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2 December 2021


We look at what’s different about the Omicron variant, what a variant even is, what it means for the current crop of vaccines, and vaccination inequality around the world.


Quirky news

A 300yo English pub needs a new owner, Aussie cricket celebrates, and the proper way to shower…

Looking for a sea change? Applications are open for a new “monarch” to run a 300yo pub and an island off the coast of Cumbria in northern England. If that isn’t enough to tempt you, the winner will be “crowned” by having alcohol poured over their head…

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S'Quiz Yourself

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Reckon you know what food innovation UK supermarket Waitrose said it is soon to introduce? Have a crack at the S’Quiz.

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Squiz The Day

18 January 2022

From 11.00am (AEDT) – Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne – broadcast on Nine. Watch out for Sam Stosur at 11.00am, Alexei Popyrin at 3.30pm, and Nick Kyrgios and Alex de Minaur from 7.00pm

National Winnie The Pooh Day – US, commemorating author A.A. Milne’s birthday (1882)

A birthday for former PM Paul Keating (1944)

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