Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Multiple coincidences

In 1966, two years after I married my wife, Anne, we ended up one day visiting a village called Knot End on a day out with Anne's parents. Anne's mother said that her cousin Lottie lived in the village having retired there and bought a bungalow with her husband Jack. We decided to look them up. I did not know them at all but after the initial welcome, during the conversation ( about family naturally), it turned out that my mother-in-law's cousin Lottie was married to my father's cousin Jack.

Loads of different coincidences

1. I'm adopted - found out that sister I'd never met had an abortion on exact same day I had my first child. 2. I grew up in Lancashire and moved to Worcester in 1982. Discovered neighbour 5 doors away in Worcester used to live opposite me in Lancashire. 3. My Dad had physiotherapy treatment in Lancaster. Physiotherapist had relative who had previously lived in my house in Worcester. 4. As a student I worked/travelled in USA. In San Francisco I was watching street dancing then went to tourist office and signed visitors' book.

Mr. David Laverty

Decided to drive about 12 miles north to do a bit of birdwatching Chelmarsh reservoir Shropshire).wore my Plymouth Argyle beany. Man (who I do not know)and boy getting out of car in carpark..boy left car door wide open so I haIled them to let them know. "Blimey" saId the man .."there are only two people I know in the West Midlands who support Plymouth wife..and a history teacher in her school called Dave Laverty". That's me !!!! Not an earthshattering coincidence...but a nice little one.

Australian connection

Around 2002/03 we went to Australia for Christmas to meet up with my brother and his then-fiancee (Ian and Victoria) who were mid-way through a year-long trip around the world. Australia seemed like a good place for them to stop for Christmas as an old school friend of my brother’s had married an Australian girl (Tom and Mrs Tom) and was living in Sydney, so it meant they would be with friends for the festive break. We arrived the day before Christmas Eve and it was decided we, along with Tom and Mrs Tom, would all have dinner together on Christmas Eve.

Mother and Daughter

being born on my mother's birthday is coincidence enough but, after she had died, my sister and I decided to take her ashes from London to Northumberland to be interred with her parents, pretty sure this is what she would have wanted, but one never knows. On arrival in the small town on the way to cemetary, we called into an ASDA store and I noticed the name of the lady paying in front of me was the same as my mother's first husband - BUGLASS (an unusual name) - whom my mother had married at the outset of WWII and divorced at the end, never to hear from him.

Put that sausage down!

Years ago, I texted my friend Kath with the silliest thing I could think of, which was 'Put that sausage down! You don't know where it's been!' I forgot about it until I saw her again a few weeks later. The text had arrived when Kath was walking down the main street eating a sausage bap! She was convinced that I had been watching her from a shop window or something and I could never persuade her otherwise.

Singapore connection

We were always told as children by our mother that her grandfather had spent some time in India. When I started researching the family tree a few years ago I asked my aunt (my mother's sister) for information, and among other things she told me that her grandfather's first wife had died in India. I had been trying off and on to find out more, particularly when the IGI started putting Indian records on the internet, to no avail. I visited my aunt again in the autumn of 2011 and she showed me a photograph of the company my great grandfather had part-owned.

Mr.Chris Smee

My Daughter Claire gave birth to her first child,our first granchild on Wednesday January 11th,2012. She had been due on the 6th. Little Winnie was born born weighing 7 pounds 2 ounces at 5.16pm at the QEQM Hospital Margate Kent. My wife Julie gave birth to Claire on 11th of June 1986.She had also been due on the 6th. Claire and Julie were both in labour for the same time and Julie gave birth to Claire at 4.15pm Taking BST in account I think I'm right in concluding this would be the same the same Hospital.

oh, no not again!

My sister and I are 9 years apart, myself being the younger. When we both lived at home in the 70's, we would both catch separate buses into Worcester city and return at different times. Then getting ready for an evening out we would both emerge from our bedrooms wearing identical outfits.

football results

In september1950 i was coming to the end of a long spell in Shotley Bridge hospital in county Durham.A male charge nurse called Barlow organised a sweepstake in the hospital based on the team that scored the most goals in the 4 english leagues.The entry fee was one shilling.When he approached me I said that I would subscribe provided I did not draw Aston Villa.I have no idea why I said that.When the draw was made, I drew Aston Villa.Miraculously a few days later on the first saturday of the season I won the pool as they scored 6,7 or 8 goals-I forget.Anyhow as an impoverished student I was ri