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Is it over? Is it finished? That eating and drinking thing? Is it done?No, still got Boxing Day to keep going. Got left overs? Hopefully you had all had a great day. Where you at in the process? I'm still really happy.Churning it out.Did you have a good day?Great day, Christmas Day, kids have fun. A lot of fun.There is nothing like being woken up with the sound of, " being woken up with the sound of, "He's been! "He's been!." "He's been!.". I bet you have a fridge full of custard and ham and goodies.

How to make sure
you store your food properly to avoid making everyone sick. Plus, thanks but no thanks - how to handle the tricky issue
of unwanted gifts.

Anyone want to fess up?Go on, Larry.I love every single present I got. We have the European Christmas because Silvy is Polish and we have the relatives in town, the presents come out at midnight, so you are tired and emotional and I can't remember but I am sure I loved them all.

have stormed Sydney's big department
stores early this morning as post-Christmas sales kick off. David Jones and Myer
started trading at 5am and there were plenty
of keen shoppers waiting for the doors to open.

If you can believe it.

Australians are tipped to spend
$1.8 billion today. The city's big retailers
will stay open until midnight. And if you don't feel up
to braving the crowds, there are plenty of sales online.

Which apparently started yesterday, you can go shopping back then. Gosh.

A taxidriver has been killed in a
freak high-speed crash in Victoria. Police say a Holden Commodore lost
control and ploughed into the cab which was stopped at traffic lights,
in Geelong last night. The cabbie died at the scene. The driver and passenger in
the other vehicle weren't injured. Firefighters have spent
Christmas Day battling a bushfire which threatened properties
near Hervey Bay, north of Brisbane. Anxious homeowners were told
to prepare to evacuate, some had to leave Christmas lunch
on the table. We were getting quite worried
because we've got the animals here and the people's house
across the road because at the time,
they weren't home. Strong winds fanned the blaze and at one stage flames came
dangerously close to homes and livestock. It's now been contained. Queensland's richest man has spent
Christmas with close relatives and an extended family of more
than 600 - at his own charity lunch. Billionaire Clive Palmer put
on a day to remember for the less fortunate. Guests were singing his praises
after carols, gifts and a buffet lunch.

But the mining magnate won't give
out how much it all cost. I've got a big stack of money so it
will just go down a little bit (CHUCKLES)

The Queensland Premier, Deputy
Premier and Opposition Leader all turned down their invitation
to the lunch. Two Melbourne physiotherapists
have designed a new pillow to help chronic neck pain sufferers
sleep easy. The orthotic pillow was invented after research revealed almost 80%
of people experience neck discomfort at least once a month. Just like you would put an orthotic
in your shoe for customised support of your foot,
this is a customised orthotic that sits inside your pillow.

The pillow can be adjusted
for different body shapes and sleeping positions. A severe cold front
is sweeping across parts China but not everybody
is bothered by the cold. These pandas at a zoo
in the country's east ventured out into the heavy snowfall to climb on branches
and swing through tyres. Swing through the trees.

They even took some time out
from their play to crunch on big hunks of ice. The Siberian tigers
weren't bothered either, looking very comfortable
lazing in the thick powder.

Wouldn't be Christmas without a Christmas animal story.

Coming up - Christmas was a time
for giving, now it's time to buy yourself
a little present. We have your guide
to bagging a bargain at the Boxing Day sales soon. But first,
here's Beretts with the sport.

They have opened?They are there. Already purchasing. From 5 am. Unbelievable.Everything you want has gone.There goes my exchanges. Right, let's talk sport.

is upon us - with the Sydney-Hobart race
and the Boxing Day Test, just hours away. The international crews enjoyed
a visit from Santa yesterday, taking time off
from frantic race preparations to enjoy the festive season. Soon they'll be part
of the fleet of 77 attempting the 630 nautical-mile
Bluewater Classic to Tasmania.

Good luck, too.

And it wouldn't be Boxing Day
without test cricket at the MCG, the big question today
is whether captain Michael Clarke will take his spot in the team. In career-best form, Clarke
must overcome a hamstring injury sustained in the opening match
against Sri Lanka last week. He's been put through his paces and will be given until
the last possible minute to prove his fitness. Probably can't give you
a percentage. Like I said, if you asked me
from day one, I've been confident that I'll be
right to play tomorrow, and getting through today
has only confirmed that in my mind. This year,
Clarke has scored 1,489 test runs, just 55 short of equalling
the Australian record held by Ricky Ponting.

Sydney FC coach Frank Farina
followed through on his threat to make his players train
on Christmas Day. Furious that the Sky Blues are stuck on the bottom
of the A-league table, Farina ordered his men to slog it
out in the rain yesterday. They meet the Central Coast Mariners
at home today.

Boy, that is character-building stuff. Speaking of queues this morning, a big queue at the MCG, as it is every Boxing Day, 5,000 coup are up for non-member seats, they queue up for seats, duck home and have breakfast then.They do it before the sales?Depends what your priorities are. I would go to the MCG first.Reserve it? Just go and put a jumper down and then out of there?Yes.James Tobin did you indulge in the custard yesterday?A great day at the MCG today, watching Ed great day at the MCG today, watching ECowan score a test ton. I had the family to my place, it would have been great if it was a sunny day, a small place. Torrential! It was our wettest day in Sydney since June, just happened to fall on Christmas. If it was in Melbourne, beautiful! Melbourne is going to be fantastic day. Sydney is going to be a bit wet. day. Sydney is going to be a bit wet.Cise Isolated showers. We are down at Woolwich Pier, for the start of the Sydney-to-Hobart, Laz? The memories coming back?Yes.The high over Tasmania has pushed some of the weather we saw in Sydney further north. There will be a few showers arounds today but far better starting arounds today but far better starting than yesterday. As we now take a look at the weather for Boxing Day.

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Tell you what, it looked beautiful in Perth yesterday. Another one today. Beautiful sunny conditions in the west. Today for the start of the Sydney-to-Hobart, you can see rain happening over the top of the CBD, we are fine here at the Woolwich Pier but I tell you, the nearly 1,000 sailors getting ready for the start of the Sydney-to-Hobart, pack your wet gear, it is going to be a rough ride for the start.They don't want a rough ride.I love that JT has all the technology in the world available to him for the forecast and still and still look over his shoulder and go, " go, "Look, there's rain! go, "Look, there's rain!." go, "Look, there's rain!.".Good point.

