Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Dinosaur film nosebleed

Several years ago when I was about 10 years old (c.1976) I was watching the film When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth, alone, when during one particularly violent fight between a T-Rex and Triceratops, my nose suddenly began to bleed quite badly. Several years later, I was watching the same film with my father, and when we got to the exact same dinosaur fight scene, I proceeded to tell my father what had happened the last time I watched the scene. He looked over to me and said "What? Like its' bleeding now?" My nose had once again spontaneously and badly bled.

A family root explored

This is a second coincidence that I've posted - for some reason I know many - my family, who enjoy my stories as a mild distraction think that the reason I have them is that I'm just plain nosey and ask, say, a further 2 or 3 questions that then establish some link. So here's my second story: My father is from the west of Ireland, ear to the border with Roscommon and when my children were young we began visiting. Eventually we bought a small cottage - but a good 40 miles further west, by the sea in a place called Roonagh Quay. We didn't know the area well.

Transposition of Numbers.

Some years ago my family moved house. We stayed in the same area though and retained the same dialling code for our phone number. My daughter was at uni. in Leeds but was back for the summer vac. when we moved. She had given friends in Leeds her new home phone number prior to coming home for the move.<br /> After the last load had been taken to the new house, we took our helpers to a local hostelry for a "thank you " meal. As we walked into the pub the phone was ringing.

corsican coincidence

My husband and I (we live in UK) were on our first four week holiday in Malta and asked the rep to organise several trips - he booked us on a catamaran trip to Corsica. On arrival in Corsica we were told to board any one of three coaches for those speaking English.<br /> My husband noticed a man wearing a baseball cap with a derogatory name on it. Tongue in cheek (as we know the American jokes about this name) he asked if that was where the wearer came from.

Russian Roulette ?

At school in England in the fifties a swear word never crossed our lips- we were well brought up young ladies. However, one day in class I made an error and expleted "Oh Vladivostok ! " . This became an expression of frustration for evermore amongst my classmates. I had no knowledge of Vladivostok at all and I picked this out of a whole world of possible names. I could not have possibly have forseen that one day a beautiful little girl would be born there and that she would become my daughter -in law. Gloria Gillott

Help from the radio!

An extract from my Journal dated Saturday 24th March 2007: 'Stratford today "The Merchant of Venice". In the Swan by an American Company. Modern - smart suits, bad haircuts, Apple ibooks for the caskets. It worked very well. Shylock played by a famous person whose name just now escapes me. He was very good - very subtle - his downfall was shocking! Antonio - in love with Bassanio, but in a way hard to be sympathetic because he played it very anti-semitic. I rang Lesley sitting in the car before driving home as she had left a couple of messages.


My Father was a very funny man, alays playing jokes on us, three Daughters and one Son. Unfortunately our Mother passed away on 8th October 1984, but dad was a strong man and carried on helping his friends out with gardening and shopping etc. but then he was very ill with cancer, and my Sister and l looked after him. My Sister's husband built and extra room on their cottage and put a hospital bed in there, and l would do the morning shift and Jackie the afternoon, even then he was still playing jokes etc.

A reserved room?

In 1968 I became an undergraduate at Cardiff University, and had a room one of the Halls of Residence. My room number was Old Hall 10. Many years later I married a man who had been married before and had two daughters. One of the daughters married and went to live abroad. In time, her own children grew up, and the eldest returned to the UK to attend university. She chose Cardiff, as she still had family connections in the area. She was also allocated a room in one of their Halls of Residence - and it was the same Hall of Residence that I had stayed in so many years before.

Chance meeting

I was invited to a wedding of an acquaintance and, because I knew no one else there, I was sat with a table of strangers. I was chatting to a couple who told me that they had had a tiring day house hunting. It transpired that they had looked at a house that I was born in and had lived some 30 years previously. The wedding was in Hertfordshire, I was living in London and the couple were from Buckinghamshire I think. I had never met them before and have never seen them since.

turkey meeting

Many years ago I went on holiday to a small resort called Cesme. I met a young woman from London, she had left the Metropolitan Police and got a job working for a Doctor in Istanbul. Her name was Claire and mine is Carol and we are both Virgos. When her boss visited another country he would give her money to have a holiday anywhere in Turkey. 5 years later I sat on the sea front and said to a waiter " I wonder where Claire is now ?" "I'm here!" she said. standing right behaind my chair.