Monday, March 30, 2015

Small synchronicities

I was sitting on a bus recently, thinking about the many errands I had planned for the day. I suddenly remembered that all the episodes in one of the later series of the science fiction programme Red Dwarf were being shown later that day. I didn’t want to miss anything – I had seen this particular series only once before - so I decided to go straight home after visiting the first shop on my list and save the other tasks for another day. Just as I made this decision, someone in the seat behind me started whistling the Red Dwarf theme song:

It's cold outside
There's no kind of atmosphere
I'm all alone, more or less
Let me fly far away from here…

I didn’t like to turn round and see what sort of person might have picked up and reacted to what I was thinking about.

Reading and thinking in synch with the TV
I wish that I had made notes of the numerous occasions many years ago when I was reading or thinking about something only to hear the same word or phrase synchronously being spoken on the TV. It happened so often that I came to think of it as normal. I have started to record recent occurrences of this phenomenon.

For the first time in 20 years, I started to think about someone I used to work with. He once made a ‘T’ sign with his hands and told me that it was a way to ask for time. Just as I remembered this, someone on the TV made that same sign.

I was just reading “Open your eyes” in a book when a TV advert featured this expression.