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This program is captioned live. Hello, I'm Tracy Grimshaw, welcome to A Current Affair. Shortly the passing of an Australian littery icon.I had a full life and an extraordinarily fortunate life? We pay tribute to Bryce Courtenay. First tonight is the peak shopping season, as it approaches, a warning that tunistic pick pockets will be on the prowl looking to fund their Christmas with your cash.Are you missing a phone? Is this yours? Oh, my gosh, it is. Thank you so much. It must have fallen out.No, this mum didn't drop her phone, it was taken.Is it like yours.Where did you get that.From your backpack. This elderly gentleman didn't feel a thing as his backpack was rifled by someone beside him.Did you feel anything? No. I was sitting next to you on the phone.Yes.It's amazing. People are nee eve of their own stuff.-- naive of their own stuff. Excuse me, is this yours. Jay is a magician. Part of his routine is to pic pocket.I nudged him. I took the item out of his pocket. I apologised and put it under my jacket. He wasn't sure what went on, he was bewildered.What did he take from you? Did you feel him steal it?I didn't feel it.We asked Jay to show how easy it is to pick pockets on the street. Is it something you think about, someone pic pocketing.I haven't thought about it. Now that happened I'll be more careful.It's all movement and direction. Like how people touch you and stuff like that.Definitely. Real pick-pockets use the same tricks as Jay, only they don't return your wallet.People who steal purses are low lives. It's a disgrace they go around and do this to gain money. The effect on the victim is terrible.Jim Corbett is security manager for Drakes Supermarket.Unfortunately, the people that are targeted are the elderly. The elderly people who will withdraw cash from ATMs, and have cash on them.Unfortunately, the elderly people often are less attentive to their purses when they are in the stores. As this security video shows, Kim Scully made a career out of stealing from elderly shoppers in supermarkets, before being jailed this year. There are plenty like her. Watch this woman in the striped top, entering this store. Stalking her from behind, a woman in the pink top. She follows her, and the lady in pink swoops, and leaves the store with the stolen purse.The crucial thick to prevent this thing happening is -- thing to prevent this thing happening is the customer must stay within contact with the shopping trolley. Don't leave the bag open in the baby seat of the trolley. Keep a hand on your bag on all occasions.First we asked Jay to go for what he could grab - phones, wallets, cameras. When it was simply, we suggest he target a certain person, young, old, ladies with prams. Once again it proved remarkably easy. Proving no-one is immune. It's almost as simple as taking candy from a baby.Is this yours? Yes. From where did you find it? In your backpack. Yes.I looked and asked him a question, giving him a little nudge, not too much. It wasn't on him, the backpack. Then I took it. He had no idea. It's amazing. Scary, isn't it.Jay flicks the purse out of this lady's handbag and hides it under the coat. She sek sewers the handbag as she walks away. It's too late.Hi -- see secures the handbag as she walks away. It's too late.Hi, does this belong to you.Yes.The reason I took it your bag was so open. All it took was me to lean across and grab it out.Phones in back pockets, no trouble.New iPhone, rite.He's a imagine irn.Within supermarkets, the magician. Within supermarkets, the thing we would like to suggest to customers is the fresh produce area is one where people move away from the trolleys, giving the purse thief an opportunity to attack. Mums are distracted. Like this mum. Covered it with my jacket. Took it out. She was none the wiser. She would have got home and it disappeared. Make sure you close the zipper or keep it in demour mined sight. That one second someone grabs it.It's an old art. People only hear about it in movies, but it happens.Don't show your stuff. Keep them in your pockets. You'll be fine.Alarmingly easy. Good advice there. What did you think of the story. Jump on the Facebook page and send a tweet. Well, last night this country lost a true icon, with the passing of author Bryce Courtenay. I was fortunate enough to be grand what would turp out to be Bryce's last ever -- turn out to be Bryce's last ever interview. Spending the day with him and wife Christine before he lost his final battle with cancer.I said to the doctor, don't (beep) me, how long have a have I got?It's absolute crap, but there you are.You have to cop it sweet. People say "Jesus, Bryce Courtenay, you really can (beep)".We'll have to beep the hell out of that interview, Bryce. Bryce Courtenay, nice to see you.No, to be here. Let's go to the big question. How is your health right now?My used- by date is coming up fast.What do you mean by that, what is the prognosis you've been given?Well, I've had seven eighths of my stomach removed, but stomach cancer doesn't go anywhere but one place. That doesn't mean for one moment that I'm terrified or squared about it. In fact, I notice a very weird word to say -- I know this is a very weird word to say, but I'm actually quite excited about it. People say "Why would that be?", and I have been blessed with the fact that I will die with my head intact, I can still think. I can still write. And when I say goodbye, I'll know who I'm talking to. That is terribly important to me. Everybody has to die some time. Given all of that, are you ready to go?Yes, yes, I am. I have had a full life, and an extraordinary fortunate life. It's had its tragedies, but everybody has had their tragedies, Trace. Everybody has had tough times.One of the toughest time for Bryce, father of three boys, was the lose of hemophiliac son Damon to AIDS. That was the subject of his novel 'April Fool's Day'.The death of my son Damon was horrific. Awful. I can - I can't tell you how awful it is to lose a child before your own death. But I'm not alone in that, Tracy. We all have tragedy in our lives. It is the absolute substance of life. You have to make mistakes. You learn from mistakes, you don't learn from success. You don't learn from getting a degree, you learn from buggering up.Bryce never did much of that. Before he was a best seller, he was an Aussie marketing guru. The brains behind Louie the Fly. # I'm Louie the Fly # Straight from rubbish tip to you For all of his success, Aussie critics had it in for him, slamming his books and accusing him of fudging the facts of his life. A criticism of you is that you embellished your own life. How much of what you said about your life is true, and how much is you fudging and hiding?Tracy, I'm going to say something now that most people will not understand. I am a storyteller. My job is to tell stories. But your question is do I exaggerate? You bet I exaggerate. I take a fact and I put a top hat on it and a silk shirt and a bow tie and striped trousers and tail coat and - and - and a pair of tap shoes, and I do a Fred Astaire with the fact. But I don't ruin the fact. I never ruin the fact. I just give it life. I give it ebullience. I give it joy. And people say "Jesus, Bryce Courtenay, you really can (beep)". Davo dills - just popped out. Christine, Bryce is philosophical about the ticking clock on his life. Are you as philosophical as he is? No, I'm not. It was devastating. We feel immense gratitude for the love that we have from family and friends, and Bryce's wonderful readers who love him so much. Bryce is Australia's Dickens, he's an inspiration. And I'm the luckiest girl in the world to be married to him. I know he'll live in our hearts forever.You started your life by your own account craving love and not getting enough. As you look back, have you had enough love?Does anyone ever have enough love, but I've had a lot of love and I've had a lot of love from beautiful women.Have you given enough love.Dear, oh, dear Tracy, what a (beep) of a question. I hope so, I hope so.What are you most proud of?I think there's only one answer to that. It's having a family.21 books in 23 years, and the thing you are most proud of is your family.Absolutely.If you had to write your epetoire, what would you write?This is what happened. And just leave it open.Can I tell you how I want to be buried. That's terribly important to me. Alright. I want to be buried vertically. I want to be buried in a cardboard box. Very important. Then they can dump this thing vertically in, and then they are going to plant a tree on top of it. No tom stones, no "Here lies the old bugger", nothing, a beautiful tree is going to grow up, and I was telling this to someone the other day. And they said "Yes, you'd make a wonderful basis for a tree", you've always been full of (beep). (LAUGHTER) . Thank you very much, Bryce.Thank you, Tracy.Hard to believe that was only two months ago. Now he's gone. We salute him. Alright. Tomorrow morning Bert Newton will face the biggest challenge of his life. A 5.5-long operation to repair his damaged heart. True to form, Bert's in fine spirits, and spoke a short while ago from his hospital bed.I'm led to believe it's 3.5 hour operation.5.5 hour. OK.Dr Newton arrived on the scene. Vintage Bert, less than 12 hours before open-heart surgery, our favourite icon of TV and stage. He's cracking gas.The doctor was wonderful in describing -- gags. The doctor was wonderful in describing things. He waited until I stopped crying.Bert, in his heart of hearts knows this is serious.No, I couldn't say I'm scared. Apprehensive. Bert suffered chest pain for the past three to four weeks. That's what Bert, naughty man, told Patty. It was from longer than that. I did the normal thing that a bloke does, I didn't say too much about it. Then I got to ta stage where I have to do something.

