The Road Ahead : October 2013
ROADAHEAD.COM.AU 22 LIFESTYLE | TIME OUT It's great when an album stands out from the crowd -- even better when the music is engaging. Such is the case with In The Days When The World Was Wide, by Australian duo The Darling Downs. This is the third collaboration by Kim Salmon (Scientists, Beasts of Bourbon) and Ron Peno (Died Pretty). It's hard to put a label on the album, which is a good thing. With elements of folk, soul, alternative country and a smidge of rock, the album sounds all the richer after repeated listening. With yearning vocals and tasty instrumental work, the highlights are many. 'I Don't Care' and 'Forever Night' are two of the stand-outs. facebook.com/ thedarlingdowns In Rayman Legends, Rayman is back in a fun adventure for both adults and children as he attempts to rescue his friends, the Teensies, from the nightmares that have taken over the Glade of Dreams. Your friend Murphy follows and helps as required, distracting guards by tickling them to lowering platforms when Rayman just can't reach. There is so much variety throughout the game to keep it exciting from start to finish and the visuals are so beautiful and creative. With the ability to play with up to four people at once, it is a great game to play with friends and family. (Ubisoft, Xbox 360, PS3, WiiU RRP $59.95, Vita RRP $49.95, PC RRP $39.95). rayman.ubi.com/legends Ever gone to look for a receipt, only to find it faded and unreadable? Or forgotten about a gift voucher until it's too late? File It, created by RACQ members Judy and Adrian O'Bryan, quickly solves these annoying problems. The app allows you to take a photo of your product, receipt, warranty or gift voucher and key in the name of the product, date purchased and any expiry dates. There are three inbuilt expiry reminders and receipts can be found easily through the search facility and emailed or shared with Dropbox. The app is available for $0.99 from the App store (tax upgrade is also available for an extra $0.99). itunes.com The legend of Dick Johnson goes back 33 years, to when the little Brisbane battler in his Tru-Blu Ford Falcon hit a 35kg rock when seemingly destined to win his first Bathurst 1000 motor race. It's been a wild, roller coaster ride ever since -- two more Bathurst wins and five national title the highs, and a series of failed sponsorships and resultant crippling debt, the lows. In Dick Johnson the book, he doesn't pull any punches in bringing his story right up to date. Be warned, there's more swearing than at a Billy Connolly concert, but it is a riveting read. (RRP $34.95). randomhouse.com.au REVIEWS BY: JIM MATHERS (CD), TIM APPLETON (GAME), BARRY GREEN (BOOK), BELINDA PETERS (APP), DEB ECCLESTON (DVD). CD GAME BOOK APP OUR FAVOURITE ... If you liked Lachy Hulme's interpretation of Kerry Packer in last year's Howzat, then you're going to love his take on Kerry's dad, Sir Frank Packer, in Power Games: The Packer-Murdoch Story. The two-part miniseries tells the story of how Sir Frank Packer and Rupert Murdoch (played by Patrick Brammall) redefined the Australian media industry during the 1960s. The two media moguls couldn't be more different yet shared a common goal -- to dominate the media industry both in Australia and worldwide. The only thing standing in their way was each other, which created a rivalry between the two families that continues to the present day (RRP $39.95). roadshow.com.au THE ROAD AHEAD OCT/NOV 2013 The Road Ahead and Roadshow Entertainment are giving 25 lucky readers the chance to each win a DVD copy of Power Games: The Packer-Murdoch Story. Simply fill in the entry form at roadahead.com.au/win/powergames for your chance to win.