And here's the latest weather from the Bureau of Meteorology:
While Brisbane is likely to have cloudy, showery weather this afternoon, a severe weather warning remains current for exposed coasts on the Moreton Bay Islands due to a low pressure system developing near the shoreline which is causing dangerous surf conditions between Double Island Point and northern New South Wales.
The forecast for Thursday has Brisbane expecting more clouds and showers, with the wet weather likely to worsen during the afternoon.
Light to moderate south to south westerly winds, tending moderate to fresh during the day, will blow in a top of 27 degrees.
Unfortunately the rains are set to continue through to the weekend - at least it's good for the garden!
See you tomorrow Brisbane...
There are no major delays affecting the Translink network this afternoon, though passengers on the Caboolture and Sunshine Coast lines should be mindful of some minor service changes relating to a platform closure at Narangba.
A multi-vehicle crash at Oxley Road in Sherwood is set to cause some delays, as is another at South Pine Road in Alderley. Meanwhile an incident at Bowen Bridge Road, Bowen Hills, should now be cleared...
Alright - another day, another brief look back at the news that was.
Beginning with pain on the roads and rail lines, we managed to pull through with news about the state's newest ministers, Kurtley Beale's court-ordered mediation and the launch of the National Broadband Network in select Brisbane suburbs.
Then controversial Katter Party senate hopeful Bernard Gaynor resigned in an anti-abortion rage, a low brewing off the South East Queensland coast began raising eyebrows and chatter continued about changes to Brisbane's backyards likely under council's new City Plan.
As we moved into the afternoon, it was all charity boob sled teams, mighty ducks for Bundaberg and disagreements between doctors involved in the manslaughter trial of Jayant Patel.
Of course, that's but a glimpse at today's goings on - we look forward to seeing you again tomorrow for more - but now a brief look at the roads, transport and weather...
If you remember segments like "Radio Gladiators", "Foolish Behaviour" and "Shoot the Celebrity in the Arse", you probably spent your weekday afternoons listening to Martin/Molloy as well.
The national drivetime radio show starring Tony Martin and Mick Molloy aired between 1995 and 1998, and was a hugely popular comedy show.
Today, Martin has donated his entire collection of tapes of the show - that's 185 C90s, people! - to the National Film and Sound Archive.
I for one am glad all of those flatulence sounds are being preserved for the ages!
Have convinced the NSFA to take my 'Martin/Molloy' archive - 185 x 90mins cassettes. Yes, cassettes. twitter.com/mrtonymartin/s…— Tony Martin (@mrtonymartin) February 20, 2013
Here's the latest from the manslaughter trail of Jayant Patel: The accused was incompetent when he decided to perform an unnecessary operation on a patient who later died a doctor told the Brisbane Supreme Court this afternoon.
According to Colorectal surgeon Dr Rodney Woods Mervyn Morris would not have died if he had not undergone surgery in mid-2003.
‘‘If he hadn’t had the surgery then I don’t believe he would have developed the various complications and the subsequent death,’’ Dr Woods said.
His evidence stands in stark contrast to that given by Dr Dawid Smalberger, who said the operation was justified despite risk of death being one-in-ten.
Dr Smalberger said he believed Mr Morris risked a major heart attack if his bleeding was not cured.
The trial continues...
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And so, with a crash and a bang, the hump-day afternoon commute begins...
Car/Trailer (lost a wheel) Land St OB LL from Coronation Drv - Toowong— Trafficnet QLD (@trafficnetqld) February 20, 2013
2 Car Crash .. Sandgate Rd NB lanes b4 Toombul rd - Virginia .— Trafficnet QLD (@trafficnetqld) February 20, 2013
C O N G E S T I O N ..Ipswich Mwy WB from Moorooka to Oxley .— Trafficnet QLD (@trafficnetqld) February 20, 2013
C O N G E S T I O N ..Gateway Mwy NB from Boondall to Deagon . .— Trafficnet QLD (@trafficnetqld) February 20, 2013
Broken Down Car.. Bowen Bridge Rd IB LL at Gregory Tce - Spring Hill .— Trafficnet QLD (@trafficnetqld) February 20, 2013
Reds coach Ewen McKenzie has dropped a fine first column of the year in our lap, which will be going live on Rugby Heaven later this evening. He previews the Reds-Tahs derby on Friday and reminisces about going toe-to-toe with Rod McCall, a former Queensland enforcer and McKenzie's current boss as chairman of the QRU.