Coming up - how to stop leftovers
making you sick. Plus, do you ever suffer neck pain?

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excellent coffee. A P-plater in Melbourne
has earned himself the title of 'Christmas idiot' after he was seen
driving down the Eastern Freeway with both his feet
hanging out the car window. Passing motorists snapped a picture
of the young driver and say he was going over
the speed limit. We're not quite sure how he managed
to accelerate. It comes as the Christmas road toll
rose to 10 overnight. So, despite all the efforts
by authorities about road safety - do you think the message
is getting through? Should penalties be even tougher?

I don't think the message is ever getting through to that bloke. You can change the ads, the tactics but he's just an idiot.But the thing that upsets me, he is likely to cause an accident.Can you imagine his reaction time? He's just going into whatever he is going into.Or there is an accident.And he's not wearing shoes, isn't it illegal to not wear shoes. Double demerit.And probably loving the fact we are talking about him.

Parents, forget signing your kids up
to tennis lessons next year - apparently dancing
is the new favourite. A recent study revealed dancing was the second-most popular
sport for children this year with four million young Aussies
taking classes. Swimming took out
the number one spot. As expected, dancing
is still dominated by girls with 32% aged five to eight
taking up the sport. But the number of dancing boys
is on the rise - 4% now prefer popping
on the dancing shoes

I blame 'Dancing with the Stars'.

compared with 1% 12 years ago.

Tell us, do your kids
take dance lessons? What's the most popular sport
in your family?

Swimming, dancing?My little guy signed up this year to do dancing. Still does cricket, AFL, basketball, soccer, you name it but he added dance on to his list.How old is he? 11.By 11.By 16 e, he is going to be killing it with the ladies. Smart move.In the group there are five boys to 20 girls. I look at it as a foundation.You would win 'Dancing with the Stars' if you started age five.I could have started at age 0 and still not have won.Or you could be Carmello. It is good music and fun.We learned a dance at school to 'With or Without You', we still get up there at weddings and crank it. That's a note to the autocue music. Kids will be doing it with 'Gang mm'.

Now that we've survived Christmas there's another tradition to get
through - the Boxing Day sales. Thousands of people are hitting
the shops this morning. With prices slashed by up to 70%, it's always one of the busiest times
of the year for retailers. Many Aussies have already bagged
a bargain online with major department stores
posting specials a day early. Later this Sunrise, we'll find out
which items you can save on most. So, will you hit the shops
to spend up big?

5:00 in the morning on Boxing Day? I'm just... Have you got nothing else to do?If I wasn't here, I'd be there. Save is there. Save there. Save $6 or $ there. Save $6 or $7 on my male Spanx, I would be there.I think you got to be targeted, sheets, towels, and know your size, targeted.You know your stuff.I'm done with shopping, 12 months, over and out, thanks very much, enjoy the sales. I'm out.

As well as hunting for bargains
today at the Boxing Day Sales, plenty of people will also be
lining up for refunds. It's estimated 14.3 million
unwanted presents were received around the country
this Christmas. Later on the show,
we'll go through your rights when it comes to refunds
and exchanges. So, will you be returning
any unwanted gifts? Or, did you receive
any unwanted gifts? Will you be returning them
to the store, selling them online
or perhaps re-gifting?

Larry Emdur?Oh?I have a sale that Larry Emdur?Oh?I have a sale starts at my house at 4:00 in the morning. No, I would never. Graysonline did a survey that 6% of people ask for the receipt with a gift.That's rude.What is that? Thanks very much for the dancing sticks but may I please have the receipt because I need to change them.You are off the list for next year.We bought a lot of our own presents and just deduct from mum and dad. I bought mum pyjamas and oweed mum from servicing the car so I deducted the money for the service.The Edwina barth all-mue Barter card.We decided we wouldn't open presents on Christmas Day, because my brother and his wife don't come home until this evening, no presents until tonight. I am the youngest in the family, mum, dad, not happy.Have you shaken them and had a feel.I bought my own presents so no point in opening them up mism You strategically could have waited until today.I like the presents at theder house, you -- Emdur house, you line your presents up in value highest to lowest.I sent John a link, I got a cool Kitchen Master Mix Master thing.It is cooler if you hand it to him to wrap.

Coming up - how to stop leftovers
making you sick. Plus, do you ever suffer neck pain? It's a growing problem but we have
some tips on what you can do. And the countdown is on - final preparations underway with the
2012 Sydney-Hobart just hours away. We're live to the Cruising Yacht
Club of Australia next.

915 sailors will have butterflies
in their bellies this morning

It's probably the last thing they'll have in their bellies for a few days.

With the start of the Sydney-Hobart
yacht race just hours away. The 628 nautical mile race begins
at 1:00 Eastern Daylight Time. This year, 77 yachts will take
part in the Bluewater Classic. The Sydney-Hobart is regarded as one of the most gruelling ocean
races in the world. Seven News reporter Talitha Cummins is at the Cruising Yacht Club
of Australia, where sailors are doing
their final checks. Good morning, Talitha. No doubt there are some very excited
and nervous crews

You look like you're ready to board a yacht and Larry is a little jealous. How they all going? Last-minute preparations under way? I am sure they can expect plenty of vomiting and plenty of regret out there but Larry would know all about that. There is a south-easterly expected for the start of the race of 10 to 15 knots, dominated by southerlies, the bureee is putting out another forecast at 8:30 this morning. But it will be a spinnaker start which should make it pretty for all the spectators and other boats out there. The race will be dominated by the 60 footers and upwards. While Mark Richards is talking up a race record, of 1 day, 80 hours, which would see them into Friday morning, they do have the winged keel they've added to the yacht this year. 85-year-old Syd Fisher, the skipper of 'Ragamuffin Loyal', is on his 44th Sydney-to-Hobart. He said it will be a drag race between 'Wild Oats' and 'Ragamuffin Loyal' and he is as keen as ever.It will be a cracker of a race. We are hearing reports of bad winds across Bass Strait rr?Yes, as I say, plenty of vomiting. It will be a race between the super maxies, not discounting 'Lahana'. The yachties are telling me 'Lahanaa' is the under dog.Once you throw in a wild Bass Strait, all the best predictions go out of the window. Or over board. The timing of of the westerly change will be critical. Wednesday night, we will know more when the bureau fills us in in half an hour or so. Spectacular spinnaker start.The start is just breath taking.Even more breath taking if you are on a boat. It will look fantastic but they are going quick and all for the same point in the harbour. Dangerous stuff.Can't you do the beginning and jump clear out? I did look into that. The Channel 7 chopper refused to pick me up. I said just pick me up at had the heads.

