Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

A family root explored

This is a second coincidence that I've posted - for some reason I know many - my family, who enjoy my stories as a mild distraction think that the reason I have them is that I'm just plain nosey and ask, say, a further 2 or 3 questions that then establish some link. So here's my second story: My father is from the west of Ireland, ear to the border with Roscommon and when my children were young we began visiting. Eventually we bought a small cottage - but a good 40 miles further west, by the sea in a place called Roonagh Quay. We didn't know the area well.

Transposition of Numbers.

Some years ago my family moved house. We stayed in the same area though and retained the same dialling code for our phone number. My daughter was at uni. in Leeds but was back for the summer vac. when we moved. She had given friends in Leeds her new home phone number prior to coming home for the move.<br /> After the last load had been taken to the new house, we took our helpers to a local hostelry for a "thank you " meal. As we walked into the pub the phone was ringing.


My Father was a very funny man, alays playing jokes on us, three Daughters and one Son. Unfortunately our Mother passed away on 8th October 1984, but dad was a strong man and carried on helping his friends out with gardening and shopping etc. but then he was very ill with cancer, and my Sister and l looked after him. My Sister's husband built and extra room on their cottage and put a hospital bed in there, and l would do the morning shift and Jackie the afternoon, even then he was still playing jokes etc.

Chance encounter.

I am a 66-year-old Geordie, living in Canada. Last year, on a one-week visit back to Newcastle, I was shopping in Fenwick’s and fancied a coffee. Fenwick’s café was very busy so I went to the café in Marks and Spencer’s instead. There I bumped into a school friend who now lives in Wokingham and who was also visiting Newcastle for a few days. She’d been about to go straight back to her hotel but made a spur of the moment decision to have a coffee before she went. Hence our meeting. We couldn’t believe it. I thought she was in Berkshire and she thought I was in Canada.

clocks / watches...displays

For many, many years I have found myself looking at watches / clocks / clocking in machines...shops...clocks in the home or at work.../....the clock in any car.....the display will read 11:11 ( I am not alone in daughter experiences the same as does her good comes & goes somewhat and I can only put it down to a time one WOULD notice / remember 11:11 especially on a digital display ! However about 10 - 12 years ago when this was at it's height (and before my daughter etc experienced anything) my watch (which I usually wore day & night and had UNusually take

Death and birthdays

My husband and daughter (we live in the suburbs bordering Kent and London), were going to France for a couple of days. Whilst waiting in the queue of cars waiting to drive onto the ferry at portsmouth, my husband was looking into the car next to him in disbelief. His cousin (who lives in Lancashire), was in the car alonsgside my husband with his wife and 2 children. They ended up getting the ferry together and having fun in France until my husbands cousin, continued his journey to Belgium.

Chance meeting

I was invited to a wedding of an acquaintance and, because I knew no one else there, I was sat with a table of strangers. I was chatting to a couple who told me that they had had a tiring day house hunting. It transpired that they had looked at a house that I was born in and had lived some 30 years previously. The wedding was in Hertfordshire, I was living in London and the couple were from Buckinghamshire I think. I had never met them before and have never seen them since.

same PIN number

a few weeks ago i asked my hubby to go to the cash machine for me, i passed him my card and reminded him of my PIN , to which my brother exclaimed - thats my pin number too!, we have our accounts with different banks and have both kept the pin the bank gave us

Open Church day at Mettingham suffolk

About two years ago - Mettingham Parish church ( Waveney Valley - nr. Beccles, Suffolk) held an open day with old village photographs and other miscellaneous old artefacts on display. I attended as did many other good folk on the open day. We were invited to sign the visitors book - which I did upon leaving the church. As I was leaving the porch - there was a chorus of shouting behind me - they were calling out my name ( Robin Richardson ). The man who was in the queue behind me - to also sign the visitors book was also a Robin Richardson.

turkey meeting

Many years ago I went on holiday to a small resort called Cesme. I met a young woman from London, she had left the Metropolitan Police and got a job working for a Doctor in Istanbul. Her name was Claire and mine is Carol and we are both Virgos. When her boss visited another country he would give her money to have a holiday anywhere in Turkey. 5 years later I sat on the sea front and said to a waiter " I wonder where Claire is now ?" "I'm here!" she said. standing right behaind my chair.