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23 August 2021

The Paralympics

The Paralympics start next week and after a massive medal haul by the Aussies at the recent Olympics, we’re riding the Olympics train for as long as we can… To get you geared up and…

19 August 2021

The Taliban

This week the Taliban took control of Afghanistan. Given the conditions in the country when they last ruled, there are huge concerns about what a Taliban-led Afghanistan will be like for the people who live…

28 July 2021

Elon Musk

We take you through his fascinating life, what he gets up to in the business world and the quirky things about him that make him hard not to talk about

21 July 2021

The Road To Tokyo

We give you the background on pulling off a delayed Olympics, how the Japanese public feel about it, what it will look like for the athletes and as a viewer, Australia’s medal hopes, and some athletes to watch.


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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