Your Boxing Day news, sport
and weather is up next on Sunrise. Then, if you suffer neck pain,
you're not alone. 9 out of 10 Aussies will. We find out a new way to get relief. Our top tips for saving
at the Boxing Day sales.

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Coming up next hour - Ricky Ponting talks about Australia's chances
in the Boxing Day Test as we wait to see if Michael Clarke
is fit to play. But now, time for the news.
Here's Eddy. A young boy playing with a
cigarette lighter has started a fire that ripped through a home
just south of Brisbane. Live to Chloe Baker at Eagleby. How much damage has been done,
Chloe?

Eddy, the house is gutted, fire crews were called here at about 5:15 Christmas afternoon. When they arrived the house was fully involved. All they could do was stop the flames spreading to the neighbouring praurnts and make sure the residents were OK. Inside was a 9-year-old boy and his parents. They did escape. The police believe the 9-year-old boy was playing with a lighter under the house and spread to a couch and the house. Neighbours who tried to help were evacuated as well because the roof was filled with asbes taus. While they did -- abs.

while they did escape, they lost everything they owned.

Shoppers across the country are out
searching for a Boxing Day bargain after major department stores
opened at 5:00 this morning. Myer and David Jones
were the first retailers to let in hundreds of people
at the annual sales. Australians are expected to spend
nearly $2 billion today, with some prices slashed up to 70%. Big retailers will remain open
until midnight. US police are investigating
what motivated a gunman to deliberately
set his home on fire before shooting four firemen -
killing two - in the New York town of Webster.

Dozens of tributes are being left
at the scene. The firefighters were ambushed as
they arrived to put out a house fire which was set as a trap
by the gunman. And Santa ditched the sleigh
for water-skis this Christmas He was joined by a kneeboarding
reindeer and some acrobatic elves who flipped their way
across the water. It's the 27th year in a row the big man in the red suit
has taken to the lake to show off his skills. But in future he'll be
sticking with the sleigh Time for sport.

He's very good, Santa. I had no idea.

Supermaxi 'Wild Oats XI'
is targeting a record sixth line honours win
in this year's Sydney-Hobart. The bookies have her
as a strong favourite, but not if the crew of last year's
quickest, 'Ragamuffin Loyal', has anything to say about it. The pair will have the benefit
of predicted early strong winds as they race each other
down the coast. All eyes will be on Australia's
most-watched hamstring this morning to see whether Michael Clarke
will play in the Boxing Day Test. In career-best form, Clarke
must overcome a hamstring injury sustained in the opening match
against Sri Lanka last week. He's been put through his paces and will be given until
the last possible minute to prove his fitness. Probably can't give you
a percentage. Like I said, if you asked me
from day one, I've been confident that I'll be
right to play tomorrow and getting through today has only
confirmed that in my mind. If Clarke can't convince selectors that he's ready
to don the baggy green, Shane Watson is expected
to be given the captaincy honours. To the A-League and Brisbane Roar
players spent Christmas auditioning for their futures after being put on notice
by new coach Mike Mulvey. The only present the defending
Champs are keen to unwrap is three points tonight
against Adelaide It's a new start for everyone.
Reputations don't mean a thing. I think everyone's future
is uncertain in a way. I think you have to prove yourself
again and I think you have to impress
the new gaffer. Defender Matt Jurman
is the only change to the side to take on the Reds.

James Tobin is immersed in it, down at Woolwich Pier, where 'Wild Oats' is.Isn't she beautiful.You haven't taken the covers off.Mate, I have been working on her the last few hours, just de-barnklinging the bottom of the boat in my scuba gear. It will be fine. These yachts are just sensational. The supermaxies in particular, the big boats going for line honours. It is also about the handicap, they are talking about 'Wild Oats' having a good chance at the handicap, the last time she did that was 2005. It is a spectacular race, when they set off at 1:00, it is a magnificent sight. You can catch it on Seven, live, but this morning, let's look at the weather conditions. Because that is all important.

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Reckon breakfast TV people, Australian test cricketers and yachtsmen in the Sydney-to-Hobart are the only people who had a very quiet Christmas Day yesterday. If you are going to watch it on telly today, you are set for a cracker. As we were talking about, a spinnaker start with the sales out, -- with the sails out, the sun could poke out its head, probably best to stay home, turn on the telly.Eating left over ham.Notice they are keeping JT 3 metres from the boat. You closer? There is even a bit of water to make sure I can't touch it and do damage. It is the big league.Good on you, mate, you missed one barnacle, just by the way.Got one for slowing down when you need it.

Coming up, how the royals
spent their Christmas. Also, lethal leftovers - some tips for making sure the food
you save doesn't make you sick. But next, an early start - eager shoppers are already
on the move as thousands prepare to tackle
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There's been another
deadly shooting in the US. Two firefighters have been killed
and another two are in hospital after they were lured to a housefire
by a gunman, and ambushed. Chris Pollone has the story.

A sleepy vacation community north-east of Rochester New York is in shock after a gunman lured fire fighters to a neighbourhood and shot them. They responded to a house fire Monday morning.It appears it was a trap, there was a car and a house that were engulfed in flames.One of the men was able to retreat to safety after being shot.

A SWAT team in an armored vehicle
retrieved the other three But by then, firefighter
Tomaz Kuhchoofka and volunteer Mike Chiporini-- also a webster police lieutenant-- were dead. Police evacuated at least 30 people
from the area the shooter was found shot dead
near the scene. Police say he killed himself. He has been identified
as William Spengler a man with a lengthy
criminal history. He served time for
killing his grandmother. Throughout the day, towns people
remembered the fallen firefighters, as they tried to make sense
of the senseless. You know these people, they're just always there for you,
you know. You just take 'em for granted.

It's really heartbreaking
for these families and these people and what they have to go through. And so close to a holiday when we're
supposed to love each other. And so close to a holiday when we're
supposed to love each other. Firefighters' families know
their loved ones put their lives on the line every day but they could never imagine
something like this would happen. to go out and fight fires and they don't expect to be shot
and killed. A time which should be
filled with joy has been replaced with sorrow.

