Good morning Bendigo! 31.03.14

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Badly injured man angry at two-hour wait for ambulance

Michael McNamara cannot remember much about his almost two-hour wait for an ambulance.

After being allegedly assaulted by a group of men at his Lakes Entrance house on the afternoon of March 15, his 24-year-old son picked him up from the ground and carried him to the couch. He had bleeding in his brain, a fractured neck, broken ribs, a fractured eye socket and a broken nose.

''We rang the ambos and it was about two hours before they rocked up,'' his son says.

Police arrived before the ambulance, and cared for Michael, who was vomiting and covered in blood.

The 43-year-old recently returned home wearing a neck brace after spending a week at The Alfred hospital.

Victoria's population soars faster than expectations

Victoria's population is surging much faster than the Napthine government has predicted and is at growth levels former premier John Brumby described as too fast.

Victoria's population grew by 2 per cent or 110,500 people to the year ending September 2013, new ABS data shows.

Overseas migration made up the bulk of the new residents, with 62,300, followed by births 41,300 and interstate arrivals 6900, for a population of 5,768,000.

The state's population growth was higher than the national figure of 1.8 per cent and above the budget forecasts of 1.7 per cent growth in 2012-13 and 2013-14 financial years. The December budget update confirmed Victoria's actual population growth last financial year had exceeded forecast and was 1.8 per cent.


1. What was “Ginger” Spice’s first solo after she left the Spice Girls?

2. Gregor Tait won Commonwealth medal in which sport?

3. What was the final instalment of “Prime Suspect” called?

4. What was the third solo No 1 for Ronan Keating?

5. Which pirate did Keith Richards play in a major movie?


1. Look at Me

2. Swimming

3. The Final Act

4. If Tomorrow Never Comes

5. John Tusa


Perth is Australia's windiest city


If today is your big day, happy birthday! 

You share a birthday with Rene Descartes, French philosopher (1596-1650); Herb Alpert, US trumpeter and bandleader; Christopher Walken, US actor; Angus Young, Australian guitarist of AC/DC fame; Paul Mercurio, Australian actor and TV presenter; Ewan McGregor, Scottish actor.


1496 - Pope Alexander VI forms Holy League with Holy Roman Empire, Spain, Venice and Milan, ostensibly to fight Turks but aimed at expelling Charles VIII of France from Italy.

1855 - Death of Charlotte Bronte, British author of Jane Eyre and the oldest of three literary sisters.

1921 - Establishment of the Royal Australian Air Force.

1923 - The first US dance marathon, held in New York City, ends with Alma Cummings setting a world record of 27 hours on her feet.

1943 - Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Oklahoma opens on Broadway.

1964 - In Brazil, a period of economic crisis, exacerbated by allegations of official corruption, leads to a military revolt against the government of President Joao Goulart.

1980 - Death of former US Olympic athlete Jessie Owens, who won four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics to the annoyance of Adolf Hitler.

1989 - Turkey's Premier Turgut Ozal overhauls his Cabinet, dismissing his brother and cousin and 10 other ministers.

1993 - Actor Brandon Lee, 28, is killed during the filming of The Crow in Wilmington, North Carolina, by a prop gun that fires part of a dummy bullet instead of a blank. The Crow goes on to become a cult hit.

2002 - Premier Hun Sen approves of a plan to resettle in the United States more than 900 Vietnamese refugees who fled to Cambodia in 2001, after Vietnam cracked down on demonstrations by ethnic minorities for land rights and religious freedom.


​What did the Buffalo say to his little boy when he dropped him off at school? Bison.

Have a great day,


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