Tonight, I am going to a London Fortean Society lecture by David J Hand on The Improbability Principle: Why Coincidences, Miracles and Rare Events Happen Every Day.
Well, one happened last night when I went to the ‘Big Four’ venues’ Edinburgh Fringe launch at the Udderbelly on London’s South Bank.
I was with Rochdale-born, L.A.-based actress and producer Amanda Fleming (no relation). She was off getting drinks (that is what producers do) when I was accosted by two people – a man and woman.
“Where are you from?” they asked me.
It turned out they meant: “What do you do?”
“We were told,” said Jude, “that the important thing to do to get publicity was to find bloggers.”
“That’s only,” I said, “because no-one knows what’s going on in the media now and people are clutching at any and every unknown straw.”
Strictly Balti tells the true story of how Saikat Ahamed’s Bangladeshi parents in Birmingham – a family of lawyers, doctors and suchlike respectable professionals – did not want him to become an actor so persuaded him to take dancing lessons. The result was that he decided he wanted to become an actor.
At this point, Amanda Fleming (no relation) came back with drinks.
I introduced her to them.
They had a little chat.
Then Saikat Ahamed said to Amanda Fleming (no relation): “Have I met you?”
There was a pause.
“Did you stay in my house?” he asked.
I looked at Amanda Fleming (no relation).
I saw the sudden realisation on her face.
“Good God!” she said.
“I had a house in Ilford,” Saikat told me.
“You did?” I asked. “I was partly brought up in Ilford. Your house wasn’t 39 Mitcham Road was it?” I asked.
“No,” he replied.
“That’s a pity,” I said. “I would have been an even better coincidence.”
“I was doing a pantomime,” said Amanda Fleming (no relation).
“Oh no you weren’t,” I said.
“Oh yes I was,” said Amanda Fleming (no relation).
“We had a mutual friend, Lee,” said Saikat Ahamed. “You weren’t staying there long.”
“It was only,” said Amanda Fleming (no relation), “like two or three weeks, during rehearsal time.”
They had not seen each other for around 15 years and then only for a few weeks and he had accosted me randomly as I passed at an Edinburgh Fringe press launch to which Amanda Fleming (no relation) had also come. As she was temporarily not in L.A.
Tonight, I will be paying special attention to The Improbability Principle: Why Coincidences, Miracles and Rare Events Happen Every Day.
Who knows what may happen?
There is a trailer for Strictly Balti on youTube.