Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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


I had gone into town shopping some years ago. Whilst walking past a bank of about 6 telephone boxes, one of them started to ring, being the nosie so and so I am, I picked it up. Now remember im in the middle of town along with hundreds of other people, it was my brother on the other end of the phone. He had dialed the wrong number and got the phone box that I answered!!!!


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.

Mrs B C

I have a daughter born on 16th November 1957 My son was born 3years and 3 minutes later 16th November 1960 My Father died on the 13th February 1983 my Mother died on the 13th February 2000 When I married my second husband in 1969 we realised that we had both been born in the same nursing home Twyford Lodge Willesden, although we lived in different areas and it took us 30 years to meet

Across the pond

My friend & I were out for a drink one evening about 23 years ago, & I heard American voices behind us. Being the nosy type, I turned & asked what part of the USA the elderly couple were from. Their response was that I had probably not heard of Lincoln, Nebraska. To their surprise I told them that my daughter had recently started studying on a swimming scholarship at that very university. The man turned out be the architect who designed the building Allison was studying in!

Sisters choose same recipe

My sister who lives in Florida sent me a cook book for Christmas 2011, called 660 Curries. It was a book she already had herself. I emailed her after Christmas to tell her which curry I had made for my first recipe from the book and she called me immediately to say that the recipe I had chosen to make for my first curry was the same recipe she had chosen to make for her first one. It was called Vibrant Chicken in a Spicy Tomato Sauce. For us both to choose the same recipe out of 660 was mind blowing.


In 1993 I arrived in a hostel in Sydney Australia and within an hour met a Dutch guy called Kees Van Gelderen . We spent 5 days having a laugh in Sydney before he went to Canberra to see long lost relatives . I spent the next three weeks in Melbourne then Adelaide and then got on the bus I'd selected to take me up to Coober Pedy on route to Alice Springs . I sat down in my allocated seat 36a . Kees got on within minutes and sat in his allocated seat ;36b . Late on the same trip as I was travelling down the East coast I met a girl from the U.K.


Having married 1st time to a woman born on 26/july/1943 divorced and remarried a 2nd time to a woman born on the same date 26/july/1943. Mother died and the house was sold to a couple by the name John and Linda Robertson, John being my name, Linda being my wife's name and Robertson being my mother's nee name!

One person, two coincidental meetings

In the very early 80s I was British Council programme officer for a Bulgarian violinist studying in London on a scholarship and got to know her fairly well, but we more or less fell out of touch when she returned home. About three years later, in about 1985, I went for a walk one Sunday afternoon on Hampstead Heath with a friend who was staying with me, something I almost never did, even though I lived not very far from the Heath, having moved from another part of London since my Bulgarian friend had left.

Alpine neighbours

My wife and I own a renovated farmhouse on the outskirts of an ancient small town in the French Alps where we have just two neighbourng properties. Ten years ago, when my wife came to France to undertake the legal business in connection with this purchase, she was invited to have coffee with the family next door. The young husband and his French wife had his parents staying with them, and my wife felt that she vaguely recognised that couple.

Spooky choice of an event

I don't know if this comes into the "forbidden" category of premonition. It's close to it, but here goes, because it is really spooky. I grew up in Swansea, S.Wales and went to the Grammar School there - an ancient edifice founded in the 1600's. But at age 18 we moved to London and spent all the years in England until retirement at age 65 in 1980. (Yes, that means I'm in my 97th year, but don't go away!). We had spent occasional holidays back in Swansea, but had not visited or thought about the Grammar School.