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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
13th May 1909: The First Giro D'Italia
The idea of the holding a bicycle race that navigated around Italy was first suggested when La Gazzetta dello Sport editor Tullo Morgagni sent a telegram to both the paper's owner, Emilio Costamagna, and cycling editor, Armando Cougnet, stating the need for an Italian tour. At the time La Gazzetta's rival, Corriere della Sera was planning on holding a bicycle race of its own, after the success they had gained from holding an automobile race. Morgagni then decided to try and hold their race before Corriere della Sera could hold theirs, but La Gazzetta lacked the money. However, after the success La Gazzetta had with creating the Giro di Lombardia and Milan–San Remo, the owner Costamagna decided to go through with the idea. Their bike race was announced on August 7, 1908 in the first page of that day's edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport.
On 13 May 1909 at 02:53 am 127 riders started the first Giro d'Italia at Loreto Place in Milan. The race was split into eight stages covering 2,448 km (1,521 mi). A total of 49 riders finished, with Italian Luigi Ganna winning. Ganna won three individual stages and the General Classification. Ganna received 5325 lira as a winner’s prize, with the last rider in the general classification receiving 300 lira. The Giro's director received only 150 lira a month, 150 lira fewer than the last-placed rider.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Shift 1 of the Weekend Job
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
I have often thought that ignorance would have been better than the price of enlightenment. However, I have now reached such levels of peace within, such understanding beyond the wit of ordinary men, that I'm now reviewing this opinion. Though many others share my material abundance, they do not share my appreciation of it. They call themselves "poor" when in fact they are in the elite. They see only the super-rich above them.
All around I see people grasping, resenting or jealously guarding, with no time for sheer gratitude and appreciation. I have obtained the extremely rare and precious prize of a quiet mind. This means that not only do I have all this temporary abundance (ALL things are temporary) I also have the mind that can enjoy it.
I am now very excited at the idea of further development, of my mind becoming completely silent and all my thoughts purely pictorial. Nirvana on Earth! I am determined that my consciousness will submit entirely to intuition - then the universe through this avatar will have truly experienced itself. And I am so close!
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you truly living, or just existing?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry, cloudy, cool
1012 millibars and rising
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
My next door neighbour was slumped over the lawn mower, crying. He told me he'll be fine, he's just going through a rough patch. :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
A collection of quickfire near-the-knuckle oneliners
Deer can't eat hay.
9. ZEN WISDOM
The struggle between happiness and unhappiness is the story of human existence. The struggle between peace and war is the history of the human race. The power that leads us to internal victory amid these struggles is the power of good within us.