UP and AT IT: Friday, July 25

Pic by @billyderoque via Instagram

Pic by @billyderoque via Instagram

That's the brekky report wrapped up for the week. But before we wish you well for the weekend, check out some of the front pages from our region across the course of the week ... Have a brilliant, warm(ish) weekend and don't forget to keep in touch with all the Commonwealth Games action.

9am: Troy Cassar-Daley is just one of those good guys. The multi-Golden Guitar winner dropped by Hillvue Public School yesterday to encourage young potential songwriters about some tricks of the trade. The video is a sheer delight - don't miss it.

Country music artist Troy Cassar-Daley was at the top of the class with the students at Hillvue Public.

Country music artist Troy Cassar-Daley was at the top of the class with the students at Hillvue Public.

8.50am: Sack races, sulky rides and traditional Aussie tucker will all be part of the fun at a very special fundraiser in Quirindi this weekend. Take your fancy? Find out more.

Maryellen Scanlon, back left, and Nic Hoy with Arabella Scanlon, front left, and Ella Hobson are stepping back in time for Quirindi's Party in the Paddock. Photo: Gareth Gardner

Maryellen Scanlon, back left, and Nic Hoy with Arabella Scanlon, front left, and Ella Hobson are stepping back in time for Quirindi's Party in the Paddock. Photo: Gareth Gardner

8.45am: Just love this pic from the Tenterfield Star ... A big Friday shoutout to all the firies out there!

8.30am: It's one of those times when too much sport is never enough as the Commonwealth Games come hot on the heels of the Wimbledon, the World Cup and, of course, the ongoing Tour de France. BUT don't forget all the local action - we're looking at a crunch rugby match as Robb goes up against the Guyra Ghosts. Read Sam Newsam's preview. And, there's action galore at Moree, too ...

8.15am: Archie Roach, Christine Anu and Senator Nova Peris were among the mourners at Gavin Jones' funeral. The man behind the Deadly Awards was farewelled in Goulburn on Thursday.

8am: No surprise they've been feeling the chill in downtown Guyra recently. But was it really the coldest day in six years?

7.45am: Sadly, more horrific news internationally ... An Air Algerie flight crashed on Thursday en route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers with 110 passengers on board, an Algerian aviation official said.

7.30am: This just might put a smile on your dial ... who is that photobombing the Hockeyroos?

7.25am: Having two airlines operating out of Armidale is “heaven” compared with the “hell” of having just one according to Councillor Margaret O’Connor.  Armidale's not the only regional centre talking about its air services. Moree Plains Shire mayor, Katrina Humphries addressed the Legislative Council’s Standing Committee on State Development about that very issue. Read the Moree Champion's report.

Aaaand ... what a fantastic start in the Commonwealth Games pool for the Aussies. Check out what's happening in Glasgow. Former Australian starlet Steph Rice was pretty pleased with the girls' relay medal!

7am: A Bundarra student accused of slashing a teacher’s face with a tyre leaver has been released on bail. The 33-year-old school staff member in hospital with serious facial injuries. Read the full report here

Meanwhile ... Know this guy? If you do, you're also probably old enough to remember what a typewriter is, too!

6.45am: We'll be bringing you as much information as we can from the state's New England and North West over the next couple of hours.

We can always do with your help. If there's something happening in your part of the world - between Tamworth, Moree, Inverell, Armidale, Walcha, Guyra, Tenterfield, Glen Innes and Gunnedah - then feel free to share. Let us know on Twitter -  @fairfaxNSWNW

WEATHER:

The North West Slopes and Plains forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology: Partly cloudy. Winds north to northeasterly 15 to 25 km/h becoming light in the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 3 and 9 with daytime temperatures reaching between 16 and 22.

The Northern Tablelands forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology: Areas of fog in the morning. Mostly sunny afternoon. Light winds becoming north to northwesterly 15 to 20 km/h in the morning. Overnight temperatures falling to between 1 and 7 with daytime temperatures reaching between 12 and 19.

Check your weather here: Tamworth - Armidale - Moree - Inverell - Gunnedah - Guyra - Walcha - Tenterfield - Glen Innes

ANNIVERSARIES:

1797 – Horatio Nelson loses more than 300 men and his right arm during the failed conquest attempt of Tenerife (Spain).

1946 – At Club 500 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis stage their first show as a comedy team.

1978 – Louise Brown, the world's first "test tube baby" is born.

2000 - Air France Flight 4590, a Concorde supersonic passenger jet, F-BTSC, crashes just after takeoff from Paris killing all 109 aboard and four on the ground.

2010 - WikiLeaks publishes classified documents about the war in Afghanistan, one of the largest leaks in US military history.

BIRTHDAYS:  1936 – Glenn Murcutt, English-Australian architect; 1958 – Thurston Moore, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer; 1967 – Matt LeBlanc, American actor and producer; 1986 – Hulk, Brazilian footballer.

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