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Nothing in particular. [mar. 7e, 2005|02:30 am]
Percy I. Weasley
[Humeur actuelle |drainedcompletely drained]

The experiments are coming along nicely, I think.

I was recently approached by a strange fellow during a visit to the Leaky Cauldron (I had only a glass of water, mind you); rather odd chap-- I'm almost certain he was not from any Department that I know of-- a bit dodgy, wore a cloak and such. I personally didn't think much of him until he traipsed over and offered to buy me a drink, much to my utter bewilderment. Being that it would have been quite inhospitable of me to refuse, I thanked him and accepted, assuming I would polish it off quickly and be on my way before anything shiftier could occur. However, this man-- an older fellow-- proceeded to ask whether I was indeed the person who he vaguely recalled seeing in the Prophet at some point, to which I hesitantly replied that yes, perhaps I was. After hearing this, he continued on, asking me questions about the Project and whatnot, though of course I declined to share such sensitive information with someone who only claimed to be from the Ministry of Magic. (He never did show me any credentials on paper, which I'll admit I did find disdainfully lacking in decorum, if not suspicious.) Following my growing unease with the situation at hand, I finished off what ended up being my second drink, excused myself, and told him that I really must be off, although I admit that was a bit of a stretch. However, I did think it would be more prudent to let such a tiny exaggeration slip than to continue on in this manner, as this man obviously held no respect for important matters such as security and personal privacy.

Consequently, after apparating home, I noticed upon checking with my various schedules that I had an appointment at the optometrist come the next day (it was by this time Thursday evening). I generally endeavour to book these appointments at monthly intervals, so you can imagine my surprise when I realised that I had forgotten all about this appointment! I suppose I may have had far too many other things on my mind, although that is obviously still no excuse for neglecting to remember such a thing. Fortunately, I did manage to arrive at my appointment Friday evening with time to spare, had my usual checkup, then proceeded to discuss various optical health related matters with the healer who runs the practice.

Apparently, the astigmatism I've had for years has gotten a trifle worse, though I was told that a prescription adjustment might do well to remedy this. Being quite nearsighted in addition to my astigmatism (this being the result of both hereditary factors and an injury sustained at the hands of certain people some years ago), I quite naturally complied with this, as problems with my spectacles never fail to cause unnecessary migraines and decreased productivity. I do wish there were alternatives to such constant hassle-- is it true that muggles actually have plausible solutions to this?

At any rate, I suppose all I can do at this point is research such a topic, though I daresay I have little optimism for such a cure as it stands.
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Dear me. [fév. 24e, 2005|11:43 pm]
Percy I. Weasley
[Humeur actuelle |numbflustered and mortified]

I do believe I probably owe an explanation and/or apology for my... behaviour the night before, and so the first matter of business probably ought to be the apology part. I am quite horrified at the well, magnitude of disruptance I apparently may have caused, and you have my assurances that I had not intended for any such thing to happen and will consequently never allow a similar occurence to happen again. I do hope you will forgive the nature of any comments I may have made, as they most certainly would not have been made under normal circumstances. For this, I am truly, dreadfully sorry.

Though I'm afraid I am not yet at liberty to discuss in great detail the events leading up to the aforementioned, I suppose the most I can say is that I was... ah, under the influence of certain... things which I can neither discuss here or elaborate on. Oh, Merlin. I do wish I was able to offer a more thoroughly rational explanation, but security clearances and other such matters make this rather impossible...

I do hope that anyone I may have inadvertantly upset during the course of my visit will forgive my indescretion and please overlook any... advice I may have given. Such opinions expressed may or may not have been in your own best interests, and were most certainly not akin to anything I would have suggested had I been sound of both logic and proper etiquette at the time. I am wholly aghast, not to mention extremely sorry and entirely, exhaustingly apologetic. Penny dear, I wish you'd still speak to me.
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With thanks to Colin Creevey. [fév. 14e, 2005|11:32 am]
Percy I. Weasley
[Humeur actuelle |hopefulhopeful]

A Ballad for Penelope Clearwater.

'Twas Autumn when he first laid eyes
Upon a heav'nly sight
At first was rather disbeliev'd
Thought her a trick of light.

And so removed his glasses swift
And polish'd them anew
And lo, behold, he saw her still
The sight he'd seen was true.

