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Melbourne Express: March 20, 2014

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Kickstart your day with our traffic, transport and weather updates, breaking news, conversation starters events around town and what to do, see, eat and drink around town. We welcome your feedback – tell us what you'd like to know about and we'll chase it up. Either leave a comment for us, drop a line to aholland@theage.com.au or tweet to @theage

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And we're done for another day. See you back here for Melbourne Express tomorrow - and please send any comments, feedback or tips to aholland@theage.com.au or tweet me at @Angus_Holland. Cheers.

A car has smashed into a police van outside Dandenong Police Station, apparently after first hitting three parked cars... 

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle has called to end Melbourne's "dumb growth"FULL STORY. In other news this morning, police have narrowed the search for Madeleine McCann's abductor: FULL STORY; there have been suicide attempts on Manus IslandFULL STORYAssistant Treasurer Arthur Sinodinos has quit: FULL STORY; and a scrap metal dealer has discovered a $45 million Faberge eggFULL STORY

Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle: condemns urban sprawl.

Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle: condemns urban sprawl. Photo: Jesse Marlow

Making news around the world, the Daily Mail has the world's biggest baby; the New York Times reports Ukraine is conceding Crimea to Russia; the Japan Times reports Japan is condemning Russia's actions; the San Francisco Chronicle reports on the deleted flight simulation files connected to the missing plane; the Times of India reports on a mid-air Holi dance by a flight crew; and the UK Guardian reports on pro-Russian forces seizing the Ukraine's naval headquarters.

Today's horoscopes... FULL DETAILS

Thanks to everybody who entered the draw for the Puppet Up! passes. (Drum roll) and the winners are: Nayan Naran, Lyssa Lai, Ainsley Bardin, Sundar Veerappan and Kate Trajcevski. Sorry to everybody who missed out, but check in tomorrow as we'll have another Comedy Festival giveaway then. 

It's a stunning morning for ballooning... don't forget to hashtag your photos #MelbourneExpress so we can spot them and share them here... 

Look out for two special shows this weekend from the Underground Lovers, one of Melbourne’s quintessential indie bands. They are celebrating their 25th anniversary with a set list drawn from their early years. At the Toff in Town, $20, Saturday and Sunday: FULL DETAILS

The Underground Lovers - celebrating 25 years.

The Underground Lovers - celebrating 25 years.

Delays on the Craigieburn line are continuing with a track fault in the Essendon area - expect a 15-minute wait INBOUND.

Lots of discussion in our letters pages today about MP Bernie Finn's comments on abortion. Here's a letter from Bronwyn Benn in Burwood: According to Bernie Finn, ''in this day and age'' there is no acceptable reason for having an abortion. Well, Mr Finn, in this day and age there is no acceptable reason for having a male MP telling women what they can and can't do with their bodies. If you and other conservative MPs want to start a war with Victorian women about this issue, all I can say is bring it on. It was a long, hard fight to get our reproductive rights recognised. We will use the coming election to show you that we won't give them up easily. MORE LETTERS

Mapping the hipster hangouts of Melbourne - a project by the Open Knowledge Foundation. Check it out HERE

Where the hipsters are...

Where the hipsters are...

What a great idea! We'd double the amount of seating instantly... (see tweet)

New Richmond café Feast of Merit is the latest social enterprise business from non-profit organisation YGAP (Y-Generation Against Poverty), the team behind CBD cafe Kinfolk. FULL STORY

Feast of Merit.

Feast of Merit. Photo: Supplied

John Cleese is at the Melbourne Comedy Theatre until March 22: FULL DETAILS

John Cleese, in Melbourne today.

John Cleese, in Melbourne today.

A 91-year-old Essendon woman has died in Niddrie after being hit by a reversing car as she crossed in front of a driveway using her walking frame: FULL STORY

Just because there's a bicycle painted on the road, it doesn't mean it's a bike lane... according to Victoria's top cop. Huh? FULL STORY

Is it a bike lane? Or not? Confusion reins...

Is it a bike lane? Or not? Confusion reins... Photo: isamu sawa

Odd spot: Aaron Parfitt, 14, has been suspended from Bispham High School in Blackpool, England, for two days after leading 100 pupils in a walk-out – because he wanted more homework. He organised the protest after failing a maths exam due, he says, to a lack of homework and a high turnover of teachers in the subject.

In case you misssed it earlier, we have five double passes to the Melbourne Comedy Festival show Puppet Up! Uncensored from the Jim Henson Company on March 27. For your chance to get one, just email aholland@theage.com.au and we’ll announce the winners before 9am. 

Jim Henson's Puppet Up! Uncensored - today's freebie.

Jim Henson's Puppet Up! Uncensored - today's freebie.

