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TT SuperBikes (PS2)
TT SuperBikes (PS2)

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extreamly addictive and difficult at the same time., 21 Oct. 2006
This review is from: TT SuperBikes (PS2) (Video Game)
There are not many bike games on any format to rival TT Superbikes for sheer playability and enjoyment.

The graphics are simply the best of their kind with those living on the Isle of Man testifying that every detail of the famous course right down to the fields,buildings and brick walls have been included.

The realism of speed and difficulty of gameplay make this a game that you will enjoy for quite a long time as you are not allowed onto the TT course until you have won certain races and earned the right to ride the big bikes.

I heard how good the game was having read the reviews but thought twice at buying it because when it was released it was a very costly game and if it was a disappointment i would feel cheated.I saw a friends copy and was hooked,if id known how good it was i would have gladly forked out a kings randsome but there was always that doudt.

Another aspect of the game is that apart from the bikes you are also given the sidecar bikes and the animation of riders moving from left to right is first class.

the first course you are given is the Southern and being rather short it is very testing with sharp corners and severe bends.

If you are still thinking of buying this game donot hesitate as it is head and shoulders above everything else.

A word of caution though you are given the entire TT course to speedalong and not sections of it.Imagine every corner and straight of the entire course in perfect detail.

This game deserves 10 stars for gameplay alone and you will never tire of it because the many bikes on offer all handle differently as you are able to change the set up on your bike to make it handle better or go faster.

The game is as close to riding the TT as it is possible to get and the sense of speed is addictive.

In Search of Shakespeare [DVD]
In Search of Shakespeare [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Wood
Price: £6.99

17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Complete Shakey, 26 Sept. 2006
There is one thing that we can be certain of, Micheal Wood has never produced a dull or uninteresting series, and this analysis of the life and work of William Shakespeare must rank as one of his best.

His books on In search of Domesday England and In search of the Darkages are timeless classics, still in print after thirty or so years after their initial release, and its refreshing to see In Search of the Darkages has now been released on to disc in a lavish twin disc presentation.

To be allowed to produce your seventh consecutive BBC series, you can be sure it is television of the highest quality appealing to a wide audience.

Most people are turned off by the works of Shakespeare, simply because they were made study it in school and probably found it challenging and possibly boring, one has to concentrate and use ones mental faculties to gain an understanding into what Shakespeare was telling us,granted its not to everyones taste, but certain plays of his, especially King Lear are works of incredible power and genius.

Michael actually visits the very classroom at Stratford where the young William attended, it has barley changed in the five hundred years since his schooling, and he follows his known whereabouts throughout the country chronicling his huge rise to fame.

For those of us who love watching his beautifully presented series,you will find his analysis of English Literatures greatest exponent a work of mastery.

When someone like Michael Wood approaches a subject as interesting as the life and works of William Shakespeare you are guaranteed a series of real depth and meaning.

We know Michael is in possession of a remarkable intellect, a passionate scholar in medieval history, but his step by step analysis and use of 17C documentation, makes this particular series a trully memorable one.

This series like all of Woods starts with Shakespeares birth, and into what kind of family background that ensured he received the right education to develop his remarkable gift.

Remember this is late 16century England with the struggle between Catholicism and Protestantism, that period in history had a most dramatic effect on what he wrote, and the kind of audience his material was meant to impress.

More relevant to the story is that Christopher Marlowe was the biggest playwrite in England at the time, but when Shakespeare began his rise to fame, he outsold Marlowe by a huge margin.

Michael takes us to actual public houses with connections to Shakespeare,one in particular that Shakespeare actually performed at and had sell out shows grossing fabulous box office takings, there is documentary evidence to back up such claims, really Shakespeare could do no wrong, such was the demand for his play writing.

This series also takes us into the seedier underworld of Elizabethan society and also follows around the current Royal Shakespeare Company during their rehersals and productions of various plays.

In effect this most interesting series tells us a great deal about Elizabethan life and how Shakespeare became its major celebrity.

This is by far one of Michael Woods finest BBC productions.

William of Stratford is such a famous figure throughout the World, that it would take a considerable effort to analyse such an important and crucial figure in the whole of English Literature.

There will be few if any comparable series to rival this one, its a work of real scholar, and for that Michael Wood must be commended for his great effort.

Panasonic DVD-LV50EBS Portable DVD Player with 10.2" Display
Panasonic DVD-LV50EBS Portable DVD Player with 10.2" Display

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning quality and picture Decent sound aswell, 25 Sept. 2006
I purchased my portable Panasonic dvd player nearly two years ago and paid quite a healthy premium price for it aswell but i am still exceptionally pleased at the overall quality of manufacture and superb picture for such a small screen.

There are now a fair number of small affordable dvd players available under the hundred pound bracket which give impressive results but when you handle this player it ooses quality and feels like it will last a very long time.Most of the player is plastic but combined with the many metal parts makes you feel you have bought a quality product.

