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Run [Explicit]
Run [Explicit]
Price: £6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Relief!, 27 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Run [Explicit] (MP3 Download)
After Megalithic Symphony I waited with bated breath for the follow-up... It couldn't possibly be as good, could it? The answer is... not quite. This is a solid album, by no means a disappointment, but where megalithic truly was symphonic in the way that it threw up surprise after surprise and the variety was enough to play it all the way through over and over without it getting stale, this album feels ever so slightly more one dimensional. Luckily though it's a good dimension and the tracks that deliver are as thumping and rich as you'd hope, it just lacks the sheer reckless abandon that made megalithic so good. Aaron found a formula that worked and he stuck to it, no problem there, it's just that a formula is sometimes less fun than organised chaos.


InventCase BlackBerry Classic 2014 TPU Gel Case Cover with Screen Protector - Clear
InventCase BlackBerry Classic 2014 TPU Gel Case Cover with Screen Protector - Clear
Offered by Sunny Savers Ltd
Price: £4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Case good for the Classic, screen protector useless, 8 Jan. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Ordered this for the new BlackBerry Classic. The cover itself is surprisingly good, fitting very closely and looking smart. I say surprisingly because the price was very low and also because the device is very new and there are very few covers available due to the short time available to spec and produce them. In this sense the manufacturer has moved quickly and done well. What is not so useful is the bonus screen protector, which is nothing like the size of the Classic. It obviously belongs to another device and was just included with early orders as lip service until they produce one the right size.


Yoga for Cyclists
Yoga for Cyclists
by Lexie Williamson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.88

25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yoga presented in an easily digestible format, tailored specifically for cyclists, 5 Jun. 2014
This review is from: Yoga for Cyclists (Paperback)
First and foremost what makes this book unique is that it is not a cycling-themed book for yoga practitioners, rather it is aimed squarely at cyclists who are interested in applying yoga concepts to their training and racing. As far as I’m aware there is no other book that deals with the subject in such a focussed manner.

Recently, more widely published insights into the methods used by elite cyclists and triathletes have brought the potential benefits of yoga to the attention of the masses. Where previously there may have been a naivety amongst the amateur community about the need for paying attention to conditioning off the bike, nowadays it’s clear that the damage done by poor core strength, flexibility and recovery can easily offset the cardiovascular strength gains made through the hard miles on the road. My own experience over 15yrs of endurance training and racing has definitely shown this to be the case. With the necessary patience and commitment, the practice of yoga, and specifically several of the techniques in this book, has delivered significant positive returns to both my performance and my enjoyment of the sport.

Chapters are punctuated with interesting and personal insights from professionals, and the descriptions and visuals that accompany the techniques are easy to understand and follow. The structure enables the reader to easily navigate the chapters, and dive in and out where certain sections may be of more relevance than others. There is no excess text to stagnate the flow, the information is comprehensive yet presented clearly and concisely. Towards the end of the book there is also a section on mental strength that serves as a useful complement to the physical techniques presented throughout. Visually the book is very appealing, with well designed page layout and colouring. It’s small enough for the train or a gym bag, and yet the images are large enough to interpret clearly.

In summary this book will be a very valuable addition to any cyclist’s bookshelf.
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Amzer Shellster Case Cover Holster for BlackBerry Q10 - Black
Amzer Shellster Case Cover Holster for BlackBerry Q10 - Black
Price: £13.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not entirely as pictured, 3 April 2014
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This is a very stylish and very solid case. The fit is excellent, the cut out for the BB logo at the back is very precise, and for me this is a great feature as it is almost totally unique to this case (as far as I have seen anyway). There is no magnet to put the phone to sleep and wake it on removal (as per traditional blackberry holsters), but this doesn't bother me since I bought the case for protection mainly.
The picture shows a rather obvious Amzer logo on the clip, however the one I received has a much nicer black embossed logo that does not stand out anything like as much, and in my view looks much classier.
The case only loses a star for the simple reason that the volume rocker is almost totally unuseable whilst holding the phone to the ear, or when attempting to use it in a pocket etc. The reason being that the cut out is about 3 times the depth of the rocker, and starts virtually adjacent to it, meaning that you have to use a fingernail to press the button from the bottom edge, which is far too fiddly to do in most circumstances. If you're using a headset or bluetooth then this might be a non-issue.
Overall, a great case with one flaw that may be either major or irrelevant depending on your use of the device.


The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs
The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs
by Daniel Coyle
Edition: Hardcover

