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Wolf Creek is a chilling account, based loosely on real life events, about a group of friends who intend to take a road around the wilderness that is central Australia.Like many horror films these days, Wolf Creek comes from the "cheap horror" factory and for me at least it didn't really succeed in creating any real scenes that had me quaking in my seat. I am obliged to watch a fair few horror films but I wouldn't put myself through this again. And if there was a sequel, I definitely wouldn't be rushing to the cinema to see it. Cheaply made and it shows.
This game was released in 2005, and when my younger brother bought it back home I had the attitude of "that's not a racing game. Or a fighting game. And its definitely not FIFA! There's no way I'm playing it!".
Anyway as time progressed I was dragged into playing with him, maybe even helping him complete it - probably more likely! And when I got into it, I found I enjoyed it, now this was strange!
The game itself is based around the film with the same name. Normally, games like this offer significant extra content to that that I could have garnered from the film, but I didn't really feel this was the case. The content is very obvious. Sounds a weird way to describe it, but following through the game it felt like I knew was coming. (As a result of seeing the film, obviously if you haven't seen the film then you probably won't have this issue!)
I should explain this is how I felt at my age then, probably 12 or 13 years old. I found it quite mundane, but it would definitely appeal to the younger user - i.e. my brother!
The graphics are good, nothing wrong at all with them, and there doesn't really need to be any new high level technology in these sorts of games so it worked fine. The controls again I found easily enough to get used to. This may have been more of a challenge to younger users, and I suppose this could be construed two ways - may make it more of an exciting challenge, or may make it too hard. I would tend to lead towards the former.
Overall this game is ideal if you want a cheap (couple of quid) second hand game (its now out of production) to amuse your 9-11 year old children. I enjoyed it when playing it with my younger brother, but I didn't go and get it myself, and the game backs up that I was correct not to do so for my liking. A good game, at times pedestrian, but fun for the younger user.
I actually won this racket bag in a competition at my club, but sometimes I wish I had bought it earlier!
It was my first racket bag. I had been playing tennis for 5 or 6 years but only in the previous two had I begun to take it more serious. (I define serious as playing two or more times a week). With this bag I was able to look the part without looking too serious. Let me explain what I mean by that.
I was probably 15 when I got this bag, and previously had been carrying onto court a racket (maybe 2), some drinks, a can of balls, sometimes a skipping rope for drills, a coat or jacket and probably more. Yet I didn't have a bag? When I got this bag it made life so much easier for me, and also made me look the part. I definitely preferred turning up to coaching lessons or matches carrying a genuine racket bag!
On the other hand, one thing that both my friends and I absolutely HATED, was when we would see people turn up with 12 racket bags. Makes these people look so unbelievably arrogant. Don't get me wrong, I've lost to people with 12 racket bags 6-0 6-0. But most of them I sent back home with a loss, but hey at least they had the nice bag!
So overall if you want to look the part, like you're not playing tennis for the first time, then this bag is definitely the one for you (or maybe the 6 racket also). But PLEASE don't go out and get a 12 racket bag if you don't deserve it. If you're top ten in the county - Fine. If you earn money from tennis - Fine. Otherwise it's a big no no.
Finally, I'll give you an idea of how I used the bag.
In recollection, (I had the bag 5-6 years ago now), the bag has two main compartments, one slightly bigger than the other.
The bigger compartment I would put my rackets - at this point I only had two.
The smaller compartment I would store drinks as well as a couple of tubes of balls. There would be a couple of small pockets in this smaller compartment where I would put things like money and often my LTA membership card for safe keeping.
Then there is outside pocket which I found to be a fairly reasonable size too. I would tend to keep small things in hear, like a spare pair of shoelaces, a skipping rope and miscellaneous items like that. It also gave me a place to put my phone safely while I was on court.
