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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
26th May 1906: The opening of Vauxhall Bridge
Vauxhall Bridge is a Grade II-listed steel and granite deck arch bridge in central London. It crosses the River Thames in a south–east north–west direction between Vauxhall on the south bank and Pimlico on the north bank. Opened in 1906, it replaced an earlier bridge, originally known as Regent Bridge but later renamed Vauxhall Bridge, built between 1809 and 1816 as part of a scheme for redeveloping the south bank of the Thames. The original bridge was itself built on the site of a former ferry.
The building of both bridges was problematic, with both the first and second bridges requiring several redesigns from multiple architects. The original bridge, the first iron bridge over the Thames, was built by a private company and operated as a toll bridge before being taken into public ownership in 1879. The second bridge, which took eight years to build, was the first in London to carry trams and later one of the first two roads in London to have a bus lane.
In 1963 it was proposed to replace the bridge with a modern development containing seven floors of shops, office space, hotel rooms and leisure facilities supported above the river, but the plans were abandoned because of costs. With the exception of alterations to the road layout and the balustrade, the design and appearance of the current bridge has remained almost unchanged since 1907. The bridge today is an important part of London's road system and carries the A202 road across the Thames.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Business promotional work
Me Time Meditation
Quality Missus time
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
As a father who has had opposite extreme experiences with his children, I have a unique insight into the nature of parenting, having learned several important lessons about it. Firstly, there's an X-Factor within in the children themselves which is a major influence over their relationship with you and their own destiny. If their inherent response to what they experience is predominantly negative, or destructive, and if they have no sense of gratitude or empathy, there's not a lot you can do about it. The only hope is if they gain sufficient internal awareness to see what's happening within themselves. You may not be able to get close enough to help awaken that awareness.
Where the X-Factor is more positive, whatever your flaws, you can forge a strong relationship by BEING THERE for them. As a parent you must be the rock, the harbour, the pillow, the encourager, the mentor and the bank! With your child and anyone else you love, they must believe that you would sacrifice all to help them. Provided they have an inherent sense of empathy and gratitude, this is the recipe for a richly rewarding relationship.
It must be accepted when any relationship doesn't live up to its potential, or worse becomes toxic. There are factors beyond your control that determine the fate of relationships, and sometimes those factors mean they wither and rot. Your ability to cope with this reality depends on your ability to focus on the relationships that work, not wasting attention and mental energy on those that have died.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you cultivating living relationships and burying dead ones?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Murky, damp and drizzly
1015 millibars and rising slightly
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
If it's true that opposites attract, I should be looking for someone that gets up early and does stuff :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
John Oliver on the European Far Right
More people are killed by bee stings and lightning than by shark attacks. Worldwide about 30 people die each year from shark attacks, which means a person has a one in 300 million chance of being killed by a shark. A shark attack most often occurs when a shark mistakes a person for a seal or other animal.
9. ZEN WISDOM
People shouldn’t hesitate to exert their all, in a way true to themselves. How can you possibly ever know how far or fast you can go if you’ve never run all-out? To give up even before you’ve tried is actually arrogance—an affront to the wondrous power of life within you and disrespectful to yourself.