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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
31st March 1822: The Chios Massacre
In March 1822, as the Greek revolt against Ottoman rule gathered strength on the mainland, several hundred armed Greeks from the neighbouring island of Samos landed in Chios. They attacked the Turks, who retreated to the citadel. Many islanders also decided to join the revolution. However, the vast majority of the population never got involved in the uprising.
Reinforcements in the form of a Turkish fleet under the Kapudan Pasha Nasuhzade Ali Pasha arrived on the island on 22 March. They quickly pillaged and looted the town. On 31 March, orders were given to burn down the town, and over the next four months, an estimated 40,000 Turkish troops, including convict batallions arrived. In addition to setting fires, the troops were ordered to kill all infants under three years old, all males 12 years and older, and all females 40 and older, except those willing to convert to Islam.
Approximately three-quarters of the population of 120,000 were killed, enslaved or died of disease. It is estimated that 2,000 people remained on the island after 21,000 managed to flee, 52,000 were enslaved and 52,000 massacred. Tens of thousands of survivors dispersed throughout Europe and became part of the Chian Diaspora.
Some young Greeks enslaved during the massacre were adopted by wealthy Ottomans and converted to Islam. Some rose to levels of prominence in the Ottoman Empire, such as Georgios Stravelakis (later renamed Mustapha Khaznadar) and İbrahim Edhem Pasha.
There was popular outrage when the events were reported in Europe. French painter Eugène Delacroix created a painting depicting the events that occurred; his painting was named Scenes from the Massacres of Chios. Under pressure from the European powers, the Ottomans finally recognized Greek independence in 1830.
However, for the island of Chios, the damage was permanent. Prior to the revolt, Chios had been an important and heavily-populated prosperous trading centre, and the Ottomans had allowed it to be virtually autonomous. After the massacre, all this trade ceased to exist, and Chios never regained its commercial importance.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
The paper run and other errands
Business promotional work
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
A day of mixed fortunes on the business front - one very happy client and one unhappy one! I guess you can't win 'em all. After previous bitter experience I make every effort to screen out the unwinnable before starting, but sometimes there are those who convince they have the right attitude when they don't. It only comes to light when they behave oddly during the course.
The former are time-wasters, the latter are "the flaky". I find the mindset of the time-waster oddly fascinating. They always come across as super-keen until the point that effort and commitment is asked of them, which is why I ask for the fee up-front. A few however make the commitment but their trust in you and their commitment is highly fragile - it's these, the flaky, that are hard to identify in advance.
What annoys me about time-wasters is their complete rudeness - they're like flirts that fix a date then stand you up without out a shred of consideration. The flaky are harder to see coming - they tell me what they want but not how they feel. Without that openness, you can't win with them. I think they're after anaesthesia followed by success. The reality is that no hypnotherapist can offer success without the client putting in some effort and proactive feedback, particularly if you're not immediately getting results.
I will continue to make every effort to screen out the flaky at first consultation, and make it clearer what's required of them. This doesn't mean however that my techniques are perfect. There are always lessons to learn from failure - it's not just a blame game.
Missus pulled a calf-muscle yesterday that has put her out of action for the second half of her holiday, and in a flash of insight this morning, I've suddenly realized I'm probably responsible! Missus' olanzapine-soaked brain has not made the connection, but I believe I know exactly what happened - yesterday morning for amusement I tickled her foot to wake her up.
Like many folks, she hates that and jerked away the leg - and as we know, jerking muscles in later life is NOT A GOOD IDEA. I have decided to confess this to no one except the 20 regular readers of this blog! It simply isn't in anyone's interest. However I have learned my lesson and will never tickle her again!
There are however some benefits. A weekend visit to ex-Daughter will now be off so she won't be getting financially exploited and treated badly over there! I will also get a couple of weeks off Thursday shenanigans. I don't dislike meeting Missus appetites - it's flattering she wants me - but I don't miss it either. Her ideal time just isn't mine! My sexual peak, such as what's left, is around 11am and hers is the early evening when I'm already flagging. It takes a little blue tablet and an hour to warm up sufficiently, and then you have to "play a role". A good fap in the morning is frankly much more the ticket and no tablet is needed.
This may seem to suggest a substandard relationship, but it isn't. It's important that sex is there but it's just not a cornerstone for me at this age. I get much more pleasure from my nightly backscratch - absolute ecstatic sensual bliss! I just lie there and absorb pleasure as she drags her nails through my fur - fucking excellent!!
I believe absolutely in the importance of an orgasm a day for health reasons, and get one most days, but I much prefer getting it on my own at a time and place of my choosing. An advantage of Missus' inability to notice things is that's fairly easy to arrange!
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
How honest are you with yourself?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
1014 millibars and rising
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
Wow, it's beautiful outside. I should probably do something. Like close my blinds so there's no glare on my laptop screen. : D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Jessi Mae Peluso on her breakups
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9. ZEN WISDOM
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