Good morning Bendigo - 08.02.14

Welcome to your weekend! And good on you for fighting through your work week. Hope it's relaxing and enjoyable for you.

WEATHER

It's expected to hit 40 degrees today and is already quite warm outside. If you're planning on being outside make sure you slip, slop, slap as well as staying hydrated.

There's a cool change expected later in the weekend, which is welcome but will increase fire danger, so be wary. 

TRAINS

No delays on the Bendigo line. 

NEWS OVERNIGHT

Schapelle Corby gets parole

Indonesian officials have approved Schapelle Corby's parole, opening the way for her to walk out of Kerobokan prison for the first time in over nine years.

Under her parole conditions, she will not be able to return to her Gold Coast home until July 2017. 

Full story here

Sochi Winter Olympics get underway

The opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics was held over night.

The 160-odd-minute spectacular featured 3500 fireworks, 3000 performers and took place in the purpose-built, massively expensive Fisht stadium in the coastal Olympic park.

The theme was a history of Russia, from the days of Greek legend, through the industrial revolution – not to mention the actual revolution.

Full story here

- The Age

BIRTHDAYS

If today is birthday, I hope it's a fantastic day. 

You share a birthday with former AFL footballer big, bad, bustling Barry Hall, American comic actor Seth Green, lawyer and author John Grisham and English fashion designer and author Trinny Woodall (of Tinny and Susannah fame).

TODAY IN HISTORY

1587 – Mary, Queen of Scots, is executed on suspicion of having been involved in the Babington Plot to murder her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I.

1879 – The England cricket team led by Lord Harris is attacked during a riot during a match in Sydney.

1952 – Elizabeth II is proclaimed Queen of the United Kingdom.

1960 – The first eight brass star plaques are installed in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1983 – A 320 metres deep dust cloud envelops Melbourne, turning day to night. The dust storm is the result of the worst drought on record and a day of severe weather conditions.

JOKE OF THE DAY

A panda walks into a bar and says to the bartender "I'll have a Scotch and . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coke thank you". 

"Sure thing" the bartender replies. "But what's with the big pause?" 

The panda holds up his hands and says: "I was born with them!"

Enjoy your Saturday! 

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