A tragic story.

If you're still getting over
the crowds leading up to Christmas, brace yourself - it's time for
the Boxing Day sales again. Thousands of people are heading
to the shops this morning with retailers slashing prices
by up to 70%. Some Aussies have already
bagged a bargain online as major department stores
posted specials a day early. Over the next few weeks Aussies are tipped to spend
more than $14 billion. Sunrise correspondent
Gabrielle Boyle is at Sydney's Pitt Street Mall. Gabby, good morning. Is it a shopping frenzy yet
in Sydney?

Absolutely. We've had around 500 people lining up this morning to get in early to DJs and Myer which both opened at 5:00 this morning. Remarkably Australians are expected to spend to spend $1.8 billion alone, this is the busiest shopping day of the year. We have had people coming down the escalators where they bagged a bargain.$ bargain.$5, can't go cheaper than that.Buy things you wouldn't normally be able to get, international designers but a lot of good local designers.Get the money off and being able to treat yourself after Christmas.Now of course, some of the retailvers chosen to go online with their sales as well. We know Myer and DJ looked to bring their sales forward to Christmas Day so people could get their sales online. There were questions it could affect the number of people coming in store for Boxing Day but the reality is people love to come in and teach and feel the products and experience it. Even if they are buying online, some are coming in to check out the products first.We heard from the gentleman in your package who lined up for hours to get a pair of socks for $ get a pair of socks for $5. That is good. What are some of the best deals?The high-ticket items, clothing, cosmetics, and electrical is popular at this time of year. Lots of things to choose from and highly reduced products, looking alt 40% highly reduced products, looking alt 40%, 50% 40%, 50%, 60% and even 70% off. 40%, 50%, 60% and even 70% off.. Well, you have got my list. Jump in the coup. Jump in the queue.He is in line to get a washing machine for the socks.

New research has found nine out of ten Australians
will suffer chronic neck pain during their lives. The often-debilitating condition
is expected to affect around 640,000 Aussies each year and cost more than a billion dollars
in health care. To help combat the growing problem, two Melbourne physiotherapists
have developed the p3 pillow. It can be adjusted for different
heights and body shapes with just a few twists of a dial. P3 pillow creators Darren Ross
and Andrew Seymour join me now. Good morning.

Happy Boxing Day. Getting up early and it's not for the sales. Why is neck pain such a big problem? Do we do things wrong and sleep incorrectly?One of the big issues is we were never designed to sit at computer consoles and playing computer games, so it is accelerating wear and tear on our necks.What about people hoodon't sit at a computer? Andrew, other types of pain? Is there anything you can to prevent it?There is, we see in the sporting community, football, tennis, and just through work situations. So preventing neck pain can be assisted by supporting the neck while you are sleeping.Are we all a bit lazy? Do you think maybe we slouch? Is our posture, no longer do we walk around with books on our head and get the perfect posture.We are more slouchy. Constantly in the waiting room we are telling children to sit up straight. Things our mother tell us, we go into the forward posture and it pushes our neck forward and under strain all day.When we sleep at night, the right pillow is important. Tell us about your pillow with dial?We integrated dial technology you see on sporting boots, all the technical gadgetry, we have gadgetry, we gadgetry, we have been able to adjust the height that is exactly required for a user required for a user. We know the contour pillows look nice but don't get you the right height. We can get you to the right height in three positions, which leaves your neck in a nice neutral position which takes the pressure off the joint and muscles.Does it work for everyone? If you sleep during the night, most people don't stay in the same position? It is true Mel. Although people think they sleep in one position they don't. People might call themselves a side sleeper but do role during the night. The P 3 actually pus ilitates that so you don't come out of your sleep cycle as you would normally to change positions.Give me a little xait smait on the cost? Also, do you need to have a proper physio do the dialing and adjust it or you do it yourself? The cost will be $ yourself? The cost will be $210, which is comparable with leading pillows. We have aimed at a specially fitting system. It takes two minutes to fit it. We do encourage people to buy it through their healthcare providers such as physios, ostio, chiropractors and also through retail stores that put a high emphasis on the right prescription of the pillow. So you can get it adjusted. When you see something in the shop and adjust it in your bed, it is very different? People can adjust it themselves and with a half turn they can raise or lower it to their exact needs.Good on you, Aussie ingenuity, I love it. Happy Boxing Day there. We are going to put all the information on the web site if you want to get yourself a P 3 pillow, Larry.Thank you, Mel.

'Tis the season
to eat and be jolly just don't let your food
make you sick. It's likely you have more leftovers
in your fridge today than on just about any other day
of the year. That's why Boxing Day is also
known as National Leftovers Day with turkey, ham and seafood
crammed into every nook and cranny.

Could aio even close the fridge last night? No, we couldn't.

So what should you keep and
what should really be thrown away for the sake of your health? Sunrise GP Dr Ginni Mansberg
joins us now. Good morning. How long can we safely eat
the leftover turkey and ham?

The most common stuff?Around two to four days, if it was sitting in the sun, all day yesterday, everybody in Sydney didn't have the opportunity to leave it in the sun but people in Perth and Queensland, get it into the fridge quicker and not keep it at all.Because the food can sit for a while?If you had Christmas cheer and the food sat around for 5 or six hours, I wouldn't keep it at all. The best tips?You want it to be absolutely air tight, the ziplock bags or cling film is better than foil because it is air tight. If you want to freeze it, do it straight away and put a date stamp, write the date on something you put in the freezer. But if you think I am never going to get through this food on my own, send everybody home with party bags, five or six prawns each, ham and salad and a bit is likely to be eaten.What give away the prawns? You are kidding?No, I'm not.What should we not even look at today? Anything that sat out in the sun for more than two hours. If it was a really hot day, more than one hour. For the rest of us, two hours. My hot tip, if you had little kids over and they have been sticking their hands in, which is the superway from bacteria to your food or if anyone is double dipping, seeing grandma stick her fork into the salad, throw it out. A little note for your pooches, for anybody who is a dog lover, they don't like chocolate. It can be lethal for dogs. Around Christmas time and the Christmas cheer and the relatives brought over a packet of chocolate, sometimes the dog can get into it.Gee, the words bacteria superhighway take the romance out of Christmas. What about left overs for the dog? Not chocolates but chocolates but turkey or ham to pets?The problem for us, we can't look and see the ham and chicken and work out whether it has gone off or not. Stuff that looks fantasticb can make you -- fantastic can make you sick as a dog but dogs can handle more.If you dog it sniffing it and running away, that is good idea.Cut the fat off, the fat on the ham, the worst thing you can give your dog. Four years at preschool for that? Amazeling.Thanks, Mel.

