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10am: And that's all we have time for this morning - enjoy this beautiful spring day and we hope to see you again tomorrow!
Quiz answers are down the bottom...
9.55am TODAY IS: Universal Music Day - what's your favourite song?
9.52am QUIZ: Sorry, we're a bit late with this one (it is the weekend after all)...
1. What kind of game is bridge?
2. Which country beginning with an E joined the European Union in 2004?
3. Which dance was connected with Marlon Brando and Paris?
4. A natural sponge is what colour?
5. Which insect carries the disease malaria?
9.50am READER SNAPS: We love getting photos sent to us so if you snap a great pic while you're out and about today doing interesting things, send it in - email firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on Facebook or twitter. And here are two great examples:
Alison White shared this picture with us on Facebook of a picture Brad White took last weekend in England (Leicestershire) - how lucky is he?!
Bianca Nankervis Âû sent this picture to us last night of her dog, Lucy, an English Mastiff, who Bianca says is the world's biggest teddy bear. She looks pretty darn cute!
9.47am SPORT: Bendigo Spirit made a winning start to the Spring Shield in last night’s Women’s National Basketball League clash with Adelaide Lightning. Click here to read the match report and to see the pictures.
9.40am: Time for a serious weekend read...
The peevish Persian from Turkey is yet another copycat cutting the money-green grass of kingpin Grumpy Cat. No matter what Garfi does - sitting in a chair, looking at a toy, wearing a headband - he does it with dedicated furiosity. And he's probably going to make a whole lot of money from it. Read the rest of Melanie Kembrey's article here.
9.30am GIVEAWAY: It's the weekend so we've got three fantastic books to giveaway! We have copies of The love bug and the light of love by Joseph De Sena and illustrated by Dennis Anfuso up for grabs. All you have to do to enter is email email@example.com with your name and number... good luck!
9.20am NEWS: Have you read part three of our series on the Kangaroo Flat siege of October 1, 1999? Marina Williams talks to former detective Craig Miller, who was one of the injured officers that night. You can find his gripping story here:
9.14am BABIES: Need a morning dose of cuteness to start your day? Check out the newest faces in central Victoria here like these tow adorable twins, Lily Kim Chivers and Grace Vicki Chivers.
9am: But wait there's more....
Imagine Strathfieldsaye Display Village open day
The village will host a family fun day to celebrate its completion. Adult-sized jumping castles, fairy floss, face painting, magicians and music are just some of what is on offer. From 11am to 3pm. Read more here.
Girls Night In event to support women
Bendigo women will unite tonight to raise money for the Cancer Council Victoria through Girls Night In. A charity auction will be held at Pugg Mahones at 7pm. For more, click here.
Bendigo uncorked as after dark event kicks off
The after-work crowd got a taste of Bendigo's Wealth Heritage Uncorked festival last night, with activities to continue today. The annual festival takes patrons on a moveable feast through some of Bendigo's best historical buildings while sampling wines and fresh produce. Read more here.
Laneway event creates ideas
Allan's Walk became a laneway bursting with colour and creativity last night. Janine Coffey has turned the laneway into an updated and practical space with her Laneways Unleashed project. The walk is open today from 10am to 5pm. For more, click here.
Do you know of anything else happening about town today? Let us know, email firstname.lastname@example.org
8.46am WHAT'S ON: Looking for something to do today? Why not check out some of these community events happening about town:
The Eaglehawk Community House invite you to come along to their spring fete. There will be cakes, toys, sausage sizzle, recycled creations, devonshire tea, children’s activities, face painting, comeptitions, CFA attendees, trash n treasure, crafts, plants and much more. Time: 10am-2pm. Venue: Eaglehawk Community House. Contact: 0409 003 852 ( for wet weather cancellation)
Elmore Community Market
Browse through regular stalls including fruit and veg, craft, plants, preserves, embroidery, cards and books while enjoying entertainment by Sam Luvara or watching the trotting trials. Two Bunnings vouchers will be drawn at 10.30 am and 11,30 am. Collect your free ticket on entry to the market (you must be there to claim your prize). Venue: Elmore Harness Track, Elmore-Raywood Rd. Time: 8.30am-1pm. Contact: 0408 582 267
8.39am: On the front page of today's Addy, a forgotten laneway in Bendigo's central business district has been brought back to life; and the Bendigo Salvation Army has made two workers redundant and might have to shed further jobs due to dire financial problems.
For more on Allan's Walk, click here.
For more on the Salvation Army, click here.
8.35am STARS: What's in store for you today? See if your daily horoscope holds the answer.
8.30am EMERGENCY SERVICES: Nothing to report from police, CFA, SES and Ambulance Victoria so we hope all was quiet overnight.
8.25am TRAINS: V/Line is reporting no delays this morning but today celebrations will be held at the Epsom station at 10am to mark its opening. The first train to leave from the station will be at 10.10am tomorrow. Will you catch it?
8.15am NEWS OVERNIGHT: Twenty-eight artworks went under the hammer at the sixth Vision Australia's celebrity art show and auction last night. We headed along to the start of the event to see some of the artists' colourful pieces up for grabs, including the Addy's own Sue Opie. See the photos here.
8am WEATHER: Good morning Bendigo! And what a great way to start the weekend - beautiful blue skies in Bendigo and we're in for a sunny day with maximum temperatures around 30 degrees! For more weather, click here.
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VIDEO OF THE DAY
GOOLWA - The pilot and only occupant of a light plane that crashed at Goolwa died at the scene on Friday afternoon. Read more
NEWCASTLE - A man is in a critical condition with serious chest and arm injuries after the keg he was changing exploded in the cool room of the Bar Beach Bowling Club on Friday night. Read more
WOLLONGONG - A man remained on the run from police on Friday night, after he swam into the sea at North Wollongong Beach to avoid arrest. Read more
BORDER - Visitors won’t be able to turn up unannounced to the Bandiana Army Museum following a security upgrade at the army base. Read more
SOUTH AUSTRALIA - In two separate incidents, pilots and a passenger survived emergency landings in the state's Mid North. Read more
BALLARAT - Alarming new figures have revealed sex (non-rape) offences in Ballarat have soared by 150 per cent in recent years. Read more
TASMANIA - Prison dogs are being put through their paces sniffing out drugs in nearly one in 10 searches. Read more
- Orphaned wombat Chloe melts hearts at Taronga Zoo.
- Freemasons make a lucrative Little deal.
- Access to credit a 'human right', says the father of microfinance.
- Chinese investors are pushing into Melbourne and Sydney.
- Airlie Beach boosted by Whitsundays Resort development.
- Ingenia Communities Group expands assets with three more holiday parks worth $55 million.
- Taiwan's president urges China to embrace democracy.
- The world has misread the Middle East nightmare and our war without borders.
- Newked: John Newcombe breaks silence on the bender that got George W Bush arrested.
- Hong Kong hands investigation of Leung Chun-ying to prosecution office
FACES OF AUSTRALIA
Many women may lay claim to having a shoe fetish, but Vicki 'Imelda' Jenner has turned collecting heels into a high art by amassing more than 300 pairs. Read more