Good morning Bendigo 13.12.13

Good morning Bendigo! We are so close to the weekend. What are you up to on Saturday and Sunday? 

TODAY'S WEATHER

Max 25. Afternoon shower or two. 

Check for more detailed weather news here. 

TRAINS

No reported delays. 

But V/Line Bendigo has issued a series of tweets advising passengers that trains are operating at reduced capacity.

"07:45 Bendigo - SCS service will be operating at reduced capacity. #vline"

"06:32 Bendigo - SCS service will be operating at reduced capacity. #vline"

NEWS OVERNIGHT

Woman dragged through car yard and sexually attacked in Kings Way, South Melbourne

A woman has been grabbed from behind, dragged through a car yard and sexually assaulted by a stranger in an early morning attack last weekend.

The woman, a 24-year-old, was walking along on the east side of Kings Way, near Albert Road in South Melbourne between 2.30am and 3am last Saturday, when a skateboarder tried to start up a conversation with her.

The victim was on her mobile phone and sat down on a fence outside a car dealership in an attempt to continue her call, police spokeswoman Belle Nolan said.

- The Age

Mandela event interpreter was 'sick' but still a 'champion of sign language'

Qunu, South Africa: He stood with a deadpan expression just inches from President Obama and other world leaders speaking at Nelson Mandela’s memorial, dressed in a dark suit, with a blue security lanyard bearing the words “state funeral” draped around his neck, flapping his arms and gesticulating in what was supposed to be sign language for the deaf.

But on Thursday, the bizarre story of the supposed interpreter, identified as Thamsanqa Jantjie, who is accused by sign-language experts of being a fraud, took a yet stranger turn when in a series of interviews he said he suffered from schizophrenia, had visions of angels while he was supposed to be interpreting for global dignitaries and begged forgiveness.

- The Age 

WHAT WE'RE CHASING TODAY

Some of the events you'll see Addy journalists and photographers at today are:

Axedale Our Town – Our Future will host a free BBQ tonight from 6.30pm at Axedale Park with entertainment from local country music talent.  Christmas carols commence at 7.30pm.

THE HIT LIST

GALLERY: Mulqueen Family Funerals celebrates 160 years

GALLERY: Bendigo Harness Racing Club Christmas meeting

Stuart Rattle death: Michael O'Neill charged with murder

Holden in Australia | Mega gallery

Fatal crash at Newstead

THE DAILY QUIZ

1. Orly airport is in which country?

2. Who did Thumbelina marry?

3. In Enid Blyton’s stories, what colour is Noddy’s hat?

4. What can be a sheet of paper or part of a plant?

5. Which word completes the Shania Twain album title “C ome On ____”?

DID YOU KNOW?

Tiger Woods' real first name is Eldrick. 

BIRTHDAYS

If today is your big day, happy birthday!

You share a birthday with Heinrich Heine, German poet (1797-1856); Ernst Werner von Siemens, German engineer (1816-1892); Emily Carr, Canadian painter/writer (1871-1945); Carlos Montoya, Spanish-American flamenco guitarist (1903-1993); Dick Van Dyke, US actor (1925-); Christopher Plummer, Canadian-born actor (1929-); Steve Buscemi, US actor (1957-); Jamie Foxx, American actor, singer and comedian, (1967-); Anthony Callea, Australian singer/songwriter (1982-); Taylor Swift, American singer (1989-). 

THIS DAY IS FAMOUS FOR

1877 - Urged by Russia, Serbia launches a new war against Turkey, aimed at winning the remaining Slav-populated areas in southern Balkans.

1916 - About 9000 Austro-Hungarian troops are killed in avalanche in the Alps.

1937 - Japanese troops take Nanking in China and proceed to massacre an estimated 300,000 Chinese civilians.

1944 - During World War II, the US cruiser Nashville is badly damaged in a Japanese kamikaze suicide attack that claims 138 lives.

1950 - South Africa refuses to place Southwest Africa under UN trusteeship.

1957 - An estimated 1062 people are killed by an earthquake in western Iran. Farsinaj, a village at the epicentre of the temblor, is completely destroyed.

1937 - Japanese troops take Nanking in China and proceed to massacre an estimated 300,000 Chinese civilians.

1944 - During World War II, the US cruiser Nashville is badly damaged in a Japanese kamikaze suicide attack that claims 138 lives.

1950 - South Africa refuses to place Southwest Africa under UN trusteeship.

1957 - An estimated 1062 people are killed by an earthquake in western Iran. Farsinaj, a village at the epicentre of the temblor, is completely destroyed.

2006 - The UN Human Rights Council votes to send a team of investigators to the war-torn region of western Sudan to report on civilian deaths, rapes and destruction of villages.

JOKE OF THE DAY

Where's my watch? I don't have time for this.

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. France  2. Prince Cornelius  3. Blue  4. Leaf  5. Over

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