Happy New Year to all of our readers

FOR those who set great stock in the changing of the calendar from 2012 to 2013, we hope you have a happy and enjoyable new year.

We also sincerely hope you have not succumbed to any dirty water in the ice cubes of any cooling beverages you may have taken in celebration to see out the old year and bring in the new one.

It's interesting the Sydney Morning Herald (the Daily Liberal's stablemate in Fairfax Media) ran a story yesterday on its front page stating that 9pm is now the new midnight - allowing the young and not so young to catch the fireworks display on television before trundling off to bed.

The combination of long days and hot nights is certainly a catalyst for those at the grindstone to try and stave off the steam-rolling urge to catch a nana-nap in the mid afternoon.

After all, we were able to enjoy one after the thoroughly enjoyable Christmas and Boxing Day meals and then again on the weekend - so little wonder your body craves another even though yesterday was spent back at work.

It's been a year filled with highs and lows, drama and excitement for the staff who work to put together each of the daily editions of this newspaper.

The excitement generated by the capture of Malcolm Naden - receiving a simply-worded text at 2am from an electronic media peer, for example.

Closer to home; one cohort of students head off into the wider world, while another makes the step from primary to secondary school.

So wherever and whoever you are, have a happy and prosperous time this year.

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