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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (10th December
A Franco-Soviet alliance is signed
Free Norwegian paratroopers disrupt supply lines to German forces in the north
Hitler departs by train for his Adlerhorst headquarters near Bad Nauheim to supervise the forthcoming Ardennes offensive
On the Western Front...
US 1st Army renews attacks in Huertgen Forest sector
As Germans counterattack strongly around Dillengen, US 3rd Army attacks around Fraulautern and Sarreguemines
US 7th Army captures Rohrbach-les-Bitche, Reichshoffen, Gundershoffen, Marienthal, and Kaltenhouse
French 1st Army continues reducing the Colmar Pocket
In the Atlantic...
US vessel Dan Beard is sunk by U-1202 in the Celtic Sea
British 8th Army attacks across the Lamone River
Admiral Bruce Fraser arrives to establish his headquarters for RN Pacific Fleet
In the Pacific...
US 6th Army captures Ormoc and clears Buri airfield on Leyte Island. In renewed kamikaze attacks offshore, 3 ships are damaged, one sunk and one written off.
(Hunan-Kwangsi Operation): Japanese Ichinomiya Detachment, advancing
north from French Indochina, links up with elements of Japanese 23rd
Army, advancing south from Nanning, at Suilu. Japanese forces now control
a corridor from Peking to Hanoi, and US 14th Air Force bases in eastern
China have been captured or isolated. With Chinese resistance
collapsing, the route to Kunming and Chungking appears to be open, but
Japanese armies have achieved the objectives of Operation Ichi-Go and halt.
Chinese 30th Infantry Division of Northern Combat Area Command is heavily engaged around Bhamo
Today's Air Raids...
Antwerp, Belgium by two V-2 rockets
Bingen and Koblenz, Germany by US 8th Air Force
Northern Italy military targets by US 12th Air Force
Borneo, Labuan Island, Celebes Island, Boeroe Island, and Ambon Island by US FEAF
China on transportation lines and other targets around Samah Bay, Kutkai, Liuchow, Hochih, Changsha, Yuncheng and Hankow by US 14th Air Force
Burma supply dumps,
transportation lines, and other targets around Hay-ti, Daungbin,
Myebalin, Kyaunghkam, Pongon, Thinbaung, Kawnghkang, Pangteng, Hsipaw,
Meza, Namun and Kungmong by US 10th Air Force
Thedaw and Meiktila airfields, Burma by RAF aircraft
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Awaiting new Virgin Media cable box
Online marketing prep
Twitter Followers = 1,844 (no change)
Non-followed Tweeps unfollowing = 0
Unfollowers Eliminated = 0
New Followers followed back = 0
Spammers not followed back = 0
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
An usual negative synchronicity occurred last night between all three family members - we all got let down. I had a time-wasting client who didn't show up, Son's guitarist didn't show up for rehearsal, and Missus was at the receiving end of an insensitive remark by Daughter.
Inevitably this had the positive effect of drawing the three of us closer together. We can at least rely on each other! Myself and Son at least will also learn and make changes. Son's band is going to sack the guitarist and reinvent themselves. I am going to change my policy regarding clients.
Missus unfortunately will certainly continue to be a mug, exploited by Daughter who cares only about herself. However I would not force Missus to choose between us unless Daughter went too far. My focus though is not on disappointments and frustrations but on achieving objectives and making a difference.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you responding in the right way to frustrations and disappointments?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Cold, dry and windy start
Heavy showers arrive after dawn and will persist thereafter
A strong raw south-westerly wind will blow throughout
Max Temp = 4 degC
Min Temp = 2 degC
Sunrise at 08:13
Sunset at 15:46
Weathertrack: A strong depression to the north will drive wind and rain across Britain for the next few days.
Air Pressure: 1008 millibars and falling
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
Where do dogs with no collars hang out? At the Stray Bar :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Stanley Baxter - Alan Whicker presents Scottish Country Dancing (1981)
No horses existed in Australia until settlers brought them during the eighteenth century
9. ZEN WISDOM
While it is important to win, it’s even more important to remain undefeated no matter what happens.