Squiz Today / 02 December 2022

Squiz Today – Friday, 2 November

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Getting you across the finish line.

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Squiz Sayings

“250 grams of magic and perfection in our daily lives”

Is how French President Emmanuel Macron described the latest food to be awarded UNESCO world heritage status: the humble baguette. Members of the country’s UNESCO delegation celebrated the news in appropriately French fashion

Rootin’ for the ‘roos on Sunday


Since the Socceroos achieved a sensational – and let’s be honest – somewhat unexpected 1-0 win against world #10 ranked Denmark yesterday morning, the public elation and enthusiasm for our boys in green and gold have been palpable. In Melbourne’s Federation Square, thousands of people packed in front of massive screens went berserk when Mat Leckie scored the winning goal in the 60th minute. Aussie football doesn’t usually get much play overseas, but as a result of this historic win, headlines around the world covered the victory. So the big question now, with the whole world watching, is, can the Socceroos keep the dream alive on Sunday morning when they face Argentina?


Argentina came out of the opening round at the top of Group C (Oz came 2nd in Group D behind France) and is ranked #8 worldwide. Oz is currently #41, so beating them is a big ask. Argentina’s got some amazing players, including superstar forward Lionel Messi, who has won the Ballon d’Or (football’s most prestigious individual award) a record 7 times and is starring in his 5th World Cup. Another one to watch is breakout star midfielder Enzo Fernandez whose performances are garnering interest from Real Madrid and Manchester United. But we have our own stars too, including “main man” and goalie Mat Ryan who kept the opposition from scoring for the 2nd game in a row, ably protected by impressive defender Harry Souttar, arguably the Socceroos’ best player so far. The bookies are giving Australia odds of 21:1 – about a 5% chance of winning Sunday’s match. But as no one expected us to make it this far, there’s no reason we shouldn’t dare to dream even bigger.


It’s undoubtedly put Oz back on the map when it comes to the ‘beautiful game’… In the immediate term, Sydney soccer fans have successfully pressured NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet to give the city a major venue where they can watch the games. He’s announced Darling Harbour as the city’s public viewing spot ahead of Sunday’s knockout match, and Premiers and mayors from Brisbane, Canberra and Adelaide have all followed suit. In the longer term, Oz is hosting the Women’s World Cup next year, and with the Matildas currently ranked 13th in the world, we’ve got a good chance of winning. And the Socceroos’ success in Qatar can only make the hype for next year’s tournament even bigger.

Australian News Sport

Squiz the Rest

Tyrrell suspect successfully sues NSW Police

NSW Police have been ordered to pay almost $1.5 million in damages to a former suspect in the disappearance of 3yo William Tyrrell in 2014. Repairman Bill Spedding was one of the first suspects named by police after the toddler disappeared from his foster grandmother’s house in Kendall on NSW’s Mid North Coast. He had visited the property in the days before William’s disappearance to fix the washing machine. Six months later, a call to Crime Stoppers saw detectives charge Spedding with unrelated historical child sex offences – but he was acquitted when the charges were proven to have been fabricated over an old legal battle. He was also cleared of any involvement in the disappearance. The 71yo has now been awarded $1,484,292 in damages by the state’s Supreme Court after suing police for malicious prosecution. “No amount of money will restore the life I enjoyed before this terrible nightmare,” Spedding said yesterday.

And while we have you, another big story in the NSW courts today is the sentencing of convicted murderer Chris Dawson. Supreme Court Justice Ian Harrison will be considering Dawson’s lack of remorse for the murder of his wife Lynette, his “deteriorating” health and the many years of heavy media coverage on the case.   

Australian News Crime

When the Party PM met the DJ…

There’s a bit more politics to get through before the federal parliament wraps up for the year, and despite senators having to come back tomorrow to vote on Labor’s amended industrial relations bill, there’s somewhat of a festive vibe in the air… That’s because the ‘Party PM’ is arriving in Canberra today to meet with PM/sometimes DJ Anthony Albanese. That’s the 37yo leader of Finland, Sanna Marin, who earned the moniker when a video of her dancing with her friends leaked back in August. After surviving a controversial press conference with Kiwi PM Jacinda Ardern on Wednesday, Marin is in town today for the first official visit by a Finnish PM to Oz. The pair is expected to chat about their shared values and interests, as well as working together to defend international rules-based order. It remains to be seen whether there’ll be enough time for a boogie with DJ Albo on the decks


