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THURSDAY 27th SEPTEMBER 2012 09:18 BST

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1. THIS DAY IN WW2 (27th September 1942)
On the Russian Front… In Stalingrad, the German 6th Army renews its assault against Mamayev Kurgan, Red October factory, and Barrikady factory

In Berlin… Adolf Hitler returns from his forward base in the Ukraine.

In the Bay of Biscay… U-165 vanishes, assumed sunk on a mine.

In the Mediterranean… British submarine Umbra sinks Italian vessel Francesco Barbaro

Over Libya… US MEAF B-24 bombers attack Benghazi again

In the Atlantic… A running gun battle between German battleship Stier and American destroyer USS Stephen Hopkins results in both vessels sinking.

In the Aleutian Islands… US 11th Air Force aircraft attack Kiska Island again.

In the Pacific… In the Gilbert islands, Japanese troops land on Kuria. On Guadalcanal the American attack at Matanikau is repulsed, but in dogfights above the island, above the island the US “Cactus” Air Force claims 12 kiils without loss.

Over Australia… Darwin is bombed again.

In Papua New Guinea… In response to the Australian counter-offensive around Imita Ridge, the Japanese decide to conduct a fighting retreat. Dogged Australian resistance and the American offensive at Guadalcanal has ruled out the Japanese conquest of New Guinea or landings on Australia.

In Tokyo… Japanese Foreign Minister Tani reiterates nonaggression toward Soviet Union

In China… US China Air Task Force aircraft attack Japanese positions at Mengshih, Tengchung, and on the Burma Road

2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Not pleased that in a glitch involving the hyperlink facility, WordPress deleted all of today’s entry without saving a draft, forcing me to re-write it all! And the support facility is ridiculously user unfriendly. If it’s not fixed after 24 hours I will take this blog elsewhere! I HATE crap service! So this time I’m manually saving as I go along. Blogging and shopping in the morning, meditation in the afternoon and missus time in the evening. 

 Twitter Followers = 1,529 (down 2)
  Nonfollowed eliminated = 1
  Unfollowers eliminated = 2
    @Richard D Freedman,  @tradeconscious

3. TODAY’S SELF-OBSERVATION
My week splits neatly into Thursday-Sunday, where I am reaonably committed, and Monday-Wednesday when I am more flexible, clients permitting. I noticed a distinct malaise/lethargy in this easier-going portion this week, which I attribute to a lack of physical activity. I will address this imbalance next week, amongst other changes starting T’ai Chi.

4. TODAY’S QUESTION FOR YOU
Is there an imbalance in your life that needs addressing?

5. TODAY’S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry and cloudy all day and overnight
Possibility of isolated showers mid-afternoon.
Wind will be moderate and westerly, veering south-westerly overnight.
Max Temp: 12 degC
Min Temp 7 degC
Sunrise 07:03
Sunset 18:52
Jetstream: Over Scotland, Wales and Cornwall and northerly

6. TODAY’S ONELINER
Here’s a good idea – staple Burger King job applications to failed school test papers. : D

7. THE BEST OF MOCK THE WEEK
Frankie Boyle on Rebecca Adlington

8. TRIVIA
Actress Deborah Winger was the voice E.T.

9. THE WISDOM I’VE LEARNED FROM OTHERS
“There are only two ways to communicate: effectively and ineffectively.”
— TERRI COLE

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WEDNESDAY 26th SEPTEMBER 2012 06:50 BST

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1. THIS DAY IN WW2 (26th September 1942)
In Moscow… Stalin orders plans to be drawn up for counter-offensives operation Mars (at Rzhev) and Operation Uranus (at Stalingrad) and publicly repeats his demand for a second front against Axis forces.

In the Black Sea… Soviet Submarine M-60 is sunk by a mine

In the Atlantic… British vessel SS New York sunk by U-91, RN destroyer HMS Veteran sunk by U-404, Panamanian vessel Tambour sunk by U-175, British vessel Yorktown sunk by U-619

From New York City… Convoy SC-103 departs for Liverpool

In the Pacific… In Guadalcanal, an American offensive is launched along the upper Matanikau River. USAAF B-17 bombers attack Tonolei harbor on Bougainville Island. US 5th Air Force aircraft attack Rabaul on New Britain.

In Papua New Guinea… The Australians launch an offensive against Japanese positions around Imita Ridge with US air support. US army reinforcements land at Port Moresby.

Over Australia… Darwin is bombed again.

2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
A day of marketing, Reiki-study and meditation! Missus time in the evening.

