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Paint Pad Pro as seen on PITCH TV
Paint Pad Pro as seen on PITCH TV

275 of 281 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars a 99p shop product that could cost you your marriage!, 20 July 2011
Well where do i start???, firstly can i cay that this product could literally be a marriage ender, as the aggro, grief and mess that accompanied its use was beyond belief. It all started when my wife decided she wanted the spare bedroom painted ahead of our new arrival. I had put it off for ages, however i had booked a few days leave and my wife said she would get the paint and equipment in. Unbeknown to me at this time my wife who was on maternity leave, had come accross a certain shopping channel with a product called 'paint pad pro'. Endorsed by celeb builder Tommy Walsh (more on him later) , and decided to purchase this product under the misguidance that this would make decorating easy, even for a sausage fingured diyaphobe like me, oh how wrong she was. The first problem happened instantly, as it is made so cheaply that any pressure at all causes the thing to disassemble quicker than a circus clown car. My wife had chosen the best paint for the bedroom she could afford, a beatiful blue in...........Duluxe. Duluxe was like Kryptonite to this thing. It hated the thick paint, and literally as soon as i put it on the wall it stuck to the wall, and the pad came off. I perserved for a good hour like this: the pad coming off, the finish being non existent, the thing diassembling itself etc etc etc. After alot of swearing and frustration all the p.p.p had succeeded in doing was instill an anger in me normally reserved for the incredible hulk, cover me in paint, cover the room in paint, make a mess of the carpet and genuinely stress me out rotten. When my wife got home she came up to inspect my handywork, and was shocked to find that it looked like someone had gone insane with a can of paint. She was not impressed and was convinced that this was the result of a 'half hearted' approach by myself, after all how could i fail with a 'made eay' tool like this. A heated debate ensured, at which point my wife elected to show me how to do it herself and hooked up the pole (she is quite short) to show me how to do it (my wife is actually very good at this sort of thing) . On the first push the p.p.p came off and landed smack bang on her head, covering her in paint. This enranged her even more, and saw the p.p.p get thrown accross the room, liberally spraying anything on its flight path. My wife, knowing this time of thing wasnt good for her in her condition then asked me to "do my best" as she went to clean herself up. I tried, oh how i tried................and failed. This feeble piece of plastic insultery is unusable in every shape or form. It has a build quality akin to a 99p shop product, hates paint (even when id thinned the deluxe down to near water levels), and actually seems to be constructed with the sole aim of making your life harder, messier and more stressful. I would even go as far to say that this type of product could incite violence in the wrong hands such is its unashamed unusability. This bring me on to the endorsee, one Tommy Walsh. One can only assume that Mr Walsh was paid a hefty sum to put his name to such an unashamedly poor and misleading product. This product is sold on the basis of making painting easier, and yet seems utterly determined to do the opposite. The advert shows a smug Walsh (no doubt laughing himself silly inside on how hes getting paid lots to advertise such an amazingly feeble product), painting a wall, quickly, easily and in seconds, oh if only. My opinion of Mr wals is that of a mercenary, and i wont be watching him anymore. To satisfy myself i even went so far to ask a painter friend of mine (i would of used them however the idea was to save £££) to do the room, and see if he could use the tool. A painter for 12 years, he couldnt use it either and told me of how he'd used a similar product 10 years ago, which was so bad that he lost money on a job as he had to redo it again afterwards. I really wanted this to be a miracle product, however the saying is true. If it sounds to good to be true it usually is! Save yourself the £50 that i didnt
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Happy Mondays: Live In Barcelona [DVD]
Happy Mondays: Live In Barcelona [DVD]
Dvd ~ Happy Mondays
Offered by brrsales
Price: £4.62

4.0 out of 5 stars Interview is better than the Concert, 23 May 2009
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The Happy Mondays reformed in 1999 after a long hiatus and this concert is from there Barcelona 2004 leg of the tour. The first thing you'll notice if you haven't seen the Mondays since there late 80's/early 90's heyday is that the passage of time hasnt been kind to Mr Ryder who looks like a caricature of his former self. The concert itself seems very 'flat' by the Mondays standard, with Ryder's voice being 'shot', out of tune and Bez looking decidedly 'not into' the vibe.

track listing:

Kinky Afro
Loose Fit
Reverend Black Grape
Bobs yer uncle
step on
Mad Cyril
Stinkin Finkin
24 hr party people

All in all i would call this mediocre if it wasn't for the long and in-depth interview with Shaun Ryder that's included, taht makes the dvd worthwhile.

Since there are precious few Monday's dvd's about (there are 2), if your a fan this is an essential purchase!

Becoming Holyfield: A Fighter's Journey
Becoming Holyfield: A Fighter's Journey
by Evander Holyfield
Edition: Paperback

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Real Deal!!!, 7 April 2008
For those of yuo unfamilar with Evander Holyfield, he is a professional boxer (still active as of 2008) who has boxed for 24 years (professional) and is a former undisputed crusierweight champion (winning his first title in his 12th fight) and is the only four time heavyweight boxing champion of the world.

