Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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


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.

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!

Consultant caused accident

I worked in the public sector and wrote a report regarding the restructuring of my department. My bosses thought this might be deemed incestous so instructed to me bring in a consultant to do an 'independent' report. We subsequently hired a consultant and during one of my discussions with him I realised he was the guy who fell asleep at the wheel a few years before causing him to crash his car into the back of mine writing off both cars and damaging my back

All adds up to 30.

My birthday is 23rd July , July is 7th month total of month and year is 30. My wifes birthday 28th february. 2 +28 =30 My sons birthday 21st September 9 +21 +30 My daughter's expected birth date was 24th June we though it was amazing, but she was late in arriving and was born 4th July 1981. I wasnt until several years later i realised when adding all the digits of her borthday 4 7 1 9 8 1 they add up to 30.

A reserved room?

In 1968 I became an undergraduate at Cardiff University, and had a room one of the Halls of Residence. My room number was Old Hall 10. Many years later I married a man who had been married before and had two daughters. One of the daughters married and went to live abroad. In time, her own children grew up, and the eldest returned to the UK to attend university. She chose Cardiff, as she still had family connections in the area. She was also allocated a room in one of their Halls of Residence - and it was the same Hall of Residence that I had stayed in so many years before.

We'll meet again!

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

Chance Meeting in Australia

When I left school in 1956 I worked for a firm on the outskirts of Bristol and used to call from time to time in the lunch hours at a nearby family run confectionary shop. The family had 2 daughters who sometimes served in the shop after school and during holidays. These I got to know quite well. On a visit to Australia in 2005 I was on a coach trip from Sydney to the Blue Mountains. All on the trip except one couple were non native to Australia.

Shopping surprise

HI David While living in Wiltshire, in 1993, my wife & I went to Hong Kong & China to celebrate our 30th anniversary. On a 3 day trip to Canton (as it was then) we met with a number of British people in our party of about eight. Among these were a newly wed couple from Sussex. Having moved to Cheshire, in 20ii we made a shopping trip to the Cheshire Oaks Outlet Village at Ellesmere Port and while in Marks a lady came up to us with a pushchair and said, 'Hong Kong 1993'. The same half of the newly weds from 1993 and they had moved to the Wirral.