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Rugby League Live 3 (PS4)
Rugby League Live 3 (PS4)
Price: £39.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ... played around a dozen games so far and I like it a lot, 22 Sept. 2015
Have played around a dozen games so far and I like it a lot. It's fast-moving, addictive and satisfying to play. There's a good learning curve so that's it's not too easy to win on Amateur level but you'll soon improve and start winning regularly and be ready to step up. Doing the drills to learn the controls is essential.

The presentation is good, although some player representations are very hit and miss. Leeds' Jamie Peacock, for example, is accurate but Kevin Sinfield hopeless. But that's secondary to the gameplay, which hits the spot. Sound effects are good and the Australian commentary accurate.

I had RLL2 on the PS2 and that was passable but this is, as it should be on the PS4, a major improvement. A good game. Well worth it.


Electricity Supply - The British Experiment
Electricity Supply - The British Experiment
Price: £5.40

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The rise and demise of a trade association and its ideals, 13 Feb. 2015
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There's a neat symmetry to this rather self-justifying account of how a one-man band PR firm based in a Cornish cottage worked to establish what became the Association of Electricity Producers.

When the AEP 'band of rebels' was formed in 1987, it was railing against the practices of the state monopoly Central Electricity Generating Board. By the end of the story in 2012, Porter retires (and other founder members depart) after AEP merges with two other associations to become the Angela Knight-led Energy UK, mouthpiece of the Big Six - exactly the type of all-encompassing behemoth he had rebelled against.

The book is an essentially blow-by-blow account of the growth and ultimate death of AEP. The final chapters concentrate on how the privatisation ideal went sour, and, rather predictably for a true believer, Porter points the finger of blame solely in the direction of government interference and technological change, i.e. renewables and distributed generation, for buggering up his vision of a perfectly competitive market, with the energy companies seemingly whiter than white.

While Porter was paid to defend the interests of energy companies, his continued reluctance in retirement to admit to any failings is a weakness of the book. As a lobbyist himself, Porter knows better than most how his members, particularly the oligopolistic Big Six, have exploited the inherently political nature of energy supply to their own advantage, i.e. big cash hand-outs from government for fear of the 'lights going out' etc.

Ultimately, Porter comes across a mostly honest man trying to do his best for an industry which became increasingly dishonest during his 25 years. In his heart, Porter knows the British electricity 'experiment' has failed.
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The Rough Guide to Kerala
The Rough Guide to Kerala
by David Abram
Edition: Paperback

71 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book made a good holiday great, 28 Dec. 2007
OK, I love Rough Guides and always have done. But even allowing for this obvious bias this really is a superb book.

All of the usual information is there; the best places to see & do; how to get around by public & private transport; maps of major towns/cities; a v useful guide to (delicious) Keralan food & drink; local customs etc. You would expect this from a guide book, of course, but Rough Guides does this better than anyone else, and 'Kerala' is no exception.

The excellent 'Contexts' section, which fills in the history of this unique, fascinating, beautiful Indian state; and the feature 'text boxes' of a particular aspect of Keralan culture allow for a good understanding of the state, essential when you've passed the umpteenth poster of Lenin. All this is written in the usual crisp, concise manner, which helps keep the length of the book to an ergonomic 351 pages.

Most useful were the accommodation listings. If, as it was for us, the plan is to stay at one place for a night or two and move on, this guide is a godsend.

It lists, in exacting detail, hundreds of places of varying quality and expense. Read carefully and you will be rewarded.

Thanks to the guide we were able to stay (at exceptionally reasonable rates) in a lakeside resort, a surprisingly comfortable YMCA, a Raj mansion, a homestay in the jungle, and an outrageously good value government hotel.

Not aimed at cruse liner parties or package holidaymakers for sure, but if you want to make the most of your time in Kerala, you need this book.


When Saturday Comes: The Half Decent Football Book (When Saturday Comes Magazine)
When Saturday Comes: The Half Decent Football Book (When Saturday Comes Magazine)

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most readable football reference book out there, 3 Feb. 2006
This could be titled 'The When Saturday Comes Encyclopaedia of British Football'. Its pages feature detailed entries of each professional English and Scottish League club plus great players and coaches. It also covers at some length hundreds of other aspects of the game including supporters, the media, football songs, famous fans, hooliganism, club colours etc etc.
This book has been written with the usual affectionate yet irreverent style typical of When Saturday Comes and it never fails to be informative, engaging and amusing. This is not a book full of tedious statistics but of insightful precis that sheds new light on subjects that have been covered extensively as well as those that haven't.
For example, the entry on the Pools Panel informs us that it predicts the result correctly 4 times out of 10, that it consists of Gordon Banks, Tony Green and Roger Hunt, and that it meets in a Liverpool solicitor's office every Saturday afternoon. This kind of information is not found in the average football book!
The book is well researched and well written, in particular the entries on the League clubs are excellent. This is not a book for pub quiz bores but for those who want an easy-to-read manual to British football's rich history. Strongly recommended.


History Of Football The Beautiful Game [2002] [DVD]
History Of Football The Beautiful Game [2002] [DVD]
Dvd ~ History of Football - the Beautiful Game
Price: £7.81

45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential. And a bargain., 13 Jan. 2006
Can't recommend this box set highly enough. Each DVD (seven in total) is split into two 50-minute programmes. Topics for the programmes include European football, South American football, Brazil, the development of club and international football, the media, superstars, developing nations and the future. The series has high production values and features extensive, poignant footage and interviews with all-time greats such as Pele, Maradona, Best, Rinus Michels, Zidane, Zico, Rossi, Klinsmann, Shearer, Alex Ferguson, Ronaldo, Maldini, Charlton, Platini etc etc. The extras are superb, including highlights of every World Cup Final up to 1998 and several European Championship finals, as well as longer interviews with the greats. The series is comprehensive, well made, engaging, informative and respectful. If you love football and appreciate its past, buy this.


Milan AC - One Century Of Emotions [DVD] [2001]
Milan AC - One Century Of Emotions [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Ac Milan
Offered by becksdvds-co-uk
Price: £11.99

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A joyfully and typically Italian load of balls!, 5 May 2005
The DVD is split into three main parts: The history of Milan, the legends and the great victories.
The history section is hindered by a shortage of decent footage from the early days up to the 1960s. The DVD is a good three years old now so you won't see anything of the likes of 'Kaka, but if you want to relive the Arrigo Sacchi/Fabio Capello epoch with Van Basten/Gullit/Baresi et al then you won't be disappointed.
The legends features a five minute or so profile of Baresi, Van Basten, Gullit, Baresi, Maldini plus shorter profiles of Gianni Rivera, Nils Liedholm and Jose Altafini - understandable given the footage available.
The great victories include all the European Cup final wins (pre-Juventus 2003), Intercontinental Cup, Cup Winners Cup plus domestic wins over Maradona's Napoli and thrashings of Inter and Fiorentina.
Overall, it's a good DVD. You can switch the audio and the menu text between Italian and English.
I suppose the only drawback is the cheesy soundtrack and the awful English narration, which appears to have been translated from the Italian by an 11-year old armed with a pocket dictionary! However, this does lend some unintentional amusement.
As I said, if you want action from 2000 onwards, don't bother, but the coverage of the glory days of the late 1980s/early 1990s is excellent.


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