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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (13th June
In the North Sea...
Kriegsmarine patrol trawler V-1109 sunk by Allied aircraft
In the Mediterranean...
The Italian garrison on Linosa Island, the last Axis-held territory before Sicily, surrenders to RN destroyer HMS Nubian.
In the Atlantic...
US Coast Guard cutter Escanaba sunk off Greenland by unknown cause, possibly a mine.
In the Pacific...
Japanese vessel Suzuya Maru sunk by USN submarine Guardfish
Japanese vessel Konan Maru sunk by USN submarine Sargo
Today's Air Raids...
Saratov Oil Refineries, Russia
by the Luftwaffe
Bremen and Kiel, Germany by US 8th Air Force
Northern France Fighter patrols by US 8th Air Force and the RAF
Grimsby, England by the Luftwaffe
Gerbini and Catania, Sicily by USAAF
Bougainville Island by US 13th Air Force
New Guinea military targets by US 5th Air Force
Rabaul and Gasmata, New Britain by US 5th Air Force
Dili and Koepang, Timor Island by US 5th Air Force
Nanchang, China by US 5th Air Force
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Shopping and lunch with Son
Missus time thereafter
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
I sometimes get a twang of guilt that I am financially dependent on Missus, particularly when my Practice is quiet. However, this is offset by the fact that in many other ways, she is totally dependent on me. And after all, isn't a marriage a committed partnership? I have learned not to get too concerned where the provision is coming from, so long as it's coming!
I remain vigilant for opportunities, and undeniably everything is sound at the moment. I have freely chosen to live day-to-day, and it is serving me well so far! In fact, this is my Golden Age, so I intend to simply be grateful and make the most of the experience.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you making the best use of what you have where you are?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Showers, some heavy in the morning.
By late morning it will be dry with sunny spells
Dry and clear overnight
Wind will vary between westerly and southwesterly, and will also vary in strength, peaking mid-afternoon when there may be strong gusts
Max Temp = 14 degC
Min Temp = 11 degC
Sunrise at 04:36
Sunset at 21:38
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
My party-piece is a really good impression of a responsible adult : D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Rita Rudner in Las Vegas
There are 29 volcanoes in Italy. Of these, only two are currently active - Mount Etna in Sicily and Mount Stromboli in the Aeolian Islands. The potential damage they can cause is fairly limited. Of greater concern is Mount Vesuvius, the volcano that buried Pompeii. At its foot is the large city of Naples. Vesuvius last erupted in 1944 and destroyed three villages. Whereas on Etna and Stromboli the lava flows relatively smoothly, Vesuvius ejects lava explosively, mixed with mud and rock. A major eruption on the scale of Pompeii will completely destroy Naples.
Oddly, there is no word in Latin for volcano. Pliny, the Roman who observed Vesuvius bury Pompeii, called it a "fire-mountain".
9. THE WISDOM I'VE LEARNED FROM OTHERS
"It is not good for all our wishes to be filled; through sickness we recognize the value of health; through evil, the value of good; through hunger, the value of food; through exertion, the value of rest." - Greek saying