I suspect that I am not at all unusual in that I quite often experience what appear to be mundane premonitions; usually it works like this: I am thinking about something specific (maybe my plans for the work day), my mind wanders and I will end up thinking of a song or film(movie) that is somehow tenuously linked to my original thoughts. I dismiss the thought as irrelevant, only to hear the song as soon as I turn on the radio in the car, or see the film on TV that evening. In retrospect, I am able to identify that the ‘premonition’ was accompanied by a certain feeling or emotion which I can’t properly describe.
Now before I go any further, let me explain that I’m not claiming to be psychic and I am well aware that what is most likely happening is that the hundreds and thousands of irrelevant thoughts that don’t match up with anything are being conveniently ignored; there may be other subconscious processes going on too (maybe a certain DJ always plays a certain song on the first Tuesday in April and my mind has unconsciously identified this pattern) and I’ll be the first to admit that the memory of the ‘feeling’ might just be a false one.
Anyway, this morning, I was in the bath; I was thinking about starting a pit thread titled ‘Please extinguish all cigarettes until we get these straw men shifted’ (relating my dismay at the general quality of some posts that I have seen in GD of late). My thoughts wandered and I ended up thinking about an old movie that I saw once a long time back; a stunt pilot was trapped in the wreckage of his crashed plane (he had been attempting a forward loop, I think); the public rushed forward to see the spectacle, but nobody would help the other pilot, who was trying to rescue him, somebody drops a cigarette onto the spreading pool of aviation fuel and a fire starts. Unable to extricate his screaming comrade from the burning plane, the other pilot punches him, knocking him unconscious (presumably to spare him the pain of burning), then walks away, leaving the crowd to watch him burn.
This ‘wandering thought’ was accompanied by the odd feeling that I have described above, so I thought it would make an ideal test.
So, I’ve posted the details before any confirmation of their accuracy; I don’t have a copy of the TV listings, the film is not the sort that will have been featured on a preview/trailer - I’m not aware of any way in which I could have picked up information about any plans to screen it (but I suppose that’s the point; I wouldn’t).
I will pop out this afternoon and buy The Radio Times - I don’t know what the film is called; perhaps someone could help me out? I suspect that I will have to include the embarrassed smiley in my next post to this thread.