Friday, June 2, 2023

A warm winter ahead; Modern tech on an ancient Pharaoh;  Original rock and roll lyrics and Go Kokkinakis!


King Tutankhamun

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For those of you kids who hit the netball court, or the footy field, tennis court, pool, surf break – or anywhere outside – it’s sometimes a little bit harder in winter, with a chill in the air and frost on the ground.  

So here’s some news for you. Actually, this is also for all the parents who are bundled up on the sidelines watching. Brrrrr.

This winter, which started yesterday, is predicted to be unusually warm and abnormally dry with clear skies and sunny days ahead.

The Bureau of Meteorology which is the Government agency that  studies weather, has released its long range winter forecast with higher than average temperatures expected. 

So even though winter is typically our coldest time, this year we’ve had an extra chilly autumn with May masquerading as winter. Masquerading… that’s a cool word isn’t it? It means that it was pretending to be.  Because many weather stations across the country recorded their coldest May temperature on record – with frequent frost in the North and several snowfalls down south – but very early on in the snow season.

The long range forecast also added that while the days will be warmer, nights are set to be colder than average. 

So t-shirts during the day and extra blankets at night. Done.



Each day we give the world globe a spin and find a news story from wherever it stops. And today we’ve landed in Brazil, Australia, Italy and Egypt – hold on that’s a lot of places – because scientists from all of these countries have been working together to recreate what King Tutankhamun’s face actually looked like.

Have you heard of King Tutankhamun? He was an ancient pharaoh who ruled Egypt 3 thousand years ago.  In fact he was a kid when he was crowned king at age 9. And it was only 100 years ago that his tomb was discovered by archeologists in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings.

Back when he was alive – we all know that 3 thousand years was a long long time ago, modern technology like cameras and computers weren’t invented, so we never knew what he looked like.  

Now, these scientists have brought his face to life using a digital model of his mummified skull.  They described this project like detective work.  Using all bits of evidence and linking them together to establish incredible detail like the size of his lips, position of his eyes and height of his ears and nose, saying he looked like a young student with delicate features, not like a King.  You can see him for yourself, I’ll post a link to the images in your episode notes. 




There are really only a few songs in music history that get played on family road trips, at backyard bbqs or at friends’ parties and almost everyone knows and sings along.

Try and take a guess at which song I might be talking about here…

It’s one of the most famous rock and roll songs all of time, sung by the band Queen.

It has a piano ballad, high pitched opera then tumbles into a head banging classic.

Ok ok, I’m definitely NOT going to sing it.

But I’m talking about Bohemian Rhapsody written by Queen’s lead singer Freddie Mercury.

And it seems it almost wasn’t going to be called that.  A tatty old piece of paper with scribbled pencil shows Freddy’s first draft of the song.  You can clearly see he had other ideas writing Mongolian Rhapsody before crossing it out and writing Bohemian Rhapsody instead.

Because of the song’s incredible success, this old piece paper is a pretty significant artefact in music history, and next week will be auctioned in New York, estimated to fetch a rock and roll sum of 2.5 million dollars.  Mongolian Rhapsody, doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.




Come on, we all have to get behind tennis star Thanasi Kokkinakis, who notched up a major win at the French Open in Paris.

And possibly one of the greatest victories of his career – beating Swiss Grand Slam Champ Stan Wawrinka.  It was a long, gritty, grudge match for the pair, going head to head in a 5 set thriller.  And do you know how long that lasted? 4 hours and 38 minutes.  

You may know Thanasi, who is from Adelaide and is one of the Special K’s when he teams up with his friend and fellow Aussie Nick Kyrgios, becoming our doubles tennis super duo.

Kokkinakis now faces Russian Karen Khachanov in the third round tonight. 





This is the part of the podcast where you get to test how well you’ve been listening …

  1. King Tutankhamum was an ancient ruler of which country?
  2. The famous song Bohemian Rhapsody almost didn’t get that name.. Lyrics written by Freddie Mercury show there was another suggestion of what the song could be called.  What was it?
  3. Where in Australia is tennis player Thanasi Kokkinakis from?




It’s June 2  – Happy birthday to cricketer Steve Smith and surfer Taj Burrows.

It’s also a Friday … and you know what that means? Lots of birthday shout outs which means it’s time to crack out  the birthday reggae tune …

It’s a happy birthday today to …Charlotte from Elderslie, Zavier from Helensvale, Tex from Mermaid Waters, Olivia from Frenchs Forest, Sophie from Point Lonsdale, Quinn from Mount Gravatt, Saxon from Port Douglas, Sienna C from Burpengary, Mia from Camberwell, Lil from Sutherland, Jake from Sydney and Tri over in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Belated shout outs go to… Ben from Valentine, Chelsea from Pitt Town and Maikeli from Holsworthy

And to all of those Squiz Kids having a birthday over the weekend… Eliza and Ava from Exeter, Ebony from Ruse, Oliver from Oran Park, Evan from Bexley, Elliot from Flemington, Olivia from Yandina, Isaac from Mount Gravatt, Finn from Kellyville, Equa from Hobart, Chloe from Eltham, Harry from Junee, Frederick from Abbotsford, James from North Ainslie, Winnie from Marrickville, Jazahra from Sutherland North, Kobe from Dianella, Zac from Goulburn, Jakaiya from Albany Hills, William from Wavell Heights, Maximus from Penrith, Pauline listening over in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Ziggy listening from a sailing boat called the Cooeyanna.


The S’Quiz Answers:

  1. Egypt
  2. Mongolian Rhapsody
  3. Adelaide


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That’s all we have time for. Thanks for listening to Squiz Kids Today – we’ll be back again on Monday.

In the meantime, get out there and have a most excellent weekend.  Over and out.