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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
29th December 1065
Westminster Abbey is consecrated
Between 1042 and 1052 King Edward the Confessor began rebuilding St Peter's Abbey to provide himself with a royal burial church. It was the first church in England built in the Romanesque style. The building was not completed until around 1090 but was consecrated on 28 December 1065, only a week before Edward's death on 5 January 1066.A week later he was buried in the church, and nine years later his wife Edith was buried alongside him. His successor, Harold II, was probably crowned in the abbey, although the first documented coronation is that of William the Conqueror later the same year. From this time onward, the abbey was the coronation venue of Kings of England.
The only surviving depiction of this original abbey, together with the adjacent Palace of Westminster, is in the Bayeux Tapestry. Some of the lower parts of the monastic dormitory, an extension of the South Transept, survive in the Norman undercroft of the Great School, including a door said to come from the previous Saxon abbey. Increased endowments supported a community increased from a dozen monks in Dunstan's original foundation, up to a maximum about eighty monks, although there was also a large community of lay brothers who supported the monastery's extensive property and activities.
The current Gothic-style building was initiated by Henry III in 1245, and was then for several centuries was continually being expanded or altered until 1517. The building then remained unaltered until 1722 when construction began on the two distinctive towers, complete by 1745.
Henry VIII, who ordered the demolition of all abbeys, wanted to keep the building, so circumvented his own decree by granting the abbey cathedral status. Under Mary I, the abbey was briefly handed over to the Benedictine order, but in 1560 Elizabeth I ejected them, and made the abbey a "Royal Peculiar", directly ruled by the sovereign rather than the local diocese. Since that time, the abbey has been neither a true abbey nor a cathedral, but a church owned by the sovereign, (except during the Commonwealth of 1649-1660, when it was owned by parliament)
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
The paper run
Some client prep
Twitter Followers = 2,057 (up 1)
Non-followed eliminated = 0
Unfollowers eliminated = 0
New Followers followed back = 1
Spammers not followed back = 0
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
Sunday followed the pattern of a standard Sunday, with the exception that the afternoon meditation was replaced with a full sleep, to pay back sleep debt. As such it went smoothly. My body clock these days, regardless of what time I went to bed, usually (but not dependably!) gets me up at 5am, and this morning was no exception. This suits me fine as I get all my blogging done, but with late nights, the 2pm-4pm nap has become a standard feature over the holiday.
I am now entering the much looked-forward to phase between Christmas and New Year as I don't have the Weekend Job to do, as they both fall at the weekend. I expect them to be generally easy-going with some business prep, promotional work and housework thrown in.
Mindstate, after the minor upset of Boxing day evening, has returned to calm and grateful, allowing consciousness to rise above the character once more. After some experimentation, I have found the best place for consciousness to sit is "on the character's shoulder", seeing from this point in time and space without becoming "lost" in the character.
The challenge to staying superconscious is emotional reaction, which can override consciousness and drag it back down to dreamstate, the standard character-identified state of mankind. There's no easy cure for emotional override, only the continual practice of Mindfulness to enable you to quickly rise back above the emotion to experience it from a dissociated mode.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you fully in control of yourself?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry and cloudy throughout with a moderate north-easterly wind
Max Temp = 9 deg C at noon
Min Temp = 8 degC at 7am
Sunrise at 08:25
Sunset at 15:52
Weathertrack: Britain is in a run of southerly winds between depressions in the Atlantic and an anticyclone over Scandanavia
Air Pressure: 1017 millibars and falling
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
There I was floating in the womb minding my own business when someone shouted YOU ARE COMPLETELY SURROUNDED! COME OUT WITH YOUR HANDS UP! :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Of the thousands of chemical agents in tobacco smoke, more than 50 have been proven to cause cancer.
9. ZEN WISDOM
Just as a diamond can only be polished by another diamond, it is only through genuine, all-out engagement with others that people can polish their character, and help each other to reach greater heights.