The graphics are really good. I don't know about download times because i'm on broadband.
Only real thing i didn't like was the links. It took me a few minutes to realise that there were links on the front page - maybe i got too distracted by the login section. Maybe a mouseover effect would be good just to attract our attention as the cursor passes over the link, or repeating the links, or just moving them a little further off the picture.