Good morning Bendigo!
I hope everyone is well. There is only two more sleeps until Santa comes.
Cloudy with a shower or two developing in the afternoon. A top of 23 degrees.
Trains are running on time this morning.
Breath-testing in Melbourne bars
In a first-time trial this year a group of Melbourne clubs are allowing a private business to breathalyse their patrons.
Party-goers are charged $2 each by the Blow me first company.
The service has been operating as a trial since September.
Australian coach wants more from Ashes team
Darren Lehmann is continuing to demand higher standards from his Ashes-winning time.
He is asking for more first-innings runs from the top order.
He has also promised his players a 'flogging' at training.
Australia has named an unchanged lineup ahead of Thursday's boxing day test.
TODAY'S FIRE DANGER RATING
Mallee - High
Northern Country - High
Northern Central - High
Central - Low
WHAT WE ARE CHASING TODAY
Addy journalists and photographers will be covering the Bendigo Christmas community lunch.
If it is your birthday I hope you have a great day.
You share a birthday with Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam, Quentin Bryce, Dave Murray from Iron Maiden and Rugby League player Beau Champion.
TODAY IS FAMOUS FOR. . .
1823 - The poem, A Visit from St Nicholas, by Clement C Moore ('Twas the night before Christmas) published anonymously in the Troy (New York) Sentinel.
1906 - First lifesaving reel demonstrated at Sydney's Bondi Beach.
2004 - An earthquake of magnitude 8.1 shakes the ocean floor between Australia and Antarctica, causing buildings to shake in Tasmania, but no injuries are reported.
JOKE OF THE DAY
What does Miley Cyrus have at Christmas?
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Have a good day,