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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.
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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
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
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