Wednesday, October 20, 2010

**** BLOG MOVING ***

Hey everyone,

I have joined forces with the reality TV site Throng who will be hosting my blog while the next series is airing. Hopefully there will be daily posting. So this blog will be temporarily out of order, so head to

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


I should completely prepare myself to eat my words.

I remember when I first met the 8 Geeks last year, sitting in a large room with all my luggage, all of us spread out so we could not talk to each other. I thought to myself, 'man they look Geeky! I am going to have nothing in common with these guys' I turned out to be completely wrong, and they are all now some of my best and closest friends.

So I am preparing for any of my harsh comments made in my last post to come and bite me on the butt. I think I was hardest on Stuart. It would not surprise me in the slightest if he ends up being one of the nice ones, trying to make a noticible effort with everyone - just like Pete last year! And Xenogene, the eldest last year came 4th and he had no trouble fitting in. He never got nominated! Only time will tell...

Tomorrow I will give my opinions on the Beauty's (did I spell Beauty's correct? I never know.)

Monday, October 18, 2010

The Geeks

The number of times that the phrase 'don't judge a book by its cover' got thrown around while we were filming Beauty and the Geek was too many to count. We were going to invent a drinking game - whenever someone says 'don't judge a book by its cover', take a drink. But we though we would be in too much danger of intoxication.

Anyway... I thought that I would give my first impressions of each of the Geeks from Beauty and the Geek Season 2. But without knowing them personally, I could be completely wrong. So in reality, I am judging these guys by their cover, which is precisely what I learnt NOT to do last season. But alas...

His bio on the official webpage reads a bit like mine. He did not know he was a geek and his friends/family told him to apply. Seeing footage from the TV commercial, he may get a bit of action from one of the girls. (I think it was him) So he may not be as geeky as some of the others. I expect he may go far in the show, win some challenges and survive an elimination quiz or two - if he gets the right partner.

The youngest of the Geeks at only 19, he appears to be on the more Geeky side when looking at the video. Youth and inexperience may not see him last long on the show, but I would bet money that he provides some great highlights. I think you will either love or hate David, but just remember what you see on TV will be exagerated quite a lot.

I think that he looks a lot like me! Being from the country, I think that George will go on an amazing journey of discovery and provide numerous funny moments on the show. I reckon he will last a while, because people do not see him as a threat. I think he will be underestimated, maybe even win the whole show.

I think he may surprise a few people and may not be as quiet as people may expect. There are a couple of other South Australian Geeks so that may work well for him. I really have no clue how long he will last. But he may fly under the radar for a while.

Housemate of last year's contestant Toby Latcham, you would hope that he brings the comedy to the show. If people in the house find out about his famous friend they may start to target him. He may last a long time with all the inside information that Toby would likely have given him. The photo on the official website with Jesse is really cuddly and nice, so he may go on a great journey throughout the show.

There is something about Stuart that makes me a bit uneasy. I will not make too many comments ubout him until I see the first episode. With his bio saying he is a pop culture junky, he may do well in the challenges and elimination quiz. But he may face the elimination room a number of times and leave the mansion early. Being the eldest of the geeks, he may find it hard to fit in.

Wow. Probably the most wacky of the lot - but in a good way. He will be fun to watch. Although he may rub people the wrong way, I think that he means well. He will likely have a lot of aha moments on the show, but I cannot see him winning.

Hmm...he may be one to watch out for. Like with Stuart, there is something about Tim which makes me think he could win. So again, I will reserve judgement about him. If he makes the makeover stage (which all USA series and the AUS series had) he could prove to be a diamond in the rough. He may be very strategical and play the game.

Apologies if the Geeks are reading this. I personally know that what you see on the official page may not be the real you. Or even what you see on TV. These are first impressions which are probably wrong, but fun to make anyway. My first impressions of the season 1 geeks were wrong, so hopefully we can all catch up for a drink one day get to know each other. :)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Beauty and the Geek Australia: Season 2 Promo - Channel Seven 2010


OK, I have to admit that way back last year when I originally started this blog, the only reason I started was that I wanted to blog about the second series of Beauty and the Geek. So now that it is starting next Thursday on Channel 7, I finally get the chance!!! So apologies to everyone who was actually following the blog for not posting in four months, but I expect I will be a lot more frequent from now on.

So what can you expect from my blogging from now on?

My thoughts on the contestants
Who I think will win
What I really think is happening behind the scenes
Who may be in an alliance with whom
My thoughts on the challenges

I will also be happy to answer any questions that people may have. I will even try to get in contact with the contestants (via season 1 Toby whose housemate is season 2 Michael) and ask a few questions.

