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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (13th February 1945)
On the Russian Front...
Soviet forces liberate Gross-Rosen concentration camp
The last remaining pockets of German resistance in Budapest surrender. Soviet troops begin random executions and looting and raping on a massive scale, not sparing neutral diplomatic embassies and their female staff.
Kriegsmarine minesweeper M-421 is sunk by a mine in the Baltic
In the Arctic...
RN corvette Denbigh Castle is heavily damaged by U-992, towed to Kola Inlet and written off
On the Western Front...
Canadian 1st Army captures Hasselt and clears the Reichswald
US 3rd Army captures Ammerldingen and Ferschweiler
US 7th Army completes the capture of Oberhoffen
US President Roosevelt meets with King Farouk of Egypt and Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia
In the Pacific...
IJN guardboats No. 3 Showa Maru and No. 8 Kotoshiro Maru are sunk by USN submarines Sennet, Lagarto, and Haddock
Japanese vessel No. 24 Sakura Maru is sunk by patrolling RAAF aircraft in the East Indies
IJN submarine RO-113 is sunk by USN submarine Batfish off the Philippines
US 6th Army continues fighting in Manila, mops up in Nichols Field, and captures all but a final strongpoint at Zigzag pass
British 14th Army consolidates its' bridgehead across Irrawaddy River from Myinmu west of Mandalay
Today's Air Raids...
Antwerp, Belgium by 15 V-2 rockets
London by 14 V-2 rockets
Vienna, Graz, and Matzleinsdorf, Austria by US 15th Air Force
Dresden, Bohlen, Magdeburg and Bonn, Germany by RAF Bomber Command. Dresden is particularly heavily bombed - In one of the most destructive air attacks of the war, much of Dresden is burned out and approximately 50,000 people killed.
Maribor, Sarvar, Zagreb, and military targets in Yugoslavia by US 15th Air Force
Northern Italy on bridges and transportation routes by US 12th Air Force
Corregidor Island by US FEAF
Kagi Airfield, Formosa by US FEAF
Iwo Jima and Haha Jima by US 7th Air Force
China sweeps along rail lines, a bridge at Hsuchang, and the strafing of airfields by US 14th Air Force
Burma Hay-ti bridge, Japanese positions,
supply dumps, and other targets around Kongpaw, Namtu, Kyaohpak, Laihka,
Kon-wet, Mong Pa, Hkom-nio, and Naung-lang by US 14th Air Force fighters
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Shift 1 of the Weekend Job
TV Comedy Night
Twitter Followers = 1,868 (no change)
Non-followed eliminated =0
Unfollowers eliminated = 1
New Followers followed back = 1
Spammers not followed back = 0
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
The continual malign looming presence of Daughter strikes again - this weekend she is press-ganging her mother into going swimming - despite the fact that her mother would otherwise not be seen dead in a pool, but of course Daughter doesn't give the remotest flying fuck about anyone else's preferences, feelings or vulnerabilities.
However this blatant act of manipulation is not serious enough to warrant an intervention. Missus will experience discomfort rather than distress and is a willing participant in being manipulated. As previously stated, Daughter is a parasite that cannot be removed without severely hurting her host mother, so the milder "symptoms" of her parasitism have to be tolerated.
Aside from this dark cloud on the periphery of my life experience, life is pleasantly fulfilling, and with many things not just Daughter, watchfulness is an important requirement in keeping it that way. Happiness, I have learned, is not the absence of challenges. On the contrary, if there is no challenge to battle, life loses meaning - there must always be one goal left.
I therefore embrace challenges in a way I would not have imagined doing as a young man, and I choose for this character to consciously participate in the story of the universe.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Is it time you told a manipulator to fuck off?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry and cloudy in the morning
Becoming damp and drizzly after midday and there will be heavy rain overnight
A moderate south-easterly will swing north-easterly overnight
Max Temp = 5 degC at 2pm
Min Temp = 2 degC at 8am
Sunrise at 07:31
Sunset at 17:12
Weathertrack: A depression will move east across Britain and rapidly weaken.
Air Pressure: 1004 millibars and falling
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
I hate people who use big words just to make themselves look perspicacious :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Al Murray proves that Britain has defeated every country in the world at war
The hula was originally a form of worship performed by highly
trained men who were supposedly taught the dance by the Hawaiian
9. ZEN WISDOM
When your determination changes, everything will begin to move in the
direction you desire. The moment you resolve to be victorious, every
nerve and fibre in your being will immediately orient itself toward your
success. On the other hand, if you think, “This is never going to work
out,” then at that instant every cell in your being will be deflated and
give up the fight.