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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (22nd December
On the Russian Front...
German XLVIII Panzer Korps continue to be heavily engaged in the Meleni sector
Hitler reviews Atlantic Wall preparations and orders increased defenses and anti-invasion flame-throwers
With the exception of those troops with the Blue Legion, all remaining elements of the Spanish Blue Division return from Russian Front
In the Mediterranean...
Kriegsmarine minelayer Drache is sunk by RAF aircraft off Samos Island
Kriegsmarine cruiser Niobe (ex Italian, ex Yugoslavian), aground on Silba Island, is destroyed by RN MTBs
Kriegsmarine vessel UJ-6076 is sunk by Free French submarine Casabianca
British 8th Army captures Villa Grandi while the Battle of Ortona continues
In the Pacific...
German vessel Havelland is heavily damaged by USN submarine Gurnard and written off
Japanese vessel Ginrei Maru is sunk by US 14th Air Force aircraft in the South China Sea
Today's Air Raids...
Osnabruk and Munster, Germany by US 8th Air Force
V-Weapons sites at Abbeville and Amiens, France by RAF 2nd Tactical Air Force and RAF Bomber Command
Bay Of Biscay Minelaying by RAF Bomber Command
Zara, Yugoslavia by US 12th Air Force
Italy on the German Front line by US 12th Air Force
Mille Atoll by US 7th Air Force, sinking Japanese vessel No. 2 Nankair Maru
Boram, Wewak, Madang, and Alexishafen, New Guinea by US 5th Air Force
Cape Gloucester, New Britain by US 5th Air Force
The Arawe Beachhead, New Britain by japanese aircraft
Kunming Airfield, China by Japanese aircraft
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
The Milk Run
Twitter Followers = 1,702 (down 3)
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New followers = 1
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
As the character you play, you have control over the circumstances you are dealt, or the reactions toward you of the people you encounter. I have found that whatever you are like, how people respond to you is down to what's going on inside their own heads. The judgement of other people about you is therefore not a reliable guide and moral compass.
All your power and control is focused on how you respond to the situation that faces you at this moment. Whether it's blessing or adversity, benevolence or injustice, boring or interesting, it's what I do in that situation that determines the destiny of my character. To wield power and control therefore requires a shift of attention from what I am experiencing to how I'm responding.
The hard work of living in my case is in focusing attention. With so many things to experience, internally within the imagination and memory as much as externally, returning attention to intention is a struggle. I have combined what I consider the essential disciplines into a single mantra; gratefully and silently listen for your heart's next instruction. I will watch myself with interest to see if this helps to keep me focused!
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Have you got your attention on the right thing?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Consistently windy and cold with blustery showers
There will be a window of dry weather straddling lunchtime
Showers will move away by mid-evening and it will be dry with clear periods thereafter
A strong cold south-westerly will blow throughout
Max Temp = 4 degC
Min Temp = 2 degC
Sunrise at 08:23
Sunset at 15:48
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
The water's so hard where we live, the plumbers have to go round in pairs : D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY
QI: Fascinating facts about apples
In Japanese culture, seppuku (“stomach cutting”) was a
ritual suicide performed by warriors (usually Samurai) about to get
captured. During the ritual, the warrior would slice up his abdomen and
stretch out his neck, and then one of his comrades would behead
him with one stroke. While the practice was banned in the
seventeenth century, it has persisted to this day.
9. ZEN WISDOM
Patience and persistence is, in and of itself, a great challenge and it often holds the key to breaking through a seeming impasse