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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
4th May 1979: Margaret Thatcher becomes the first elected woman head of government in Europe
The United Kingdom general election of 1979 was held on 3 May 1979 to elect 635 members to the British House of Commons. The Conservative Party, led by Margaret Thatcher ousted the incumbent Labour government of James Callaghan with a parliamentary majority of 44 seats. The election was the first of four consecutive election victories for the Conservative Party, and a period of radical social change in the United Kingdom.
The Labour campaign was hampered by the series of industrial disputes and strikes during the Winter of 1978-79, known as the Winter of Discontent and the party focused its campaign on support for the National Health Service and full employment. The Conservative campaign employed the advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi and pledged to control inflation as well as curbing the power of the trade unions. The Liberal Party was damaged by allegations that its former leader Jeremy Thorpe had been involved in a homosexual affair, and had conspired to murder his former lover. The Liberals were now being led by David Steel, meaning that all three major parties entered the election with a new leader.
The election saw a 5.2% swing from Labour to the Conservatives, the largest swing since the 1945 election, which Clement Attlee won for Labour.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Watching Son's gig
Twitter Followers = 2,220 (up 1)
Never-followed unfollowers eliminated = 1
Followed unfollowers eliminated = 0
New Followers followed back = 2
Spammers not followed back = 0
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
This morning I learned three important lessons which I really ought to have learned earlier:
1. Do not indulge boners of any kind in the small hours. It will take a long time, you and the bed will get very sweaty and you'll lose precious sleep. I think because that these days a spontaneous erection is such a rare event it seems a criminal waste not to make use of it. However indulging it is simply not worth the resultant effect on sleep and therefore wellbeing, as well as generating more laundry and bed-stripping.
2. Don't leave food in the cats bowls overnight as Tom Cats come in and terrorize your own cats, eat all the food then leave their stinking piss all over the Ground Floor. To be fair this is the first pair of cats we've had that don't caterwaul when invaded, so don't alert us to marauders. Since they can't defend themselves I will have to help them!
3. Don't leave your glasses lying about because then you can't find them! Nuff said!
It was somewhat uncomfortable to learn all these lessons the hard way altogether in the same morning, but I am however delighted with my response. I remain completely calm despite being sleep-deprived in a house stinking of cat-piss. I would not have reacted so well in previous years. Whilst body grows slowly frail, mind becomes increasingly robust.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you responding appropriately to the situation you face?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Cool and sunny in the morning, cloudy and mild after lunch - dry throughout
1025 millibars and falling
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
I can explain the first rule of Patronisation Club to you if you really want, although you should know it's very complicated. :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Jimmy Carr - Stuff on sex
The first Greek tragedy was performed in 534 B.C. and was staged by a priest of Dionysus named Thespis. He also wrote and performed a part separate from the traditional tragic chorus, which also designated him as the first actor. In fact, the word “thespian” (actor) derives from his name.
9. ZEN WISDOM
Hardships make us strong. Problems give birth to wisdom. Sorrows cultivate compassion. Those who have suffered the most often become the happiest.