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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
29th October 1618
The execution of Sir Walter Raleigh
Raleigh was born to a Protestant family in Devon, the son of Walter Raleigh and Catherine Champernowne. Little is known of his early life, though he spent some time in Ireland, in Killua Castle, Clonmellon, County Westmeath, taking part in the suppression of rebellions and participating in the Siege of Smerwick. Later, he became a landlord of property confiscated from the native Irish. He rose rapidly in the favour of Queen Elizabeth I and was knighted in 1585. Instrumental in the English colonisation of North America, Raleigh was granted a royal patent to explore Virginia, which paved the way for future English settlements. In 1591, he secretly married Elizabeth Throckmorton, one of the Queen's ladies-in-waiting, without the Queen's permission, for which he and his wife were sent to the Tower of London. After his release in 1593, they relocated to his estate at Sherborne, Dorset.
In 1594, Raleigh heard of a "City of Gold" in South America and sailed to find it, publishing an exaggerated account of his experiences in a book that contributed to the legend of "El Dorado". After Queen Elizabeth died in 1603, Raleigh was again imprisoned in the Tower, this time for being involved in the "Main Plot" against King James I, who was not favourably disposed toward him. In 1616, he was released to lead a second expedition in search of El Dorado. This was unsuccessful, and men under his command ransacked a Spanish outpost. He returned to England and, to appease the Spanish, with whom James was making peace, Raleigh was arrested and executed in 1618.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
Son is struggling with nicotine withdrawal as he has finally bowed to the pressure from all sides to quit smoking. Not liking any of the nicotine substitute or other methods, he has decided to go cold turkey. This has made him tetchy and intolerant, and went too far yesterday. Bless him, he subsequently felt bad and atoned in full by both apologizing and clearing the kitchen.
I expect the withdrawal will ease over the next few days, then will come the lifelong struggle to permanently stay off it. I'm quite fortunate in that my own more exotic addictions are not generally accessible to the public like tobacco is, so it's an easy job to stay clean.
With clients slacking off and the other two at home, I've "let myself go" somewhat this week. A little slobbiness does no harm, but it's time to put structure and discipline back into the day.
I continue to make excellent progress however in intuitively-led internal silence, and I continue to pursue this objective.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Is it time to review your life and decide what you want to achieve with the time left?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
After a mainly dry start, rain and freshening winds will spread from the west this morning. Rain may be heavy in places, especially on the hills, but will clear during the afternoon with sunny spells developing and winds moderating.
After a dry evening with some clear spells, thickening cloud will bring further rain from the southwest after midnight, and with some fog on the hills by morning.
Max Temp = 12 degC at noon
Min Temp = 9 degC at midnight
Sunrise at 07:00
Sunset at 16:40
Weathertrack: A series of weather fronts will cross Britain over the next few days
Air Pressure: 1006 millibars and rising
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
My friend and I laugh at how competitive we are, but I laugh more :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
The youngest known survivor of breast cancer is Aleisha Hunter from Ontario, Canada. At only three years old, Aleisha underwent a complete mastectomy in 2010 to treat her juvenile strain of breast cancer.
9. ZEN WISDOM
All history is created by courage