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BDBikes Bike Magnetic Turbo Trainer -Variable Resistance Bike Trainer - Inc Front Wheel Rest
BDBikes Bike Magnetic Turbo Trainer -Variable Resistance Bike Trainer - Inc Front Wheel Rest
Offered by Black Dog Bikes
Price: £55.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 21 Dec. 2014
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Works perfectly, but is quite noisy.

Mayflash W010 Dolphin Bar - Wireless Wii Remote Sensor for PC USB  - Use Wii Motes on a PC
Mayflash W010 Dolphin Bar - Wireless Wii Remote Sensor for PC USB - Use Wii Motes on a PC
Offered by Todoconsolas
Price: £14.50

5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for Wii emulation - completely plug & play, 21 Dec. 2014
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I use a Wii Remote Plus and this was the setup process on my PC:

1) Plugged in the Dolphin Bar. Windows 8.1 carried out the installation process and I didn't need to manually install anything.
2) Once finished I pushed the Sync button on the Dolphin Bar and then on my Wiimote. The Wiimote was detected and the light lit up on the first square.
3) I went into Dolphin, changed the Wiimote settings to "Real Wiimote", turned on Continuous Scanning, then turned on the motor and speaker. When I exited the settings, the Wiimote rumbled.
4) Works perfectly in every game so far without any further calibration.

I can't praise the Dolphin Bar enough. No messing about with drivers. No messing about with Bluetooth or anything. Just simply plug and play.

Gioteck Real Triggers (PS3)
Gioteck Real Triggers (PS3)
Price: £1.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for playing PS3 games., 9 Aug. 2014
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They should have come as standard with the PS3 controller. They make the controller 100% better.

SONY PRO MDR7506 Headphones Pro closed
SONY PRO MDR7506 Headphones Pro closed
Offered by PADNOTE
Price: £79.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect., 9 Aug. 2014
Perfect sound and relatively inexpensive. I've used them for gaming, music, watching videos, TV and there's nothing bad I can say about them. Fully recommended.

Opus Dei
Opus Dei
Price: £8.49

13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, simply awesome, 20 Feb. 2005
This review is from: Opus Dei (Audio CD)
When I first listened to this album, it changed my life. That's how good I think it is.
Don't listen to it thinking "rock" or "metal", "techno" or "pop" this is in a category of it's own. Mixing rock, jazz and a host of other styles with orchestrations so good, Wagner himself would appraise it.
Onto the tracklisting itself:
Leben Heisst Leben: A great intro, a Deutsch version of track 5 with rearranged instruments. Great vocals and arrangments with a good guitar solo (which is meant to be OTT into the extreme).
Geburt Einer Nation: Got them banned, big time. Listen to it and you'll think you know why. Listen to it a few more times (or check whom actually wrote the song, and what it is a cover version of and you realise that the song is really a sheep in wolf's clothing. Awesome song though, trumps the original like most Laibach covers.
Leben-Tod: I prefer the Peel Sessions version but still it's a worthy song.
F.I.A.T.: Awesome. From the dramatic sweeping intro to the thundering beat and rythm. The vocals are haunting as well, and the message is so clear over the song.
Opus Dei: English language version and rearrangement of track one. This song introduced me to Laibach. Such a proud song, nay, anthem. This cover of a seemingly pointless song is so great it's almost unexplainable. It's akin to a national anthem, with lyrics about "when we all give the power..." etc and a stunning arrangement to match. You have to listen to get the full experience.
Trans-National: Thundering, pounding. Again, I prefer the Peel Sessions and Occupied Europe NATO Tour versions but still, the studio version is worthy. Imagine a bullet-train from Slovenia crashing through Western Europe and you're almost there.
How The West Was Won: A guitar riff that i think Queen would later steal from them for usage in Princes Of The Universe (or is it the other way around) introduces you to a pounding song with unrelenting imagery and an industrial landscape you can taste.
The Great Seal: Concludes the album perfectly. A fantastic instrumental that again could double as a national anthem. It sweeps through beautifully and gets to the end, where Winston Churchill's legendary "we will never surrender" speech is spoken before a final burst of music. This song has recently been used to great effect in an anti-Iraq war flash film.
The four bonus tracks (excerts from "Baptism Under Triglav") will not be reviewed, but they're good.

Imperium Internum
Imperium Internum

5.0 out of 5 stars Imperium Internum, 14 Feb. 2005
This review is from: Imperium Internum (Audio CD)
As esoteric as it is awesome. Reminds me of early days Laibach but more German.
Tracks such as "Das Neue Reich" and "Turn The Centuries" are outstanding, as is the rest of the album.
I await their third release.

Reise, Reise
Reise, Reise
Price: £5.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coca-Cola - sometimes war..., 13 Feb. 2005
This review is from: Reise, Reise (Audio CD)
On initial listening to this album I didn't really like it compared to Herzeleid, Sehnsucht and Mutter. I don't know, but those three albums had a certain charm that made you love them straight away. On multiple listens though, you soon learn that Reise Reise is quite possibily the height of their career. Every song is a killer with the trademark jackhammer riffing and crunching electronic mix of guttral teutonic mechanics mixed in with a slice of blues (Los), emotion (Ohne Dich) and politics (Amerika, Moskau.)
My personal favourites are Mein Teil (heeeeavy), Moskau (Rammstein's best song IMO) and the ballad Ohne Dich (a lovesong.)
Recommended to all heavy metal fans. To Rammstein fans reading: why haven't you already got it?

