It’s a boy! But what will the Royals name their Fresh Prince? 

The Royal Family has a Fresh Prince after the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton gave birth to a healthy baby boy at St Mary’s Hospital at 11:01am London time this morning.

Will and Kate’s baby is the biggest Royal newborn in recent memory, weighing in at 3.8kg or 8 pounds 7 ounces in the old measurement.

“Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well” read the Palace Bulletin, posted outside Buckingham Palace.

“The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and members of both families have been informed and are delighted with the news.”

A six-hour Labour

Big brother Prince George was born in just over 10 hours, while Charlotte emerged after only two and a half hours. Their new baby brother arrived after a six-hour labour.

Prince William fetched George and Charlotte after the baby had arrived, taking them to meet their little brother for the very first time. George wore his school uniform and Charlotte gave the crowds a little wave.

Later,  Kate and William emerged from the hospital, debuting their new son on St Mary’s famous Lindo Wing steps.

Arthur, James or Albie?

The couple are yet to reveal the name, but it’s expected in a day or two, as was the case with George and Charlotte.
The Royal Family has stuck to a conservative range of names for generations, but Will and Kate still have a number of options to choose from.

Top tipped names at the moment in order of likelihood are: Arthur, James, Albert, Philip, Fred, Alexander, Edward, Henry, Frederick, Thomas, Jack, Louis, Michael, Alfred, Charles, David, Jonathan, Peter and William (like father, like son!).

An early Morning

Sometime before 6am London time, Kate and William headed into St Mary’s Hospital, ready to meet the baby who is now fifth in line to the throne. The Palace announced Kate was in labour shortly afterwards.

“Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London earlier this morning in the early stages of labour,” Kensington Palace tweeted.

A Challenging Pregnancy

Kate’s pregnancy was announced during her first trimester as The Duchess was suffering terribly from hyperemesis gravidarum – an extreme form morning sickness – that forced her to cancel several engagements.

She remained house bound for several weeks but returned to duties once her illness subsided, continuing to work into the eighth month of her pregnancy.  Once Kate headed off on maternity leave, London’s St Mary’s Hospital began their pre-Royal baby hospital spruce up, painting their front fence and tidying up the famous Lindo steps.

Congratulations Kate and William!

We can’t wait to see Prince Arthur, or James, or Albie (or…?) grow up!

Woodchopping 101 with Lindsay Parnell

How do you get in to the sport of competitive Woodchopping?

Where does Woodchopping timber come from?

And how do woodchoppers avoid slicing off a pinky toe!?

Woodchopping veteran, Sydney Royal Easter Show commentator and 2018 Champion of the RAS medallion recipient Lindsay Parnell joined us in the Show Radio studio to answer all our woodchopping questions and share a yarn about his life in the world of competitive chopping.

Listen back to our two-part conversation!

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Show Radio Podcast – Episode 7

Week 1 at the Sydney Royal Easter Show has come to an end with a jam-packed Day 7.  Jake tried Australia’s hottest BBQ-chilli sauce; Pariya talked woolly socks with veterinarian Dr Rob Zammit; Grant asked a dog trainer, a cow milker and a sheep shearer for their Top 3 tips for success in their professions; and Dylan interviewed Jim from the Southern Districts – a champion pumpkin bowler!

A Big Red Win at the Sydney Royal

What does it take to take to be crowned Grand Champion Red Angus Bull at the Sydney Royal Easter Show?

We had a chat with prize-winning Red Angus cattle breeder Hannah Powe from the Powe family’s Goondoola Red Angus seedstock company, based in Cargo, Western NSW.

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A Feast of Feathered Colour at the Sydney Royal Easter Show

This week on Show Radio, we were delighted to be joined in-studio by passionate Bird Man Sam Davis – the President of the Canary & Cage Bird Federation of Australia and the Finch Society of Australia.

We learned about what the judges are looking for in the Sydney Royal Easter Show Aviary Bird Competition, where over 600 birds of all varieties – including budgerigars, canaries, finches and parrots – are shown to the public, in the largest display of feathered colour in Australia.

