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Grand Theft Auto : San Andreas Platinum (PS2)
Grand Theft Auto : San Andreas Platinum (PS2)
Offered by findprice
Price: £14.09

3.0 out of 5 stars Not suitable for (most) PS3, 27 July 2013
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Still working through the game on my old (non-360) Xbox but since the driving controls on Xbox can be a bit fiddly if you want to shoot I decided to buy the PS2 copy to use with my new PS3. Will not play on a brand new PS3. Gave the game to my girlfriend who has an older, fatter PS3 and it will not play on that either.
Not a fault of the game -Sony have removed the backwards compatibility they touted for the PS3 when it came out. Really wish someone would make GTA:SA for PS3

chinkyboo 3 Washing Wash Laundry Bag -Separates & Protects Clothes and Delicates During Wash Cycle, Medium in Washing machine - 1 L + 2 M+1 chinkyboo logo bag
chinkyboo 3 Washing Wash Laundry Bag -Separates & Protects Clothes and Delicates During Wash Cycle, Medium in Washing machine - 1 L + 2 M+1 chinkyboo logo bag

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware, 27 July 2013
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Just split coffee on a blanket and went to use this for the first time. The zip is of staggeringly poor quality. The runner detached before I even attempted to use it and could not be reattached. Before you use these sew the ends of the zip tracks together (this has not been done). This may give you a useful item but given the quality of the zip no guarantee that it will not malfunction in another way. A real disappointment. Exceptionally lazy and shoddy construction at any price

MFH T-shirt ACU Digital size L
MFH T-shirt ACU Digital size L
Offered by Military 1st
Price: £9.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Poorer quality than it looks, 27 July 2013
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Seemed like a nice shirt of reasonable weight. Wore it once, put it in the wash. Put it on again a month or so later and it already has tiny holes in the fabric.

Bureau 13
Bureau 13
by Nick Pollotta
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So many irritiating mistakes, 16 May 2012
This review is from: Bureau 13 (Mass Market Paperback)
I wish I could like these books more, but they are flawed by the author's indifference to getting basic technical facts right. This may seem an odd complaint about a book about the supernatural, but by getting the real world elements of the story so frequently and wildly wrong he detracts from the narrative. This is a real pity, since it is a good story with the occasional amusing passage and the dialogue is natural. If only he had bothered to open a reference book occasionally instead of guessing and making up stuff he evidently knows nothing about.
Just some of the mistakes include:-
Magazines are not clips. Clips fit inside magazines and none of the weapons mentioned in the book use them. This is a common mistake, but one that is still totally wrong and will doubtless get many readers with an actual basic knowledge on the subject grinding their teeth.
M16s are assault rifles, not machine guns.
Blackbirds are not bombers
The Atchisson is not an "assault rifle system that fires 12 gauge shotgun shells". It is an automatic shotgun.
DC-3 is not a seaplane! DC-3 is probably one of the best known transport planes ever, so it is baffling how he could get this wrong.
Combined M16/M79 should be M16/M203.
"airburst using a state of the art multiple ton blockbuster thermite bomb.." Thermite isn't actually an explosive, so it is not surprising this bomb doesn't do what is intended. Thermite is not "hotter than the surface of the sun" and US AN-M14 grenades actually use Thermate.
If the protagonist served in `nam, as is claimed, why did he learn defusing Claymores from the Discovery channel?
"Dragon is too heavy and takes a trained four man crew two hours to assemble" -with no information to the contrary this must be the US M47, which is actually it is a one man man-portable weapon often crewed by a two man team.
Pilot boasts about "two thousand horsepower, supercharged, 24 cylinder, Pratt & Whitney Double Wasp with a top speed of eight hundred miles per hour". Double wasp engines have 18 cylinders and DC-3 used Twin Wasps with 14. If a engine has a top speed it would be in RPMs, not MPH. 800mph would make the aircraft supersonic, which seems pushing credibility even for a magically augmented DC-3.
Would "Cold Iron" bullets work against a supernatural creature? By the time they have passed down a barrel they will be at a couple of hundred degrees. Why does the character use Cold iron bullets in the same load as Steel Hollow-points? Isn't steel just iron with impurities.

Official Kubotan Techniques
Official Kubotan Techniques
by Takayuki Kubota
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Will teach you the locks., 19 Jun 2011
This is a far better book than Kubotan Keychain: Instrument of Attitude Adjustment despite its shorter length.
This book shows a greater variety of locking techniques, although the basic principles behind them can easily be grasped. It also includes applications that might be relevent to a police officer, such as extracting a drunk from a vehicle or dealing with passive resistors.
Given that its contents are mainly geared to police use it pays very little attention striking techniques with the kubotan and some comments may have been in order-restrant techniques cannot sometimes be applied until a suspect has been subdued. Strikes from a tool like the kubotan can be surprisingly powerful and some caution about not hitting the spine and skull would be in order.
The small size of the book and the photo quality may for some readers make it difficult to work out what is happening. A larger version of this book with some additional material and line drawings would be a nice update.