 Twitter Followers = 1,552 (up 1)
  Nonfollowed eliminated = 0
  Unfollowers eliminated = 0

3. TODAY’S SELF-OBSERVATION
With missus back at work full time I have got back into the swing of long meditations – at least 80 minutes. This is keeping me calm, focused and insightful, but I have had little social interaction and exercise beyond the family, so I need to address this to keep my life balanced and fulfilled.

4. TODAY’S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you being honest with yourself about what you need?

5. TODAY’S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Damp drizzly start. Dry for the rest of the morning.
Heavy showers arriving in the afternoon, petering out in the evening.
Dry and cloudy overnight
Wind will be moderate will veer gradually from north-easterly to north-westerly .
Max Temp: 12 degC
Min Temp 9 degC
Sunrise 07:01
Sunset 18:54
Jetstream: South of Britain and south-westerly

6. TODAY’S ONELINER
Your secrets are safe with me, I wasn’t even listening to you! : D

7. THE BEST OF MOCK THE WEEK
Frankie Boyle on The Scots
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTPSYbeNaa8&NR=1&feature=endscreen

8. TRIVIA
In four separate instances between October 1987 and February 1988, small pink frogs rained down from the sky on to various parts of Great Britain, originating from North Africa

9. THE WISDOM I’VE LEARNED FROM OTHERS
“I am not afraid of storms for I am learning to sail my ship.”
— LOUISA MAY ALCOTT

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TUESDAY 25th SEPTEMBER 2012 06:00 BST

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1. THIS DAY IN WW2 (25th September 1942)
In the Arctic Ocean… U-253 vanishes with all hands, assumed sunk by a mine.

Over Norway… Four RAF Mosquito fighter-bombers attack the Gestapo headquarters in Oslo without success, losing one aircraft.

From Liverpool… Convoy ON-133 departs, bound for Mew York City

In the Mediterranean… Greek vessel Simeon, thought to be being used by the Axis, is sunk by Free Greek submarine Nereus

Over Libya… Benghazi is bombed by US B-24 aircraft

In the Atlantic… U-442 sinks British vessel SS Empire Bell. U-216 sinks British vessel SS Boston

Over the Aleutian Islands… US 11th air force bombs Kiska, and damages Japanese submarine RO-67 offshore

In the Pacific… The Japanese land troops on Beru in the Gilbert Islands. In the Solomon Islands, USAAF B-17 bombers attack Tonolei harbor, Santa Isabel Island, and Buka Passage. Light cruiser Yura damaged by USAAF B-17 bombers off Shortland Islands. Japanese vessel Teibo Maru sunk by USN submarine Sargo off French Indochina.

Over Australia… Japanese aircraft conduct two air raids on Darwin

Over French Indochina… US China Air Task Force bombers attack Hanoi and escorting fighters claim six Japanese fighters shot down over the city.

2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
A day of marketing, Reiki-study and meditation! Missus time in the evening.

 Twitter Followers = 1,551 (up 2)
  Nonfollowed eliminated = 0
  Unfollowers eliminated = 0

3. TODAY’S SELF-OBSERVATION
I must have needed my meditation yesterday as I went into a trance for a whopping 2 hours. Meditation is an essential activity for my overactive mind that unmanaged tends to get consumed by negative emotions. With regular meditation however, everything calms down and I am able to focus clearly. It also soothes the scars of past traumas. The effects of missus’ illness and daughter’s puberty have made their mark, and the inconvenience of dropping off the keys to daughter’s former flat to an awkward out of the way location in the pouring rain yesterday was a kind of cathartic closure, a last act of inconvenience forced on me by daughter. I guess that my long meditation was a kind of re-setting and healing. I now have an abundance of space and time to focus entirely upon my intention and make it happen.

4. TODAY’S QUESTION FOR YOU
Is there unfinished business that needs resolving?

5. TODAY’S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Heavy rain all day and overnight.
Wind will be moderate to strong and will veer gradually from south-westerly to north-easterly .
Max Temp: 10 degC
Min Temp 8 degC
Sunrise 06:59
Sunset 18:57
Jetstream: South of Britain and westerly

6. TODAY’S ONELINER
I called in at a wedding dress shop but it was engaged : D

7. THE BEST OF MOCK THE WEEK
Facebook
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmjtS1nSbCo&feature=related

8. TRIVIA
An ostrich can easily outrun a horse

9. THE WISDOM I’VE LEARNED FROM OTHERS
“When you know yourself you are empowered. When you accept yourself you are invincible.” — TINA LIFFORD

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MONDAY 24th SEPTEMBER 2012 06:21 BST

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1. THIS DAY IN WW2 (24th September 1942)
In the Atlantic… U-432 sinks American SS Pennmar (2 killed, 59 survivors), U-617 sinks Belgian SS Roumanie (sole survivor, the chief engineer, taken prisoner) and U-619 sinks American SS John Winthrop (all on board lost).

