Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Dad's death.

Went to brussels for a few nights at Christmas. somehow managed to get the only eurostar back to london for a few days after snow meant they were cancelled. Managed to get back home to sheffield. Left the house for a days shopping on the 27th waving goodbye to my dad who was recovering from a cold. 5:10 pm on the way back from shopping 2 options: 1) go out for dinner or 2) get takeaway dinner with friend thus arriving home at approx 5:20. Chose to go out for dinner, passing my house on the way. 10 mins past my house, stopped off at shop ont he way for dinner.

Birthday co-incidence

Half-listened to the interview on Radio 4 on Saturday, the co-indence that I have is that my brother, eldest and youngest sisters all have the same birthday, coincidentally this week, 20th January.


My paternal grandfather was a pit pony master in a mine in Yorkshire. My wife's maternal grandfather was a pit pony master in a mine in South Wales. Both were long dead before we met and had no connection to each other in any way. Considering this is a fairly rare occupation it is rather odd but the coincidence ends there. I don't like horses but my wife loves them.

Music request from Australia

Just after Christmas 2011, I went to Tesco's to re-stock. Came out, packed away my shopping and got in the car to drive the 10 minutes journey home. Switched on the radio - I don't always do this but when I do, as on this occasion it's Classic FM. There was a lovely piece of Mozart playing and I thought that I must listen at the end of it to see which piece it was. To my huge surprise, after the announcer said it was the Jupiter, he went on to say it had been requested for all UK family and friends and former colleagues by my nephew in Adelaide.

I Met Barry after 40 years

I went to school in Port Elizabeth, South Africa and my best friend was another boy in the same year called Barry. After we left school in 1969 we went our separate ways. I married and had two sons. My wife, myself and our two sons left South Africa in 1992 and returned to the UK. One son never settled in Europe and returned to South Africa soon afterwards. He lived in Johannesburg for many years, married and had a son of his own. We visited them approximately every two years. Then he and his wife decided to leave Johannesburg and move to Cape Town.

Shared birth dates

My brother was born 7 March 1938 My daughter was born 7 March 1973 My daughter-in-law was born 7 March 1970

Time Traveller's Wife

I borrowed a copy of The Time Traveller's Wife from my local library in December 2006. Between Christmas and New Year I received a post-card to notify me that the book was due back to the library early in January and that another reader had placed a reservation on the book so renewal was not going to be an option. As I was only about half way through the book I had to devote extra time to my reading. I made good progress and at about 6pm on New Year's Eve, I started to read the final chapter of the book.

Baffled in Brazil

I went on holiday to Recife, Brazil last year having lived there 17 years ago without having been back since. One important reason for going back was to finally sort out some slightly mucky elements from my past which had contributed to my leaving - I had been spurred into action by having read a book called The Velvet Rage last year. I wanted to meet up with 2 Brazilians, Savio and Walter, both of whom I had been in a relationship with, but had lost touch with when I left the country (and was unable to track down on any social networking sites).

Communication coincidence

I was working in Locarno, Switzerland as a disc jockey and my girlfriend who made unique exotic leather handbags, lived in Neuchatel, also in Switzerland. Neuchatel is a three and a half hour drive – some three hundred kilometers away from Locarno on a very indirect route. I was missing my girlfriend and was hoping to see her over the weekend but there was a problem with the telephones and I was unable to confirm her coming.

Name & Date

My Grandfather George Thompson b. 1880 "Place unknown" had father named Henry, married Emily Thompson Nee BENNETT. 1st Child Violet A Thompson b. 09/10/1915 Newport Monmouthshire. { Details confirmed by certificates ] Trying to find George"s birthplace/family I came across the following ;- George Thompson b. 1879/1880 Father named Henry. married to a Minnie Louise Thompson Nee BENNETT , 1st Child Violet E Thompson b. 03/01/1915 Greys Essex.