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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
2nd June 2010: The Cumbria Shootings
The Cumbria shootings was a killing spree that occurred on 2 June 2010 when a lone gunman, Derrick Bird, killed 12 people and injured 11 others before killing himself in Cumbria, England. Along with the 1987 Hungerford massacre, the 1989 Monkseaton shootings, and the 1996 Dunblane school massacre, it is one of the worst criminal acts involving firearms in British history.
The series of attacks began in mid-morning in Lamplugh and moved to Frizington, Whitehaven, Egremont, Gosforth, and Seascale, sparking a major manhunt by the Cumbria Constabulary, with assistance from Civil Nuclear Constabulary officers.
Bird, a 52-year-old local taxi driver, was later found dead in a wooded area, having abandoned his vehicle in the village of Boot. Two weapons that appeared to have been used in the shootings were recovered. A total of 30 different crime scenes were investigated. The event was the worst shooting incident in the UK since the Dunblane school massacre, in which 18 people died.
Giving no warning and leaving no message behind, Bird's motives can only be speculated upon. However, a number of disappointments and frustrations Bird had experienced may have built up in his mind and caused him to snap:
1. In 1990. he was forced to resign as a joiner from Sellafield Nuclear Regeneration Plant and subsequently convicted (given a suspended sentence) over the theft of wood from the plant
2. Bird had been humiliated by a Thai girl he had met on holiday in Thailand - he sent her £1000 then she ended the relationship.
3. Bird was in a bitter legal dispute over his father's will - his twin brother and family solicitor were murdered by Bird.
4. He was under investigation by HMRC for tax evasion
Queen Elizabeth II paid tribute to the victims, and the Prince of Wales later visited Whitehaven in the wake of the tragedy. Prime Minister David Cameron and Home Secretary Theresa May also visited West Cumbria. A memorial fund was set up to aid victims and affected communities.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
You may not think that ignoring a boner in the middle of the night is a major triumph, but it is to me! It is a sign that I am reading the signals from my body correctly. Returning to bed from my 3am wee, I felt horny but my brain overrode it as it was also getting "maintenance in progress" signals from my muscles. I duly left myself alone and went easily back to sleep, having a dream about losing a rucksack full of gear after being forced to abandon an organised walk then dreaming whether I had dreamed it or not!
I am chuffed that I am in tune with my body as it has changed and I have learned to be in sync with it, at least in the downstairs department. Another odd experience is to be sexually aroused without getting an erection during the day. At such times there is the customary release of precum (pre-ejaculatory fluid) but no boner! A lot of the time, this is a good thing - no unwanted erection! (Except in the middle of the night - what is it about 3am??) Of course when a "performance" is wanted this is most frustrating - I am most thankful for the magic blue tablets.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you responding well to the effects of ageing?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry, cloudy and cool
1024 millibars and falling
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
I can relate to Alice in Wonderland. She just keeps randomly eating and drinking with the hope that it might magically solve her problems. :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Would I Lie To You - Does Victoria Coren get crossword advice from Tim Henman?
It was common as late as 1870 for abortionists to pull an expectant woman’s tooth because the pain and shock of an extraction without anesthetic was thought to be an abortificiant.
9. ZEN WISDOM
The heart does the most physical work of any muscle during a lifetime. The power output of the heart ranges from 1-5 watts. While the quadriceps can produce 100 watts for a few minutes, an output of one watt for 80 years is equal to 2.5 gigajoules.