From when I started playing tennis fairly teenage years, it became apparent very quickly how important my choice of tennis balls would be. Never before had I appreciated the huge difference between the tennis balls you through for your dogs to play with, or those you kick around in a playground at school and those you play serious tennis with. I now realize.
I used to get stick from my friends when discussing this issue, but the difference is important. When you play tennis, you want a ball that bounces evenly, acts the same shot after shot and doesn't surprise you. But perhaps most importantly, when you open that seal on top of the tin, you want to know with relative confidence that all those 3/4/5 balls are going to be pretty much identical. With these balls you get that.
The Slazenger Wimbledon balls are not actually brand new. They have been used at Wimbledon by the pros. As you may or may not know, tennis balls are actually only used for around 7 games of a match in the professional ranks. When they change at Wimbledon, they go on to resell them as the rest of us can find more than adequate use for them. Any dead balls will more than likely be noticed by the pros in two or three hits, let alone when they are tested before being "re-tinned".
Because these balls were originally made especially for Wimbledon, the quality is unquestionable. However because they have actually already been opened and used (by used they could have been battered by the likes of Nadal and Federer!) they should not be used in serious match scenarios, but in fact offer the perfect training ball! Play with the same balls as the pros, it can only get better if you're playing with the pros!
Had this TV in my room at University for the last year and it has more than justified its price. For a relatively small fee it has fulfilled all the duties I have asked of it and would have expected from it.
It has a nice looking, sleek screen and fits perfectly on my desk. It is has, I found, pretty good value in that the image quality is perhaps better than I had expected. My room is not that spacious, and to be able to find a TV such as this one for such a reasonable price that I could fit into where I wanted it. There are plenty of options in terms of visual and audio preferences that meant I was soon able to adapt the TV to act how I pleased - a major plus point for me!
The only flaw with this TV that I found would probably be the existence of only one HDMI slot. Although I didn't really need to utilize another slot, at times I found myself wanting to use another and I couldn't. I have since been advised that I could have easily gone out and found a HDMI switch box which are apparently not too pricey so this may have been a feasible option.
One of my favorite books I've ever read. It was probably one of the first books that I chose to not only read, but also to go on and read the rest of the sequels in the series. One of the first books I read that wasn't either given to me as part of a school project or reading task, and I'm very thankful I found it!
The plot is based around Alex Rider. Alex loses his uncle, Ian, at the beginning of Stormbreaker (Stormbreaker is the first book of the series, which I seem to have neglected to mention as far) and the book centers around how his life changes through this sudden change of events. Alex lost his Mother and Father at an early age and his only 'family' is his housekeeper, Jack Starbright.
Ultimately, Alex discovers that his Uncle was an agent for MI6. When MI6 notice an effective niche in their trade and Alex's unfortunately weak bargaining situation, they blackmail him into working for them. As a teenager they feel, should he become and asset for them, he is very unlikely to be noticed and can complete missions much easier than, for example, his uncle. One of the important pieces of leverage they hold over Alex is Jack, and the fact that, in a heartbeat, they could send her back home to the USA.
Through his duties for MI6, Alex comes into contact with a wealthy but apparently dangerous businessman Herod Sayle, who is the primary antagonist in the book. Along with Herod, there are cameo appearances from Yassen Gregorovich, a hit man and assassin who you should keep a close eye on! Definitely one to watch! Anyway, Alex is put into increasingly dangerous situations by MI6 until the showdown with Sayle arrives and the background behind him and Stormbreaker come to the fore. Can Alex figure it out? Can he save himself? Can he complete the task MI6 have set him? You'll have to read the book to find out!
When I first read this book, I would have described it as action-packed. However adult readers used to writers such as Andy McNab, Chris Ryan and James Patterson (some of my personal favorites) will almost definitely find it quite pedestrian. Its target audience is definitely the 12-16 year old readers who are in the intervening period between school books and "grown up" books. It would probably appeal more to the boys in that category but offers more than its fair share for the female reader!