Opening today, a new show called Botanical Calamity by artists Lucy Hearn and Lily Daley, also known as Peaches + Keen. Modern Times, 311 Smith Street, Fitzroy: FULL DETAILS

Should the legal age for riding on footpaths be raised?

Should the legal age for riding on footpaths be raised?

A reminder it's the last weekend of the Alliance Francaise French Film Festival, which closes on Sunday with a special screening of the Jacques Tati classic comedy Mon Oncle at the Cinema Como: FULL DETAILS

Jacques Tati's Mon Oncle.

Jacques Tati's Mon Oncle.

There's been an accident in Laverton on Railway Avenue...

Yarra Trams are investigating blogger Marcus Wong's run-in with a racist on a tram (see earlier post)... 

Premier Denis Napthine will be on 3AW after 9am and will presumably be taking about the incident yesterday when his car appeared to run over a man protesting against the East-West Link: FULL STORY

East West Link protesters trying to block the premier's car.

East West Link protesters trying to block the premier's car. Photo: Aaron Claringbold

Expect traffic snarls OUTBOUND in Melville Road in Brunswick West with a lane closed...

"You're in Australia! Speak English!" One of our favourite Melbourne bloggers, Marcus Wong, had a run-in with a racist on a tram last night: FULL DETAILS

Dawn breaking in Melbourne this morning, from Age photographer Penny Stephens. We'd love to share your photos of Melbourne too, flag them on Instagram and Twitter with #MelbourneExpress and we'll feature some here in the blog. 

The mid-life crisis is real, according to Melbourne University, which has just published a study showing a deep dip in happiness levels between the ages of 40 and 50. The good news is by 70, people are at their happiest: FULL DETAILS

The mid-life crisis is real, researchers say. Which explains why this guy bought a non-age-appropriate car.

The mid-life crisis is real, researchers say. Which explains why this guy bought a non-age-appropriate car.

Watch out for a crash in Dandenong on Langhorne Street...

Just started – the Victorian premiere of the play This Year’s Ashes, about a young woman who moves from Melbourne to Sydney for a glamorous new job … but it’s a mistake (like, duh). At Red Stitch until April 19: FULL DETAILS

This Year's Ashes - now on at Red Stitch.

This Year's Ashes - now on at Red Stitch.

There's been chaos at a protest by relatives of people on the missing flight: FULL STORY. In other headline news this morning, the man who "doored" a cyclist on camera says he regrets his actions: FULL STORY; police have narrowed the search for Madeleine McCann's abductor: FULL STORY; there have been suicide attempts on Manus IslandFULL STORYAssistant Treasurer Arthur Sinodinos has quit: FULL STORY; and a scrap metal dealer has discovered a $45 million Faberge eggFULL STORY

Missing British girl Madeleine McCann in a picture from 2007.

Missing British girl Madeleine McCann in a picture from 2007. Photo: AP

Hello, summer! It's going to be a hot, sunny day with an expected top of 30 degrees: FULL DETAILS

Today’s free tickets are to the Melbourne Comedy Festival show Puppet Up! Uncensored  It’s from the Jim Henson Company and will arrive after successful 2013 seasons in both Edinburgh and Toronto. We have FIVE DOUBLE PASSES to give away for the show on March 27, for your chance to get one, just email aholland@theage.com.au and we’ll announce the winners before 9am. 

The Jim Henson show Puppet Up! Uncensored: today's freebie.

The Jim Henson show Puppet Up! Uncensored: today's freebie.

The Malthouse’s production of Frankenstein, re-imagined through the eyes of a childless woman (Doctor Frankenstein) comes with a warning – not suitable for people under 18, “some audience members may find the content confronting”. Count us in! Opens on Friday: FULL DETAILS

The Malthouse version of Frankenstein, now showing...

The Malthouse version of Frankenstein, now showing...

A plug for our social media – we’d love you to like us on Facebook and Google Plus and it’s easy to get news updates with our feed on Twitter

A P-plater's car has flipped and caught fire in Noble Park, 3AW's Yvette Gray has just reported. Three people have been hospitalised. 

There's been a crash on High Street, Malvern between Malvern Road and the Monash Freeway...

It's changed hand but there’s no hipster makeover planned for the old-school Italian Chianti Bistro in Clifton Hill – “no recycled timber or exposed lightbulbs,” promises new co-owner Tom Crowe: FULL STORY

Parliament sits today for the last time this week with the fallout from the resignation of Assistant Treasurer Arthur Sinodinos to continue. Our national desk also tells us Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will be interviewed on Radio National after 7.30am on sanctions against Russia; Federal MP Clive Palmer will also be interviewed after his party failed to win a seat in the Tasmanian state election.

