Good morning Bendigo - 28.08.14

Good morning Bendigo! 

Wouldn't you know it - even the ducks were out enjoying the morning sunshine today!

WEATHER

A sunny top of 20 degrees today. 

TRAINS

No reported delays on the Bendigo line. 

NEWS OVERNIGHT

Family's brave story saves lives

THE Mia Mia family responsible for turning the tide on the medical cannabis debate say it was never about them - it was about the hundreds of other people who could be saved if the drug was legalised.

Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews last week met Tara O'Connell, who suffers from a severe form of epilepsy which has ceased since she started taking cannabis oil in 2012.

Defeat terror group on the battlefield: defence chief

Australia's defence chief has warned the brutal Islamic State group will sooner or later have to be defeated ''on the battlefield'' as the United States was reportedly preparing to ask Australia for help with air strikes in Iraq.

Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, told Fairfax Media on Wednesday that while the jihadist organisation was highly capable it was ''not undefeatable'' and added that Iraq needed to be given the military strength to defeat the organisation that has swept through large tracts of the country. - The Age 

X-Factor judge Redfoo glassed at pub

The X-Factor judge Redfoo has been glassed at a pub in Sydney's eastern suburbs in the early hours of Thursday morning, according to witnesses.

The attack occurred at the Golden Sheaf Hotel in Double Bay just after 12.30am and left the singer bleeding from a cut to his head, according to those who were in the pub at the time. - The Age 

TODAY IN HISTORY

1833 - British Parliament bans slavery throughout British Empire.

1849 - Venice, Italy, submits to Austria after long siege.

1914 - In World War I, the Royal and German navies fight battle of Heligoland Bight in the North Sea, the Germans losing four ships and 1000 sailors and the British 33 sailors.

1971 - Twenty-five people die and 1150 are rescued when the Greek liner Haleanna catches fire.

1973 - Princess Anne becomes the first member of the British royal family to visit the Soviet Union, arriving in Kiev for an equestrian event.

1985 - Launch of Aussat, Australia's first domestic communications satellite.

1994 - Australia finishes Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Canada with record 87 gold medals; Father Jean-Marie Vincent, a prominent Haitian Catholic priest loyal to deposed President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, is shot dead by suspected paramilitary gunmen.

1996 - The 1981 marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, launched amid pomp and pageantry, ends with a rubber-stamp divorce.

2013 - Matt Doust, one of Australia's best young artists whose portrait of model Gemma Ward made 2011's Archibald Prize shortlist, dies aged 29.

BIRTHDAYS

Arthur Calwell, Australian politician (1896-1973)

Shania Twain, US singer (1965-)

Jack Black, US actor-singer (1969-)

LeAnn Rimes, US country singer (1982-)

Florence Welch, British singer of Florence + the Machine (1986-)

Andrej Pejic, Australian model (1991-)

JOKE OF THE DAY

Did you hear about the guy who got hit in the head with a can of soda?

He was lucky it was a soft drink.

DAILY QUIZ

If a dish is cooked en papillote what is it cooked in?

Passata is pureed what?

Which Tom Cruise movie had the line, “Show me the money!”?

Who is Julia Roberts’ love rival in “My Best Friend’s Wedding”?

What makes acid rain - high temperatures, low temperatures or pollution?

DID YOU KNOW

Glenelg (in Adelaide), Tumut (in NSW) and Parap (in Darwin) are all palindromes.

ANSWERS

1. Paper 2. Tomatoes 3. Jerry Maguire 4. Cameron Diaz 5. Pollution

WHAT'S ON TODAY

Old Time Dance

Time: 8pm to 11pm. Entry $5.  

Venue: Eaglehawk Senior Citizens Rooms, Darling St.,

Contact: 54421815.

Genealogical Society

The Bendigo Regional Genealogical Society’s next meeting will be held Thursday, 28 August at 7.30 pm.

Guest Speaker:  Barbara Poustie

Venue:   Uniting Church Hall, Church Street, Kangaroo Flat

Contact:  Yvonne 0414819986

Bendigo Gem Club

Every Thursday from 10am to 4pm and 7pm to 10pm. Experienced instruction in gem cutting, silver workshops, minerals, rocks and fossicking. Cost $3 per session. The family orientated club has many members, young and old, from a diverse range of backgrounds. Field trips are conducted a few times during the year.

Venue: Bendigo Gem Club Clubrooms, 10 Galvin Street, Bendigo.

Contact: 5442 3691.

Ladies keep-fit

Has moved to a new venue, Kangaroo Flat Senior Citizens Hall. From 10am to 11.30am. Contact: Gail on 4433 1056.

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