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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (29th September
In the Arctic...
US vessel Edward H. Crockett and British vessel Samsuva are sunk by U-310
Tito and Stalin conclude an agreement for the Red Army to enter Yugoslavia temporarily during operations against German forces
On the Russian Front...
Elements of Soviet 8th Army land on Muhu (Moon) Island, from which German defenders withdraw
German 6th Army and Hungarian 2nd Army launch a new attack around Cluj
57th Army of Soviet 3rd Ukrainian Front attack toward Belgrade against strong resistance by German Army Group F
German forces launch heavy attacks against Polish Home Army positions in the Zoliborz district of Warsaw
In Kiel, Germany...
U-276 and U-1000, no longer serviceable, are decomissioned
On the Western Front...
Canadian 1st Army allows the evacuation of civilians from besieged Calais
Other elements of Canadian 1st Army attack the Breskens pocket along the Scheldt estuary
German frogmen damage the Nijmegen bridges with explosives
US 1st Army attacks around Roermond and Lammersdorf
Continuing attacks and counterattacks on US 3rd Army front
British 2nd Army reaches the Hertogenbosch area
Heavy dogfighting between Luftwaffe and RAF fighters over the Netherlands
At Piraeus, Greece...
U-565, previously damaged by USAAF air raids, is scuttled
British 8th Army, despite being hindered by flooding, captures Savignano and Castelvecchio
US 5th Army is engaged around Stazzema, Montefredente, Fornelli, and Monte Battaglia
In the Atlantic...
U-863 is sunk by USN PB4Y aircraft
In San Francisco, USA...
Admirals King, Nimitz, and Spruance confer on strategy in the Pacific theatre-of-war
In the Pacific...
US 1st Marine Division and 321st Infantry Regiment of 81st Infantry Division continue attacking on Peleliu Island
US 81st Infantry Division continue mopping up the Japanese pocket on Angaur Island
IJN guardboat Riki Maru and vessel is sunk by mine off Kota Bharu, Malaya
IJN auxiliary minesweeper Hoei Maru and vessel Ekisan Marusunk are sunk by USN submarine Skate off Okinawa
USN submarine Narwhal evacuates from Mindanao Island 81 Allied POWs who survived the sinking of the Shinyo Maru
Operation To-Go (Hunan-Kwangsi Operation):
34th Infantry Division and other elements of Japanese 11th Army attack Changning
Chinese labourers work to open the trail between Kunming and Myitkyina in Burma
Today's Air Raids...
Karlsruhe, Germany by RAF Bomber Command
London by four V-2 rockets
North Sea minelaying by RAF Bomber Command
Milan, Italy on rail lines by US 12th Air Force
Pagan Island and Truk Atoll by US 7th Air Force
Faan and Urarom, New Guinea by US FEAF
Ceram Island, Celebes Island, Ambon Island, and Boeroe Island by US FEAF
China on military targets by US 14th Air Force
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
My mother it seems needs surgery to remove a large benign tumour from her brain. In conveying this information via e-mail, father added "Mum and Dad both love you". After a lifetime of enduring dysfunctional relationships with them, the news left me unmoved and the words rang hollow. I am long past the point where anyone can sway me with platitudes. These days I measure the words from people's mouths against their actions.
My own nuclear family has not been without its own dysfunctionality, but notwithstanding how Daughter has turned out, at least the remaining core of three has genuinely put each other first before any other consideration. Consequently I know what real love is, and therefore what it isn't.
Between the ideal of a family where there is genuine love and the horror of genuine abuse is a third category of family - the dysfunctional, and I was brought up in one of those. Having been long since removed from that environment and co-created one of my own, I am left without bitterness but with a profound disappointment in my own parents - a neurotic mother whose true love is bricks and mortar and garden and a father utterly devoid of any kind of courage, inner strength or self-belief.
Now in their declining final years they must suffer the consequences of the life choices they have made. Their beautiful house and garden on which they have lavished all their devotion will give them no comfort for it cannot love them back. As for me, my love is reserved for those who have loved me in the way I wanted to be loved.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Is it time to end a toxic relationship?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Cloudy and windless throughout.
Some drizzle in the later afternoon and early evening.
Max Temp = 16 degC
Min Temp = 11 degC
Sunrise at 07:04
Sunrise at 18:49
Weathertrack: High Pressure dominating Europe will keep Britain in calm mild weather
Air Pressure: 1020 millibars and falling slightly
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
Don't talk mean to the illetrate - write it instead :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Never Mind The Buzzcocks - Simon Amstell's best moments
The Inuit cleaned themselves in steam baths made by urinating on hot
rocks in enclosed tents. In parts of India and East Africa where water
is scarce or polluted, people still bathe in cow urine.
It is the ammonia given off that has cleansing and disinfectant properties.
9. ZEN WISDOM
Education at its best is a process of liberation from prejudice which
frees the human heart from its violent passions. Through education
people can be delivered from powerlessness, from the burden of mistrust
directed against themselves. And those who have learned to trust in
themselves are then naturally able to believe in the latent capacities