Her hair was as the night unfurl'd
Her skin was pure and white
With eyes that pierc'd his very soul
He knew that she was right.

She sat, hands folded, pink lips pursed
Her eyes upon a book
And faintly, caref'ly he moved in
To get a closer look.

'Dear lady, may I most politely inquire
As to if I may have your name?'
He gave her his, and introduc'd
And bid her do the same.

Penelope, Penelope was her name
And dulcet was her tone
Melodious, harmonius, gentle and tame
More lovely than he'd known.

Though she was a fourth year and he but a fifth
Their friendship shortly bloomed
Before he knew it, he'd fallen for her
Quicker than he'd first assumed.

And never before had he felt such a thing
Such a marvellous, wondrous state
And though it was hard, this was kept to himself
Lest their romance end up bait.

Her hair was as the night unfurl'd
Her skin was pure and white
With eyes that pierc'd his very soul
She was lov'd with all his might.

Through trial and strife, they kept aloft
Petrification, prefecture, taunted
For five long years, their love rang true
And by nothing were they daunted.

Girl and boy to woman and man
Wiser, and older, and true
Penelope, Penelope, with her beauty divine
Penelope, I love you.

(I've been a tad busy lately. What have I missed?)
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A fascinating art. [fév. 1er, 2005|09:49 pm]
Percy I. Weasley
[Humeur actuelle |optimisticoptimistic]

In between organising Committee matters and keeping things running as they should, I have recently become intrigued by the ancient art of Auguria, also known as a form of divination by observing the behavioural patterns of birds. Naturally, I am aware that there are those who may claim that this method of prediction is arcane or unreliable; however, the more I have looked into the history of this process, the more I feel as if it may be more of a lost art than anything.

Evidence of skilled augurs dates back as early as 300 B.C., though many of its modern enthusiasts consider Melora Waffling to have perfected it during the late 17th century, whence she penned a rather innovative guide. It sustained a period of popularity extending well into the early 1900's, after which it all but disappeared from common divination teachings. During this period, augury was highly regarded, as it was thought that birds were the creatures closest to the divinities-at-be and therefore well-suited to know precisely what the gods were intending.

Now, although it is clear that any species of bird may be interpreted in regards to these methods, what caught my attention (and furthermore, acted as a catalyst for my research) was the bizarre behaviour exhibited by my own western screech owl, Hermes, during the course of last week. Being that Hermes has been a constant companion since my 5th year of school, I do believe I can be trusted to know what consitutes a normal behavioural pattern for my owl in particular. His hunting and roosting schedule appears to have changed drastically within the past rather short period, and at first I believed these changes to be the result of either some sort of illness or the effects of some natural phenomenon. However, though I was rather concerned about this at the time, what furthered my delving into augury was the fact that the very day I had completed reading into avian medicine (alas, to no avail) what did I spy during my midday walk to the coffee shop but a particularly rare and elegant specimen of Emberiza hortulana.

Emberiza hortulana, commonly known as the Ortolan Bunting, is incredibly rare throughout the United Kingdom, let alone Central Muggle London. This being the case, I'm sure two incidents of unexplained and very bizarre avian behavioural exhibitions must amount to something. According to my Augurian reference books, this pattern clearly serves to predict a most favourable development in regards to my personal affairs, and perhaps even the conflicts ahead, which are sure to affect nearly every one of us.

I rather thought that this was an interesting bit of divination, indeed. And well, I suppose during these times of clashes and conflict, we could really all do with a bit of hope.
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A brief update before a bit of preparatory rest. [jan. 30e, 2005|02:38 am]
Percy I. Weasley
[Humeur actuelle |cheerfulanticipatory]

Work with the Committee appears to be picking up lately, now that we have gotten a few experts on board. That Williams fellow from the Disposal of Dangerous Creatures office has yet neglected to get back to me on several memos I've left; if he continues to be unresponsive on urgent matters I feel I may be forced to send another note in his direction come Monday. I have never been an impatient sort of person, but I am sure any reasonable adult would agree that some things are simply too important to be continually put on hold. Aside from Williams, the members of the Committee have been largely co-operative on most matters, which I am exceedingly thankful for. Where this Committee would be without such admirable work ethics, I dare not consider.