do something. As soon as Patty knew I was getting the chest pain I was off to hospital. Patty had no idea I was getting the chest paips. I felt guilty in con-- pains. I felt guilty.Tomorrow Bert will undergo a quadruple heart bypass.The splaips was it is serious, something which is done every day of the year. And he does it every day of his working life.Bert is no stranger to heart scarce. At least this time he is on home turf. Bert, you love a drama.I don't know if I love a drama, I just feet in one every now and again.Earlier this year Bert was performing in Singapore when he fell ill with the first science of ticker trouble. Doctors at Raffles hospital inserted stents. But it didn't work. How are you feeling? I feel goodism I was lucky my local doctor from -- good. I was lucky, my local doctor from Australia popped in and gave some advice to some of the best. Lucky you. Now, nine months lair, Bert is gearing up for the fight of his -- later, Bert is gearing up for the fight of his life. With his devoted wife Patty close by.It starts around about 6:00 in the morning. I'll be here. He probably won't know that I'm here. Yes, I will be here. There's a little room outside the operating room where you can sit. I think I'll feel more comfortable being close.Not that I'll make any difference, but he will know that I'm here. And I'll know that I'm sort of not too far away. More importantly, would you make sure the doctors are here.I told the doctor to have an early night. No red wipe, and be on his good behaviour.Still, Bert understands the gravity of what lies ahead.I never had that thing happen before medically. As I understand it, forgive me when I get it a little wrong. The heart as I know it doesn't work for a number of hours. My heart and lungs are being helped along by a machine. And I was feeling totally calm until I described this to you. I'm ready for those things, I realise how lucky I am.If you worry about the foreign body on Bert's upper lift, it's Movember.I spruiked all around the place about how important it is for men to be like women and make sure they have their check-ups and so forth. The other advantage is I'm able to sit here and give the message to other people. Movember is not just about wearing a moustache, it's about having the right attitude to your health. Fortunately I woke up to myself at a good time.Late today life was the way Bert loves it, surrounded by his family.In my case, you know, I have a family I want to be with for a long time. And apart from Channel Nine, my own family - they just want to give me a cuddle. There you go. Nice big cuddle.The Newton grandchildren have given Bert a new lease on life. At 6:00am tomorrow, we hope doctors will do exactly the same.I'll be there on Christmas Day. But I might not be running around the tree. I certainly will not be chopping it down. I have a lot to live for.He is in brilliant hands at the Epsworth. We know he'll be OK. Coming up Woolies take on the car insurance.I saved over $400 by saving on my current insurance to Woolworths.Now to the diet nicknamed the dash diet. It may lower cole ester roll and give your heard a

