Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

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

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.

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.

Cambridge to boot

We were living at the top of Histon Rd at the time, a few doors from Nasreen Dar We spent a week on Tioman Island (off Malaysia) and I did a try dive - the instructor came from the top of Victoria Rd. And or my OH's sister (Portsmouth and Cardiff Uni) married a bloke (Staffs and Cardiff Uni) whose sister, then a student, also lived at the top of Victoria Rd

The Lost Watch

While taking his gap year my brother worked as a school gardener where he befriended another gap year student. One weekend they stayed at our parents' house in Dorset. My cousin and a friend had cycled up from their homes in Cornwall that same weekend and the four of them were playing cards when someone asked what the time was. My cousin produced a watch from his pocket. My brother's friend, Ben, asked where the watch had come from. My cousin replied that his brother had found it on Dartmoor. Ben said 'That's my watch. It has my initials on the back.