Who hasn't done something
they've later regretted? One man in the US felt
so guilty about a bad deed he made decades ago, Eric Zarnitz has the story.

Wait, wait, wait. One second. This story doesn't start off
cute and cuddly. Let's get this right. It all started three decades ago
at a K-mart not so far away with a very Grinch-like deed. A letter was sent to the
vice president of the company about a customer that shoplifted
some items 30 years ago. This former thief made off with
close to $200 worth of merchandise, however, last week a letter arrived with an apology and a money order
for $1,000. I think that's great. That's a good
way to start out the year. I mean it's bad they stole whatever
it was they stole but it's good they sent in a cheque, showing they apologised
for what they did. K-mart also appreciated the apology
and has chosen to take that money and donate it to families
this Christmas who are struggling to pay off items
in layaway. I think it's great,
everybody needs some help. I mean, I've had somebody help me
recently and it's a very big blessing. But there is one more thing
this former thief needs from us to complete this Christmas story - forgiveness. I would say, apology accepted. I am always a forgiving person
and as K-mart as a whole, we don't hold any bad intention
against anyone. #Never too late to make good, is it?Go ahead and do it. Good work. Imagine feeling guilty all that time. I wonder why it took him 30 years?Yes, nice thing to do. A good thing to do.All the shops in Hollywood.Get celebrity shoplifting and a charity drive.Paying off laybys on rodeo drive.The way your mind works, guys.

News, sport and the Boxing Day
weather is after the break on Sunrise. Plus, it's shaping up as the battle
of the supermaxis. A live update on conditions as we count down to the start of
the 2012 Sydney-Hobart yacht race. Plus, a royal affair - see how the Queen and her family
spent their Christmas Day.

The Sydney-Hobart shapes up
as a battle of the super maxis as 77 yachts prepare to race. How to bag a bargain
at the Boxing Day Sales. Australia waits to see
if Michael Clarke will be fit to play in the Boxing Day Test. From Gangnam Santas to a few
cold ones of a different kind - how the rest of the world
is celebrating this Christmas. MOVIE CLIP: Hey, Mr Bilbo.
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this is Sunrise on Seven. From Brekky Central,
Mel and Larry. Good morning. Great to have your company here
on this Boxing Day.

Whether you want to watch us our you just physically can't move from the couch, we don't care. We are glad to have your company either way.Maybe You are gearing up for all the sport today? It is one of the biggest sporting days of the

We've got the Boxing Day Test
against Sri Lanka at the MCG. The stage is set
at the Cruising Yacht Club ahead of the Sydney-Hobart race. There's a live look. We'll get the latest from there
in just a moment. Plus, the 'other' sport today -
the Boxing Day sales. Doors opened at 5am so the cash registers
are well and truly ringing now. We'll see how it's all tracking
shortly. But first, let's begin
with all the news of the day. Good morning, Edwina. Hundreds of eager shoppers
are cashing in on huge post-Christmas discounts with Boxing Day sales
kicking off this morning. David Jones and Myer
opened their doors at 5:00 with bargain hunters lining up
for most of the night. Really early. We got here about 3:30 in the
morning or a bit earlier than, that just to be here nice and early. I'm up for anything so just here
for a bargain really. Some retailers are slashing prices
by up to 70% and the city's big retailers
will stay open until midnight. Shoppers are expected to spend
$2 billion in today's sales. A taxidriver has been killed after a car crashed into
his stationary vehicle in Geelong just after 6:00 last night. Investigators say a Holden Commodore
was travelling east on Ballarat Road when it hit the taxi.

We found the driver of the taxi
trapped in his taxi, unconscious. The cabbie died at the scene. The male driver of the Commodore
and his passenger weren't injured in the collision. A family is homeless
just south of Brisbane after fire ripped through
their house yesterday afternoon. Chloe Baker is at Eagleby. Authorities say a young boy accidentally
started the blaze, Chloe?

Yes, that's right, Eddy. Police have told me a 9-year-old boy was playing with a lighter underneath his house here at egalby yesterday traon when a couch -- afternoon when a couch caught fire. The flames spread throughout the house. The little boy and his parents were able to escape the house thanks to fire alarms but nothing could be salved. When fire -- salvaged. The house was full of asbestos and they had to evacuate neighbors who were trying to put out the blaze. Sadly, we believe the family doesn't have insurance, the house is not salvageable and it is a tragic end to Christmas Day for them.Thanks for that report. Thank you.

Today marks one year since
the devastating house fire that killed Matt Golinski's wife
and three daughters. The celebrity chef received third
degree burns to 40% of his body and spent months in hospital. He's now living with his father
while undergoing rehabilitation and is back cooking
and playing the guitar. Remarkably, he has already competed
in a fun run on the Sunshine Coast and is planning on taking part
in a half marathon next year. Perth is in the grip of a heatwave with sweltering conditions expected
to last for the rest of the year. Temperatures edged
towards 40 degrees yesterday. Hospitals, firefighters and surf
lifesavers are all on high alert. This was the fifth hottest
Christmas Day on record. The fourth hottest was 2010. Temperatures over the next five days
are tipped soar above 37 degrees. The Queen and members
of the British royal family in Sandringham. Well-wishers gathered outside and were greeted
by Prince Charles and Camilla. Children presented flowers
and gifts to the Queen. Prince William and his pregnant
wife, Kate, were absent - instead spending the day
with her parents. Coming up -
our Boxing Day movie guide. We take you through the big screen
blockbusters out from today. But first, here's Beretts. The start of the Sydney-Hobart race
is just 6 hours away and this year 77 yachts are taking
part in the Bluewater Classic. Talitha Cummins is there. How are the final preparations
going, Talitha?