lower cole ester roll and give your
heard a boost Don't let food rule your life. John Rose was heading towards an early grave, at his heaviest he weighed 140kg, high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes. I didn't care about what it

blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes.
I didn't care about what it ate What I put into my body or how much exercise I did.Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, more bid obesity, he wouldn't have survived five years.It wasn't until Dr Ross Walker put him on the Dash Diet. He how soults, dropping 40kg in six -- he saw results, dropping 40kg in six months. He no longer has diabetes.My life changed in so many ways. Just simple things of taking a holiday on a family airplane, I can sit in the seat.As a cardiologist Dr Walker knows the dangers of having high blood pressure, it's a major cause of heart attack and stroke. 45% of people living in modern society tie of some form of cardiovascular disease, unless they change their lifestyle.The dietary approaches to stop hypertension tore Dash Diet has been proven to redrus blood fresh and lower cholesterol -- reduce blood pressure and lower cholesterol.What's on the men you:

For a snack, the dash diet allows a handful of nuts, or potassium-rich fruit like bananas.Salt puts up blood pressure, potassium puts down blood pressure.The dash diet puts sodium intake of 200mg, the equivalent of one teaspoon.When you reduce your salt intake, it's the pallet or tastebuds that notice the difference.Nutritionist Nicole says while the dash diet is a choice, it can take some time to get used to.The important part of any diet is to allow yourself the odd treat and enjoy it.It's not a diet, it's your life. If people can't get passionate about saving their own life, they want to have a look at themselves. For more information on the dash diet, head to

information on the dash diet, head
to the website After the break the supermarket giant offering car insurance.If I can save $100, everyone has to be able to This program is not captioned.

