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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (31st August 1943)
On the Russian Front...
Soviet Central Front advances into Ukraine and liberates Glukhov
Manstein orders the German 1st Panzer Army and 6th Army to conduct a "mobile defence"
RN battleships Nelson and Rodney and cruiser Orion with supporting destroyers bombard the coast of Calabria.
Marshal Badoglio's representative arrives secretly by air to continue negotiations for Italian surrender to the Allies, returning to Italy in the evening.
In the Mediterranean...
Italian vessel Columbo sunk by RN submarine Torbay
Italian vessel Flegetone sunk by RN submarine Unsparing
In the Pacific...
Fiji 1st Commando unit lands on Vella Lavella Island and is attached to US 35th Infantry Regiment
Japanese vessels Shoto Maru and Kokko Maru are sunk by USN submarine Seawolf off Formosa
Today's Air Raids...
Berlin, Germany by RAF Bomber Command
Amiens, Mazingarbe and Lille, France by US 8th Air Force
Northern France RAF Fighter patrols
Marcus Island on the Japanese garrison by aircraft from Task Force 15
Rabaul Area, New Britain by US 5th Air Force
China military targets by US 14th Air Force
Hanoi and military targets, Indochina by US 14th Air Force
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Shift 2 of the Weekend Job
TV footie with missus
Twitter Followers = 1,666 (down 1)
Nonfollowed eliminated = 0
Unfollowers eliminated = 1
New Followers = 0
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
The situation with Daughter is essentially a divorce, with both parties having access to Missus. I am quite cool with this as such, and in fact it generates a little more "me time". As far as I am concerned, Missus can give as much time to Daughter as she likes, but not finance, which we don't have to spare.
Were it as simple as that, all would be fine. Unfortunately there is much mutual hurt and bitterness in the air. For my life, my training teaches me that the only way forward is acceptance. This is proving something of a struggle! My Reiki training, which tells me to look inward to examine all the roots, causes and connections, tells me that I am resenting and so resisting the hurt, which of course only amplifies it.
Pain management, a technique for managing physical pain, where you focus elsewhere, doesn't work for emotional pain, and I think that has been the learning point. For the latter, I think that you have to let it thunder right through you and embrace it, allowing yourself to be sad. When you do, you stop wasting mental energy on denial and inner peace returns.
Unpleasant as it is, working through your own issues is of course excellent training for helping clients, as all the techniques I use have been tried and tested on myself. My own experience has been invaluable in my future work with the traumatized.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you pretending it's super and marvellous when it's not?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry throughout and mainly sunny, clouding over overnight
A cool moderate north-westerly will blow all day, easing and turning westerly after dusk.
Max Temp = 14 degC
Min Temp = 11 degC
Sunrise at 06:13
Sunset at 20:01
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
For sale: Dead Canary - not going cheep
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Cocaine is an effective local anaesthetic and was first used for that purpose. Most modern local anaesthetics are chemical derivatives of cocaine.
9. ZEN WISDOM
Knowledge without wisdom produces nothing more than talented beasts.