Whilst lying awake this morning, I was going over one or two coincidences that have occurred lately, and my mind drifted back to the short lecture I gave the development team at ICL Fujitsu back in 2000AD. This lecture was on the subject of coincidence, and was mostly an admonishment by me to all and sundry that rather than be the exception, coincidence is the norm - simply because we live in a massively-parallel world. I was surprised by the number of otherwise-gifted engineers who when asked to think about it in that way, obviously had their opinions altered somewhat.
Now a question. In a small community on the north-east coast - a place in which there are two pubs, when probably that's one-too-many - what is the chance of three men, all of which are roughly the same age, build and intelligence, all drink bitter and all three are called Joe?
You think I'm making this up don't you? Well I'm not. Back in the late-eighties, two of my regular drinking pals were also called Joe - to the delight of some of the other locals who would tease strangers into making silly bets.
What was even stranger, was that neither of the other Joes like football, but both liked a game of pool, neither was married, but both had a live-in partner.
A lot of our early conversations were questions about just how similar we were - apart from the name that is, and we all obviously enjoyed each-other's company.
Strange? Not really, when you consider how popular the name 'Joe' was to parents of baby-boomer male children. Yes, it's as simple as that.
What sparked this off? Well I've been trying to dream up a scheme to knock Joe Brown out of 1st place on a Google search, and having done that, another scheme to ensure that the other Joe Brown dosn't replace Joe Brown, in 1st place but both of them to be 2nd and 3rd to my 1st, not to mention the 3rd Joe Brown that sells clothes.
Bloody pop singer, mountain climber and tailor!!