Wednesday, 14 September, 2022

Wet summer on the cards; the family on a trip of a lifetime; fake Queen memes revealed; and Baby Yoda is back!



Squiz E’s found a fake Queen video – VIDEO

A Canadian family’s epic adventure: 

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Ok – are you sitting down for this? Are you somewhere comfortable – surrounded by people who can pick you up when you fall to the floor sobbing uncontrollably?

Because yesterday the weather bureau confirmed the wet weather system La Nina will be back this summer for the third year in a row.


I know right? I mean how many days of rain, how many potential floods, how many sandbags is one country expected to take?

What’s La Nina? It’s Spanish for ‘little girl’ – but also the name given to the weather phenomenon that brings lots of rain. Those of you with good memories will recall we were in the midst of a La Nina summer earlier this year when a good part of the east coast of Australia was under flood. 

The bad news? This is only the third time in 120 years that Australia has experienced three summers of back-to-back La Nina inspired wet weather. What a time to be alive.

The good news? Forecasters are saying that it will hopefully be short-lived – meaning that while it will be wet, it won’t be wet for long.

Either way: the city of Brisbane is taking no chances, with the Lord Mayor there announcing yesterday that sandbags would start to be made available to city residents from this coming weekend.

Now where did I put those floaties of mine? 




Each day we give the world globe a spin and find a news story from wherever it stops … and today we’ve landed in Indonesia, where a Canadian family of six has also just arrived. Now, that doesn’t sound very special—lots of families go on overseas holidays. But three of the four kids in this particular family have been diagnosed with a rare, incurable eye condition. In a nutshell: by the time they are 30, they are very likely to be blind. So, their parents decided to make the most of every second of full vision their kids have and stuff into that time as many visual memories as possible – by taking an epic, year-long adventure around the world. So far they’ve been on a road trip in Africa; gone hot air ballooning in Turkey; ridden reindeer in Mongolia; and much, much more. The kids’ parents say they want to fill their children’s heads with the best, most beautiful images they can. I’ve put a link to their Instagram account in your episode notes— so you can follow along on their adventures – and send them a message of support from Squiz Kids in Australia. 




Big eyes. Check. Cute long ears. Check. An ability to move objects using only The Force. Check. Baby Yoda is back – with a whole new series where he gets to show why he’s the cutest little critter in the entire universe. 

There was a big Disney convention in America over the weekend when the TV and movie studio release previews of upcoming streaming series and big screen releases. 

And lovers of all things Star Wars will be rattling their lightsabers in excitement at the news a third series of The Mandalorian – starring Baby Yoda – will soon be with us. 

And if that’s not your speed: maybe a remake of The Little Mermaid is more up your sea channel? 

Grammy-award winning pop star Halle Bailey plays Ariel in the live action remake which is due to hit cinemas next year. Can’t wait that long? I’ve stuck a link to the trailer in today’s episode notes … and yes, of course – there’s a trailer link in there too to the Mandalorian — you’re welcome.




 There’s a lot of news around about the Queen – you might have noticed. And that might just be the understatement of the year – as websites, TV channels, newspapers and radio all dedicate enormous amounts of coverage to the death of Britain’s monarch – Elizabeth II.

But as with every large news event – there’s also misinformation. Lots of misinformation circulating, especially online, all of which has had Squiz E the Newshound’s nose twitching overtime.

Now, as you know – Squiz E spends his days sniffing about the internet looking out for fishy stories. And this week – he’s stumbled upon a doozy.

A video is doing the rounds of social media, showing a woman dressed in clothes from the olden days with small children scrambling around at her feet. 

The caption on the video claims it is old footage of the Queen – throwing food on the ground for poor kids in Africa to eat. The post claims this is evidence that the Queen treated African kids with disrespect. And two thousand two hundred people have re-shared it while five and half thousand people have liked it. 

But Squiz E knows to Stop, Think and Check before believing everything he reads on the internet. And by checking, he was able to discover that the video is not of the Queen at all – but an unknown woman from the year 1900 – so, long before the Queen was even born – in a country called Indochina – which is now Vietnam – and about as far away from Africa as you can get. 

The moral of the story: be careful when you’re out there in the wild west of the Internet. Always Stop, Think and Check. And if you’re keen to find out more about Squiz E and our upcoming media literacy program for primary school kids – hop on over quicksticks to 

I’ve stuck a link to that – and to the fake Queen videos – in today’s episode notes. 



Ahhh … yes … it’s that time of the year again … the September school holidays are just around the corner – and that means we’re taking a little break.

This Friday will be our last episode of Squiz Kids Today for a couple of weeks as I join my family on an exciting little adventure to New Zealand. Woo-hoo! Counting down the sleeps …

But I know how much you’re going to miss me .. so I’ve gone and recorded a bunch of super cool school holiday Kids v Adults Quizzes – to be released every Saturday of the holidays – so you can test to see who’s smarter – kids or adults.

Together with all of our excellent Squiz Kids Shortcuts episodes and every episode we’ve ever recorded of Squiz The World – where we take you on an audio excursion to a different country each week – the quizzes are available to all our valued Apple subscribers … Simply search Squiz Kids in your podcasting app and click on ‘Give Me More’ – or follow the link in today’s episode notes. 


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 TV series that stars Baby Yoda?
  2. A Canadian family on the trip of a lifetime have just arrived in which neighbouring country – just to the north of Australia? 
  3. In Spanish, La Nina means what?




It’s September 14  … it’s National Cream Filled Donut Day in the United States … i swear they have the best holidays … it’s also National Food Is Medicine Day – all about the dangers of bad nutrition – so i feel like those two cancel each other out.

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

Jayden from Waitara, Savannah from Cairns, Oliver from Roseville, Samuel from Petrie, Oliver from East Maitland, Mohamed and Adrian from Hammond Park, Abby from Lobethal and Amali from Burleigh.  

Belated birthday wishes go to Noleen and Gaby from Abbotsford and Quandale from Wynnum. 

Classroom shoutouts go to …class 5A and Mr Brophy at St Dympna’s Primary School in Aspley, class 6D and Miss Drury at Telarah Public School, class 4/5B and Mrs Brooks at Braddock Public School, class 3O and Mrs Every at Ivanhoe Primary School and happy birthday to Mr Swinburn at Freshwater Christan College in Cairns.  

Special shout outs go to Early Start Australia in Perth and Mr Corbett at Rossmoyne Primary School – who both became members of Squiz Kids for Schools on our special Term 4 promo. (Link in episode notes)…..


The S’Quiz Answers:

  1. Madagascar
  2. The Mandalorian
  3. Indonesia