Look, the coffee machine is a very busy place this morning, Beretts. Getting ready for the 8:30 weather briefing which is going to tell them thou had you the next three days will pan out. A 10 to 15 knot southerly is expected for the start of the race. A westerly is expected to kick in around thirds night in Bass Strait. The southerly starts mean for a beautiful mean for a beautiful spinnaker start, it will be spectacular to watch. 'Wild Oats' is the favourite. Mark Richards, the captain says a record is still possible, getting it into Hobart on Friday at 8:00. Syd Fisher is going for his 44th race on 'Ragamuffin Loyal'. He said it will be a drag race. But really any of the superplaxys could get over the line. So let's not discount 'Wild Thing' and 'Martela'.

What most Australians consider
the best sporting day of the year is here

And it wouldn't be Boxing Day
without test cricket at the MCG. The big question today is whether captain Michael Clarke
will take his spot in the team. In career-best form, Clarke must
overcome a hamstring injury sustained in the opening match
against Sri Lanka last week. He's been put through his paces and will be given until
the last possible minute to prove his fitness. Probably can't give you
a percentage. Like I said, if you asked me from day one, I've been confident
that I'll be right to play tomorrow, and getting through today has only
confirmed that in my mind. Clarke is just 11 short of becoming only the sixth person
in test history to tally 1,500 runs
in a calendar year. Sydney FC coach Frank Farina
followed through on his threat to make his players train
on Christmas Day. are stuck on the bottom
of the A-league table, Farina ordered his men to slog it
out in the rain yesterday. They meet the Central Coast Mariners
at home today.

Imagine all the prawns and seafood and ham and turkey they missed out on.That is tough.It is tough but it is what you got to do.Let's hope it works. Let's go to James with the weather.A question, Larry.Yes, James.Do you recognise this boat? Yes, yes, I do.Particularly the back of it.Yes, I do.That's what I thought. I came to the back just to give you a better chance because I thought that was the view you had on 'LOYAL' that year. Hats off to anyone who does the Sydney-to-Hobart. It is gruelling, almost 1,000 competitors this year, I take my hat off to you. But there are a couple of Sydney-to-Hobart veterans, Charlsey, on 'LOYAL' last year, they came... First. It is not a competition. Hang on, it is a race. Let's have a look at the national forecast.

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Laz, I'm just giving you a hard time. I personally, can't imagine doing it. I have been down in Hobart, I think two or three times, to watch the crews come in. No-one looks like they've had a great time. They might be happy they won or placed but no-one really had a wonderful time out there. They stink, they often have bits of... stink, they often have bits of.... (coughs) spew in their beard, I am sorry if you are waking up and having breakfast.Too much, too much.All the best to our crews. Absolutely. Let's find out what conditions they are in for.

The yachts lining up
for the Sydney-Hobart will be hoping Mother Nature and a
little bit of luck are on their side this year. A fleet of 77 will contest the race, which starts
on Sydney Harbour today. 'Wild Oats XI' is aiming
for its sixth line honours win, but she'll have plenty
of competition. The Sydney to Hobart
is considered to be one of the most gruelling
ocean races in the world. For the latest on conditions
for the Sydney-Hobart, I'm joined by the Commodore of the
Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Howard Piggott. Good morning to you. What can the fleet expect
when they set off today?

Well, we'll have a great start, a good breeze, a spinnaker start out of the harbour. I can see the blue sky coming through so we should have a great spectacle for the people watching the race. The wind going inthe race will be inthe race will be steady so good start speeds.So that bits sounds comfortable, but once they reach Bass Strait we know it is when it heats up. The winds are meant to be unpredictable. How will it impact the race?We will have a weather briefing at 8:30 to give more detail. We expect a westerly change through Bass Strait to bring more pressure on the course, the maxies will be breaching in those conditions. They will have prospects of getting to Hobart Friday morning, but the rest of the fleet will have a head wind during that part of the yacht race. Klwe know 'Wild Oats XI' is a favourite, any ones we should watch out for and dark horses? 'Wild Oats' is there and will be pushed by three other supermaxies. Can't discount that 'Ragamuffin Loyal', who won last year on line honours, and Syd Fisher, and can't take out of the equation the other two maxies too. Great racing from the front of the race. It will be interesting and challenging for them as they go down the lee side of Tasmania where the breeze might change and become challenging. Right through the divisions there will be keen competition.Explain why it is so gruelling. For those who aren't yachting buffs and don't know the details. You look at it and it looks calmer than when you are involved? Well, the crews have to meet the conditions out there on the racecourse. They will sail on the wind, reduce sail and steering through seas and wave sets and they will be running and breaching, they will be sleep deprived. They will race the boat in teams, so it will be a full effort to get to Hobart as quickly as they can. It quickly as they can. It is an exhausting and thrilling experience. It is the thing about the race, it has the reputation of being tough and that is the challenge.It certainly does. Hoered, all the best -- Howard, all the best, I hope everyone stays safe.Thanks very much.

As well as the Sydney-Hobart, there's another competitive event
on the calendar today - the Boxing Day sales. Thousands of bargain hunters
have hit the shops this morning with some retailers
opening their doors at 5am. Aussies have already had the chance
to pick up a bargain online with major department stores
posting specials a day early. Retailers are offering discounts
of up to 70%, luring customers to what is one of the busiest
shopping days of the year. Margy Osmond is from the Australian
National Retailers Association and she joins us now
from Sydney's Pitt Street Mall. Margy, good morning. Is today looking good
for shoppers and retailers?

Well, we are certainly hoping for a great day. We are projecting something like $ something like $1. something like $1.8 billion to be spent across the country alone, which is about a 2. which is about a 2.5% increase on last year.Major Department storesy we heard kicked off sales online early. Will it affect crowd numbers? Interestingly, what we are hearing is not only was the online huge from retail and sails but numbers were up instore as well. So the whole idea of spending your pennies at the Boxing Day sales is even more embedded in people's calendar than the past.If people get out there and brave the weather and the crowds, there are tremendous bargains?Yes, great bargains. Despite the great sail activity in the run up to Christmas, retailers have pulled out the stops again. One of the key groups we are seeing in store is young men, lots of suitss and business clothes. In the crowd, there are groups of young men shopping together.That is interestingly. Normally we see groups of women fighting over shoes and bras. What advice is there for customers, the doors fly open and you are in there battle, how do you get to the good stuff?I think a sense of humour. Flat shoes, bottle of water. Aimless wandering won't get you the gig, knowing what you want and the online early research is good.Sounds like you are getting ready for the city to surf.We wish them all well.

