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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
2nd November 1917
The Balfour Declaration
The Balfour Declaration (dated 2 November 1917) was a letter from the United Kingdom's Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour to Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild, a leader of the British Jewish community, for transmission to the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland.
His Majesty's government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.
The text of the letter was published in the press one week later, on 9 November 1917. The "Balfour Declaration" was later incorporated into both the Sèvres peace treaty with the Ottoman Empire, and the Mandate for Palestine. The original document is kept at the British Library.
The Middle East conflict had its roots in this declaration, because the British had now made conflicting promises to Jews and Arabs regarding Palestine. The declaration was in contrast to the McMahon-Hussein correspondence, which promised the Arab independence movement control of the Middle East territories "in the limits and boundaries proposed by the Sheriff of Mecca" in exchange for revolting against the Ottoman Empire.
In their narrow focus on winning the war against the Central Powers, Britain had sowed the seed for a much longer conflict equally as serious that would firstly provide a significant unwanted distraction for the British in World War 2 where both Jews and Arabs would attack them, then a Jewish-Arab conflict that would afflict the world to this day.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
My chief concern at the moment is Missus' knee. If the doctors are right and it's simply ligament damage from a twist, it's just a question of time. I however disagree with them! After a week's rest I would have expected some improvement - there was none. If it is as I suspect something else, we are now going to have a fortnight where Missus will simply be in a painful limbo just to convince our GP's it really is serious.
If money were no object, I would have it scanned privately and in the event of a problem discovered, sue the NHS for recovery of the layout, which is a whopping £535. Unfortunately I simply cannot afford to gamble firstly that I'm right and secondly that I'd win a lawsuit.
If it turns out to be osteoarthritis, there's no cure anyway - only management. We certainly don't have the cash for a private knee replacement every ten years. The NHS will only replace it if it can't be walked on at all or if you're 70+.
Having thus determined that there's no escape from this "wait and see" limbo, we will just have to get on with it - even when there's few clients, there's still plenty to be getting on with, so this character will get on with changing what he can actually change.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you responding in the best way to what you are facing?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Low cloud or fog at low levels, locally reducing the visibility 100 metres or less, and probably not clearing from many low-lying places. Where low cloud and fog does clear mild sunny periods will occur.
Low cloud or fog will quickly become more widespread overnight, especially at low levels.
A negligible southerly breeze will blow throughout
Max Temp = 10 degC at 3pm
Min Temp = 7 degC at midnight
Sunrise at 07:08
Sunset at 16:32
Weathertrack: A large anticyclone centred over eastern Europe will keep Britain dryAir Pressure: 1025 millibars and falling
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
I always wear a wedding ring when I go food shopping, so everyone thinks my trolley of groceries are for a family of 4, not just me :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Jimmy Carr puts down hecklers and discusses bad gifts
The largest fish caught with a rod and reel was a Great White shark. It weighed 2,664 pounds and was almost 17 feet long.
9. ZEN WISDOM
When we have a genuine sense that, no matter how difficult our present circumstances, we are not alone—that we are vitally connected with others and with the world—we will, without fail, rise up to the challenge of living again.