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Melbourne Express: Monday, March 17, 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. Hope you make it/made it to work on time and we'll see you here tomorrow from 6am. Please email me with any feedback, comments, ideas etc to aholland@theage.com.au. Meantime check out our live politics blog The Pulse

There's now been a crash on the Calder Freeway INBOUND near the merge with the Tulla. Expect heavy traffic on the approach...

Reports of a track fault at Newport - and there are alerts out for four train lines this morning: major delays on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines, minor delays on the Werribee line and a works alert for the Sandringham line: FULL DETAILS

We hope the train stopped between Southern Cross and Flinders Street isn't stuck... 

Thanks to everybody who emailed in to win a double pass to Lake at the Clocktower - congratulations to Liz Barhoush, Vicki Bucher, Anthony Bedford, Alicia de la Pena and Greg MacDonald. Sorry to everyone who missed out - please check back tomorrow for another great giveaway. 

We're hearing there's been a five car collision on the Ring Road Altona-bound at Thomastown near Plenty Road. Lanes are blocked....

You can expect major delays on the Cranbourne line too following the cancellation of the 8.42 train. The next one INBOUND Is at 9.05am. 

Why exactly was Aussie Daniel Ricciardo disqualfied from the Melbourne Grand Prix? For the more detail-oriented folks, here's the stewards' ruling: FULL DETAILS

Is Buddy Franklin past it? That's what Matthew Lloyd is saying, following Buddy's single goal debut for Sydney on Saturday night: FULL STORY

Lance Franklin during Saturday's match against the Giants.

Lance Franklin during Saturday's match against the Giants. Photo: Getty Images

Victoria police say they have arrested a man following an assault on a PSO on a bus at Heidelberg on Saturday night, 3AW reports. Apparently pepper spray was deployed

Major delays expected on the Pakenham and Cranbourne lines following the cancellation of the 8.13am to Flinders Street. 

Yoga classes, in-house coffee roaster, home-made yoghurt and bread, herb garden and kale smoothies: this is Hawthorn Common, a new cafe that's so zeitgeisty it hurts... FULL STORY

Hawthorn Common is virtually a self-sufficient biosphere.

Hawthorn Common is virtually a self-sufficient biosphere. Photo: Penny Stephens

The route 72 tram tracks appear to still be disrupted at Burke Road but trams have resumed between Camberwell Station and Melbourne University. 

The search for flight MH370 has entered Australian waters: FULL STORY. Thousands protested against the Abbott government yesterday in Melbourne: FULL STORY. Australian Daniel Ricciardo has been disqualified from the Melbourne Grand Prix, denying him a podium finish - the first ever by a local driver: FULL STORY In other news this morning; water bills are hitting poorer families: FULL STORY; the Abbott government has a slim lead over Labor in our poll: FULL STORY; a result in the SA election is still days away: FULL STORY

The search for flight MH370 continues.

The search for flight MH370 continues. Photo: Indonesian Air Force

A classic Leunig...

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There's been a crash in Box Hill South on Middleborough Road at Canterbury Road. Expect delays...

Last chance to enter for one one of FIVE DOUBLE PASSES to the upcoming production of Lake on March 26 at the Clocktower Centre in Moonee Ponds, which will see the stage literally flooded with water. Tickets are usually $47 but we have five doubles up for grabs - for a chance to win one please email aholland@theage.com.au. We'll draw it shortly...

Lake at the Clocktower Centre.

Lake at the Clocktower Centre.

A windy morning with some showers about and an expected top of 23 degrees: FULL DETAILS

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Today's horoscopes... FULL DETAILS

Grade 6 has barely begun for Nysha Omar, but the 11-year-old from Wantirna South is already in the thick of exams. Maths, English and humanities exams. It's scholarship season, reports Konrad Marshall: FULL STORY

Nysha Omar, 11 is sitting scolarship exams. Seen her with her Father, Omar Saleem and mother, Shazia Omar.

