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Brisbane Live at Work: Friday, January 11, 2013

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Some scary vision of Brisbane's Tracks nightclub, shot in the 1980s, has come back to haunt the city.

Some scary vision of Brisbane's Tracks nightclub, shot in the 1980s, has come back to haunt the city. Katherine Feeney asks whether anything has changed in the city's nightclub scene since then. For full story read more.

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Cameron Atfield: And that, as they say in the classics, is a wrap!

Thanks for joining us in our first week of Brisbane Live at Work. We'l be back on Monday at 8am. Have a great weekend, all!

Danielle Cronin: Authorities now suspect a camp fire started the bushfires on Bribie Island. The fires are still burning within containment lines but a ‘‘large smoke plume and ash’’ continues to affect the region, prompting a warning for residents, people with respiratory illnesses and motorists travelling on the Bruce Highway to take care.

Dan Nancarrow: The end of another working week approaches. Here's the five most read stories on brisbanetimes.com.au this week:

  1. Mum to the rescue after snake attacks sleeping child
  2. Australians endure exorcism of flesh-eating jungle parasites
  3. Tributes laid for two teenage girls killed in Anstead crash
  4. Movie World roller coaster breaks down
  5. Centipede bites sleeping man on head

Dan Nancarrow: Fuel has predictably gone up in the last 24 hours. The average price of unleaded petrol in Brisbane is 148.8 cents, according to motormouth.com.au.

The cheapest region to buy petrol is the southern suburbs which averages 148.5 cents, while the lowest price for unleaded is 146.9 at Freedom Fuels Seven Hills.

Amy Remeikis: Brisbane police are looking for a man who they believe to be involved in a number of firearm, assault and other offences.

He's 52 years old and described as Caucasian with a tanned complexion, a heavy built, about 180cm tall and has a beard.

Police believe he may be travelling in a black 2007 Ford Falcon XR6 with Queensland registration 842KLG, but they have advised members of the public not to approach him - if they think they see him, they should call police immediately.

Dan Nancarrow: If you're looking to head home from work early today the Australian Traffic Network is reporting relatively little congestion on the road. Police are on site where lights have gone out at the corner of Samford Road and Wardell Street in Enoggera.

Translink reports that all trains and ferries are running on time, with minor delays on the 196, 411 574 and 575 bus routes.

Katherine Feeney: Back to the future, sort of... Putting together a story to go with this, er, stunning vision captured at Brisbane's infamous Tracks nightclub lead me to question whether anything's changed since the eighties...

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Clubbing in the eighties

A history of Brisbane's nightclubs called Clubbed Out reveals some "hilarious" scenes in the city when Brisbane had the "most amazing club scene".

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Dan Nancarrow: Here's the most popular comments and posts of the week on our Facebook account:

Most liked page post: Kevin Rudd pushes for a rise in the dole (70 likes) 

Most commented page post: Kevin Rudd pushes for a rise in the dole (45 comments)

Most liked reader comment: Ben Wilson on What would you do to fix our public transport system?

‘‘Trains every 15 minutes on all lines, have go card gates at all stations to stop fare evasion, more bus ways and reduce the amount of zones’’ (14 likes) 

Keep commenting and check back next week to see if your contribution made the cut.

Dan Nancarrow: There’s plenty on this weekend in Brisbane to keep you entertained.

Moonlight Cinema is airing Judd Apatow’s This is 40 on Saturday night, while Maryland indie poppers Beach House play The Tivoli tonight and Weezer play the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.

The Burpengary Markets start at 7am on Saturday while Rocklea's Sunday Discovery Markets open at 6am.

Dan Nancarrow: The one-day international between Australia and Sri Lanka is underway at the MCG. The Aussies are currently 0/52 in the 11th over of the first innings.

Simon Holt: Here's another insider tip on the food industry from Good Food Guide editor Natascha Mirosch. She's heard that Mal Gill and Bec Saul are soon to open a new bar in Stones Corner.

