Orange Express: Tuesday, June 10

7am: If you're a throw back to the old Boomtown Rats and aren't all too fond of Mondays, then we're tipping a Tuesday after a long weekend is right up your alley (sarcasm is wonderful, isn't it).

Lucky for you, today's edition of Orange Express has just what you need to survive this torturous four-day working week. 

And we'll kick it all off with today's weather ...

The Weather Report

The mercury is set to peak at 13 degrees today in Orange, a figure that looks set to be a reoccurring one for the rest of a predicted sunny week.

Around the region, Bathurst is just a little bit warmer today with a top of 15 degrees in sunny conditions.

While the people of Dubbo still haven't parted ways with their thongs and sombreros with an expected top of 19 degrees out west.

Remember, if you've got a news tip or anything you'd like to share with Orange Express, email nick.mcgrath@fairfaxmedia.com.au

7.15am: Happy birthday to our readers enjoying a slice of birthday cake for breakfast this morning.

You share June 10 with some elite company.

It may have been the Queen's birthday long weekend just gone, but today is Prince Philip's birthday, he turns 92.

Judy Garland would have turned 92 today, with the actress best remembered for playing Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz born on this day in 1922.

Actress Kate Upton is another celebrating her birthday today, with the American turning 22.

If you or anyone of your friends is celebrating a birthday tomorrow, send in a picture, name and age to matthew.findlay@fairfaxmedia.com.au

7.30am: There's plenty going on today in Orange, here's just a snippet of what you need to know.

Orange headlines

A 12-LOT subdivision near the botanic gardens has been deferred following opposition from neighbouring residents.

The subdivision will include three Torrens title lots, including the existing dwelling house, a public reserve where an electricity transmission line currently runs, seven townhouse lots ranging from 268-351 square metres and a community lot for driveways, visitor parking and landscaped areas.

The seven single-storey houses will feature three bedrooms and a double garage.

Meanwhile, Entertainer Gabe Middleton grew up watching the footy on television with her father Terry, so she considers being asked to perform at this year’s 2014 State of Origin blue bloods lunch as a “dream come true”.

“It’s actually a dream come true for both of us, that’s why dad’s going to come with me and be my roadie,” Ms Middleton said.

7.35am: Overnight the world of comedy lost its King of Crude, with Englishman Rik Mayall passing away. The Blackadder actor was aged 56.

7.45am: Orange is home to the best open netball team in the state following its Netball NSW State Championship win yesterday.

Played over the long weekend, Orange won 20 of its 22 games in the open championship division to take home the title ahead of Gosford.

WINNERS ARE GRINNERS: Orange's victorious open state championship netball side. Photo: SMP Images.

WINNERS ARE GRINNERS: Orange's victorious open state championship netball side. Photo: SMP Images.

An outstanding achievement when you consider the championship is, year-in, year-out, dominated by Sydney teams. Well done girls.

8am: Here's a look back at the glory days ...

Gallery of the day

The Central Western Daily has scoured it's archived editions to present to you this look back in time. Way back in time.

Here's a look back at May, 1996, back when we ruled this city.

8.05am: Overnight Queensland's State of Origin campaign officially reached panic stations, with Mal Meninga naming a 22-man squad ahead of game two in Sydney on June 18.

Just in case you forgot, Mal, you can only play with 17. Go the Blues!

8.15am: Here's a quick glance at what's happening around the country.

National headlines

In the Illawarra region, police are investigating whether a French student who plunged 40 metres off a cliff in the Royal National Park was taking or posing for photographs when he lost his grip and fell to his death.

The 23-year-old University of Wollongong student, known as Fabian, was hanging from a ledge in the park when the sandstone is believed to have crumbled under his fingers and he fell.

Meanwhile, Clive Palmer has extended an olive branch to Prime Minister Tony Abbott on his paid parental leave scheme, offering to support a compromise deal put forward by Nationals senator John Williams.

8.30am: A quick glance at local sport.

Orange sport

Orange claiming the 2014 Netball NSW open state championship is the obvious big news, but there was still plenty of action in Orange to round-out the long weekend.

At Endeavour Oval, The ACT Brumbies under 14s were crowned NSW Junior Rugby Union state champions after surviving a late Gordon comeback to claim a thrilling decider 17-10.

Forced to come from behind after trailing 10-5 at the break, the junior Brumbies capitalised on a dominant second half, with tries to No.8 Jackson Kennett and fullback Charlie Woolford sealing the seven-point win.

While at Broadmeadow, Orange's 2014 Hockey NSW Men's Open Field State Championship division two campaign failed to amount to anything, with Orange losing two pool games to finish third.

In the side's final game, hat-tricks from Daryl Kennewell and Lewis Mike on Monday secured Orange a 9-3 win over Grafton (2) to at least make the trip back to Orange a little more enjoyable.

8.35am: In a tribute to Rik Mayall, who died this morning aged 56, here's a highlight reel of The Young Ones star's 15 funniest moments.

8.45am: Here's your chance to have your say.

Going to the polls

The viability of the village centre in the Shiralee village master plan has been questioned, with residents speculating it could become a white elephant.

What do you think?

8.50am: Season four of Game of Thrones is reaching its climax, with episode nine airing last night.

There's no spoilers on this blog, but click here for a recap on last night's penultimate episode of season four. You know nothing Jon Snow.

9am: Thanks for logging on to today's blog.

As tough as a Tuesday after a long weekend is, rest assured your day probably isn't going to be as rough as this bloke's.

Cheer up, the weekend's only four days away!

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