I particularly enjoyed it when I read it (at about 12 years old), because it paints Alex, also a teenager, as a bit of hero and I felt I could (and wanted!) to identify with him! I wanted to be like Alex. Maybe the adult readers will be a tad less naive in this position. Although, if you're looking for a light read, maybe finish in two days? This could be the book for you. Otherwise, its absolutely perfect present for teenagers about to take their first exploration into the weird and wonderful world of "real" books!
P.S. Definitely don't watch the film, especially not before reading the book. One of the worst films I have ever sat through, to go with one of my favorite books! It more than blotted the copybook for me, and I guess they realized. They haven't released any of the sequels to Stormbreaker in a hurry!
Entourage is the story of young upcoming movie star Vincent Chase and his four closest friends. The show is loosely based around the career of Mark Wahlberg and his relation with his friends, his brother Donnie Wahlberg and his agent Eric Weinstein. (This is said to be where the name "Eric" came from for Vince's best friend/manager. There is also a reoccurring character named Josh Weinstein who appears as first an understudy and then a rival agent to Vince's agent Ari).
The series focuses on Vince's efforts to take steps from his humble childhood in Queens, New York to making it big in Hollywood. He is a serial womanizer and has relations with almost every girl he meets, from his (albeit temporary) agent to an actress he once proposed to and got rejected! His film career has many ups and downs, so much so it may leave you assuming he likes to have a successful movie, and then follow it up with a failure!!
As he attempts to make it big in Hollywood, he is helped along the journey by:
- his agent Eric Murphy (E) played by Kevin Connolly. E is Vince's best friend from home and progresses over the series to take the position of Vince's manager. E has a love-hate relationship with Vince's agent Ari Gold. They insist on continually insulting each other, but always end up sticking together as friends as well as putting Vince first. The two also provide the infamous "Lets hug it out" moment - my personal favorite moment in the show!
- his older brother Johnny Chase (Drama) played by Kevin Dillon. Drama was the first Chase to hit Hollywood and starred in a successful TV show Viking Quest. However unlike Vince, he never seems to get another chance to it the big time. He is constantly recognized for his previous role and begins to come frustrated and not being able to get his next big role! He doesn't really appreciate Vince taking his thunder but however much he tries to convince the guys otherwise, he basically sponges of his younger brother. His relationship with Turtle who also sponges of Vince a lot of the time, is typical of two twin brothers battling for the most attention from their mother! It is another of the show that I love - you're probably getting the hint that I love this show!
- his friend and driver Sal (Turtle) played Jerry Ferrera. Sal begins the show with issues reguarding how is treated. He doesn't really see how he can be useful to Vince's career prospects and regularly falls out with E as he feels he is being unnecessarily bossed about. However, as the series progress, he gains more confidence. He recognizes the potential in unsigned rap artist Saigon, he notices a chance to make a lot of money with Tequila and he also manages to pull an absolute stunner in Jamie-Lynn Singler!
- his (super) agent Ari Gold played by Jeremy Piven. My all time favorite character in any TV show let alone Entourage. Can't seem to get along with anyone. He argues consistently with E and this is one of his best friends! Everyone else sees his full (unjustified and unadulterated) wrath. When something gets in his way, if a wall comes up in front of him, he knocks it down. In terms of Vince's career this is perfect, but for everyone else it means they pretty much all hate Ari. He alienates pretty much every other character, going through assistants almost as quickly as Vince goes through female acquaintances! He fails to notice how good a life he has, his assistant Lloyd is loyal but there becomes a time when even he gives up on Ari. Ari's wife also begins to bear the brunt in the later series for his extremely driven nature.
There are many reoccurring roles in Entourage. My personal favorites would probably be Lloyd, one of Ari's assistants and Shona, Vince's publicist. Both actors perform perfectly in there roles, particularly when complementing Ari's awfully brash and arrogant character. Sometimes I wish both had bigger parts in the show, and let me put it this way; If there were any characters whose spin-off shows I would watch, it would be these two!
