Good morning Bendigo! 12.12.13

Good morning Bendigo! Almost the weekend, hang in there. 

TODAY'S WEATHER

Max 25. Sunny.

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TRAINS

No reported delays. 

NEWS OVERNIGHT

Man charged over Christmas tree damage

POLICE have charged a ‘young man’ in relation to damage done to the Rosalind Park Christmas tree.

First Constable Georgina Taylor said she interviewed the man on Wednesday morning.

“He was charged with criminal damage,” she said.

Paul Arber disappearance: body found in Waikato River

New Zealand police searching for missing Australian tennis coach Paul Arber say a body has been found in the Waikato River.

Arber, 38, was last seen early on Sunday morning walking in and out of the river in north Hamilton, about 120km south of Auckland, the Waikato Times reports.

A member of the public called police at 7am today after seeing a man's body in the water near Fairfield Bridge.

THE HIT LIST

Restaurant prosecuted for 25 food safety breaches

Bus driver 'temporarily blinded' by bee sting

GALLERY: Networking event marks Addy birthday

GALLERY: Mulqueen Family Funerals celebrates 160 years

BIRTHDAYS

If today is your big day, happy birthday!

You share a birthday with Gustave Flaubert, French author (1821-1880); Edvard Munch, Norwegian artist (1863-1944); Frank Sinatra, US singer-actor (1915-1998); John Osborne, English playwright (1929-1994); Connie Francis, US singer (1938-); Dionne Warwick, US singer (1940-); Sheree J Wilson, US actress (1958-); Jennifer Connelly, US actress (1970-); Mayim Bialik, US actress (1975); Craig Moore, Australian soccer player (1975-); Dan Hawkins, UK musician (1976-).

THIS DAY IS FAMOUS FOR

1792 - Ludwig van Beethoven, aged 22 and newly arrived in Vienna, notes in his diary he has 15 ducats: enough for his first music lesson with Franz Joseph Haydn.

1925 - "World's first motel", the Motel Inn, opens in San Luis Obispo, California.

1930 - "World's first milk bar" is opened in Sydney by Clarance and Norman Burt.

1969 - Anarchists are blamed for bomb explosions in Milan and Rome which kill 13 people and injured more than 100.

1995 - The United States approves the world's first drug to treat - but not cure - the degenerative nerve disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; ABC television and radio journalist Andrew Olle, aged 47, dies in Sydney from a brain tumour; UN tribunal investigating Rwanda's genocide issues its first indictments, accusing eight people of taking part in the mass slaughter of thousands in a stadium and church.

2004 - Mexican authorities request a local warrant for the arrest of former Guatemalan Interior Minister Donaldo Alvarez Ruiz, who is wanted in Spain for his alleged role in the 1980 attack against the Spanish Embassy in Guatemala.

2005 - Anti-Syrian journalist Gibran Tueni is killed in a car bomb in Lebanon on the day the United Nations is expected to release a follow-up report implicating Syria in the slaying of a former Lebanese prime minister.

2012 - The sexual harassment claim against former House of Representatives Speaker Peter Slipper is dismissed, with the judge describing it as a "political attack"; North Korea successfully launches its first satellite into space, heightening concerns it has moved one step closer to being capable of lobbing nuclear bombs over the Pacific.

DAILY QUIZ

1. What is the piece of mushroom above the stalk called?

2. A Bruxellois is a person coming from which city?

3. John Glenn became the first person over 70 to do what?

4. Who is in the title with the Owl in Edward Lear’s poem?

5. Marmite extract is rich in which vitamin?

DID YOU KNOW?

The yo-yo was originally used as a weapon for hunting the in the Philippines. 

JOKE OF THE DAY

Why did the politician cross the road?

I don't know, but he claimed $200 expenses for the journey.

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 good day, 

Merran 

Daily quiz answers1. Cap. 2. Brussels. 3. Travel in space. 4. The Pussy Cat. 5. B

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