Good morning Bendigo! 06.01.14

Good morning Bendigo! 

TODAY'S WEATHER

Max 22. Partly cloudy.

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TRAINS

All trains have been replaced by coaches while works are done on the Bendigo railway. 

NEWS OVERNIGHT

Bali deaths: Qld mother Noelene Bischoff and daughter Yvana ate fish before deaths, family says

Relatives of a Queensland mother and daughter who died suddenly while on holidays in Bali say all they know is that the pair ate a fish meal before their deaths.

Noelene Gay Bischoff, 54, and Yvana Jeana Yuri Bischoff, 14, arrived on the Indonesian holiday island and checked into a resort on Friday.

Less than 24 hours later, after eating dinner at the local Buddha Restaurant, both fell sick and contacted staff for help.

Essendon drug use sparks copycat rush

The Essendon Football Club drug and supplements saga has sparked a rush in the use of cosmetic and performance-enhancing drugs, with experts reporting a disturbing rise in young people injecting hormones and peptides.

The staff of needle centres say recent sports doping revelations have been followed by a spike in new users of steroids and other performance and image-enhancing drugs - known as ''PIEDs''.

RMIT professor Aaron Smith, an expert in drugs in sport, said reports that Essendon players were being injected with peptides had become ''one of the best public relations success stories for performance-enhancing drugs around''.

THE HIT LIST

Police release man following double fatality

Double fatality: Three in police custody

Reader pictures: Great days of summer

GALLERY: Two people under police guard following double fatality

Babies gallery: Meet our latest arrivals

DID YOU KNOW?

You can buy square watermelons in Japan, which are developed to stack better in supermarkets. 

THE DAILY QUIZ

1. What was Orlando Bloom’s occupation in Elizabethtown?

2. What was the final Bond film in which Lois Maxwell played Miss Moneypenny?

3. In which country is the city of Las?

4. On a computer keyboard where is the letter B in relation to V?

5. Which cereal is polenta made from?

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

1066 - Harold is crowned king of England following the death of his brother-in-law Edward the Confessor.

1169 - England and France agree to peace when Louis VII and Henry II meet at Montmirail.

1852 - Louis Braille, French inventor of a system to enable blind people to read, dies.

1882 - Richard Henry Dana, US lawyer and author, dies; he wrote the popular sea novel Two Years Before The Mast.

1884 - Gregor Mendel, Austrian Augustine monk, biologist and botanist, dies. He pioneered the study of biological heredity and laid the mathematical foundation of the science of genetics.

1989 - Soviet Union calls downing of two Libyan aircraft by United States "absolutely unfounded".

1990 - Polish Communist leaders vote to disband their party and form a new leftist party under a different name.

1992 - Georgian President Zviad Gamsakhurdia and his supporters shoot their way out of their stronghold and speed away.

1994 - The Mexican government flies tonnes of food to San Cristobal De Las Casas in Chiapas state, where Indian rebels are staging an uprising; figure skater Nancy Kerrigan is clubbed on the leg by an assailant in Detroit. Four men, including the ex-husband of Kerrigan's rival, Tonya Harding, are later sentenced to prison.

2011 - US Defence Secretary Robert Gates announces he will cut $US78 billion from the Defence Department budget over the next five years, reducing the size of ground forces as part of a broader effort to trim fat from the military's half-trillion dollar annual budget in light of the nation's ballooning deficit.

2012 - The political tensions between the US and Iran over transit in and around the Persian Gulf give way to photos of rescued Iranian fisherman happily wearing American Navy ball caps.

2013 - Syrian president Bashar as-Assad makes a rare public appearance, sketching out a peace plan for his country while continuing to call his opponents "terrorists" and refusing to step down.

BIRTHDAYS

If today is your big day, happy birthday!

You share a birthday with Joan of Arc, French leader and saint (1412-1431); Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier, French balloonist (1745-1799); Max Bruch, German composer (1838-1920); Carl Sandburg, US poet (1878-1967); Tom Mix, US cowboy film star (1880-1940); Kahlil Gibran, Lebanese-American philosopher (1883-1931); EL Doctorow, US author (1931-); Harry M Miller, Australian entrepreneur (1934-); Murray Rose, Australian Olympic champion swimmer (1939-2012); Bonnie Franklin, US actress (1944-); Anthony Minghella, British film director (1954-2008); Rowan Atkinson, British actor-comedian (1955-).

JOKE OF THE DAY

I've just wrote a song about a tortilla. 

Well it's actually more of a rap.

Got a better joke? Any tips on what we should be heading out to today? Email merran.reed@fairfaxmedia.com.au 

Have a great day,

Merran 

Daily quiz answers: 1. Shoe designer; 2. A View to Kill; 3. Romania; 4. Right; 5. Maize

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