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Suunto T4 Training Heart Rate Monitor
Suunto T4 Training Heart Rate Monitor

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong watch pictured above - CAUTION IF YOU ARE A CYCLIST, 22 Mar. 2008
The watch pictured is the 2007/8 model, but they ship the 2005/6 model - great if you are a runner but the coaching function is not suited to cyclists. I'm advised the 2007/8 model is better able to accomodate the typically longer training sessions that cyclists use, but to get the firmware update I'd have to send the watch back to Suunto and pay +/- £50!

Other that the missrepresentation above, its a great HRM - but just be careful about which version you are buying.

Radar [VINYL]
Radar [VINYL]

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Trip Hop - But odd as a net of newts, 12 May 2004
This review is from: Radar [VINYL] (Vinyl)
This LP connects on both a musical and lyrical level and remains my favourite Hip Hop LP despite being almost a decade old.
Earthling suffered from being classed with Massive Attack, Tricky and Portishead as part of the Bristol Trip Hop sound, a comparison that is heightened by the presence of some Portishead-style cut-ups on this LP. As a result they were a little sidelined and this LP seemed to sink without trace at the time.
This is a travesty; the music is more wide ranging than any of the Bristol acts. The band played live from an early stage and Earthling had one thing that the others lacked. Their brilliant rapper Mau.
His stream of consciousness lyrics and slightly "caned" delivery make for a great place to take your head. He has a box full of 70's childhood references mixed with surrealisms that leave you alternately breathless and giggling.
Tracks like Planet of the Apes show a wonderful ability to convey heavy subjects from an absurdist viewpoint. My Personal Favourite is the laid back jazz groove of "Infinite M" complete with some really improbable rhyming.
I can only recommend that you give this baby a go - it will go well on those %oe&8730 kind of days.

Tour de FranceThe History, The Legend, The Riders (Mainstream Sport)
Tour de FranceThe History, The Legend, The Riders (Mainstream Sport)
by Graeme Fife
Edition: Paperback

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Rambling Prose, 6 Mar. 2003
I am no master of the pen but will try to keep to one subject per sentence. If Mr Fife had also tried to keep to this maxim I would have enjoyed the very entertaining stories in his book all the more.
On many occasions I was forced to re-read sections, as the prose darted off to introduce thoughts that were obviously circulating around the authors head and just had to be pinned down there and then.
This was the first book I had read about the world of Pro cycling, and I was very taken with the excitement of the events and the results, which came through despite the writing.
The Unknown TDF by Les Woodland makes an interesting counter to this book; less partisan, more readable and certainly better proofed than this volume.
One for cyclists only.

The Escape Artist: Life from the Saddle
The Escape Artist: Life from the Saddle
by Matt Seaton
Edition: Hardcover

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A captivating tale, 6 Mar. 2003
The book captures the essence of the cycling experience, with wonderful descrptions of the relationships between riders. More than this, is asks some important questions about the relevance of this very consuming sport when "real life" knocks on the door and asks for a response.
I found myself unable to put the book down during the descriptions of Matt's improving results, and of his wife Ruth's
tolerance of his cycling, as they went through their trials.
The story of the pressure to give up a male obsession in order to satisfy the demands of a relationship with children were familiar territory, but left unexplored due to the tragic changes in the family's circumstances. I was left feeling quite sad and very moved by the account Matt gives.
One can't help but wonder if the cyling bug has really been extinguished in him; the passionate descriptions lead me to belive that he will find it hard to leaves cycling out of his life forever.
One for cylists and the people who tolerate them.

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