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Watched Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. I probably shouldn't bother with the back story, as if you're a fan you will have read the book already. But, set against the backdrop of Harry's sixth year at Hogwarts, it follows on from the partial victory against the Death Eaters in The Order of the Phoenix, albeit with the inevitable preparation for the final battle, spanning between this and the next book/film. And so the story unfolds. I went into the film with low expectations, after reading some mixed reviews. Maybe it was good that I did as I thoroughly enjoyed the film, despite being a lengthy 153 minutes. There's something quite eerie about watching the cast grow up from film-to-film, and that in itself lends a special quality to the Harry Potter series. Also their acting talent has grown substantially from being perhaps inevitably so-so child actors in the first films to being rather good in the latest, although Emma Watson still annoys the heck out of me. The film is pretty much a rollercoaster ride from start to finish, and not for a second did I find myself bored or looking at my watch (if I had a watch). The effects are great, as they should be, with a good but non-intrusive score. If I had any criticisms it would be in a couple of areas in terms of editing and pace. One particular edit was so abrupt I wondered if the projectionist had changed the reels too abruptly, if projectionists even do this any more, which I doubt. I'm sure I don't need to define who this is recommended for. You know who you are! 5/5 (Excellent)

In other news...

Off to the Bourne Show tomorrow afternoon. Mum has volunteered to work on a stall at some point. It takes place on the Bourne recreation ground, where I used to play frequently as a kid.

We'll also pop in and see Nan, who was much the worse for wear the last time we very briefly saw her. Hopefully she will be better this time.

Then it will be a belated birthday celebration for Mum, probably at Pizza Express.

Sunday is the Elvetham Heath Car Show, which Mum and Dad will probably pop over for late morning. No idea if it will be any good, but you can't expect much from something like this.

I'd like to buy a bike rack, so we can take the bikes over to Alice Holt. I haven't ridden there in a good year or more. Not sure if Lu will be up for it.

Not sure if we'll have any time to visit a National Trust place.