While we’re still on the topic of dreaming, let me tell you how dreams spoiled my Tuesday. Again, I don’t know if it’s just me who this happens to, but do you ever get stuck in a dream just around the time you’re supposed to be waking up? You may or may not know you’re dreaming, but it’s always so incredibly vivid that you can’t stop. Whether or not your body is physically ready to wake up, your mind just won’t.

So anyway, I was brimming over with plans to wake up early and spend the public holiday doing useful things. Instead, I got stuck in a dream that I was an aide helping Tony Blair prepare for a very important UN Security Council meeting, so I woke up at 1.30 pm. What was I going to do, just up and leave? I had responsibilities.