I was amazed how much history we had in common and was thinking maybe we met for a reason - are he and his family meant to be our new buddies? Then I asked him what he did for a living and he told me he was a renowned maths professor. Ahhh. Not so much in common then, since I can barely turn a calculator on.
So a bizarre coincidence but I'm not sure it has any meaning. He'll be there each week so no doubt we'll be chatting about Old Blighty and I'll try not to make a complete ass of myself.