Picture quality i have already said is way above average and is reflected in the high original purchase price of £346.That was a hefty sum two years ago when the majority of the Best Buy normal dvd players were selling for less than that.

Naturally the player comes with its own mains adaptor which itself is nearly £40 to buy as a replacement.Another nice feature is the availability of a small affordable matching Svideo lead which really transforms this player into a mainstream dvd player.Hooked up to my separate Panasonic 15inch LCD screen this compact player with the use of that essential Svideo lead produces results that would equal or better well known Dvd players on the market.

The player also has its own battery pack which clips onto the back of the player and when charged fully gives around 2.5 hrs of play back time.

Everything about this player is above average SOUND PICTURE QUALITY AND OVERALL MANUFACTURE.

If you want a top quality player which produces the goods from an established quality manufacture you should audition this player it deserves every one of those 5 stars.

Francesco's Italy
Francesco's Italy
by Francesco da Mosto
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £27.50

21 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cooffee table stunner, 18 Sept. 2006
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This review is from: Francesco's Italy (Hardcover)
Thankfully i managed to record all four episodes of Francescos very entertaining Top to Toe series on Italy onto disc.

His ladish exploits in that gorgeous Alfa Spider made the series a more lite hearted affair to his magnificent Venice,and his influnce in being one of the oldest Venitian families opened doors into fabulous palaces and villas that are barred to all members of the public.

Naturally he could not spend too long in the north of the country but witnessing Lucca, Puccinis birthplace and Bolognia the oldest university in the world made what he did choose trully excelleny.Veronia was where Shakespeare based Romeo and Juiliet but Shakey never visited the place.

The highlite of the series for me was when he travelled further south to the deeply religious areas where devotion was taken to extreams.

The poverty of Naples and his mothers birthplace Palermo in Sicilli was a real journey into the real Italy that few tourists get to see.

This book brings all that and more into a highly illustrated story of Italy at its very best.

His Top to Toe series is too young to have been released onto dvd but this book is a taster of the treat yet to come.
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Francesco's Venice: The Dramatic History of the World's most Beautiful City
Francesco's Venice: The Dramatic History of the World's most Beautiful City
by Francesco da Mosto
Edition: Hardcover

30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pictorial gem almost as good as the dvd set of the series., 7 Sept. 2006
This is a really fabulous book to accompany his breathtaking series on his home city of Venice.Its your typical beautifully illustrated volume highlighting the gorgeous architecture and rennaisance splendour that is Venice.

If you missed the 2004 masterpiece that was his history of Venice then YOU MUST buy the BBC dvds to accompany his series, it is withought doubt the finest historical series i have seen in many years.This book is a beautifull reminder of that series both compliment each other beautifully.

It is rare for me to sing the praises of a book so highly,but this guide to Venice makes me want to sing a Puccini aria to the best of my capabilities.

Hillwalking in Snowdonia: Glyders, Carneddau and Outlying Areas (Cicerone British Mountains)
Hillwalking in Snowdonia: Glyders, Carneddau and Outlying Areas (Cicerone British Mountains)
by Steve Ashton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.95

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A guide enticing you to explore further affield in Wales, 7 Sept. 2006
A very informative beautifully illustrated guide that makes you want to visit the remotest parts of North Wales.

Most tourists and walkers alike stick to the Northern hills which include the Carneddau,Glyders and Snowdon.The more adventurous go to the Moelwyns and possibly the occasional trip to the rough Rhinogs.You will hardly find anyone tramping in The Arans,Berwyns,Arrenigs,or the wildest parts of central wales around Plumlymon.

Most of these outlying mountain ranges involve a great deal of planning ahead,there are few if any reconisable paths especially in The Arrans.I for one have lived in Wales all my life but have yet to walk the Rhinogs let alone the Berwyns or Arrenigs,these are trully remote areas where even on a busy bank holiday you will see nobody except for that rare backpacker camping wild.

This well written guide gives you detailed walks in every outlying area,so all the ground work has been done all you have to do is get there and try the routes in fair weather because most of these walks involve very remote and hostile areas in inclement weather.

Dallas: The Complete Season 1 and 2 [DVD] [1978]
Dallas: The Complete Season 1 and 2 [DVD] [1978]
Dvd ~ Victoria Principal
Price: £11.99

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite brilliant and i only missed three episodes., 7 Sept. 2006
Its hard to believe that Dallas is now over twenty years old.
The lives of the oil rich Ewing clan of Southfork ranch, and that dastardly John Ross Ewings fued with Cliff Barnes,will live long in my memory.
I can honestly say hand on my heart, that i missed only three episodes in its entire run,and if i missed an episode all those years ago, then my week was entierly ruined, i was a huge fan all those years ago.