Cricket fans are eagerly waiting
to see if Michael Clarke will feature
in today's Boxing Day Test against South Africa. The injured Australian captain
has said he's confident he'll join
his team-mates at the MCG but will make his final decision
later this morning. Beretts you got to pick the brains
of one of cricket's best - the now retired Ricky Ponting.

What did he say?Always a great experience. Remember, he's played 15 Boxing Day tests, he's played them half his adult life. He is 38 now, Ricky, he will Ricky, he will get to sit back and watch from the sidelines on the couch. He does have to play Sydney against Hobart in the big bash league but he is confident Australia will get it done against Sri Lanka. He is a big supporter of Michael He is a big supporter of Clark. Have a look.

It's the most-talked about hamstring
in the country... It's going OK, thank you. ..it's improving every day but will Captain Clarke play
in today's test or won't he? He's left the big decision
until later this morning. But going by yesterday's
training run in Melbourne, it's looking good. Like I've said from day one, I'm still pretty positive
that I'll be right. Someone else who knows what it's like to play on Boxing Day
under an injury cloud is Ricky Ponting. It's my favourite place
in Australia - to play the MCG, there's no doubt about that. We generally play
a Boxing Day test there and a couple of one day finals there so you're always, you know, 70,000,
80,000, 90,000, 100,000 people at that venue and it's pretty special
to walk out there that day. But this year he'll join the many
Australians watching the game from his couch. And he's confident the Australian
side has this one in the bag. We've got a very good record, a very
proud record against Sri Lanka, probably more so in test cricket
than the shorter forms of the game. Their depths always tested,
I think, in test cricket. Theyre a very good Twenty20 side
and a very good one-day side but our record in test cricket,
whether its home or away, is very strong against them. Life hasn't slowed down for
one of our best ever batsmen - Ricky's currently promoting his foundation's
Biggest Game of Cricket. It's an initiative
encouraging all of us to get outside on Australia Day
for a match. But don't forget to sign up
on their website first. We want kids playing
in the backyard, we want them playing on the beach, we want them playing
at their local cricket clubs, basically to raise as much money
as possible and awareness
for the Ponting Foundation. The foundation was established
by Ricky and his wife, Rianna, to raise money
for young Australians with cancer. The work they do behind the scenes
is life-changing. It's about the journey
right through childhood cancer. Hopefully, from day of diagnosis
right through into full remission. So it's about looking
after the kids but more importantly, the families
through that journey as well. And we've been involved with
this work now for about 10 years and it's been very rewarding for us and obviously very rewarding for
a lot of the families we've touched over that journey as well. And we're hoping to, now that cricket's
starting to wind down for me, make the Ponting Foundation the
biggest and best it can be.

Doing great work, Ricky. Of course, the Ponting Foundation, supports, get out there, support it, get out there, play cricket and get sponsored and raise money. If not, you can get this limited edition Rexona can.So you can smell good and do good?Exactly, and you need a lot of this if you are playing cricket over summer.There you go, Larry, you good at playing cricket? I am really bad at playing cricket but I do need the deodorant.I knew that, I got you a couple, Larry.

The royal family has
celebrated Christmas at the Queen's country estate but there were some notable
absences. Kate and William spent the day
in Kate's hometown with her family while Harry has spent his second
Christmas in Afghanistan. Let's get more from
royal commentator Dickie Arbiter in London. Dickie, who attended
the Queen's bash?

Good morning, Larry. It was all the royal family, all the usual suspects but Prince William and Kate weren't there, they were in Buckelberry and you rightly said, Harry was on a tour of duty in Afghanistan. And the Queen and Prince Philip, last year he was rushed to hospital with a blocked artery. But today, he was striding out, 91 years old, leading the pack to Sandringham house.Does everyone leave them alone at this time of year?They do. When you think of the crowd that think of the crowd that gathered at Sandringham, over 1,000, which doesn't sound a lot but it is a small area. And St Michael's, the usual Christmas Day crowd. No sight seers, they were largely left alone. They are largely left alone, there are some photographers. The family went, but went, but largely they are left alone. They had a fairly traditional Christmas once gay they get back to the house, the usual Christmas dinner and fun and games but thankfully they are left alone.What is not usual is the Queen's 3-D Christmas message?The Queen is the ult ultimate performer. She is a one-take lady. She did a star turn. It was a good production, it was in 3-D. Not many saw it but those who did would have enjoyed it. But she had a very, very clear message. She was amaze was amazed at the out pouring of enthusiasm for her jubilee day weekend, the concert, the thanks service. She brought out the team spirit of the Olympics and Paralympics and was completely overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of everybody for what has been the most fantastic year in the United Kingdom.Let's have a look at the 3-D message.

This past year has been one
of great celebration for many. The enthusiasm which greeted
the Diamond Jubilee was, of course, especially memorable for me
and my family. It was humbling that so many
chose to mark the anniversary of a duty which passed to me
60 years ago. People of all ages took the trouble
to take part in various ways and in many nations. But perhaps most striking of all was to witness the strength
of fellowship and friendship among those who had gathered
together on these occasions.

Dickie, how was it received?It was received extremely well. It always tkpwetsdz a pretty good audience. -- gets a pretty good audience. You can't just gauge the audience in the United Kingdom. At the end of the day, it is the Queen's message to the Commonwealth. That includes you guys in Australia and other members of the Commonwealth, all 54 members. But it was well received. It is the one time of year the Queen is able to send her message, her words and not words written by somebody else or echoing what someone else want her to say. What she said were her heartfelt words to the great Commonwealth.There Commonwealth.There it was no 'Avatar' or life ofify peeu rr. -- life of pi.Most people who watch the Queen's message didn't watch it in 3-D.It does depend on the time of day, eggnog.Every time I see the Queen now, I think of the London Olympics and the piece she did with Daniel Craig.She's getting find of funky, Daniel Craig and the 3-D.The glasses they made with diamonds on the side with 3-D so she could watch it in

As well as hunting for bargains
today at the Boxing Day Sales, plenty of people will also be
lining up for refunds. It's estimated 14.3 million
unwanted presents were received around the country
this Christmas. Later on the show,
we'll go through your rights when it comes to refunds
and exchanges. So, will you be returning
any unwanted gifts? Or, did you receive
any unwanted gifts?

