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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (24th May
In the North Sea...
U-675 is sunk by RAF aircraft
In the English Channel...
Kriegsmarine minesweeper M-39 is sunk by RN MTB-354 and MTB-361
Kriegsmarine torpedo boat Greif is sunk by RAF aircraft and an accidental collision
The first Anti-Fascist National Liberation Congress convenes in Permet in partisan-controlled territory
British 8th Army reaches Melfa River and establishes bridgehead overnight
Hitler pernits Kesselring to withdraw the German 10th Army
USN light cruiser Brooklyn and two destroyers bombard German positions at Ardea north of Anzio
Marshal Badoglio's pro-Allied government issues a statement repudiating Mussolini's invasions of France, Greece, Yugoslavia, and Albania
In the Mediterranean...
Two kriegsmarine corvettes are sunk by USN PT boats off Corsica
In the Pacific...
IJN submarine RO-116 is sunk by USN destroyer escort England
Japanese vessels Bizen Maru and Wales Maru are sunk by USN submarine Lapon in the South China Sea
IJN escort vessel Iki is sunk by USN submarine Raton in the South China Sea
Japanese vessel Tatekawa Maru is sunk by USN submarine Gurnard off the Philippines
In New Guinea...
US 158th Infantry Regiment advance west toward Sarmi to expand the Arare-Toem beachhead
Chinese defenders of Loyang castle refuse to
surrender, and Japanese 12th Army renews attacks
On the Salween Front:
Chinese Y Force launches an attack
US and Chinese forces are engaged with Japanese defenders around Myitkyina
Elements of Japanese 53rd Infantry Division attacking Chindit forces at Kyusanlai Pass
Elements of Japanese 53rd Infantry Division attack Chindit base at Blackpool and air strip remains closed
Japanese 33rd Infantry
Division and Indian 17th Infantry Division heavily engaged around Buri
Bazar and Bishenpur south of Imphal
Indian 48th Infantry Brigade withdraws from its blocking positions, allowing a Japanese supply route up the Tiddim road to Bishenpur to resume.
Today's Air Raids...
Berlin by US 8th Air Force and RAF Bomber Command
Aachen, Germany by RAF Bomber Command
Wiener-Neustadt and military targets in Austria by US 15th Air Force
Eindhoven, Netherlands by RAF Bomber Command
Antwerp, Belgium by RAF Bomber Command
Luftwaffe airfields by US 8th Air Force
Transportation routes, V-Weapons sites and military targets by US 9th Air Force
Coastal batteries by RAF Bomber Command
Fighter patrols by RAF 2nd Tactical Air Force
North Sea minelaying by RAF Bomber Command
Varazdin and Zagreb, Yugoslavia by US 15th Air Force
Aviso Viaduct, Italy by US 15th Air Force
Jaluit Atoll, Wotje Atoll and Ponape Island by US 7th Air Force
Bougainville Island on military targets by US 13th Air Force
Buka Island by US 13th Air Force
Wewak and Hansa Bay, New Guinea by US 5th Air Force
Rabaul and military targets on New Britain by US 13th Air Force
Imphal, India by Japanese aircraft
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Preparing Weekend Job disciplinary defence
Online promotional work
Twitter Followers = 1,748 (up 2)
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New followers = 2
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
Well I wasn't expecting that! I have been suspended on full pay from the Weekend Job over remarks I have made. I am now waiting on a decision from management on what they are going to do about it. I am not going to just roll over on what I perceive as an injustice, so I will spend some of the time at home preparing a defence, as the most likely outcome is a disciplinary meeting.
One positive from it is that I'm now very awake and shorn of any complacency. I have also learned a lesson - there can be serious negative consequences from speaking the full truth! Time will tell whether I am right in the belief that nevertheless everything will ultimately work out for the best.
The trouble is it will require a supreme mental effort to avoid being caught in a negative mental loop where I overthink and over-analyze the situation, and my resultant behaviour affects my loved ones at home. The fact that I am now so highly self-aware will hopefully help me to keep positive. And behave in a helpful manner. The bottom line is I just have to get on with it.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you responding in the most useful way to the situation you face.
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry and cloudy in the morning.
Heavy rain will arrive by noon
In the evening the rain will break up into showers, some heavy, that will persist overnight.
Max Temp = 12 degC
Min Temp = 9 degC
Sunrise at 04:52
Sunset at 21:16
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
You don’t know anything about pain until you’ve seen your own baby drowned in a tub… and you definitely don’t know anything about how to wash a baby.
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
QI - Frank Skinner plays the banjolele
Psychologists at the University of Pennsylvania studied data from over
10,000 speed daters and found that most people make a decision
regarding a person’s attraction within three seconds of meeting.
9. ZEN WISDOM
There is no true joy in a life lived closed up in the little shell of
the self. When you take one step to reach out to people, when you meet
with others and share their thoughts and sufferings, infinite compassion
and wisdom well up within your heart.