Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

STRANGE MEETING

Many years ago while holidaying in North Devon we bumped into a work colleague of my husband's. We were invited to join him and is wife at their holiday home that evening. We had a lot of difficulty finding the house and very nearly gave up but in the end found them. Also with them was the wife's elderly mother who during the evening was on the point of going to bed when the Thames was mentioned.

Chance meeting in Jersey

I lived at home with my parents in Beckenham My girlfriend lived in Islington, london. Two of my teanage friends while I lived at home were Robert and Jill. In their twenties they married and moved away. I didn't see them after that. My girlfriend and I married and moved to Clapham, London. Two years after we married we went to Jersey for a holiday. One day in St Helier my wife and i were walking around the shops. Then across the road were Robert & Jill. We couldn't believe it. Alan.

In an 8.08 state!!

When I check the time around 8.00am by looking at a clock or watch more often than not it is exactly 8.08 when i look

Foreign Typewriter

While on holiday in a Greek resort we wandered down a side street and came across a secondhand shop. The shop was closed but we had a look in at the shop window anyway. We noticed an ancient typewriter on display, with a partially-typed letter propped up in it. We then realised that the address typed at the top of the letter was the next street to our own in London.

mr w.okeeffe

I was in a town in the northern territories in australia called katherine which is an out of the way place. i was staying in a dormitory style accomodation when 4 people arrived next door,i could hear birmingham accents,being from there myself i went to see them & it turned out we were only a half a mile from each other at home, i commented that it was a small world, the one lad said ,not half you used to play football with my old man.when i got back home i saw his dad in the pub, he said when did you last see my son, i said, in a canoe paddling up the river to katherine gorge.

mr w.okeeffe

I was in a town in the northern territories in australia called katherine which is an out of the way place. i was staying in a dormitory style accomodation when 4 people arrived next door,i could hear birmingham accents,being from there myself i went to see them & it turned out we were only a half a mile from each other at home, i commented that it was a small world, the one lad said ,not half you used to play football with my old man.when i got back home i saw his dad in the pub, he said when did you last see my son, i said, in a canoe paddling up the river to katherine gorge.

Nearly Related

As an 11 year old I did not own a transistor radio. An 11 year old boy in my class at a primary school in Norfolk had a crush on me so I was able to borrow his transistor radio at the weekend. This ended after a few months. 50 years later living in a small village in Northamptonshire I meet the nephew of the aformentioned boy who also lives in the village. I could have been his aunty.

'Phone calls

I often 'phone friends to be told that they were just thinking of me or talking about me. A few times I have been in the middle of 'phoning some-one but then suddenly decided to 'phone a different friend to be told that they were really pleased I'd 'phoned because they were really upset about some crisis in their lifes.

Guess Who?

About 7 / 8 years ago my partner had a share of an "antique shop" in the "Stables," Camden Lock. One Saturday he had gone to the shop leaving me in bed. Whilst in a light sleep I had a dream that I was in the shop and Sean Connery came in. Later that morning my partner 'phones me and asks "Guess who came into the shop?" I asked whether it was some-one I knew or some-one famous (as we occassionally had had famous people at the shop.) He answered "famous," so I immediately said "Sean Connery." He was amazed, because I was right.

lifesaving coincidence

whilst windsurfing on a remote reef break in the carribean a few years ago my board and rig became separated by equipment failures. i struggled in the waves/water for some time to reconnect the board to the rig and had just decided to leave it and try to swim back with the board on its own.the only safe option. at that moment an english guy turned up offering help and together we managed to effect a repair on the water some 500m out at sea.i was able to sail back safely to the beach( there is no rescue cover in these remote places).

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