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In case you missed the paper yesterday, here's a selection of our cartoonists' work...

Clive Palmer and Abbott fail to strike a deal on the carbon tax repeal Again. by Matt Davidson Click for more photos

The Sunday Age Cartoons, July 13,2014

Clive Palmer and Abbott fail to strike a deal on the carbon tax repeal Again. by Matt Davidson

  • Clive Palmer and Abbott fail to strike a deal on the carbon tax repeal Again. by Matt Davidson
  • 'Training our children to read in the internet age'.
In a classroom a teacher points to a board with the words that read 'The cat ( click here to see a cute video of a cat) sat on ( you have 3 new facebook messages) the mat. by Matt Golding.
  • Abbott asks Eric Abetz 'Eric, what's your take on Ricky Muir?' He responds 'He's about as predictable as an L-Plater in a 1970s volvo. by Matt Golding.
  • Infront of a sign that reads 'Welcome to Toowoom-Obama' a man says We decided  to rename it for America's first lady'. by Matt Golding.
  • 'Religion and soccer'.
Pope benedict says ' God is going to forsake one of us'. by Matt Golding.
  • 'Political spin'. A vet asks Christopher Pyne 'Under your reforms, a graduate would take 28 years to pay off their debt'. He responds 'That's only four dog years'. by Matt Golding.
  • Andrew weldon Strip cartoon.

And we're wrapping up Melbourne Express for another day, we'll be back here tomorrow morning from 6am. Congrats to all our winners of the Miranda Otto tickets - we'll be in touch via email shortly. Cheers.

Well we didn't get to see much of the supermoon here in Melbourne, but around the world...

The Supermoon rises over houses in Olvera, in the southern Spanish province of Cadiz. Click for more photos

Supermoon photos from around the world

The Supermoon rises over houses in Olvera, in the southern Spanish province of Cadiz. Photo: REUTERS

  • The Supermoon rises over houses in Olvera, in the southern Spanish province of Cadiz.
  • Traffic streaks by the supermoon as it rises behind the Memorial Bridge in Washington.
  • A perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, rises over the Queens borough of New York.
  • One day before a "supermoon," a commercial airliner crosses the waxing gibbous moon on its final approach to Los Angeles Airport as viewed from Whittier, Calif.
  • A super moon sets towards the western skies behind the observation "High Roller" wheel of Las Vegas Nevada.
  • People stand and look at the moon one day ahead of the Supermoon phenomenon from a bridge over 42nd St. in the Manhattan borough of New York July 11, 2014. Occurring when a full moon or new moon coincides with the closest approach the moon makes to the Earth, the Supermoon results in a larger-than-usual appearance of the lunar disk.
  • A woman takes a photo of the moon one day ahead of the Supermoon phenomenon from a bridge over 42nd St. in the Manhattan borough of New York July 11, 2014. Occurring when a full moon or new moon coincides with the closest approach the moon makes to the Earth, the Supermoon results in a larger-than-usual appearance of the lunar disk.
  • A full moon, known as "super moon", sets towards the western skies of Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • A perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, rises over a crescent of a minaret of grand Faisal mosque in Islamabad, Pakistan.
  • A perigee moon also known as a supermoon rises behind figurines on a Chinese pavilion in Beijing, China.
  • Aircraft passes in front of a Supermoon rising over the Rideau Canal in Ottawa.
  • The moon descends behind the statue of Christ the Redeemer -- lit with the colours of the Brazilian flag -- atop Corcovado hill in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Last chance for the Miranda Otto tickets for tomorrow night - we have two doubles left. Next two emails to aholland@theage.com.au gets them!

Miranda Otto - see her in person.

Miranda Otto - see her in person.

A tale of two cities...

From our national desk, the Abbott government will try again this week to get its carbon tax repeal bill through the Senate after brokering a deal with crossbench senators concerned about the Palmer United Party amendments. Crossbench senator Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm and Finance Minister Mathias Cormann will be interviewed this morning on Radio National about the carbon tax repeal.

In other news, Rupert Murdoch says climate change should be treated with "much scepticism" and that we should not be building windmills and "all that rubbish". He's also described Tony Abbott as "an admirable, honest, principled man and somebody that we really need as Prime Minister who we can all look up to and admire".

Rupert Murdoch, climate sceptic.

Rupert Murdoch, climate sceptic. Photo: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg

Some more World Cup reaction...

Today's horoscopes...

Updating the weather and there's some drizzle around, with a cloudy day ahead. It's currently 5 degrees and we're heading for a max of 14. FULL DETAILS

In case you missed it (!) Germany has won the World Cup. 

