Squiz Today / 19 September 2022

Squiz Today – Monday, 19 September

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“I want to send people the message that being 60 years old is nothing. You can still do sport, be active, do fabulous things.”

Said Alain Robert, aka France’s Spider-Man, who marked his 60th birthday by scaling a 48-storey Parisian office block without any safety gear. Here we were thinking a trip to Paris and stroll along the Seine would be active/fab enough…

The final farewell to the Queen

Hundreds of thousands of people have spent 4 days lining up to see the Queen’s coffin lying in state in a queue that stretched up to 16km long – and today, Queen Elizabeth will make her final journey. Her State Funeral will be attended by 2,000 guests featuring bussed in global heads of state, royalty from around the world, and key Commonwealth figures who will honour the life of Britain’s longest reigning monarch. The Earl Marshal, Edward Fitzalan-Howard (who is responsible for delivering state occasions), says the funeral will “resonate with people of all faiths while fulfilling Her Majesty and her family’s wishes to pay a fitting tribute to an extraordinary reign”.

Planning began years ago, with the Queen in the driver’s seat of every aspect of what will be one of the biggest public events ever held in London and expected to be watched by billions of people. Using Aussie eastern time, at 7:44pm, her coffin will be placed on the State Gun Carriage, and King Charles and the royal family will follow in a procession for the short walk from the Palace of Westminster to Westminster Abbey. At 8pm (11am local time), the Dean of Westminster Dr David Hoyle and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will begin a one-hour service, which will conclude with the Last Post and a 2-minute silence (which is to be observed across the UK), before the national anthem brings the funeral to a close. At 9:15pm, the coffin will travel in a public procession to Wellington Arch by 11pm, with thousands of people lining the streets for one last glance. Gun salutes will be fired in Hyde Park as Big Ben tolls. The coffin will then be placed into a new custom-made State Hearse and driven to Windsor Castle.

A committal service will be held in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle at 1am Tuesday, followed by a private burial service at 4:30am. The Queen will be interred next to her late husband Prince Philip in the King George VI memorial chapel, alongside her father, mother, and the ashes of her sister Princess Margaret. At 9am on Tuesday, the UK’s official period of National Mourning will end, but the royal family will continue the Royal Mourning for another week. After that it’s on with the show – but we don’t know yet when Charles’ coronation will take place… There will be plenty of time to dissect what the Queen’s death means for the royals and the UK. But for now, Dr Hoyle, who will lead tonight’s service, says “it’s a funeral. It’s for a grieving family. That’s really important, personal sorrow at the heart of this.”

If you’re keen to watch the historic moment, the coverage of Queen Elizabeth’s funeral is being broadcast on Seven, Nine, SBS and ABC TV tonight.

World News

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Albanese gets amongst it

King Charles has met with our PM Anthony Albanese. Speaking after his private audience at Buckingham Palace yesterday, Albanese said he had a “very warm engagement” with our new sovereign, and they spoke of his and Queen Elizabeth’s close connection to Oz. “Now is not the time … This is a time of respect,” he said afterwards. Albanese’s also attended Westminster Hall, where Queen Elizabeth lies in state. Unlike English soccer hero David Beckham, the PM took advantage of the VIP pass to jump the long queue… And he’s held informal talks with the UK’s new PM Liz Truss. And there are more details about Thursday’s National Day of Morning. Albanese will be back from the UK to attend a ceremony at Canberra’s Parliament House, along with each state/territory leader, state governors, Coalition leader Peter Dutton and federal MPs/senators. And singer Anthony Callea will make his 3rd notable memorial service appearance in the last year…


Japan on high alert amid ‘super’ typhoon

The Japanese are no strangers to natural disasters, but the threat of ‘super’ Typhoon Nanmadol has prompted authorities to tell 4 million people to seek shelter as they issued a rare “special warning” about the powerful storm. Level 4 evacuation orders – the 2nd highest – ahead of the storm making landfall on the southern island of Kyushu overnight, bringing winds of 180km/hour and heavy rain. The storm is expected to track northeast, bringing sea surges, landslides and significant flooding, and has forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights, ferries and bullet train services. While it’s not uncommon for Japan to experience typhoons at this time of year, scientists say climate change is increasing the frequency and severity of the storms. And on the other side of the world, Hurricane Fiona has hit Puerto Rico, cutting power to the US territory. Officials and locals are bracing for a tough couple of days before Fiona moves on to Turks and Caicos.

