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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (26th December
In the Arctic...
Kriegsmarine battlecruiser Scharnhorst engages RN cruisers escorting Arctic Convoy JW 55B. It damages cruiser HMS Norfolk but is then torpedoed by destroyers and simultaneously attacked by other cruisers and battleship HMS Duke Of York. Scharnhorst sinks - there are only 36 survivors
On the Russian Front...
Soviet 1st Ukrainian Front advances against German 4th Panzer Army
US 5th Army attacks around Morello Hill and Mainarde Ridge
In New Guinea...
Australian 2/16th Infantry Battalion attacks Shaggy Ridge south of Madang
In the Pacific...
Operation Backhander, the full-scale invasion of New Britain is launched. USN Task Force 76 lands 1st Marine Division at Cape Gloucester, with heavy air and naval support. The Japanese respond with airstrikes, sinking USN destroyer Brownson and damaging Lamson, Shaw, and Mugford, and attacking the bridgehead as well as the existing bridgehead at Arawe. These counterattacks are repulsed and US Naval Fighters clain 60 Japanese aircraft shot down.
Today's Air Raids...
Prato, Empoli, and Pistoia, Italy by US 15th Air Force
Wotje Atoll by US 7th Air Force
Kahili Airfield, Bougainville Island by US 13th Air Force
Chittagong, India by Japanese aircraft
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Lads-only all-day chillout - may do the ironing
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
Christmas Day went OK, but it was not the laid-back perfection I expected. Missus, who ordered a large cooked breakfast, immediately threw it back up. A gentle lecture ensued about how now that we are older we can't do things like we used to and that whatever we think in our heads, our bodies can't meet the expectations.
I was particularly disappointed with Son's behaviour, who despite having the minimum of expectation placed upon him nevertheless chose to be highly intolerant of his mother's quirks. At least I have his ear, and after another gentle lecture in his direction he apologized to his mother.
Despite these unfortunate occurrences, Missus generally enjoyed her day up to departing for Daughter's. The Lads then enjoyed doing their own thing, reuniting in front of the telly for a couple of hours in the evening.
Today will be one of Lad's self-indulgence, and a good time should be had by all!
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you doing your own thing or someone else's thing?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Cold dry and cloudy throughout, with a light south-westerly wind
Heavy blustery rain will arrive abruptly just before midnight and will last all night
Max Temp = 3 degC
Min Temp = 1 degC
Sunrise at 08:25
Sunset at 15:50
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
Want to learn to joust? Join our Knight class! : D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Liam Williams on Russell Howard's Good News - very good!
As humans grow older, the lens in the eye grows thicker. This is why
people who once had perfect vision often need glasses in their 40s.
9. ZEN WISDOM
“Thank you” is the essence of nonviolence. It contains respect for the
other person, humility and a profound affirmation of life.