Brisbane Live: Friday December 20, 2013

Dan nancarrow

Thanks for reading Brisbane Live this year.

We'll be back on Monday January 6. See you then.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Seems like we are scraping the bottom of the barrel now, hope this doesn't ruin your Christmas:

As Aussies it can be a bit sad singing along to songs about winter wonderlands and the like when summer is in full swing. That's what makes this one such a favourite:

Worst Christmas song? Well it might be a bit harsh to blame the song for this one, let's blame the performers:

Thanks for the suggestion Scotty_16.

This one is for all the grinches out there:

Back to top
Brisbane Live

Two more alleged outlaw bikie gang associates have been refused bail over a pub meeting, with a magistrate warning there’s a ‘‘new sheriff in town’’.

Accused Rebels associates Steven Smith and Joshua Carew were remanded in custody in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday.

The pair and three others were arrested and locked up this month after meeting at a Sunshine Coast hinterland hotel.


The Yandina Hotel ... Photo: Supplied.
The Yandina Hotel ... Photo: Supplied. 

Here's possibly Australia's greatest Christmas song, from the great Paul Kelly.

Brisbane Live

A slippery substance on the tracks most likely caused a suburban passenger train to plough into a Brisbane station, according to a safety probe.

Fifteen people were on the train and four people were waiting on the platform of Cleveland station when the train ploughed into the station house on January 31, all but destroying the toilets.

Several people were injured.

The best Christmas song? The Brisbanetimes.com.au office would vote this one (if contentiously).

Please leave your favourite Christmas song in the blog comments.

breaking news

Australia's largest open-cut zinc mine is set close in 2015, affecting hundreds of workers.

The Century Zinc mine, near Mount Isa, achieved record mining rates this year, meaning zinc metal reserves will be exhausted one year earlier than anticipated. 

A truck hauling zinc ore in far north Queensland.
A truck hauling zinc ore in far north Queensland. 
Back to top

Here's another Christmas song which doesn't seem to get old.

Leave your favourite Christmas song in the blog comments

Amy Remeikis

The Queensland Motorways Group has announced its annual increase in tolls and fees for the Clem7, which kick into gear on January 1.

It will cost 56 cents extra for a car to travel the tunnel from the first of next year, bringing the toll to $4.72.

The charge for motorcycles will jump 5 cents to $2.36, while light commercial vehicles will pay an extra 15 cents for a $7.08 total, and heavy vehicles will be slugged an extra 27 cents, taking their charge to $12.50.


The Clem7.
The Clem7. Photo: Glenn Hunt

Here's another one from the most beautiful head of hair in the world.

Tell us your favourite Christmas song in the blog comments.

Channel 9

Some people are still working today ...

Here's one that might take you back to your childhood from Peter Combe.

Be sure to add your favourite Christmas songs in the blog comments:

Back to top
Marissa Calligeros
A festive message ...
A festive message ... 

You'll find this festive message outside Mount Ommaney Police Station on the westside ...

Channel 7

Here's a relatively recent Christmas classic, Wham!'s special song for the holiday season.

Be sure to leave us your favourite Christmas song in the comments:

A giant Transformer-like robot snake makes its way through an urban metropolis, blowing up buildings and military tanks as it tries to defeat an army commanded by a man named General Moustache.

Sound a little odd?

Welcome to Colossatron: Massive World Threat, the latest game from Brisbane game studio Halfbrick, the creators of the highly-addictive Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride.

The company released the game globally on the iTunes and Google Play stores on Thursday.

Our next tune is another Christmas classic, this time from Frank Sinatra.

Be sure to tell us your favourite Christmas song in the comments:

Back to top