Iain and I met JK Rowling two years ago. It was at a drinks reception at the Kings Theatre in Edinburgh and, because badgering her for Emma Watson’s phone number is not cool, we asked her what she thought about the Etape Caledonia bike race closing the road in front of her house in Aberfeldy.
Because talking about bikes is cool.
However, it turned out Iain didn’t want to talk about roads, or whether she was the mystery figure who threw tacks in front of the riders (she wasn’t, we asked and she denied it) he actually wanted to ask if she knew what happened in her driveway during the race.
“There’s no loos,” he begun.
JK’s not sure where this going…
“And by the time you’ve cycled for four hours you really need to go to the toilet.”
I knew where this was going. But there was no stopping Iain.
“And all the driveway’s make ideal places to stop…”
JK Rowling now knows where this going too…
“… all the bikes pull over, and, you know…”
I do. I have to change subject: “Have you got Emma Watson’s phone number?” I ask.