I’m A Celebrity AU Week 1 RECAP

Even though I spent the whole first month of the year watching ads for a cooking show that will air “after the tennis”, I decided to change channels and check out the celebs in the South African jungle. Now like always we should be aware that the term celebrity is kept pretty loose with he show. Nobody should be expecting Charlie Sheen as the US Sitcom star, but I think everyone, myself included, expected more than someone who described themselves as a “brand ambassador”.

With that said, I think this year is the best collection of celebs yet. Sure half of them have already done other reality tv shows, but this bunch are full of joy and always trying to have some fun, which makes the show ten times better than a group that sits around and complains about everything. I’m looking at you Tom Arnold.

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Literally Tom Arnold every five minutes.

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We Can Do More Than Just Asking R U OK? How Osher Gunsberg, R U OK Day, and Michael Hurley Made Me Want To Be More Open and Honest About How I’m Going

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No way! How have I not posted anything on here since March? Not even some terrible picture taken from tumblr in a attempt to get a few clicks? Or some half assed think piece on Australia’s darling Sonia Kruger? Maybe I was waiting to come back for something important. I guess this is it then.

Yesterday was R U OK? day. I’m sure everyone was aware of it (hopefully). During the week there would of been a social media campaign and I’m sure traditional advertising was happening, but what caught my eye was a pamphlet around the size of a A5 piece of paper stuffed in my Hungry Jacks bag last weekend. What a great idea. I grabbed in for some serviettes but was left doing something more importantly than cleaning my salty fingers.

I started thinking about myself? Was I OK? Today when I’m writing this I’m fine. I’m great actually, but what about last week? I don’t think I was doing quite as well, but we can stop talking about me in the present as I always know in the long run I’ll be fine. Everything will all work out somehow.

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Survivor Kaoh Rong: What could go wrong?

So there is a chance I might be the worst Survivor fan out. Okay, so maybe not the worst fan, but maybe the worst fan blogger. Looking back over my highly unsuccessful blog I realised that I never even put my thoughts out on the internet about the ending of last season, Survivor Cambodia (not that anyone was reading anyways). So here I am sitting down to post about the pre merge portion of this season, only to make a quick pitstop a couple of months back.

What can I say about Survivor’s third full returnee season? Anti climatic? Is that fair? Yeah, I guess it is. Season 31 started out strong and kind of fell apart when we decided to “invent” voting blocks. Look I’m the biggest Jeremy fan. His blindside in San Juan Del Sur was traumatic to say the least, but we were promised a great returnee season. Instead it felt like a repeat of Blood vs Water where the winner literally walked their way to the million. Seriously many parallels between Jeremy and Tyson could be made, but I really don’t have the time or energy to fall down a rabbit hole, that would make me look like I don’t support or appreciate their game prowess, when it’s quite the opposite.

Okay I’m going to move on. Cambodia was cool, but things could of been taken to the next level if the underdogs came through the the final six.

Now I’m finally going to move on to this season, I think we’re in for a wild ride. These first six episodes have been solid, but the editors are really setting up a few castaways for the fall. Scot, Kyle Jason, Nick, and Debbie all think they have the game in the palm of their hands. Peter would of been grouped in with these guys if he had made the merge, but just like with Obama’s term as president, all good things should come to an end. 

So with that in mind I believe their is only five players left that could actually win, but thanks to the equal editing, in my eyes they all have as good of a chance as the next. The five people I can see winning are Aubry, Neal, Julia, Michele, and Cydney. Any of these I’d be extremely happy with, but for now not much is clear. Hell, I could be wrong and the winner of the season could be Scot Pollard. That would show for once and for all that nothing can be certain on Survivor after 15 years. 


The Art Of The Brick: DC Comics – A Lego Experiance

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The Art Of The Brick exhibition is a must for all Lego fans. While it’s amazing to see just one Lego sculpture at a shopping mall, this was taken to another level having room after room with DC heroes and villains brought to life with small coloured bricks. It’s all the more jaw dropping when everything on display was all done by one person. Lego artist Nathan Sawaya has worked away for hours put this collection together.

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Survivor Cambodia: “My We Will Reign Supreme”

A week out from the final, I thought I’d take the time to comment of the gameplay from the jury members, plus look at the road ahead.

