Sunday, 6 October 2013

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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (7th October 1943)
On the Russian Front...
German 3rd Panzer Army counterattacks Soviet 3rd Shock Army and 4th Shock Army, halting their advance
Soviet forces attack Taman as the German 17th Army completes its evacuation of the Kuban

In Germany...
Hitler makes a speech to assembled Gauleiters and Reichsleiters in which he tells them: "The bridges behind us are burned."

In the English Channel...
Kriegsmarine S-Boats lay mines

In the Mediterranean...
RN cruisers Sirius and Penelope with two destroyers intercept a German convoy bound for Kos. Six out of seven ferry barges, transport vessel Olympos and Kriegsmarine sub chaser UJ-2111 are sunk.
A German force makes an unsuccessful landing on Simi, withdrawing in the face of British and Italian resistance 
USN LST-216 and LST-196 are lost in a storm
Italian vessel Eridania is sunk by Free Polish submarine Sokol

In Italy...
German 10th Army withdraw from the Termoli sector and assuming defensive positions behind the Trigno River
British 8th Army reinforces its bridgehead across the Biferno at Termoli
US 5th Army closes up to the Volturno River and prepares for an assault crossing.

In Ethiopia...
Approximately 6000 fighting men under Haile Mariam attack government troops led by British officers 

In the United States...
The first Boeing B-29 "Superfortress" high-altitude heavy bomber is commissioned for service in the USAAF

In the Pacific...
USN submarine S-44 sunk by IJN destroyer escort Ishigaki

The Japanese evacuation from Vella Lavella Island is completed - all effective Japanese resistance in the Central Solomon Islands ceases. 

In New Guinea...
Japanese forces counterattack the Australian 20th Infantry Brigade in the Sattelberg sector 

In Delhi, India...
Admaril Louis Mountbatten arrives to establish South East Asia Command.

In Burma...
Japanese forces advance into the Chim Hills and occupy Falam.

Today's Air Raids...
Stuttgart, Friedrichshafen, Munich, Emden, and military targets by RAF Bomber Command
Northern France and Netherlands RAF Fighter patrols
North Sea Minelaying by RAF Bomber Command
Norwich and London by the Luftwaffe
Haiphong, Indochina by US 14th Air Force

2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Housework Day
Missus Time

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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
With Son at singing lesson, Missus took full advantage and my services were required. My ego was somewhat boosted when Missus came so hard that she then fell asleep for half an hour. Just to keep my feet on the ground, Missus is not difficult to please - she is not that interested in Romance, context or foreplay, she just wants to be banged. Since I have no sexual ambitions elsewhere, and simply want to please/satisfy her, that's just fine!

I am fully aware that this is my "Golden Age" - no worries or concerns in the present moment, and home is a happy and safe place. I am savouring every precious moment of it! 

With time and space, I am healing from my acrimonious estrangement from Daughter, and life is a lot simpler as a result. However a complete severance is impossible, as the soul of Missus is deeply entwined with both of us. I therefore get regular updates about Daughter's doings. I am informed that she wants me to be proud of her. Though flattering, I find this equally confusing. If she is so angry with me, why does she want me to be proud of her? Also estranged from my own Father (at my initiative), I no longer give a flying f**k what he thinks about me. 

Though I am content to be updated on Daughter's progress, and have ego lifted by her desire to have me proud of her, this is of course insufficient incentive for any reconciliation. As it happens, I am proud of and deeply admire her intelligence, good looks, literary talent, initiative and tenacity. Unfortunately her dark side - vindictiveness, narcissism and the total absence of empathy, makes me completely uninterested in a relationship. I wish her her no harm - on the contrary, I wish her every happiness, but have no desire to be directly involved in her life story.

4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Do you have healthy and appropriate boundaries? 

5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry, mild and cloudy throughout, with a consistent moderate south-westerly wind.
Max Temp = 17 degC
Min Temp = 14 degC
Sunrise at 07:19
Sunset at 18:30

6. TODAY'S ONELINER
Occasionally I question my sanity - sometimes, worryingly, it replies.    

7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
George Carlin on the arrogance of mankind - makes you think as well as laugh.

8. TRIVIA
The K in JK Rowling's name is for Kathleen, her grandmother's name, but it is simply a "pen name" - she was never given a middle name by her parents.

9. ZEN WISDOM
No matter how wonderful our dreams, how noble our ideals, or how high our hopes, ultimately we need courage to make them a reality.  

     
       

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