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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (17th January
On the Russian Front...
Soviet Leningrad Front and Volkhov Front attacking German 18th Army, which withdraws from positions facing Leningrad and counterattacks Soviet 8th Army around Mga
Soviet 60th Army captures Slavuta
US 5th Army opens an assault against the Gustav Line
British 10th Corps of US 5th Army attacking across Garigliano River against German 94th Infantry Division
In the Mediterranean...
Kriegsmarine torpedo boat TA-10 (ex French) damaged by a RN destroyer in the Aegean Sea, and subsequently written-off and scuttled
In the Atlantic...
U-305 is sunk by RN destroyer Wanderer and frigate Glenarm
Meat rationing is introduced
In the Pacific...
The last Japanese positions around Arawe are mopped up on New Britain
Elements of Chinese 38th Infantry Division advancing slowly toward Taihpa Ga
British 32nd Infantry Brigade attacks newly established Japanese position at Kyaukchaw west of the Chindwin River
Today's Air Raids...
Sibenik, Yugoslavia by US 12th Air Force
Anzio, Viterbo and military targets in Southern Italy by US 12th Air Force
Roads and railways in Northern Italy by US 15th Air Force
Mille Atoll by USN aircraft
Hansa Bay, Nubia and military targets in New Guinea by US 5th Air Force
Rabaul, New Britain by US AirSols and US 13th Air Force, sinking five vessels and damaging another
Tanimbar Island by the RAAF, sinking IJN guardboat No. 6 Shinko Maru
Bandanaira, Celebes Island by US 5th Air Force
Kyaukchaw, Burma by RAF aircraft
Burma military targets by US 10th Air Force
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Shift 1 of the Weekend Job
Twitter Followers = 1,701 (up 2)
eliminated = 1
eliminated = 0
New followers = 2
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
New book is finally written and initially proof-read, I have offered it to some other folks for external proof-reading. I must say I'm very pleased with it and if nothing else states clearly what I have learned. I aim to self-publish it in February.
As I suspected he would, Son, given time and space, recovered significantly over the course of yesterday. Nevertheless I still need to keep a "hands off" approach, giving advice only when asked, and otherwise simply be there. Time for him to fully seek his own way!
As much as I would prefer to just simply write-off and bury any links with Daughter, this is in practice impossible due to her frequent unscheduled calls to Missus. Like it or not I indirectly get full updates on her life. She is clearly doing well at college but is painfully red-raw insecure, which in her manifests as highly vindictive outbursts in the face of even the slightest criticism and a desperate need for her mother's recognition.
For myself, I have learned that this life experience is all about how you respond to both the external and internal turbulence of everyday life. I intend to be fully focused on my proactive response rather than the negative aspects of any particular situation. This is incredibly liberating. When how you respond is all that matters, nothing can upset you.
Though much more robust these days, I am however not invincible. I can still "lose it" in certain situations. As far as I can, I simply avoid those situations, I have expelled from my life the people who tend to create them, and go into more hostile situations as mentally prepared as possible.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Do you have good mental preparations for difficult situations
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Damp drizzly start
Turning dry after dawn with sunny/clear spells from noon
A moderate south-westerly wind will gradually ease and swing south-easterly overnight
Max Temp = 6 degC
Min Temp = 4 degC
Sunrise at 08:15
Sunset at 16:20
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
Go-Cat + Rohypnol = Stop-Cat : D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Nick Helm on Russell Howard's Good News
It is estimated that 20–40% of models suffer from some type of eating
disorder. Some groups are urging the fashion industry to ban the use of
size “0” models. Size 0 usually corresponds to someone who has a Body
Mass Index (BMI) below 18.5. An adult who has a BMI between 18.5 and
24.9 is considered to be at a healthy weight.
9. ZEN WISDOM
Life is filled with potential that is truly unfathomable. At last we are
coming to see the enormous power it possesses. That is why we must
never write anyone off. In particular, we mustn’t put boundaries on our
own potential. In most cases, our so-called limitations are nothing more
than our own decision to limit ourselves.