Amy Remeikis: Remember to slip, slop, slap and all the other things they have added to the sun safety mantra - tomorrow is going to be about five degrees above average with little to no cloud cover.
Brisbane will hit 34 degrees pretty early tomorrow, but unlike down south, there won't be the winds that help whip up bush fires.
But that means there also won't be any relief from rain over the weekend - expect Sunday to be slightly cooler, but if you are looking for a cool down, stick to the pool or head to the beach. Better yet, find some air-conditioning and set up camp.
And that's it for Brisbane Live At Work today. We'll be back on Monday. In the meantime, have a great weekend!
Simon O'Brien: Be careful if you're driving in Tamborine, south of Brisbane, this evening.
A large bushfire, which has already moved through 800 acres, is burning in old pine forest on Plunkett Road.
Nine fire crews are at the scene and no properties are at risk, but authorities warn the smoke may pose a danger to motorists, as well as nearby residents who have a respiratory condition.
Cameron Atfield: At the Gabba and feeling a bit short-changed by the action on the field?
Well the Brisbane Bandits may be coming to your rescue, in one of the best bits of impromptu sports marketing I can remember.
Anybody who feels a short changed by the cricket today, your ticket will get you into tonight's Bandits v Heat game FREE— Brisbane Bandits (@BrisbaneBandits) January 18, 2013
Dan Nancarrow: Here's an update on the public transport situation:
Trains and ferries are running on time, there are some minor delays on the 3, 369, 375, 377 ,385, 590, 598, 599 and P374 bus routes.
Dan Nancarrow: Here's out top five most read stories of the week:
Natalie Bochenski: I'm heading off to the ABC studios at South Bank to chat on the 612 Drive program with Kelly Higgins-Devine.
We'll talk about events and activities happening this weekend, including The Illusionists at QPAC, from 4:45pm.
Tune in on your app or streaming service (or good old fashioned radio!)
What's your Friday afternoon work jam? The song you and your workmates play to prime yourselves for that last push through to the weekend?
At brisbanetimes.com.au it's unquestionably this:
Dan Nancarrow: Hope you're not trying to finish work early to get out to the Gabba to see the Aussies bat. They're all out for 74.
That's Australia's worst effort against the Sri Lankas in the 50 overs game. But it could have been even worse, they were 9/40 and were facing the prospect of setting their lowest ever one day total. For the record, that's 72.
Dan Nancarrow: Looks like Jamie Lyon isn't coming to the Gold Coast Titans after all.
The Manly Sea Eagles have released a statement saying Lyon won't be seeking an early release from his contract with the Sydney club, which ends at the conclusion of the forthcoming season.
Dan Nancarrow: Here's the most popular comments and posts of the week on our Facebook account:
Most liked page post: Pool protest planned after breastfeeding mum told to 'cover up' (54 likes)
Most commented page post: Do you agree that Mr Lamings's comments were "disgraceful and callous? (81 comments)
Most liked reader comment: Susan Brady on Here's what's making news on brisbanetimes.com.au this morning (Wednesday): (22 likes)
‘‘Just wondering why religious groups need to discriminate against anybody. I thought Jesus taught us to love everyone?’’
Keep commenting and check back next week to see if your contribution made the cut.
Bridie Jabour: The Tangalooma Ferry has been given a true seal of approval! An injured seal - who may have been bitten by a shark - hitched a ride on the Tangalooma ferry this afternoon. The ferry was halfway across Moreton Bay when the seal jumped on and National Parks have been called in to help it. The seal was bleeding a bit from its back, possibly from a shark bite, but was otherwise fine.
. Photo: Channel 9 News
I'm just back from the Gabba, chatting to fans about the future of one day cricket and they are unanimous, the 50 over one day game must stay!
One dayers alive and kicking
Cricket fans at the Gabba back the future of one day cricket, saying it is "what Australia is all about" but warn against the dangers of rotating the best players out of the team.PT1M50S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2cy5n 620 349 January 18, 2013
Australia are in all sorts of trouble at the Gabba. They're currently 7/35 after 15 overs.
"Australia's lowest score against Sri Lanka is 158, which came last year. Safe to say they won't be getting to those lofty heights today unless Mitch TEES OFF."
Dan Nancarrow: Twitter follower BundyNelle has added a tip for those headed to the Lifelife Bookfest:
Missing man David Bright. Photo: Supplied
Marissa Calligeros: Police have renewed their appeal for information to help find missing Brisbane man David Bright. Mr Bright, from Annerley, has not contacted his family since Wednesday.
Dan Nancarrow: The Aussies are already two wickets down against Sri Lanka in their one dayer at the Gabba.
The crowd is filling up:
The crowd starts entering the Gabba for today's day-nighter against Sri Lanka. Photo: Scott Beveridge
Danielle Cronin: MasterChef judge Matt Preston proves he appreciates fine food, cravats and, dare we say it, dad jokes.
