Squiz Today / 10 May 2022

Squiz Today – Tuesday, 10 May

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“Unlike the Doctor, I may only have one heart but I am giving it all to this show.”

Said Scottish actor Ncuti Gatwa after the BBC confirmed he will be playing the 14th Time Lord in the longrunning Doctor Who series. The Sex Education star is the first black actor to take on the coveted role – and we reckon Eric would be stoked, providing he could jazz up the wardrobe… 

Chris Dawson’s murder trial begins

One of the most anticipated criminal trials got underway in Sydney yesterday when former teacher/rugby league player Chris Dawson took the stand, accused of murdering his wife Lynette in 1982. The case was the subject of a wildly popular podcast produced by The Australian called The Teacher’s Pet which explored Lyn’s disappearance. Dawson’s case will be heard before a judge instead of a jury, but his application for a suppression order preventing the trial from being reported was thrown out.

Sure thing. Lyn was 33yo when she vanished from the couple’s Northern Beaches home in January 1982, and after years of searching and 2 coronial inquests have found that she had been murdered, Chris was arrested on the Gold Coast for her murder in 2018. Her body has never been found. The cold case became the subject of the podcast, which revealed that the then teacher moved his schoolgirl lover into the family home just days after his wife went missing. They married soon afterwards before divorcing 9 years later. Despite inquiries, the Director of Public Prosecutions refused to lay charges against Dawson because their view was there wasn’t enough evidence. The Teacher’s Pet podcast was first aired in May 2018, and according to the missing woman’s niece Renee Simms, it gave oxygen to the case. “I sort of encouraged my parents and said, ‘look, we haven’t got anywhere so far – what have we got to lose by doing this podcast?’” she said then.

Prosecutor Craig Everson’s opening address to court was illuminating… He said that Dawson was motivated to kill his wife so he could have an “unfettered” relationship with his student, who has been given the pseudonym ‘JC’. Before meeting her, the court heard that on a 1975 flight to the Gold Coast, Dawson asked his rugby teammate Robert Silkman about finding a potential hitman to “get rid” of his wife, but things went no further. The Crown’s case is that around 8 January 1982, Dawson, either alone or with another person, murdered his wife and then disposed of her body. The trial will hear from numerous witnesses who say they saw him be violent towards Lyn and that he also verbally abused her. JC will also give evidence it was confirmed yesterday. The trial has been adjourned until tomorrow.

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Craig McLachlan starts defamation trial

It’s been a long and winding road, but actor/singer Craig McLachlan’s defamation trial against the ABC, Sydney Morning Herald and actress Christie Whelan Browne started in the NSW Supreme Court yesterday. It has to do with reports that he harassed female performers during the 2014 stage production of The Rocky Horror Show published in January 2018. Whelan Browne spoke to the media outlets of her experiences working with McLachlan and claims she was abused. The case was to kick off some time ago but was suspended when he was charged in Victoria and eventually found not guilty in December 2020. Magistrate Belinda Wallington said it was likely McLachlan had touched the women as they had claimed, but the women’s evidence did not meet the high criminal standards required to prove the charges. In the defamation case, the media outlets are arguing the defence of truth. McLachlan maintains his innocence and is expected to start giving his evidence today.

Australian News

Putin blames the West for war in Ukraine

At a massive military parade to mark the Soviet Union’s defeat of Nazi Germany in WW2, Russian President Vladimir Putin said his nation’s invasion of Ukraine was provoked by the West. There were fears that Putin would use ‘Victory Day’ to ramp up the war – or declare victory in the conflict. That didn’t happen, but Putin told his troops assembled in Moscow’s Red Square that they were fighting for Russia’s future against external aggression. “In Kyiv, they were saying they might get nuclear weapons and NATO started exploring the lands close to us and that became an obvious threat to our country and our borders,” Putin said. UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said it was Putin’s attempt to intimidate the world. “Really, what Putin wants is the world to be awed by the ongoing memorial to militarism,” he said. In his own Victory Day speech, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russia was replicating Nazi atrocities.

