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Fallout 3 (PC)
Fallout 3 (PC)

3 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid Like The (Nuclear) Plague, 10 April 2009
= Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Fallout 3 (PC) (Video Game)
It's Friday........bought Fallout 3 for my almost brand spanking new laptop on Wednesday. In 2 days I have:

Scoured the net for help in getting the game to not crash at the first screen

Learnt about audio and video codecs, ffdshow (and how to configure it), drivers,3.5 .net Framework amongst other things

Installed/uninstalled the game 3 times

Realised that literally hundreds of people have had problems with this game from freezing to crashing to glitches and sometimes a combination of all of them and that for the lucky few the patches downloaded off the developer's website solve some of the problems.

I've read the manual......the game looks and sounds great. Right up my street....RPG/First Person Shooter.

I've spent 2 days of my life doing this.

Oh..........and i've ordered the Xbox 360 version. Avoid this game and Bethesda Software.
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TomTom ONE Great Britain GPS (with Bluetooth)
TomTom ONE Great Britain GPS (with Bluetooth)

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Carry a Paperclip in Your Car, 23 Sep 2007
Great piece of kit that is very easy to operate. Never had any problems with it after downloading extras like novelty voices and using the tomtom home website. Just stick in the postcode etc and away you go. For a non-map reader like me that travels all over it's been a godsend. Would have been a 5 but its let me down once on the road once. Needed to reset it 20 mins into a journey from Somerset to Manchester and nothing fits that little reset hole quite like an unwound paperclip so I keep one in my car nowadays! Another small gripe: like a lot of products these days it doesn't come with a case and you really do need a case for it. Halfords etc are flogging them for 20 and to be frank they aren't worth 5 never mind 20. So buy an original one with the tomtom one off here or get a cheaper copy. Another word of warning: it does exactly what it says, and will plan most direct etc. route. This sometimes means up very narrow and potted country lanes more suitable for an off roader not a Ford Focus! Otherwise a great buy and i'd recommend this to anyone.


Cemetery Man (Dellamorte Dellamore) [Spanish Import] [DVD]
Cemetery Man (Dellamorte Dellamore) [Spanish Import] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Rupert Everett

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Existentialist Horror, 8 Oct 2006
This wonderful and very odd movie turned up on C4 a few years ago and hasn't been seen before or since. Definitely a cult classic, it fits the genre of a low budget, European schlock horror movie and will appeal to fans of that type of late night, back-from-the-pub kebab and chips offering. Francesco Delamorte (Everett)is a custodian of an Italian graveyard, burying the dead during the day and despatching them again at night with a variety of weapons in increasingly bizarre fashion ably assisted by the Igor-like Gnaghi (Hadji-Lazaro). Needless to say, he's getting cheesed off with this until the story takes a twist when he falls in love with a beautiful, nameless woman (Falchi) who returns to haunt him in more ways than one.

I'm not a fan of Everett but he is fantastic as the world-weary and laconic cemetery man and through him the film poses many questions about life and death, love and loss. On the one level it is a typically low-brow gore fest with an apallingly bad script in places and most definitely the blackest of comedies. On the other, it bravely questions the nature of obsession, love and fate. The ending is magnificent and like all good thought-provoking movies will stimulate ideas and debate long after the credits have rolled.


I Am Legend (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
I Am Legend (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
by Richard Matheson
Edition: Paperback

18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Something to Sink Your teeth Into, 27 Sep 2006
The Millenennium SF series is a bit of mixed bag of so called 'classic' and seminal sci-fi of the 20th century. 'I Am Legend' rightly deserves it's place in that list but not necessarily as a sci-fi novel. But it's a bit of a curate's egg. In fact it's not even a horror novel per se. There's a blend of sci-fi, post-apocalyptical musings ( more so in the movie based loosely on the book), some horror of course. But this novella is more a psychological examination of what it's like to be the last man alive. Matheson is an expert at leading us into the mind of a man without the companionship of his fellows. I won't spoil the plot as there are some brilliant and unexpected twists but the chapters concerned with Neville's discovery of a dog, company he has craved for for three years, is stunning and I defy anyone not to be moved to tears. I love the film, which is why I bought the book initially, but after reading it I'm afraid Heston et al missed out on a better adaptation. Near perfect.
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AA 1001 Walks in Britain: The Ultimate Collection of Britain's Best Walks (AA Illustrated Reference)
AA 1001 Walks in Britain: The Ultimate Collection of Britain's Best Walks (AA Illustrated Reference)

64 of 64 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Lifetime of Walks, 14 Feb 2006
My partner and I refer to this magnificent tome as 'the bible' and continuing this theme it is probably both old and new testament rolled into one as it is a huge book! Book isn't necessarily what it is though. It is more of a collection of 8 walks per sheet in a ringbinder that can be folded and placed in the handy waterproof case that comes with the collection. There are walks in every conceivable part of Britain from urban strolls to more strenuous Lake District/North Yorks Moors treks. If you want plenty of choice then this is the book for you. However, because of the sheer volume of walks included the directions that come with each walk are minimal. If you are looking for historical/cultural/geographical etc background to these walks then you will need to buy an accompanying book to the area or swot up on the net before you travel. That and some patchy/out-of-date maps with dodgy directions make this book lose a mark but for well-organised ultra-choice this book is super value and highly recommended.


