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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (18th February 1943)
On the Russian Front...
3rd Tank Army of Soviet Voronezh Front attack around Lyubotin and Merefa.
1st Guards Army of Soviet Southwest Front heavily engaged around Slavyansk.
German Group Holidt defend their positions on the Mius River from attack.
In the Arctic...
German vessel Duna sunk by Soviet submarine K-21.
The trial of anti-Nazi students Hans and Sophie Scholl, members of the White Rose Movement takes place.
Goebbels' "Total War" speech, made a few days earlier, is broadcast on German radio, and shown on cinema newsreels.
In the Mediterranean...
RN submarine HMS Unruffled sinks Italian vessels L'Angelo Raffaelo and Micolo lo Porto.
The Battle Of Kasserine Pass: 10th Panzer Division enters Pichon, and 21st Panzer Division enters Sbeitla. German DAK assault group advances to Kasserine. US II Corps and French XIX Corps still hold and defend Sbiba, Kasserine, Dernaia, and El Ma el Abiod.
In the Atlantic...
Brazilian vessel Brasiloide sunk by U-518
In Washington DC...
Roosevelt declares Saudi Arabia eligible for Lend-Lease
Madame Chiang Kai-shek addresses House and Senate
In the Pacific...
USN Task Group 8.6 bombards Japanese positions on Attu Island
Japanese authorities order creation of Jewish ghetto in Shanghai. Despite requests, no Jews are ever handed over to the Nazis.
Luichow Operation: 23rd Independent Mixed Brigade of Japanese 23rd Army advance toward Suichi on Luichow peninsula.
In the Arakan, Indian 55th Infantry Brigade unsuccessfully attacking Japanese positions at Donbaik
Today's Air Raids...
Dunkirk and Tours, France by RAF Bomber Command
Willhelmshaven, Germany by RAF Bomber Command
North Sea minelaying by RAF Bomber Command
Sardinia on Axis airfields by Allied bombers.
Munda, New Georgia Island by US AirSols aircraft
Kahili, Bougainville Island by US AirSols aircraft
Barar, Madang and Finschhafen, New Guinea by US 5th Air Force
Offshore Timor Island on Japanese shipping by US 5th Air Force
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Blogging first thing. Taking cat to the vets, then housework. A mixture of me time, missus time and online marketing throughout the day. Will also slot in a long meditation.
Twitter Followers = 1,613 (up 2)
Nonfollowed eliminated = 0
Unfollowers eliminated = 0
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
The cat has developed a squint in her right eye and is losing weight - at just the wrong time! We can't actually afford a vet, but we'll take her anyway because I am not without compassion.
Though financially crippled by a series of unexpected expenses since December, which may well drive us into debt by Spring, home life on the other hand continues to be bliss. This is without doubt my "Golden Age" - I've never been happier and more content than now. Since I know all things must pass, I'll treasure, enjoy, absorb and fully experience every single moment while I still can.
With my business partnership collapsing in January, I am looking for new opportunities to take my Practice forward. Right now, I have to admit that I don't have a "big idea", only the intention to keep doing what I'm doing and have more of it, but I will keep alert for inspiration and opportunities.
Missus and Son are both at home this week for half-term, which makes the mornings more easy going, though I miss having the place to myself! Fortunately I enjoy their company, so this offsets the loss of personal space.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you focused on what isn't, what is, or what you are doing now?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry all day, evening and overnight.
Cloud in the morning will thin out and disappear by lunchtime.
Clear overnight, though freezing fog is expected by tomorrow morning.
Wind will be light and south-easterly, veering gradually westerly overnight.
Max Temp = 5 degC
Min Temp = 1 degC
Sunrise at 07:21
Sunset at 17:22
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
I would always go the extra mile for my sister - in the opposite direction : D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Sherry Japhet talks about her daughter and ex
In Tunisia, images of fish are often used to protect against evil. New buildings often have fish bones or tails embedded in them as they are built, and cars have brightly coloured plastic or cloth fish attached to them to provide protection to the people inside.
9. THE WISDOM I'VE LEARNED FROM OTHERS
"Always aim for achievement, and forget about success." - Helen Hayes