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So recently I took to the studio for 2 days worth of photo shoots. They’re currently being culled, treated and sent.

Here are the next ones to show you! All photographs: © Copyright under Christopher Peck Photography 2010. Any unauthorised use of these pictures will result in legal action.

Guitar Hero: WOR

Last night was the launch of Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. I was asked to play the drums in a special little performance to which I obliged most excitingly!

I played on hard – which might have impressive if it wasn’t 7 Nation Army. Meg White is such a simple drummer she probably couldn’t even play hard on her own song…

I dressed as Casey Lynch – the blonde rocker character from the GH series.

Photographs done by the rocker-photog himself Tony Mott. Coincidently, he shot my very first photo shoot in 2005 for Channel [V]‘s Fresh Meat presenter search in a butcher shop with hanging meat carcasses. He remembered that I was dry-reaching the entire shoot. Bless him.

Overall a rocktastic night!



Pretty damn excited to start reading the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.

I’ve heard so many good things about the 3 books (the 3rd instalment ‘Mockingjay’ came out only yesterday!), and the books always came up in the ‘if you like that book, then you’ll love THIS book’ pop-up, pretty much guaranteeing that these are my kind of books!

If you’ve read them, let me know what you think.


Parliament done Pokemon style

Now playing: DSi

Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Sky

Available on the Nintendo DS and out now.

I’ve been playing this game less than a week and have clocked 18 hours so far. I’ll be filming a piece on it for the Nintendo channel available on the home page of the Wii in weeks to come. I thought I’d write up a little review on my first impression.

The first thing you notice are the graphics, the well-laid out maps and the depth of the game. You are a Celestial (read angel with wings and a halo), who’s job is to protect a city as their guardian. You rise up the ranks quickly amongst your peers and are able to help unassisted somewhat too early in your training. By helping the punters you gain ‘benevolence’, their gratitude essentially, and you offer this up to the mighty tree that the Celestians worship. Once this tree receives enough benevolence, it bears fruit with incredible powers. Yippee! Except the beyond-mortal-realm train decides to crash down into the tree taking all the rare fruit (called fyggs) a few Celestians with it to the mortal world. Yes, you are one of them. When you wake up you have no halo (gasp!) no wings (eek!) and worst of all – HUMANS CAN NOW SEE YOU. Oh dear. Not good. You have no way of teleporting back to your homeland. Time to suck it up, human.

The fun kicks in when you get to select the weapon you choose to use, and upgrade your armour. They creators have had so much fun with this – as you can go down the traditional route and wear chain mail, shell armour etc, or you can deck out your companions in a pair of trackkies, pop your cute mage girl in a sun-dress, fishnet stockings and high heels or make your thief wear his bright blue speedos that even Tony Abbott would be proud of.

Also, the monsters you fight are downright hilarious and have the best names. You fight guys like this

and this:

I like that you don’t have random unsuspecting battles (until you hit the water on the boat) and that you can visibly see your enemy and are able to side-step them should you choose not to fight them. WIN.

I also like that there is usually clear direction on where you need to go next, and what you need to do

The side-quests are usually available if you seek out the blue speech bubbles. The tasks are never really tedious – except when you get one from a cat. A CAT. It just meowed at me, and now I’m supposed to know what to do? I’ve been speaking to every known cow (moo), dog (nn nnnnn) and cat I’ve seen and NOTHING.

It’s like a lot of roaming RPG’s where you have to constantly battle (otherwise known as ‘grinding’) to gain items, experience and coin. Like all grinders it can get a little repetitive – especially if you’re trying to battle a boss and you know that all the side-stepping of minions has come to bite you in the ass so you have to go back and do it anyway to level up.

Very similar elements to Pokemon where you search and area, talk to the characters in it, fight medial monsters to gain XP until you are ready to face the boss of the certain area- but they have a really earnest story behind it. The cut scenes aren’t painfully long and you really grow love for your 3 other comrades (which are human and do not live in pokeballs). The only problem is how these fellow fighters came about. I literally selected them from a lady who prides herself on matchmaking. So I chose 3 other people, selected their class, gender and looks, named them, and they became real. Huh? But why do they want to travel around distant lands pledging their life to me? Why do they support me? I wish they had more of a back story, or had more of a reason to join in than because ‘I made them’. Literally, figuratively and emotionally.

My ‘pick n mix’ team insists of:

Maude: (me) (no shit) who is a Minstrel with blond hair, blue eyes and who’s weapon of choice is a sword. (Not predictable at all, right?)

Champ: Martial Artist (named after Pokemons Machamp) has outrageous spikey brown dragonballz hair with blue eyes, and his weapon of choice are metal talons (think Wolverine/Freddie Kruger)

Lachy: Theif (named after the ‘locks’ that I thought he would pick) and he is a flaming ranga with blue eyes and a nifty poison-tipped dagger as his weapon.

Tress: mage (short for ‘enchantress’) and has blue hair with amber eyes. She rocks the magical staff, a turban, a white bra and hooker heels. This lass is going places, and fast.

One other observation is the heavy recycling of village people – in every town you’ll see the same 10 people used over and over again: The young lady, the maiden, the priest, the old man and woman with the walking stick, the young boy with the blonde bowl cut etc. I would have liked to have seen slightly more variation. But I’m sure I’m the only one who’s noticed this!

Overall this game is easy to play, and hard to put down. Looking forward to pumping a lot of hours into it!

