Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

Professor David Spiegelhalter of Cambridge University wants to know about your coincidences!

Zsuzsa Bella

Hi, I'm British with a Hungarian name (Zsuzsa Bella) as I have a Hungarian father. My last name is very rear even in Hungary and we only know of one other family there with the name. Yesterday I was googling my name whilst bored... and came across another Zsuzsa Bella in not only the UK but in Bristol where I am working! I contacted her and we re now friends on Facebook and we are trying to see if we are related now. Thanks

Of all the hotels in all the world.

Between 2000 and 2001 I worked for a company who provided staff accommodation in an old hotel just off the sea front in Cromer. When I visited Cromer in 2013 with my wife, she mentioned that when she was little she had come to Cromer on holiday three times and stayed at the same hotel each time. When she showed me the building it was, of course, the same building.

old boyfriend

In Mexico I used to date a boy (we were in diferent careers), we broke up, and 3 years later I went to Barcelona to study; one day I went out for a walk (I miss the bus so I decide to walk) and suddenly I saw him, we couldnt believe it! He told me that he was studying in Madrid and that weekend he went into a trip to Barcelona. It was nice to find him.

Bumped into Neighbour other side of world

Partner grew up in Kempsey NSW Australia. Moved away in 1996. In 1998 while<br /> working in Cambridge England, we went on day trip<br /> to Greenwich. Standing on platform when light rail<br /> train rolled in, he yelled "that's my neighbour".<br /> Ran down platform, it was the family who lived next<br /> door to his parents in Australia. Another day, 5 minutes later,<br /> and if they hadn't been sitting in the front of the driverless<br /> train we never would have seen them.

Sheridans working for the Chinese state media

My family name is Sheridan and I grew up in Salford and Manchester, spent a year in Brighton, also spent time living in London, but I'd never met another Sheridan who wasn't an immediate relative (grandparents, parents, sisters), until at the age of 31 I went to Beijing. I landed a job working for the Chinese state media, working as a journalist for China Central Television, and I soon met another Sheridan, a journalist called Trudi who worked for China Radio International, and her brother Nelson, who worked for the news agency Xinhua.

the directory enquiries affair

1999. Before cheap mobile 'phones, text messaging, the internet, and when people actually wrote letters to each other. I used to work in marketing for a hotel company with a young lady called Gillian. She was the funniest and loveliest person in a very dull office.

6000 miles from home

my late father went to Los Angeles in the late 1960s whilst he was there he went to a small town a hundred miles from Los Angeles trying to sell advertising,on the first call he made his next door neighbour from Blackpool was also in they're trying to sell to same business neither knew the other was going to America

Mr Adams

I attend a multicultural church in Swindon, Wilts. I have been in attendance there for three years plus. One Saturday, last year, on our way to Bath, the train stopped as usual at Chippenham, Wilts. I spotted a church member, who lives in Chippenham, seeking a seat along the train gangway. He never spotted me until I drew attention to myself and my wife. In the carriage there was only one seat available, an end seat on the other side of the passage opposite me. Both of us were stunned! The train had EIGHT carriages.

Schoolfriend in Kenya

I'm in the British Army and in Kenya at the moment on a very large exercise involving thousands of soldiers. Whilst unloading equipment from a container at the camp I bumped into a friend from primary school. I last spoke to him in 1997 and had no idea he was in the army.

End of the pier.

One day in 1972 I woke up having spent the night with an American fellow student from my university in London. We were in our early 20s, in the same friendship group, which included our current partners. It was a beautiful day and we were falling in love so instead of going to lectures in London, and facing the inevitable break up conversation with our girl/boyfriend, I suggested we escaped and took a day trip to Brighton. We drove down there with another American student who owned a red sports car. Neither of these two knew Brighton, it was my idea. First stop was the pier.