Kass: For the first 16 days of Cambodia we had the opposite of Chaos kass, it was Calm Kass, but knowing she was on the outer circle of the original Bayon tribe, and with nine of them left still in the game, she made a massive move with the merge approaching. There was nothing wrong with the move, but Kass would of been thinking that the merge would come at final 12 or 11, not 13. If it had been at 11, they could of been able to get rid of Savage and Wiggles, and it would of been game on at the merge. Unfortunately it wasn’t the case.

Savage: This season Jeff wouldn’t stop telling us how this was a second chance. We heard him tell both us and the contestants that they all lost the first time around and that this was a second chance to win. Somehow Andrew missed the memo. He change nothing. He is still the leader, and nothing but that. When he votes someone out it’s all good, but the minute things don’t go his way, he has been backstabbed and betrayed and the person who lied to him has no integrity. Let me say this though. Kelley doesn’t play her idol, it wouldn’t of changed the game, and I can see Savage sitting at the end. No chance of winning though, but he was the glue with most of the Bayon’s.

Kelly: What is there to say about the OG. Not much really. I don’t know what her game plan was. Lie low and win out like her first time? Who knows. At least we can tick her off the Survivor returnee bucket list.

Ciera: A fighter, that’s for sure. I know when you are on the bottom you have top make some noise to shake it up, but telling people they aren’t playing is really insulting. Everyone was playing, they just wern’t playing the way you wanted.

Stephen: Ah Stephen we were rooting for you, WE WERE ALL ROOTING FOR YOU, but it wasn’t to be. At least you wen’t out swinging for the fences. Hope your demons from Tocantins have left you.

Joe: All Joe had to do was not win the first immunity challenge, but the competitor in him couldn’t do it. I’m not saying he didn’t already have a target on his back, but it grew larger with every win.

Abi-Maria: What can I say about Abi? I’m not even sure I have an opinion on Abi. She provided entertainment, that’s for sure.

Okay we are now down the final six. Not much room to move around with votes. Without even thinking about idols, you need four votes to reign supreme at the next tribal, unless you pull a 3-2-1 (hard to pull off). My prediction for the next tribal is four votes go to Kelley and two go to Jeremy, both play their idol, meaning a total revote. If Keith has immunity then Spencer goes, if Keith doesn’t win then he goes. If say Spencer was to go at final six, then Jeremy and Tasha are in trouble because it would leave the door open for Kimmi to make her big move and swing over to create a new final three. Now I know that’s a lot of fan fiction, but I expect some fireworks at these last few tribals.

Also can I take a moment to point out my pre season pick Kimmi is still in the game. Not to bad at all.

Survivor Cambodia RECAP: “Not an alliance, a voting block”

I haven’t posted about Survivor the last few weeks, but now I’m back to stay right until we have crowned a winner. While the pre-merge was so So (Kim), the early merge has been a success with more votes than ever being able to be used at ones advantage.

Unfortunately for Kass, at the final 13 no one was ready to make a move yet, and as a result her torch was snuffed. People like Jeremy, Keith, and Spencer were extremely lucky that the group didn’t start taking out big targets straight away. If this season had merged at 11 or 10, things would of been differently. Even being at 11 now why is Kimmi so hell bent on getting the three girls (three amigas or witches coven, whatever you prefer) out of the game? Does she realise she can’t win sitting next to Jeremy at the final tribal. He’s a nice guy who loves his wife, and everyone knows that. He isn’t going to leave a bad taste in people’s mouth after voting them out (aka Russell Hantz), so why let him stay in the game. The fact that he has two idols makes it even worse, but she has no way of knowing this.

Speaking of his two idols, let’s quickly talk about Jeremy’s edit. It’s just way to over the top. Without a doubt he is playing a good game, but he won’t be able to convince people to take him to the end. Jeremy’s edit reminds me of Tyson in Blood Vs Water, in this situation Tyson won, but thats only because people aligned with him, Gervase and Monica, knew that they would have even less of a shot going with anyone else. That isn’t the case in Cambodia. Stephen doesn’t want to have a repeat of his first season where he can’t get rid of “golden boy” JT, due to his immunity wins from the final 5 onwards. Once Stephen reaches his goal of sending out Joe, he will turn his attention onto his pal Jeremy, and he won’t wait until the final 5 to do so.