It's immense, yellow and just the quack to provide some relief for a suffering flood-affected community. Plans are underway to move the giant rubber duck featured at the Sydney Festival to Bundaberg to cheer up the locals in the wake of the flooding disaster.
The only hurdle left is the logistics, so any charitable soul with a spare truck or crane who'd like to help bring the duck to Bundy should contact the campaign coordinator Jess on 0439 773 410 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org...
Here's a snapshot of the situation on the Gold Coast:
Now this is adorable. Ten News has been Tweeting about one of their lead stories this afternoon and we can't help but share the love.
Meet the Brisbane nonagenarians who celebrated over 66 years of wedded bliss today...Back to top
(And here we were hoping for a smooth run this afternoon)...
There's been a multi-vehicle crash on the Pac Mwy southbound in the right lane after Logan Rd - 8 Mile Plains. Minor delays. #qldtraffic— QPS Media Unit (@QPSmedia) February 20, 2013
A big low pressure system lingering off Brisbane’s coastline is set to drench the Gold Coast today and tomorrow, and will likely make landfall by Friday.
However Brisbane is unlikely to experience the same wild weather bound for the coast as system moves in a south-westerly direction, according to Weatherzone senior meteorologist Ben Domensino.
“Brisbane could get showers, but most of the heavy activity will be limited to the Gold Coast,” Mr Domensino said.
“It looks like the heaviest rain from this system will be down towards the Gold Coast and northern New South Wales.”
Accordingly a severe weather warning for the coast would remain current for today and tomorrow, with Brisbane’s south coast to experience dangerous surf conditions and significant erosion.
Fingers crossed in the hope things clear in time for the weekend are welcome, if not ‘in vain’, exercises...
Anyone who lived through the nineties will recall the Jamaican Bob Sled Team (don't make me Google Cool Runnings for you...).
Well, now we have the Gold Coast Boob Sled Team.
Nipped your interest? Read on.
Apparently adventurer Geoff Wilson has volunteered to haul a giant set of pink boobs across Antarctica to raise breast awareness and $1 million for the McGrath Foundation. The gruelling Pink Polar Expedition also supports Wilson's friend, two-time breast cancer survivor, Kate Carlyle.
If successful, Geoff will be the first Australian to complete a solo, unassisted trek across Antarctica. Word is he may even break the world record for the fastest time.
It's all launching on Friday at Surfers Paradise - Mayor Tom Tate is involved - and you can find out more here...
Good news for anyone flying out of Brisbane today (and not taking the Airport Link...)
Broken Down Truck ..Kingsford Smith Dve IB LL after Cooksley St - Hamilton . . . (no delays)
— Trafficnet QLD (@trafficnetqld) February 20, 2013
Not so good news for folks coming into the city however:
Broken Down Car .. Hale St IB RL at Coronation Drive - City . . . . (slight delays) .— Trafficnet QLD (@trafficnetqld) February 20, 2013
Here's hoping things clear up before the 5.00 pm commute... (we'll keep you posted).
Could this be the largest Harlem Shake on record?
Students at the Queensland University of Technology have made the front page of YouTube as a 'most popular' video after they joined in with the latest viral video craze - said 'Harlem Shake' - as part of O-Week celebrations.
"It is taking off," wrote QUT's Clementine Davies. "We're had 19 000 views in 2 days..."
*A note for those less than well acquainted with this shaking business - the Harlem Shake began when some fine young folks on the Sunshine Coast decided to film themselves dancing 'randomly', and post the video online. They hit a nerve, and now their antics are being copied around the world.Back to top
It's "C-Day" for me - "comedy" day.
As part of our coverage of the Brisbane Comedy Festival, I'm taking part in a Raw Comedy heat tonight at the Paddo Tavern to see what it's really like for newcomers to the craft.
I've had a brief but chequered encounter with stand-up comedy in the past - and I'm afraid my jokes still aren't very good.
But still, nothing ventured, nothing gained, right? If you have any suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments!
What do you think - would it be so bad if backyards in Brisbane were downsized? We've a poll running off the back of today's story from senior reporter Tony Moore about how the new City Plan before council could result in smaller lots for the suburbs.
As you can see (below) it's stimulating some debate. But what do you think? Do you have a big backyard, and do you think everyone else should?
The National Broadband Network has officially arrived in Brisbane.
Wayne Swane flicked the switch at Aspley today, with 500 homes connected up initially followed by thousands more around Queensland and Australia.
It will give us "superfast" internet.
Minister for State Development Jeff Seeney will join executives of the BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance to make an announcement regarding new mining job opportunities in Cairns this afternoon.
We'll bring you the news as it breaks.