Welcome back, the supermarket giants have taken their battle to the roads, with Woolworths claiming they can save Aussie drivers a fortune on their car

they can save Aussie drivers a
fortune on their car insurance They conquered groceries, liquor stores and petrol stations. Now the major sprms want to insure your car. Insurance is no different to what we do in store.Coles launched their own scheme two years ago to success. Woolies have launched a new inshurn policy in the competitive market. Head of insurance, George Hughes, predicts big

insurance, George Hughes, predicts
big things. The proof is in the putting. The customers saved $240. We had some customers saving $1,100. I was rather surprised at first. Then when I checked it out. It was apples for apples. So I thought why wouldn't I.Bryan Jones reckons he saved $400, by switching to Woolworths comprehensive car insurance. There's plenty of things we can spend that on. He was able to tailor the policy to suit his driving needs.You can look at the mileage and how much you do. We do less than 10,000 kilometres a year. We chose that, which brings the policy down.A study by insurer Bingle found 82% of Australians believes running a car is more expensive. To cut costs 29% are doing their open car maintenance. 50% drive less, 27% use public transport instead. Could your insurance be what is tipping your budget over the edge?Every three to four years you should compare car insurance policies, the savings could be considerable.Channel Nine's joint partner Ninemsm has a policy. Matt McCann believes that big supermarket chains will rely on loyalty to get your business.It's a product that you want to trust a brand with. Coles and Woolworths are great brands to touch. Woolworths insurance customers, who hold an Every Day Rewards will see the biggest benefits, with incentives such as petrol discounts. Every Day Rewards members double the discount to 8 cent a litre by switching to Woolworths car insurance for the first year.Are the supermarkets really a lot cheaper?We think they can compete in this space.They'll face tough competition from smaller companies such as bipingle and Just Car who offer premiums because their main - - Bingle, and Just Car, who offer Premiums discounted because their main business is online.It takes a couple of minutes to jump on line and get a quote. Customers don't know, but they can switch mid-way during the year.When we come back, trucking magnate Lindsay Fox's crusade to stop the carnage on

trucking magnate Lindsay Fox's
crusade to stop the carnage on our roads.We have to do something to eliminate all the deaths. This program is not captioned. Now, time to get dinner done. Gil, think fast. (MUTTERS, GRUNTS) It's perfectly-steamed vegies
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On Monday night Ray Martin with a special report. Lindsay Fox's crusade.We have to do something. People are squared.On A Current Affair, a Ray Martin -- scared. On A Current Affair, a Ray Martin investigation. The trucking king determined to stop carnage on Aussie roads. And how he's going to do it.I don't give up.It's a great story, Monday night, only on A Current Affair. That's all for tonight. This program is not captioned.

I CANNOT BELIEVE YOU MADE
UP YOUR OWN GAME. OH, "RESEARCH LAB" IS
MORE THAN A GAME. IT'S LIKE THE SLOGAN SAYS: "THE PHYSICS IS THEORETICAL, BUT THE FUN IS REAL." WE MUST NOT BE PLAYING IT RIGHT.

ALL RIGHT, FIVE. ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE. OH, WOW, LOOK AT THAT. MY DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
RESEARCH GRANT IS RENEWED. OH! GREAT ROLL! NOW YOU CAN DEMOLISH
YOUR SOVIET-STYLE CYCLOTRON AND BUILD THE LARGE
HADRON COLLIDER. (JOYLESSLY):
YAY. YOU'RE A NATURAL
AT THIS, PENNY. AND AS THE FIRST BETA TESTERS,
YOU TWO'LL HAVE QUITE THE EDGE WHEN WE PLAY WITH WOLOWITZ
AND KOOTHRAPPALI ON SUNDAY. OH, GEE, SHELDON, I DON'T THINK WE CAN PLAY
ON SUNDAY. WHY NOT? BECAUSE OF THE REASONS THAT PENNY WILL NOW TELL YOU. PENNY? ACTUALLY, I HAVE TO PICK UP MY
FRIEND JUSTIN FROM THE AIRPORT. THERE YOU GO-- SHE HAS TO
PICK UP HER FRIEND JUSTIN
AT THE AIRPORT. AND I CAN'T PLAY 'CAUSE
I'M GOING WITH HER-- RIGHT? UM, YEAH, IF YOU WANT. I MEAN, THERE MAY NOT BE ROOM. HE'S GOT A LOT OF STUFF--
LIKE GUITARS AND AMPLIFIERS... WAIT. WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? MY FRIEND JUSTIN. PAY ATTENTION,
LEONARD. THAT'S WHY SHE CAN'T
PLAY ON SUNDAY. WHO IS THIS JUSTIN? YOUR TURN, LEONARD.
I TOLD YOU ABOUT HIM. NO, YOU DIDN'T.
ROLL THE DICE, LEONARD. YEAH-- MY FRIEND FROM OMAHA;
PLAYS THE GUITAR. ANYWAY, HE'S COMING TO L.A.
LOOKING FOR SOME SESSION WORK, SO I TOLD HIM HE COULD
JUST CRASH ON MY COUCH FOR A FEW WEEKS. COME ON, LEONARD--
IF YOU ROLL A SIX, PENNY DIES HORRIBLY IN
A NUCLEAR MELTDOWN.

