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THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (24th NOVEMBER 1942)
On the Russian Front... As Soviet forces consolidate their encirclement of Stalingrad, the trapped German 6th Army deploys into all-around defensive positions.
In the English Channel... Kriegsmarine minesweeper M-3610 sunk by mine.
In Libya... The front line stabilises at El Agheila. General Montgomery decides to regroup and re-arm before renewing the offensive in December.
In the Pacific... Japanese troops land at Munda Point on New Georgia Island. IJN destroyer Hayashio sunk by US 5th Air Force and RAAF aircraft off Lae, New Guinea.
In the Indian Ocean... U-181 sinks Greek vessel Mount Helmos and British vessel Dorington Court.
Today's Air Raids...
Off Algiers On naval targets by the Luftwaffe
Tunisia Dogfighting between Luftwaffe and US 12th Air Force fighters, and raids on Luftwaffe airfields at Gabes, Bizerte, and Tunis by the RAF.
New Guinea and Solomon Islands On naval targets by US 5th Air Force and RAAF.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
After yesterday ending up doing small necessary tasks, 50th birthday celebratory slobfest starts properly today! No plans for the next three days other than the odd bath and meditation to keep mind and body clean, and to see what delights Son and Missus bring me! I do intend to enjoy a rare opportunity to watch Soccer Saturday in full!
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
Though I have much to be grateful about, with a good month for my business, I have in November also had bad outcomes in the wider world with FOUR different blokes, the most recent with an electrician yesterday. They have all been remarkably similar incidents in nature, boiling down to them all having issues and taking exception to me saying or doing something minor that has proved to be the last straw.
In previous times, such encounters singly would have ruined my week (actually the first one did take about a week to fully come to terms with), and though I have still not enjoyed it, I have become more emotionally robust and philosophical than in previous times. Being spiritual in outlook, if circumstances have brought me an unusually high number of blokes to annoy, I conclude that there is probably a lesson to be learned.
The most obvious learning point is that even a minor thing you say or do can be too much for some people. But I think the deeper point for me is that wrath attracts wrath from places you weren't expecting. I quite like the power-rush of anger and the way people back away from it, but wrath tends to be indiscriminate, disproportionate and blinding.
I have learned that fear is the root of all dark emotions, and they are all allieviated by knowing what to do. You can calmly handle any adversity if you know what to do. To stop these recent lessons spoiling my 50th birthday weekend, I know exactly what to do - a lesson I have learned from the principles of Reiki - be kind and compassionate to myself and all other beings.
I will be meditating on kindness in the next few days.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Can you see what you put out coming back to you?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry and sunny start. Cloud gradually moving in from mid-morning
Heavy persistent rain arriving in the later afternoon, persisting into the evening and overnight.
Wind will be easterly and light first thing, then gradually strengthening.
Max Temp = 6 degC
Min Temp = 2 degC
Sunrise at 07:51
Sunset at 15:56
Jetstream: Over Britain and westerly
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
If you're being chased by a police dog, don't go through a tunnel onto a seesaw and jump through a hoop of fire. They're trained for that. : D
7. THE BEST OF MOCK THE WEEK
Series 11 Unlikely Complaints to TV Channels
In the movie "Toy Story", the carpet designs in Sid's hallway is the same as the
carpet designs in "The Shining."
9. THE WISDOM I'VE LEARNED FROM OTHERS
"A harsh word stirs up anger, a kind word turns away wrath"
- THE BOOK OF PROVERBS