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Staying on Track: The Autobiography
Staying on Track: The Autobiography
by Nigel Mansell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read for all motor racing fans., 31 Oct. 2015
I got Nigel's new book as a birthday present, and finished it in one day. This does not mean that it's badly written. Not at all. Nigel writes in an easy to read style that sounds like he's having a chat with you. He recounts the highs and lows of his racing and personal life in great detail and comes across just as he does in TV interviews - a nice down to earth bloke who just happened to follow his dream to become F1 world champion.

His first book was ghost written by James Allen, who typically made it a rather dry and hard going affair, but as this is written by Mr Mansell himself, it's far more engaging and easy to get on with. The best parts are when he discusses his hobbies and his passions, and talks about taking care of his wife when she was ill. It really touches you. I also liked his insights into how F1 is now compared to the way it was when he was racing and where he feels the sport will go in the future. I can't say I agree with his opinions on those points but he makes his argument and stands by it.

All in all it's a great book and a perfect stocking filler for any motor racing fan this Christmas.
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Gerrard: My Autobiography
Gerrard: My Autobiography
by Steven Gerrard
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A cracking read., 1 Aug. 2008
While most autobiographies are dull and faceless you can't accuse this one of anything. It's such an engaging and entertaining book that you'll be through it in no time and will want to read it again. Being a Liverpool fan, and of course a fan of Stevie G, I was hopng this would be a good one. You never hear anything about him in the press apart from his footballing and he keeps himself to himself but here he opens up and what you get feels genuine and from the heart.

While there is a bit of 'date and event' feel now and again, this is almost all how Gerrard sees things and that can only be a good thing in a biog. This is as close to warts n' all that I've come across in a book for a long time and you get the good times, the bad times and the times that he or his team struggled but came through, and his thoughts and feeling on everything he mentions. There's also a fair bit about his family, but it's not invasive and so you don't feel uncomfortable at any time. It really is that good a book and as a result it's highly recommended. Be warned: there is a fair bit of swearing but take it with a pinch of salt and you'll enjoy it.

Totally Frank: The Autobiography of Frank Lampard
Totally Frank: The Autobiography of Frank Lampard
by Frank Lampard
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great..., 1 Aug. 2008
Having read Stevie G's brilliant book and enjoyed Tony Adams' brutally honest biog, I was hoping for a really good read. I don't get all the bad feeling there is towards Frank Lampard, but was taken aback by how bitter he himself seems to be about it. There's a whole chapter about how he fell out with West Ham that feels like he's trying to straighten things out with himself, but it detracts from the rest of his story and is rather bitter and vitriolic. Having said that, the rest of the book has some good anecdotes and Frank himself comes across as a decent sort of bloke, one you could have a pint with on a Sunday afternoon.

He's pretty honest about himself and obviously loves his family and Chelsea and he writes in a way that's engaging and not just a series of stats and 'In this match I did that' sort of stuff, so it's a quick read. While it's not a patch on something like the biography of James Hunt or Stevie G, it's still one I'd recommend, although scan reading certain parts of it would help.

633 Squadron [DVD] [1964]
633 Squadron [DVD] [1964]
Dvd ~ Cliff Robertson
Offered by Discs4all
Price: £3.27

62 of 65 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dig the Mosquito!!, 4 Oct. 2004
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This review is from: 633 Squadron [DVD] [1964] (DVD)
This was one of my fave films ever when I was 11, along with the Dambusters and Battle of Britain. I didn't notice the fairly naff special effects or at times bad acting, but I was taken with the Mosquito and the the ending where 633 Squadron fly up the fjord and try to blow up the V2 rocket fuel factory.
Seeing it 10 years later, I still very much enjoy it, but notice the faults (the naff effects etc) but it doesn't take away from a very enjoyable film. The parts where they discuss the mission and train for it are all well done, and the flying scenes (apart from the dodgy models) are well done. The parts with the squadron leader and the resistance cell's leader's sister are pretty bad though.
I'd definately recommend this, along with Battle of Britain and The Dambusters as a great war film, and a chance to see some great aeroplanes.

