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The Rider
The Rider
by Tim Krabbe
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Every cyclist will nod in recognition, 30 Jan 2014
This review is from: The Rider (Paperback)
of this book and its description of all the mental processes, personal grudges and everything else that goes through a cyclist's head during the course of a race or a long ride. It is a fantastic book which I have read about ten times.


Barring Mechanicals - From London to Edinburgh and back, on a recumbent bicycle
Barring Mechanicals - From London to Edinburgh and back, on a recumbent bicycle
by Andy Allsopp
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring stuff, 21 Sep 2012
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A fascinating read. Finished the book in 24 hours and promptly decided I will sign up for next year's event, after which I will either praise or detest the author, one suspects.
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Plan 9 From Outer Space [DVD]
Plan 9 From Outer Space [DVD]
Dvd ~ Bela Lugosi
Price: £15.64

3.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly crap..., 5 July 2011
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An amazingly, jaw-droppingly awful piece of film, one of the few of its kind to become a must-have item solely on account of setting a new standard for awfulness in film making.

It was fun for about 45 minutes, then it just was too much for me. A fun film to watch during a drunken binge, perhaps.


A Grand Don't Come For Free
A Grand Don't Come For Free
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.52

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful display of talent, 29 Oct 2004
Outstanding lyrics from the working class that everyone can relate to at one level or another, this album was a real eye-opener for me. The final track, Empty Cans, is the high point of the record and leaves you begging for more.


Championship Manager 4
Championship Manager 4

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enhancement packs are a must, 8 Sep 2003
The original version of the game is virtually unplayable. It is full of bugs, slow, annoying, choc-a-bloc with errors and bad coding and, for leagues other than the British, Italian and Spanish, poorly-researched and very unbalanced. For instance, Rosenborg in Norway have in real life won the national league for 11 years in a row and are (sadly) untouchable. In the original CM4, they are mid-table with newly-promoted Aalesund winning the league in one game I started (and you don't have to be Norwegian to see my point here, surely).
Since buying CM4 on release date I played a combined 2 hours for the next five months. Consider that with the earlier versions I've done at least 1,5-2 hours a day almost without fail, and you can begin to envision my disappointment.
However, a lot of credit must go out to Sports Interactive for really going full-blast at rectifying the errors of the original game. A total of five "Exhancement packs" have been released which have by and large wiped out the factors in the original game which made me and a lot of others simply put it aside for a long period. I have only recently downloaded the fifth of these enhancement packs, and have re-kindled my love affair with the game, even if there are plenty of issues to be addressed still.
So shortly - get this game, but make sure you download the requisited "Enhancement packs" from SI games at their website, [...] to get any joy out of it. The game itself has a lot of potential though, and I eagerly await future updates from the creators. As far as other manager games are concerned, none are even in the same league as CM - but it can get a lot better still.


Soccer in Sun and Shadow
Soccer in Sun and Shadow
by Eduardo H. Galeano
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars About the joy of football, written by a true fan and poet, 12 Aug 2003
Unlike the effort that is Joe McGinnis' self-obsessed "The Miracle of Castel di Sangro", this book is written by a true poet, and a true fan, not at least. Galeano shows us the highs, the lows, the pain, the joy, the frustration, the elevation and the emotional merry-go-round that is the life of the supporter, seen from the eyes of the working-class South American supporter. Even if I am a European, the sentiments are so easy to recognise - the book itself a joy to read. This one's a football classic.


The Miracle of Castel Di Sangro: A Tale of Passion and Folly in the Heart of Italy
The Miracle of Castel Di Sangro: A Tale of Passion and Folly in the Heart of Italy
by Joe McGinniss
Edition: Paperback