Seen in Brisbane - cute couple of signs that appealed to my naff sense of humour twitter.com/MattsCravat/st…— Matt Preston (@MattsCravat) January 18, 2013
Cameron Atfield: Police have released these images of a man they want to speak to in relation to a series of robberies on the southside.
The robberies, committed since August 2012, have all involved a man armed with a gun and occurred at
Upper Mount Gravatt, Tarragindi, Wishart, Salisbury and Mansfield.
In the most recent incident, police say, a food store at Wishart was robbed last Friday.
He was described as Caucasian in appearance, about 183 centimetres tall, with a solid build and olive complexion. Information to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Police want to speak to this man in relation to a series of armed robberies on the southside.
Natalie Bochenski: Looking for ways to spend your weekend productively, creatively and enthusiastically?
Check out our comprehensive guide to events and activities happening around the River City today, tomorrow and Sunday.
For starters, pop into the Bleeding Heart Gallery in Ann Street from 5:30pm for the opening of the Bundaberg Bohemians, Not Bogans art exhibition.
Samantha McKenna is one of the artists displayed work as part of the Bundaberg Bohemians, Not Bogans exhibition at the Bleeding Heart gallery. Photo: Supplied
Dan Nancarrow: Congratulations to the folks at Park's Kitchen on Adelaide Street. Went across the road for a curry today and was greeted with the following sign:
Park's Kitchen is closed today... for a very good reason! Photo: Dan Nancarrow
Amy Remeikis: The lead up to Dr Jayant Patel's manslaughter case continues to be weighed down by legal argument.
Justice George Fryberg ruled some of the Crown's particulars be struck out and further details be provided for others.
What that means is that elements of the case the prosecution were going to rely on for the trial need to be changed. Again. This is the fourth time an order like this has been made. The former Bundaberg Base Hospital surgeon did not appear in court to hear the ruling.
The attorney general has until January 25 to appeal the decision.
Dan Nancarrow: Elsewhere in the world of sport Manly skipper Jamie Lyon looks like he could be heading to Queensland - to play for the Gold Coast Titans.
The Titans, who lost centre Beau Champion to South Sydney and missed out on signing Michael Jennings, have reportedly tabled a long-term deal for the former representative back.
Gold Coast bound ... Jamie Lyon. Photo: Getty Images
A young child clings on to her father on the back of a motorbike. Photo: Queensland Police
Marissa Calligeros: A dangerous school run: Police have released a photograph of a young child clinging to her father on the back of a motorcycle on the way to school. Police spotted the pair in May last year and fined the father $146 for riding with a passenger under the age of eight. The officers then made sure the young girl got to school safely.
Lisa Newman. Photo: File photo
Amy Remeikis: Spotted: Lisa Newman
Queensland's first lady was looking very fetching in a green summer dress walking down Adelaide Street engrossed in a phone conversation.
Dan Nancarrow: Disgraced cyclist and drug cheat Lance Armstrong's interview with Oprah Winfrey is finally getting broadcast today after a lengthy build-up.
Lance Armstrong. Photo: Lucas Jackson
Marissa Calligeros: The Newman government is tipped to sell the state's electricity generation assets, including CS Energy and Stanwell Corporation under the advice of the Costello Commission. It is also expected to sell transmission company Powerlink.
Here is a sample of what was said, courtesy of 612ABC, about the safety of families and street gangs at a community meeting in Logan last night.
Gangs are operating in Logan
Police say street gangs the "Bloods and Cripps" are operating in the Logan area and have appealed for "help from everyone" after a community meeting Thursday night.PT2M23S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2cxhs 620 349 January 18, 2013
Marissa Calligeros: The Bloods and the Crips: Some youths in Logan are emulating the notorious Los Angeles gangs.
Police are asking Logan youths to share information about gang activity in the city, amid concerns it's fuelling race-related violence.
Marissa Calligeros: There's a heightened fire danger rating forecast for north Queensland this weekend. Firefighters are advising residents to be cautious and vigilant.
Italian escapologist Andrew Basso.
Natalie Bochenski: Italian escapologist Andrew Basso begins his recreation of Harry Houdini's infamous Water Tank Escape.
Does he make it? Find out in 'The Illusionists', the big scale magic show opening tonight at the Concert Hall at QPAC.
Amy Remeikis: A life time of drug use is what landed 53-year-old Antony Tei in front of the Brisbane Supreme Court.
Justice Martin Daubney told Tei he was "not a kid" when he was caught supplying dangerous drugs - mostly heroin - a trade he'd fallen into due to his own addiction.
Tei was given a two-year head sentence.
Dan Nancarrow: Plenty of Queensland Springsteen fans are reacting to the news that Little Steven is not making the trip out to Australia with the E-Street band in March. Some are pleased to see Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello fill-in, others:
Simon Holt: Local charity group YoungCare heading to Wynyard Park, Sydney, next Tuesday with camels and sandpits to launch its eight-day fundraiser, the 2013 Simpson Desert Challenge.
There are 20 trekkiers training for the journey, more than half of whom are Queenslanders. It's a good cause, helping younger people with terminal illness get the care they need.
