Coincidence?

Sometimes a “coincidence” will occur that just makes you stop and exclaim “Oh my God!” or “How weird!” or “Freaky!”… Just such a coincidence has just occurred! Specifically, this afternoon, one of my colleagues, who looks forward to Christmas with an almost child-like intensity, sent round an office-wide email today, asking, “Guess what happens six months today?”… upon which, in an attempt to impart a little ironic/sarcastic humour, I did a little Internet-based research and suggested, by way of a response to said email, that on the 25th of December this year, amongst a couple of other things, we would be commemorating the crashing and consequent loss of the Beagle European Mars space probe, on Christmas Day 2003… and then… as I was reading my latest Baxter/Clarke novel, Sunstorm, on the train earlier, a character therein – a character who had only just been introduced – who was amongst only a handful of humans who lived and worked on Mars, just happened to mention the crashing and consequent loss of the Beagle European Mars space probe, on Christmas Day 2003…

Oh my God!

How weird!

Freaky!

…and things of that nature.

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