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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
21st December 1620
The Mayflower lands at Plymouth Rock
The Mayflower Pilgrims landed at what is now Plymouth, Massachusetts, establishing the Plymouth Colony. The first settlement of the Plymouth Colony was at New Plymouth, a location previously surveyed and named by Captain John Smith. The settlement, which served as the capital of the colony, is today the modern town of Plymouth, Massachusetts. At its height, Plymouth Colony occupied most of the southeastern portion of the modern state of Massachusetts.
Founded by a group of Separatists initially known as the Brownist Emigration and Anglicans, who together later came to be known as the Pilgrims, Plymouth Colony was, along with Jamestown and other settlements in Virginia, one of the earliest successful colonies to be founded by the English in North America, and the first sizable permanent English settlement in the New England region. Aided by Squanto, a Native American of the Patuxet people, the colony was able to establish a treaty with Chief Massasoit which helped to ensure the colony's success. It played a central role in King Philip's War, one of the earliest of the Indian Wars. Ultimately, the colony was merged with the Massachusetts Bay Colony and other territories in 1691 to form the Province of Massachusetts Bay.
Despite the colony's relatively short history, Plymouth holds a special role in American history. Rather than being entrepreneurs like many of the settlers of Jamestown, a significant proportion of the citizens of Plymouth were fleeing religious persecution and what they saw as the corruption of religion in England, and searching for a place to worship as they saw fit. The social and legal systems of the colony became closely tied to their religious beliefs, as well as English custom. Many of the people and events surrounding Plymouth Colony have become part of American folklore, including the North American tradition known as Thanksgiving and the monument known as Plymouth Rock.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
The Paper Run
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
After oversleeping last Sunday, I set the alarm for yesterday, and it turned out necessary! The day went totally according to plan with abundant Me Time, Lads Time and Missus Time. If there was any fly in the ointment it was unstable boiler pressure, but nothing that couldn't be coped with - at least it works!
Oddly, after needing an alarm to wake me after 7 hours on Sunday morning, this morning I slept under five and woke up myself easily - I did have two hungry cats on the bed though!
The holiday is not completely without tasks - I still have to get Missus up every morning, run her bath, make her breakfast and furnish her with a daily newspaper, and there is laundry and catering to do - but some healthy stress and moving about will serve to dilute the rich indulgence!
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you doing what's really important to you?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry and bright start
Heavy squally showers arrive by late morning
Showers will move away after dusk and it will be dry and clear in the evening
Rain will return after midnight
A moderate to strong south-westerly will blow throughout
Max Temp = 9 degC at 2pm
Min Temp = 5 degC at 8am
Sunrise at 08:23
Sunset at 15:47
Weathertrack: A strong occluded front will cross the country today
Air Pressure: 1009 millibars and rising slightly
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
I'm here for whatever you need me to do from the couch. :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Australian TV epic fails
The oldest documented person on record is Jeanne Calment, a Frenchwoman who lived for 122 years and 164 days.
9. ZEN WISDOM
Hardships make us strong. Problems give birth to wisdom. Sorrows cultivate compassion. Those who have suffered the most can become the happiest.