Thursday, 17 June, 2021

Cheap chockie bikkies in new trade deal; Sea lions board a boat in Chile; the Socceroos make it eight in a row; and a Guardians of the Galaxy video game.



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Tim Tams are about to get a run for their money at the supermarket and we could all be scoffing HobNobs and Penguins instead, after details emerged yesterday of a free-trade agreement between Australia and the UK.

Oh no .. I’m not seriously proposing to kick off your Thursday with details of a free trade deal, am I?

Yes, I am. But let’s keep it simple then … The price of chocolate bikkies from Britain – such as Hob Nobs and Penguins – are just two of the supermarket items that could become cheaper under the terms of an arrangement struck between our two countries this week.

In a nutshell, it’s an agreement that says some of the stuff we make here in Australia will be cheaper for people in Britain to buy – and some of the stuff they make will be cheaper for us to buy. That’s good news for farmers here in Australia who produce things like meat, dairy goods and rice. And it’s good news for anyone here in Australia who likes to drink Scotch whisky or eat British chocolate bars or drive British cars, like a Mini or a Jaguar. 

The same free trade agreement also means it will be easier for Aussies to work in the United Kingdom and vice versa. For Australians who maybe want to go to Britain on a working holiday – which is lots of people, and one day might even be you – the age limit has been lifted from 30 years to 35 years. So that’s another five years to squeeze in your grand, after-school, European adventure. Huzzah!




Each day we give the world globe a spin and find a news story from wherever it stops .. and today we’ve landed in Chile – in South America – where a fishing boat almost capsized after a colony of seals tried to board it while trying to escape the clutches of some hungry killer whales. 

Wow … 

The crew of the fishing boat watched on nervously as dozens of sea lions swamped their boat, thrashing about in the water, attempting to get aboard as a pod of killer whales circled. 

Killer whales, or orcas, as they are also known, like nothing more than to chow down on a plump sea lion or two for dinner. 

The boat crew attempted to herd the sea lions towards a nearby island for safety – but the clever orcas blocked the way. 

When eventually the boat returned to port, it had a whole bunch of sea lions swimming along beside it – keen to keep the boat between them and the hungry killer whales. 

Did you notice those two collective nouns .. a colony of seals and a pod of whales. That’s your English lesson for the day. 

There’s a link to video of the drama in today’s episode notes .. it’s all very David Attenborough doco, circle of life stuff … 




And it’s eight in a row for our Socceroos, and a perfect eight wins from eight games after they beat Jordan 1-0 yesterday as they took the next important step in qualifying for next year’s World Cup.

The boys in green and gold turned in a winning performance – in stifling hot conditions in the desert country of Kuwait – to send the frustrated Jordanian packing.

It’s the first time Australian has gone through its Asian World Cup qualifying phase with perfect eight out of eight record. 

Meanwhile, the Matildas – our national women’s soccer team – held the world’s 5th best team, Sweden – to a nil all draw during a friendly game in the Swedish city of Kalmar yesterday. Fan favourite Sam Kerr almost scored – with her shot at goal bouncing off the goal posts. 

The Matildas will now go into serious training mode as they prepare to shoot for a medal at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.




Exciting news for gamers and lovers of the Marvel Universe yesterday with news that a Guardians of The Galaxy video game is being developed for release even as we speak.

The news was one of many revelations at this week’s massive E3 video game conference in Los Angeles.

There were sneak peeks also of the much anticipated gaming sequel to Legend of Zelda – called Breath of the Wild. 

Game maker Nintendo also announced the release of up to 100 mini games in the classic Mario Party franchise. And for lovers of skateboarding, there was the welcome news that Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 was coming to Switch.

But – despite a lot of rumours suggesting it was imminent – there’s been no news on the much anticipated upgrade to the Nintendo Switch. Game on people! 




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

  1. What sort of marine animals tried to board a fishing boat in Chile?
  2. What’s the name of the Australian men’s national soccer team?
  3. Which popular Marvel film is going to be made into a video game?




It’s June 17 … birthdays of rapper Kendrick Lamarr, tennis ace Venus Williams and Olympic swimmer, Stephanie Rice.

It’s also a special day for these Squiz Kids celebrating a birthday today… Felix from Lysterfield, Ada from Hammond Park, Evie from Mayfield, Lilly from West Wallsend, Hannah from Fairlight, Hunter and Millie from Canberra, Nisal from Baulkham Hills, Yaadhav from Kununurra, Zoe from Ormond, Maddison from Forest Lake, Steven from North Sydney, Lily from  Corowa South, and Rosie who’s listening all the way from Tokyo in Japan. 

And some belated birthday shout outs to Nakeisha from Ashmont and Jemima from Sydney.

And today’s classroom shoutouts go to … Year 4’s in Room 11 at Mullaloo Beach Primary in WA, class 3GK and Mrs Scott at Morningside State School, Miss D.B’s Year 5 class South Newman Primary School, the 5/6 legends from Trinity Catholic School from Harden, and a special Squiz Kids shoutout to the year 2 and 3’s at St Joseph’s Primary in Kununurra, WA, whose prac teacher Ms Sutton is finishing up tomorrow and will miss them very much. 


The S’Quiz Answers:

    1. Sea Lions
    2. Socceroos
    3. Guardians of the Galaxy