World News

Politics at play as migrants moved

As Americans trundle towards the mid-term elections on 8 November, migration is again firming as a red-button topic, fuelled by Republican politicians flying/bussing asylum seekers to Democrat-run areas. And it takes a bit of explaining… On Wednesday last week, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis flew 50 migrants, mostly from crisis-stricken Venezuela, from Texas to luxury holiday spot Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. He did it because he says too many ultimately make their way to his state. And on Thursday, about 100 migrants were left outside Vice President Kamala Harris’ residence in Washington DC, with Texas Governor Greg Abbott promising “more where that came from.” They are 2 examples of the removal of thousands of migrants to states run by ‘liberal’ politicians in non-border states since April. Yesterday, US President Joe Biden accused the governors of “playing politics with human beings” and “using them as props”. Experts say it’s not the end of it

World News

Cheetahs welcomed home to India

After more than 70 years of life without the world’s fastest land mammal, India has reintroduced 8 cheetahs to the wild in the hope that a new population can be established. The big cats were flown in on a modified Boeing 747 (complete with a cheetah face painted on the nose…) from Namibia before a military helicopter took them to their new home in Kuno National Park. There they received an in-person welcome by Indian PM/birthday boy Narendra Modi, who tweeted that the “long wait is over, the Cheetahs have a home in India”. The animals were officially declared extinct in India in 1952, but 20 are being reintroduced in a bid to increase the dwindling international population of 7,000 wild cheetahs. It’s also hoped the program will encourage ethical tourism to support local economies and protect vital ecosystems. Go cats…

Environment & Science World News

Getting to footy’s pointy end…

It’s game on for footy fans with a fast and frantic weekend where too much footy is barely enough… In the NRL, the final 4 have been decided – Parramatta head north to Townsville for a Friday night showdown against North Queensland, and the Rabbitohs will take on Penrith in Sydney. The winners of those games head into the grand final. In the NRLW, there was a boilover with Brisbane knocked out of the final 4 for the first time in the competition’s history. The fight for a grand final berth goes to the Roosters, Knights, Dragons and Eels. And in the AFL, the final 2 who go head to head next Saturday at the MCG are the Geelong Cats and Sydney Swans, with the latter just scraping in by the skin of their beaks… Overnight, the league’s fairest and best was announced with Carlton captain Patrick Cripps taking out the Brownlow Medal in a tight race. And it wouldn’t be the Brownlows without a red carpet gallery… 


Apropos of Nothing

Japan is known for its ageing population, but they’ve outdone themselves with the number of centenarians exceeding 90,000 for the first time, 88.6% of whom are women. For context, the US has 97,914 centenarians from a population 200 million larger than Japan’s…

If you find dozing off difficult after a stressful day, you’ll be interested to know that experts are getting behind the 4-7-8 breathing technique. Breathe in through the nose for 4 counts, hold for 7 counts, and breathe out through the mouth for 8 counts with a ‘whoosh’ sound. Whatever works, eh?

Ever wondered if constipation ruins a scorpion’s sex life? Us neither, but that hasn’t stopped Solimary García-Hernández and Glauco Machado of the University of São Paulo, who have won an Ig Nobel Prize recognising unusual scientific research. The prize: a virtually worthless $10 trillion bill from Zimbabwe…

Quirky News

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From 7.00pm (AEST) – Coverage of Queen Elizabeth II’s Funeral commences live from London

Start of Dementia Awareness Week (until 25 September)

Start of Headache & Migraine Week (on until 23 September)

National Thank A Cop Day

Talk Like a Pirate Day (supporting families affected by childhood cancer)

Birthdays for model Twiggy (1949) and talk show host Jimmy Fallon (1974)

Anniversary of:
• New Zealand becoming the first country to grant all women the right to vote (1893)
• Chubby Checker’s The Twist hitting #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (1960)
• the first documented use of emoticons by computer scientist Scott Fahlman (1982) 😉
• the premiere of Goodfellas (1990)
• the death of Slim Dusty (2003)

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