... late in the morning a metaphorical glimmer of sunlight pierced the dark clouds. I was forwarded an e-mail that indicated that we have been given an extra eleven days which means I now have a week to do the bulk of my work.
Looks like the "complete piece of shit" now stands a better chance of being delivered then.
---* or, as is becoming more frequent, until two or three days after they due to start **
** and apparently I should think myself luck that I got them