Kubotan Keychain: Instrument of Attitude Adjustment
Kubotan Keychain: Instrument of Attitude Adjustment
by Takayuki Kubota
Edition: Paperback

2.0 out of 5 stars Buy the other book, 19 Jun 2011
If you want a good book on the Kubotan buy "Official Kubotan Techniques" by the same author. I own both and this one is no where near as good. Like many books this has photo sequences of "What to do if..." While the solutions given would probably work you have to ask if they are the simplest or most effective? Someone grabs your lapel you can put them in a wrist lock with a kubotan, but you are better just turning to their outside gate applying your palm to their elbow.
The real low point is "How to deal with unwanted attention". If someone puts their arm around you your first response should not be to hit them in the face with a bunch of keys and then stab them in the chest and thigh. Act like that lady and you'll rightly be spending time where male company, unwanted or otherwise, is not going to be a worry.
Buy Official Kubontan Techniques instead. It shows a greater variety of locks and techniques that are actually practical, especially for police officers.Official Kubotan techniques

Starsky & Hutch (Xbox)
Starsky & Hutch (Xbox)
Price: £4.79

3.0 out of 5 stars Nice, but needs tweaking., 18 May 2011
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
I like this game, although driving games are not a favourate of mine. My main gripe is with the viewer rating idea. This is basically a time limit and you can add extra time by doing stunts, shooting at your foe and so on. This is nicer than the usual "complete this mission in 3 mins" approach that some games go for (and which I dislike). The real problem with the viewer rating (VR) is that everything has been cut a little too fine. Bump into another vehicle or miss a power up and it is quite easy to fail the mission in the first minute, before you even see your suspect. Then you have to sit through the loading screen and the intro clip again, and after twenty or a hundred times that can be a little tedious!
I've just completed the sixth mission, and although I've got a couple of silvers and several bronze badges, the second season won't unlock -apparently I need at least one gold, which is going to be difficult.
This game would be a lot better if the VR went down about three times as slow. About 25% of games are brought and played by the over fifties. Not quite at that age yet but games companies need to recognize not all of us have the reflexes of a a 15 yr old. Irony here is that if you remember Starsky and Hutch, the game may give you problems.

Princess of Mars [DVD] [2009] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Princess of Mars [DVD] [2009] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Antonio Jr. Sabato

3.0 out of 5 stars Actually a good effort, 16 May 2011
Asylum are better know for their "Mockbusters" -movies with similiar titles to big studio productions. Ironically some of these are actually better written than the big budget titles.
Book adaptions are always a thorny proposition. Change it too much and you annoy the book fans, and many aspects of ERB's Barsoom series would have to be changed -the customary nudity of the martians and the 15ft size of the Greens.
What Asylum have done instead is create an original story that still pays a few homages to the original. There are actually some nice touches that fans will appreciate, such as the shot of Carter holding the princess that reproduces some of the best known covers of the book.
As a fan of the books I found this a watchable, entertaining movie that stands on its own, while tipping a respectful hat in the direction of the originals.
Others have commented on the irony that the male star spends more time naked than Lords does, and I have to admit I didn't even recognise her, so looks very different to how she looked in Blade and other of her more recent (legal) movies.

Blood Car [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Blood Car [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Mike Brune

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not as clever as it thinks it is., 16 May 2011
As this movie begins, the narrator walks into view, sets the scene then stares out the camera while eating crisps. That was a pretty good clue that the movie is a little too much up its own arse.
What can I say further? Story doesn't really go anywhere and is not particularly funny getting there. There are some nice boobs on display, but they are few and far between. Both the two female protagonists keep their puppies covered, which is rather a shame.
Wait for it to appear for free on the horror channel if you are curious, I'd not buy this.

Piranha 3D [DVD]
Piranha 3D [DVD]
Dvd ~ Elisabeth Shue
Price: £3.00

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, 18 April 2011
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This review is from: Piranha 3D [DVD] (DVD)
As one of the writers comments on the DVD extras "Horror movies used to have boobs! Where has the nudity gone?"
A good point, and one lost by many modern makers of slasher flicks and creature features. Such movies are meant to be entertainment, and a little nice flesh always adds to that.

Piranha, I'm pleased to say, attempts to redress the balance. Plenty of bikinis and girls not in bikinis. A surprisinly impressive cast -Elizabeth Shue is an excellent female sheriff. Ving Rhames for a change gets to play someone who is not a gangster or low life. Christopher Lloyd plays an excentric expert (no change there, but he is great for this role). Main male lead is Steve McQueen's grandson. Dina Meyer from Starship Troopers is there, although I had to watch it again before I realized which character she was. Kelly Brook is the "Wild Girl" but a not unsympatheic character. And to top things off, Richard Dreyfuss is in it, retired from the sea and fishy problems...

I'm a fan of the original Piranha, and the remake (Piranhas). This movie wisely takes the idea to a different location, a different origin and a stands up on its own as a fun movie that won't offend fans of the originals.

This is how good creature feature movies used to be. Let us hope more future film-makers learn from it

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