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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (4th May 1943)
In Munich, Germany...
Hitler orders Operation Citadel, the Kursk offensive, postponed until June.
In the Mediterranean...
Italian vessel Sant Antonio sunk by USAAF aircraft off Sicily
Italian torpedo boat Perseo sunk by RN destroyers
In the Atlantic...
British vessel Lorient sunk by U-125
U-109 sunk by RAF aircraft
U-659 and U-439 sunk in accidental collision while attacking Allied shipping
In Cold Bay, Alaska...
Operation Landcrab, the seabourne invasion of Attu Island, is postponed until May 8 due to bad weather.
In the Pacific...
Japanese vessel San Clemente Maru sunk by USN submarine Seal
Japanese vessel Naku Maru sunk by USN submarine Gudgeon
Japanese 55th Infantry Division attacking toward Buthidaung in the Arakan
Today's Air Raids...
Dortmund, Germany by RAF Bomber Command
Belgium Allied Fighter patrols
Northern France Allied Fighter patrols
Abbeville, France by RAF Bomber Command
Norwich, England by the Luftwaffe
Reggio, Calabria and Taranto, Italy by US 9th Air Force
Attu Island by US 11th Air Force
Vangavanga, Choiseul Island by US AirSols
Babo and Wewak, New Guinea by US 5th Air Force
Hainan Island, China by US 14th Air Force
Haiphong, Indochina by US 14th Air Force
Cox's Bazaar, India by Japanese aircraft
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Brief Missus Time
Shift 2 of the Weekend Job
Footie on TV with missus
Twitter Followers = 1,671 (up 3)
Nonfollowed eliminated = 1
Unfollowers eliminated = 0
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
Negative experiences have an important benefit - they make you stronger. Mine comes mainly from Daughter, who is wonderfully unemcumbered by any trace of empathy and will therefore quite happily tear into my rawest nerves if over any issue she doesn't get her way. She has for this reason been pushed out to a safe distance for the time being with (for her) an expensive price-tag for re-admittance.
My ego is of itself defenceless against such ruthlessness. When things are abundant and going well, your awareness tends to be drawn into the ego because that's where the maximum sensation of pleasure is. That's all very fine until bombshells, marauders and predators arrive, because unfortunately the ego is also where maximum suffering is.
No matter how spiritually-educated you are, earthly bliss will soon draw you into your ego. Pain has a wonderful way of re-awkening you. The practices that draw your focus back to Higher Awareness get neglected after a diet of pleasure and I find myself needing to "re-learn" them. This is no bad thing. Your awareness becomes sharper as a result and you have a deeper appreciation of the necessity of spiritual disciplines.
Pleasure is nice but softens you. Pain, if it doesn't kill you, makes you stronger. To fully participate in the Life Experience without getting lost in it, you need a pain-toughened skin and a soft heart.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
What is your response to your most recent bad experience?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry and cloudy in the morning
Cloud will thin out in the afternoon and it will be bright and sunny thereafter
A strong westerly wind will keep the temperature cool.
After dark it will be dry and clear and the wind will veer south-westerly
Max Temp = 10 degC
Min Temp = 9 degC
Sunrise at 05:26
Sunset at 20:43
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
I used to have multiple personality disorder but we're alright now : D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Lee Mack defends an undefendable lie
Greece’s currency, the drachma, was 2,650 years old and Europe’s oldest currency. The drachma was replaced with the Euro in 2002 - and now their Greece's economy is on the brink of collapse.
9. THE WISDOM I'VE LEARNED FROM OTHERS
"Great leadership is doing what is right when no one is watching." - George Van Valkenburg