Over the course of his career Holyfield as had epic matches with such renowned fighters as Dwight Qawi (x2), Carlos De leon, George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Riddick Bowe (x3), Tyson (x2), Ray Mercer, Lennox lewis (x2), John Ruiz (x3), Michale Moorer (x2), James Toney to name but a few. A true great this is a great career retrospective that covers all the aspects of Holyfield life from birth to his last few fights and covers not just the fighter but the man behind the fighter.

Unlike other luminaries, Holyfield hasn't surrounded himself with controversies, lawsuits, stints in prison and various drug charges, which isnt to say that he hasnt had an interesting career or life, and it is this which is of benefit as it enables a picture to be painted without the taints of controversy overshadowing his professional acheivements. I would recommend this to all Holyfied and boxing fans. My only grievance, is that at 288 pages it isnt long, when considering his career, however it is a good read and the only modern book on the 'real deal' (as of 2008) out at the moment.

J.C. Chavez - The Ultimate Mexican Hero [2007] [DVD]
J.C. Chavez - The Ultimate Mexican Hero [2007] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Diego Luna

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding portrait of an outstanding fighter, 4 Mar. 2008
This is the career bio of the great Mexican fighter and all time legend Julio Cesar Chavez. Chavez's career lasted from 1983 until 2005 (22 years)and saw him amass an incredible record of 107-6-2 (86) including an incredible 37 'world' title fights, accross 3 weight divisions and including a staggering combined 27 title defences It sould be noted as well that after a ninety fight unbeaten run, 4 of those 6 defeats came after Chavez turned 46 and had already been a pro for 14 years.

It is only befitting then that such a talent gets a wortwhile release and not a posthumous one. This dvd runs for 78 minutes and includes interviews with Chavez himself along with the likes of Oscar De lay Hoya (who twice beat Chavez), Mike Tyson, Don King and Chavez's son Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr (as of 2008 an undefeated pro) amongst others.

Of course no career retrospective would be complete without footage of the great man himself and this dvd is full of clips of the great man himself and all his major battles.

With a career spanning 2 decades, 37 world title fights and over 110 bouts there is of course probabably enough footage to cover a 50 dvd boxset and if your after a complete set of all the 'BIG' matches, then this sint it. This is a career retrosepective and a fascinating one at that.

I would reccomend this to both fans of Chavez and those new to the name (possinly as a precursor to seeking out the full bouts). A very good effort indeed!

Boxing Manager (PC CD)
Boxing Manager (PC CD)

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good start for a Boxing Manager Game, 24 Jan. 2008
This review is from: Boxing Manager (PC CD) (CD-ROM)
Most of us boxing fans have ben crying out for a boxing equivalent of Football Manager, with the miniscule (ie 3) releases often being little more than a means to set up tournamntes or bouts with little structure and certainly nothing like the Management depth that we would like. Infact up until recently the only decent Manager Game has actually been World Championship Boxing Manager (a former Commodore 64 title from the mid eighties) on emulation. This is a good start though and gives you the ability to create, train, promote and manage your fighter from pretty much every aspect. You can even witness the fight itself and give between rounds instructions etc. Of all the management games this is truly the most comprehensive. That said there are a few problems, the options when creating a fighter are limited (which results in very odd looking fighters), the 'viewable' boxing matches are terrible with your bizaare creations herky jerkying all over the place (which ruins any sense of realism) and the media/fighter interaction is no way near the scope of the football manager games.

All in all this is the best boxing management game currently and a great start off point for other game deisgners to work from (we must remember that football manager started off as champ manager back in 1992 and its taken 15 years to reach the levels it has). Yes it has its floors however these can be overlooked as this is a good first attempt.

Graphics: 2/5 - terrible character models
Sound: 2/5 - Game tune grates after a while
Options: 3/5 - comprehensive
Playability 4/5 - Lots to do
Re-Play value 4/5 - Creating and managing a stable of fighters others an infinte number of possibilities.
Rating against Competition (ie other boxing manager titles) - Leader

If your a Boxing fan, buy this now!

Rocky Lives! Heavyweight Boxing Upsets of the 1990s
Rocky Lives! Heavyweight Boxing Upsets of the 1990s
by David E. Finger
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £22.50

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good recount of 90's shocks!!, 9 Oct. 2007
First of all this is not a book about the fictional character of Rocky Balboa played by Sylvester Stallone. This book merely uses the Rocky term to bolden the 'upset' aspect.

This book focuses on heavyweight upsets which occurred throughout the nineties and is an interesting recollection for those who kept an eye on the heavyweight scene (as i did) during those times. The book focuses on each year and highlights the 'key' upsets that occured. There are some really obscure bouts and fighters here which few will remember however the backstory that acocmpanies each one is interesting and this is a great source of info for the 'where are they now' brigade.

Yes, there are a few glaring ommissions, some bizaare choices and some bouts do get re-told a little differently from what was recorded at the time ( i keep my boxing issues). However overall this is an interesting piece for the boxing enthusiast.

