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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (24th March
On the Russian Front...
Soviet 1st Ukrainian Front crosses the Dniestr and advances toward Kolomna and Chernovitsy
Soviet 2nd Ukrainian Front reaches the Romanian border on the Prut River
Romanian leader Ion Antonescu concludes his meetings with Hitler
In the "Great Escape", More than 70 Allied POWs attempt to escape from Stalag Luft III overnight
In an anti-partisan reprisal, Germans murder more than 300 Italian civilians in Ardeatine caves near Rome
In the Pacific...
US Marines occupy Ebon Atoll
Japanese 17th Army conducts unsuccessful attacks against US Empress Augusta Bay beachhead on Bougainville Island
US Task Force Brewer attacks succeed in clearing the last major Japanese stronghold on Los Negros Island
Japanese vessels Shinkyo Maru and Bengal are sunk by USN submarine Bowfin
Unable to encircle Inkangahtawng, US 5307th Provisional Unit pulls back
Elements of Japanese 18th Infantry Division are driven off by Indian 77th LRP Brigade at White City on the rail line to Indaw
General Orde Wingate, commander of the Chindits, is killed when his aircraft crashes
Elements of Japanese 31st Infantry Division attack the Indian 50th Infantry Brigade at Sangshak northeast of Imphal
Today's Air Raids...
Frankfurt and Schweinfurt by US 9th Air Force
Berlin and military targets in Germany by RAF Bomber Command
St. Dizier and Nancy, France by US 8th Air Force
Northern France Fighter patrols by RAF 2nd Tactical Air Force
Hull, England by the Luftwaffe
Rimini, Italy by US 15th Air Force
Jaluit Atoll, Ponape Island and Ant Island by US 7th Air Force
Alexishafen, New Guinea by US 5th Air Force
Rabaul and military targets on New Britain by US 13th Air Force
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Twitter Followers = 1,721 (down 1)
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New followers = 0
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
Another calm uneventful Sunday restored balance after an eventful Saturday at the Weekend Job, which I can now forget for a fortnight with remaining holidays to use up.
My focus is primarily on internal silence as through experience I have concluded is the best mindset, relying on intuition for most decisions. Of course unwanted thought and images still cross the mind. I have discovered a technique of not fighting them but blurring them by imagining deliberately unfocusing a lens whilst focused on breath.
I believe that once I have perfected this discipline, life will in the main sort itself out as I go along, as a lifetime of accrued wisdom guides my path undistracted by intense emotion.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Do you know how to refocus when your mind is "all over the place"?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry throughout, sunny in the morning
A moderate south-easterly will blow throughout
Max Temp = 8 degC
Min Temp = 0 degC
Sunrise at 06:01
Sunset at 18:27
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
There's no excuse for laziness, but I'm constantly looking : D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Akmal on Christmas in Australia and religion
South American Titi monkeys are rare among primates because they are
monogamous. They mate for life and become distressed when separated.
They show affection by remaining close, grooming each other,
intertwining their tails, holding hands, nuzzling, cuddling, and lip
9. ZEN WISDOM
Our voice resonates with life. Because this is so, it can touch the lives of others.