With Christmas safely out of the way, the thoughts of average healthy individuals turn to how we can best ruin our health ringing in the New Year. For some people, New Year's Eve can be a bit of a downer. Rather than endure the crush and noise of Hong Kong's overpriced, tickets-only bars, plenty of people prefer to stay in and toast the New Year at home. In the past, this meant staring at the TV all evening, but thanks to the advent of the Internet with its chat forums, Webcams and world-wide coverage, you can now see more events and meet more people on-line than you are ever likely to in Lan Kwai Fong. For whatever reason, New York's Times Square has become the star turn among New Year's Eve celebrations. And naturally, with so many vantage points for a Webcam, it has found its way to becoming an annual feature on the Web calendar. The official Times Square Business Improvement District (BID) has teamed up with EarthCam to offer a live birds-eye view of events in the square [ www.earthcam.net/times-sq . htm]. The BID site [ www.timessquare bid.org/web/NewYears/new years.htm] is pretty dull on its own, but it does offer plenty of information on the event. Midnight in New York will be called in by paralysed Chinese gymnast Sang Lan. In Hong Kong, most people celebrate by either going shopping or joining the horrendous crush in Lan Kwai Fong. A few years ago, some enterprising souls installed a Webcam at the top of Lan Kwai Fong so that Internet users sitting at home could check out the action and celebrate their wisdom in not going near Central. Today, that camera is gone, but you can still check out the bar action at Tsim Sha Tsui's Cyber-X Cafe via its in-house Webcam [cyber-x.com.hk]. If you are in need of a little company, (and if you're stuck at home behind a keyboard, you need friends), Compuserve's New Year's Eve Marathon [go.compuserve.com/californ iaforum] may be your answer. The California Forum pages are normally reserved for any topic so long as it is California, but this year they are opening the doors and inviting the world to log on for a 24-hour New Year's Eve party. From New Zealand to Western Samoa, the party will pass through 34 time zones and 34 on-line choruses of Auld Lang Sine. Probably the weirdest New Year's Eve celebration is the Official Beanie Babies New Year's Eve party [bow.ty. com/share/newyear]. Visitors to the site can view the Beanie Baby New Year's parade, vote for their favourite baby and post messages to discuss why on earth they should be there instead of outside getting a life. And if you can survive all that in one piece, log on to the London Parade on New Year's Day [ www.london parade.co.uk]. Claiming to be the biggest New Year's parade in the world, the London Parade stars a cast of thousands, including vintage car collectors, old soldiers, pearly kings and queens, various overdressed mayors and town criers, animal lovers, clowns, majorettes and marching bands from across Britain and the US.