Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

We'll meet again

My brother Horace Dale (RAF) of 83, Heathcote Road, Miles Green Stoke on Trent was walking down a sreet in Naples in 1943, when he met Jack Cross (Navy) who lived at 106 Hearthcote Road. While they were chatting along came Frank Pointon (Army) - the three different services! - who lived next door at 106. A photograph was taken and it is a treasured memory of the amazing coincidence - the three houses are less than 25 yards from each other! I have the photograph if you wish to see it. Dennis Dale.

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.

Dental Records

I am a 56 year old dentist who sold my practice in 2009, all my patients continue to see me at the practice where I work as an associate about a mile away from the old practice. The old practice is an unoccupied unit on the first floor of a busy shopping centre. After all the equipment was moved out there was an electrical problem with the fuse blowing at the local sub-station.


In November 2011 my wife and I were in Hawaii on the last leg of our round the world trip. We booked a bus tour of the Island of Ohahu. On board were 10 other couples. The guide said he would read out the passenger names and we each had to say where we were from and add a few details to get to know one another. He read out a few names and then said "Stevenson" Two voices simultaneously said " Yorkshire, England," mine and another man. That's a coincidence I thought. So when we stopped at the first scheduled stop we approached each other.

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.

Psychic Phone Call to Mum Coincidence??

Around 5 years ago my husband, Steve, randomly decided to phone his mum Joan, for a catch-up chat. He picked up the receiver and was about to start dialing, only to discover his mum was already on the line. Turns out she'd had the same idea at exactly the same time. She told us that she had dialed our number which had connected, but hadn't yet started to ring.


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.

Manx Cat

I was on a camp site in Mojacar Spain back in April 2009 playing my concertina outside in the sunshine accompanied by a German friend .The tune we were playing was "The crack was ninety in the Isle Of Man" Whilest playing i felt something warm brushing my leg and to my amazement a pure bred Manx Cat (the one with no tail )brushed along my leg,which caused shivers up my spine .The German was not aware of the breed of cat and when i explained the coincidence he was also amazed.

corsican coincidence

My husband and I (we live in UK) were on our first four week holiday in Malta and asked the rep to organise several trips - he booked us on a catamaran trip to Corsica. On arrival in Corsica we were told to board any one of three coaches for those speaking English.<br /> My husband noticed a man wearing a baseball cap with a derogatory name on it. Tongue in cheek (as we know the American jokes about this name) he asked if that was where the wearer came from.

Help from the radio!

An extract from my Journal dated Saturday 24th March 2007: 'Stratford today "The Merchant of Venice". In the Swan by an American Company. Modern - smart suits, bad haircuts, Apple ibooks for the caskets. It worked very well. Shylock played by a famous person whose name just now escapes me. He was very good - very subtle - his downfall was shocking! Antonio - in love with Bassanio, but in a way hard to be sympathetic because he played it very anti-semitic. I rang Lesley sitting in the car before driving home as she had left a couple of messages.