C. finished with the new Harry Potter whilst I was at the cricket yesterday (where I noticed that lots of other people were reading it with the test match as their backdrop). We've only got the one copy in our house, so I was waiting for her to finish before I can get my teeth into it.
So, what did she think? Is it any good?
Well, without wanting to spoil anything for me, she gave me a one word answer:
Rather than just drop everything to read this, I reckon I might just carry with on with the book I've currently got on the go.
It's about Lance Armstrong and the 2004 Tour de France (which was to be his record-breaking 6th win). In the light of all of the scandals that have erupted in cycling since, some of the sections writing about Michele Ferrari, Alexander Vinokourov, Tyler Hamilton, Bjarne Riis, Floyd Landis and the like can only be read with a strong sense of foreboding and sadness about what we know happened next... positive drugs tests, mainly.... followed by vehement denials and often court cases.
Was Armstrong clean? I don't know.
I'd love to believe that he was, but I'm not sure I completely can.
Does it matter? Surely he's a hero anyway?
As for this year's Tour: well, congratulations to Alberto Contador, but with the best will in the world, that's not going to be what the world remembers, is it?
The Tour will endure, I have no doubts about that.... but the riders are going to have to change.
Anyway, wizardy nonsense can wait for another day.
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