Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Recurring Dream

Do you have one?  I do.  Read on to find out what it is.

I usually wake up around six thirty, turn over and go back to sleep until ten past eight, knowing that there’s a dream coming.  They’re generally the usual instantly forgotten gubbish, but this morning’s was highly entertaining until the end.  I’ll summarise – the original was like a David Lynch film.

I park the car in a leafy square in Islington and make my way to my appointment, which is in a building that turns out to be my old redbrick secondary school.  There are two corridors, one on each side of the assembly hall, but I’m only allowed to use one of them.  I get redirected into the forbidden corridor, but manage to find my way to the assembly hall, which has been revamped as an open plan office space.  Sheila, who has offered me the job, explains that, whilst they really want to employ me, they don’t have a desk for me at the moment.  I protest, and she says I’ll have to talk to Rupert Murdoch, but he’s not available so Ed Balls will deal with it.

I must have walked out, because I’m now trying to find my way back to the car.  An old woman in a fleamarket gives me directions, and I get a lift from some roadworkers in their very crowded blue pickup truck.  When I reach Down Square, as it’s called, I find that it’s been turned into an excavated building site, like a china clay pit.  I remember that I’d parked the car right up on the edge, but when I get there it’s gone.  I can see some rusty cars way down in the bottom of the pit, but mine’s not among them.  This is where I say “Oh no, not that again,” and wake up.  It’s ten past eight.

The recurring dream is, of course, called ‘Losing the Car’.  It crops up every year or so.  It stems from an incident during my first honeymoon, when we’d rented a Cortina, driven it to London , parked it somewhere in Bayswater and later spent an hour combing the grid of identical streets before finding it, to one-way recriminations.  That was a mistake, which obviously went in deep.


  1. How do know that News Corporation isn't responsible for hacking your unconscious activity?

  2. The recurring elements of my recollected dreams usually involve transport, of a wide variety. I remember once having to take control of a passenger aircraft as I negotiated it, Luke Skywalker-like, along a country highway. Often it's driving a car along a coastal track which becomes a scrambling rocky path (of a type frequently encountered round here). Sea often features but not in a scary way, usually just somewhat annoyingly, getting in the way. Visiting unfamiliar cities seems to be fairly current. Maybe it's time for a trip to the big city.
    Neither Murdoch nor Balls have, I'm pleased to say, featured (to my wakened knowledge).
    But yes, losing the current transport mode to get to an appointment can sometimes feature. I expect it does for us all.

  3. You'd parked it the wrong way in a one-way street?

  4. I think Martin may have uncovered a sharp practice unparallelled in the annals of deceit. I mean, having one's dreams hacked into...you'll be prepared to take the witness stand at the Leveson inquiry, won't you?

    I'm quite alarmed.

  5. Last time I was in a fleamarket in Islington, a woman followed me bouncing a ball. She wasn't old - well that is, no older than I am... oh.
    And the crowded blue pickup truck rings a bell too -

    Tim, that wasn't a dream, it was an insight into my life. China clay, school, office, peculiar woman, losing car, the name Down...

    I had two honeymoons, too. Three months apart, which was quite good going. Welcome to my world, dear heart.

  6. Martin - I've been (re)reading a lot of Phillip K Dick recently...

    Richard - I've not landed a plane yet, look forward to it (as dreamsharing seems to be the new Facebook... see Z below).

    Rog: almost certainly. May as well add that into the mix.

    Christopher - of course, I can lie under oath with the best of 'em.

    Z - you have touched on the boundary between coincidence and 'oooer'. Spooky.

  7. I don't often dream about losing my car but at least twice a year I forget where I parked it.