Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Ms Bronwen P C

In 1980 at the age of 20, I sent in photographs of myself to Vogue magazine for a competition they were running...'To Find A New British Face'. I had already attempted modeling in London, but had returned to Wales for a period of 9 months, after which the plan was to return to study the hisory of art at 'The New Academy For Art Sudies' based in Chelsea. As luck would have it, I was one of ten finalists in the model competition, along with another young woman called Anita A. In the September of that same year I started my history of art course with approx.

wedding dress

I live in Sunderland and when my son was to be married in Plymouth in the year 2000, I wanted to wear something quite different and special for the occasion. I had spoken to his future wife on the telephone but not seen her till the morning of the wedding at the registrar office. At no time had I spoken to my son or his future wife as to what she or I would be wearing on the day. Imagine the look on peoples faces when I, the mother of the groom turned up in the same outfit as the bride to be.

TWINS

WE ARE A GROUP OF 5 COUPLES WHO HAVE BEEN GREAT FRIENDS SINCE THE SIXTIES. IN 2005 4 OF THE 5 COUPLES WERE DELIGHTED TO FIND THAT THEY WERE GOING TO BECOME GRANDPARENTS IN 2006. OF THE 4 PREGNANCIES 3 RESULTED IN TWIN BIRTHS (ALL WERE CONCEIVED NATURALLY).

Not-so-distant relatives

My mother and father both have relatives in Australia, my Mum's nephew and his young family, my Dad's Uncle and his grown-up children and grandchildren. Whenever we discussed the Australian relatives we knew they all lived 'near Melbourne' but, considering the size of Australia, this never really narrowed it down!

G King

I never knew my father who had an extra-marital affair with my mother in the late 40's, and I didn't even find out about it until I was well into my thirties and then my mother only told me his name, what he did, where he lived - basic information. I knew nothing else about him and never felt inclined to track him down. Three years ago, we needed an electrician and after 2 or 3 electricians failed to return calls, a friend gave us a name and a young man came to the house.

Old acquaintance

The event I want to describe occurred around 1999/2000. I was 52 at this time and my mother, who was bed-ridden, was living with me. She was in the habit of reading the Daily Mail, a paper which I hated and ostentatiously refused to read! The topic of adoption was very much in the news (I can’t now remember why) and my mother asked my opinion on the subject. I said I didn’t really know anything about it; I had only ever known one person who had been adopted – a girl called Susan Scantlebury. We had been in the same class during our first year at secondary school.

Mr Raymond Cole

I joined the Metropolitan Police on 28th April 1969 and went to the Hendon Training School for the initial 13 weeks training. I was put into a room with one other recruit whom I had never met before. After a few days of getting to know each other, we started to exchange our background history. I told him that my wife( girlfriend at the time) went to a school in South London called Singlegate Secondary Modern. He told me that his wife also went to that school and in fact sat next to my wife and were in fact the best of friends throughout their school years.

birthdays

I have 3 children all born in January - 20th, 23rd and 31st in that order. This year my oldest son will be the age I was when I had my daughter - child no 3 and my daughter will be the ageI was when I had my son - child no 1.

Acting coincidence

My sister was married to a naval doctor and the family was posted to Mauritius. While there, my sister joined the naval base's drama society and took part in a play called "Wait until Dark". I have always been involved in amateur dramatics and many years later was doing a play with a different company from my usual one. Over a drink after rehearsal, I fell into conversation with the lady playing the lead and we talked about plays we had been in and I said that one of my favourite role had been the part of the blind girl in "Wait until Dark".

Same name

In February 1978 I was on a maternity ward at the Oxford Street Maternity Hospital in Liverpool having just given birth to my first child. The ward had at least 6 patients, could have been more, I don't remember. While talking to the other new mothers we found that all of our partners were called John apart from one and she was calling her baby either John or Jon.

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