Good morning Bendigo- 15.07.14

Good morning Bendigo! 

WEATHER

Rain at times with a top of nine degrees.

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TRAINS

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NEWS OVERNIGHT

Ian Thorpe might have been greater still if he had come out as gay, says Mark Spitz

Ian Thorpe is Australia’s greatest Olympian, winning nine medals, including five gold, during his career. But his sporting success might have been greater still if he had come out as gay while competing, says one of the great Olympic swimmers.

American champion Mark Spitz, who won seven gold medals at the 1972 Olympics, said Thorpe’s performances in the pool might have been weighed down by the burden of keeping his sexuality secret. “You can imagine the emotional things that he had to go through over the years to suppress that,” Spitz said.

The RBA says you're probably better off renting

The conventional wisdom behind the Australian dream of home-ownership could be flawed, according to a research paper published by the Reserve Bank of Australia which seeks to answer the question: is it better to own or to rent?

The RBA's conclusion is that house prices would have to rise at the same rate as they have for the past six decades for owners to be as well-off as renters.

"If house price growth were to be slower than the historical average, as some forecasters predict, then the average home buyer would be financially better off renting," the paper says.

Strange drawing found in letterbox

An Eaglehawk resident found a flyer in his letterbox appearing to criticise the mosque, the City of Greater Bendigo, Bendigo Bank and Muslims.

Merv Nash was amused to find the flyer in his letterbox at 6pm on Monday evening.

The flyer has been drawn free-hand and shows a picture of a Bendigo Bank building, a Catholic church, a Muslim head dress, and the words "Bendigo City Council's Vision". 

He said the illustration looked like a "kiddy-type drawing".

TODAY IN HISTORY

1099 - 1st Crusaders capture, plunder Jerusalem

1783 - 1st steamboat, Pyroscaphe, 1st run in France

1795 - "Marseillaise" becomes French national anthem

1823 - A fire destroys the ancient Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls in Rome.

1870 - Georgia becomes last confederate to be readmitted to US

1900 - President Steyn/General De Law escape Brandwater Basin

1918 - 2nd Battle of Marne began during WW I

1937 - Japanese attack Marco Polo Bridge, invade China

BIRTHDAYS

1701 - Pierre Joubert, became oldest known Canadian (113 y 124 d at death)

1779 - Clement Clarke Moore, US, author ('Twas the Night Before Xmas)

1867 - Maggie Mitchell Walker, 1st woman bank director/philanthropist

1893 - Enid Bennett, Australia, silent film actress (Skippy, Hairpins)

1911 - Edward Shackleton, English explorer (d. 1994)

1948 - Enrique Basilio, hurler, 1st lady to light Olympic flame (Mexico-1968)

1950 - Alan Hurst, cricketer (Australian pace bowler 1974-79)

1950 - Colin Barnett, Australian politician

1970 - Julian Paynter, Australian 5k runner (Olympics-96)

1973 - Chris Taylor, Australian comedian, member of The Chaser

If it's your big day, happy birthday!

QUIZ

1: Which British prime minister won a Nobel Prize for Literature?

2: The 1944 ‘‘Cowra Breakout’’ involved prisoners from which country?

3: Which country has the internet domain .pl?

4: Who was the first Australian Governor-General to have been born in Australia?

5: Lady Bracknall is a character in which Oscar Wilde play?

DID YOU KNOW

Hawaii is the only US state that grows coffee.

JOKE OF THE DAY

Q: How do you fix a broken tomato?

A: Tomato paste!

Quiz answers: 1.Winston Churchill 2. Japan 3. Poland 4. Isaac Isaacs 5. The Importance of Being Earnest

Have a sensational day,

Hannah

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