Nysha Omar, 11 is sitting scolarship exams. Seen her with her Father, Omar Saleem and mother, Shazia Omar. Photo: James Boddington

In finance, local stocks are poised to open lower this morning. The dollar is buying 90.15 US cents and 54.19 British pence. Gold rose to a six-month high on Friday. Brent oil is at $US108.21 per barrel and iron ore is fetching $US110.10 per metric tonne: FULL DETAILS

Today's Odd Spot: Carlisle City Council in England is spending more than $18,000 to bulldoze swings, slides and other play equipment at 21 sites to save $730,000 in maintenance costs, leaving children to play in muddy wastelands.

A city lunch suggestion recommended by our colleagues at goodfood.com.auDikstein's Bar & Grill, where they have a two-for-one pizza deal on Tuesdays, with toppings such as squid, pulled pork and harissa chicken. 470 Little Lonsdale Street.

Dikstein's Bar & Grill, Roast pumpkin, gorgonzola, spinach & toasted almonds pizza.

Dikstein's Bar & Grill, Roast pumpkin, gorgonzola, spinach & toasted almonds pizza. Photo: Anu Kumar

There's been an accident in Truganina on Derrimut Road near Boundary Road...

From our national desk this morning, Defence Minister David Johnston will attend a top-level conference in Indonesia this week on building maritime collaboration as Australia tries to repair its relationship with our northern neighbours. FULL DETAILS

We have FIVE DOUBLE PASSES to give away to the upcoming production of Lake on March 26 at the Clocktower Centre in Moonee Ponds, which will see the stage literally flooded with water. Tickets are usually $47 but we have five doubles up for grabs - for a chance to win one please email aholland@theage.com.au

Lake at the Clocktower Centre.

Lake at the Clocktower Centre.

Author David Malouf is at the Wheeler Centre tonight, in conversation with Ramona Koval: FULL DETAILS

David Malouf.

David Malouf. Photo: Michael Wilson

Heavy traffic in Rosanna resulting from that truck fire (scroll through for pic) affecting Lower Plenty Road and Rosanna Road...

Feed your soul this evening - pop into the Recital Centre for The English Songbook, an hour of works from the British Isles celebrating the early life of the guitar, supported by lute and cello. Now, you don't get to see a lute in action very often: FULL DETAILS

The English Songbook: at the Recital Centre tonight.

The English Songbook: at the Recital Centre tonight.

Route 86 trams have resumed normal service towards RMIT after a disruption - but expect slight delays as they get back up to speed. Meanwhile route 72 trams are now terminating at Camberwell Junction due to that broken down car at Burke Road.

Free wifi could be coming to the CBD - the Victorian government has called for expressions of interest to deliver the service: MORE DETAILS

Thousands protested against the Abbott government yesterday in Melbourne: FULL STORY. Australian Daniel Ricciardo has been disqualified from the Melbourne Grand Prix, denying him a podium finish - the first ever by a local driver: FULL STORY In other news this morning, the search for flight MH370 has entered Australian waters: FULL STORYwater bills are hitting poorer families: FULL STORY; the Abbott government has a slim lead over Labor in our poll: FULL STORY; a result in the SA election is still days away: FULL STORY

Demonstrators in the March in March prostests in Melbourne.

Demonstrators in the March in March prostests in Melbourne. Photo: Luis Ascui

A report of a truck on fire in Rosanna Road near Banyule Road in Heidelberg: avoid the area.

Photo courtesy Melbourne Boozebus and Speed Camera Locations.

Photo courtesy Melbourne Boozebus and Speed Camera Locations.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record (remember those?) SMOKING IS BANNED on train station platforms. And has been for some time...

A broken-down car is blocking route 72 trams towards Camberwell at Burke Road. 

Don't forget we love seeing your photos of Melbourne on Instagram - please tag them with #MelbourneExpress. 

A windy morning with some showers about and an expected top of 23 degrees: FULL DETAILS

Not much to worry about on the satellite...

Not much to worry about on the satellite...

Aviation safety experts now say it's clear the missing Malaysia Airlines jet was taken over by someone who was knowledgeable about how the plane worked, with three major pieces of evidence to support the case: FULL STORY 

The missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 jetliner taken on December 26, 2011.

The missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 jetliner taken on December 26, 2011. Photo: Laurent Errera

There's been an accident in Cranbourne South on the Western Port Highway near Cranbourne-Frankston Road... 

Our letter of the day is from Bruce Love of Kew, on “the war that seems to exist between certain motorists and cyclists”: As a user of both transport modes, my mood changes depending on which I am using. I am terrified of being struck if cycling on certain roads by the inconsiderate behaviour of some drivers. Even many roads with cycle lanes require a motorist to transgress lanes to give what I would consider adequate clearance when passing. This creates road rage in other drivers who feel their right to free passage is impeded by the transgressor. When a motorist, I am amazed that many cyclists do not seem to think that the road rules apply to them. Wait at any intersection frequented by cyclists and count the number that ignore the red light. The only ones who universally obey the red light seem to be the gifted acrobats who can remain stationary without removing their feet from the pedals. In my ideal world, absolute separation is the only solution to this war. MORE LETTERS

Love them or hate them?

Love them or hate them?

In finance, local stocks are poised to open lower this morning. The dollar is buying 90.15 US cents and 54.19 British pence. Gold rose to a six-month high on Friday. Brent oil is at $US108.21 per barrel and iron ore is fetching $US110.10 per metric tonne: FULL DETAILS

The Tullamarine Freeway is still slow going OUTBOUND between Bulla Road and Essendon Airport after the earlier incident involving a broken down taxi...

Pour yourself a long, cool, green Guinness. It's St Patrick's Day

St Patrick's Day in New York City.

St Patrick's Day in New York City. Photo: AFP

Some danced. Some shouted: "We demand better!" Others held placards that stated: "Abbott, you're a disgrace". A big turnout for yesterday's March in March, a protest against the government that began as a Facebook conversation between a handful of friends: FULL STORY

Anti-federal government rally. Click for more photos

Melbourne's March in March protest

Anti-federal government rally.

  • Anti-federal government rally.
  • Demonstrators taking part in the anti-federal government rally.
  • Demonstrators taking part in an anti-federal government rally.
  • Demonstrators taking part in anti-federal government rally.
  • Demonstrators taking part in an anti-federal government rally in Melbourne's CBD
  • Demonstrators taking part in anti-federal government rally.
  • Demonstrators taking part in anti-Federal government rally.
  • Demonstrators taking part in the anti-federal government rally.
  • Demonstrators taking part in the anti-federal government rally in Melbourne's CBD.
  • Demonstrators taking part in an anti-federal government rally in Melbourne's CBD.
  • Demonstrators taking part in an anti-federal government rally.
  • Demonstrators taking part in anti-federal government rally.
  • Anti-federal government rally.

New research from Sweden suggests open-plan offices are making us sick - with women particularly at risk: FULL STORY

Are open-plan offices making us sick?

Are open-plan offices making us sick?

We've had a report of an accident on the Tulla OUTBOUND towards the airport. A taxi appears to have hit something and is stopped in the right lane just before the Melrose Drive exit. Traffic is already heavy in the area - take care and make extra time if you're headed to the airport for a flight.

There's been an accident on Chapel Street in Prahran near High Street. Emergency services are there.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo has been disqualified from the Melbourne Grand Prix, denying him a podium finish - the first ever by a local driver: FULL STORY In other news this morning, the search for flight MH370 has entered Australian waters: FULL STORY; water bills are hitting poorer families: FULL STORY; the Abbott government has a slim lead over Labor in our poll: FULL STORY; a result in the SA election is still days away: FULL STORY

Denied: Ricciardo has been disqualified.

Denied: Ricciardo has been disqualified. Photo: Getty Images

A windy morning with some showers about this morning and an expected top of 23 degrees: FULL DETAILS

Good morning! Welcome to our live morning feed Melbourne Express - check back for updates on traffic, trains, trams, weather and breaking news until 9am. Got a tip? Let me know at aholland@theage.com.au or tweet me to @Angus_Holland. Cheers.

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