We might have gone to the finals of the jousting tournament, but we were tired and it started to rain.
On Monday, there was not a great deal of note. Our reliable newsagent was not able to supply the next issue of the Star Wars fact file to us because their distributor had sent copies of a Star Trek magazine instead. Generally, confusing these two is regarded as a heinous crime by supporters of both factions.
Tuesday fades from the memory too, I'm afraid. Anything of any great moment has by now faded from my mind. Although I think it was on Tuesday that I read of the recent discovery of three newly discovered round Neptune. Nowadays, new moons are discovered faster than the reference books can be printed.
Wednesday...the day I decided it would be good to leave work a few minutes early. Sadly not effective: the 5:06 train broke down before it left Wellington station and eventually left later than the usual 5:21 would have done. At least it ran as an express - the weather picked up today and so the speed restrictions had kicked in again, meaning a slow journey.
This morning, the news that we had all been anticipating reached us. As I had expected, it was a link from lexin that supplied the information about the Order of the Phoenix. Release will be at 11:01am on Saturday 21st June, an auspicious date, being the shortest day, so that everyone can go to bed early and read it through the long night. (Yes, this is an unashamed parody of the spin actually being put on the release day by the northern hemisphere spin doctors.)
For the benefit of anyone who hasn't seen it yet, the two quotations available from the book are as follows:
- The hottest day of the summer so far was drawing to a close and a drowsy silence lay over the large, square houses of Privet Drive … The only person left outside was a teenage boy who was lying flat on his back in a flowerbed outside number four.
- Dumbledore lowered his hands and surveyed Harry through his half-moon glasses. "It is time," he said, "for me to tell you what I should have told you five years ago, Harry. Please sit down. I am going to tell you everything."