Good morning Bendigo ... The sun is shining and it's Ride to Work Day, so there's lots of people out and about already.
I live 80 kilometres from work, so I wasn't going to get up at 3am to take part, but there's certainly some eager people out there today.
It's great to see all those bikes on the road.
Hooray for the sunshine! It's going to be 26 degrees today, with the weather radar predicting a mostly sunny day with winds N/NW 30 to 45 km/h.
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It looks like smooth sailing on the Bendigo to Melbourne line today.
Bendigo East police pursuit terminated
Bendigo police were involved in a pursuit last night, when a car failed to stop and accelerated to speeds of up to 100 kilometres per hour in a 60km/h zone.
Sergeant Mark Holloway said that at 2.20am, police attempted to intercept a white ford at Strickland Rd, East Bendigo.
At that time, the driver was maintaining appropriate speeds, but sped up after police pursued the vehicle.
After driving on several dirt roads in the area, the driver drove back onto Strickland Rd and reached speeds of 100km/h in a 60km/h zone.
Police then deemed the speeds unsafe and terminated the pursuit; they will make further inquiries today.
High-profile racing driver killed in fiery Queensland crash
A crash at Queensland Raceway has left a man dead and another person injured.
The man killed in the fiery car accident at the Queensland Raceway at Willowbank on Tuesday was a 26-year-old, police have confirmed. He is believed to be a high-profile international racing driver who was visiting Brisbane.
The man is believed to have been sitting in the passenger seat of the vehicle when it crashed into a wall and burst into flames on Tuesday morning.
The driver of the car, a 20-year-old man, is at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in a critical condition after suffering severe burns, organ damage and broken bones.
It took emergency services more than two hours to free him from the wreckage and airlift him to hospital.
WHAT WE'RE CHASING TODAY
Journalist Emma Schenk will be out and about chatting with Ride to Work Day participants this morning - and maybe even grabbing a free breakfast at Hargreaves Mall, on until 9am.
Faith Leech will be remembered today, at a public memorial service this afternoon. Ms Leech, Bendigo’s only female gold medallist, passed away last month. The public service will be held at St Andrew’s Uniting Church in Myers Street from 2pm on Wednesday to farewell the freestyle champion.
If today's your special day, happy birthday!
And happy birthday to:
John Mayer, poet and playwright Oscar Wilde, Murder She Wrote actress Angela Lansbury, artist Ray Johnson, and Red Hot Chilli Pepper's Flea.
Speaking of the peppers... Here's one to brighten your morning...
TODAY IS FAMOUS FOR
456 - Magister militum Ricimer defeats the Emperor Avitus at Piacenza and becomes master of the western Roman Empire.
1847 - Charlotte Bronte's book "Jane Eyre" published
1909 - Jack Johnson KOs Stanley Ketchel in 12 for heavyweight boxing title
1963 - Two secret US military satellites launched from Cape Canaveral
JOKE OF THE DAY
Rather than a typical joke today, I thought I'd share some wise words from Jerry Seinfeld.
.... What would the world be like if people said whatever they were thinking, all the time, whenever it came to them?
How long would a blind date last? About 13 seconds, I think. "Oh, sorry, your rear end is too big."
"That's ok, your breath stinks anyway. See you later."
Now I'm off to that free breakfast.
Have a good day.