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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (28th December
In the Arctic...
Kriegsmarine minesweeper R-64 is sunk by mine
On the Russian Front...
Soviet 1st Ukrainian Front attack the German 4th Panzer Army around Zhitomir and Berdichev
German XLVIII Panzer Korps unsuccessfully counterattack at Kazatin
In the North Sea...
German vessel Oldenburg is sunk by RN submarine Seadog
In the Bay of Biscay...
A Kriegsmarine patrol flotilla is surprised and attacked by Allied forces. Kriegsmarine destroyer Z-27 and torpedo boats T-25 and T-26 are sunk by RN cruisers Glasgow and Enterprise. The rest of the flotilla scatters and safely returns to port.
English and Turkish diplomats discuss the possibility of Turkey entering the war.
British 8th Army's Canadian 1st Infantry Division clears Ortona
French units of US 5th Army continue attacking Mainarde Ridge
In the Pacific...
US 1st Marine Division continues expanding the Cape Gloucester beachhead on New Britain, whilst Japanese attacks on the Arawe beachhead are driven off
Chinese 38th Infantry Division attack the Japanese 18th Infantry Division along the Tarung River
In the Indian Ocean...
US vessel Robert F. Hoke is heavily damaged by IJN submarine I-26, beached, and written off
Today's Air Raids...
Duisburg, Dusseldorf and Cologne, Germany by RAF Bomber Command
Netherlands Fighter patrols by US 8th Air Force Fighters
Brest and V-Weapons sites in Northern France by RAF 2nd Tactical Air Force
Rome, Ciampino, and Civitavecchia, Italy by US 12th Air Force
Rimini and Vicenza, Italy by US 15th Air Force
Mille Atoll, Maloelap Atoll and Majuro Atoll by US 7th Air Force
Bonis and Kahili, Bougainville Island by US 13th Air Force
Yangtze River, China by US 14th Air Force, sinking three Japanese vessels
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Shift 2 of the Weekend Job
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
Missus returned as scheduled singing the praises of Daughter who had apparently put some thought and effort into her stay. It certainly turned out better than my worst fears. This is somewhat muted in my eyes by Daughter effectively borrowing money off us to buy alcohol and missus having to buy her a new gift from Next and exchange the one that wasn't acceptable.
Furthermore she abandoned Missus in her bedsit on Boxing Day evening while she went to work a night shift! Daughter's "hospitality" in other words cost money and inconvenience. Allegedly (I'll believe it when the money appears in our account) we will recoup the extra financial cost and the inconvenience was Missus problem not mine. She remains in my eyes a vindictive malevolent ungrateful narcissistic parasite.
Son of course has cost us far more money this year, and indeed plunged us into debt, but I figure that is only fair and redresses the balance. He is genuinely grateful, capable of empathy, is willing to listen and his company is a joy. His very low tolerance of his mother's quirks is the one disappointment, but he at least has a conscience when he goes too far, and he knows how to say sorry.
Of my own character, I am at peace with myself, aware of the darkness and light within me and fully prepared to wield both - light to fulfil my life-purpose and darkness in self-defence. Unlike most people, to be a "good person" or a soldier of light is not my orientation. I am a True Neutral - I believe in the balance of forces and that wisdom and understanding are the noblest objectives. It is these that I seek to propagate, promote and pass on.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you clear in your own mind about what you want?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Showers with sunny periods throughout the day
Showers will peter out in the evening
Cold, dry and cloudy overnight
A moderate south-westerly will swing westerly in the evening
Max Temp = 4 degC
Min Temp = 3 degC
Sunrise at 08:25
Sunset at 15:52
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
When sexually aroused I talk like Elvis. My doctor said the best treatment is when making love to have a little less conversation and a little more action. : D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
If a person extends his or her arm and index finger completely, and the
beginning of Earth is represented by the shoulder and the present
by the fingertip, then passing a file over the fingernail once would
erase all of human history.
9. ZEN WISDOM
Dig beneath your feet, there you will find a spring. The place where
you are now is crucial. Never avoid that which you must do now.