The only sane member of the clan was Miss Ellie played by Barbra Belle Geddes.
She knew how to control her eldest son JR, and those famous breakfast scenes where the entire family used to gather were trully memorable.

Pam Ewing who was that dreaded Cliff Barnes sister, near the end of the run of episodes, sold her Ewing shares to Cliff her brother to get back at JR.

Ray Crebbs was Jock Ewings outcast member of the family, the one that JR disliked because he had a small percentage of DADDIES company.

The Oil Barrons Ball was another annual highlite, where Cliff and JR showed their contempt for each other, but it was the amazing
WHO SHOT JR story that was a World wide phenomenan.

Was is Pam or the constantly drunk Sue Ellen who stormed into JRs office.

It took many weeks during a summer break to reveal that it was Crystyn Sheperd one of JRs cousins who did the deed,very few people guessed it, but the termoil throughout that season has never been replicated in any television series since.

Even the then US president Jimmy Carter and other world leaders were trying to guess who done it.

If you were not born during the first airing of Dallas you cannot imagine the tension that it had over most of the western world.

I for sure really miss Dallas and that ridiculous spin off series Dynasty was rubbish in comparrison.

Go on BBC repeat the entire series so that those too young to remember can see real drama at its best.

Mountain Navigation
Mountain Navigation
by Peter Cliff
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.00

17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of its kind available, 6 Sept. 2006
This review is from: Mountain Navigation (Paperback)
Think of how many books you have read,bought or simply looked at discussing the often confusing art of mountain navigation.

Look no further because this small book in its goodness knows what reprint is one of the easiest and best illustrated companion to map reading and compass work.In very easy to understand and follow language with delightfully simplistic pictures,it is one of the easiest books to grasp an often difficult subject.
It is suited to both novice and mountain guide wishing to teach eager pupils.

It includes grid refrences aswell as aspects of slope which are especially important with contours and differing heights.

In not that many pages this very concise book provides valid information on all the basics of map reading including setting the map,grid refrences,contours aswell as what certain OS symbols mean.

Ask yourself this question "Why is it in its umpteenth reprint"

Thats easy to answer because it is one of the simplest yet most effective books on montain navigation you can read.

If you are confused about what that little needle in the middle of that piece of plastic means or even more confused about what that coloured large piece of paper with pretty pictures actually means THEN THIS BOOK WILL TELL YOU IN VERY EASY TO UNDERSTAND LANGUAGE.

Porsche 956/962
Porsche 956/962
by Peter Morgan
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bible on the history and development of this famous Porche., 5 Sept. 2006
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This review is from: Porsche 956/962 (Hardcover)
I will keep this review brief because this superb book with a wealth of highly detailed photographs is the definate history of both cars especially the 956.

There are not that many books out there on this one particular race car,but thakfully this book does the subject real justice,you feel you know the car once you have read this book.

If then you are looking for the definate history on this Le Man classic then look no further THIS IS IT

Ford GT40 The Story [DVD]
Ford GT40 The Story [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ford Gt40 - the Story
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £10.82

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent history on this beautifull Le Man car, 5 Sept. 2006
This review is from: Ford GT40 The Story [DVD] (DVD)
Here is a really excellent historical dvd by none other than the true experts on historical automobillia Duke.

This disc takes you on a trip of how because Henry Ford failed to buy Ferrari he set out to design a car that would trounce the Italian Stallion at the famous Le Man 24hr.The original designers and plans are discussed showing how successful the car was from day one.

Those of you looking for the technical aspect of the car willnot be dissappointed but where this dvd really excells is the interviews with current owners of genuine Le Man competing cars.One owner with authentic detail that nobody can denie that was on an original part of one of the Le Mans cars actually uses the car on almost regular basis.Pieces of a Lancaster Bomber were applied to only two Le Mans cars.

If an interview with current owners is interesting enough the best is saved till last.

Tiff Neddel of Top Gear and Fith Gear fame is invited to drive at full race speed two very different GTs.One is the Le Man 24 car in the famous GULF colours,and the other is the all white car owned by no other than Henry Ford himself.

The power of that Weslake V8 is breathtaking and driving from a standing start Tiff easily sees 200mph on the speedo whilst thundering down a dissused runway.It is interesting in the close up shots of the interior of both cars.

Secondly the very valuable Gt owned by Mr Ford is taken to the road and is treated like any other very fast car by being allowed to overtake slower traffic on quite narrow roads.

Also shown are two short films of Gts taking part in famous hill climbs.

The only shortcoming was the lack of comparrison between the original GT40 and the all new Ford GT.We are shown both cars together but nothing really serious is mentioned such as how old technology compares with the new.

Apart from this the Dvd gives a very interesting account of the history of this famous racer and covers everything in just enough detail to send you away satisfied for more.

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