Monday, 16 November, 2020

ScoMo’s off to Japan; Egypt’s mummy-palooza; Argentina surprises the All Blacks; and Harry Styles wears a dress.



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Prime Minister Scott Morrison will be packing his bag, slotting his passport into his pocket and boarding a plane today as he heads to Japan. Lucky him!

But he’s not off on a holiday, off to sample the sushi delights of Tokyo or heading to the Japanese ski fields. He’s going on an official state visit – to meet with Japan’s new Prime Minister, Yoshihide Suga.

Meeting with other world leaders is an important part of a Prime Minister’s job – because it’s important for us to have as many friends as possible out there in the world. Just like in the playground, really. 

The two leaders are expected to talk about tackling the COVID pandemic and increasing trade between our countries – which is to say, increasing the number and range of things we buy from each other and sell to each other.

An effort that got a big boost yesterday with news Australia has signed a trade agreement with 14 other countries in the Asia Pacific region that is the biggest deal the world has ever seen.




Each day, we give the world globe a spin and find a news story from wherever it stops … and today, we’ve landed in Egypt … where archaeologists are celebrating the discovery of almost 100 coffins – many with mummies inside them.

It’s estimated the mummies are about 2,500 years old … and they’re in excellent condition. Because Ancient Egyptians were so good at embalming human bodies – which involved wrapping them in cloth and drying out the flesh – many of the skeletons are remarkably intact – giving scientists an amazing insight into what life was like 2,500 years ago.

The mummies are all inside their own sarcophagus – which is the name given to the stone or wooden box that contains them – often decorated with elaborate designs. 

The mummies will now all be moved to a big museum near Egypt’s famous pyramids of Giza. 

There’s a link to a cool video in today’s episode notes showing the discovery.



It was the weekend of the underdog in the sporting world over the weekend – with two stunning upsets in the arenas of rugby and cricket. 

New Zealand’s all-conquering All Blacks were left stunned after Argentina’s Pumas beat them for the first time in 35 years – smashing the All Blacks in Sydney by 25 points to 15.

Puma’s fly-half Nicolás Sánchez scored all 25 of Argentina’s points with a try, six penalties and a conversion. And while all of that was remarkable: it was a victory also for determination and persistence for the Argentines.

Travelling to Australia from South America, the whole team had to be in quarantine for several weeks before the game – training in their hotel and working out in their bedrooms. There’s a cool link in today’s episode notes to a video explaining the efforts they all went to.

In other sporting underdog news .. the Hobart Hurricanes surprised everyone over the weekend defeating the Sydney Sixers in the Women’s Big Bash League. The Tasmanians won with 11 balls to spare – much to their delight – with leg spinner Amy Smith having an especially good game – taking two wickets. Oh – did we mention she’s only 15 years-old?




Pop icon Harry Styles made a little bit of history over the weekend, becoming the first male to appear solo on the cover of American fashion magazine, US Vogue.

Being on the cover of Vogue is considered a big deal in fashion circles. And Harry being Harry – he’s gone and done it in signature style. Known for wearing clothes that some people might consider are made for women, Harry is photographed for the cover wearing a dress.

In an interview accompanying the photo shoot, Harry said: If I see a nice shirt and get told, ‘But it’s for ladies.’ I think: ‘Okaaaay?’ Doesn’t make me want to wear it less though… I think the moment you feel more comfortable with yourself, it all becomes a lot easier.”




Hi – this is Rosie – from Rosie’s Recipes. You might have worked out by now that Bryce is my dad. 

We had some exciting news here at Squiz Kids HQ over the weekend. 

You know how dad has been talking about the Australian Podcast Awards Listener’s Choice category? 

We’ve just found out that we’re on the shortlist and we’re the only kids podcast amongst a whole bunch of adult podcasts. 

My dad works really hard every day to bring you Squiz Kids. It would be a huge favour to me if you took a couple of minutes to vote. 

Voting closes on Wednesday.

Let’s show these adults what a bunch of kids can do when they put their minds to it!


Voting Closes 18 Nov




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

  1. Which country is Aussie PM Scott Morrison flying off to visit today? 
  2. Which country staged a massive upset in rugby at the weekend by beating the All Blacks?
  3. Which pop star has become the first male ever to grace the cover of US Vogue solo?




It’s November 16 … birthdays for singer Kate Miller-Heidke and Storm Boy author, Colin Thiele.

 It’s also only 39 sleeps ‘til Christmas … On Dasher, on Dancer, on Prancer and Vixen!

Happy birthday to these Squiz Kids celebrating a birthday today ….Inez from Sydney, Amali from Oran Park, Ryan and Kyran from Kelso, Sven from Penrith, Kira from Point Cook, Eliza from Kempsey, Kirra from Murwillumbah, Reuben from Paddington, Amaya from East Gosford, and Antrophe all the way from Sweden

And some belated birthday shoutouts to…. Chantille from Bondi Beach, Tommy from Henley Beach, Lucy from Elderslie, Annabel from Coromandel Valley, and Evelyn from Ryde. 

Happy birthday to you all. 

Today’s classroom shoutouts… 1B at Ringwood North Primary School, Year 5 at Capella State School, Year 4 at Holy Family Primary School in Merewether Beach, Mrs Bugler and Mr Heath’s classes at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Coorparoo, and Mr Scarffe and 3/4S at Ferny Hills State School.


The S’Quiz Answers:

  1. Japan
  2. Argentina
  3. Harry Styles