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Brisbane Live: Friday December 20, 2013

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Welcome to Brisbane Live, where you'll find rolling coverage of the news as it happens in Brisbane.

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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!

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

Dan Nancarrow: 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:

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

Dan Nancarrow: Thanks for the suggestion Scotty_16.

This one is for all the grinches out there:

AAP: 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.

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

AAP: 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.

Dan Nancarrow: 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.

AAP: 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.

Dan Nancarrow: 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

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

Tell us your favourite Christmas song in the blog comments.

Nine News: Some people are still working today ...

Dan Nancarrow: 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:

A festive message ...

A festive message ...

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

Seven News:

Dan Nancarrow: 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:

Kristian Silva: 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.

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

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

Marissa Calligeros: Gold Coast death: "It’s too early for us to make any judgment or determination as to what we’re dealing with," Detective Inspector Brian Swan says.

"We’re waiting for our forensics ... police to conduct an examination of the house.

"We’re treating it as suspicious, until we can determine otherwise."

Marissa Calligeros: A 28-year-old South Korean national has been charged with the murder of a countryman in Brisbane.

The body of missing South Korean traveller Min Tae Kim was found in a shallow grave at a vacant rental property on Dakar Road, Algester in Brisbane's south on Thursday afternoon.

Mr Kim, also 28, vanished after he went to exchange up to $A15,000 for South Korean Won for his return home.

 

Dan Nancarrow: Here's a modern day Christmas classic from British rockers The Darkness:

Marissa Calligeros: Investigations are continuing into the death of a young male teenager on the Gold Coast.

Police are treating the boy's death as suspicious until proven otherwise, although initial investigations suggest there may be no suspicious circumstances surrounding the incident.

Seven News:

Dan Nancarrow: More Christmas songs, this one a classic from one of the most bizarre team-ups in music history, Bing Crosby and David Bowie:

Amy Remeikis: The Christmas spirit hasn't done much to quell the lingering resentment between the judiciary and the government.

Both Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie and Justice Margaret McMurdo, the president of the Court of Appeal, have used speeches to the judiciary to address the simmering bitterness between the two estates.

On Wednesday, Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie used his exchange of Christmas greetings address, an annual tradition, to reflect on the “perceived cooling of relations” between “each end of George Street”, a perception he considered “somewhat magnified out of proportion”.

But while Mr Bleijie strove for peace, Justice McMurdo called for the legal community to continue to exercise its independence, calling an independent legal profession a “check on the abuse of executive power” as well as ensuring “every citizen has access to the rule of law which provides equal justice for all, regardless of gender, race, skin colour, religion, sexual preference, power or wealth”.

Natalie Bochenski and Dan Nancarrow: What was your favourite gig of 2013?

We name our top ten favourites here.

Bruce Springsteen, Tom Morello and the E Street Band had the Brisbane Entertainment Centre crowd eating out of their hands.

Bruce Springsteen, Tom Morello and the E Street Band had the Brisbane Entertainment Centre crowd eating out of their hands. Photo: Harrison Saragossi

Dan Nancarrow: It's the last Brisbane Live of the year, so let's bring in Christmas with some suitable tunes. Here's Dean Martin with Winter Wonderland:

Marissa Calligeros: Police have cordoned off a Gold Coast street where a body as been found.

Police have confirmed a body has been found inside a house on Little Norman Street at Southport.

But they cannot confirm reports it is the body of a child.

Plain clothes detectives have arrived at the scene and uniformed officers have cordoned off the street

Police tape off Little Northern Street in Southport.

Police tape off Little Northern Street in Southport.

Dan Nancarrow: Good morning and welcome to Brisbane Live.

This is our last Brisbane Live blog for 2014 as we go on a two-week hiatus over the Christmas/New Year period.

To celebrate we'll play you some Christmas classics.

Stay tuned for the latest news and weather.

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  • I Hate Christmas - by Oscar the Grouch
    Thankyou Sesame Street.

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    Scotty_16
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    December 20, 2013, 3:59PM
  • 'The Little Boy that Santa Claus Forgot'...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqLBQXYj0vE

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    mulliganohare
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    December 20, 2013, 3:48PM
  • How can you be listing great Christmas songs without....

    'Fairytale of New York' by The Pogues with Kirsty McColl.

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    mulliganohare
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    December 20, 2013, 3:34PM

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