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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (9th May
On the Russian Front...
In the Crimea, Soviet 4th Ukrainian Front captures Sevastopol -
Remnants of German 17th Army withdraw to the Khersonnes peninsula
German evacuation by sea continues.
In the Mediterranean...
USN sub chaser PC-558 is sunk by U-230
Main Japanese forces
in New Guinea are withdrawn under command of 2nd Army to Sorong near the western tip of Dutch
New Guinea and to Halmahera Island in the East Indies
Operation Ko-Go (Peking-Hankow Operation):
13th Army and 29th Army of Chinese 31st Army Group withdraw toward Changshuichen
Japanese North China Area Army orders 1st Army and 12th Army to destroy Chinese forces around Loyang
Elements of Japanese 1st Army cross the Yellow River around Yuanchu and Pailangtu overnight
Japanese defenders withdraw from Ritpong
The Chindit base at White City is evacuated
British 14th LRP Brigade and West African 3rd LRP Brigade move north toward Blackpool base
Today's Air Raids...
Berlin by RAF Bomber Command
Belgium on Luftwaffe airfields by US 8th Air Force and transportation routes by US 9th Air Force
Luxembourg a rail yard by US 8th Air Force
Northern France on Luftwaffe airfields by US 8th Air Force and transportation routes and V-weapons sites byRAF 2nd Tactical Air Force
Gennevilliers, Annecy and Pas De Calais coastal batteries, France by RAF Bomber Command
North Sea minelaying by RAF Bomber Command
Jaluit Atoll, Wotje Atoll and Wake Island by US 7th Air Force
Woleai Atoll and military targets on Bougainville Island by US 13th Air Force
New Guinea on military targets by US 13th Air Force
Rabaul and military targets on New Britain by US 13th Air Force
Mogaung Valley, Buthidaung and coastal minelaying, Burma by US 10th Air Force
Imphal, India on Japanese positions by US 10th Air Force
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Shift 1 of the Weekend Job
Twitter Followers = 1,730 (no change)
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New followers =2
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
I will go into this weekend as prepared as I can be mentally, with nothing pressing hanging over me. I have developed a new acceptance that if the circumstances go badly, I will fail or be broken, but that doesn't excuse me from making myself as robust as possible. In the abundance of time available this morning, I will use it to calm my mind right down and elevate my consciousness to the universal.
I am no longer convinced that I can stay at that level of consciousness permanently, but I can and need to be there for at least part of every day and I will endeavour to do so.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
What are you doing to make yourself as robust as possible?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Showers, some heavy, will persist until late afternoon
Dry thereafter with sunny/clear periods
A moderate to strong westerly will ease in the evening and swing slowly southerly
Max Temp = 11 degC
Min Temp = 8 degC
Sunrise at 05:16
Sunset at 20:51
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
I brought my baby cousin an unbreakable toy. He broke all his other toys with it :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY
Lenny Henry sings the blues
In Haiti, there is one hospital bed for every 10,000 inhabitants. There
are only about eight doctors and 10 nurses for every 100,000
9. ZEN WISDOM
It is precisely when we have suffered defeat that we can determine to win and open the path to future victory.