Down the Mall: If the heat gets too much, head to Elmore

Someone in Elmore deserves the Timing Of The Year award.
With today’s mercury predicted to once again soar into the eyeball-searing 40s, later tonight there’s another one of those splendid outdoor cinema/drive-in screenings over the Campaspe River at the Elmore Events Centre.

The free screening begins at 8.30pm.

And the reasons for the TOTY award? The movie is Frozen.

The blurb says: "Frozen tells the story of a fearless princess who sets off on an epic journey alongside a rugged, thrill-seeking mountain man, his loyal pet reindeer, and a hapless snowman to find her estranged sister, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter." Sigh.

Firies use pedal power
You might know by now that DTM delights in telling tales of when the Gremlins get creatively naughty in various websites and publications.

Just to be even handed, this week’s delight came to us via – tah dah – the Addy website.

In the article about this week’s fire threatening Malmsbury, we reported: "A CFA state control centre spokeswoman said brigades from around the region were attending the fire. She said a trike team had also been called in." 
It’s just like the police these days... they seem younger and younger.
(At least that slip of the S-key wasn’t as bad as the BBC News World Service this past week, which announced on Chinese New Year that millions were looking forward to the Year of the Whores.)

Bears not recommended
Speaking of on-line. DTM won’t go into the details here, but if you have a few minutes, want a genuine Rolling On Floor Laughing Out Loud experience, and don’t mind some pretty rugged biological

descriptions, look up reviews of Haribo Sugarless Gummy Bears.

Spooky coincidences
Our region’s huge new library is to be formally opened today, about 160 years after Bendigo’s first major library had its roots.

The Mechanics Institute as an organisation was established in June 1854 and had 400 members. The library officially opened two years later.

By the late 1880s, a brilliant new library complex had been built inside the Mechanics Institute. The great, vaulted octagonal room still exists at Bendigo TAFE, now known as the 18EightySeven restaurant. (There’s a fairly reliable rumour that thousands of the old books were tossed down a mine shaft about 40 or 50 years ago!) According to Bendigo journalist and historian George Mackay, the library boasted 15,000 volumes and some nice colonial magazines.

Move on to this week, and in the week since our new library has been in operation, it has already loaned out about... 15,000 items. Spooky. We’ve loaned out more books and stuff than the entire Bendigo library held in the late 19th century.

And at last count, the new library has clocked up a lot of new members – about 400 actually!

Some interesting titles they might have.

The History of Glue. I couldn’t put it down.

Anti-Gravity. Couldn’t put that one down either.

That famous book A Stitch In Time by editor Rod Case’s little brother Justin.

That’s enough. Make up your own.

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