Squiz Today / 14 September 2022

Squiz Today – Wednesday, 14 September

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Squiz Sayings

“It hasn’t made any difference at all. He’s just as belligerent.”

Said the neighbour of Gloucestershire man Graham Wildin who spent 6 weeks in jail for illegally building what’s been called ‘Britain’s best man cave’, including a bowling alley, cinema, and casino. The millionaire has been ordered to demolish it all, but says he can’t afford the tradies…

Vale Uncle Jack Charles

One of Australia’s best-known Indigenous performers died yesterday in Melbourne at 79yo following a stroke. Family members of Uncle Jack Charles – a Boon Wurrung, Dja Dja Wurrung, Woiwurrung and Yorta Yorta elder – farewelled him with a smoking ceremony and said they were “proud of everything he has achieved… Elder, actor, musician, potter, activist, mentor, a household name and voice loved by all.” PM Anthony Albanese said he “leaves a joyous legacy”, and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews described him as a “great Victorian”. “[He] took his own personal pain and the great trauma that he had suffered in his life to be a beacon for others and to campaign for justice,” he said.

And you’d be right. Charles was a member of the Stolen Generations – he was taken from his mother at 4 months, abused in state care, and only learned his father’s name in 2021 while participating in SBS TV’s Who Do You Think You Are? Charles was incarcerated several times as a young man and developed a heroin addiction. But he turned his life around to co-found Australia’s first Indigenous theatre group, Nindethana. And he advocated for First Nations people right up until his death. That included mentoring prisoners and stepping up as the first witness in Victoria’s truth-telling commission, along with exposing problems with Stolen Generations reparation payments. Indigenous Affairs Minister Linda Burney said her friend “offered a window for many Australians to see the enduring pain of survivors of the stolen generations and inspired people with his strength of character and resilience”.

Despite never receiving formal training, Charles was a mainstay of Aussie screen and stage since 1970, appearing in films such as The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Bedevil, Blackfellas, Tom White and the Hollywood movie Pan with Hugh Jackman. More recently, he appeared in Wolf Creek and ABC TV series Cleverman and Preppers. He’s also supported Indigenous music stars, including Baker Boy and his track Survive. And as a gay man, he was an icon for many LGBTIQ+ people across the country. “He loved so many people, he had the biggest heart, he leaves behind a long, big legacy,” his niece Ajia Jacklyn Charles-Hamilton said.

Australian News

Squiz the Rest

Want to honour the Queen? Join the line…

To say many people are keen to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth would be the understatement of the year… In Edinburgh, “many tens – possibly even hundreds – of thousands of people” have attempted to file past her coffin in St Giles’ Cathedral. And authorities in London are said to be preparing for 750,000-1 million hopefuls. The problem is Westminster Hall – where the Queen’s coffin will arrive after a procession from Buckingham Palace overnight – can accommodate just 350,000 people over the 4 days before her funeral. And those allowed to join the queue can expect to line up for 17-35 hours. Security concerns across the week mean 10,000 police officers will be on duty every day in London with experts claiming it will be “the biggest policing operation that UK policing has ever dealt with”. One thing the crowds will have time for: Queen-inspired cloud watching

World News

Livin’ La Niña loca

After weeks of speculation, the Bureau of Meteorology has made it official – La Niña is back for spring-summer and, like, why is she so obsessed with us? It’s the wet/cool climate driver’s 3rd consecutive visit, and we haven’t always been so dismissive. It was welcomed in 2020-21 after the devastating 2017-19 droughts that brought farmers and rural communities to their knees across Queensland, NSW and Victoria, and parts of South and Western Oz. But a double-up in 2021-22 brought extreme flooding, particularly in Northern NSW and Queensland, from the start of this year. So you can understand the concern about what a 3rd go around might look like, given the ground is already saturated and rivers/water catchments are full. Heavy rain isn’t guaranteed, and the last time we had a triple-header – between 1998-2001 – the 3rd was the weakest. The experts don’t know how wet it will get, but they agree on one thing – if you’re in an area that might flood, prepare a plan. #SquizShortcuts

