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Blame Miss Barclay
Blame Miss Barclay
Offered by mrtopseller
Price: £15.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant debut, 9 Sept. 2013
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This review is from: Blame Miss Barclay (Audio CD)
Bought this album after following Mikill Pane for a while - the album spans a plethora of genres and Mikill effortlessly sits on all of them. From rock to ska to classic hip-hop, I haven't heard a rap album that sounds like this before. Multiple listens start to reveal a story arc that runs across the whole album and encourages you to really pay attention. Other UK artists need to take note - stop sticking to the stereotypes defined by genre and try something new! At 15 tracks as well, this is great value for money. Thoroughly recommended.

Memorex DVD Recorder 100 DVD+RW/DVD+R/CD-R/RW Recorder
Memorex DVD Recorder 100 DVD+RW/DVD+R/CD-R/RW Recorder

17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Memorex Burner Review, 25 Aug. 2002
Bored of swapping disk trays all the time? Keep accidentaly popping your CD-Rs in your DVD-ROM drive? Fed up of wasting all these 5.5" slots in your towercase? Then the Memorex Recorder 100 is the thing for you. Combining a DVD-RW with a CD-RW (of course it can read and write DVDs and CDs as well) This beast of a drive is designed to keep everything simple and compact.
Out of the box, installation may be a bit tricky as you'll need to either A) Open up a new 5.5" slot or B) Remove an old accessory from a 5.5" slot. Then you've got to plug in and wire up all the necessary connections. Of course there are instructions that come with the kit (very detailed ones too) but It's still not as user-friendly as could be. Then there's a CD to install the drivers (but how are you gonna install the drivers if you don't have a CD-drive yet?) and you're away.
Once set up functionality is everything you would accept from all of the different features. The drive does exactly what its promoted do be, It's unlikely to hassle you (although you'll need a hefty amount of RAM to get this baby running smoothly, or to multitask on your PC). However as with all equipment that tries to be two things or more at once, it often ends up being only average at everything and not excelling at all. So nowadays when CD-RW specific drives can write a CD at a whopping 24x (for example it writes a song onto a CD 24x faster than it takes to play it at 1x) this Memorex offering only manages 12x. Now while that's still very acceptable nowadays (it was top-range about a year ago) it still feels (as with the other features the drive offers) that instead of being an excellent machine that was great in all areas, its just not bad in all of them. In fact it almost seems as if the Memorex was only made on the gimmick of being a 6-in-1 piece of equipment.
Although it may lack the technical superiority, for those looking for ease of use and convenience the drive's a knockout. It frees up those precious 5.5" slots and the software that comes with the drive is very easy to use, only don't work it too hard (multiple drag n drop files) as it has a tendency to lock up under pressure. Which gives this whole package an intermediate-user feel, as if it's only suitable for people not concerned with speed or prowess or are looking for the convenience. And for those kind of people the Memorex Recorder 100 excels. If you're not fussed about high-end performance and are eager to start writing your own media (only not copying, remember, you've only got one drive) then this wil be the ideal tool for you.

Diamond SupraExpress 56e Pro 56K V90/V92 External Serial Modem
Diamond SupraExpress 56e Pro 56K V90/V92 External Serial Modem

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars comes at a price, 18 Aug. 2002
I was recommended this product by a friend of mine. He wasn't that good a friend, mind you, but i spoke to him over the internet and so I had some degree of trust!
I wasn't disappointed with this package. Set-up is easy as all essential wires are included in the package. The modem can connect through a serial port or a headphone jack (there's also another model that uses USB ports) and from there its just a simple case of loading up the driver CD (included) and you're away! However I would recommend that you completely uninstall any other modems in the PC (ie; completely remove them and their drivers) as this modem likes to be on its own - I left my previous internal modem in and the PC slowed right up and frequently crashed. This could be a gripe for some with internal modems - even though your new modem's external, you're still gonna have to open your machine up!
Setup aside, once I had got the modem running I found it to be a massive improvement over my previous modem. Whereas on my old modem I would connect at speeds of around 42.6 kbs, the Diamond Supra often connects at over 48kpbs - and that's quite an impressive achievement considering my current ISP.
Another feature the SupraExpress has is the ability to recieve faxes and voicemail if you're phone-line's engaged (which it probably will be considering you're on the internet) which I found quite a usefull tool to use however many people already have these luxuries on their home phones and so the addition could be regarded as pointless. For the (currently) pretty hefty asking price you're going to want some decent extras, and modem-wise, there's not alot available on offer is there? However the sheer quality of the modem feature itself is good enough alone to part you with your cash.
Not a stunning package, but impressively functional and if your wallet can also double up as a pillow (joke) then I'd wholeheartedly reccomend this device!