14 of 42 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars sensationalised, not sensational, 17 Sept. 2012
Anyone setting out to read this book in the hope of unearthing major new revelations about Lance Armstrong will be disappointed. Despite the hype, there is actually very little new information here, and for me the structure of the book and the tone in various sections is all-too calculated, rendering certain sections almost entirely unbelievable owing to the obvious exaggerations.
To elaborate, the book starts with Hamilton declaring himself to be, at heart, an unfailingly honest person. Then we hear how Lance looked after him when he was a neo-pro in the peleton, and how much Tyler admired him. At this point the seeds are therefore sewn for the reader to believe that it will be hard for the honest Tyler to say these awful things about a man he admired so much, and therefore it must be the horrible truth.
Then the tone changes, Tyler becomes a full-time doper, lies to his entire family on the subject (the ever-honest Hamilton clan), and the descriptions of Lance's character become ever darker as the relationship between the two deteriorates. At one point Lance actually turns into a character from a Marvel comic, apparently able to chase down aggressive car drivers with just pedal power, drag them through car windows and beat them senseless. In the real world not only would criminal charges follow for assault, but Benny Hill could have well used the footage of a man in cleated shoes attempting the required footwork.
By the end Lance has become the most powerful man in the world, able to control the FBI, the UCI and even high-ranking members of the US Government, and Tyler is now loving being the bad boy at the heart of the abhorrent Rock Racing team, still admitting to being a doper but without a hint of appreciation for the irony of his character assassination of the man who, if one considers the bare facts, was responsible for nothing worse than doing all the same things Tyler did, just a lot more successfully.
An interesting book, as any account written by someone so close to the US Postal team at the height of their success would be, but inferior in quality to most cycling biographies excluding the appalingly self-congratulatory Rough Ride.
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Flying Scotsman: The Graeme Obree Story
Flying Scotsman: The Graeme Obree Story
by Graeme Obree
Edition: Paperback

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brutally honest tale of a troubled genius, 4 Mar. 2004
As other reviewers have written, the most striking thing about Graeme Obree's story is his honesty. Where other autobiographies have been tweaked and polished by ghostwriters, Obree's words are pure to the extent that the reader can feel such close empathy for his suffering and such elation for his successes.
The very fact that the book was written as a means of therapy for Obree makes it even more of a privilege that we are able to read it. Some of his most personal thoughts are contained, along with graphic descriptions of his suicide attempts and his desperately unhappy childhood in Scotland.
Graeme Obree is a remarkable innovator as well as a naturally gifted athlete, pushing the boundaries within his sport not only in his performances on the track but also in his contributions to the science behind it. His ability to abuse his body so much yet remain able to recover peak athletic form so quickly is nothing short of incredible. At one point he confesses that his desire to die was what made him able to push himself so far beyond reasonable levels of suffering in his pursuit of success, and that is something so fascinating to contemplate, and yet so sad.
This is no ordinary autobiography. It is a collection of the innermost thoughts of a very private man who achieved extraordinary things whilst battling terrible inner demons, and as such it cannot be criticised in any way.


Smile
Smile
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £7.50

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marti's off the hook....., 26 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Smile (Audio CD)
As is probably the case for most of Marti Pellow's current following I was a huge fan of the Wets back in the day, and nobody listening to this album could deny that an already spectacular voice has just got better and better with age.
It's fantastic to hear that the well-publicised storms that marti has weathered in his private life have served only to enrich his voice. The full range is still there, of course, but there is a gritty edge present on 'close to you', a warbling vulnerability on 'did you ever wake up', and a hugely powerful display on 'I've been around the world'.
This is one of those albums that is almost subtly fantastic... give it just one listen and you may not quite get it, but come back again and again and you're sure to appreciate the absolute marvel that is the vocal talent of Mark McLachlan.


Unscathed: Escape from Sierra Leone
Unscathed: Escape from Sierra Leone
by Phil Ashby
Edition: Hardcover

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive military autobiography, 29 Jan. 2004
Very rarely do you find a book so competently written within the military bracket. Major Phil Ashby is a man who has experienced so much that it would be a horrible injustice for this book not to exist, and for his story not to be told.
His status as a commissioned officer immediately marks him apart from the majority of military authors, and perhaps his more privileged upbringing explains the unusual fluency of his prose.
Simply put, an incredibly resilient man tells an absolutely enthralling tale of experiences the likes of which you and I could seldom imagine, let alone find ourselves living. If you like books of this genre, you simply won't find a better written or more engaging one than this.


The Big Lebowski [DVD] [1998]
The Big Lebowski [DVD] [1998]
Dvd ~ Jeff Bridges
Offered by Qoolist
Price: £3.98

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ..."He fixes the cable?", 4 Dec. 2003
This is one of those films that you'll watch wondering how on earth anyone ever dreamt up the storyline, but at the same time you'll be eternally grateful to the Coens for presenting it to you.
There's absolutely nothing bad about this film. I'm not the biggest John Goodman fan but he is absolutely superb, Jeff Bridges plays the Dude so well you'll swear that's what he's actually like, and the cameo from John Torturro is too good for words,..."You might fool the xxxxx in the league office, but you don't fool Jesus"
Don't go through life without watching this film, it is quite simply one of the finest pieces of entertainment available.


Every Second Counts
Every Second Counts
by Lance Armstrong
Edition: Hardcover

27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 5 time tour champ, one hit book wonder..., 10 Oct. 2003
This review is from: Every Second Counts (Hardcover)
I idolise the man, read his brilliant first book countless times, bought my copy of this as soon as it hit the shelves, read it straight through that evening.... and felt nothing.
A life story should be told once. The charm of 'It's not about the bike' was in Lance's description of his childhood, his diagnosis, his treatment and recovery and his marriage etc. An insight into the man that came straight from the horse's mouth (almost..) and served to give some idea of what makes him tick.
Don't get me wrong, there's nothing terrible about this book, but there's also nothing raw. It might as well be a collection of exerpts from every magazine article he's given, bigging up all his team mates etc. in a way that really reflects his recent, more guarded nature.
Understandably the man wants more privacy, but that's a good enough reason not to write a second book at all.


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