Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Mr Martin Riley

I had dropped off my daughter at Heathrow and had a few hours to kill before collecting my mother at the same airport Rather than spend the time at the airport as it was a bright summer morning I drove to WIndsor parked the car and went for a walk along the river.

Missed reunion

In June 1971 I went on holiday with my sister, her husband and their 2 children. We travelled from Manchester to Torquay - quite a long journey at the time. I was nearly 13, my sister, a lot older, was 30. Her young son, then one year old was a baby who cried a lot. He was getting better but she kept him in a good routine and so every day left the beach just after lunch and returned to the guest house.


On the subject of coincidences- My father worked in a garage in Ware in Hertfordshire. In the 1950’s a friend of his decided to sell his dry cleaning business and emigrate to Vancouver in order to start a real estate business. He decided to take his TR2 sports car to Canada. He then asked my father to install a heater in the car. He said to his friend’ ”So that you do not lose my address and name I will scratch it on the heater body( which was under the hood).” The friend then traveled across Canada and stopped for fuel at a small garage , approximately halfway into his journey.

Surprise meeting

Sept. 2011. Husband's birthday. On holiday, sitting one morning in tiny cove on Italian Lake Lecco. Spied by young architect nephew from Melbourne Australia on self-guided tour of European buildings. Neither knew of the other's plans. Joined us for celebration dinner!

Hard to believe and others

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.

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General coincidences & synchronicity

Synchronicty is a far better way to explain co-incidences. You may be thinking of someone just before you bump into them. This is also to do with the 6th sense and our pre-cognition of things. This happens to me on a frequent basis. Knowing someone is going to phone, thinking of someone and bumping into them. This is because I had ALREADY sensed their presence psychically and therefore the actual manifestation of that person is merely a formality! You can also dream of future events and these may influence our day time behaviour and affect the decisions we make.

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.


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.