The Deptford Histories: Deptford Histories, The: The Alchymist's Cat: Boxed Set
The Deptford Histories: Deptford Histories, The: The Alchymist's Cat: Boxed Set
by Robin Jarvis
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Three Masterpieces from Robin, 16 Aug. 2002
Having first discovered Robin Jarvis through his boxset of the Deptford Mice way back in 96, I was enthralled to discover another trilogy available that takes you BACKWARDS in time, to uncover the dark pasts of many of the original series' characters.
Only Robin could have pulled such a feat off. You see Mr Jarvis writes in a way some would call unusual - it's certainly unique to my knowledge. Before writing his books he works out the entire storyline of his characters. He dictates their whole lives, discovers things about them that aren't even going to go in his book. As a result the pages of his novels are imbued with a tremendous sense of personality and mystery - throughout the Deptford Mice trilogy he included so many sneaky references and dramatic ironies that by the end I was bursting to know what had happened to these people before.
Each book in the Deptford Histories Trilogy details the past of a certain character. I'll now detail each book in turn.
Set in 17th century London, a young lad called Will Godwin receives a mysterious letter from his uncle, shortly after his parents' death. They died of the plague. Despite having inherited his parents' estate, Will travels to see his uncle and on the way happens to chance upon a mother cat and her three new-born kittens. He takes them to his uncle's apothecary shop and from there the seeds of terror are sown.
As the first book in the Histories, it's a little daunting to meet human characters straight away in the series after the animal-only excursions of the Deptford Mice. At first the book feels a little alien but gradually the cats of the shop come more and more into play and soon the reader realises the terrible character whom this past belongs would be my folly to reveal it now, but I will say that there is a shocking, and disturbingly pleasing twist at the end of the tail (excuse the pun)
Now after the slight ebbing of Book One, I'm pleased to say that with this tomb Robin Jarvis reaches his peak of excellence. Set long ago in the distant and dark past, in a time of magic and of darkness, this story weaves the dynasty of the StarWife and her squirrel empire. A fierce war between the bats and the squirrels is raging. The current StarWife lies dying; before she can name a successor she is betrayed and as she calls for aid the bats launch a devastating attack that grabs Vesper the batling and Ysabelle the squirrel maiden, and throws them together to face an epic journey to save the land and reunite the bats and the squirrels.
Here Robin returns to his deliciously wicked roots, as whiffs of the rat god Hobb rise through the pages the book is wonderfully reminiscent of future happenings and not only details the StarWife's past, but the Deptford Rats' as well. The Oaken Throne really is a pleasure to read as not only are you captivated with the 'current' happenings, you notice with delight as everything falls into place from 'before.' Add into the mix a beautifully sad ending and Robin's Magnum Opus becomes on of my favourite books of all time.
Now after the majesty of The Oaken Throne, I'm pleased to say that with Thomas the writing is almost as consistently good as with Book Two. Telling the tale of midshipmouse Thomas Triton, this book is different from the others in the fact that Thomas is actually telling the story this time, from the present. This is the point where the chronological order is sorted out too - as Thomas writes his life story down in the present, the events of The Deptford Mice have already occurred. As Thomas writes, the story merges back into his past and the terrible adventure he and his friend Woodget had. After his heart is broken, Thomas returns to his Marinal roots and good-hearted Woodget follows him across the seas and to strange, terrifying lands. As is the norm in the Histories books, the twist at the end is both beautiful but horrifically sad as well.
Now let's get this straight - the Histories are intended to be read AFTER the Deptford Mice. Although that might not be chronologically correct, reading them in chronological order will only dampen your enjoyment of all six books, and we can't have that, can we?
Throughout the course of all three books you're in a constant state of excitement as pieces of the 'great jigsaw' fall into place and after reading the Histories you go and read the Deptford Mice again to see how it all really is a masterpiece Jarvis has created here. He's created an epic tale that spans hundreds of years and takes you all over the universe. The beauty of it is that you know as you're reading what the end result is going to be, because you've read the Deptford Mice. Think of it as just catching a lift with one character for a little while and then leaving them because you know what's around the next corner.
I deem it absolutely imperative that if you have read the Deptford Mice then your must read these. If you haven't read any of the six books then what are you waiting for!? Due to their age they're dirt-cheap and will captivate you from start to finish, wherever the start and the ending may be.

