Good morning Bendigo! 25.12.13

Good morning everybody. What a wonderful day. Merry Christmas to you. I hope you have a great day with family and friends, and you stuff yourself silly with food and good times. 

TODAY'S WEATHER

Max 31. Mostly sunny.

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TRAINS

No reported delays. 

NEWS OVERNIGHT

NASA astronauts step out on rare Christmas Eve spacewalk to fix pump

Two astronauts have stepped out for a rare Christmas Eve spacewalk, successfully wrapping up repairs on a cooling system at the International Space Station.

Americans Rick Mastracchio, 53, and Mike Hopkins, 44, floated outside the orbiting lab for seven-and-a-half hours to replace an ammonia pump whose internal control valve failed on December 11.

- ABC

UAE court sentences five to jail over YouTube parody video

Amateur comedians who satirised Dubai's 'youth culture' have been jailed for damaging the city's image.

Shezanne Cassim, 29, a Sri Lankan-born US citizen, and two Indians were jailed for a year over the video, which was alleged by the UAE’s state security court in Abu Dhabi to have endangered the image of the country.

They were also fined 10,000 UAE dirham ($3000) and ordered to be deported after completing their terms.

- The Age 

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THE HIT LIST

100 pictures from Bendigo's Carols by Candlelight

GALLERY: Festive Season Christmas Lunch

GALLERY: Last minute Christmas shoppers at Hargreaves Mall

CLOSED: Bendigo Advertiser Christmas lights competition 2013

Home owners put Christmas spirit up in lights

We've compiled the top 10 'hits' on the Bendigo Advertiser website in 2013. Check out what readers loved most  here

THE DAILY QUIZ

1. Which Chris is the lead vocalist for Coldplay?

2. What gruesome adjective was given to Mary I?

3. Which sci-fi movie was Harrison Ford’s first film?

4. Which creature has a name that means idle and lazy?

5. Where on a horse are its withers?

DID YOU KNOW?

A one minute kiss burns 26 calories. 

BIRTHDAYS

If today is your big day, happy birthday!

You share a birthday with Australian singers and twin sisters Jessica and Lisa Origliasso of The Veronicas and  English scientist-mathematician Sir Isaac Newton. 

THIS DAY IS FAMOUS FOR

1223 - St Francis of Assisi assembles one of the first nativity scenes, in Greccio, Italy.

1776 - George Washington crosses the Delaware for a surprise attack on the British.

1818 - The Christmas carol Silent Night is sung for first time in the Austrian village of Oberndorff.

1868 - US President Andrew Johnson grants an unconditional pardon to all persons involved in the Southern rebellion that resulted in the Civil War.

1897 - Italy cedes Kassala to Egypt.

1995 - Floods kill at least 124 people in eastern South Africa.

1996 - A tropical storm lashes the Pacific island of Borneo, killing at least 120 people.

2011 - The NT's Top End is lashed by Cyclone Grant's torrential rain and winds of 100km/h, but Darwin is spared as the cyclone weakens to a tropical storm within hours.

2012 - Pope Benedict XVI in his Christmas message calls for an end to the slaughter in Syria and for more meaningful negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis

JOKE OF THE DAY

Why does Santa have three gardens?

So he can ho-ho-ho!

What do you call people who are afraid of Santa Claus?

Claustrophobic

What Christmas song is hidden in this alphabet:
 A B C D E F G H I J K M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z?

Noel (No "L")

Daily quiz answers

1. Chris Martin 2. Bloody 3. Star Wars 4. Sloth 5. Between its shoulders

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