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Mar 18, 2011
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Porsche 911 – The 90s models

The Porsche 911 is a car I’m a big fan of and so figured it would be good to include something in the 90sblog on Porsche 911s – “The 90s models”

Porsche 911 964(1989 to 1993)

The 964 was the internal codename for this generation of the Porsche 911 that ran from 1989 to 1993.

Manufactured in Stuttgart, Germany the first variant of the 964 series introduced in1989 was the Carrera 4 which was all wheel drive and the first generation of the 911 to be offered with Porsche’s Triptonic automataic transmission as an optional extra. The 964 variants which followed the introduction of the Carrera 4 were the Carrera 2, Carrera RS, Turbo & Turbo S and other Special Editions. Engines came in 3.3 and 3.6 sizes.Another first for this generation Porsche 911 was power steering & ABS braking.

Both the Carrera 4 and rear wheel drive Carrera 2 they were available in coupe, Targa and Cabriolet versions. The engine was a horizontal flat six cylinder 3.6 litre rear engine, top speed was 163 mph.

In 1992 introduced were the Carrera RS for Europe and for the US the RS America which continued into 1993 & 1994.

Porsche 911 964  - 1989 to 1993

Porsche 911 993(1993 to 1998)

The successor the 964 series in late 1993, the 993 was the first Porsche 911 to have a manual six speed gearbox.

The Carerra Coupe/ Cabriolet models as with the previous 964 came in both 2 and 4 wheel drive versions with the 2 now dropped from the Carrera name for the rear wheel drive model. Production for this model ceased at the end of 1997.

The other variants in the 1993 series were the Targa, Turbo, Turbo S, Carrrera 4S/Carrera S, Carrera RS, GT2, Speedster & Turbo Cabriolet.

The engines sizes were 3.6 and for the Carrera RS 3.8.

This was the last generation of the Porsche 911 to have an air cooled engine.

Porsche 911 993 - 1993 to 1998

Porsche 911 996(1998 to 2005)

Introduced in 1998, the most significant change was the introduction of a watercooled engine for the 911 after being in production for 34 years.
This was an all new design with new bodywork, interior and drivetrain in adition to the watercooled engine. There were no components from the previous generation carried over into this model.

The engines available were 3.4 and 3.6 sizes.

Variants included Carrera, Carrera 4/Carrera 4S, Targa, GT2/GT3, Turbo & Turbo S and other Special Editions as the 90s gave way to the new millenium. The 1996 was replaced by the 997 in 2005.

Porsche 911 996 - 1998 to 2005 first watercooled Porsche 911

My choice if I had to pick any of the cars above would be the 964 Carrera 4 from 1990 and it would have to be in black. It’s because that’s what Hank Moody drives in Californication, a TV show I like but out of the scope of discussion in this blog as this show didn’t arrive until 2007 and the 90s blog hence the name is about the 90s.

With references and for more technical information:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porsche_964
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porsche_993
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porsche_996

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Feb 14, 2011
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1990s Rugby World Cups – 1991, 1995 & 1999

1991

The 2nd tournament jointly hosted in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales & France.

The final was played at Twickenham won by Australia defeating England on their home ground 12-6.

The 3rd/4th place play off final consisting of the losers of the semi final was won by New Zealand who defeated Scotland 13-6 in Cardiff.

1995 –

The 1995 tournament was hosted in South Africa.

South Africa defeating New Zealand 15-12 after extra time

3rd/4th play off was France v England with France winning 19-9 to take 3rd place.

1999 –

Hosted in Wales which was the first Rugby World Cup tournament to be hosted in the professional era.

The Millenium Stadium was newly built for this tournament which was to be the venue for the final.

The final was won by Australia who defeated France 35 – 12. Third place was won by South Africa who defeated New Zealand 22-18.

More information on the Rugby World Cup it’s history since it’s inaugaration in 1987 and the results of the tournaments after the 90s (2003 and 2007) can be found here – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rugby_World_Cup

The 2011 tournament is to be held in New Zealand from 9th September  to 23rd  October.

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Feb 14, 2011
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Nelson Mandela Release 1990

I know I should have posted this earlier but regarding political events of the 1990s this has to be the most significant.

Nelson Mandela is a man of true greatness who injustly spent 27 years in prison and was finally released on February 11 1990.

His achievments since leaving prison include winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and becoming president of South Africa between 1994 to 1999.

During his presidency he united South Africa in supporting The Springboks(theme behind the movie Invictus) for which they went on to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup defeating New Zealand in the final courtesy of a Joel Stransky drop goal in extra time.

I did have a video recording of this match and many other games of this tournament recorded but with the demise of video tape in the last decade thanks to DVD I no longer have it.

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Feb 13, 2011
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Assassins(1995)

Twice this week I managed to see this movie.

The first occasion was due to feeling inclined to picking it out of my DVD collection and putting it on and two days later flicking around the channels it was on TV…and you guessed it I watched it again.

