Friday, May 5, 2023

Arise King Charles!; Cambodia’s funky games; Rocket Raccoon versus Super Mario; and scaring seagulls for a living.


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Can you hear that sound? It’s the sound of pomp and ceremony … the noise of  a great big procession of horses and carriages and soldiers and people … the sound of church bells ringing and crowds cheering … the sound of a coronation.

For that’s what is about to happen in London tomorrow when the coronation of King Charles IIII takes place. 

Preparations have been underway all week as England prepares for the big event. Charles is replacing his mother, the late Queen Elizabeth on the British  throne – in a ceremony that will be broadcast to billions of people around the world. 

The word coronation comes from the Latin word ‘corona’ – meaning crown. Because that’s exactly what King Charles will have plonked on his head during a long and very serious ceremony tomorrow in London’s Westminster Abbey. 

It all happens about 8 o’clock our time tomorrow night – where you’ll see Charles and his wife, the Queen Consort Camilla, ride in a golden carriage from Buckingham Palace to the Abbey, where he’ll be given all sorts of glittering objects signifying the monarchy – including a golden orb, a coronation ring and a sceptre – which is a ceremonial staff – containing one of the largest diamonds in  the world. 

Speaking of precious stones: the crown that will be lowered onto King Charles head is made of solid gold and is decorated with 444 rubies, amethysts, sapphires and other gems. Imagine that … 

Representing Australia at the coronation will be our PM, Anthony Albanese – and a bunch of other Aussie special guests – including Matildas captain and all-round footy-playing legend, Sam Kerr – who has the job of carrying the Aussie flag into the Abbey. 



 Each day we give the world globe a spin and find a news story from wherever it stops .. and today we’ve landed in Cambodia, where the South East Asian Games get underway today.

What are the South East Asian Games? They’re like the Olympic Games – but just for a handful of South East Asian countries … countries like Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines. 

More than 11,000 athletes are expected to take part in the games over the fortnight that they’re held – and as well as the sports you usually find at a sports meet like this – your athletics and swimming, for instance – there are a range of events which are unique to these Games. 

I’m talking kun bokator, a local martial art, regu sepaktakraw which is a volleyball you play only using your feet – and ouk chaktrang, a Cambodian version of chess.

That must make for riveting television viewing …

Jet-skiiing, obstacle courses and dance are also competitive events at the South East Asian Games. Because, as the saying goes, variety is the spice of life. 



Are you lively, energetic and fun? Do you have a bit of spare time and like spending your free time at a zoo? Most importantly – are you an excellent flapper?

If you answered yes to all of the above – then there’s a zoo in Blackpool, in England, that has just the job for you.

They’re looking for someone who can put on an eagle costume and flap around the park scaring off seagulls, you see.

It’s a simple enough job. Put on the costume, and run around the zoo waving your arms about whenever you see a seagull. It’s the zoo’s latest tactic to scare off the flocks of seagulls that have become a pest – flying in and stealing people’s lunches, even being so cheeky as to let themselves into the zoo’s cafe to help themselves to people’s ice creams. How rude. 

The zoo says people have applied for the job from all over the world. I’ve stuck a link in today’s episode notes to the costume you’d have to wear.

I think if i was a seagull and I saw that jumping up and down in front of me, I’d fall out of the sky laughing. 




Look out Super Mario …. Rocket the Raccoon is coming for you … 

Unless you’ve been living under a particularly large space rock, you’d know that Guardians of the Galaxy 3 opened in cinemas around the country yesterday. The movie, starring Groot, Drax and Rocket the Raccoon is the final instalment in the trilogy – and box office predictions suggest it’s going to beat Super Mario in the ticket sales department. What will Princess Peach make of that?

Already – film reviewers have been posting stories all over the internet talking about the Easter Eggs in this final Guardians film … and no, I’m not talking about little brightly wrapped chocolate eggs … an easter egg in this sense is a hidden message or symbol in a movie, song, or video – usually an in-joke.

But it;s the soundtrack I am most looking forward to .. with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Radiohead, and Earth, Wind & Fire making an appearance. Ok – yes, I know, I’m showing my age now ..


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

  1. What sort of a bird does an English zoo want someone to dress as to scare off seagulls?
  2. In which country are this year’s South East Asian Games taking place?
  3. What’s the name of the raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy?





It’s May 5 – May 5th – Revenge of the Fifth … which if you’re a complete Star Wars nerd you will know is a reference to the movie Revenge of the Sith – and I promise that’s the last Star Wars reference for the week … 


It’s also a Friday … and you know what that means? Lots of birthday shout outs – and a perfect excuse to break out the birthday reggae tune .. oh yeah, a reggae day …. Hit it … 

Happy birthday today to …Ruben from Cronulla, Emily from Edensor Park, Harry from Dudley, Kuang from Ashmont, Scarlett from Dulwich Hill, Gary from Tumbi Umbi, Maddox from Galungara, Antonia from Oxford Falls and Helena listening over in Brazil. 


Belated shoutouts go to… Matilda and Quinn from Duncraig and Tommy from Hillarys.


And to everyone having a birthday over the weekend… Shi from Ashmont, Thea from Flagstaff Hill, Thea from Canberra, Zak from Abbotsford, Chelsea and Cooper from Forster, Hannah from Lilyfield, Margot from Dulwich, Samantha from Eden Hill, Annick from Brookfield, Lachlan from Wagga Wagga, Lewis from Goulburn, Conor from Double Bay and Zachary from Eagle Vale. 



The S’Quiz Answers:

  1. Eagle
  2. Cambodia
  3. Rocket