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Top Sights Travel Guide: Manchester (Top Sights Travel Guides Book 79)
Top Sights Travel Guide: Manchester (Top Sights Travel Guides Book 79)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Littered with errors, 23 July 2012
I am echoing much of the first reviewers comments and luckily I have only downloaded the sample. I would have given it 1 star, but as I only had the sample, I thought it unjust to give just 1 star.

From the brief glimpse of the book offered for free, I was struck whether the writer had even visited the city. As a proud Mancunian, I am always interested to see how the city is perceived by others, but this sample is not a shining beacon to attract visitors. The Northern Quarter is called the 'North Quarter' and Deansgate Locks is referred to as 'Deansgate Docks'. I would be mightily impressed if a sea going vessel decided to dock there whilst I was having a drink at one of the bars, but the lack of attention to detail is very evident from little bits such as these.

Manchester United is described as 'The city's team' as well in the introduction. I know, even as a United fan, this is not something anyone with a decent amount of knowledge of the city would say.

I know it is much easier to criticise rather than offer something constructive, but the English is terrible throughout - 'The Saint Peter's Square' for example. When did the 'The' arrive?

'Manchester is known for making the first train station in the world'. A fact the city is to be proud of, but how does one 'make' a station. Surely if this book had been proof read just once by someone with a reasonable grasp of English before being released, these glaring errors would have been spotted and the book would be a good starting point as a guide.

The enthusiasm is there in the writing and this is to be applauded, but overall the book seems to have been written by someone who does not know the city well and by someone who is lacking heavily in vocabulary and the written form of English.

A great pity as I was very intrigued to read this sample.


Medieval II: Total War - Gold Edition (PC DVD)
Medieval II: Total War - Gold Edition (PC DVD)
Offered by GeeksWholesaler
Price: 5.38

121 of 124 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive, 14 Jun 2008
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Having owned and thoroughly enjoyed the first 'Medieval Total War' my expectations were quite high for this edition. Some reviews had also made me a little worried about the progression in game play and concept, but this was all dispelled upon my first play. Rather than armies simply being moved from region to region, mountains and lakes have to be negotiated as armies shape their way through the terrain. These paths can also be used as important strategic strongholds, or ambush locations for other unsuspecting passing armies. The first edition lacked terrain on the main campaign map and this is perhaps the biggest change when first playing the game.

The main beauty of Total War II is how detailed both parts of the game are. For those who have not played the game, the game is broadly divided into two sections - firstly a map style campaign, similar to Civilization or the board game Risk and secondly individual battle scenarios. The game can therefore be played as both a strategy game and/or a battle one. Battles can be resolved automatically or commanded personally depending on how long or short you want the game to be.

In terms of playing time, the game does require a large amount of attention if you want to succeed as a ruler. Turns cannot simply be skipped in order to save money or for a building to be finished, as otherwise other `factions' will leave you in their wake. With experience and patience a huge European Empire can be under your grasp, but just when you think you have the game cracked, new and more powerful factions appear from the east, natural disasters strike cities, the plague sweeps through Europe and then America is discovered. Unlike many strategy games that become tedious and repetitive over time, these events help keep the game interesting.

The expansion pack features four mini-versions of the main game. Each is as detailed as the main game, but concentrates on specific areas such as Britain and the Middle East. These are equalling rewarding to play and I found the Crusades Campaign (which I still have yet to complete) perhaps even more compelling and addictive than the main game.

Overall Medieval Total War II is an absolute masterpiece of a game and coupled with the expansion pack it becomes the only game you will want to play for a long time.


Don't Believe the Truth
Don't Believe the Truth
Price: 5.60

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heathen Chemistry Mk 2, 31 May 2006
This review is from: Don't Believe the Truth (Audio CD)
Oasis will forever be known for their earliest work and their laddish outlook on life in the mid-nineties. Don't Believe The Truth is a million miles away from the angry, confident swagger of Definitely Maybe and the commercially successful pop-rock of Morning Glory, but it should still hold a place in every Oasis fan's music collection.

Liam has learned to write a decent tune and Noel's contributions offer a more reflective and wiser stance. Gem and Andy's songs are more reminiscent of early-Oasis than the Gallagher's efforts, but Liam's vocals define them as late-Oasis. The album represents an age group that has grown older with Oasis, one that has settled down, started families and become increasingly mellow.

Musically the songs are still classic Oasis in style, but perhaps only Let There Be Love offers the anthemic chorus most would normally associate with the band. Singles Lyla and The Importance Of Being Idle reflect how much Oasis have changed since the mid-nineties, but the catchy melody is still there and songs like Part Of The Queue and Guess God Thinks I'm Abel indicate Oasis still have a musical future.

The album is never going to make any all-time top lists, but it is one of those albums that you will put on in a couple of years time and think I cannot believe I did not listen to it more than I did. A solid 7/10.

Best Track: The importance Of Being Idle


The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: Plays The Music Of Oasis
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: Plays The Music Of Oasis

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Royal Philharmonic Plays The Music Of Oasis, 2 Mar 2006
As a big oasis fan, any cd that features some of their music is always worth a look for me. This take on Oasis' early work delivers a surprisingly satisfying result. The songs sound a little like the music you hear in a countryside cafe or B&Q. Mixed in with this, the instruments substituted for the Gallagher's voices, sound like they are from the Dallas theme tune. Its a bizarre experience to listen to and its hard to hear the music without trying to sing along, but somehow it works beautifully. I personally think it is a must for any oasis fan!


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