We sprint around the globe from east to west, beginning with a call from the future: Phil Mercer, BBC correspondent in Sydney (where it's already 2010) describes the fireworks display claimed to be the biggest in the world; Tristana Moore, BBC Correspondent in Munich, muses on similarities between German and American party habits; and Laurie Raimondo, with the Times Square Alliance, describes New York's preparations for tonight's ball drop.

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