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Lunch box - 16/12 (updated 4.45pm)

Lunch box - 16/12 (updated 4.45pm)

How are the Christmas preparations coming along? Panicking? Don’t worry – you’re not the only one. Perhaps something in today’s Lunch Box will inspire you...

Channel news

  • State of the market
    • The markets opened lower on mixed overseas leads and then fought back. It then slipped in the afternoon. At 4pm, the S&P/ASX200 was down 11.6 points at 4661.9.
    • The Aussie dollar was down 1.16 per cent at $US0.9060. Gold prices dropped marginally by $US1.10 to sit at $US1122.7 an ounce while oil prices bounced back gaining $US1.18 to reach US70.7 a barrel.

    General news

    Sport

    • 3rd Test: Spinner Smith on a Test bolt from Blues
    • 3rd Test (2): McKay's AFL dalliance proves a plus for cricket
    • 3rd Test (3): It's all happening in Perth ... and the match hasn't even started
    • 3rd Test: Spinner Smith on a Test bolt from Blues
    • NRL: Newcastle Knights star Danny Wicks charged by police
    • Rugby union: Another Wallaby falls foul of the law
    • Football: United keep pressure on Chelsea with win against Wolves
    • Cycling: Evans set for return to Giro d'Italia
    • Ultimate fighting: Brutal sport set to shock Sydney (video)
    • Sydney to Hobart lead-up: Oats comes home second with wet spinnaker
    • Surfing: Parkinson wins triple crown
    • Swimming: Stoelwinder suggests top swimmers take year's break to beat burnout

    Entertainment

    For the evening:

    • Sam Mendes has produced some of the best American cinema in this generation. Away We Go is his new one, and it’s poised to be a highly underrated hit.

    Tomorrow's weather:

    • Sydney: Hot. Chance afternoon thunderstorm. Min: 21, Max: 33
    • Melbourne: Rain developing. Min: 19, Max: 25
    • Brisbane: Fine. Min: 20, Max: 29
    • Perth: Sunny. Windy morning. Min: 12, Max: 30
    • Adelaide: Rain, clearing later. Min: 20, Max: 23
    • Hobart: Rain easing. Min: 14, Max: 16
    • Canberra: Morning rain clearing. Min: 14, Max: 26
    • Darwin: Showers, afternoon storm. Min: 25, Max: 32

    Product Wars: Best IT invention

    • Results so far...

    • 1st - Google - 75%
    • 2nd - Netspace - 64%
    • 3rd - Apple iPods - 59%
    • 4th - Nintendo Gameboy - 58%
    • 5th - Apple iPhone - 57%

    • Click here to vote for your favourite!

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