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From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
And we in dreams
 You may recall that on the 22d last, I wrote,


I awoke every two hours overnight worried about and for Nadine Dorries MP: rightly, as it transpires. As one of the few orthodox members of the C of E, I don’t believe in oneiromancy – and yet ... oneiromancy or not, on the night before MP expense scandal broke, I dreamt of escaped wild boars savaging the home farm, so....  Very odd.


Well, it’s happened again.  Last night, I dreamt that I was somehow inveigled into doing something with Conference Pride http://www.torybear.com/2009/06/exclusive-message-from-eric-pickles.html and thus meeting with Iain Dale (whom I do not in fact, I remind you, actually know) in a Proppah Gay Pub to discuss arrangements, when Mrs T – and she was in the dream emphatically still Mrs T, at the peak of her powers and premiership, not the frail Lady Thatcher of today – came tripping in, waving and nodding to shocked regulars, to join us as a surprise and a treat.  And of course now we learn that Lady Thatcher has had a fall and broken her arm, poor dear.  I fervently wish her the best and speediest of recoveries.


These dreams must cease.  I don’t care to dream of women in any case, but if, every time I dream of Tory women, it prefigures a disaster to them…. 


Let us turn to happier dreams.  Ogbourne’s daughter (the half of Chloe-and-Olivia who works for the quango) has acquired, for the long vac., a SpAd-cum-intern-cum-experiencer-of-work in the form of an exquisite undergraduate.  Keith, as I shall call him for reasons that may be rather obvious, is the son of a friend of ours, a Tory Radical long a lynchpin of the joinery between the police, the courts, the prosecution service, and the rights of victims.  He is quite like Sir Keith Joseph, whom I am using for Our Keith’s eponym, and, like Sir Keith, Jewish.  Whereby hangs a tale.


Our Keith is a brilliant lad.  Fair enough.  He is also dead fit, shy, sweet, and intolerably attractive.  And he is attractive and fit in a very familiar fashion: I said to Chloe, shortly after the slight shock of (re-)introductions and after Keith had been sent off to do whatever it is that he does for her, ‘My dear, you’ve developed a type.  She laughed and winked: ‘Not at all, darling: you have.  I hired him for you.’  This is of course untrue, but she was not at all likely not to make a meal of that jest for several months, and so she has done.  The fact, however, remains.  Our Keith – that is to say, our delectable lamb of a British Jewish undergraduate – is a dead ringer for our little legal lamb of a British Pakistani solicitor, Amin Khan.  Peas, as it were, in, if you will, a pod.  Bar a few short years between them, they might well be twins; they certainly can pass for brothers.  It is, actually, staggering (you must realise, of course, that although Our Keith is not an incomer, and I do know his pater somewhat, he has, after all, been away at school and then up at university for some years since last I saw him, and his matured self is all but wholly new to me, such that I am legitimately surprised by his astonishing resemblance to Amin Khan).


As I say: peas in a pod.  Or, if one were incautious in speaking to Chloe Ogbourne, one might have varied that and said they were alike as two slices of bread.  Chloe’s subsequent suggestions regarding sandwiches and a breaded-Wemyss filling do not bear repetition.  O tempura, o hovis!  

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blamebrampton From: blamebrampton Date: June 12th, 2009 03:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Chloe is a GOOD friend.

Lady Thatcher's decline is a sad thing. I am thankful that she has at least one excellent child as, despite my disagreements with her politics, I have always had great respect for her will and intellect. I hope she recovers from this injury quickly, and that you return to dreaming of delightful young men and pastoral settings, or whatever is normal at the House of Wemyss.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: June 13th, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yes. Yes, she is.

Meddling, but a good friend.

And here's to Maggie's recovery. Yr estimation of my other dreams is spot on.
shezan From: shezan Date: June 13th, 2009 02:18 am (UTC) (Link)
If I knew you (and the delightful Keith) better, I would be as tempted as Chloe to go the O tempura, o hovis joke route. Do admit you were touched!
wemyss From: wemyss Date: June 13th, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

Touched, indeed.

And intimately.
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