On the Russian Front… At Stalingrad, the Germans wipe out the Russian southern enclave. Hitler dismisses General Halder as OKH Chief of Staff, replacing him with General Kurt Zeitzler.

In the Mediterranean… Greek submarine RHS Nereus sinks small Italian freighter Fiume. U-561 sinks Egyptian Sailing ship Sphinx.

In the Caribbean… American SS Antinous (torpedoed yesterday by U-515) is taken in tow but then sunk U-512. U-175 sinks American SS West Chetac (12 lost at sea 19 rescued).

In the Pacific… Australian destroyer HMAS Voyager, beached at Betano Bay, East Timor is bombed beyond salvage but 400 Australian commandos (2/4th Independent Company) have already landed safely.
US bombers Douglas Dauntless dive bombers from Henderson Field attack Japanese destroyers Umikaze and Kawakaze on a “Tokyo Express” run, bringing troops and supplies to Guadalcanal from Shortland Island. Umikaze is damaged by a near miss (8 killed) forcing the convoy to abort landings and causing Umikaze to be repaired. USAAF B-17 bombers raid the Japanese naval base on Shortland damaging Japanese seaplane carrier Sanuki Maru.

In the Indian Ocean… British destroyer HMS Nizam sinks a Vichy French merchant ship Southwest of Madagascar.
Japanese submarine I-165 sinks US freighter Losmar (3 killed, 21 survivors).

2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
A rare Monday trip into town to open a business account and drop off daughter’s former flat keys to her landlord in hopefully the last inconvenience involving her for some time. Reiki study, marketing stuff and meditation thereafter, followed by Son time then missus time in the later evening.

 Twitter Followers = 1,549 (no change)
  Nonfollowed eliminated = 1
  Unfollowers eliminated = 0

3. TODAY’S SELF-OBSERVATION
Something of a new start today in which I start putting some effort into both body and business! The next few months will be an exercise in focus, where fulfilment needs to triumph over pleasant distraction. My mind does not instinctively work on its own and needs my conscious focus on my intention to steer it. I believe that simple maxim, FOCUS ON INTENTION, is the key to all success.

4. TODAY’S QUESTION FOR YOU
Is your attention on something that will take your life forward?

5. TODAY’S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry and cloudy all day.
Heavy rain all day and overnight.
Wind will be moderate and north-westerly, veering south-westerly in the evening.
Max Temp: 11 degC
Min Temp 7 degC
Sunrise 06:55
Sunset 19:02
Jetstream: Directly over England/Wales and South-Westerly

6. TODAY’S ONELINER
Would it still be considered interrupting if you weren’t listening in the first place? : D

7. THE BEST OF MOCK THE WEEK
Too Hot For TV outtake – no “blind” jokes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pITi-Bm3NlI&feature=related

8. TRIVIA
The Carpenters song We’ve Only Just Begun, was originally a jingle used in a television advert for a California bank.

9. THE WISDOM I’VE LEARNED FROM OTHERS
“Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you.”  — MARY LOU RETTON

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SUNDAY 23rd SEPTEMBER 2012 09:38 BST

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1. THIS DAY IN WW2 (23rd September 1942)
In the North Atlantic… U-617 attacks convoy SC-100 and sinks British tanker MV Athelsultan(51 killed, 10 rescued) and British SS Tennessee (15 killed, 20 rescued). U-211 sinks US tanker MV Esso Williamsburg which explodes, bowing the tanker apart (all 60 on board lost). U-582 sinks Norwegian MV Vibran (all 48 on board lost).
U-515 sinks Norwegian SS Lindvangen at (15 killed, 8 rescued) and cripples American SS Antinous (all 35 crew and 13 gunners abandon ship but reboard at in the evening). U-125 sinks British SS Bruyère (all 51 rescued).

In the Black Sea… Soviet submarine M-60 hits a mine and sinks.

On the Russian Front… At Stalingrad, the Germans capture the landing stage and split the Soviet defenses in two, with the bulk of 62nd Army North of the Tsaritsa gorge and a smaller contingent to the South.

In North Africa… Rommel leaves North Africa to recuperate in Germany for 6 weeks, suffering from exhaustion, sinusitis, high blood pressure and various stomach ailments.

In Madagascar… The Allies capture the capital, Tananarive (now Antananarivo).

Over Germany… RAF bombs the small German ports of Wismar (83 Lancasters, 4 lost) and Flensburg (28 Halifaxes, 5 lost). Another 24 Stirling bombers attack Vegesack, near Bremen, Germany (1 lost).

2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
A quiet me-time kinda morning while missus helps daughter move to college. Prolonged meditation after lunch. Missus time in the evening.