No-one here is going to say.It is cool to do that? It is OK. If I give you something and you go and exchange.And you have.That's OK, it is in the spirit of giving. You want the person want the person you are giving it to what they want.Why not find out before?It is not the spirit of giving.The size that fits or changing it, as opposed to, " changing it, as opposed to, "I hate that, I want something entirely different that, I want something entirely different."Yes, I'm going to swap these socks for a motor bike.Before Christmas, I was Bras & Things, with my sister, there was a man buying a pair of 'Playboy' suspenders for his wife, I wanted to stage an intervention, I wanted to say your wife doesn't want that.Probably good you didn't, it probably wasn't for his wife. It is what men in for his wife. It is what men those stores say.That is the whole point, should you intervene?I think you should.I think it is a very dangerous road to go down.Not strangers, but if family members are buying something for your brother or sister, you know they don't want, you should say, " you should say, "Mum, I heard they want this."Eddy took a photo of that want this."Eddy took a photo of that guy buying it, if you are that guy's wife, we will put his photo on the telly, if you are his wife and you didn't get 'Playboy' lingerie, give us a call.Not that I know that stuff for sure.

Parents, forget signing your kids up
to tennis lessons next year - apparently dancing
is the new favourite. A recent study revealed dancing was the second-most popular
sport for children this year with 4 million young Aussies
taking classes. Swimming took out
the number one spot. As expected, dancing
is still dominated by girls with 32% aged five to eight
taking up the sport. But the number of dancing boys
is on the rise - 4% now prefer popping
on the dancing shoes compared with 1% 12 years ago.

Yb find that really surprising. It is great but surprised.I think it is gang nm rr -- gang nm rr and 'LFMAO', set dance steps.And Justice Crew have made it cool.Made it cool.My 5 year, all he wants to do is part of Justice Crew one day. It doesn't mean dad dancing is cool yet.It's coming back.'With or Without You'Play it later.There is the winning move there. The Boxing Day news, sport
and weather is after the break on Sunrise.

Odey will dance for you.Out of time, what a shame.

Then, silly season, indeed - the festive fool snapped
driving like a maniac. So, are the road safety messages
hitting the mark? And, something for everyone...

Sure must be nice booing the good guy. CephaloAs fellow bad guys, we have all felt what you are feeling. You are Ralph, you are bad guy, but doesn't mean you are bad guy.

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Ahead this morning on Sunrise - how the rest of the world
celebrated Christmas - from Gangnam Santas
to a dip in an ice bath to festive fun with the royals. We'll check that action soon. But first, let's get the news
headlines now. Here's Eddy.

The annual Boxing Day sales
kicked off early this morning with hundreds of shoppers
storming the major retail stores. David Jones and Myer
started trading at 5am and there were plenty
of eager bargain hunters waiting for the doors to open. We do it every year, it's something
we save up for a whole year. Whatever is the best value
on offer, we go for it. Australians are tipped to spend
$1.8 billion today. The city's big retailers
will stay open until midnight. And for those not brave enough
to fight through the crowds, the sales are also available online. A taxidriver has been killed in a
freak high-speed crash in Victoria. Police say a Holden Commodore lost
control and ploughed into the cab which was stopped at traffic lights
in Geelong last night. The cabbie died at the scene. The driver and passenger in
the other vehicle weren't injured. Police are appealing for witnesses
to contact Crime Stoppers. US police are investigating
what motivated a gunman to deliberately set his home
on fire before shooting four firefighters. Two of the men were killed
in the New York town of Webster. The pope has used his traditional
Christmas Day message to appeal for an end
to the bloodshed in Syria. Pilgrims, tourists and Romans
packed St Peter's Square and erupted in cheers when Pope Benedict XVI
appeared on the central balcony. May the birth of the
Prince of Peace remind the world where its true happiness lies and may your hearts
be filled with hope and joy for the Saviour
has been born for us. The 85-year-old also urged
Israelis and Palestinians to find the courage to negotiate.

40 hardy Germans have taken
an icy plunge

dressed in little more
than Santa hats as part of a tradition
which dates back to 1984. But unseasonably warm weather
left many of the Berlin Seals
a little disappointed. They're hoping for more ice
on New Year's Day when they'll meet again. Finally, if you're still feeling
sick from Christmas lunch - look away now 'cause this is an incredible
overindulgence - a vintage steam train,
made entirely of chocolate. At 34 metres long, it's the largest
of its kind in the world, taking creators
more than 700 hours to make. Inspectors from the Guinness
Book of World Records checked out the sculpture to ensure it was made entirely
of the sweet stuff. Belgium's chocolate companies produce $3 billion worth
of chocolate every year.

Most of that going to Beretts' desk. Knock off that train in about an hour, I reckon.

Supermaxi 'Wild Oats XI' is targeting a record sixth
line honours win in this year's Sydney-Hobart and maybe also the race record of 1 day, 18 hours,
40 minutes and 10 seconds. but not if the crew of last year's
winner, 'Ragamuffin Loyal', has anything to say about it. The pair will have the benefit
of predicted early strong winds as they race each other
down the coast. Michael Clarke's time is running out
to play in the Boxing Day Test. In career-best form, Clarke
must overcome a hamstring injury. He's been put through his paces and will be given until
the last possible minute to prove his fitness. With or without Clarke,
former captain Ricky Ponting is confident Australia will seal
the series in Melbourne.

Their depth's always tested, I
think, in test cricket. They're a very good Twenty20 side
and a very good one-day side but our record in test cricket,
whether its home or away, is very strong against them. If Clarke can't convince selectors that he's ready to don
the baggy green, Shane Watson is expected
to be given the captaincy honours.

Let's check out the weather with James Tobin as we go down to Woolwich Pier where 'Wild Oats XI' is getting set to launch for today. JT? No, you're on board?Yes, good morning, Beretts. Good morning to everyone who is just waking up from Christmas Day cheer. Hope you're feeling OK. This morning, it is going to be an exciting day because the Sydney-to-Hobart kicks off. The big thing is what the weather will be doing at 1:00 this afternoon and further on. Yesterday, I had a look off the Australian coastic looking south and it was just awful. It was wet and rainy and windy this morning. It is a bit cloudy, but clear. A weather specialist who does a bit of wet for the 'Wild Oats' crew has just spoken to Rob Mundle, who is the media manager for 'Wild Oats', it seems the crew is chomping at the bit?There is still a chance to break the race record, which is exciting but to do that they have got to be first to Hobart. I just got the weather forecast from Roger Banham who does the reports, it is not going not go