Have you picked up this months Dolly?

September is all about the SUPER SEQUELS!

And what are the two best SUPER sequels out recently?

Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Super Scribblenauts of course!

I write all about what makes these games ‘super’.

I’ve put Super Scribblenauts straight in my top 5 games for the DS and predict it to be the game that every DS owner has (if you choose to be the person that doesn’t, then that is REALLY UNFORTUNATE).

I’ve also already clocked the first 52 stars in Super Mario Galaxy 2 which would be an incredible feat – if there weren’t 242 stars total to collect!

So just why are these so good?

Get this months Dolly to find out!! (Or get your sister to buy it for you, otherwise you could totally look suss….)

Beaut photo shoot

Over the last two days I have done 2 photo shoots. Over 1000 pics later, we’ve wrestled it down to a few handfuls and are editing/processing them.

Here’s an example of what you can expect…

I did all my own make-up, hair and styling, and you can thank Christopher Peck for his amaze-balls camera skills.

More to come!

The cover you DIDN’T see…

Love the Dr Ludwig gets a spot on the cover!! Score!

Gotta love photo-shopping.

Gay men everywhere are rejoicing!

There is a God


I did a photo shoot for InStyle magazine for their September issue with my cousin Grace.

It was shot in Centennial Park in the morning.

I also had gastro all that week and was incredibly sick. In fact, the night before I managed to throw up all of my dinner moments after eating it.

Huh, maybe I AM a model?

The clothes weren’t really my thing – they were thousand dollar + Chanel play suits and a lot of matching sets. The shorts I wore seemed very keen to be eaten by my crutch. But overall – the theme, the clothes, the hair and make-up, the way the pics were shot all seem to work. Big kudos to the team (Photographer Pierre Tussaint + stylist Kelly Hume)

And yes, my cousin is very, very tall.

Fanatical Inspirations

Looking at me, you’d probably never think I was writing a book. Even less so a fantasy novel. But alas, this is true.

I won’t go into too much detail about the book, it’s all early stages (I’ve only written 7 chapters even though I’ve been over 2 years) and I’m milking the research side of it.

I’ve always loved the fantasy genre. It’s such a great escape from reality. I prefer magic, swords and castles over the sci-fi side of geekism. Games like The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time which I played first when I was 11, really solidified my love of fantasy. I found what I liked and stuck with it, playing PC games such as Heroes of Might and Magic, Balders Gate, World of Warcraft and continuing on to Xbox games Oblivion, the Fable series and Dragon Age. I delved into reading books by Tolkien, C.S Lewis and, of course, J K Rowling (best series ever IMO). I have really fallen in love with it all. I’ve had a strange fascination for Elves, be it wood, high or dark. I love the different classes a hero can be, whether they’re a warrior, a ranger, a sorcerer or paladin. I love that there is no electricity, no automatic gunfire. I believe that the fate of the world can rest on the shoulders of one unsuspecting person, with a destiny to withhold and self-discovery to be found.

Here are some pictures that are inspiring me and my direction.

Edward What and Jacob Who?

Move over Twilight.

There is a new Team Edward. Say hello to Eric Northman.

And even better – there is a new Team Jacob. His name is Alcide Herveaux.

Move over boys, it’s all about MEN.

Feel free to meet their acquaintance.

The question now – are you Team Eric? Or Team Alcide?

Hmmm decision….


I can add another thing to my ever-growing list of what I’m up to. My broadcasting course is finished and I’m now one of the presenters on FBi!

FBi is an independent, not-for-profit community radio station in Sydney, Australia.  FBi places a heavy emphasis on local alternative music: it has a policy that at least 50 per cent of its music content is to be Australian, of which at least half comes from Sydney musicians.

Not afraid to start at the bottom, I’m currently doing the ‘allnighter’ shift that sit somewhere pretty in the 1am-6am time slot. YIPPEEE!!

I love the stations commitment to new and local music so will start posting what songs I’ve been busting out.

If there is anything you’d love to see played (Beiber NOT included) then please leave a comment!

Tuesday July 13th

The Boat People – Damn Defensive

Band of Horses – General Specific

Local Natives – Airplanes

Band of Skulls – Death by Diamonds and Pearls

Only the Sea Slugs – Mirrors

Darwin Deez – Radar Detector

Philly Jays – I Don’t Wanna Party

The Middle East – Darkest Side

Sally Seltmann – Harmony to my Heartbeat

Little Red – Rock it

The Roots – Right on

Sleighbells – Riot Rhythm

The Rapids – Get Better Than That

Oh Mercy – Lay Everythinng on me

Wild Beasts – Hooting and Howling

Two Door Cinema Club – Do You Want it All

British India – Run the Red Light

Passion Pit – Sleepyhead

Bearhug – Grapefruit

Lykke Li – I’m good I’m Gone

Operator Please – Get What You Want

Chaingang – Cut Here

Birds of Tokyo – Bakers Son

Arcade Fire – Ready to Start

Sia – Soon We’ll be found

Soft Tigers – Mr Ice Cream

Whitley – Head First Down

The National – Afraid of Everyone

Boy and Bear – The Rabbit Song

Young Revelry – You and I

Mumford & Sons – The Cave

The Delta Riggs – Get Back

It’s great to be in control of what gets played!

I’ll next be on air Tuesday Morning 1-6 August 10th – tune in, text in and say hi!


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