 Twitter Followers = 1,549 (no change)
  Nonfollowed eliminated = 3
  Unfollowers eliminated = 0

3. TODAY’S SELF-OBSERVATION
With daughter moving on-campus, I’m hoping that after 6 years of a father/daughter relationship that has been painful/traumatic purgatory, this is something of a new chapter, and she can begin to build a self-reliant life for herself. I can now focus on the more emotionally rewarding task of caring for Son and missus. No one realizes how hurt, lonely and frightened I have been, having to defend the family finances from the recklessness of a deluded psychotic wife being manipulated and exploited by self-absorbed daughter, and myself being utterly unappreciated for it. I have particularly hated being put in the position of being the “bad guy” when I’m doing my best. Being unappreciated is very bad for your mind, and when I was a teacher I saw it make people ill on a regular basis. I have learned to walk away from such situations, or where I have less responsibility, simply cease to care, fiercely defend myself and “play the system” to my advantage.

But I have survived! And, having not killed me, life has made me stronger. All my experience serves me in my role as a therapist, and I have learned to seek out audiences where my strengths are valued. I’m now in a position where I have ample space and peace to refocus on my intentions and so draw those conditions into my life. Undistracted, I can now focus on fulfilling my purpose.

4. TODAY’S QUESTION FOR YOU
You know where you have been, but where are you going?

5. TODAY’S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry and cloudy all day.
Very heavy rain moving in over the later evening and persisting overnight.
Wind will be consistently moderate and easterly.
Max Temp: 11 degC
Min Temp 7 degC
Sunrise 06:55
Sunset 19:02
Jetstream: Directly over England/Wales and South-Westerly

6. TODAY’S ONELINER
Sometimes I wish I had a jetpack just so I could write naughty words in the sky. : D

7. THE BEST OF MOCK THE WEEK
Unbroadcast “Too Hot For TV” Scene – What a TV Chef Would Never Say
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXBqHkNTGTA&feature=related

8. TRIVIA
The phrase “Often a bridesmaid but never a bride” originated from a 1920’s advertisement for Listerine mouthwash. The text was written by Milton Feasley and first appeared in 1925. The advertisement was so successful that it ran for more than ten years.

9. THE WISDOM I’VE LEARNED FROM OTHERS
“There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.”
— W. CLEMENT STONE

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THE AUTUMNAL EQUINOX, SATURDAY 22nd SEPTEMBER 2012 06:40 BST

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1. THIS DAY IN WW2 (22nd September 1942)
In the Atlantic… U-435 fires attacks convoy QP-14 sinking American SS Bellingham (all 75 hands rescued), British SS Ocean Voice (all 89 hands rescued) and British fleet oiler RFA Grey Ranger (6 killed, 33 rescued).

On the Russian Front… At Stalingrad, the Germans make progress in the Taritsa gorge towards the landing zone where Soviets bring troops across from the East side of the Volga, threatening to cut the Soviet defences in two.

In the Mediterranean… British submarine HMS Unruffled sinks Italian merchant Leonardo Palomba.

In the Indian Ocean… Japanese submarine I-29 sinks American freighter SS Paul Luckenbach (previously WWI-era USS Suwanee).

2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Blogging first thing, then helping missus get up before shift 2 of the Weekend Job. Footie on the the telly in the later evening.

 Twitter Followers = 1,549 (down 4)
  Nonfollowed eliminated = 4
  Unfollowers eliminated = 0

3. TODAY’S SELF-OBSERVATION
I want to make something of a fresh start on Monday with both missus and son back full time. I’ve yet to emerge from “Summer mode” so Monday will be a good time. I have the weekend to think about what my new regime will look like!

4. TODAY’S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you ready to take the first step towards a better life?

5. TODAY’S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry, bright and sunny all day but feeling cold.
Dry and clear overnight.
Wind will be very light and north-westerly in the morning, veering south-westerly in the afternoon.
Max Temp: 10 degC
Min Temp 2 degC
Sunrise 06:54
Sunset 19:04
Jetstream: Over Britain and northerly

6. TODAY’S ONELINER
Boss: I don’t get down to your office much. Me: And don’t think we don’t appreciate that.

7. THE BEST OF MOCK THE WEEK
Unlikely lines to hear in an episode of Doctor Who
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwgonJSaabA

8. TRIVIA
Creams used to treat hemorrhoids (piles) such as Anusol and Preparation H, due to their tissue-shrinking properties, make good wrinkle creams.

9. THE WISDOM I’VE LEARNED FROM OTHERS
“True abundance isn’t based on our net worth, it’s based on our self-worth.”
— GABRIELLE BERNSTEIN

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