Monday, May 29, 2023

Sam Kerr crushes it .. again; the dog that graduated uni; foot-golf World Cup kicks off; and Dua Lipa gets her Barbie on. 


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Cheese rolling competition:


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  Is there any thing that Aussie football superstar Sam Kerr cannot do? Any dizzying height to which she cannot ascend? Any trophy in the world that is safe from being held aloft by her? 

Apparently not, as the girl from Perth once again spent the weekend proving why she’s the greatest female footballer of her generation.

What specifically am I talking about? I’m talking about the fact that she scored not once, but twice at the weekend as she led her team Chelsa to win their 4th consecutive Women’s Super League cup.

Romping home 3-0 to beat Reading, Chelsea’s resounding victory was the icing on the cake of an already good week for Sam after she was named the Women’s Footballer Of The Year on Friday … for the second year in a row. 

And all this after she learned last week that when she runs out onto the field as the captain of the Aussie women’s national team Matildas in a bunch of Paris Olympics qualifying matches later this year, she’ll be doing it in front of a home crowd with the October-November games confirmed to take place in Perth. 

For those of us on the eastern side of the country: we’ll have plenty of time to catch Sam and friends in action when the FIFA Women’s World Cup kicks off here and in New Zealand from the end of July. 



Each day we give the world globe a spin and find a news story from wherever it stops – and today we’ve landed in New Jersey in the United States where a dog has just graduated from university.

Justin the labrador is what’s known as a service dog. His owner Grace is in a wheelchair – and for the past few years, Justin has accompanied Grace to every single one of the classes she’s undertaken to become a primary school teacher. 

And last week, as Grace was called up on stage to receive her diploma, Justin was handed one too – which he proudly stuck between his teeth and wagged his tail. 

And because it’s such a special moment – I’ve stuck a video of it in today’s episode notes. 



It’s shaping up to be one of the most anticipated movies of the winter school holidays – and yesterday the internet went into meltdown with the release of the first proper trailer – and plotlines, and a banging Dua Lipa tune to accompany it. Can I say banging? I’ve heard my kids say it – but then they always cringe when I try to speak like them ..

Anyway: in terms of the plot: Barbie breaks out of her perfect plastic world with Ken in tow to explore the real world .. a place where her heels actually touch the ground.

Barbie is played by Australia’s own Margot Robbie – and to round out the offering, the movie comes with a new Dua Lipa dance track called ‘Dance The Night’ .. which I have a feeling is going to become the hit of the European and North American summer. You heard it hear first. And yes: because it’s a Monday, I’ve stuck a link to the trailer and the Dua Lipa song in today’s episode notes. 



If you’re out on a golf course and see some vast soccer ball-sized holes don’t worry, they probably don’t have a problem wombat, but they might just have a footgolf team!

Yes, you heard correctly: footgolf.

Footgolf is a relatively new sport. It’s a mash-up of football (or soccer as it’s sometimes known) and golf. Although it’s still a niche sport in Australia, meaning that it is played by only a tiny percentage of the population, overseas, it is booming. And guess what? The Footgolf World Cup kicks off today. Over 1000 competitors from 40 countries, including Australia, have made their way to Orlando, Florida, in the USA to try and take out the main prize. Go Aussies!

So, what are the rules? They’re basically the same as golf but with a soccer ball. There’s a larger hole, and you use your foot to kick the ball rather than a golf club. Like golf, the aim is to get the ball into the hole in the fewest kicks possible.

And the best thing… all you need to practise is a park and a soccer ball. So, what are you doing still sitting there? Get training! [WHISTLE}


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

  1. What’s the name of the service dog that was awarded a diploma?
  2. Name the English team that Sam Kerr plays for.
  3. Which pop star has recorded a new single for the upcoming Barbie movie?





It’s May 29  – today in England is what might well be my favourite event of the year .. the Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling Competition … Mad dogs and Englishmen gather from all over the country at the top of a very steep hill in Gloucestershire as a wheel of cheese is sent spinning down the hill with a bunch of daredevils on its heels. I’ve stuck a link to it in today’s episode notes. And unsurprisingly – broken bones and sprains and assorted injuries are quite common … nuts. 


It’s also a special day for these Squiz Kids celebrating a birthday today… 

Hunter and Cooper from Woongarrah, Sage from Richmond, Alani from Helensvale, Felix from Campbell, Kade from Collingwood Park, Luciana from Cannon Hill, Hanyu from Brisbane, Oliver from Greenway and May listening from Bangkok, Thailand. 


Today’s belated shoutouts go to… Gaby and Tara from Brisbane, Henry and Lachlan from Bondi, Cleo from Molong, Alex from Maroubra, Finn from Hunters Hill, Dante from Sydney and Inca Rose who’s listening all the way over there in Cape Town, South Africa.


And today’s classroom shout outs go to…

Class 4/5 silver with Ms Moore at Killarney Vale Public School, lyrebird class and Mr Ursino at Victoria Avenue Public School in Concord West, class F3 and Mrs Lannello at Hammond Park Primary School in Perth, classes 5B and 5W with Miss Hesketh and Miss West at Middle Harbour Public School, class 6JR and Mrs Raynor at Mt Carmel School in Yass and lastly to class 5W and Mrs West at Empire Bay Public School. 


The S’Quiz Answers:

  1. Justin
  2. Chelsea
  3. Dua Lipa