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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
6th February 1958
The Munich Air Disaster
The Munich air disaster occurred on 6 February 1958 when British European Airways flight 609 crashed on its third attempt to take off from a slush-covered runway at Munich-Riem Airport, West Germany. On the plane was the Manchester United football team, nicknamed the "Busby Babes", along with supporters and journalists. 20 of the 44 on the aircraft died. The injured, some unconscious, were taken to the Rechts der Isar Hospital in Munich where three more died, resulting in 23 fatalities with 21 survivors.
The football team was returning from a European Cup match in Belgrade, Yugoslavia (now Serbia) against Red Star Belgrade. The flight stopped to refuel in Munich because a non-stop flight from Belgrade to Manchester was out of the "Elizabethan"-class Airspeed Ambassador aircraft's range. After refuelling, pilots James Thain and Kenneth Rayment twice abandoned take-off because of boost surging in the left engine. Fearing they would get too far behind schedule, Captain Thain rejected an overnight stay in Munich in favour of a third take-off attempt. By then, snow was falling, causing a layer of slush at the end of the runway. After the aircraft hit the slush, it ploughed through a fence beyond the end of the runway and the left wing was torn off after hitting a house. Fearing the aircraft might explode, Thain began evacuating passengers while Manchester United goalkeeper Harry Gregg helped pull survivors from the wreckage.
An investigation by West German airport authorities originally blamed Thain, saying he did not de-ice the aircraft's wings, despite eyewitness statements to the contrary. It was later established that the crash was caused by slush on the runway, which slowed the plane too much to take off. Thain was cleared in 1968, ten years after the incident.
Manchester United were trying to become the third club to win three successive English league titles; they were six points behind League leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers with 14 games to go. They also held the Charity Shield and had just advanced into their second successive European Cup semi-final. The team had not been beaten for 11 matches. The crash not only derailed their title ambitions that year but also virtually destroyed the nucleus of what was promising to be one of the greatest generations of footballers in the club's history. It would take ten years for the club to recover, with Busby rebuilding the team and winning the European Cup in 1968 with a new generation of "Babes."
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Shift 2 of the Weekend Job
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
On the other hand there's a feeling of loss, of feeling less than you were. It's another reminder that this character is slowly dying of ageing. As a therapist I continue to advocate an orgasm a day for health and wellbeing. In my particular case, that discipline has gone from a necessity in order to think straight to just work! I have skipped quite a few days recently, partly because I had better things to do and partly curiosity, just to see what would happen.
What happened was no discernible difference at all! I didn't start to get grouchy, distracted or feel any kind of frustration whatsoever. If anything, from a mental/spiritual perspective, I've been liberated from a distraction impeding my goal of total internal silence and superconscious focus. However, now that I'm getting used to the idea that libido is on the way out, I will, as time and privacy allows, return to orgasmic discipline, even though it's now often "work".
There are two main reasons for this - firstly bodily function. There is convincing evidence that a daily orgasm boosts bodily efficiency. If you're still cumming, you must still need to survive so the body strives to maintain itself and be healthier. The second reason is that though my libido is now no longer self-sustaining, Missus libido remains bubbly, and so there's a quality-of-marriage issue. She likes once-a-week to be comfortable and would have more if we had the house to ourselves!
The absence of sex wouldn't ruin the relationship, but it would take the gleam off it - there would be a rumbling undercurrent of disappointment and frustration. A good husband likes to make Missus happy, and there's a certain ego boost in "ringing her bell". I therefore have a relationship as well as physical health incentive to keep the machinery running. It's a bit like a jog - you have to push yourself to do it, but feel better having done it!
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you at peace and in harmony with yourself?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Air Pressure: 1000 millibars and falling rapidly
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
Before McDonalds, I bet "don't buy cheeseburgers from a clown" was a pretty hard and fast rule. :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
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9. ZEN WISDOM
When we change, the world changes. The key to all change is in our inner transformation—a change of our hearts and minds. This is human revolution. We all have the power to change. When we realize this truth, we can bring forth that power anywhere, anytime, and in any situation.