Monday, May 8, 2023

King Charles throws a party; Israel’s 3D-printed fish burger; Magic Round’s new star Dolphin; and Tay Tay has something to say. 


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3D printed fish fillets:

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Valynce Te Whare performs the haka

 Wayne Bennett Valynce Te Whare post-match press conference:

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Funny hats, a golden orb, yawning princes, a massive sword, Katy Perry and a fighter jet flyover … the coronation of King Charles III on the weekend pretty much had it all. 

And in an event watched by millions all over the world – the likes of which the world hasn’t seen for 70 years – a man who happens to have been the first born in a family that lays claim to the British throne had a crown plonked on his head to become the King of England – and King of fourteen other countries around the world – including Australia and New Zealand. 

Under rainy skies, thousands turned out in the streets of London to catch a glimpse of the new King Charles III and his wife, Queen Consort Camilla.

He’s known as King Charles III because two other Kings called Charles have sat on the throne before him – both of them were King back in the late 1600s … so almost 400 years ago.

And while the British monarchy has a long and fascinating history, many of the countries over which Charles III is King – including Australia and New Zealand – are discussing plans to become what’s called a republic – which is to say, politely excusing themselves from having a British king as their head of state and going it alone.

None of that had any impact on the big coronation celebrations in London though – with the party wrapping yesterday with a big pop concert near Windsor Castle, just outside of London – starring Katy Perry. Who you might say is kind of like pop music royalty. I’ve stuck a link to a photo gallery of the big day in today’s episode notes. 




Hey Queensland – yes – you -with all your sunshine and autumn warmth .. get ready for a dose of winter with reports that a cold snap is on its way this week and could see temperatures drop below freezing in some parts of the state. 

After thunderstorms on Monday afternoon, the weather bureau predicts a cold front will make mornings for the remainder of the week very chilly. Might have to get the ugg boots out! 



Each day we give the world globe a spin and find a news story from wherever it stops, and today we’ve landed in Israel – where 3D-printed fish and chips is on the menu.

What the what? 

You know how with a 3D printer you can pretty much create anything, right? From houses to medical devices to furniture to toys. Well – thanks to the work of some seriously clever scientists – you can also print food. 

I know, right. Nuts.

3D printed fish fillets are made by extracting cells from a grouper fish, then growing them into muscle and fat, then adding those cells to a special bio-ink in a 3D printer and hey-presto – a lab-grown fish fillet is printed. 

The company behind the fake fish fillet says lab-grown meat is a great way to prevent over-fishing of our oceans – and good for the environment.

Fake filet of fish burger .. yeah – I could be up for that.  



And after three days of non-stop rugby league action, the NRL Magic Round has concluded and footy was once again winner on the day.

And while there were lots of big storylines to come out of the many clashes that took place at Suncorp Stadium, one standout was the fairytale debut of Dolphins rookie Valynce Te Whare.

Rookie is a term often used in sport reporting to describe someone who is new and only just starting out. 

Up until a couple of years ago, Valynce had only ever played rugby union in his home country of New Zealand. But at the Dolphins invitation he moved to Brisbane and threw himself into league, because, as he told reporters after the Dolphins 36-16 win over the Sharkies on Saturday, he figured he had nothing to lose. 

The fairytale ended with Valynce scoring not once, but twice in his very first NRL game, in front of an ecstatic home crowd – and a very proud bunch of family members who had flown in from NZ. I’ve stuck a link in today’s episode notes to a lovely moment at the end of the game where Valynce performs the Haka for his family in the stands. 




Tay tay fans were saying yay yay over the weekend  (DAD JOKE ALARM) – yeah, i know, bad dad joke – after the singer songwriter announced she’d be dropping a new album of old songs at the start of July.


Swifty first released the album ‘Speak Now’ back in 2010 – so almost 13 years ago. But then she lost control of the master recordings – which are the original tapes, if you like, of her songs. 


Determined to take back ownership of her music, Tay Tay has spent the past couple of years re-recording the songs she lost control of, and re-releasing them … so far there’s been Taylor’s Version of her early albums ‘Fearless’ and ‘Red’ .. and now we’ll have Taylor’s version of ‘Speak Now’. 

Her last album release, Midnights, was 2022’s biggest selling record of the year. So, you know, it will be a thing. 




Hello Squiz Kids –

Just a quick message to let you know that Squiz Kids has a new team member


I know right? Exciting! 

Her name is Joni, and she’ll be hosting her very first edition of the podcast tomorrow. So I want you all to make her feel very welcome.

Have you ever joined a new sporting team or maybe been the new kid at a school? Well – that’s what it’s like starting a new job. So let’s all be on our best behaviour tomorrow and make sure Joni feels the Squiz Kids love.

And if you want to meet her beforehand – keep listening at the end of this podcast where I have a little chat to her to welcome her aboard the good ship Squiz Kids.


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

  1. In which country are 3D printed fish fillets being made?
  2. What sport did NRL’s new hero Valynce Te Whare play in New Zealand?
  3. In which century did the two previous King Charles’ sit on the British throne?





It’s May 8 – the MTV Music Video awards take place today – and the world renowned Westminster Dog Show starts in New York today .. well that’s my day sorted..


It’s also a special day for these Squiz Kids celebrating a birthday today ….Mason from Montmorency, Zoe from Ruse, Geoff and Beau from Pitt Town, Izzy from Jindalee and twins Groezie and Charmont from Frankston.


Belated shoutouts go to Nikolas from Darling Point, Abigail from Doncaster, Indi from Glen Huon and Vidur from Woodinville, USA.


And we are returning to our huge list of classroom shout out requests… 

It’s a shout to class 5/6E and Miss Fernandes at St Joseph’s Primary School in Springvale, Mrs Dougherty’s class at Helensvale State School and a very warm welcome to a new class member Alfie, class 5M and ​​Mrs Narunsky at St Michael’s Catholic Primary School in Daceyville, class 6T and Miss Tolmie at Singleton Heights Public school and lastly to class 5ST and Mrs Twigg at Chatham Primary School in Surrey Hills, Victoria. 


The S’Quiz Answers:

  1. Israel
  2. Rugby union
  3. 1600s