Last chance to win - we have six double passes to attend a screening and Q&A with the actor Miranda Otto at her film Reaching for the Moon, tomorrow night at Palace Kino Cinemas at 6.15pm. For a chance to win, just email Angus at aholland@theage.com.au and we’ll announce the winners before 9am. 

Miranda Otto: see her in person tomorrow.

Miranda Otto: see her in person tomorrow.

We speak more languages in Melbourne than there are countries in the world. FULL STORY

Multilingual Melbourne...

Multilingual Melbourne...

The search has begun again this morning for the two snowboarders missing on Mt Bogong. There have been reports of avalances in the area, and it was minus 4 degrees overnight. 

Delays now on the Monash following a collision near Yarra Boulevard... 

"Relief". Jubilant Germans in Melbourne are celebrating with arms aloft as they sing "super Deutschland, ole, ole, ole" at the Hophaus restaurant and bar in Southbank, Deborah Gough reports. After a tense game grandfather Henry Betschel, of Lower Templestowe, had just one word for it: "Relief."

Scenes of jubilation at Melbourne's Hophaus...

Scenes of jubilation at Melbourne's Hophaus...

Two lanes are closed on CityLink near Toorak Road because of a crash. Take care passing through... 

Minor delays now on the Werribee line "due to V/Line information display issues".

TODAY’S GIVEAWAY – we have  six  double passes to attend a screening and Q&A with the actor Miranda Otto at her film Reaching for the Moon, tomorrow night at Palace Kino Cinemas at 6.15pm.  Check out the trailer here. For a chance to win, just email Angus at aholland@theage.com.au and we’ll announce the winners before 9am. 

Miranda Otto and Gloria Pires in Reaching for the Moon.

Miranda Otto and Gloria Pires in Reaching for the Moon.

Tomorrow night, Chris Cheney, Phil Jamieson, Tim Rogers and Josh Pyke, backed by a 17-piece orchestra, play the Beatles’ White Album. At the Arts Centre, tickets start at $89.  

Come together: (from left) Chris Cheney, Tim Rogers, Josh Pyke and Phil Jamieson are bringing their tribute to the Beatles' "white album" to the Arts Centre.

Come together: (from left) Chris Cheney, Tim Rogers, Josh Pyke and Phil Jamieson are bringing their tribute to the Beatles' "white album" to the Arts Centre.

A reminder from VicRoads... 

Here's the winning goal in case you missed it...

Timna Jacks reports: For the first time in hours, the James Squire Brewhouse has gone silent. Fans devastated after losing a goal to Germany are burying their heads in their hands, while some curse at the TV in Spanish. "I'm not feeling good," said a female Argentine as she emerged from the bathroom crying. "This is terrible."

And that's it - Germany has won the World Cup!

There's been a crash on Victoria Parade near Brunswick Street - the traffic lights are now on flash as a result. 

Germany has scored! Germany are 1-0 up.

Germany goes 1-0 up in extra time - fans go nuts at Melbourne's Hophaus.

Germany goes 1-0 up in extra time - fans go nuts at Melbourne's Hophaus.

A newish café to try in Fitzroy, Addict Food and Coffee opens 7am weekdays doing breakfast dishes like potato hash with mushroom duxelles, caramelised onion and poached egg. 

Joe Ventura and Greg Brassil at their new venture,  Addict Food and Coffee.

Joe Ventura and Greg Brassil at their new venture, Addict Food and Coffee. Photo: Roslyn Grundy

In finance, local shares are expected to inch higher this morning, but it's a jittery week ahead with concerns about interest rates and a market correction. 

Still 0-0 in extra time in the World Cup final. A penalty shootout looms... 

Route 109 and 112 trams are apparently back to normal...

Route 109 trams to Port Melbourne are diverting via La Trobe Street due to an issue near St Vincent's Hospital. 

Minor delays now on the Sandringham line after the 6:31am train had to terminate at Ripponlea due to a fault.

Today's horoscopes...

Our letter of the day comes from Wendy Hughes of Sunshine: Ian Thorpe's television interview with Sir Michael Parkinson (due to screen on Channel 10 last night) was widely advertised. Unfortunately, most of the advertising centred around the fact that Ian Thorpe admitted he was gay. Only a few words about the fact that this young man was one of the greatest athletes of all time, and who, since his retirement, has suffered a great deal from depression, or that he might have interesting things to say about this, his career and his life. It does not matter if he is gay or not. Who cares? His achievements in the pool were spectacular. He was a wonderful representative for Australia and we should all be very proud of him. Whether he is gay is no one's business and of little importance. His achievements and his life are the main topics of interest for me and, I am sure, for many other people.