For now, I thought that I would post the commercials that I shot with the new Beauty's. I will provide my first impressions in my next entry.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

New blog

Hey guys,
I'm moving over here so I don't taint Jeremy's blog with my cynicism and negative attitude. Apparently I won't be writing about Beauty and the Geek, but check it out anyway. Nice stuff on economics and evolution.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

A balanced world

I went to the gym on Tuesday for the first time in a while on Tuesday. I also played a long game of chess last night and lost so I woke up this morning sore, tired and annoyed for losing the chess game. I almost stayed home from work. I got dressed and put on my work shoes only to find that they are falling apart and the right side of the heel no longer provides support. I went to ride my bike to work but found that my front tyre was flat. So I caught the bus to work instead. So I arrived at work thinking that today was going to be a crap day. I decided to try and perk myself up and planned on drinking a cup of coffee and drinking a V energy drink. I went to the drink machine, put in the money and when I went to collect my can, I found 4 V cans instead!!! So for each of my 1. feeling sore, tired and annoyed 2. broken shoe and 3. flat tyre, the world balanced out and gave me 3 free cans of V.

Sometimes life gives you lemons. I say throw them back and steal some oranges instead. Or maybe a pizza.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Back Online - Ironman Rundown

First off thanks Paul for doing some blog posts while I was off.

So I did the ironman!!! I had a few goals, but I was not sure at what level of fitness I was so that I could complete the goals. In order they were:

1. Finish
2. Beat last years time of 14 hours 5 mins
3. Beat 14 hours
4. Beat 13.5 hours
5. Beat 13 hours
6. Finish without stopping/walking (within reason)
*. Beat Tony Abbott

This year I focussed a lot of my training on swimming, because that was a horrible leg last year. Last year I did like 1 hour 26 mins for the 3.8 km and it was really tough. This year I got halfway through the first lap (of 2) and felt really good. I looked at my watch and I was at 18 mins and was completely shocked! I felt good and I was on a fast time. I thoguht I felt good because I was swimming slow. The good feeling lasted for a while so I even tried swimming faster. I ended up with a time of 1 hour 18 min. So for me I finished about 400 metres ahead of last year so I was super happy. The only problem was that my wetsuit rubbed badly against me neck. So bad in fact that it scabbed up and a girl at work joked that it looked like I tried to hang myself.

Transition from swim to bike was long as I had to get out of my wet suit, put on clothes, go to the bathroom, eat food etc. If only I had stopped for longer and applied the sunscreen better. 7 hours on a bike + sun = not happy Jan.

The 3 lap bike leg of 180.2 km started well, fast on the way out (1 hour 1 min) and a bit slower on the way back into the wind (1 hour 5). It is quite hilly at either end of the out and back loop with a long stretch of flat in between. I found it best to sing 100 bottles of beer on the wall to get rid of the boredom and keep a steady rhythm going. I had to stop to go to the bathroom once and also to stretch my legs which were getting sore. But stretching helped. After on stretch, just as I was gaining speed Tony Abbott flew past me! NOOOOOO!!!!!! I tried to stay with him but heading back into the wind I could not do it. So after the next section of 1 hour 5 on the way out I blew out to 1 hour 20 back into the wind. The next lap I again got a good rhythm going (1 hour 10) but my chain came off and kept stuffing up. Every three pedals of so it would skip a gear. On the way back on the final lap the pedal pedal pedal clunk got really annoying. I just wanted to throw my bike in a heap and run back. It was like Chinese water torture. But I got home on the bike in 7 hours 10 min, a full 34 mins faster than last year.

Transition from bike to run was a lot quicker this year because I stayed in my triathlon gear for both the bike and run so I just had to change my shoes. As I came in off the bike I saw Abbott leavin. He stopped for TV/radio interviews halfway through the race!

So my run mission was to hunt him down. And I felt great off the bike and into my natural habitat - long distance running! I passed Abbott within 2 km and never looked back. [in the end I beat him by about an hour so I still would have beaten him if he did not stop for interviews]. I passed 260 people in the marathon run and I felt awesome! Last year I walked a long stretch of it, I got cramps and swore I would never race again. This year I went off at a good pace, power walked up the couple of small hills on the course and through the water stations. My strategy worked! I did 4 hours and 22 min as opposed to 4 hours 54 last year. I felt awesome the whole time and I finished in......

12 hours 50 min 29 secs !!!

So I accomplished all of my goals, as I only stopped/walked within reasons.

So that was that. Looking forward to trying for the magical 12 hours next year.

Man that was a long post. :)

Thursday, March 25, 2010


Skip ahead to 2:38


Sorry everyone for not posting this week - have been realy busy. Thanks to Paul for taking over :)

I am off again. Going up to Port Macquarie to compete in my second Ironman. 3.8 km swim, 180.2 km bike and 42.2 km run. If you want to follow my progress head to the website throughout the day on Sunday to see where I am at. It will take me about 13-14 hours so check anytime between 7 am and 9 pm

On a different note, on Saturday I will be firing the starters gun for the 5 km fun run as the 'celebrity starter'. lol

See you on the flip side.