One of the many reasons Entourage became so popular was it guest celebrity appearances. I mean come on, any show that manages to get a guest appearance from a certain Scarlett Johansson in the first series, you know it is going places! Over all eight series guests include Bono, James Cameron, Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Alba, LeBron James, Tom Brady and many many MANY more.
I personally sell Entourage to my mates by describing it like the "lads version of Friends" as it follows the lifestyle, good times and the bad times through these guys lives. It is my all time favorite show and it would take a lot to top it! Would recommend it to anyone over the age of 15, although some of the female gender may not enjoy it to the same extent I fear!
I found this phone to be perfect for my needs. I got when I think I was 15, and it was my second phone. It was a definite upgrade and offered everything I needed.
It is a few years old now (Released May 2010) and may be more appropriate for a 11-12 year old for their first phone. Much more appropriate than chucking a £500 iPhone at them and basically telling them to lose your money!
My old Wildfire got given to my Nan. She (very) rarely uses her phone and any flaws the phone has really make no difference to her. Her main problem with the "brick" phones was the keys were to small for her, but she found the touch screen easier to use (I admit I found that surprising!) and that the predictive text concept was much more useful once she understood it.
The main problem I had with the phone was the internal memory. With 384MB RAM and 523MB ROM, it became an issue quite quickly. It became clear that a memory card with this phone was a must! Once I got the memory card, storing music and video files and the like became much easier. However the internal memory situation left me having to delete apps quite regularly whenever the was a new "hip" app that I had to have!
The display and screen are good enough for the aforementioned target markets. It will only come as a shock (in that it is small) to those those with iPhone's, Samsung Galaxy S's, Nexus' and the like.
The battery life is perhaps not quite as bad as genuine smartphones like those mentioned above, but for relatively little gain in life, you lose A LOT of features. Again it is another point that supports my opinion that this is a very good option for a phone for people who use it sparingly.
The Camera (5MP) is in the "okay but nothing special" category. With video capability as well, the camera can be used here and there, but for any semi-serious use it is not really applicable.
Overall, this phone served me well. I believe I had it on a £20 contract for 24 months, with pretty much unlimited everything. Obviously this was a few years ago and the phone will be much cheaper now. It is an average phone, but useful for people who aren't either used to smartphones, or to those who have minimal use for them.
In this book, James Patterson invites us in to the first installment of the life of Alex Cross. Cross, a member of the Washington police department, specializes in the psychological aspects of catching the murderers in the most horrific of cases.
What Patterson excels at particularly well is balance that action, seriously gun-toting and deadly tension with Cross' other life issues. Living at home with his "Nana" and his two children Damon and Jannie, he is adapting to life without his dead spouse Maria.
Throughout the book, we bare witness to all of Cross' issues. Whether it be his family's recent loss, the quest to catch the horrifying killer or the bureaucracy that prevents Cross, perhaps the biggest asset in the police department, working to his full potential.
Working with Sampson, his 'built like a basketball player', his best friend, Cross' life is engaging and therefore so is the book. Patterson drew me in well enough that not only could I not put this book down, I have since almost caught him up in how fast he writes them! And this is no mean feat!
The Samsung Galaxy S3 is everything I expected it to be. It was marketed (as most rivals are these days) as the biggest thorn in the Iphone's side, and it was just that.
It has the age old smartphone problem of battery running low fairly quickly, but remembering to turn bluetooth/wifi off and brightness down significantly helps. It offers almost all the features of the IPhone and with the Android market catching up so quickly with Apples equivalent, the quite often criticism that there are some apps you cannot get, is becoming more and more irrelevant.
It has a good interface and very easy on the eye, all round the best phone I have owned. I find it appropriate for both my social use, and for any business use I require. It has also made my mind up on what my next phone upgrade will be - The Samsung Galaxy S4.