And we're done for another week. Thanks for writing in for our ticket giveaways and we really appreciate your feedback on how to improve the blog - please direct any more suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org (too much traffic? too little? too much stuff about trains? etc). It's a long weekend so we'll be back on TUESDAY at 6am - see you then. Have a great weekend.
Ballarat trains will be replaced by coaches from 10pm tonight until the last service on Monday night...
Making news around the world, The Guardian writes on the widow who won a court fight to preserve her dead husband's sperm; The Spiegel reports on reunification memorials hitting obstacles; the Daily Mail shows twitter wags mocking Prime Minister David Cameron's selfie; the New York Times reports on new sanctions over Ukraine; and the Japan Times reports on a shocking increase in cases of child abuse.
And some delays now on the Cranbourne and Packenham lines due to a signal fault - AND the Frankston line INBOUND with a train stopped at Cheltenham for a passenger to receive medical assistance.Back to top
"I'm alright, a bit emotional": Derryn Hinch gives his first interview outside jail (sans beard, which is quite weird. An anti-hipster thing?) He'll be on 3AW shortly HERE
New look Hinch speaks emotionally about jail time pic.twitter.com/UznuDA58hg— mark o'brien (@obrien_mark) March 6, 2014
Expect delays on the Cragieburn, Cranbourne, Packenham, Sunbury and Upfield lines due to a broken down train at Flinders Street.
Bad news for soccer fans - the Socceroos were 3-0 up in their friendly against Ecuador, and have just lost 4-3.
A big story breaking today - the Pope has hinted gay civil unions may be tolerable by the Catholic Church. In an interview with an Italian newspaper he said: moves to "regulate diverse situations of cohabitation (are) driven by the need to regulate economic aspects among persons, as for instance to assure medical care".Back to top
We're hearing that the earlier crash on route 96 has also affected route 16 by blocking those tracks too, in case you are waiting for one that hasn't arrived.
An update on the disruption to the 96 tram - it's now terminating at Luna Park. No biggie - the accident was down near Acland Street.
Route 96 trams towards St Kilda Beach are terminating at Luna Park due to a collision near Stop 139 Belford Street and Acland Street.— Yarra Trams (@yarratrams) March 5, 2014
Reports of a tram hitting a car (or vice versa) on the St Kilda Esplanade - that's the number 96 route. Expect delays up and down the line...
Reports of an accident on our busiest tram route, the number 96, involving a car and a tram.
There's been an accident on major arterial Toorak Road near Glenferrie Road.Back to top
Our letter of the day addresses the Ukraine crisis, from Paul Doogood of Templestowe: As the political crisis in Ukraine unfolds, Vladimir Putin talks of ''provocative and criminal actions on the part of ultra-nationalists who are in fact being supported by the current authorities in Kiev'' and the ''real threat to the lives and health of Russian citizens and the many compatriots who are currently on Ukrainian territory''. All of this sounds eerily familiar. Following the German occupation of the Sudetenland region of Czechoslovakia in October 1938, Adolf Hitler made a speech to the Reichstag in which he said: ''For months the Germans in Sudetenland have been suffering under the torture of the Czechoslovak government … The Sudeten German population was and is German. This German minority living there has been ill-treated in the most distressing manner.'' Let's hope such ludicrous accusations made by a world superpower against a smaller neighbour are this time given the short shrift they deserve but, to the community of nations' great detriment, did not receive in 1938. MORE LETTERS
“An engrossing drama with a spare, simple premise. It's about a man alone on the ocean – played by Robert Redford – in a struggle for survival.” Our film of the day – All is Lost – reviewed by Philippa Hawker. FULL REVIEW
Time to announce the winners of the double passes to the opening night of Manon by the Australian Ballet - drum roll - and they go to Tom Ayers (who wanted to give his partner a nice night off from working at a hospital) and Suzanne Wilson, who deserves them for getting in first, at 6.59am. Sorry to everybody who missed out, we'll have some more giveaways tomorrow.
And if you're catching a bus out of Doncaster we're hearing of 25-minute delays on the Doncaster-Altona route.
There's been an accident in Ferntree Gully on Napoleon Road with emergency services called.Back to top