If got for he right price highly reccomdended!

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Shave!!!, 9 Oct. 2007
I have the worlds toughest beard and have tried all the products on the market. Having tried a few of the 'cheap' out of the can shaving foams and gels by Gillette i moved away to Ultra Shave as i found the others either led to cuts, skin drying or provided a bad shave. Ultra Shave it pretty pricey and this came as part of a promotion pack so i thought "why not?". I tried it and am pleased to say that iw as pleasantly surprised. It provides a close shave, has provided few nicks or cuts, little irritation and does work on a tough beard. Overall for a sub £4 shaving gel its the best out there and i now use this instead of Ultra Shave as i can but 3 cans for the same price!!!

Overall: a great shave at an economical price

Word of warning though: U NEED A DECENT RAZOR!!!

Chinese Democracy
Chinese Democracy

16 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hold Fire until its released, 9 Oct. 2007
This review is from: Chinese Democracy (Audio CD)
Im not one to usually review a product before its out however as a lifelong Guns N'Roses fan i fell compelled to.

This album has been in production since 1996 and has been given a release date or year every year since 2002 (so 5 years and counting). Unfortunately it keeps getting put back and has unfortunately become something of an inside joke within the music industry.

First of all let me establish one thing. This album does not feature the calloborative efforts of Slash, Duff, Izzy Stradlin or Matt Sorum/Steve Adler (the drummers). This is Axl Rose and what has been a succession of session musicians.

Second, very little is known about what music is on the album, apart from the Tracks that Mr Rose has himself played at live events (but decried as being the filler of the album, not the big stuff) so any rating at this stage will be both unhelpful or misleading.

For the record new songs that have been played are:

Chinese Democracy, There was a Time, Rhiad and the Bedouins, IRS,Better,Silkworms, The Blues, Madagascar and Catcher in the Rye

Third,this is not AFD or UYI GNR. The songs that have been played indicate this. The music has moved on (again highlighted by MR Rose himself) and it will be a different sound to perhaps what casual GNR fans will be expecting.

I would stronly reccomend that everyone waits to the albums release (if it does get released) before reviewing as it, as its like reviewing the contents of a box before you've opened it.
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Scream: The Real Mike Tyson
Scream: The Real Mike Tyson
by Jonathan Rendall
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Captivating!!!, 9 Oct. 2007
Mike Tyson is probbaly the second most written about boxer behind the great Muhamamd Ali. As much as enigma outside of the ropes as he was in it, the Tyson story is one of both success and sorrow.

Tyson came from a savage background, bullied in his youth he became a thug who found Boxing as his (temporary) saviour. Robbed of a place on the Olympic team by losing a decision in the amateurs to fure pro opponent (whom he stopped in 1) . Tyson made his name as a savage knockout artist who disposed of his opponents in double quick time and captured the attention of the boxing world. A world champion at just 20 (youngest hevayweight champion ever even until this day of 2007) Tyson enjoyed a peak from 1987-1990. But a series of outside the ring altercations (which would become all to familiar throughout his life) led to metal breakdowns, failed marriages, spousial abuse, a car crash and the loss of his unbeaten record. This was then followed by the imprisonment for rape, a boxing comeback, the infamous ear biting (of Evander Holyfield), further arrests for violence, embarrassments, more losses and arrests for drugs. Tyson bowed out of the ring in 2005 (after a miserable loss when an uniterested Tyson retired on his stool after round 6) and has since again lurched into a downward spiral of drink and drugs. It is a true tragedy that such a talent's life always seemed destined to end in disaster.

This is a well written book with over 400 pages (most Tyson books ive read are around 200-350 pages long) although given the source material it could easily encompass 1000. Its not perfect,however as it stands its currently the best of the Tyson Biographies (and the most recent)although i doubt it will be the last.

I would reccoemend this as well as Johnny Tapia's as itsa fascinating insight into personal self destruction and should serve as a warning to all!
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The Ultimate Guide to Weight Training for Boxing: Maximize Your Athletic Potential in the Boxing Ring! (Ultimate Guide to Weight Training: Boxing)
The Ultimate Guide to Weight Training for Boxing: Maximize Your Athletic Potential in the Boxing Ring! (Ultimate Guide to Weight Training: Boxing)
by Rob Price
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.14

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Useless!!!, 9 Oct. 2007
There are alot of boxing books on the market and there are alot of fitness/workout/bodybuilding books on the market too. Unfortunately this is one to avoid as it neither useful for boxing or working out in general. I've been working out for years and boxing as well and i found this book to be of no help watsoever. It's short, far from comprehensive, is actually full of counterproductive advice and is full of pictures of a guy performing exercises with bad form (incredibly). A weight regime for boxing needs to be well thought out, productive and actually tailored to a boxers needs (ie speed, power,agility, stamina etc)however this comes accross as a poor weightlifting guide with the words boxing and a few pages on it added as an afterthought.

If you after a decent grass roots training book go for the Lonsdale Boxing Manual (which has a decent weights section),as its probably the best one yet.
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