Australian News Weather

Star brought down to Earth

The NSW gaming regulator says the Star Entertainment Group is unfit to hold a licence for its Sydney casino. The damning report was released yesterday following an inquiry that has probed allegations of money laundering, criminal infiltration and corporate coverups at the venue. Yesterday, NSW’s Independent Casino Commission chief Philip Crawford said The Star “tended to ignore” the risks associated with their poor conduct and “tried to hide” the outcomes – even after the inquiry began. Noting that boss Matt Bekier and chairman John O’Neill have resigned, the company has 2 weeks to respond. After that, it could be stripped of its casino licence or have another penalty applied. “They need to demonstrate, to understand what their problems are and show leadership in fixing those problems … At the moment, we are not getting that vibe,” Crawford said. The licences for Star’s Brissie and Goldie casinos are also under review.

Australian News Business & Finance

A killer kangaroo

A Western Australian man is believed to have been killed by his 3yo pet kangaroo, and that’s notable because the last kangaroo-attack death was recorded in 1936… Alpaca breeder Peter Eades was on his Redmond property (near Albany) when he died on Monday afternoon, and authorities were forced to kill the marsupial to get to him. Those who knew Eades say he was an animal lover who had hand-raised the roo from a joey. Kangaroo behaviour expert Graeme Coulson says while attacks are not uncommon because they can interpret humans’ upright stance as a challenge, they are “very, very rarely fatal”. The region is home to western grey kangaroos, and males can weigh up to 70kg and be more than 220cm tall from head to tail. That’s not quite as big as the beefcake red roos from Central Australia…

Australian News

Déjà vu at the Emmys

There were few surprises and just one major snub at TV’s night of nights. As expected, the highly nominated Succession was again crowned best drama series, and Ted Lasso took out the comedy series crown. Squid Game‘s Lee Jung-jae became the first Asian star to win best male actor in a drama. And last year’s smash hit The White Lotus went off, taking home the Best Limited Series, Best Director and Best Writing gongs, as well as recognition for the performances of Jennifer Coolidge (who pulled off some impressive dance moves…) and Australia’s own Murray Bartlett. The moment of the ceremony: Abbott Elementary’s Sheryl Lee Ralph became the 2nd black woman in Emmys history to win best-supporting actress in a comedy. That voice OMG… You can check out the complete list of winners here. And more importantly, here’s the red carpet photo gallery


Apropos of Nothing

It’s that time again when you need to ensure your iPhone has the latest software update… That’s because iOS 16 now allows users to edit or even delete your sent messages for up to 15 minutes. Goodbye to the typos and misplaced declarations of love – or maybe that’s just us…

We know that we should be walking 10,000 steps a day, but a new study has found that simply hitting the target isn’t enough – it’s the speed that’s just as important. Time to lace up those runners for some huffy puffy…

Many kids want a teddy bear’s picnic for their birthday, but one family in Connecticut got a real-life version when a black bear sauntered into their backyard and started chowing down on some cupcakes. Nobody likes a gatecrasher – even a cute (but deadly) one…

Quirky News

Squiz the Day

12.30pm (AEST) – Chair of The Technology Council of Australia/Tesla board chair Robyn Denholm addresses the National Press Club – Canberra

National Cabinet meets to talk about pandemic leave payments and nail down the details on next Thursday’s day of mourning for the Queen

Anniversary of:
• Amy Winehouse’s birthday (1983)
• Francis Scott Key penning the poem that would later become known as The Star-Spangled Banner, the US national anthem (1814)
• the debut of The Golden Girls (1985)
• the deaths of Princess Grace of Monaco (1982) and actor Patrick Swayze (2009)
• Malcolm Turnbull ousting Tony Abbott as PM and leader of the Liberal Party (2015)

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