Apart from the aforementioned Project work, I've been busying myself with keeping up with a few developments regarding the old-growth trees I had mentioned, as there have been a few changes of small note within the past month or so. A revision of that report may be in order if this keeps up, so I do hope it will not interfere greatly with Committee business.

Penelope dear, I can hardly wait for Madame Puddifoot's this Wednesday. Also, Ron and Ginny, I've cleared my schedule for the next Gryffindor match and therefore will probably see you then. I am eagerly anticipating an especially triumphant win, as it would certainly make a nice break from the monotony of it all.
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(pas de sujets) [jan. 27e, 2005|12:44 am]
Percy I. Weasley
[Humeur actuelle |amusedamused]

En lire plus...Réduire )
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Though I really can't elaborate [jan. 20e, 2005|01:38 am]
Percy I. Weasley
[Humeur actuelle |exhaustedexhausted]

This has certainly been an interesting evening, to say the least.
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A rather lackadaisical Sunday. [jan. 16e, 2005|11:11 pm]
Percy I. Weasley
[Humeur actuelle |stressedstressed]
[Musique actuelle |The WWN]

I finished the copy of Winnie the Pooh I got for Christmas today; I must say it is a bit of an odd story. For those of you who haven't read, it is the story of a bear who lives in a hundred-acre wood with assorted animal friends and a human boy who comes to visit for some reason or another. It's quite surreal, especially since I don't believe many of the aforementioned animals are native to the area in question. However, Hermione Granger pointed out to me earlier that the story relates to the ancient Chinese philosophy of Taoism, so I don't suppose everything in it is to be taken literally. I still haven't read up on my ancient philosophies as a refresher so I really can't say much about that for certain. As an aside, I daresay the bear's condition of being of 'very little brain' may relate directly to his consumption of honey. An unbalanced diet such as that is bound to have negative effects on an animal sooner or later.

But I digress.

Work on the Committee has slowed a bit lately, though I assure you all we are still endeavouring to do the best we can. I can't say much more than that, but I will reveal more when the time is right and things are officially in motion.

That bottle of champagne is still sitting unopened in the refrigerator; I may nip off and have a glass before bed.
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An important announcement. [jan. 7e, 2005|02:34 pm]
Percy I. Weasley
[Humeur actuelle |optimisticoptimistic]

As of today, I am no longer employed as the Junior Assistant to the Minister For Magic.

Indeed, I am very pleased to say that due to my organisational skills and excellent knowledge of Ministry protocol, I have been promoted. Though no doubt you may have seen the article in this morning's Daily Prophet, the Ministry has decided to form a new Committee in light of the recent tragedies north of Oxford. Needless to say, I was only too happy to step up to the challenge of heading this new Committee. I dare not reveal much more than the Ministry has seen fit to release, though if any of you have any pressing questions or concerns regarding this new Project, I would of course be more than willing to help answer them in any way I can.

I daresay it's about time they put someone capable in charge of these
matters. I feel I am a prime candidate for this position, since as you well know, safety has always been my number one concern. It will only be a matter of time before this aforementioned Committee has stamped out rogue dementors and put their associates back in Azkaban where they belong.

If anyone's up for champagne at my flat, you're more than welcome to come. Frivolous as it may be, there are some things that might be celebrated with a reasonable amount of abandon.

Ginny and Ron-- Lunch in Hogsmeade this weekend? My treat.
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Of interest. [jan. 3e, 2005|10:20 pm]
Percy I. Weasley
[Humeur actuelle |pleasedpleased]

Criminal Damage Act 1971

1971 CHAPTER 48

An Act to revise the law of England and Wales as to offences of damage to property, and to repeal or amend as respects the United Kingdom certain enactments relating to such offences; and for connected purposes

[14th July 1971]

BE IT ENACTED by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows

1 Destroying or damaging property

(1) A person who without lawful excuse destroys or damages any property belonging to another intending to destroy or damage any such property or being reckless as to whether any such property would be destroyed or damaged shall be guilty of an offence.

(2) A person who without lawful excuse destroys or damages any property, whether belonging to himself or another—

(a) intending to destroy or damage any property or being reckless as to whether any property would be destroyed or damaged; and

(b) intending by the destruction or damage to endanger the life of another or being reckless as to whether the life of another would be thereby endangered;

shall be guilty of an offence.

(3) An offence committed under this section by destroying or damaging property by fire shall be charged as arson.
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