Wednesday, 26 August, 2020

Tassie’s dance ban; Israel’s buried treasure bonanza; the world’s slowest getaway; and Andy Griffiths joins Squiz Kids.



BTS video: Dynamite

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There’s an ill wind blowing down Tasmania-way .. and the kids are getting restless. 

Tasmanian health authorities yesterday hinted it was likely that a ban on dancing in night clubs, pubs, bars that is currently in place because: corona – was likely to remain in place for at least a year. 

It’s caused a storm of protest in Hobart – the state’s capital – as young people yesterday pointed out that their state had been COVID free for months, and they say it makes no sense that full contact sports are allowed to be played, but people aren’t allowed to get their groove thing on. 

Want to know what happens when kids aren’t allowed to dance? I’ve got one word: Footloose. Ask your parents, or your teacher, if they’re old enough…




Each day we give the world globe a spin and find a news story from wherever it stops. And today, we find ourselves in Israel – a country in the Middle East – where a group of teenagers have dug up hundreds of ancient gold coins that were buried in a clay pot for more than 1,000 years.

Talk about buried treasure!

The teens were volunteering at an archaeological dig when one of them struck gold. Literally. 

It’s thought the pot full of gold coins – which would have been enough at the time to buy a fancy house – were buried by someone who intended to come back and get them – but never did.

Imagine what that reason might have been? There you go: there’s your creative writing assignment for the week. You’re welcome. 




Today’s record setter is Solomon the turtle from Tennessee in the United States, who has gone and set what must surely be a record for the world’s slowest – and least successful – escape attempt.

Solomon – a 15 year-old African Sulcata Tortoise – escaped from his enclosure more than two months ago. His owners assumed they would never see him again. But yesterday, he was found. And in two-and-a-half months, he had travelled a grand total of 200 metres from home. That’s about two and bit metres a day. 

Solomon has been returned to his grateful owners. And is no doubt planning his next super-speedy escape. 




Korean boy band, BTS, has just broken the record for the most number of YouTube views for a new song, with the release on Friday of their new single, Dynamite. In 24 hours, it had more than 100 million views.

There’s a link in today’s episode notes, for any of you, like me, looking for a new haircut inspiration. I’m thinking the light blue bob cut could work on me.




It’s a Wednesday, and that means it’s a good day to stick our head into the Squiz Kids kitchen to see what Rosie has been whipping up this week.

And this week’s recipe comes from Rubina who is 9 years old and lives in Oakhurst in Sydney. She sent us her all-time favourite banana milkshake recipe to try, and it was delicious! Bananas, ice-cream, milk – what’s not to love? And the cinnamon sprinkle on top was epic. Rosie says it goes especially well with a serve of Dana’s choc chips cookies – the recipe for which we shared a couple of weeks back – and which, like Rubina’s banana shake, is on the Squiz Kids website.

Don’t forget: if you’ve got a recipe you love that you’d like Rosie to try and feature in this segment, send it through to [email protected].




He’s one of Australia’s most successful authors … his Treehouse books fly off the shelves faster than he can write them or his artistic buddy, Terry Denton can illustrate them. And …. drum roll please …. he’s agreed to sit himself in the Squiz Kids hot seat and answer your questions. (YAY) That’s right, Treehouse author Andy Griffiths has agreed to do a Squiz Kids Q+A. And like the Turia Pitt one and the Prime Minister Morrison ones that have come before it – this is your chance to ask whatever questions you or your class might have of a man from whose imagination has sprung multiple-storeyed treehouses, The Day My Bum Went Psycho, the Cow That Goes Kapow – and so many other super cool books. 

Where does he get his ideas? What comes first, the words or the pictures? Where does he like to write? What does he do when the ideas don’t come? Who are his favourite authors? So many questions … 

Now – Andy is on a bit of a tight schedule – with a new book about to come out – so we need to get your questions in as soon as possible. Like, by the end of this week. 

So don’t just sit there! Brainstorm some questions and email them through pronto to [email protected].

AND … yes there will be a prize for the best question .. judged by Andy himself. So put your thinking caps on people … 




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

  1. Which state of Australia is considering extending its dance ban to next year?
  2. In which country did a bunch of teenage archeologists dig up a pot full of buried gold coins?
  3. Name the uber-awesome kids’ author, who loves a treehouse and who’s agreed to answer your questions in a special Squiz Kids Q+A?




It’s August 26 ….. The kid from Home Alone – or the actor who played him,  Macaulay Culkin, turns 40 today. That’s one for the mums and dads. 

It’s also a special day for these Squiz Kids celebrating a birthday today …. Harry from Shoal Bay, Phoebe from Walpole, Madeline from Brisbane, Francesca from Rose Bay, Lachie from Davidson, Marco from Chatswood, Inide from Londonderry, Victoria from Mawarra and Toby from Pymble.

And some belated birthday shoutouts to … Olivia from Avoca Beach, Liam from Barellan Point, Luke from Blackburn, Taylor from Rhodes, Thomas from Abbotsford and Max from Matraville.

Happy birthday one and all!

Today’s classroom shoutouts…Year 5 and Year 6 at Mary Immaculate Catholic Primary School in Ivanhoe, 4T and 4B from Berwick Lodge Primary School, 3/4 Waratah’s at Macquarie Primary School in Canberra, Mrs Preston’s Year 4 class listening in from Port Kennedy,  Bathurst Public School, with Miss Lloyd who is celebrating a birthday today — and an extra-special shout out to my new best friends, Ms Meers and Year 4 at St Brigid’s in Coonamble – who sent me an awesome photo from their classroom yesterday wishing me a happy birthday … you guys are the best! We’ve posted the photo to our brand new Squiz Kids Instagram page for anyone who wants to check it out. There’s a link in today’s episode notes. And Year 4 at St Brigids want to send a shout out to Year 3 – so there you have it.

  The S’Quiz Answers:

  1. Tasmania
  2. Israel
  3. Andy Griffths