Tuesdays With Morrie [DVD][1999]
Tuesdays With Morrie [DVD][1999]
Dvd ~ Jack Lemmon
Offered by HalfpriceDVDS_FBA
Price: £15.99

57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chanced upon Genius, 15 Aug. 2002
This is one of those movies that are so easy to pass by if you ever had the chance to see it. Relatively unheard of and with no real big-name actors, I happened to chance upon this film and upon watching it, in a sense it has changed my life.
The film tells the story of an aged man, Morrie. He is dying. By some strange twist of fate he meets one of his old pupils from his teaching career, long ago. His pupil, who used to hold thesis' with Morrie back at school on Philosophy, starts to build a strong and highly emotional bond with his old teacher as he returns to Morrie every Tuesday to hold thesis' with him again. These thesis' are on the meaning of life and we watch as slowly Morrie's words of wisdom permeate through his pupil and start to change the way he looks at the world.
"Live every day as if you've got a bird on your shoulder. When you get up evey morning ask your bird, 'is this the day I'm going to die? Is this my last day on this earth?' And if you keep asking that bird that question you'll live your life differently." - one of the many philosophical insights Morrie shares with his pupil, while his pupil listens and records it all on a tape.
Throughout the film the sense of development and progression is always apparent, as is the sense of impending misery on the whole. This feeling is given as we watch Morrie deteriorate, while his pupil flourishes under Morrie's teaching. His life changes and he detaches himself from his hectic paparazzi lifestyle to seek the greater things in life.
However the film is not all doom and gloom. Despite what I say the film itself is beautiful, instead of emphasising the nightmare of death it glorifies life and to show this the film often demonstrates this best by Morrie's cheerful front on the Tuesdays, "Hey, I've reached a landmark. Remember when I told you someday I wouldn't be able to wipe my own ass? Well, it's happened."
Of course the end result is inevitable and as we near the climax of the film its hard to fight back the tears but then you remember the way Morrie cried all the time at the beauty of life and so you follow his teachings, you cry as the film ends and afterwards, you sit up in your armchair and a little bird appears on your shoulder, you ask it one question and get on with your life.
I thoroughly recommend this film for anyone. Its a beautiful piece of work, looking at the basic elements of life (Morrie holds thesis' on Love, Life, Death, Dependance, Marriage, everything) and generally teaching you about the world whilst blessing you with the chance of watching such a great story. Full marks.
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Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem (GameCube)
Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem (GameCube)

68 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawed Excellence, 11 Aug. 2002
I've been waiting for this game for a LONG time. It started out on the N64 in 1998 - a whopping four years ago. In 2000 it got lost in development hell, then appeared in release lists of what was then know as 'Project Dolphin,' now know as GameCube.
Back then and up to its release many called it a Resident Evil clone. However from playing the game I can say that that is NOT true - Eternal Darkness is a completely different game. Although it's not as scary, the horror it presents in it's play is quite different. Whereas Resi worked with gore and jump-out-of-yer-seat scares, Eternal Darkness relies more on the subconcious of the player and how they are choosing their paths through the game.
The game starts with murder. Alex Riovas, of the year 2002, discovers that her grandfather is dead. But it's not just a simple case. Oh no. The corpse is headless.
What ensues is Alex exploring her Grandfather's mansion, uncovering a book (the Tomb of Eternal Darkness) and she starts to read. It tells a tale spanning 2000 years, and eventually leads up to the mystery of her Grandfather's murder. But as she reads, you play as the character she is reading about. You play as 12 characters in all, ranging from Pious Augustus of Ancient Rome, to Paul Luther, a 15th Century Monk. All these people's lives are linked and play a part in the massive plot.
To play Eternal Darkness is a lot easier than it's peer, Resident Evil. Instead of the turn 'n' run system emmployed in Resi, the analogue works much like Zelda, where you can run freely and change direction easily. The fighting is ingenious too, allowing you to target separate area of a monster's body to explot their weak points. There's a spell system as well, which is fully customisable and is used infrequently as the solution to a few of the games none-too-taxing puzzles. But they make a welcome change from the hack 'n' slash action play most of the time.
Something I had high hopes for but turned out to be mostly a gimmick was the Insanity Meter. Naturally, fighting hordes of monsters is sure to have some detrimental effect on your character - represented by a bar on the screen. Your insanity drops as you face monsters, but killing them restores your mental coaliegance. if you Insanity Meter drops too far, you become insane and what ensues is a series of nifty (and sometimes terrifying) effects. They can be hilariously obvious such as your character's head exploding, or more subtle like flies swarming over the 'camera lens' or your inventory emptying itself. Although it can be effective (I was fooled a good few times) I feel it could have been used to a greater effect.
Thanks to the stunning plot, the game grabs you and doesn't let go. This is as close to an interactive movie as you're gonna get, it really is that immersive. However the flipside is that you'll complete the game fairly quickly, not including the full game with all the secrets.
All in all, I would recommend this stunning game and although it IS flawed, you can appreciate that the four years of development have been used wisely.

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