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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (12th July
On the Russian Front...
Soviet Leningrad Front
is ordered to halt its unsuccessful attacks against Finnish defenses around
Tali-Ihantala, ending the Summer offensive in the Karelian isthmus
Soviet 3rd Baltic Front reaches the Velikaya River
Soviet 2nd Baltic Front breaks through German 16th Army lines and advances into rear areas
Soviet 1st Baltic Front captures Idritsa
Soviet 3rd Byelorussian Front fights its way into encircled Vilnius (Wilno, Vilna)
Soviet 1st Ukrainian Front launches probing attacks on German Army Group North Ukraine
In Normandy, France...
V Corps of US 1st Army clears the area around Hill 192
XIX Corps of US 1st Army attacks toward St Lo
VII Corps of US 1st Army attacks toward Periers
VIII Corps of US 1st Army attacks southward along the west coast of the Cotentin peninsula
US Brigadier-General Theodore Roosevelt Jr. dies of a cardiac arrest
In the North Sea...
Kriegsmarine patrol vessel V-812 is sunk by patrolling Allied aircraft
US 5th Army captures Laiatico and Castiglioncello
In the Mediterranean...
The Luftwaffe unsuccessfully attacks Allied convoy UGS-46 with 30 aircraft
In the Pacific...
Guam is bombarded by Cruisers and destroyers of USN Task Group 53.18, whilst carrier-based aircraft attack from the air
Japanese vessel Nichiran Maru sunk by USN submarine Piranha off the Philippines
US 41st Infantry Division are still mopping up remnants of Japanese Biak Detachment on Biak Island
In New Guinea...
US Task Force
Persecution regroups and prepares to counterattack along the
Driniumor River at the eastern end of Aitape beachhead
Japanese units conduct unsuccessful attacks overnight along the Driniumor River
Operation To-Go (Hengyang Operation):
Japanese 11th Army attack Chinese 10th Army in Hengyang
On the Salween Front:
Chinese forces unsuccessfully attacking around Sung Shan
US-Chinese forces unsuccessfully attack Myitkyina with poorly coordinated air support
Today's Air Raids...
Munich, Germany by US 8th Air Force in massive strength - 1117 bombers, of which 24 (2%) are lost, and escorted by 754 fighters
V-Weapons sites, France by RAF Bomber Command
Mimes, Miramas and military targets in Southern France by US 15th Air Force
Po Valley, Italy on communications targets by US 12th Air Force
Rota Island by Carrier-based aircraft from USN task force 53
Tinian and Truk Atoll by US 7th Air Force
Yap Island, Timor Island and Ceram Island by US FEAF
Wewak, Manikwari and military targwts in New Guinea by US FEAF
Liling, Yuhsien, Hengyang, Leiyang, and military targets in China by US 14th Air Force
Myitkyina and military targets in North Burma by US 10th Air Force
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Shift 2 of the Weekend Job
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
It turns out that the secret to a joyful fulfilled life experience boils down to one act: keep your mind focused on your intention. However, this is a bit like saying all that you need to do to become a successful athlete is train hard!
It has taken me two-thirds of this life-experience to simply get to understanding what I need to do, and the level of concentration required to keep my mind in he right place and protected from distraction is way beyond that of that needed for simply living.
Of course, as with any training, if you keep doing it, it gets easier, but you can never relax - you have to keep up that level of focus permanently. But it is however, absolutely worth it! While I am doing it, I am truly awake! The default human experience is to dream through life thinking you're awake when you're not. I guess I was fortunate in having a bad dream - that gave me an incentive to awaken.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
What if this, no matter how vivid and real it feels, is only a dream?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Cloud thickens throughout the day and there may be isolated light showers in the later afternoon
Prolonged but light rain arrives in the late evening
Max Temp = 22 degC
Min Temp = 14 degC
Sunrise at 04:51
Sunset at 21:34
Jetstream: North of Scotland but shifting rapidly south
Weathertrack: High Pressure over the Azores will temporarily retreat, allowing weather fronts generated by a depression static off Iceland, to sweep across Britain
Air Pressure: 1015 millibars and falling
6. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Guess who I bumped into at the opticians? Everybody :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Eddie Izzard - Cake or Death
Chicago gangster Al Capone (1899-1947), in one of his sporadic attempts
at public relations, opened a soup kitchen during the Great
9. ZEN WISDOM
Wisdom is invisible. It can only be gauged by a person’s actual conduct and behaviour.