These are the same people who opened Lady Marmalade cafe, and word on the street is that locals are looking forward to the new venue.

Dan Nancarrow: There were some great suggestions on Twitter for a Brisbane Live At Work hashtag.

We're going to go with #BrisLive, as suggested by @RobertHoge.

Danielle Cronin: To mark the hazy conditions in the region today, here’s a list of some smokin’ songs and a chance to vote for the best one. If your favourite isn't on the list, post a comment and share it with us.

Poll: What's your favourite smoke song?

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Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple

50%

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by The Platters

14%

Smoke by Ben Folds Five

9%

A Hazy Shade of Winter by Simon & Garfunkel

19%

Smoke from a Distant Fire by The Sanford-Townsend Band

0%

Smokey The Bear by Johnny Jones and the Peter Pan Rangers.

8%

Total votes: 43.

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Amy Remeikis: For the first time since the Mabo decision was handed down in 1992, indigenous people's rights to Musgrave Park will be tested in court today.

In what could be a landmark decision, three people arrested during the eviction of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy  from the West End Park in May last year are fighting their charges, arguing the police had no right to remove them - as the land they were on is not designated as 'public'. 

Phil Lutton: Quade Cooper's official foe, Barry Dunnett, doesn't like rugby union at all and certainly doesn't like rugby players trying to be boxers. He's determined to turn the lights out when the pair meet in the ring on February 8. Here's what the fight veteran had to say about Cooper this morning and here's one of Dunnett's, er, more short-lived efforts from a Muay Thai match in 2011.

Amy Remeikis: Vietnam veterans filled the Brisbane Magistrates Court this morning to stare down twin brothers John Anthony Hines and George Edward Carr, who are accused of falsely representing themselves as returned soldiers and wearing fake medals in an Anzac Day service parade. Full story here.

Here's the pair speaking outside the courts today:

Bob Meehan and fellow veterans speak with journalists outside court.

Bob Meehan and fellow veterans speak with journalists outside court. Photo: Amy Remeikis

Dan Nancarrow: Trending on Twitter today is Howard - John Howard that is. The International Monetary Fund has released a report which finds the most needlessly wasteful federal spending in Australian modern history occurred under his Coalition government in 2003, and in the final two years of his administration (2005-2007).

In a statement the former Prime Minister hit back at the report saying ''the reason Australia dodged the global downturn was due to the strong fiscal position of the Howard government."

Scott Beveridge: A cloud of smoke stretching from Bribie Island to Brisbane is "pretty crazy" for residents with authorities warning that the "smoke plume can carry embers".

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Smoke haze is 'really bad'

A cloud of smoke stretching from Bribie Island to Brisbane is "pretty crazy" for residents with authorities warning that the "smoke plume can carry embers".

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Dan Nancarrow: Kevin Rudd's call on the federal government to ''show a bit of heart and do more'' to help Australians struggling to get by on the dole has raised eyebrows on Twitter:

Simon Holt: Public transport, as always, is hitting a nerve. There are already more than 50 comments on a story today which questions whether the city's tunnels have been built at the expense of a better public transport system.

Simon Holt: Got something to say about today's news? Leave a comment to the right of the screen (sorry mobile users, this doesn't apply to you yet). Got a news tip? Send it to scoop@brisbanetimes.com.au

Dan Nancarrow: Don't fret Queensland music lovers, the Big Day Out is staying on the Gold Coast for at least the next five years.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey confirms an agreement has been struck between the government and Big Day Out organisers to continue holding the festival on the Coast.

Dan Nancarrow: Some friendly Twitter banter between @RobertHoge and @argumentalist has got our followers tossing around ideas for a Brisbane Live At Work Twitter hashtag. What are your thoughts?

To give you an idea, here's one from Dartman which is bound to make you smile:

Amy Remeikis: Twin brothers accused of faking their Vietnam war service and marching in Anzac parades wearing false medals were back in the Brisbane Magistrates Court today.

George Edward Carr and John Anthony Hines had their case adjourned to February 1.

