Monday, 28 November, 2022

Big wins for Socceroos, Wallabies, Strikers, Dees and Dan; Bluey takes Manhattan; Winston named top dog; and cycling through the desert.



Bluey stars in Thanksgiving parade

Winston wins top dog

One very long bike ride ..



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Twelve years is a long time. For many of you, it’s as long, or longer than you’ve been alive.

Which goes some way to explaining why the Socceroos and all who love them were in such a celebratory mood on the weekend – after our men’s national soccer team won their first World Cup game in twelve long years beating Tunisia 1-0.

When striker Mitch Duke got his head to a ball and cleverly deflected it into the corner of the net – Australia’s hopes of possibly making the hallowed final 16 of the tournament suddenly lifted. There’s a bit that still has to happen before we make it to the final 16 – also known as the knockout stage – including us putting in a good showing in our match against Denmark on Thursday – but for the moment, let’s enjoy this small but very significant victory – and give our team in Doha all the credit they deserve. 

Also having a good weekend – finally – were the Wallabies – our mens’ national rugby team – who staged a remarkable comeback to beat Wales in Cardiff.

The lads in green and gold were 21 points behind with only 27 minutes to play – but put their heads down and played some inspiring footy to win the game 39-37. Epic.

Celebrations were also the order of the night at North Sydney Oval on Saturday when the Adelaide Strikers made history winning their first ever WBBL championship with a 10-run triumph over the Sydney Sixers.

And the Melbourne Demons claimed their first ever premiership in the AFLW yesterday – beating the Brisbane Lions in a closely fought match  2.17 (19) to 2.3 (15)  

Go you good things!

And speaking of winners: Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews was on something of a high yesterday after the Labor Party he leads held on to government in Victoria.

Andrews now joins a rare club of Australian premiers who have won three elections back to back .. which means he’ll have a statue made in his honour when, in February, he marks 3000 days in office. 



Each day we give the world globe a spin and find a news story from wherever it stops – and today we’ve landed in the United States – where Bluey has taken Manhattan.

Manhattan is the island on which New York City sits .. you’d know New York City from countless movies and TV shows that are set there .. maybe you’ve been lucky enough to visit?

Each year, the streets of New York City are taken over by the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade … it’s a magical day when enormous inflatable characters float above the city’s streets in a parade that has to be seen to be believed. 

And this year there was a Baby Yoda, a Snoopy in a spacesuit, a Spongebob Squarepants – and a four-storey tall, inflatable Bluey.

It was her first appearance in the prestigious parade which attracted more than 3 million people in the streets of New York and was watched by about 50 million more on TV. Safe to say our Bluey has hit the prime time. And frankly it couldn’t happen to a nicer Blue Heeler. I’ve stuck video of her star appearance in today’s episode notes. 

And – as per tradition – the parade was wrapped up by the Queen of Christmas herself, Mariah Carey, singing the song that dare not speak its name … heralding that we’re now on the home stretch to Chrissy. 

Bring it on. 




Speaking of top dogs … a French bulldog by the name of Winston has been named best in show over the weekend at a great big dog show in the United States.

The National Dog Show is held every year – where all sorts of pooches of all shapes and sizes compete to be named best in show … which means exactly what it sounds like.

It’s the first time ever a French bulldog has won the top prize – with the association that put the show on saying that Frenchies are now the second most popular dog in America – meaning lots and lots of people are choosing that breed for a pet. Labradors are the most popular breed, with golden retrievers coming in third.

As for the competition itself, second place went to Cooper, an English toy spaniel. Which is apparently a thing. 

Other finalists included an American Staffordshire terrier named Trouble, an Alaskan Malamute called Reus, and a German Shepherd called River.

Sounds like a Hairy McLary book.

I’ve stuck a link to video of Winston’s win in today’s episode notes. You’re welcome.





Have you ever been on a really long bike ride? I don’t mean the ride from your home to school, or the ride through the neighbourhood to your friends’ house. I mean a bike ride that takes you three months to complete and crosses 13 countries and sees you ride for weeks on end through sand dunes in the desert? 

Because that’s what a couple of French cyclists have done – riding their bikes 7000 kilometres all the way from Paris in France, to Doha in Qatar – to watch a football game.

The pair are mad keen football fans – and wanted to see their home team, France kick their way to World Cup glory. 

Surely there are easier ways to get to a footy match though?

Indeed there are: but as one of the cyclists told reporters: “we wanted to show people your legs can give you so many adventures”.

Let’s hear it for the boys – and for our legs.



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

  1. Which cartoon favourite has made her very first appearance at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade?
  2. Which team did the Socceroos beat at the weekend at the World Cup in Doha?
  3. What is the name of the French Bulldog that won the National Dog Show in America on the weekend?




It’s November 28 .. only 26 days until Xmas! That sure did creep up! It’s also Red Planet Day today around the world – a day to celebrate the awesomeness of our planetary neighbour

It’s also a special day for these Squiz Kids celebrating a birthday today .. Chloe from Abbotsford, Cooper Rae from Broken Hill, Angus from Maitland, Olivia from Brisbane, Lucinda from Melbourne, Mia from Cottesloe, Isaac from Ashwood, Karen from Claremont Meadows, Lachlan from Lawnton, Arielle from Lane Cove and Nuri listening over in Singapore. 

Belated birthday shout outs go to… Isabelle from Loftus, Gave from Robina and Nataniel from Valley View. 

Classroom shoutouts go to …  class 5SH and Mr Hogan at Our Lady of Help Primary School in Warrnambool, class KD and Mr Delany at Stanmore Public School, class B11 and Mrs Fischer at Craigburn Primary, class 3T at Rangeview Primary School, class 4B and Ms Lockhart at Roseville Public School, class 6Y and Miss Yinfoo at Dysart State School, class 5/6 red and Ms Ebert at Molong Central School and lastly to class 3R and Mr Lamper at the Australian International School in Singapore. 

The S’Quiz Answers:

  1. Bluey
  2. Tunisia
  3. Winston