We also chatted about how Australian bird keepers are contributing to the conservation of rare bird species.

And did you know that every bird has its own distinct personality?

Listen back to our chat with Sam!

Cattle on Bondi Beach?

Beachgoers at Bondi last Saturday March 17th shared the sand with a different kind of tourist — about 40 cattle, brought to the city to raise awareness about the health challenges facing people living in regional areas.

When it comes to organ failure and transplantation, regional Australians are seriously disadvantaged.

Organ transplants must happen quickly, and many people on the waiting list in regional areas simply can’t get to city hospitals fast enough.

Last year, there were less than 500 organ donors nationally. Their organs helped save the lives of around around 1400 patients, but a further 1500 people were left on the waiting list.

About a third of those waiting for organs live in regional areas and relocating to larger cities for transplantation and recovery comes at significant expense.

The “Herd of Hope” at Bondi brought recipients, donors, and their families together for a morning of unique cattle-mustering and awareness-raising.

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) proudly supported the Herd of Hope (HoH) event, sponsoring three of the 40 animals mustered on the sand.

HoH is working with the Organ and Tissue authority to improve the support services available to donor families. Money raised will assist in establishing specialised grief camps for children affected through organ donation.

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scones jam and cream

Jam First or Cream First? CWA Settles Scone Debate

It’s the “scone-troversy” that’s lit up social media in the past 24 hours: Should scones be spread with jam or cream first?

The lively online debate began in the UK after the Lanhydrock National Trust from southwest England posted a seemingly innocent ad for a Mother’s Day afternoon tea on Facebook.

The post however, featured an image of scones spread first with cream and topped with jam, sparking outrage amongst traditional Cornish locals and kickstarting the hashtag #jamfirst, which quickly spread across the globe.

Back in Australia, the Country Women’s Association’s NSW State Secretary Ann Adams settled the debate on Radio National once and for all.

“It’s absolutely jam first,” she asserted. “Cream is the topping, jam is the spread. You can’t put much jam on the scone if you pile the cream on first.”

Defenders of the “cream first” position argue that a scone spread with cream and topped with jam is more visually appealing that a “jam first” arrangement.

“Not really,” said Adams.

“Besides, if you go way back to the tradition in England in the 1780s, when Anna Russell the Duchess of Bedford really brought scones to the fore, scones were served as an afternoon tea with clotted cream on top.”

So when it comes to scones, it turns out there really is no debate: it’s #jamfirst or nothing at all.

Don’t forget to try the famous CWA scones and tea at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, served at the CWA Tearoom in the Home and Lifestyle Pavilion. 

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Too Pretty to Eat: How do the Judges Pick a Cake Decorating Winner?

Cake Decorating — it’s one of the most hotly contested Arts and Craft competitions at the Sydney Royal Easter Show each year.  

The competition brings together hundreds of cake makers from various cake decorating guilds and associations across NSW. Entrants readily spend weeks designing and then crafting their sugary masterpieces.  

In the weeks before the Show opens to the public, a team of “decorated” volunteer cake artistry veterans carefully judge the entrants, using their trained eyes to pick winners from the bunch.

Believe it or not, decorated cakes at the Sydney Royal Easter Show are not judged on taste, but rather on appearance, structure, creativity and technique.  The judges also check that entered cakes do not breach the competition’s strict entry rules. Cakes cannot be too weighty, too large for their class, or use illegal structural supports.

Winning cakes must be both visually spectacular and demonstrate high levels of skill and finesse.  The array of cake decorating techniques on display at the Show is astounding, from colouring, to sugar crystallising, delicate piping work, and cake tower-building using “edible glues” like fondant and sugar syrup.

Judging takes place prior to the opening of the Show on March 23rd.  Head down to the Arts and Craft Pavilion next to the Woolworths Fresh Food Dome to check out the prizewinners and judge for yourself!