Good morning Bendigo 4.12.13

TODAY'S WEATHER

Max 20. A few morning storms. Showers.

Check out more detailed weather news here. 

TRAINS

No reported delays. 

NEWS OVERNIGHT

Tony Abbott threatens to make MPs sit through Christmas, ABC attacked in Coalition meeting

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has threatened to extend the parliamentary sitting calendar into Christmas during a joint party room meeting consumed by fiery speeches about an ''unbalanced'' ABC and a joking suggestion that former MP Sophie Mirabella could take over the running of the national broadcaster.

East Timor spying scandal: Lawyer claims ASIO trying to gag key witness

A lawyer representing East Timor in its spying case against Australia has accused the Government of attempting to gag the key witness, a former spy turned whistleblower. 

WHAT WE'RE CHASING TODAY

The Festival of the Sacred is on today the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Bendigo. The festival involves over 700 students from Catholic Schools in the Western Deanery.

Bendigo Technical Education College has its graduation tonight for year 12 students.  

THE HIT LIST

GALLERY: Maiden Gully Community Carols

The crate mystery returns to the streets of Bendigo

Rebecca's courage to ride

Cause of grass fire unknown

Healthscope cuts 10 Bendigo jobs

BIRTHDAYS

If today is your big day, happy birthday!

You share a birthday with US model-actress Tyra Banks, US actress Marisa Tomei and Australian rules footballer Jimmy Bartel. 

DID YOU KNOW?

You are more likely to be killed by a champagne cork than by a poisonous spider.

DAILY QUIZ

1. In which town is Harvey’s Bitter brewed?

2. Does the B in ASBO stand for bad, behaviour or bully?

3. The perambulator was an early type of what?

4. Ferrari cars were originally manufactured in which country?

5. Anna Edson Taylor became the first person to travel over Niagara Falls in what?

THIS DAY IS FAMOUS FOR

963 - Holy Roman Emperor Otto deposes Pope John XII for dishonourable conduct and for plotting an armed conspiracy. Leo VIII succeeds as Pope.

1942 - US bombers strike Italy's mainland for first time in World War II.

1994 - Gunmen open fire on a trendy Stockholm nightclub, killing three people and wounding 21 others. Police believe the killers were seeking revenge after being turned away by the doorman.

2004 - Suicide attackers carry out a string of car bombings against Iraqi policemen in Baghdad and Kurdish militiamen in the north, killing 14 people and wounding at least 59 in the latest major assaults on Iraqi security forces and US allies in the country.

2012 - St James's Palace announces that Prince William and his wife Catherine are expecting their first baby and that the Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted to hospital with acute morning sickness; Typhoon Bopha leaves more than 1000 people dead or missing in the Philippines.

JOKE OF THE DAY

I got a job working at a revolving door company. 

This job is going nowhere, fast.

Got another joke? Any tips on what we should be heading out to today? Send it in to merran.reed@fairfaxmedia.com.au 

Have a great day,

Merran 

Daily quiz answers: 1. Lewes. 2. Behaviour. 3. Baby buggy. 4. Italy. 5. A barrel

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