UNACCUSTOMED as I am to having both eyes open before 10am, I shall make an attempt at lucidity.
G'day. It was looking a bit grey in the streets of Bendigo this morning but the lycra-clad cyclists are adding a welcome blur of colour.
As is the extra large, extra strong bright red cup of coffee on my desk.
Mostly sunny, heading for a top of 36.
Light winds becoming west to southwesterly 15 to 20 km/h in the early afternoon then tending southeast to southwesterly 15 to 25 km/h in the evening.
Fire danger is Very High and UV index is Extreme between 9.15am and 5.50pm.
Buses replace V/Line trains on the Bendigo line for Regional Rail Link works until January 19. Passengers are asked to allow extra travel time.
Bendigo Police are still searching Lake Eppalock for a boat involved in a hit-run crash that has left a 12-year-old girl in a serious condition.
The Police Air Wing, Water Police and Bendigo police officers were on scene Friday night searching for a 6m ski vessel.
A police spokeswoman said the boat fled the scene after it collided with another boat just before 7.50pm.
In Melbourne, The Age reports that the Napthine government has pressed Frankston City Council to back the sale of premium waterfront Crown land to a Liberal Party activist and key supporter of maverick MP Geoff Shaw.
In the Pacific, disaster agencies are on standby as one of the most power cyclones to hit Tonga in the past 50 years lashes Tonga’s northern islands.
Severe Tropical Cyclone Ian, which has been bearing down on the northern island groups of Vava'u and Ha'apai, made landfall around 7:00am (AEDT).
A state of emergency has been declared for the northern islands, with reports of damage to homes on Hunga.
WHAT WE’RE CHASING TODAY
Our photographers will be catching all the action of day eight of the Oceania Masters track and field championships.
We’ll also be covering the cricket at JG Edwards Oval and the Bendigo Pacing Cup at Lord’s Raceway.
THE HIT LIST
The Bendigo Advertiser’s top five stories yesterday were:
1949 - Daryl Braithwaite, Australian rock singer
1942 - Clarence Clemons, rock saxophonist (Bruce Springsteen's E St Band)
THIS DAY IS FAMOUS FOR:
1770 - The first shipment of rhubarb was sent to the United States from London.
1920 - League of Nations established
1939 - Bradman hits 186 SA v Qld before Christ catches him at short-leg
1958 - Jerry Lee Lewis' "Great Balls of Fire" reaches #1 on the UK pop charts
JOKE OF THE DAY
Silver and Mercury are drinking in a bar, when Gold walks in.
Silver and Mercury said: "AU - get out of here."
Got another joke?
Any tips on what we should be heading out to today? Send it in to firstname.lastname@example.org
Have good day - stay cool.