Wednesday, 24 November, 2021

La Nina is back; Adele’s teacher tribute; Le Bron’s on court boo-boo; and Squiz E the Newshound strikes again.



Adele is surprised by her English teacher

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If it’s unusually wet where you live and cooler than normal for this time of year, you might want to get used to it after the Bureau of Meteorology yesterday declared we were in the midst of a La Nina weather system – which was expected to make this summer a wet and rainy one.

Good news for ducks – not so great for beach-loving, Xmas holiday-making humans.

La Nina is a Spanish word, meaning ‘little girl’ – and it’s also the name given to a weather system that brings lots and lots of rain over an extended period of time. El Nino – which is Spanish for little boy – is the name given to the weather system that brings hot and dry weather conditions. 

It’s the second year in a row our summer has been interrupted by a La Nina weather system. The last time that happened was back in 2011 – when Queensland experienced some of the worst floods in recent history. 

To get all meteorological on you for a moment … La Niña occurs when there are cooler than average waters in the Australian part of the Pacific Ocean and warmer waters over South America-way. That results in stronger than average winds from the Equator and more moisture over northern and eastern Australia. 

The bureau says La Nina might not be quite as wet as previous ones. 

but , look, if you live on the east coast of Australia and haven’t included a new pair of gumboots and a brolly on your Santa list – you might want to rethink it. 



Each day we give the world globe a spin, and find a news story from wherever it stops. And today we’ve landed in London … England … where pop singer Adele has been reminded – in a very public way – of the importance of teachers in all of our lives. 

During a concert – in a concert hall packed with English celebrities and broadcast on television – Adele was asked by a member of the audience if there had been one person in her life growing up who had inspired her love of words and music.

She started telling the story of a high school English teacher, Mrs McDonald who used to get get her classes singing and dancing – and made Adele fall in love with words. 

Then as a surprise, Mrs McDonald appeared from the back of the audience and came up on stage – at which point Adele started crying with happiness. And because it’s a Wednesday – and we all need a lift to get us through to Friday – I’ve stuck a link to video of it all in today’s episode notes.  You’re welcome. 



There were ugly scenes yesteday in the NBA – when one of the best known basketball players in the world, LeBron James of the LA Lakers was involved in an on-court scuffle with Detroit Pistons opponent, Isiaiah Stewart.

Both players have been suspended over a fight that broke out between the pair during the game.

It’s LeBron’s first suspension in the 19 years he has played professional basketball. 

He’s going to miss the Lakers game against the New York Knicks – and be fined almost $400,000 for the part he played in the dust up. For his part Isaiah Stewart will miss the next two games and pay a fine of over $60,000. 

Focus on the ball, people, not the player. And if you get angry out there on the sports field … rise above. Be the better person.   




This is the segment where Squiz-E the Newshound sniffs out fishy stories on the internet …  because – repeat after me: we can’t always believe everything we read online … and this week Squiz E is in the Northern Territory, where low rates of COVID vaccination in indigenous communities is being blamed in part on misinformation on social media. Squiz-E has found lots of false claims on social media about the vaccines. It’s just another example about how misinformation can have serious health consequences. Squiz-E is now sniffing around the Top End furiously, reminding people to stop and think about whether the information they’re getting is from a reliable source… and then checking it against a source they know is reliable before believing it. Thanks, Squiz-E. 



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 weather system that brings lots of rain?
  2. Name the basketball star suspended for fighting on the court?
  3. Which British singer was surprised on stage by her teacher?




It’s November 24 .. big night tonight .. it’s the first night of the AFL draft – where clubs choose up and coming players for next year – and its the ARIA Awards – Australian music’s night of nights …

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

Emilie from Craigburn, Zane from Hackett, Millie from Harrington Park, John and Alexandra from Ivanhoe, Lorelai from Melton, Caelan from Mansfield and Nat from Lane Cove. 

Belated birthday shout outs go to …Izzy and Zac from Perth.

Classroom shout outs today go to… class 3/4S with Mrs Anderson at St Thomas More Primary School in Mt Eliza, class 4T at Cherrybrook Public School and class 4S at East Ryde Public School. Taya at Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School in Canberra sends a shout out to her class 5A and teacher Mrs Abbott. It’s a shout out to the Senior Room at Barnawartha Primary School, who are very busy rehearsing for the school musical production called “Rock Bottom” – your principal Ms V is very proud and wants you to know that you all “rock.” Lastly a special shout out to Jaxson, Inara, Haleigh and Lucas in year 6 at Redeemer Lutheran School in Nuriootpa – who put together an excellent powerpoint presentation on the importance of being respectful towards cultural clothing.. Well done guys! 


The S’Quiz Answers:

  1. La Nina
  2. Le Bron James
  3. Adele