Considering they got so huffy about Australians shopping online remember the Harvey Norman whinging?
She was chosen because she is a sustainability conscious fashionista. With such a beauty as Amber modeling their clothes, this collection is sure to sell out.
Lets hope that this trend does not have a huge effect on quality clothes which will be still in demand — there will be a market for high quality fashion — at a higher price point.
There seems to be a lot of confidence in the Australian market as they are setting up in a location which would charge exorbitant rent. To sweeten their arrival, we will be treated to an exclusive collection — yes, just for us!
I might check it out once the hype has worn down. Can you imagine the hissy fit other retail giants would have if their prices were considerably lower than everything else? Considering they got so huffy about Australians shopping online remember the Harvey Norman whinging? Yet out of that argument, some of the stores upped their game. This might go down well with Australians as everywhere I look, people are not too dressed up these days!
Competition between these retail giants can only mean that we, the consumers, get a better deal: Hey Souri, have you had a chance the store?
Would be very interested in hearing your feedback. They will open more stores some already in planning and I will not need to queue up to purchases something: Store was busy but not a big queue at the register. She told me that originally she was to stay two weeks, but because the store has been busier than they expected they have asked some of the international staff to stay on longer. Australians love to look good on a bargain. If they manage to keep their prices low and comparable to their overseas prices, consumers will lap it up.
I thought I would visit anyway as I like to form my own opinions. An untidy mess of racks with boring, cheap and nasty looking clothing.
I was really disappointed — nothing inspiring, original or stylish and the colours are just plain boring. What a shame they have destroyed the beautiful little shops that used to to be there. We seem to be overrun by these large cheap chain stores with mass produced cheap and nast clothing. I will definitely be seeking out the original designers and supporting them — even if I have to pay a little bit more!! It is affordable fashion which will allow shoppers to look smart without costing them a fortune if they pick out the right pieces!
I went there today for the first time and I love it! There was a particular skirt I was after, after a few laps of the ground floor I found it. As the ship was never directly involved in a conflict, her weapons and embarked aircraft did not fire a shot in anger.
During the — refit, thirteen Bofors were removed, leaving four twin and four single mountings. Melbourne carried three Fleet Air Arm squadrons. Initially, two types of fixed-wing aircraft were operated from Melbourne. These aircraft were due to become obsolete in the late s, and the RAN considered purchasing modern aircraft of French or Italian design, which were better suited to light carrier operations than equivalent British aircraft, or replace Melbourne with a larger carrier.
Over the course of her career, over thirty aircraft were either lost or heavily damaged while operating from Melbourne. Melbourne was the third and final conventional aircraft carrier to operate with the RAN.
As well as an operational aircraft carrier, Melbourne was Flagship of the RAN, a role she received almost immediately following her arrival in Australia, and fulfilled until her decommissioning in As Melbourne was the only ship of her size both in dimensions and ship's company in the RAN, the carrier underwent a regular rotation of commanding officers to give them experience.
Following a working-up period in British waters, Melbourne departed Glasgow on 11 March on her maiden voyage to Australia via the Suez Canal. The following year, , was a bad year for the carrier's air group, with four Sea Venoms and two Gannets damaged in separate incidents aboard Melbourne. In , Melbourne began the year's activities at the Royal Hobart Regatta, before sailing to her Strategic Reserve deployment, by way of Adelaide and Fremantle.
On 10 February , Melbourne was performing trials in Jervis Bay under the command of Captain John Robertson, following the annual refit. Early in the evening, Voyager had no difficulties maintaining her position during the manoeuvres both ships performed.
Melbourne struck Voyager just aft of the destroyer's bridge, rolling the destroyer to starboard before cutting her in half. Melbourne arrived in Sydney with the survivors on 14 February, and after spending time alongside at Garden Island , was moved to Cockatoo Island Dockyard on 25 March, where repairs were undertaken; the damaged section of the bow was cut away and repairs to the ship's internal structure were undertaken in drydock , while a ton prefabricated bow was constructed.
Once this was completed, Melbourne was removed while the new bow was put in place in the drydock; Melbourne was then returned to the drydock where her new bow was fitted. The work was eventually completed on 27 April, with the shipyard receiving a commendation.
Of the personnel aboard Voyager at the time of the collision, 14 officers, 67 sailors, and 1 civilian dockyard worker were killed, including Stevens and all but two of the bridge team. Melbourne spent ten weeks at Cockatoo Island Dockyard , having her new bow fitted. From March until mid, Melbourne underwent a regular pattern of deployments to Southeast Asia, exercises, and flag-showing visits to nations in the Asia-Pacific region.
In September , Melbourne travelled to the United States to collect new aircraft: US Ships Everett F. Larson , Frank E. Evans , and James E. On the night of 2—3 June , Melbourne and her escorts were involved in anti-submarine training exercises in the South China Sea. Seventy-four of the personnel from Evans were killed in the collision, with the majority of these believed to have been asleep or trapped inside the bow section, which sank within minutes. Following the collision, Melbourne travelled to Singapore for temporary repairs to her bow, arriving on 6 June.
During the s and early s, replacing parts became an increasing problem. In , Melbourne participated in three major inter-navy exercises: Operations in commenced with a three-month deployment to Southeast Asia.
Melbourne began by transporting Australian soldiers to a temporary assignment with an American infantry battalion based in Hawaii. Operation Navy Help Darwin.
Following her return, the carrier spent six months in Australian waters, before a two-month deployment to Southeast Asia. A replacement for Melbourne was under consideration as early as , and the question was revisited on several occasions until the s.
In every situation, a new aircraft carrier was turned down due to the increases in manpower and operating costs required to operate the ship when compared to Melbourne. Between and , the RAN considered acquiring a larger carrier to replace Melbourne , as the Fleet Air Arm was becoming obsolete and the RAN did not believe the ship could be modified to operate newer, heavier aircraft.
In , the United States Navy offered an Essex -class carrier to the Australian government, in the interest of improving relations between the two nations and their navies. The deal was put on hold in April , following the outbreak of the Falklands War. Following the decision to replace Melbourne with HMS Invincible , the postponed refit was cancelled outright.
However, her steam catapult, arresting equipment and mirror landing system were not removed. She has been innocent, never once bowed to the natural or human force, in spite of the heavy storm and the talked about jinx. The ship was not scrapped immediately; instead she was studied by Chinese naval architects and engineers as part of the nation's top-secret carrier development program.
The PLAN subsequently arranged for the ship's flight deck and all the equipment associated with flying operations to be removed so that they could be studied in depth. Melbourne ' s service is commemorated with a stained-glass window at the Garden Island Naval Chapel. One of the ship's anchors is incorporated into a memorial to naval aviation at Nowra, New South Wales. Following an overhaul of the RAN battle honours system completed in , Melbourne was retroactively awarded the honour "Malaysia —66" for her service during the Indonesia-Malaysia Confrontation.
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