Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

next door neighbours

My mother, Betty, trained as a nurse during World War 2 in Berkshire. One of her fellow students was always called 'Sally' by her friends. After their training Betty and 'Sally' went their separate ways. 'Sally' married a doctor at the hospital and Betty went to various other nursing jobs before ending up back in South Wales, where she had been brought up, and where she met and married my father, a teacher. The 2 nursing friends completely lost touch with each other. After their marriage my parents moved to Surrey and later to Northamptonshire.

A Face from the past.

In the early sixties i worked for a national TV company which was involved in a change of name due to a government allotment of licenses,I was made redundant. After being paid a lump sum of money and being re-employed in my job I put my windfall to good use and took a mortgage on a small house in High Barnet,Herts. After time due to a couple of additions to the family I decided to upgrade to a brand new house right out past Witham in Essex.

Empire State

I was visiting New York and standing in the queue at the Empire State Building. I heard the people in front talking and they were from the same small town in England where my parents live and knew them..

Flatmate

I had a flatmate who I had not known prior to that. One day my friend was visiting from San Francisco and they got talking. Turned out he grew up in the same small village in Lincolnshire she did and their families knew each other..

Swearing in Swahili!

Nursing patients with artificial hips, it was often my job to walk them down the ward soon after their operation. Some were nervous but they had to be 'got going' on the new joint. One day I was about to escort a splendid elderly gentleman for his first walk. To reassure him, I said 'It might sting a bit so it's OK to swear, as long as it's in Swahili!' - that being the first language I could think of. He gasped in surprise and asked 'How did you know THAT? I spent 20 years with the Army in Kenya and I am fluent in Swahili!

Appendix - double trouble!

My 18 year old daughter woke in considerable pain one day and I took her to the doctors surgery. Whilst waiting for her to come out, I took a call from my 22 year old son who told me not to worry but that he was in A & E at his local hospital as they thought he may need his appendix out.

Telepathy or coincidence?

When I was at college in Salisbury in the 1970's, I shared a house with a friend (from Bristol) and spent the weekends with my partner in our isolated cottage 40 miles away. I split up with my partner towards the end of my training and stayed in Salisbury all the time. At the end of term I had to go to the cottage for a few days to sort out my affairs. I travelled as far as I could by public transport and my ex-partner drove me the rest of the way.

Appendix - double trouble!

My 18 year old daughter woke in considerable pain one day and I took her to the doctors surgery. Whilst waiting for her to come out, I took a call from my 22 year old son who told me not to worry but that he was in A & E at his local hospital as they thought he may need his appendix out.

Four birthdays in One

Travelling in a car with three other passengers a chance comment revealed that all four of us shared the same birthday (day and month).

Ms Sh

In the late 1980's I was in a relationship with a man with the initials AS. He lived in a large block of flats in the city of London. Our relationship ended and years later in 2001 I fell in love with another man who lived in the same block of flats on another floor whose initials were - AS.

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