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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (23rd July
On the Russian Front...
Soviet 3rd Baltic Front captures Pskov
Soviet 1st Byelorussian Front is fighting its way into Lublin
Hitler confers with Goering, Himmler, Speer, and others on increasing the German war effort
Admiral Wilhelm Canaris is arrested by the Gestapo for complicity in the July 20 assassination plot. General Franz Halder is also arrested although no evidence of his involvement is found.
French Resistance forces sabotages the tyre factory at Choisy-au-Bac
Rommel, having been previously injured in a strafing attack, is transferred to a hospital in Paris
In Normandy, France...
Canadian 1st Army is activated in Normandy under General Crerar
British 8th Army captures Tavernelle
US 5th Army captures Pisa
In the Pacific...
IJN guardboat Wakayoshi Maru is sunk by a mine in the Inland Sea off Japan
US III Amphibious Corps expands the beachhead on Guam and captures Cabras Island
US forces are still attempting to eliminate the Japanese Ibdi pocket on Biak Island
In New Guinea...
Continued fighting in the Afua sector along the Driniumor River at the eastern end of Aitape beachhead
On the Salween Front:
Chinese 8th Army opens new attacks against Sung Shan with US air support
Indian 23rd Infantry Division of British 14th Army captures Sibong southeast of Imphal
Mountbatten issues plans
for Operation Capital (offensive across the Chindwin into Burma) and
Operation Dracula (amphibious landing near Rangoon)
In the Indian Ocean...
Japanese vessels Kiso Maru and Taiho Maru are sunk by RN submarine Storm
Today's Air Raids...
Kiel, Germany by RAF Bomber Command - In a highly successful raid, losses are light (4 out of 629 aircraft), U-239 and U-1164 are written off, and four ships are sunk
Berlin by RAF Bomber Command
V-Weapons sites and Donges, France by RAF Bomber Command
Luftwaffe Airfields in France by US 8th Air Force
Berat, Albania by US 15th Air Force
Nauru, Wotje Atoll, Tinian and Truk Atoll by US 7th Air Force
Tinian by Carrier-based aircraft from USN Task Force 52
Yap Island by US FEAF
New Guinea on coastal targets by US FEAF
Hengyang, rail yards, river traffic and military targets in China by US 14th Air Force
Myitkyina and military targets in Burma by US 10th Air Force
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
My training does not remove the less helpful aspects of this character, but what it does do is enable more efficient management. When a negative behaviour is triggered I can, given space, quickly recognise what's going on, calm it down and restore self-control.
A more curious condition I deal with is "semi-insomnia" - I can't sleep for HALF the night. Usually it's the second half, but for a change last night it was the first. I know better than to get frustrated over it - I simply get up and make good use of the time. I find that the body clock then re-sets itself the next night. Alcohol is particularly disruptive to the body clock, so it's a good thing "sessions" are rare!
The greatest weakness of this character is the reaction to minor failure. I am fine with a big fuck-up that's entirely my fault, or someone else's fault, but what can trigger virtually psychotic behaviour is to to be pulled-up for a lesser failure that is partly due to others contributing to it, or when those criticizing me don't have all the information.
I assume that I was traumatized by such situations as a young child, but there is I am also sure an inherent element - Daughter has the same trait but to a highly extreme degree. Unlike myself she has shown no capacity to reflect inwardly and see that it is the reaction to disapproval and frustration, not the disapproval or frustration itself that is the real issue.
Though I cannot cure this issue, I can at least control it so long as I have the time and space to do so. It helps a lot to have come to self-acceptance over it. I did not after all want it - I was dealt it! I can only respond to it in the best way I can with what is available to me.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
What are your raw nerves - things to which you react badly or in an unhelpful way?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Cloud will evaporate by mid-morning and it will be dry and sunny thereafter
A moderate easterly or north-easterly will blow throughout
Max Temp = 23 degC
Min Temp = 14 degC
Sunrise at 05:06
Sunset at 21:20
Jetstream: Over the English Channel and drfting south
Weathertrack: High Pressure west of Norway and extending over Britain will drift north, but as it does so, High Pressure over the Azores will extend north behind it.
Air Pressure: 1024 millibars and falling
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
I like to ask kids what they want to be when they grow up - I'm looking for ideas :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Charlie Brooker on "Britain's Hardest"
The world’s largest stockpile of gold can be found five stories
underground inside the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s vault and
it holds 25% of the world's gold reserve (540,000 gold bars). While it
contains more gold than Fort Knox, most of it belongs to foreign
9. ZEN WISDOM
A truly beautiful person is one who is good at discovering beauty.