Good morning Bendigo! 14.01.14

Good morning Bendigo!


Max 43. Sunny.

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All Bendigo-Melbourne trains have been replaced by coaches while works are done on the tracks. 


Daniel Christie death: Shaun McNeil charged with murder over New Year's Eve assault

A man has been charged with murder over the one-punch assault of 18-year-old Daniel Christie in Kings Cross on New Year's Eve.

Shaun McNeil, a 25-year-old builder, will face court today charged with murder after Christie's life support was turned off on Saturday.

McNeil had already been charged with three counts of common assault, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and assault occasioning grievous bodily harm over a series of alleged assaults on New Year's Eve.

Following Christie's death, NSW Attorney-General Greg Smith had asked the acting director of public prosecutions to closely examine the case with a view to determining if murder charges were appropriate.


Man charged over horror smash in Oakleigh

Police have charged a 29-year-old Richmond man following a horrific triple fatality in Oakleigh on Sunday night.

Nei Lima DaCosta was charged with three counts of culpable driving, three counts of negligently causing serious injury and one count of reckless conduct endangering life in an out-of-sessions court hearing on Monday night.

He was remanded in custody and is expected to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

- The Age 


GALLERY: PETstock Bendigo Pacing Cup, 2014

Crash victim's gracious gift

Farewell Patiya May

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GALLERY: Oceania Masters Athletics championships, day seven


1.  “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” featured which comedian as a shrunken head?

2.   Keeper Ben Foster made his England debut against which side?

3.   Who was the first black American to win the Nobel Peace prize?

4.   President Ronald Reagan was shot outside which hotel?

5.   In which horror movie did Johnny Depp make his debut?


Hot water freezes quicker than cold water. 


If today is your big day, happy birthday!

You share a birthday with Valdemar I, the Great, Danish king (1131-1182); Benedict Arnold, US general (1741-1801); Zacharias Topelius, Finnish writer (1818-1898); Albert Schweitzer, French missionary-doctor-musician, Nobel Peace Prize laureate (1875-1965); Sir Cecil Beaton, English photographer and stage designer (1904-1980); Yukio Mishima, Japanese novelist (1925-1970); Clarence Carter, US blues singer (1936-); Faye Dunaway, US actress (1941-); Graham Marsh, Australian golfer (1944-); Lawrence Kasdan, US film writer-director (1949-); Steven Soderbergh, US film writer-director (1963-); Emily Watson, British actor (1967-); LL Cool J, US rapper-actor (1968-); Dave Grohl, US singer-musician (1969-); Caleb Followill, US singer-musician (1984-).


1742 - Death of English astronomer Edmond Halley, discoverer of the comet named after him.

1784 - United states ratifies peace treaty with England, formally ending American War of Independence.

1809 - England and Spain form alliance against Napoleon Bonaparte.

1814 - Denmark cedes Norway to Sweden in treaty of Kiel.

1957 - Death from cancer of Humphrey Bogart, whose films included The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca and The African Queen for which he won an Oscar.

1958 - Qantas begins round-world service with two Super Constellation aircraft.

1965 - The prime ministers of Northern Ireland and Ireland meet for the first time in 43 years.

1977 - Death of Australian actor Peter Finch, who won a posthumous Oscar for Network.

1979 - Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen achieves a record 10 years, five months and six days as Queensland premier.

1980 - The UN General Assembly approves a motion calling for immediate withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan following the Soviet invasion in December 1979.

2010 - Desperately needed aid from around the world slowly makes its way into Haiti, where supply bottlenecks and a leadership vacuum left rescuers scrambling on their own to save the trapped and injured victims of a strong earthquake and get relief supplies into the capital.

2010 - Protesters enraged over soaring unemployment and corruption drive Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali from power after 23 years of iron-fisted rule, an unprecedented popular uprising in a region dominated by strongmen who do not answer to their people.

2011 - The body of a woman, the 16th victim of the devastating Queensland floods, was found at Grantham, in the Lockyer Valley.

2012 - A suicide bomber kills at least 53 people and injures more than 130 in the Iraqi city of Basra.

2013 - At least 57 countries submit a petition to the UN Security Council, calling on it to refer the Syrian conflict to the International Criminal Court for a pending war crimes investigation.


Why does a traffic light turn red?
If you had to change in front of everyone, you'd turn red, too.

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Have a great day,

Merran (@merranreed)

Daily quiz answers: 1. Lenny Henry  2. Spain  3. Ralph Bunche  4. Washington Hilton  5. A Nightmare on Elm Street

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