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THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (18th NOVEMBER 1942)
In the Mediterranean... Italian vessel Giulio Giordani sunk by RN submarine HMS Porpoise
In Libya... The British 8th Army captures Cyrene.
In Tunisia... German forces launch probing attacks on the British 36th Infantry Brigade positions at Djebel Abiod. German forces attack elements of French XIX Corps at Medjez el Bab.
In the Atlantic... In a bad day for Allied shipping, 7 freighters are lost to U-Boats.
In the Indian Ocean... Japanese vessel Columbia Maru sunk by RN submarine HMS Trusty off Penang.
In the Pacific... On Guadalcanal, the US 182nd Infantry Regiment attack westward from the Lunga perimeter.
In Papua New Guinea... Australian 16th Infantry Brigade captures Popondetta. Australian 25th Infantry Brigade advances toward Gona.
Toaday's Air Raids...
La Pallice, L'Orient and St Nazaire, France by US 5th Air Force
Northern France on military targets by RAF Bomber Command
Turin, Italy by RAF Bomber Command
Benghazi, Libya by US 9th Air Force
Buin, Bougainville Island by US 5th Air Force
Buna, Lae, Salamaua and other military targets, Papua New Guinea by US 5th Air Force
Off Gasmata, New Britain by US 5th Air Force on Japanese shipping
Meiktila, Burma by RAF Bombers
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
The milk run, Sunday papers with missus, blogging, lunch, Reiki prep, Reiki Share, missus time thereafter.
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
As much as I distinctly do not enjoy getting pissed off, upset or have raw nerves trod-on, such events are important lessons and growth points. I have learned the importance of time, space and environment in promoting rapid recovery from such situations, but you can never be too robust, and the last couple of Saturdays, where in each case a single individual in a single incident disturbed my inner peace, I have found my development driven forward.
When you are trying to break out of a negative emotional loop, the skill is in finding something that will rip your attention from it - a suitably absorbing distraction. The trouble with most distractions is that they are temporary. When you stop being distracted, you're back in the "loop".
I have found the answer in the principles of self-examination - instead of looking outward, you look inward to see what everything is made of. And what you find is - just Physics in action, matrices of interacting energy. The Character you are playing dissolves into an array of pixels, and you are left with the Player/Observer - pure consciousness.
Unfortunately, this is not something you can learn in 5 minutes. In fact, you often need several prompts of adversity and suffering to want to persevere with it at all, and it takes time to build up your power of focus to be strong enough to hold that view. The reward is peace - ultimate peace, in its' purest essence - the end of struggle. I have at least reached the point of experiencing that peace, and I'm learning to stretch the time periods when I'm "there".
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Where are you looking for answers?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Cold but dry and sunny all day
Dry in the evening and overnight with increasing cloud
Wind light and southwesterly veering gradually south-easterly
Max Temp = 5 degC
Min Temp = 3 degC
Jetstream: Over Western Britain and northerly
Just 5 today - busy!