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Sony PSP 3000 Series Slim and Lite Handheld Console (Black) with FIFA 09 (PSP)
Sony PSP 3000 Series Slim and Lite Handheld Console (Black) with FIFA 09 (PSP)

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little device., 5 Feb. 2009
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
The PSP is a great mobile gaming platform once you get a bit of perspective. It isn't a small PS3, or Xbox, but is a mobile device that will let you listen to your music, watch your videos, surf the net (if you don't have any other device!!), make calls with Skype, and also play some pretty impressive games. It offers the complete package for a platform of its kind.

It is also remarkably light for its size. It will easily fit in a jacket pocket with no problem, and even in jeans (although I would be careful).

Have to commute by train? There is no better companion.

Black Butterfly
Black Butterfly
Price: £9.53

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great rock CD, 15 Sept. 2008
This review is from: Black Butterfly (Audio CD)
Buckcherry are one of those (unfortunately) rare bands that can still make a great album, which draws on a mixture of southern rock (think Black Crowes crossed with Guns 'n' Roses), but still sounds modern.

While, like most bands, they ultimately suffer from comparisions to their earlier albums (their first being their best), this is still great stuff. Rescue Me, Tired of You, and Too Drunk are great rock tracks, but they can do more than that. Dreams and Rose reveal a slightly softer sound, but still with plenty of guitars, but Don't Go Away is a song that bands like Aerosmith and Def Leppard would love to release themselves.

It isn't a perfect album obviously, Talk to Me suffers from a poor opening in particular, but lets not split hairs, no rock fan (hell, no proper music fan!) in 2008 should leave this page without adding this CD to their basket.

Overall, this is an awesome CD, from a rare breed of true rock bands.

Songs From The Sparkle Lounge
Songs From The Sparkle Lounge
Price: £9.99

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strongest album for 20 years?, 28 April 2008
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After "X", and Euphoria to a lesser extent, I was a little apprehensive about a new album, and was worried about the likely direction. I couldn't be more wrong though.

This album is great. The guitars, which have been missing for ten years are finally back in a big way. The album is a mixture of influences, from different bands, and there is something in there for any Leppard fan.

Some of the highlights are the opener, Go, probably the hardest song the band have done, C'mon C'mon, which cannot do anything but grow on you, Bad Actress, a fun song which could be right off Hysteria, and Love, which although a ballad, the only one, is almost haunting. It is also not a typical ballad in any sense. The weakest track is probably Gotta Let it Go, simply because it just doesn't catch me like every other song on the CD.

So definitely the best album the band have done for a long time. The best since Hysteria? Quite possible, but time will tell.

Hearts of Iron
Hearts of Iron

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect concept, not-so perfect implementation, 17 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Hearts of Iron (CD-ROM)
A grand WW2 strategy game encompassing all theatres of battle, with the ability to develop units, and a good diplomacy engine would be probably close to my idea of the perfect game.
Hearts of Iron is the closest to that I have seen. You can play practically any country on the globe and influence to a larger or lesser degree the outcome of the war by using either the pen or the sword (OK, mainly the sword!). To do this, you need prioritise your economy, keep abreast of the latest military developments, track your resource usage, and keep your military units up to date. You can install puppet governments, annex nations, and start foreign coups. The options are incredible.
Of course any game of this size is going to be complicated. The manual has typo's, and is far too brief. The online tutorial is good, but doesn't go into enough detail either, but by using a combination, and spending a few hours playing to getting to grips with it, you can get the hang of it. There are other problems, and just like any other game, there are bugs. Make sure you apply the latest patch and a lot of these will disappear.
This is a truely monumental game. If you are looking for a WW2 RTS, this is not the game for you. If you are looking for a WW2 game that will come closer to putting you into the dictators (or Prime Minister's) chair and simulate that period, this could well be the closest game you will find.

The Crimean War: A Reappraisal (Wordsworth Military Library)
The Crimean War: A Reappraisal (Wordsworth Military Library)
by Philip Warner
Edition: Paperback

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasent surprise, 7 Nov. 2003
The Crimean War seems to be synonymous with the Charge of the Light Brigade and the futile attempt of courageous soldiers to fight on distant fields for an unnecessary cause (like the common perception of WW1!) This book, although short does a good job of dispelling some of those myths by the use of reports and letters from people who were actually at the battles.
The result is a book that is refreshing, factual, and balanced. Where mistakes were made, they were examined, and alternatives provided. Of course many of the mistakes can be traced back to previous ones, and these (such as the problems with cholera) were not that unusual at the time. It is interesting to see the difference between the French and British troops for example in terms of the fixing these problems. While the number of British troops lost to disease fell substancially during the second winter of the campaign, it grew significantly for the French troops.
The book for me dispelled the myth that the war was a failure, and showed the incredible resilience and courage of the troops on both sides. Perhaps more people in this country should stop being so critical of our history and celebrate the unbelievable fortitude and skill that our troops have shown in the past. Our armed forces in the Crimea and at many other wars before and after are something to be immensely proud of.

The End Of Time: The Next Revolution in Our Understanding of the Universe
The End Of Time: The Next Revolution in Our Understanding of the Universe
by Dr Julian Barbour
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Complex, but ultimately interesting, 12 Mar. 2001
This book was difficult to get into the first time. An awful lot is packed in. The first chapters seem to explain the authors general idea, and the rest of the book explains how this fits into other physics theories. This was difficult to start with because you have to take some assumptions at face value until they are explained in full. Having said that, the diagrams are excellent, and the information is ultimately accessable. You may need to read it twice, but it is worth it.

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