Dan Nancarrow: The BT Blog Army's resident television expert Steve Molk gives us his rundown on what shows he believes will miss the mark this year. Included on the list of 2013's predicted misses  is the revamped Spicks and Specks and superhero caper Arrow.

Stephen Amell plays the superhero Green Arrow in the new series Arrow.

Stephen Amell plays the superhero Green Arrow in the new series Arrow.

Dan Nancarrow: While he might have missed out on an Oscar nomination Russell Crowe has taken to Twitter to congratulate his Les Miserable co-stars and Australian acting legend Jackie Weaver on being short-listed for an Academy Award:

Phil Lutton: I'm heading over to Kangaroo Point for the face-off between Quade Cooper and the opponent for his pro boxing debut, Barry 'Who' Dunnett. He's a 32-year-old Muay Thai veteran with two boxing fights under his belt.

Let's see if Quade's talking tough before his first foray into the ring!

Dan Nancarrow: Heading into the weekend the average price of unleaded petrol around the city is 147 cents, according to motormouth.com.au.

The lowest petrol on offer is Moorooka Servo on Beaudesert Road, which was selling unleaded at 139.7 cents yesterday morning.

Simon Holt: Three Aussies are in the running for an Oscar.

Poll: Which Australian is most likely to win an Oscar?

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Hugh Jackman

55%

Naomi Watts

7%

Jacki Weaver

6%

None, they're all lucky to be there

32%

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Simon Holt: A thought-provoking article by Yassmin Abdel-Magied seems to be generating plenty of comment from readers early in the day. Yassmin is a 21-year-old engineer and seems to think the issue is a social imbalance - not the gender pay gap many would have us believe.

If Yassmin's thoughts aren't your cup of tea, reader "enno" has an interesting take: "For men, it is work or die. Women have other options. While "career women" and "feminists" may sneer at lifelong "homemakers", the fact is that being a lifetime homemaker is a plausible and achievable outcome for women, in a way that it simply isn't for men. Particularly in regions where there isn't much work for women, anyway."

Dan Nancarrow: Here's what is making news on brisbanetimes.com.au this morning:

  • Report blames Brisbane public transport's lacklustre patronage on years of heavy investment in tunnels, bridges and motorways.
  • Roma insurance premiums would more than halve with the building of a flood levee.
  • Free parking in the city and Roma Street Parklands ends this weekend.
  • The smoke haze blanketing Brisbane is expected to hang around for days.

Simon Holt: The fire at the Lansdowne in Sydney has been contained and no injuries have been reported.

Simon Holt: Some spectacular pictures this morning of the smoke haze over Brisbane:

Smoke from Bribie Island fires covers Brisbane.

Smoke from Bribie Island fires covers Brisbane. Photo: Penny Cameron, Australian Traffic Network

Simon Holt: Here's the latest on the Lansdowne fire, as we know it from our sister site smh.com.au:

A number of people are believed to be trapped in the historic Lansdowne Hotel on Broadway which has been engulfed in flames on Friday morning.

A Fire and Rescue NSW spokesman said the top floor of the hotel had caught alight just before 8am on Friday.

"People are reported to be trapped inside," the spokesman said.

Simon Holt: Good morning. There's plenty happening today. There's a smoke haze over Brisbane, people on the Darling Downs are waking to find out whether their power has returned after storms last night, Oscar nominations have been released and in Sydney the iconic Lansdowne Hotel is on fire - reportedly with people trapped inside.

Stay tuned while we keep you up to date.

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  • BTW the url for #btlive changes everyday can't the current day be <blah>/brisbane-live
    ? Something bookmarkable?

    Tried to find it this morning wasn't on front page of BT tried above, nope. Had to wait and scrummage thru twitter.

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    January 11, 2013, 12:31PM
    • Hi tqft. Bookmark this index: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/brisbane-live It will house the new Brisbane Live blog each day, as well as past blogs. Hope that helps!

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      January 11, 2013, 12:53PM
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