Mario Kart 8's AI is one thing, rarely hesitating to throw a red shell in the works or drop bananas at the wrong moment, but when you get online, this cute world turns into a cutthroat race to the finish where only the fastest – and luckiest – survive. Online is also the most surprising aspect of Mario Kart 8 – because it's fast, lag-free, and lets you create private or public lobbies with tweaked rulesets. Nintendo's online offerings tend to flatter to deceive but here there's everything that could be wished for, outside of a more persistent element like rankings, perhaps – but then, Mario Kart's never really been about prestige so much as one-off races and clonking your mate with a red shell. … [Read more...] about Mario Kart 8 review – the best drive ever?
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She had harboured ambitions of becoming an actress but was forced to give up her place at Rada following her father's death. She switched to a graphics and visual display course at Watford School of Art. She didn't like it, but it paid off in terms of a career. Her first job was as a Saturday girl in John Lewis, but by the early 80s she was working as a window dresser at Harrods. Her next berth was at Topshop in Oxford Circus. Her big break would be at Harvey Nichols in the 90s where she is credited with transforming a dowager department store into a fashion destination. … [Read more...] about Mary Portas: can her majesty save the high street?