SEE WHAT I MEAN WHEN I
SAY THE FUN IS REAL? HANG ON. SOME GUY IS GOING TO BE SLEEPING
ON YOUR COUCH? HE'S NOT "SOME GUY." HE'S MY FRIEND. SO BY "FRIEND,"
DO YOU MEAN "FRIEND FRIEND," "GAY FRIEND,"
OR "EX-BOYFRIEND "WHO YOU'RE NOW PLATONIC WITH BUT STILL MIGHT HAVE A THING
FOR YOU FRIEND"? WELL, HE'S DEFINITELY NOT GAY. OH, HO-HO, A DEFINITELY
NOT GAY MUSICIAN SLEEPING ON
MY GIRLFRIEND'S COUCH. YIPPEE. OKAY, WE WENT OUT A LITTLE BIT,
A LONG TIME AGO. BUT WE WERE NEVER
LIKE "GOING OUT." OKAY, NOT TO BE PEDANTIC,
BUT LAST I CHECKED "WENT OUT" WAS IN FACT THE PAST
TENSE OF "GOING OUT"-- WHICH I THINK
WE ALL KNOW IS A POPULAR EUPHEMISM FOR "SAW EACH OTHER NAKED."

I'LL JUST ROLL FOR YOU. DO YOU HAVE A PROBLEM
WITH JUSTIN STAYING WITH ME? WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST CLUE? UH-OH!
INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT.

YOU KNOW WHAT? DON'T TALK TO ME
LIKE I'M AN IDIOT. I'M NOT TALKING TO YOU
LIKE YOU'RE AN IDIOT! I'M SAYING THE WHOLE IDEA
IS IDIOTIC! "YOU ACCIDENTALLY STARE
AT A HELIUM-ARGON LASER. LOSE ONE TURN AND A RETINA." HOW IS THAT NOT TALKING
TO ME LIKE I'M AN IDIOT? IT'S MY FRIEND,
IT'S MY COUCH, AND IT'S MY FREAKIN' LIFE! IT'S ALSO YOUR ROLL. YOU KNOW WHAT?
IT IS YOUR LIFE. IF YOU WANT TO HAVE
SOME STUPID GUITARIST STAY ON YOUR COUCH, THEN FINE! WHY DON'T YOU JUST RENT SOME BUNK BEDS AND INVITE
THE BLACK EYED PEAS?! HEY, IF I WANT TO INVITE THE
ENTIRE LINEUP OF LOLLAPALOOZA TO SLEEP IN MY APARTMENT,
I WILL, AND IT'S NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS! ARE YOU LISTENING TO YOURSELF? DO YOU KNOW HOW CHILDISH
YOU SOUND RIGHT NOW? OH, NOW I'M A CHILD? WELL, AT LEAST
I'M NOT AN IDIOT ANYMORE! (BLENDER GRINDING)
THE TWO AREN'T MUTUALLY
EXCLUSIVE! OH, YOU ARE SUCH A-- WHAT THE HELL IS HE DOING?! HE'S DROWNING US OUT. HE DOESN'T LIKE FIGHTING. SHELDON, JUST STOP!
LOOK, THE FIGHT IS OVER! OH, AND FYI, YOU NEVER EVEN HEARD
OF THE BLACK EYED PEAS UNTIL YOU MET ME! I HEARD OF 'EM!

DIDN'T KNOW THEY WERE A BAND. (GRINDING CONTINUES) SHELDON, SHE'S GONE. YOU CAN TURN OFF THE BLENDER. (GRINDING STOPS)

HAS YOUR RELATIONSHIP REACHED
ITS INEVITABLE UGLY END?

NO, WE JUST HAD A LITTLE SPAT. LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE. AS THE RESULT
OF PENNY'S FORFEIT, YOU HAVE BECOME THE WORLD'S
FIRST WINNER OF "RESEARCH LAB." WOULD YOU LIKE
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I DON'T GET HOW SHE
CAN JUST ANNOUNCE THAT AN OLD BOYFRIEND IS GOING
TO BE SLEEPING ON HER COUCH. HEY, I THOUGHT OF A GAME
WE CAN PLAY IN THE CAR. I DON'T WANT TO PLAY A GAME,
SHELDON. IT'S CALLED "SCIENTISTS." NOW, I WILL NAME
THREE SCIENTISTS, THEN YOU WILL PUT THEM IN ORDER