Stephen’s edit is also tricky. It’s been all over the place all season, that a win for him would be extraordinary. It’s possible, and I would love it, but it would be crazy. I sense that from what we are being shown of Kelley Wentworth that she has a good shot of being there at the end and winning.

At the same there are still big players left like Tasha, Spencer, and Ciera that could shake up the game and send it into a new direction.

Survivor Cambodia: “Calm Before” (Season 31, Episodes 4, 5 & 6)

Time for a catch up before the merge. What caused these three castaways to be voted out of the game?

Jeff Varner: Multiple reasons. To start with Tasha didn’t want anything to do with him from the get go. Add that to him talking to his former tribemates, it easily could of been him a week earlier. His health was a major factor, but if he wasn’t so shifty from the get go there could of been a chance of Varner pulling Woo and Abi back together as they still had a 3-2 advantage at Angkor. Instead Varner played way to fast too soon.

Monica Padilla: This ones a tough one. We wern’t shown much in the episode but she was destined to go home. Take out talk of clams and an all girls alliance, she had no hope.

Woo Hwang: He voted for Abi twice! Seams like Abi Maria was the cause of his downfall. Way not take out Savage? Because Abi wouldn’t go along with that plan.

AFFECT: This is one of the most confusing merge episodes we’ve seen in a while. In recently seasons we’ve had two sides with someone in the middle, like Sarah the President in Cagayan or Jon and Jaclyn the power duo in San Juan del Sur. Going into next Wednesday so many deals have been made a chart will make handy viewing material. Here’s one from reddit user lpkw.

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SIDENOTE: Can we just take a second to acknowledge that my post episode one pick, Kimmi, is still in the game!

Survivor Cambodia: “Drop The Angkor, Drop Your Buffs” (Season 31, Episode 3)

Before I get into the cause and affect Peih-Gee’s boot will have, I wanted to get into the tribe swap or tribe addition. While many people would say that Gabon’s downfall is the constant tribe swapping, I’m all for mixing it up as much as possible. I love this move. If it was up to be I’d have them do a tribe dissolve and swap at 16 players, another swap at 14, and a merge at 12. It would never happen, but I’d love it. Something that would of been fun for this season, and something they hadn’t done for a while, could of been a school yard pick for two reasons. It would reveal were alliances are at, and also because in recent years whenever we have a random swap, there is always a weaker one. This time we have Angkor. Let’s hope they can at least place in the next comp because I want to see someone else at tribal. It’s day 9 and we people like Kass, Joe, Stephen and Kimmi haven’t shown us how they are going to be playing. Okay onto what I’m here for.

Cause: This is the first time in Survivor Cambodia that the player voted out wasn’t targeted for reasons outside the game. Peih-Gee Law was voted out because she opened her mouth. Sure she didn’t talk as much as she did in China, and thus created less trouble, but put it this way, she goes along with the plan to vote Varner out, then he goes home. I see why she needed to turn it on Abi, but at least she could of still been in the game.

Affect: Angkor lost a relatively strong member, and someone who is good at puzzles. Down in the numbers, Abi won’t be able to sit out, like she did nearly every challenge in her season. So I wouldn’t be shocked if they are back at tribal. Saying that there are many different ways it could go. Option A: Varner, Woo, Abi regroup and take out Tasha. While I don’t think once these players merge they will stay in tribal lines, but you never know. It’s already 10 original Bayon to 7 original Ta Keo. Option B: Varner, Abi, Tasha, Varner stay on the same path they are on and take out Woo. Would be a easy vote, but a loss of strength. Which takes us to Option C: Savage, Tasha and Woo take out either Varner or Abi. Both are week, and both are unpredictable.

Side note 1: Woo telling people to be smart and not do anything crazy was funny. So was when Abi said Varner needed to go for being unpredictable. Look in the mirror maybe?

Side note 2: Abi is racking up the votes already. Nothing that would take her to the top of a all time Survivor ranking, but six votes from three tribals is impressive, seeing as last time see only received seven votes in total.