Latest on the missing jet is that authorities are now trying to recover data deleted from a flight simulator custom-built by the the captain, Zaharie Ahmad Shah: FULL STORY

Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, the senior pilot on Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370.

Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, the senior pilot on Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370.

Wadjda, a film about a girl who wants to ride a bicycle, has made Saudi Arabian film maker Haiffa al-Mansour a symbol for feminists across the Arab world. Not only is her film the first to be shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, where cinemas are banned, she did it in a culture where women are not allowed to vote or drive. It’s now showing in Melbourne: FULL DETAILS

Wadjda: a film about a girl and a bike that could help to start a revolution...

Wadjda: a film about a girl and a bike that could help to start a revolution...

A five-year-old boy died days after cutting his foot on rubbish in his family's filth-ridden Melbourne home after his parents failed to take him to a doctor, according to court documents: FULL STORY

A photograph taken by police and tendered to court of the house in Melbourne's north-western suburbs.

A photograph taken by police and tendered to court of the house in Melbourne's north-western suburbs.

Police say they have charged a man after another man was "allegedly" shot in Parkville last week. We're not quite sure why they say "allegedly" as they are pretty clear that the man had "a number of gun shot wounds to his upper body" but there you go. 

Tow trucks are at the scene of an accident in Doncaster on Manningham Road...

The pizza may be an inauthentic Italian-Moorish mashup, but that hasn't stopped Thornbury's Moor's Head restaurant from gaining a strong following. Now Joseph Abboud and his business partner John Farha have opened a southside outlet, on the site of former Middle Eastern bakery Manakish in Elsternwick: FULL STORY

Joseph Abboud at his second Moor's Head.

Joseph Abboud at his second Moor's Head. Photo: Ken Irwin

In finance, local stocks are expected to open slightly lower this morning. Myer will release its first half results and the RBA will issue its quarterly bulletin. The dollar is at 90.46 US cents and both gold and oil are down. FULL DETAILS

The Craigieburn line is now experiencing major delays with the 6.51 train from Flinders Street now cancelled. There is apparently a fault on the track affecting trains in both directions...

This weekend, evergreen Melbourne band Hunters and Collectors are headlining the Day on the Green concert at Rochford Wines in the Yarra Valley. You’ll also see British India, Something for Kate and You Am I. Tickets are $99-$375 (with dining): FULL DETAILS

Headlining A Day on the Green: Hunters and Collectors

Headlining A Day on the Green: Hunters and Collectors

There's been an accident INBOUND on the Tullamarine Freeway near Bulla Road. 

Discovered by accident: The Third Imperial Easter Egg, designed by Karl Faberge and given by Tsar Alexander III to the Tsarina in 1887.

Discovered by accident: The Third Imperial Easter Egg, designed by Karl Faberge and given by Tsar Alexander III to the Tsarina in 1887. Photo: Wartski.com

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle has called to end Melbourne's "dumb growth": FULL STORY. In other news this morning, police have narrowed the search for Madeleine McCann's abductor: FULL STORY; there have been suicide attempts on Manus Island: FULL STORY; Assistant Treasurer Arthur Sinodinos has quit: FULL STORY; and a scrap metal dealer has discovered a $45 million Faberge egg: FULL STORY

Today's horoscopes... FULL DETAILS

Also some delays now of up to 20 minutes on the Craigieburn line due to a track fault between Craigieburn and Broadmeadows.

Minor delays on the Lilydale line with the 6.32am to Flinders Street cancelled. The next one should be 6.47am. 

The man caught on camera knocking a woman off her bicycle after opening the door of a taxi now says he was not proud of his actions and will pay a fine if he is found to have committed an offence: FULL DETAILS

The view from a cyclist's handlebars as she was doored when a man got out of a taxi in Collins St.

The view from a cyclist's handlebars as she was doored when a man got out of a taxi in Collins St.

There have been distressing scenes in Kuala Lumpur at the latest briefing on the disappearance of flight MH370, with distraught relatives of the missing passengers protesting at the lack of information being passed on: FULL DETAILS

A Chinese relative of a passenger aboard the missing MH370 is carried out of a press conference by security officials.

A Chinese relative of a passenger aboard the missing MH370 is carried out of a press conference by security officials. Photo: AP

Summer is apparently back again - it's going to be a hot, sunny day with an expected top of 30 degrees: FULL DETAILS

There's been a crash on Mount Dandenong Tourist Road at Montrose. The road is closed in both directions and diversions are in place. 

Good morning, we're back with Melbourne Express, keeping you up to date with info for the commute and school run, weather, breaking news and what's on around town this week. We'll be posting frequently until around 9am so check back for updates and if you have any tips or feedback please contact Angus at aholland@theage.com.au or @Angus_Holland.

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