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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
20th September 1519
MAGELLAN SETS OUT
Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan sets sail from Spain in an effort to find a western sea route to the rich Spice Islands of Indonesia. In command of five ships and 270 men, Magellan sailed to West Africa and then to Brazil, where he searched the South American coast for a strait that would take him to the Pacific. The strait he eventually found is named after him, the Strait of Magellan.
Magellan himself was killed the following April on the island of Cebu in the Philippines fighting for a pro-Christian tribe against a neighbouring tribe. Of the five ships and 270 men that set out, only the Vittoria and a crew of 18 under the command of Basque navigator Juan Sebastián Elcano arrived at the Spanish port of Sanlucar de Barrameda on September 6, 1522, becoming the first ship to circumnavigate the globe.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
The Milk Run
Twitter Followers = 2,014 (up 1)
Non-followed eliminated = 0
Unfollowers eliminated = 2
New Followers followed back = 3
@IlchiLee, @ManyKindRegards, @AliceDoylen
Spammers not followed back = 0
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
My mind when undisciplined has the capacity to wander into all manner of dark unhelpful places, and even disciplined it's hard work preventing it! I am however determined to do so and spend every conscious moment "in the zone". I'm still fine-tuning how to do that, and I will be using focus on breathing as a physical anchor with which to keep my mind in the right place.
I picked up a useful maxim that also helps to keep me grounded: do not let yesterday's sadness or tomorrow's worries distract you from today's happiness - I am keeping that at the forefront of my mind.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Is your mind in the right place?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Fog will lift to give a dry morning with sunny spells
Cloud builds in the afternoon but it will remain dry until late evening
Heavy rain in the late evening will peter out overnight
A light to moderate south-westerly will blow throughout
Max Temp = 14 degC at 2pm
Min Temp = 9 degC at 7am
Sunrise at 06:48
Sunset at 19:12
Weathertrack: An anticyclone centred on northern France will retreat east, allowing weather fronts to cross Britain overnight
Air Pressure: 1024 millibars and falling
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
I asked my wife if she ever fantasizes about me, she said yes - about me taking out the trash, mowing the lawn, and doing the dishes :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Galen, a prominent surgeon to Roman gladiators, agreed with Aristotle that the heart was the body’s source of heat, a type of “lamp” fueled by blood from the liver and fanned into spirituous flame by air from the lungs. The brain merely served to cool the blood. The blood was then "consumed" by the rest of the body. This view was unchallenged for 1400 years until it was conclusively disproved in 1628 by English physician William Harvey, who showed that blood was in fact recirculated by the heart.
9. ZEN WISDOM
Real love is not two people clinging to each other; it can only be fostered between two strong people secure in their individuality.