World News

The Queen is a no for parliament opening speech

Queen Elizabeth’s program continues to get scaled back with confirmation that she will not be at the State Opening of Parliament to deliver her annual speech today. “Episodic mobility problems” will keep the 96yo from the event for the first time since 1963 when she was pregnant. Charles will sub in to cover for his mum at the constitutional ceremony, which sets out the government’s legislative plans. Reports say the Imperial State Crown will still be brought to Parliament – but the Queen’s throne will remain empty. Also attending will be Camilla and Prince William, along with the UK’s parliamentarians. It’s been a rough few months for the Queen after a back strain – she missed events at Easter, and the Palace has announced that she will not host royal garden parties this year. But she is taking other appointments this week, and the hope is she will be up and about for the June Platinum Jubilee extravaganza honouring her 70 years on the throne.

World News

Vale Dennis Waterman

British actor Dennis Waterman – best known for playing bodyguard Terry McCann in the 80s show Minderhas died at 74yo. Born in London as the youngest of 9 kids, Waterman started out as a child actor in the 1960s before becoming a household name, playing George Carter in 70s police drama The Sweeney. It was there that he found his footing as a ‘tough guy’ leading man, going on to play “cheeky chappie, everybody’s mate” Terry McCann in Minder and, in more recent times, retired police officer Gerry Standing in New Tricks. Waterman also sang the theme songs for 4 of his shows, including this hit. He was married 4 times and criticised after admitting to hitting his 2nd wife, actress Rula Lenska. His New Tricks co-star Reece Shearsmith led the tributes, saying “he made me the best cups of tea”.


Eurovision is coming

The Met Gala is over for another year, but there’s plenty of ‘turquoise carpet’ action to follow as the opening ceremony for the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest kicked off in Turin, Italy yesterday. In the spirit of the quirky competition, Norwegian duo Subwoolfer rocked up in matching golden wolf outfits, Italy’s Mahmood bared his ‘he-vage’, and Aussie Sheldon Riley stood out in an all-white ensemble complete with a feathered cape and bedazzled corset. And Ukraine’s 6-piece Kalush Orchestra – who are currently the favourites to win this year with their song Stefania – turned up in matching black suits with Ukrainian flags in tow. Keen Eurovision fans can tune in to SBS at 5.00am tomorrow to watch the first semi-final – Riley is competing in the 2nd round on Friday morning ahead of Sunday’s grand final. Those not morning-orientated can always tune in to the prime time broadcasts.


Apropos of Nothing

A record 5,219 little penguins have strutted their stuff and crossed the beach at Penguin Parade on Victoria’s Phillip Island – “which is amazing” because it’s not breeding season, said research officer Paula Wasiak. Thanks to protection measures, the colony is now more than 40,000 strong.

Ukraine’s famous mine-sniffing dog Patron has been awarded a medal by President Zelensky after detecting more than 200 explosives since the start of Russia’s invasion. The Jack Russell terrier also met Canadian PM Justin Trudeau for his trouble.

And on clever Jackies, a farming family in southwest Victoria has taught their Jack Russell Lexie to steer a ute. “If she sees the sheep in front of the ute … she points the ute in that direction,” Lexie’s best mate Cam Zschech said. We checked, and it’s not April Fool’s Day…

Quirky News

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North Territory’s Budget released

ABS Data Release – Monthly Business Turnover Indicator, March; Retail Trade, March (additional information)

NAPLAN tests begin

Actor Craig McLachlan’s defamation trial resumes – Sydney

World Lupus Day

Birthdays for muso Bono (1960) and journalist Leigh Sales (1973)

Anniversary of:
• Germany’s invasion of Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, and the appointment of Winston Churchill as UK’s PM after the resignation of Neville Chamberlain (1940)
• India’s population reaching 1 billion (2000)
• Apple becoming the first company to be worth more than US$800 billion (2017)
• Uber listing on the New York Stock Exchange (2019)

5.00am (AEST) – Eurovision Song Contest – Semi-Finals First Round – Turin, Italy – broadcast on SBS. Non-early birds can watch the primetime broadcast at 8.30pm on Friday

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