Today's top images from around the world...

A Protestant bandsman puts his coat on railings before parading in North Belfast, Northern Ireland, Saturday, July 12, 2014. Photo by AP Click for more photos

Picture Editor's Choice, July 14, 2014

A Protestant bandsman puts his coat on railings before parading in North Belfast, Northern Ireland, Saturday, July 12, 2014. Photo by AP

  • A Protestant bandsman puts his coat on railings before parading in North Belfast, Northern Ireland, Saturday, July 12, 2014. Photo by AP
  • Relatives and friends of Palestinian Fatah member Saleh al-Khatib, who was killed in an Israeli air strike, carry his body during his funeral in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip, on July 12, 2014. Photo by AFP
  • A Palestinian man drives a donkey cart on an empty main road in Gaza City on Friday, July 11, 2014. It's the holy month of Ramadan, and throughout the Muslim world people are socializing with friends and family amid colorful night time street scenes that inject even more vigor into already busy urban centers -  but not in Gaza City. Photo by AP
  • The mother and sister of Palestinian Mahmud al-Sewati mourn over his body during his funeral in Gaza City on July 12, 2014. Photo by AFP
  • A model presents  a creation by  US  fashion designer  Johny Dar ,  during  the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Berlin. Photo by AP
  • Traditional Indian wrestlers pour water on their guru, or teacher, as they pay their respect to him on the occasion of Guru Purnima, or full moon day dedicated to the Guru, at the Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna the mythical Saraswati, in Allahabad, India, Saturday, July 12, 2014. Photo by AP
  • Palestinian relatives of Islamic Jihad militant Mohammed Sowelim, who was killed in an Israeli air strike, cry as mourners carry out his body from the family house during his funeral in the Jabaliya refugee camp, in the northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, July 12, 2014. Photo by AP
  • A ''recortador'' jumps over a bull during a competition at the San Fermin festival, in Pamplona, Spain, Saturday, July 12, 2014. Photo by AP
  • A candy floss vendor walks past a sand sculpture depicting the Argentinian and German flags and soccer players created on the eve of the soccer World Cup final, in Puri, India, Saturday, July 12, 2014. Photo by AP
  • An Israeli artillery fires a 155mm shell towards targets in the Gaza Strip from their position near Israel's border with the Strip on July 12, 2014. Photo by AFP
  • People watch as FuenteYmbro fighting bulls and revelers run during the running of the bulls, at the San Fermin festival, in Pamplona, Spain, Saturday July 12, 2014. Photo by AP
  • People relax on the beach during the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict on July 12, 2014 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Photo by Getty Images

Here's the scene of the stabbing this morning on Brunswick Street, Fitzroy...

It’s Bastille Day – celebrate at the classic brasserie France Soir (go the onion soup followed by steak frites) or the newly opened St Kilda Franch restaurant Luxembourg, which is offering a special themed set menu for $65 per head.

Classic Bastille Day fodder: Luxembourg's millefeuille.

Classic Bastille Day fodder: Luxembourg's millefeuille. Photo: Supplied

The search for the missing snowboarders is getting underway on Mount Bogong, where weather conditons are favourable but very cold: it hasn't risen above -2 degrees all the weekend, with a low of -6 recorded at nearby Falls Creek at 6am yesterday morning. Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Keris Arndt said searchers would have a clear day today before conditions degraded on Tuesday and Wednesday.

There's been a crash in Deer Park on Station Road near Ballarat Road. Watch out for emergency services in the area...

The man who was stabbed during an argument in the foyer of a block of apartments in Fitzroy has been taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital with life-threatening injuries, reports Robyn Grace. A 23-year-old man is in police custody.

It's full time in the World Cup final - and still scoreless

We're hearing there's a car on fire on Kingsway... 

Making headlines around the world, the Spiegel leads with “A German man claims to be an Indian chief in the Amazon rainforest”; the Guardian wonders why Birmingham, England’s second biggest city, has such a poor public image; the New York Times leads with a college rape inquiry; Singapore’s Straits Times reports on an event featuring books with homosexual themes; the Japan Times reports on a secret project to photograph commuters and track fare evaders; and the Daily Mail has photos of the “scandal hit” Spanish tourist resort of Magaluf.

Spied on: The Japan Times reports on covert camera at Japanese stations.

Spied on: The Japan Times reports on covert camera at Japanese stations.

It's still 0-0 in the World Cup final, approaching full time. 

