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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
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
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