Doom 3 (PC)
Doom 3 (PC)
Offered by CDandVinyl
Price: £10.93

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Knee Deep In The Dead, 26 Dec. 2004
This review is from: Doom 3 (PC) (Video Game)
Doom Three. The first word there is a legend in computer game history. Released in 1993 to mass downloading and playing on office networks, modified for usage with the US Army and of course the legendary lawsuits surrounding well-documented shootings such as the Columbine High School Massacre.
Now, 11 years later it returns in a new form. Completely new 3D engine but still fundamentally the same.
Doom 3 is set on Mars, where a Weyland-Yutani style company called the UAC is conducting experiments that inadvertently unleash the power of hell onto Mars. As a new, and nameless Marine recently posted to Mars you pick up your pistol and blast through hordes of demonic creatures ... just like in 1993.
That's where the main problem starts. I don't know why they wanted to stick with a lot of the 1993 gameplay. Maybe the hardcore Doom fans (such as those who can play Wolfenstein 3D blindfolded) wanted iD to shun modern game ideals of having a documented main character, team work and yadda-yadda but really iD could have made a game version of Aliens if they included team work akin to Call of Duty. In games nowadays you need more than a nameless main character (imagine Half Life without Gordon Freemann, Deus Ex without JC Denton, Soldier of Fortune without John Mullins). Even the marine in the original Doom had a name, why not go with the flow and create a main character with his own persona and backstory. The gameplay as well, no matter how good the graphics and sound are also have not moved on. See that shotgun over there? Take it ... just watch out for the panels on the wall or floor. This happens all the time, and reduces the scare factor quite significantly as players surely know what's waiting for them.
The good things about Doom 3 are obvious. Surely everyone by now has seen a few screenshots or witnessed a video of Doom 3 in it's full high-quality glory. Or not. Maybe a player has seen it as I have seen it: rendered at 640*480 on a GeForce MX440 (I have a FX5950 Ultra but it's broken and to the non-computer literate reading: the MX440 is almost as old as the original Doom). But still, on this level the game runs at a good pace and with more than acceptable graphics. It still looks better than any PlayStation 2 game. The sound as well is totally awesome and is the best reason for investing in a powerful 5.1 system.
The graphics and sound build up into a powerful experience capable of unnerving and making grown men leap out of their seats. The gameplay is old school, but not as old school as Painkiller though (don't expect levels akin to the original Doom where you'd get jumped by a million enemies). The gameplay is in-depth as well, allowing you to read emails, view videodisks and to listen to audio reports. Albeit since your own character has no character it seems that iD flirted with the idea of making it a total experience but never got it into bed.
At the end of the day though this game stands up tall as a good example of PC gaming superiority and as a good excuse to get a 6800 Ultra and MegaWorks 5.1 speakers. The strength of the game is it's not-complicated gameplay, it's scalable engine (let's see FarCry run on a MX440) and the fact it made me jump, numerous times. The main weakness of the game is that it seems to be stuck somewhere 1993 and 2004. To some people this isn't a problem. "I can deal with a character-less character and no team play, who needs it anyway?!" and to others it seems like something that hasn't grasped 21st Century concepts.
4 outta 5 ain't bad.

The Definitive Collection
The Definitive Collection
Price: £13.90

23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sing to the motherland!!, 19 Nov. 2004
Since I heard a midi version of the Soviet National Anthem back in 2000 I've been hooked on this kind of martial Russian style music. I recently bought this CD and it is awesome.
The main song for me really is the National Anthem. No anthem, hell, NO SONG comes close to beating this opus for granduer, glory, pomp and meaning. The feeling it instills upon the listener is endearing and great. "The Cliff" is my second favourite. It alike the national anthem is wonderfully crafted and performed and too is inspirational.
The rest of the album is awesome and to a similiar ultra-high quality of performance by the ensemble and of the writing of the music itself. The CD insert says that some of the tracks were originally recorded in Mono or may be lacking in quality, but after listening to it with high quality (Gigaworks S750) speakers at quite a high volume I couldn't notice any bad patches.
And for all the people saying "I don't understand the lyrics" : you don't have to. If the Red Army Choir did one thing excellently it was getting across the message through music and performance: "The Red Army is the Strongest."
If you liked the soundtrack to "The Hunt For Red October," or martial choral music such as Laibach then I recommend this CD. Or vice versa.

The Keep
The Keep
by F. Paul Wilson
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Keep, 30 Aug. 2004
This review is from: The Keep (Mass Market Paperback)
This was the first fiction book that I had read for ... almost ten years. I was only disappointed by the kinda lame ending.
The book exerted itself with chunks of atmosphere and personality. As other reviewers have noted there are a lot of twists in the story, and at some points I couldn't tell what was coming next.
In the end though it fell on it's head. The characters as well are cliché. Overall a good read, it got me interested in reading again.

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