Good morning Bendigo - 31-01-14

I hope you're enjoying the mild weather this morning Bendigo (the mercury was hovering just above 20 degrees at 7am) as it's going to get HOT.

Drink plenty of water, check on your neighbours and look after your four-legged friends.

WEATHER

Sunny with a scorching top of 41.

For a more detailed look at today's weather, click here.

TRAINS

All seems to be running smoothly so far but V/Line advises the 7.42am Southern Cross to Swan Hill service will operate as a train to Bendigo and a coach thereafter through to Swan Hill.

NEWS OVERNIGHT

Cyclone Dylan crosses coast in north Queensland

Some north Queensland residents are preparing for possible evacuations after Cyclone Dylan crossed the coast early this morning.

Dylan made landfall near Hideaway Bay, between Bowen and Airline Beach, as a category two cyclone about 3.30am.

It packed wind gusts of up to 140km/h, and communities remain on alert for damaging winds and very heavy rain.

Ian Thorpe in rehab battling alcohol abuse and depression

Olympian Ian Thorpe has checked himself into rehab in Sydney while battling depression and alcohol abuse.

The swimming great has been living in Switzerland for 18 months, but returned to Sydney to spend the Christmas period with his family at his parents' Panania home.

The 31-year-old was injured in a fall earlier in the week, according to media reports on Friday, and was admitted to hospital on Wednesday night.

* Readers seeking support and information about depression can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or MensLine Australia on 1300 78 99 78.

Rumours hit Big Day Out of major losses and potential closure

The Big Day Out is reeling mid-tour, plagued by detailed rumours that organisers have inflated attendance figures and that its owners, AJ Maddah and Texas-based company C3, are likely to face off in court as they face losses between $8 million and $15 million.

THE HIT LIST

What is rating on the Bendigo Advertiser this morning:

1. Diocese to gift nature reserve to city under $6m development plan

2. Jagger takes the mickey

3. VIDEO: Car rolls at Big Hill

4. GALLERY: Strathfieldsaye Storm pre-season training

5. Easter festival parade gets a new route

BIRTHDAYS

If it is your birthday, have a great day!

You share a birthday with music superstar turned actor Justin Timberlake, Aussie actress Portia de Rossi and Jackie Robinson, who was the first African-American player in the Major Baseball League.

TODAY IS FAMOUS FOR. . .

1865 – The United States Congress passes the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, abolishing slavery and submits it to the states for ratification.

1990 – The first McDonald's in the Soviet Union opens in Moscow.

2010 – Avatar becomes the first film to gross over $2 billion worldwide.

JOKE OF THE DAY

Two Eskimos were sitting in a kayak when they decided it was too cold.

They decided to light a fire in the boat, which promptly sank, proving once and for all that you can't have your kayak and heat it too.

*Read it out loud if you can't quite get it.

QUIZ

1. Michael Flatley was dubbed Lord of the what?

2. Which megastar sung his own song at Princess Diana’s funeral?

3. Ronnie O’Sullivan is a star in which sport?

4. What does Fatboy Norman Cook add to his name for DJ purposes?

5. Which Ms Witherspoon starred I “Walk the Line”?

DID YOU KNOW

In eastern Africa you can buy beer brewed from bananas.

Before you find out you quiz answers why not check out this cute ad that will screen during the Superbowl on Monday.

"Puppy Love" Superbowl commercial

QUIZ ANSWERS: 1. Dance, 2. Elton John, 3. Snooker, 4. Slim, 5. Reese

Have a good day, Bendigo! 

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