...smoking a cigarette. He had a beard.
Only it wasn't Michale Caine at all. I have a mild form of what's known as "face blindness"; ie difficulty in recognising faces. I have also recently seen Prince William in Sainsbury's, and several characters from Coronation Street wandering the streets of Devizes.
On the other hand, I am often accused of ignoring people I know quite well, when actually I just haven't recognised them. Watching complicated films is a nightmare. Unless there is a redhead, a blonde and a very tall bald bloke (for example) I am lost. I have to keep asking John "is that the one who...?". He's very patient, but it must be infuriating. I can't tell my goodies from my baddies.
Where we lived before, I was both a nurse and a Relate counsellor, so if someone appeared to know me, I could safely say, "how are things?", and this covered most eventualities, from adultery to piles. But it can be very awkward.
Does anyone else have this problem?
(PS I prefer Michael Caine without the beard)