Medibank hackers close up shop – allegedly…

Hackers who stole the personal information of 9.7 million Medibank customers have posted what looks to be the remainder of the files online. Reports say 6 zipped data files were dropped on the dark web early yesterday, along with the message “case closed”. But cyber security experts haven’t been so quick to believe that and are questioning whether it is the last leak of information. Medibank says it’s still analysing the latest data dump but believes it is genuine. The past few weeks have seen the hackers release smaller batches of customer details online after the health insurer refused to cough up a $15 million ransom. Medibank boss David Koczkar apologised to customers again and says anyone concerned should contact the company’s cyber response hotlines. It comes as Australia’s privacy watchdog confirms it’s investigating the company over whether it did enough to protect customers’ personal information and whether it complied with official guidelines.

Australian News Crime

Sydney ranks among the world’s most exxy cities…

It won’t surprise many Sydneysiders, but the Emerald City has been named the 10th most expensive city to live inThe Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual Worldwide Cost of Living report says living costs have jumped by 8.1% in 172 of the world’s major cities over the past year, thanks to the war in Ukraine and supply-chain issues. While Sydney tied with Denmark’s Copenhagen for the unenviable #10 spot, New York City and Singapore tied for 1st place, followed by Tel Aviv, Los Angeles, Zurich, Geneva, San Francisco and Paris. That’s despite the latest real estate data from CoreLogic reporting a further 1% drop in Aussie home prices in November. It’s the 7th consecutive monthly decline, led by falls in Brissie and Hobart (-2%), Sydney (-1.3%), Canberra (-1.2%), Melbourne (-0.8%) and Adelaide (-0.3%). Perth stayed on par, while Darwin prices rose 0.2%. Just in time for another rate rise…

Australian News

Wrapping up the year in music

Spotify and Apple have both released their most listened-to music of the year. And once again, Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny was Spotify’s top artist for the 3rd year running, with his hits generating more than 18.5 billion streams and his album Un Verano Sin Ti taking out the #1 album spot. Rounding out the top 5 were music chart mainstays Taylor Swift, Drake, The Weeknd and BTS. Harry Styles’ inescapable hit As It Was was named the world’s most-streamed track on the platform (as well as in Oz), while Apple Music listeners preferred Justin Bieber and The Kid LAROI collab Stay. And Australia is clearly full of Swifties because the pop giant was our #1 streamed Spotify artist, with The Kid LAROI being our top homegrown talent. As for our own musical preferences? We would share our Wrapped list, but we fear it says too much about us…


Friday Lites – Three things we like this week

Yesterday, you may have noticed a brand new newsletter from us in your inbox – Squiz Recommends. It’s a wrap-up of the things we’ve been cooking/reading/watching/buying across 2022. With Christmas just around the corner, there could be some handy stuff in there…

Speaking of the festive season, it’s officially December, so we reckon it’s perfect timing to start binging Chrissy content. To ease you in before going full Love, Actually, horror-comedy Krampus sees the Austrian anti-Santa teach Aussie Toni Collette and her (very annoying) family an important lesson about the holiday spirit. Definitely not one for little kids…

We know Squizers love a classy-but-quick dish, and this zucchini flower and pecorino pasta recipe is ideal for those warm summer evenings when you need an easy but elegant fix. We made it 2 nights’ running – it’s seriously that good…

Friday Lites

Squiz the Day

From 12.00pm (AEDT) – Convicted murderer Chris Dawson sentenced – Sydney

12.30pm (AEDT) – Finland PM Sanna Marin to meet with PM Anthony Albanese and give a speech to the Lowy Institute – Canberra

1.00pm (AEDT) – Reserve Bank Governor Philip Lowe participates in the panel talk ‘Central Banking amidst Shifting Ground’ at the Bank of Thailand 80th Anniversary Conference – Bangkok, broadcast via the RBA website

National days for the United Arab Emirates and Lao People’s Democratic Republic

ABS Data Release – Lending Indicators, October

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

World Computer Literacy Day

International Sweater Vestival

Birthdays for author Ann Patchett (1963), actor Lucy Liu (1968), and pop star Britney Spears (1981)

Anniversary of:
• Napoleon Bonaparte being crowned Emperor of France (1804)
• the Smith Family charity marks its centenary (1921)
• the release of Fred Astaire’s first film, Dancing Lady (1933)
• Fidel Castro becoming President of Cuba (1976)
• the death of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar (1993)

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