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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
20th December 69
Vespasian enters Rome to claim the title of emperor
Vespasian had become a popular and effective general during the reign of Nero. In 68, while Vespasian was besieging Jerusalem during the Jewish Great Revolt, Nero was assassinated. A period of chaos followed where emperors Galba and Otho seized power and died in rapid succession, and Vitellius then became emperor.
Vespasian's legions however, dissatisfied with this turn of events, proclaimed Vespasian emperor two months later. Leaving his son Titus to continue suppressing the Jewish revolt, Vespasian forged a pact with Mucianus, the governor of Syria, and Primus, a general in Pannonia. While Mucianus and Primus marched directly on Rome, Vespasian secured Egypt.
Vitellius was defeated and fled with no supporters to Rome where Vespasian entered on 20th December 69, to be approved as emperor by the Roman senate. Vitellius was executed two days later.
Vespasian proved to be one of Rome's most capable emperors. The Jewish revolt was crushed, he expanded Roman territory in Britain, the empire's finance system and the army was reformed, and he built the Colosseum. Vespasian died in 79 and was succeeded by his son Titus, the first time in the history of the empire that a son took over from his father.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
The Milk Run
Twitter Followers = 2,046 (up 2)
Non-followed eliminated = 0
Unfollowers eliminated = 0
New Followers followed back = 1
Spammers not followed back = 1
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
You can't hold on to such times of joy - only feel them pass through you, so I will not grasp or regret, I will let the wave of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity thunder through me, so I can say I experienced perfect true joy and family bliss - at last!
Sometimes, passing circumstances all align just right to give a moment of awesomeness before they move on, and I find myself sitting in such a period. I DON'T have to attend the Weekend Job over Christmas and New Year because they're AT the Weekend! I DON'T have to share Missus with Daughter (bonus: no travel expenses) because Daughter is with the boyfriend, so her malign nastiness cannot affect Missus nor consequently me. Son is going nowhere possibly for the last time at Christmas, so circumstances are as benign as they will ever be! For these thirteen days there is but one focus: ENJOY!!
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you having YOUR idea of a good holiday, or someone else's?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Bright and sunny during the day but with a strong gusty south-westerly wind
There will be scattered showers after dark, some heavy
Dry and clear overnight
Max Temp = 10 degC at 1pm
Min Temp = 7 degC at midnight
Sunrise at 08:22
Sunset at 15:47
Weathertrack: Britain is in a run of mild south-westerly airAir Pressure: 10001 millibars and rising
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
Twitter: where people from all over the world meet and form relationships, all while sitting on their toilets. :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Author J. K. Rowling recently revealed that Dumbledore is gay and he had a crush on the wizard Grindelwald, whom he later defeated in a wizard duel.
9. ZEN WISDOM
Your character is determined by how you challenge yourself, and how you wrestle with your problems, in a way that is unique to you. This is how character is polished and becomes diamond-like.