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Black Butterfly 'Rhya' Vintage Serenity 50's Dress (White & Purple, UK 20)
Black Butterfly 'Rhya' Vintage Serenity 50's Dress (White & Purple, UK 20)
Offered by BlackButterfly Clothing
Price: £33.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good buy for the races, 30 Mar. 2014
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Good fabric and fit. Very wearable. Excellent design, as in photograph. Looking forward to wearing it at the races in May.

Geoff Crammond's Grand Prix 4 (PC CD)
Geoff Crammond's Grand Prix 4 (PC CD)

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly realistic..., 26 Aug. 2003
To start with, Grand Prix 4 has undoubtedly some of the best graphics I've ever seen in a driving game. The cars are all modelled with a high level of accuracy, and the racetracks are all exactly as they would be in real life. All the drivers, teams and tracks from 2001 are included, and the pit crews will actually change the wheels, unlike in some games. You can also adapt the difficulty of driving by enablling or disabling nine different driver aids, from automatic brakes to launch control, meaning even a rookie can finish a race.
This game is seriously bug-ridden. I have a high-spec computer (Athlon XP 1700, 512MB RAM, NVidia GeForce 3 128MB, 60Gb Hard Drive), and yet GP4 constantly crashes to desktop for absolutely no reason. It gets extremely annoying, especially when you're one lap from the end of a race, only for you to be staring at your desktop again.
Also, for some utterly bizarre reason Geoff Crammond made all the default setups with SEVERE understeer. If you disable steering help completely in the Controls section, you will not make any of the corners. This means that you will NEVER get as quick a lap time as the other cars. If you alter the setup to try and counter the understeer, you will invariably spin off. I have tried and tried, but it is almost impossible to get a truly neutral setup.
The pit stops can become strange as well: if you lose a nose cone, for example, when they change the nose you will gain a brand new nose on your car, only for that to be removed and ANOTHER one stuck on instead! There has also been the odd case where the suspension is being repaired (a bit unrealistic there!) and they don't put another wheel on. This is rare, but very strange nonetheless.
Damage is also slightly worrying in terms of realism. If you get a puncture, your car immediately slows down and stops, without any visible damage to the tyre, and as mentioned above you can lose a whole wheel, suspension and all, and still get another one stuck on in the pits. Then there's the retiring itself: you cannot withdraw from races at all, even if you're in last with no hope of finishing, and when you pull off the track, your driver cannot get out of the car, even when the engine is billowing smoke and flame! If they are making a Grand Prix 5, they really need to address these problems, as they are rather obscure.
Finally, the penalty system employed is laughable. If you cut a corner, you are given an immediate black flag (which in real life means disqualification!) and you slow down to about 70mph. If there is a huge accident, there are no safety cars, and I have NEVER seen a red flag used, even with the largest of accidents. There are also no drive-through or stop-and-go penalties, which prove that despite FIA approval, the GP4 team do not understand the penalty system at all.
All in all, this is a pretty unrealistic game, and despite numerous advances in graphics and motion-capture, I was disappointed when I played this. If you are a serious GP fan, you will still buy it, but for the rest of us, it may be a good idea to consider other games.

F1 Manager (PC)
F1 Manager (PC)
Offered by marxwax
Price: £27.83

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant...but flawed, 12 May 2003
This review is from: F1 Manager (PC) (Video Game)
First off, this is the best F1 management game I have ever played. Sponsor and driver changes appear on the 3D cars, drivers can attend test days, you can hire and fire personnel to your heart's content, and there are many sponsor slots to be filled.
However, unlike other F1 management sims, EA Sports forgot one race-wrecking feature...the weather. It is ALWAYS SUNNY! This may not be considered a bad thing by most, but it makes for some very boring races after a while. The cars also seem to take corners at impossibly high speeds, and there is no collision damage. In fact, there are NO COLLISIONS at all. This makes a perfectly good game unfortunately flawed.
However, this is one of the realistic F1 management games I've played, despite these flaws, and I would still recommend it. Just don't expect carnage-filled races.

Batman Returns [DVD] [1992]
Batman Returns [DVD] [1992]
Dvd ~ Michael Keaton
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.58

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply classic, 29 Oct. 2002
This review is from: Batman Returns [DVD] [1992] (DVD)
THIS is how Batman films should be. Not the lycra-and-plastic-fanatical Batman and Robin, just understated costumes (well, except Catwoman's) and lots of action and violence. After all, Batman is the "Dark Knight": he's not exactly gonna be the nicest guy you're gonna meet, is he? That's why this film, and its basis Batman, are SO much better than the last two. They portray him as THE Dark Knight, not some family fun character, and Michael Keaton does the dual personalities bit perfectly. Danny DeVito and Michelle Pfeiffer are excellent as the Penguin and Catwoman, and Christopher Walken is excellent as the twisted Shreck - not to be confused with the green ogre.
One warning though: if you don't like dark films, you'd best stick with Batman and Robin. This is as dark as it can get, with people falling off buildings onto pavements, Penguin bleeding quite badly, and Batman getting scratched a hell of a lot by Catwoman.
But this is an extremely good film, and at £7.99, well worth its price.

Cel Damage (Gamecube)
Cel Damage (Gamecube)

6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cel Damage rocks!, 16 Oct. 2002
This review is from: Cel Damage (Gamecube) (Video Game)
This has to be the greatest form of stress relief ever. Nothing beats slicing or bashing opponents into pieces with giant hammers and axes.
But the gameplay itself is good. I got this as a birthday present, but wasn't sure how it would be. But it is seriously good fun, especially the Smack Attack mode, where you just beat the cr*p out of the opposition.

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace [DVD] [1999]
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace [DVD] [1999]
Dvd ~ Ewan McGregor
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £12.49

20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too many graphics, not enough plot..., 9 Aug. 2002
I have to say that Episode I was slightly disappointing...but only slightly. The special effects are amazing, the battle outside Naboo being one of the best, and the lightsaber fight between Obi-Wan Kenobi, Qui-Gon Jinn and Darth Maul is, put simply, AMAZING.
Most people I've spoken to find Jar Jar extremely irritating. I can never understand why: he adds a comic aspect that, given the slightly bad plot, is very welcome. He does get a bit annoying at times, but he's still very funny to watch.
Only one major gripe: THEY CUT SOME OF THE BEST BITS OUT!
When you watch some of the deleted scenes, and read the novel, you'll see what I mean.
The music, as usual, is unfaultable. "Duel of The Fates" has to be one of the best pieces of music in the film.
As for the plot...well, it fades in places that it shouldn't. For example, in the fights involving the Naboo and the Battle Droids...well, they don't really seem that worried about being shot at, especially not Padme Amidala, which is slightly worrying.
Nevertheless, Episode I is a worthy beginning for the Star Wars saga, and well worth viewing.

Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds - Clone Campaigns Expansion Pack (PC)
Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds - Clone Campaigns Expansion Pack (PC)
Offered by My Bay Hospice
Price: £25.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great add-on, 2 Aug. 2002
If you'd played Galactic Battlegrounds, you'll love this add-on. With even more vehicles and technologies, as well as the ability to play as the Galactic Republic or the Confederacy, this game becomes even better.
The scaling of objects is still a bit dodgy, but if you can overlook this, this game is fun to play.
Overall, if you're a fan of Star Wars, and especially Episode II, this is for you.

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