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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (22nd February 1943)
On the Russian Front...
Free French Normandie Squadron begins operations with the Soviet Air Force.
Voronezh Front: Soviet 40th Army captures Akhtyrka and Lebedin, 69th Army attacks toward Poltava, and 3rd Tank Army attacks around Lyubotin.
German 1st Panzer Army and 4th Panzer Army continue attack into the exposed southern flank of Soviet Southwest Front, with German II SS Panzer Korps attacking the Soviet 6th Army around Pavlograd.
The Battle of Kasserine Pass: German forces have insufficient resources to continue the offensive, and as the weather clears are exposed to Allied air attack, so units begin to withdraw from Sbiba and Kasserine Pass.
In the Atlantic...
Three Allied vessels are lost to U-Boats but U-606 is sunk by Allied escorts.
In the United States...
USN battleship Iowa is commissioned.
Today's Air Raids...
Gafsa, Tunisia by US 12th Air Force
Off Rekata Bay at Santa Isabel Island on Japanese shipping by US AirSols aircraft.
Lae, New Guinea by US 5th Air Force
Rangoon, Burma by US 10th Air Force
Bay of Bengal minelaying by US 10th Air Force
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Blogging first thing. Brief trip to vets then Shift 1 of the Weekend Job. Missus time in the evening.
Twitter Followers = 1,616 (no change)
Nonfollowed eliminated = 1
Unfollowers eliminated = 0
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
What could have been a great treat last night (seeing Milton Jones) was somewhat tarnished by the surrounding circumstances - frustration and expense over getting there and back to the gig and Son's attitude over not being invited. The gig itself was great but the logistical hassle and surrounding concerns about money meant it felt more like an obligation than a pleasure.
This is sad because Daughter's aims in buying the tickets were so well-intentioned and financially sacrificial. Unfortunately the joy it was intended to bestow was considerably undermined by her needing to subsequently ask me to bail her out to the tune of nearly twice the the ticket cost so she could fix her laptop, and the jealousy and resentment stirred up in Son.
The important life-lesson I have learned, and that daughter has yet to learn, is that you can't strengthen relationships by throwing money at them. You do so by simple words and acts of kindness and being there for the other one. I don't want her to spend lots of money on us, I want her to show consideration for other people's feelings and be a team-player.
Unfortunately, when someone is so self-absorbed and so completely concerned about how they themselves are feeling, you can't communicate guidance to them directly. It is like someone with no outer skin - you want to reach out to them but they just hurt when you do.
My training tells me that the best action from this point is to let go of that I cannot change and move on - return to the focus on making the difference I can make in the moment.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Is it time for you to let go and move on from something?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Cold, dry and overcast all day, evening. Some light snow flurries overnight
Wind will be moderate and north-easterly.
Max Temp = 0 degC
Min Temp = -2 degC
Sunrise at 07:12
Sunset at 17:30
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
It started with my suggestion the members of my local WI should skydive naked for charity. It all went tits up from there. : D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Nick Cobb on destination weddings and comforting the divorced
Star Trek character Data’s cat Spot was initially a long-haired male but became a short-haired female later in the series. Data didn’t seem to notice.
9. THE WISDOM I'VE LEARNED FROM OTHERS
"All you need is deep within you waiting to unfold and reveal itself. All you have to do is be still and take time to seek for what is within, and you will surely find it." - Eileen Caddy