Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Long time, no see.

I was waiting for my flow light to let me turn left when, looking at the oncoming traffic turning right, I saw my friends dad ( Papa Smurf as we called him ). I was just thinking, whilst waving, that I hadn't seen him for around 15 yrs when I realised, as he passed in front of me, that it wasn't him. My green light came on, I turned left and after travelling about 50 yrds a car coming towards me was been driven by, you guessed it, Papa Smurf ( my friends dad, not the real Papa Smurf ). Amazing!!

Borthday and weight

My daughter Holly (now 17) was born on 7th November and weighed 7 pounds and 11 ounces.

MR

Regarding the article in the Mail on Sunday, 15 Jan. 12. I would like to tell you about the following two examples of coincidence that I have experienced. Returning home from work one Thursday- evening in the mid-eighties, I left the A1 to enter my village. Parked on the slip road was an old Cortina towing an even older caravan decorated in a lurid lime green colour. That weekend, about 70 miles away, I was walking along a remote country lane in Norfolk. Parked on the verge was the same car and caravan.

ps3

got a second game the other day from asdas "dante's inferno" took it home turned on me ps3 and to my surprize see one of me mates playing it.....now its a old game and was not expecting that.

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.

Mr R W-S

Traveling to Hong Kong with my daughter I pointed out to her that her initials H K were apt - then when we were sat on the flight we noticed that we were in seats H and K but incredibly after our first dinner that evening in Hong Kong we came out of the restaurant and Helen said to me " can you believe this Dad" pointing to the steel grate casings in the pavement - they were simply stamped in raised lettering HK WS (her full initials) - Hong Kong Water System !

Worlds collide

When I was 21 and a student, I flew to Boston to stay with a penfriend. On the plane I sat next to a lady from Plymouth. We got on well, exchanged addresses, and once back in England I went to visit her for a weekend. After that, we lost touch. 7 years later, when I was living in London, a young lady who I had tutored privately for her French A -Level went off to Exeter to study. When she came home the first Christmas I saw her, asked her how she was getting on and whether she had made any good friends???. She said she had, her best friend was called Caroline, from Plymouth.

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).

mr. neill welch, Whetstone N20 9QG

I was watching the excellent BBC programme ,Earthflight with my wife , at 8p.m. on thursday 12 Jan. One of the outstanding sequences was of geese flying up the west coast of Italy. In the background was a large boat. My wife and I have cruised several times and can now recognise features of ships from other lines. Down below was a large cruise liner with the unmistakeable (old fashioned type) yellow funnel. I said 'Look!

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".

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