Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Young Friends Reunited

One weekend in 2003 when we all lived in the Leicestershire area we took our young grandsons for a weekend camping at the seaside at Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire. The eldest who was 4 briefly made friends with another boy who lived somewhere in Northern Ireland. Two summers later in 2005 my daughter and her family moved to a small fishing village in Northern Ireland and our grandson started in a new school. In the same class was the boy he had met at Mablethorpe who lived just round the corner from their new home. They remain close friends.

Eve

I am one of a group of 10 lifelong friends. We meet together once a year to catch up. I live in London, the others live in Ireland. On Christmas eve I got a phone call from M...... to tell me that our friend P...... had just heard her son had died. He was in his early 40's and lived in South Africa. I arranged a flight to Dublin for 3 Jan 2012 to go to the memorial service on 4 Jan. On 27 Dec I got a second call from M..... To tell me that another friend from the group of 10 friends, S..... had just lost her son, also in his early 40s.

Conversation on a train

Hi I was travelling on the train from Leighton Buzzard to London yesterday and sat next to a young student. As we were approaching London we struck up a brief conversation about some hand knitted gloves she was wearing. We chatted about university and where home was. It turned out that she lived in Dyfed in Wales and was familiar with the area where my husband's brother and family live. Not only that it transpired she was the ex girlfriend of one of my nephews. We had never met before and I had no idea who she was before that conversation.

Death Coincidence

My parents had seven children and I am the sixth. One of my sisters and two of my brothers have died. First to die was one of my sisters on .................. 6th of August 1991 Second to die was one of my brothers on ........... 6th of August 1998 Third to die was another brother on ................... 6th of August 2005 You will notice that there is a seven year gap between the deaths. Surviving siblings look forward with interest to the 6th of August this year.

C Young

A few years ago we drove to Ireland where we'd rented a cottage in Connemara, and decided to break the journey and by accident came across a country house hotel, where we were greeted by an elderly Scottish lady (the mother of one of the owners) and we stayed the night. On our return, we decided to stop again before getting the ferry, and returned to the same place. This time, however, the owners were there, and after dinner we got into a conversation with them. The wife was Scottish, and came from Moffatt. I said - I have a friend from Moffat, who I met when I lived in Edinburgh.

Royal Rowell

On a cold autumn day in 1982 I sat down to attend a sociology lecture in the chemistry block at Leicester University. I was in my first term and had, a few weeks before, registered for the second year Sociology course in error (a mistake not noticed until later in the year). As it was cold I kept my jacket and scarf on (distinctive Norwich City/yellow green). From a seat behind me a student asked if I was a Norwich fan and I said 'yes'.

birth coincidence

My second child was born on June 14th 1972 - my third child was born on June 14th 1973. The coincidences were they were identical birth weights and............the same nurse was in attendance despite the first one being born in Germany and the next one in Northern Ireland!!!!!

Phone call coincidence

This happened a few years ago: I decided to call my friend Lydia for a chat. I dialled the number and a female voice (who I didn't recognise) said "hello". I was slightly confused but said "er hello, is Lydia there please?" The female voice sounded even more confused than I and said "erm, sorry, who's calling?". I was rather put out by being asked by this person who I didn't even know who I was but replied "It's Kerry". A short while later, another female voice came on the line and said "Hello, Lydia here".

Various hard to believe

Reading the article in the News paper Mail on Sunday about this website and having had many strange coincidences happen to me over the years I decided to go online to share one of them with you. I started to look for a pair of scissors to cut out the part of the article in the paper with the web site address on it but could not find them or a pen and paper to note it down so I started to rip that part of the page out.

wrong number, but identical name

I needed to have a Gas Certificate for my tenanted property and asked a local Corgi registered person to call my tenant, Will Jenkins, to arrange a convenient appointment time. I gave the Corgi man the name and mobile number of my tenant. A day later, the Corgi man rang back and said he'd come to inspect the flat but my tenant was out. He'd then called the number I'd given him and spoken with a Will Jenkins who said did not live in that town and had never heard of me.

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