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Published September 25th 2015
Don't Panic Ali-Oop's to the rescue
The English word "panic" describes a state of extreme fear that renders one unable to think or act rationally.
It entered into the English language during the early 1600s via the French word "panique".In turn, French gained the word by borrowing the Greek word "panikon" which literally means "pertaining to Pan". Pan, the Greek god who presided over nature, wilderness, as well as shepherds and their flocks, was considered responsible for the mysterious and unidentifiable sounds one hears while out in the wild. As such, that rustle or animal cry that sends your heart racing and you in turn running through the forest in fear is "of Pan" and the source of your panic.
From experience, tears do not necessarily follow "panic". I know this for certain as when I recently collected the special outfit from the dressmaker that was to make me look taller, younger and thinner for my daughter's wedding I am adamant that I resembled a Fisher and Pykel washing machine.
Calling upon all my forefathers' Depression survival instincts I ambled into Ali-Oop's Boutique, which only opened a few months ago, at 119 Bloomfield Street, Cleveland, next door to the Bank of Queensland.
Ali-Oop's is only a little store in appearance, but upon entering you discover that it is big in treasures.
Firstly, this store caters for sizes 8-24, and is full to the brim with women's clothing, from casual wear to formal and special occasions. All clothing items have been selected on the basis that they are the creations of Australian designers. Even those items manufactured overseas are made to the specifications of the designers.
There are so many outfits of so many varieties that it is at first all a bit daunting. Allison, however, with her quiet charm knows exactly where every item is in the shop and with her many years in the trade can offer practical and knowledgeable suggestions. The selection of formal wear was amazing and I was able to replace my white goods dress with ease.
Along one wall is a display of jewellery that would jazz up any outfit. A special call out to those who don't have pierced ears for whatever reason: Ali-Oop's Boutique carries an extensive range of clip-on earrings.