Germany's team captain Philipp Lahm lifts the trophy. Click for more photos

World Cup final 2014: Argentina v Germany highlights

Germany's team captain Philipp Lahm lifts the trophy. Photo: AP

Apart from the World Cup, making news today there's more on Ian Thorpe; Australians have fled Gaza; an Aboriginal group is facing allegations of fraud and theft; Australians have unwittingly donated to a school in Cambodia where the director has been charged with sex offences; and it will take 75 years before women earn equal pay with men...

"No one knows how difficult it's been for Ian Thorpe to come out as gay other than Ian Thorpe."

"No one knows how difficult it's been for Ian Thorpe to come out as gay other than Ian Thorpe." Photo: Getty Images

Concerns are growing for the well-being of missing snowboarders Martie Buckland, 33, from Yarra Junction, and Daniel Kerr, 32, from Hawthorn, who haven't been heard from since Thursday. Caroline Zielinski reports a group of walkers discovered the men's campsite yesterday, finding an empty tent with sleeping bags and other equipment. Mr Buckland’s wife, Sally, said Mount Bogong was her husband’s favourite spot and he knew the area ‘‘like the back of his hand". She said her husband had been friends with Mr Kerr since Year 7. Both were experienced outdoorsmen, which only added to the mystery of what could have happened, she said.

A man has been stabbed at a block of flats on Brunswick Street in Fitzroy. 

TODAY’S GIVEAWAY – we have  six  double passes to attend a screening and Q&A with the actor Miranda Otto at her film Reaching for the Moon, tomorrow night at Palace Kino Cinemas at 6.15pm.  Check out the trailer here. For a chance to win, just email Angus at aholland@theage.com.au and we’ll announce the winners before 9am. 

Miranda Otto and Gloria Pires in Reaching for the Moon.

Miranda Otto and Gloria Pires in Reaching for the Moon.

We’re sensing a trend in house-made crumpets – we’ve seen them at Grow Naturally in Point Lonsdale, among others, and now at the Fat Penguin in East Kew, where they’re served with strawberry labna and poached pears for $13.50.  

House-made crumpets with stawberry labna and poached pears.

House-made crumpets with stawberry labna and poached pears. Photo: Eddie Jim

A teenager has been accused of trying to take a three-year-old child from her family while visiting Federation Square - police say an 18-year-old woman approached the family around 11am on Sunday, picked up the girl, and walked away: FULL STORY

A woman has been caught driving a car with seven passengers, including four children not wearing seatbelts, Robyn Grace reports. Police found two children, aged five and seven, in the footwell behind the front passenger seat, Senior Constable Melissa Seach said. An adult and three children aged eight, 10 and 13 were sitting in the back seat. Police detected the overloading when the Mernda woman attempted to drive past a random breath-testing site on Plenty Road in South Morang just before 6.30pm last night.

A bit of drizzle about the place this morning and a cloudy day ahead. We're heading to a max of 14 degrees - it's currently just 5 degrees here in Melbourne.

And more German fans at the Hophaus Bavarian Bier Bar grill, photo by Joe Armao.

Go Germany!

Go Germany!

And an update from the Tabulam and Templer home in Bayswater!

In case you missed the first half - here's two of Argentina's best chances.

The search will continue at dawn for the two snowboarders lost on Mount Bogong, Martin Buckland and Daniel Kerr. 

Timna Jacks reports: There is a sea of blue and white at the James Squire Brewhouse, where more than 250 Argentinian die-hard supporters have gathered to support their team. Fans chant wildly to the beat of drums, punch their fists in the air and charge their pints of beer, as their game kicks into gear. The local brew spills across the pub and the rowdy fans, many who are headed straight to work after the game, have been partying since late last night. Argentinian Australian Brian Vanga, clad in his home country's jersey and scarf, said like many South Americans, he is deeply superstitious and took precautions to ensure he would not jinx his team's winning stretch. He said he bought a jersey with Lionel Messi's number on it for the final, but decided against wearing the top, thinking it safer to leave it off and avoid testing his fate. "Every Argentinian has a role to play," he said. "I thought I haven't worn the jersey yet and we have won every match since. So did exactly the same things as I did when we won our other games."

Half time at Crown...

The 6:25am train from Flinders Street to Frankston and the 6am from Flinders Street to Belgrave have been cancelled due to train faults. Expect flow-on effects later in the morning. 

It's half time in the World Cup final - and good morning to the fans watching at the TTHA aged care home in Bayswater, which looks after people from a German-speaking background.

Good morning! We're back with Melbourne Express for another week bringing you breaking news, transport updates, weather and what's happening around town. Please share any news tips or train/tram issues with us using @theage or please email Angus at aholland@theage.com.au - cheers.

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