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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (11th May 1945)
Isolated German forces continue to surrender, including the headquarters of German Army Group Centre
US and Soviet forces make contact around Pilsen
Free Norwegian troops cross into Norway at various locations from Sweden
US and Soviet forces make contact around Chemnitz
British forces occupy Heligoland Island
US and Soviet forces make contact around Linz
The German garrison of St-Nazaire surrenders, amounting to 27,000 prisoners
U-826 and U-293 arrive and surrender
In the Aegean...
Isolated German garrisons surrender
OSS agents escort Prince Borghese to Rome to avoid capture and execution by partisans
Elements of Australian 6th Infantry Division land at Dove Bay and cut the road to Wewak
In the Pacific...
Japanese vessel Aitoku Maru is sunk and IJN escort destroyer Hachijo damaged by US 11th Air Force aircraft
US 6th Army is attacking around Kapintalan Ridge and Ipo
US 8th Army is attacking around Del Monte airfield and Hill 550 while Filipino guerrillas capture Cagayan
US 8th Army is attacking around Teruking Ridge, Kasagi Ridge, and Dolan Hill
A detachment of US 8th Army is clearing the island
US 10th Army opens a major offensive against Japanese 32nd Army with attacks around Asa, Amike, Dakeshi Ridge, Shuri Heights, Awacha, Chocolate Drop Hill, Ishimmi, Flattop Hill, Zebra Hill, and Conical Hill
USN aircraft carrier Bunker Hill is written off by Japanese kamikaze aircraft with more than 400 men lost
USN destroyers Hugh W. Hadley and Evans are also written off
One Japanese vessel is sunk and three damaged by mines
East China Sea:
Three Japanese vessels are sunk by USN PB4Y-2 aircraft
Off Hong Kong:
IJN guardboat No. 8 Sagami Maru is sunk by US aircraft
Today's Air Raids...
Truk Atoll by US 7th Air Force
Marcus Island by US 7th Air Force
Borneo on airfields by US FEAF
Celebes on airfields by US FEAF
Toshien, Kagi and military targets on Formosa by US FEAF
Chichi Jima by US 7th Air Force fighters
Kobe and airfields in Japan by US 20th Air Force
China on bridges, truck convoys, Japanese positions, transportation lines, and other military targets by US 14th Air Force
Nicobar Islands on the Japanese garrison by RN aircraft from carriers Shah, Emperor, Empress, and Khedive
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Twitter Followers = 1,944 (up 1)
Non-followed eliminated = 2
@bygawipupuxa +1 untraced
Unfollowers eliminated = 0
New Followers followed back = 2
Spammers not followed back = 1
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
It's taken some time for me to accept that ED now extends to my "solo life" as well as love life. In the late evenings I'm just not capable without chemical assistance even on my own! In future, no matter how up for it I think I am at night, I will leave myself alone - I'm not going to spend blue tablets on "supper for one"!
Having given up, I went for a wee and then back in bed found my consciousness trapped in trance - not awake enough to get up, not sleepy enough to lose awareness. Finally at around what I estimate to be 00:45 I finally did slip into sleep.
Having already been fully reconciled with ageing and death, and realizing that the concept of an individual self is an illusion, I find the ageing process interesting to observe rather than depressing - apart from losing the ability to read without glasses, which is most annoying!
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Is there anything that it's time to let go of?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry throughout, and sunny after a cloudy start
A moderate south-westerly will blow throughout
Max Temp = 15 degC at 1pm
Min Temp = 10 degC at midnight
Sunrise at 05:13
Sunset at 20:55
Weathertrack: Britain is between a depression to the north and an anticyclone to the south. A weak cold front crossing the country today will have little impact.
Air Pressure: 1014 millibars and static
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
I ran into my ex yesterday - I was sure the light was still green :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
The first picture to sweep all five major Oscars—winning for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Screenplay (adaptation)—was Frank Capra’s It Happened One Night (1934) starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. The second movie to do the same was One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975).
9. ZEN WISDOM
People who can admire true greatness are happy people. By opening wide the doors of our hearts we can broaden our own horizons and strengthen our belief in life. A breakdown in this capacity to praise and respect others can lead to inflexibility and self-righteousness.