First of all I am a big Stallone fan therefore decided early on that this had to be in my movie collection. I first acquired on video in 1997 when I still worked part time for Blockbuster video. This was before I even heard of the DVD format this came around 12 months later when I went into a hi-fi store in Oxford and the staff where to keen to demo this to me and the model DVD player that was utilised was a Panasonic model retailing back then for over £1000.

Onto the movie…and here’s the synopsis of it in my own words from having watched it many times:

Robert Rath(Sylvester Stallone) is an assassin who wants out of the business haunted by the memory of doing a job killing a long time Russian friend 15 years previously. This is where the movie opens up with the image of Rath in an upstairs online window where the “mark” looks up aware of his presence and is immediately take out.

He takes his jobs online(set in 1995) where the internet was still very much in the infancy, this is every much evident in the course of the movie.Anyway Rath agrees to one last assignment, he wants this to be his last payday.

Unfortunately for Rath there is no easy way out of this business, he discovers the existence of a younger, very ambitious assassin Miguel Bain(Antonio Banderas) who is obsessed with becoming number one and won’t stop at anything to take Rath’s crown.

Julianne Moore’s character Electra is the secretive surveillance expert who makes her living stealing and selling industrial secrets. She is introduced into the movie when Stallone & Banderas’s characters were both assigned by their mysterious online paymaster the job of taking her out. She like Rath & Bain is also a loner with her only company is her pet cat who she takes everywhere.

Why I like this movie?

There are many reasons for this..

Overall, I think it’s a good and generally enjoyable movie to watch.

I very much enjoy the performances of Stallone, Banderas and Moore.

The scenes around Seattle especially the monorail bring back memories of when I visited the city in 1996 & 1997.

A very ’90s song called Sour Times by Portishead features.

Overall A great action thriller.

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Nov 19, 2010
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Jerry Maguire(1996)

Jerry Maguire(1996) is a gem of a movie I acquired a few years back in the form of a DVD I paid £2 for in a cash convertors store and what amazing value for £2, it must be the best £2 I spent in a while.

It was a few years since I last watched this movie and this has to be one of the most memorable roles Tom Cruise has had in his career.

The “Show Me The Money” scene not long after he gets fired as a Sports Agent(because he’s developed a conscience) calling around his list of clients and the only client to stick is Cuba Gooding Jr’s  character underachieving NFL star Rod Tidwell.

I also think Renee Zellwegger has a particular kind of girl next door appeal in this movie and  also does well as Maguire’ s love interest Dorothy Boyd.

Great story, great characters. I could post a big review here but won’t so if you want to know more about one of the classic movies of the 90’s you ll have to watch it and you won’t be disappointed. I’ll be watching my copy again thats for sure.

With a nomination of 5 oscars its easy to see why. Get to watch Jerry Muguire, it has to be one of the best movies of the ’90s and you’ll love it, that’s for sure!

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Oct 4, 2010
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Great drinking song of the 90s

I just love this song it came out around the time I started my Computing course at Oxford Brookes University in 1997.

It provides great memories of not only when I started the course in my very first term the modules being Introduction to business plus the beautiful Structured Programming & Software Development but of going out and drinking copious amounts of beer in the pubs around Oxford, this has to be the drinking song of the `90s:

I hope you enjoy this tune as much as I do

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Sep 15, 2010
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Best TV Shows of the 90s

My vote for best TV shows of the 90s has to go for Friends and X Files.
I could talk at length about both of these shows but will save that for another day.

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Jun 8, 2010
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Smells Like Teen Spirit

This is the one that really gets the hairs on the back of my neck standing up.

Can any other song from the 90s be as synonymous with that decade than Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana!

The intro to this song is enough to get me shouting out load in  a Beavis style “Yes! This is cool! Yeah Yeah Yeah!”

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Jun 6, 2010
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The Net

Hello

Back in the days before I first bought a PC this was 1996, being a fan of the actress Sandra Bullock I decided to rent out a copy of The Net from the branch of Blockbuster I worked at back then on a part time basis. This was the store on Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford which has been closed for the last couple of years or so.

It was a movie I enjoyed watching but I can never get how she could cross from Mexico to US on a passport in another name and later on in the movie she sneaked her way into an office in San Franciso and in a mouse click started a fire alarm for which all the office staff had to leave the building but she somehow manged to remain in there to do her thing on the PC?

Such a thought is now compelling me to watch this again, surely can pick up a copy somewhere on DVD for a couple of quid, in the meantime will check out the prices on Amazon”s UK site and to invoke more memories of this movie will also pay a visit to imdb.com

I did once own a copy of this on VHS.

There has to be a whole host of 90s movies I could write about here to my heart”s content.

Best Wishes

David

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Apr 14, 2010
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’90s Browser Wars

Back in the day when Netscape was the daddy,  along came Microsoft with Internet Explorer and all out war broke out.

This was many moons before Firefox and Google’s product Chrome were even a thought.

What a shame that Netscape fell into bed with AOL.

I’m sure Internet Explorer 3.0 was the first browser I used back in ’97…. outside the AOL environment.

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