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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (25th December
On the Russian Front...
Soviet 1st Ukrainian Front continues to attack the German 4th Panzer Army
In the Arctic...
Kriegsmarine battlecruiser Scharnhorst and escorting destroyers sortie to attack Allied convoy JW 55B
In the Channel Islands...
British Commandos carry out unsuccessful raids on Sark and Jersey overnight
US 5th Army make limited attacks around Hill 730
In the Pacific...
IJN battleship Yamato is damaged by USN submarine Skate
US Americal Infantry Division begins arriving on Bougainville Island
Japanese attacks against the Arawe beachhead on New Britain drive back US outposts
A Japanese force occupies Biak Island off New Guinea
Today's Air Raids...
Northern France Fighter patrols by RAF 2nd Tactical Air Force
Pontecorvo, Italy by US 12th Air Force
Pisa, Vicenza, Bolzano, and military targets in Italy by US 15th Air Force
Mille Atoll by US 7th Air Force
Japanese front line and Cape Gloucester, New Britain by US 5th Air Force
Kavieng, New Ireland by naval aircraft from USN Task Group 50.2, sinking four Japanese vessels
Chittagong, India by Japanese aircraft
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Big Breakfast/present opening
Christmas Dinner/Family Chillout
Lads Time/Me Time
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
This Christmas Day promises to be the best ever, as for the first time I expect the complete absence of any form of tension. I'm sharing it exclusively with people whose company I enjoy - Son and Missus. It gets even better in the later afternoon when Missus departs to spend the second half of Christmas with Daughter, and it will be "Lads Only" for 48 hours.
Destiny has deprived me of a big happy family Christmas experience, but the feedback I get from those I talk to is that I'm not missing anything I want. For most folks with a wider family, the whole thing is a stressful chore.
I have reached the point in my life where I absolutely refuse to tolerate being treated badly by anyone and shun any company I find irritating, and that especially includes blood relatives. I find the company of the lot of them truly ghastly - they've all got personal issues they seem bent on inflicting on each other. I am most profoundly disappointed with the character of the nuclear family I was brought up in, and having cast off the shackles of Christian principles four years ago, my intolerance reached its inevitable conclusion this year in the severing of all relations with the lot of them.
This Stalinist purge has included Daughter, who puberty transformed from the sweet apple of my eye to one of the most hideous narcissistic greedy selfish and vindictive personalities I've ever had the misfortune of coming across. To purge my home of this highly toxic influence has transformed the atmosphere to one of joyful bliss! As with the other blood relatives, I have lost all interest in any kind of relationship with her.
The two surviving close relationships, with Missus and Son are the complete opposite experience - absolute pure joy! Most days are true paradise, and I am gratefully savouring every minute. My life currently lacks nothing!
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you doing something you really don't want to, and if so, is it worth it?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Cold and dry throughout
Cloud will gradually thin out and vanish entirely in the afternoon
A moderate south-westerly will gradually ease to negligible by mid-evening
Max Temp = 4 degC
Min Temp = 1 degC
Sunrise at 08:24
Sunset at 15:50
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
Do vampire snowmen give you frostbite? : D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
George Carlin's vision of the apocalypse
The bikini was worn for the first time by French model and nude dancer
Micheline Bernardini for a poolside fashion show at the Piscine
Molitor in Paris on July 5, 1946. She later received 50,000 fan
9. ZEN WISDOM
Our hopes, desires and ambitions are powerful forces existing within us for the shaping of the future.