Octopussy [DVD]
Octopussy [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Glen (II)|Roger Moore|Maud Adams|Louis Jourdan
Offered by 247dvd
Price: £8.80

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Bond film of the 80's, 21 Dec. 2003
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This review is from: Octopussy [DVD] (DVD)
This is the best Bond of the 80's with a twisty plot, hairs-breadth escapes and a charismatic and dangerous villain. I enjoy this film very much, and find it one of Roger's best. It's a bit daft in places (Bond swinging off a vine doing a Tarzan impersonation for one) but it adds to, rather than takes away from the film's entertainment.
Someone is making fake Faberge eggs, and selling them in the place of real ones. Bond (played with wit and unforced charm by an ageing Roger Moore) is sent to find out who it is, and he ends up in India, Germany and on top of an aeroplane trying to stop Kamal Khan in his plan. The scene where Bond has to defuse a nuclear bomb is tense and the action scenes are among the best in the series. Actually there are more chases and stunts in this one film, than in the next 3 put together. Bond has to rely on his wits and skill rather than cool gadgets in this one.
Overall this is a fun, if confusing on first viewing adventure, and one of Roger's best.

Star Trek: First Contact [1996] [DVD]
Star Trek: First Contact [1996] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Patrick Stewart
Price: £3.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best TNG film!, 21 Dec. 2003
It's funny how the second film of the original cast's was their best, and the second film of the TNG's cast is their best too.
The film is a sequel to one of the finest episodes of TNG, The Best of Both Worlds. In it, Picard was captured and turned into a Borg. In this film he's out for revenge, and is rather like Khan in Wrath of Khan. The acting is very good from all the cast, the new Enterprise looks stunning, the special effects are top notch and the story is involving and keps you guessing how they're going to solve everything. It's also quite funny in parts. My only complaint is that the DVD is badly lacking in extras, but hopefully, like the re-released films there will be a 2-disc special soon.
Behind Wrath of Khan, but tied with Undiscovered Country and just ahead of Nemesis and The Voyage Home as one of the very best Star Trek films.

Star Trek Insurrection - Dvd [1999]
Star Trek Insurrection - Dvd [1999]
Dvd ~ Patrick Stewart
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.66

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad. Not bad at all., 21 Dec. 2003
Ont he other hand it's not brilliant. I'm a Trekkie, but not a single minded one. This is basically a widescreen episode of TNG, with acting, special effects and situations lifted straight from the series. The plot is interesting, if a bit ordinary, but I can't see how shifting 600 people would hurt them, especially if in the end it will save billions of lives. They'll live forever so it doesn't matter. It's a bit anti-climactic in that sense, and the bad guy is a real let down.
On the plus side, the charcters are real and what we've come to expect and the action scenes are terrific. I'd reccommend it as a starter, and work up to First Contact and Wrath of Khan. Not the best but certainly not the worst.

Star Trek Generations - Dvd [1995]
Star Trek Generations - Dvd [1995]
Dvd ~ Patrick Stewart
Offered by Bridge Media UK
Price: £3.93

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK first film for TNG, BUT......, 21 Dec. 2003
The problem with this one, is that they tried to cram too much into one film. This is a film with a good idea but it's so lost among some pretty unimportant subplots (Data with his emotion chip, the Duras sisters) that it comes across as a rush-job. Add to that some some glaring plot holes and a pretty pointless Enterprise destruction scene, and you have an entertaining, if very uneven Trek film.
However the acting was good, especially when Kirk and Picard meet, and the bad guy is interesting and twisted (even if he does look like Sting on prozac). All in all, worth watching once or twice but not you one you could call a classic.

A Star Named Ayrton Senna[VHS]
A Star Named Ayrton Senna[VHS]
Offered by rdowns33
Price: £16.89

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Senna speaks!, 18 Nov. 2003
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I recently bought this video for my mum's birthday knowing she was a Senna fan. I've always supported this guy and I was pretty upset when he died becuase he would have gone on to be the all time great (not that he wasn't anyway!!).
In the video Senna talks frankly about his life, his beliefs, his skills, his hobbies and his wish to help the children of Brazil. Other drivers including Prost and Brundle talk of Senna the driver and his Sister talks of Senna the man.
All in all an excellent video on a real hero, who will never be forgotten. Definately a must-have for all F1 fans and Senna supporters!

Enter The Dragon (Uncut) [DVD] [1973]
Enter The Dragon (Uncut) [DVD] [1973]
Dvd ~ Bruce Lee
Price: £4.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 21 Aug. 2003
Bruce Lee was a genius. The Ayrton Senna of martial arts, and like Senna, died when he was too young. Most agree this is his best film, and while some of the plot is a bit ropey, it doesn't overshadow the fights that Bruce staged himself. The best one I think is when he takes on Han's bodyguard O'Hara! Incredible stuff. The extras are great, we have a commentary, some documentaries and an interview with Bruce himself.
All in all well worth having in any collection. If only Bruce had gone on to make the film he was planning with George Lazenby!

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