serve the women's plus-size clothing market and it has
set up a shop in Southport!
General plus size fashion quote from Alla:-
"We're excited to have arrived on the UK high street and into such a
strong plus-size fashion market. We believe that there is a great
demand here for both our garments and commitment to providing a
unique and caring shopping experience. Everything we do is about
you, the customer, what makes you look good and what makes you feel
great! We're more than just a retailer; our goal is for women to
enter as customers and leave as friends!"
Taking Shape, an Australian based fashion retailer
offer 'fuller figured fashion' launched 28 years ago
and has now expanded to over 130 stores across Australian and New
Zealand. But now they are arriving in the UK with a bang, opening
over 30 stores in the next 6 months and with plans to open many more
across British high streets over the next few years. The company is
on target to create over 500 new high street retail jobs, bucking
the trend of Britain's suffering shops.
And the reason for this investment and growth?
Simple; the massive opportunity presented by the British market
place. According the UK Trade and Investment Board Britain's
plus-sized clothing market has reached a value of £5.99billion up
from £4.84billion in 2008. That represents growth of 21.4% whilst
most of the retail sector has contracted or flat lined. And the
Board go on to predict continued growth of over 21% over the next 5
years for plus sized fashion clothing shops.
Alla Buinowicz, Managing Director Taking Shape re the Southport
arrival:- "We know the lovely ladies of Southport want to look
good; great style never goes out of fashion so we expect our new
Southport Taking Shape store will go from strength to strength
despite other retailers closing down."
It's already proving incredibly busy in our new
Southport store:- "We are offering 10 customers per day, a
free makeover in store, Southport this weekend (hair, makeup,
styling and pampering) with a professional photographer etc."
Pop on into the shop and say Southport Reporter sent you in and that
you want to find out more about the FREE makeover!
Mersey Ferries Crewmen share their experience
THE 2 Mersey Ferries crew men who saved the 3
year old girl who plunged into the river on Monday, 14 October 2013,
have been speaking about their experiences. Captain's Mate, 38
year old Ricardo Ermocilla from Panama and living in Crosby and
Chief Engineer Ste Murphy, 41, from Aigburth, rescued the toddler
who fell from the deck of the Snowdrop after it had berthed at
Seacombe just before 2.30pm.
Ricardo was on board the Snowdrop and Ste had just stepped off after
finishing his shift. He was on the quayside when the incident
happened. Ste said- "I was the 1st to see her from the
quayside. I'd heard a couple of bangs and a splash and saw a woman
looking down from the boat into the water screaming. My first
thought was that she'd lost her bag, but then I heard somebody shout
''it's a baby''.
I looked into the water and saw her with her arms and head back,
just like you'd be taught in a swimming lesson. There's no doubt her
padded coat was keeping her afloat."
Ricardo re-lives the moment he went into the water:- "People
had begun to disembark when I heard the Captain say that somebody
had gone into the water. I heard shouting and screaming. I went to
the top deck but couldn't get near the side of the boat as there
were too many people crowded around the side looking out. I rushed
to the main deck, looked over and saw a little pink coat floating in
the water. I shouted ''I'm
going in'', took my shoes off and jumped into the water. It
The 3 year old was partly hidden under the fender; the buffer
between the ship and quayside. Added Ricardo:- "The 1st
thing I saw when I grabbed her were big blue eyes looking up at me
in shock. I remember saying "I've got you now". She started to cry
which made me feel so much better as it meant she was breathing. By
this point I'd begun to feel the water. It was so cold it was
practically burning. All my muscles had frozen, I couldn't move and
I felt so tired. I'd been following Ste's voice. He was directing me
to the girl and telling me what to do once I'd got her. It was then
I saw his hand, what I now call
''the hand of God'',
sticking out from under the fender. He grabbed me, pulled me in,
took the girl from me, lifted her up and put her on his chest."
Both are keen for other staff to share the credit. Ste, who's a dad
of 2 said:- "It was a real team effort. This isn't just about
me and Ric. Somebody was really looking down on us on that day too.
It was so lucky that it was low tide as the The Mersey is one of the
fastest tidal rivers in the world. It's also lucky that we were
using the rear gangway as it made it easier for us to spot the girl.
We'd been using the front one in the morning, but had changed on the
request of the stage man who found the rear one easier to manoeuvre
as he had a sore shoulder. It was also by sheer good fortune that
she fell in the water and not onto the fender. When I think back to
Monday my thoughts are still on what could have happened…"
Dad of 2 Ricardo still gets emotional thinking about the moment he
grabbed the little girl:- "I can still see the baby's face and
those big round blue eyes. I went home and hugged my kids. It
doesn't matter whose child it was. We had to do something."
The mother of the 3 year old wants to express her gratitude to all
the Merseytravel staff involved. Living in Warrington, she was on a
day trip to Liverpool when the incident happened. She has asked not
to be named. "We can't explain how grateful we are to the crew
who saved our daughter's life. They went into the water without even
thinking about it. It all happened so quickly. One minute she was in
the Mersey, and the next she was being pulled out. The staff on the
quayside couldn't do enough to help either. They were extremely
efficient, wrapping her up and calling an ambulance immediately. All
they wanted to do was help her. It was a horrific experience, but
one that puts your faith in human nature."
GENESIS REVISITED SOLD OUT
HAMMERSMITH SHOW TO BE RELEASED ON CD AND DVD TO COINCIDE WITH
OCTOBER UK TOUR - UPDATE!!!
IT takes a legend to bring a myth back to life
and this legend is back in Liverpool on Tuesday, 29 October 2013, at
the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall; Merseyside; from 7:30pm.
Steve Hackett will be holding the Liverpool stage of his
"Genesis Revisited Part II" and it is not to be missed!
A limited number of VIP
upgrade packages that are still available. This offer is well worth taking
up if you are a true fan!!! Trust us, as you will be extremely
pleased with what you get with this upgrade! But if you are missing
it, do not worry, as he is also bring out an amazing CD...
A unique treat for music fans worldwide, Steve Hackett's critically
acclaimed live production 'Genesis Revisited' has so
far triumphed in Europe, Japan and North America alike and is still
going strong; on 10 May 2013, it celebrated its success at a sold
out London's Hammersmith Apollo with an ecstatic audience. Genesis
Revisited - Live at Hammersmith; a unique performance with guests
including Nik Kershaw, John Wetton, Jakko Jakszyk, Steve Rothery and
Amanda Lehmann - will be released on, 21 October 2013, through
Inside Out/Universal Records. The 3CD+2DVD (with 5.1) box set
coincides with the return of Hackett's Genesis Revisited Tour to the
UK for a second round due to popular demand.
The pioneering guitarist comments:- "The 5.1 DVD with stereo
CD out on 21 October 2013, including the whole show from Hammersmith
Apollo is a feast for all the senses. I was blown away by the
fantastic response to those May UK gigs. The autumn Genesis
Revisited shows will include different Genesis material to before as
well as all the big faves that bring the house down...See you all
Details of the DVD/CD set as follows:-
Steve Hackett – Genesis Revisited - Live At Hammersmith.
Release date:- 21 October 2013.
Catalogue Number:- 050664.
Also our readers should take note that next week we will be holding a
competition for a copy of the 3 CD 2 DVD box set, that will be out
on 21 October 2013... Full details in next weeks issue.