Don't mess with Marco. That's what one Adelaide DJ found out when he made light of the MasterChef judge's failed marriages.
Angry Marco puts DJ in his place
MasterChef judge Marco Pierre White hits back at a "really rude" Adelaide radio DJ who made fun of his failed marriages, saying "you are a very rude man".PT1M45S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2cx3m 620 349 January 18, 2013
A mother's group is planning to protest at Bribie Island Aquatic Centre tomorrow after a mum was told to stop breastfeeding by the pool. Here is her account of what happened.
Breastfeeding mum protecting 'her rights'
A protest is planned at Bribie Island aquatic centre Saturday after a mother was left "really embarrassed" after being told to move to a secluded area to breastfeed.PT1M47S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2cx9y 620 349 January 18, 2013
Tony Moore: Emerald today gets $5 million to build a levee to protect the flood-prone town from the Nogoa River.
Will it be Roma's turn for money to build a levee soon? The Newman Government short-listed both flood levee projects as part of the Royalty for the Regions program on November 6.
Roma's Mayor Rob Loughnan was pretty confident about securing funding last week.
Gerard Michael Little.
Amy Remeikis: Gerard Michael Little, the Victorian man facing foreign incursion charges has had his case adjourned for another month.
The 45-year-old disability pensioner and grandfather was arrested in December last year at Brisbane airport as he attempted to board a plane for Papua New Guinea.
Commonwealth prosecutors allege Mr Little planned to head to West Papua and fight against Indonesian authorities.
In our latest Good Advice article from our Good Finance Advice expert Olivia Maragna, the financial adviser talks Self Managed Super Funds, and whether it is a good idea for you to manage a fund yourself.
Dan Nancarrow: The news of state health districts reacting to budget cuts by closing services and cutting staff has drawn the ire of many on Twitter:
Dan Nancarrow: Spotted: Matt Preston
The culinary critic and Masterchef main man was seen strolling along Teneriffe’s restaurant strip with two female companions on Thursday night.
The ever friendly Preston waved happily to well-wishers and star-spotters on Merthyr Road.
Marissa Calligeros: The heat is on, again. It's set to be 35 degrees in Brisbane and 39 degrees in Ipswich tomorrow. A max of 33 degrees is expected in Brisbane today. It's currently 27 degrees.
Dan Nancarrow: Those who snapped up tickets for one of Bruce Springsteen’s two gigs at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre will be disappointed with the news that the New Jersey rocker’s long-time sidekick, guitarist Steve Van Zandt, won’t be making it out to Australia for the E-Street Band’s tour this year.
The former star of The Sopranos has filming commitments to his new show Lilyhammer.
He will be replaced by Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, who appeared as a guest at several of Springsteen’s recent US tour dates and also played on the Boss's latest record, the E-Street Band-backed Wrecking Ball.
Tom Morello onstage with Bruce Springsteen at Wrigley Field in Chicago last September. Photo: Bruce Springsteen Facebook page
Scott Beveridge: Some happy Queensland students celebrate after finding they'll be off to university. The first round of QTAC offers came through yesterday.
Uni life beckons for graduates
Students sign up for the popular medicine, IT and engineering courses at university after the first round of QTAC offers are released Thursday.PT1M34S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2cx10 620 349 January 18, 2013
Simon Holt: In other traffic news, there's a few dust ups around - a car and motorbike on Stafford Rd, Gordon Park; two cars on the Gateway near Deagon; and a reminder that there are very heavy delays near the Logan River Bridge due to the earlier serious accident on the Pacific Motorway at the Beenleigh offramp (exit 35).
Aside from that, there are a couple of broken down cars, one at the Riverside Expressway in the city and another on the Pacific Motorway, southbound just before Kessels Rd.
The Australian Traffic Network, which is a great source of information, draws information from the 4KQ Skycruiser, 4BC traffic, and the 97.3 and Today Show chopper.
Dan Nancarrow: Here's what is making news on brisbanetimes.com.au this morning:
- Lawyer says gang activity contributing to racial tensions in Logan is being ignored.
- Why do advertisers love Brisbane so much, and what's the trade-off for ratepayers?
- When police put together parts of a ripped-up card found in Lisa Harnum's pocket they found an unusual message.
- Health districts make tough decisions to close services and cut staff to meet budget reductions.
Simon Holt: On a lighter note, it seems many in Brisbane are geared up for the day-nighter at the Gabba today. The good news is that we're in for a fine day for it, currently sitting on 24 degrees and tipped to hit 31 early this afternoon. For those who can't make the game, we'll be covering it live with commentary from sports reporter Phil Lutton.
Simon Holt: Good Friday morning. We start the morning with terrible news of a serious accident on the Pacific Motorway near Beenleigh.
The accident involving a motorbike and a ute happened just before 7am near exit 35 to Beenleigh and Mount Warren Park. One person is believed to be seriously hurt, so we'll let you know more as it comes to hand.
Emergency crews at the scene of a crash on the Pacific Motorway at Beenleigh. Photo: Australian Traffic Network