Good morning Bendigo!
It is Bendigo Cup Day, and I am a little excited.
In a short time thousands of people will flock to the Bendigo Jockey Club for what is the city's biggest social events.
Partly cloudy day with southwesterly winds. A top of 21 degrees.
Trains are running on time this morning.
More finishing year 12
The number of students finishing year 12 has grown over the past few years but in turn more students are leaving school and going into full time work.
A new national education report showed that 85 per cent of people aged between 20 and 24 had completed year 12 or equivalent as of 2011.
The proportion of people aged 17 to 34 who were fully involved in work or study after school dropped from 73.9 per cent to 72.7 per cent over five years.
According to former test captain Mark Taylor, Ricky Pointing has broke the sanctity of the Australian cricket dressing room with his revelations about Michael Clarke in his new book.
The book, At the Close of Play was released last week.
Clarke was furious when he learnt Ponting's autobiography contained concerns the ex-skipper had about his then deputy's shortcomings.
The most popular stories on the Bendigo Addy website over the last day are:
WHAT WE ARE CHASING TODAY
Bendigo Addy photographers and reporters will be trackside for most of the day, taking photos of everything from fashion on the fields to the main race.
If it is your birthday, I hope you have a great day!
You share a birthday with second US president John Adams, actor Henry Winkler, soccer player Diego Maradona, British musician Gavin Rossdale and business woman Ivanka Trump.
TODAY IS FAMOUS FOR. . .
1976 - Australian radio serial Blue Hills ends after 33 years.
1990 - China announces the results of a nationwide census that shows its population totals 1.13 billion people.
2003 - An army of 13,000 firefighters struggles to contain the worst wildfires in California in years. Twenty people die and thousands of homes are destroyed.
JOKE OF THE DAY
Thanks to Mitchy for sending this joke in:
What did the duck say when he bought lipstick?
Put it on my bill.
If you have any jokes please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a good day,