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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
25th October 1415
The Battle of Agincourt
King Henry V of England decisively defeats a vastly numerically superior French army commanded by Charles d'Albret, Constable of France. Henry had invaded France in pursuit of his claim to the French crown, and though making considerable progress, his army became depleted. As a vastly stronger French army approached, the prospects for the English army looked grim.
Henry however, a brilliant tactician, chose the battlefield well, a narrow strip of boggy ground flanked by trees. This meant that the French cavalry could not bring their superior numbers to bear in the narrow field, and were devastated by withering longbow fire from English archers. Many French soldiers and horses became bogged down in the muddy soil, the soldiers trapped in their heavy armour, and were slaughtered in vast numbers. Charles d'Albret was killed in the battle, and Charles Duke of Orleans was captured.
This crushing victory meant that the French were unable to mount any further resistance to the English for nearly a year. With only a small army, Henry did not have the strength to immediately conquer France, but it bought valuable time for him to build up his forces and consolidate his gains and continue his campaign the following year.
Henry eventually conquered northern France as far as the Loire valley and was made heir to the king of France. He did not however live to see his ambitions realized. In 1422 he contracted a severe dysentery contracted while on campaign and died of resultant dehydration.
Eventually the French rallied under a new king Charles VII. Whereas he was a brilliant tactician, Henry VI of England was a weak ineffective leader and the French went on to expel the English from all of France except for Calais, and that also fell during the reign of Mary I of England.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
The Milk Run
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Spammers not followed back = 1
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
Other than simply stopping myself mentally malfunctioning, there is also a tangible payoff. When your mind is silent, you can physically feel a subtle yet highly pleasant sensation generated by Consciousness itself, in the form a subsonic "hum". Now I have experienced it, the memory and ongoing experience of it is a "hook" for focus to keep anchored in this mode of internal silence. Whenever I am aware of having slipped out of silent mode, I now use the mantra "feel the hum" to get back in it.
My other significant progress is in the practice of proactive empathy and encouragement, with which I see instant results. Whilst internally I'm "feeling the hum" and practicing internal silence, externally I will pursue proactive empathy and encouragement, and keeping my Dark Side reserved for direct threats.
This is the policy - the practice is to make the reality increasingly closer to living it out 100% of the time.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Do you really know what you're doing and why you're doing it?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Cool, dry and cloudy with sunny/clear spells throughout
A moderate south-westerly will swing gradually south-easterly overnight
Max Temp = 10 degC at 2pm
Min Temp = 6 degC at midnight
Sunrise at 06:53
Sunset at 16:48
Weathertrack: An anticyclone moving quickly east will keep Britain dry today
Air Pressure: 1023 millibars and static
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
I though I was getting deja-vu but it turned out it was just same sh*t different day :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Male offenders who abused girls have an average of 52 victims each. Men who molested boys had an average of 150 victims each.
9. ZEN WISDOM
The greatest tragedy in life is not to die, it is to live as if dead, to let the life within us wither.