Good morning Bendigo! 18.01.14

Good morning Bendigo! 

What are your plans for the weekend? Let me know, email merran.reed@fairfaxmedia.com.au or follow me on Twitter: @merranreed

TODAY'S WEATHER

Max 34. Chance of a storm.

For more detailed weather news click here. 

TRAINS

Trains to Melbourne have been replaced by coaches while works are done on the tracks. 

NEWS OVERNIGHT

Bushfires: Fire in Grampians, Victoria, still out of control; 12 homes lost in South Australia

Bushfires are continuing to burn across south-eastern Australia after tearing through hundreds of thousands of hectares of bushland and destroying a dozen houses.

In South Australia, 12 homes have been destroyed by fires in the Flinders Ranges, Murraylands and Southern Barossa Valley.

The fire in the northern Grampians in western Victoria, where one woman died yesterday, intensified overnight after burning through around 46,000 hectares.

Melbourne restaurant Stokehouse destroyed by fire

Melbourne's high-profile Stokehouse restaurant has burnt down after a blaze broke out in the kitchen last night.

The fire started just after 11:00pm and quickly spread to the second floor of the recently refurbished wooden building on the St Kilda foreshore.

Around 200 patrons were dining in the restaurant, but all customers and staff escaped without injury.

THE HIT LIST

Fabulous Friday Photographic Flashbacks @ 4pm

Bendigo will have a new hotel in seven days

GALLERY: Fire crews save the day at Axe Creek

Bus swipes car in Mitchell Street

Amazing pictures of fire battle at Harcourt North

THE DAILY QUIZ

1. Who wrote the children’s book “Charlotte’s Web”?

2. In grammar what sort of word describes another word?

3. What does Giorgio Armani design?

4. Which bird can go before the words hole and toed?

5. What is the lead ballerina in a company called?

DID YOU KNOW?

Coffee is the most popular beverage worldwide with over 400 billion cups consumed each year. 

BIRTHDAYS

If today is your big day, happy birthday!

You share a birthday with Francois Michel Detellier, French statesman (1641-1691); Cary Grant, US actor (1904-1986); Paul Keating, former Australian prime minister (1944-); Kevin Costner, US actor-director (1955-); Jesse L Martin, US actor (1969-); Anthony Koutoufides, Australian footballer (1973-); Damien Leith, Australian Idol winner (1976-); Jason Segel, American actor (1980-).

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

1520 - King Christian II of Denmark and Norway defeats Swedes at Lake Asunden and subsequently conquers Sweden.

1535 - The city of Lima, capital of present-day Peru, is founded by Spanish conquistadors on the central Pacific coast of South America.

1701 - Brandenburg's Frederick III is crowned Frederick I, King of Prussia.

1918 - The first democratically elected national legislature in Russia opens in Petrograd. The Bolsheviks soon shut it down, marking the start of Communist dictatorship.

1919 - The World War I Peace Congress opens in Versailles, France.

1936 - Author Rudyard Kipling dies in Burwash, England.

1990 - Right-wing gunman wounds mayor of Nagasaki who had said late Emperor Hirohito bore partial responsibility for World War II.

1991 - Jordan's Parliament denounces allied attacks on Iraq and urges Arab and Islamic nations to strike back at US and coalition partners.

1992 - More than 100,000 people attend Kenya's first legal anti-government rally in 22 years.

2006 - A boatload of 43 political activists who fled the Indonesian province of Papua make it to the Australian mainland. They are later granted protection visas by Australia sparking a row with Indonesia.

2007 - A woman who disappeared in the jungles of northeastern Cambodia as a child is found 19 years later.

2008 - Masai fighters in Kenya battle rival tribesman loyal to President Mwai Kibaki on the third, final and bloodiest day of protests this week over Kenya's disputed election.

2012 - Italians tally 11 dead, 21 missing from cruise ship disaster in which the $US450 million Costa Concordia, carrying more than 4,200 passengers and crew, slammed into a reef and flopped on its side off the tiny Italian island of Giglio after the captain made an unauthorised detour on his route.

2013 - The artistic director of the Bolshoi Theatre Sergei Filin was hospitalised with severe burns after an assailant threw acid on his face.

JOKE OF THE DAY

I love the metric system.

It's the best by an absolute 1.6 km.

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

Have a great day, 

Merran 

Daily quiz answers: 

1. EB White

2. Adjective

3. Clothes

4. Pigeon

5. Prima Ballerina

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