Painted From Memory
Painted From Memory
Offered by vinylandcds
Price: 13.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect, 22 Sep 2004
This review is from: Painted From Memory (Audio CD)
I've been buying music for over twenty years and my collection embraces a little something from most genres: metal to country, jazz to disco. But this album is probably my most indispensable. It brings together two of our greatest songwriters who have produced one of the most stunning albums of all time. There isn't a weak song on the album and more than that the arrangement and musicianship is outstanding. If you don't own this album I fear you are missing out on an incredible listening experience. Costello has collaborated with many artists over the years but in Bacharach he found his perfect partner. It's crammed full of many of Bacharach's signatures like the beautifully understated horn sections and arrangements. Add on Costello's brilliant lyricism and his rich and plaintive vocals and this is a match made in melancholic heaven. Bacharach stretches Costello's vocal talents and in turn Elvis reigns in Burt's MOR leanings. Pure genius and each time I listen I take away something new.


Voice
Voice
Offered by the_record_factory
Price: 11.49

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointingly Mixed, 22 Sep 2004
This review is from: Voice (Audio CD)
There's no doubt that Alison Moyet owns one of the best white female voices around. Over a career spanning over twenty years she has produced enough classic songs solo and with Yazoo to fill at least three best of albums. Sadly there aren't many songs (if any) from this covers collection that can add to that repertoire.
The main problem with a covers album is that the listener compares the modern version with the (often superior) original and this is sadly the case here with the majority of the material. The album kicks off well with 'Windmills of Your Mind' and 'The Man I Love' and a quite superb interpretation of Elvis Costello's 'Almost Blue'. Included with the sleeve notes is Moyet's explanation for the choice of music song-by-song. Rather than interpret the music in a new and different way she has chosen music that is meaningful to her and as such hasn't tinkered a great deal with the arrangements. She's clearly (and rightly so) a Costello devotee but 2 songs later manages to almost murder Bacharach and Costello's 'God Give Me Strength'. Anyone who has heard the original and the album it is from will realise that Costello sings at the top of his range throughout much of the song and as so imbues a real sense of the emotion of the lyrics. The song is poorly paced and appallingly arranged and doesn't showcase Moyet's considerable talent.
Brel's 'La Chanson des Vieux Amants' is quite superb and almost made this a 4 star album for me. Had Moyet, like Scott Walker, produced an album of Brel covers then that may have produced an absolute classic. As this stands it's unhappily a very hit-and-miss affair. Rather than ending the album with an updated version of 'Cry Me A River' (which surely is as much Moyet's now as it was Julie London's standard) is a quite appalling dirge-like version of 'Bye Bye Blackbird'. This album is produced and arranged by Anne Dudley and possibly suffers because of this.
I doubt though that Joss Stone and Amy Winehouse will still be with us in twenty-plus years. Come on Alf, release that Brel album please!
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A Song For All Seasons
A Song For All Seasons
Price: 7.54

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Woman?! Singing Prog Rock?!, 30 Aug 2004
This review is from: A Song For All Seasons (Audio CD)
And what a voice! Perhaps not the voice of an angel that someone suggests earlier but Annie Haslam sets Renaissance apart from other prog/folk bands. It is Haslam's voice and the arrangements of most of the songs on this album that make it such a pleasurable listen. The opener (called 'Opening Out' funnily enough') introduces us to Haslam's fantastic vocals but the stand out tracks include a splendid prog rock/classical workout, 'The Day of the Dreamer' and the hit single 'Northern Lights'. Unfortunately Jon Camp adds his vocals to a couple of tracks and his surname reflects a tad in his singing style. Maybe I'm being unfair here as it would take an exceptional male voice to compare with Haslam on this album and sadly he doesn't compare. Haslam sings a slightly exscrutiating track, 'Back Home Once Again' which was the theme tune to a little known children's tv programme called 'The Paper Lads'. These minor quibbles apart, some of the tracks here compare with any of prog rock's finest and I recommend this album to lovers of this genre and absolutely anyone who enjoys a near perfect singing voice.


Love All the People: Letters, Lyrics, Routines
Love All the People: Letters, Lyrics, Routines
by Bill Hicks
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Without the Verbals, 27 Aug 2004
I stumbled across Hicks on C4 a few years ago performing at the Dominion Theatre (arguably his most seminal routine captured for tv) and became immediately hooked. He's the greatest stand-up that ever lived and this book is another example of the pure genius of his comedy. If, like me, you already own a number of his routines on DVD and cd you'll recognise an awful lot of this material that is quoted word for word here. However, why this book is an essential purchase for Hicksians is the format this book presents. Reading his words rather than listening to them gives you time to digest the meaning a little more slowly. It doesn't have the power of his delivery of course but you can still hear his voice in your mind anyway. Taking the time to think even more about the power of his humour in written form only enhances the pleasure. It's also quite handy if you want to skip immediately to a memorable quote rather than having to hunt for the DVD or cd. If you're new to Hicks try the above TV show on dvd or 'Relentless' on cd but this is a worthwhile addition to his canon regardless of whether someone is cashing in or not.


Scott Walker: Deep Shade of Blue
Scott Walker: Deep Shade of Blue
by Mike Watkinson
Edition: Paperback

9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Left me Hungry For More, 20 Aug 2004
The only major drawback with this book is a lack of any interviews with the great man himself. However, after reading this biography it is quite clear why no interviews will ever be forthcoming from Scott Walker. It's extremely readable though and as far as possible its authors have tried to get under Walker's skin by interviewing as many people linked to him as possible. The book is over 10 years old but because of the very nature of its media-shy subject it's probably still very much up-to-date. Walker is completely inactive and hasn't released anything new since the 80s. It's a very good resume of Walker's career though but digs up very few surprises or information that fans aren't already probably aware of. Saying that though it's the best there is available unless Walker decides to write his autobiography. But then again, would Scott Engel's acolytes really want a warts and all exposé by the man himself? I doubt it.


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