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great idea, shame about the American, 12 Aug 2003
The idea behind this book is splendid. Too bad, then, that the author is an ego-fixated, arrogant and unwillingly comical American. Joe McG shows us his utter lack of understanding of the game throughout what could have been a sensational story about a small club's battle to stay among the big boys. But Joe puts the subject matter in the background and Joe in the spotlight.
Elementary nonsense such as even failing to understand the basic terms of the game (since when did 'offense' mean 'attack'. And what is a 'strikeout'?), McGinnis, it would appear, has written this book to be able to prove to his mates back home what a football expert he is than to give a good description of Castel di Sangro's season in Serie B.
McGinniss berating the team coach, Jacoby, for being forward enough so as to refuse picking the team and formation that Joe suggests, is ridiculous and an unbeliveable display of lack of respect. Berating even Arrigo Sacchi, one of the most-winning coaches in the modern game, for not playing his favourite player Roberto Baggio is downright pathetic. McGinnis appears to be the only Castel di Sangro supporter in the ground at every match, completely ignoring those true fans that probably travelled to each and every game throughout the entire season.
I'm inclined to believe this book was written for an American audience, with their lesser general knowledge of what football is about. While McGinnis may get away with it across the pond, a European audience should see through his scam.
Which is a shame, really. I enjoyed parts of the book when McGinnis concentrates on describing the going-ons in town, the atmosphere at the training fields, the build-up and tension ahead of the important end-of-season matches, and so on. Sadly these are mere parenthesis in a tale which, for all intents and purposes, is about a daft, middle-aged American.
Joe, if you consider yourself a real fan after spending one season watching a bad team: Try doing it for twenty years.


La Vida Que Vendra
La Vida Que Vendra
Price: £10.20

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A slap-in-your-face Italian electro-rap classic!, 1 April 2003
This review is from: La Vida Que Vendra (Audio CD)
A classic account from the 99 Posse, a group largely unheard of outside their native Italy due to singing in their own Neapolitan dialect. Blasting rhythmic, uncompromising rap lyrics on a musical electro background, the Posse is an experience the listener will remember, whether or not in command of the Italian language. Lead singer 'O Zulu's spitting lyrics goes straight to the throat of a wide range of themes reflected in the songs -- corruption, poverty, injustice, the murderous Italian police force, lying politicians, the Mafia, violence and struggle against the Oppressor, the Italian state and its affiliates. To end the record there is a brilliant rendition of "El Pueblo Unido".
This powerhouse of a recording is one you will play over and over again and one whose rhythm and power will force your behind off the sofa and onto the dance floor. A comparison with names such as Rage against the Machine certainly holds up -- the sincerity and anger of the "Novantanove" comes second to no one.


Apocalypse Now Redux [DVD] [1979]
Apocalypse Now Redux [DVD] [1979]
Dvd ~ Marlon Brando
Offered by Jasuli
Price: £7.45

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A harrowing, mesmerising classic, 21 Mar 2003
All that can be said of Apocalypse Now has, of course, already been said a long time ago. A production and a theme so grotesque, dark and profoundly misantropic that led Martin Sheen to seeking psychological therapy after the shooting. And, of course, one of the most resounding classics in modern cinema.
There are drawbacks to the Redux version -- for example, the added scenes I felt were by and large unneccesary. The addition of the French Plantation bit in particular won't impress anyone.
An obvious tip would be to try and catch Apocalypse Now in a cinema. As with so many other films watching this on TV does not do the power and the impressions Coppola creates justice. The opening scene -- American aircrafts dropping Napalm on civilians in the Vietnam jungle to the tune of Doors' "The End" -- and the legendary helicopter attack scene (is beyond description) must be seen on the silver screen to be fully comprehended. Once you have done that, this film will never leave your mind.


Get Carter [DVD] [2000]
Get Carter [DVD] [2000]
Dvd ~ Sylvester Stallone
Price: £2.00

20 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars For God's sake, buy the original!, 17 Mar 2003
This review is from: Get Carter [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
This pile of rubbish is worth as few words as possible -
This re-make of Michael Caine's 1971 classic proves nothing but the nihilistic Hollywood inclination to destroy fine art. Sylvester Stallone does a hollow, soul-less impersonation of the original character, the plot, setting and artistic framework looks nothing like the original... shortly, this is a bad copy. In fact, I consider it to be an outrageous piece of theft. Do yourself a favour and keep well clean - the original film is a classic piece of art, this is americanised, money-spinning rubbish.
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