Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Aries friend

I became friends with a work collegue and I cannot remember how many times we went into town during the lunch hour and came back with the same item of clothing that we had purchased. Although we both had other items in our wardrobe there were many times that we turned up to the office with the same clothes on We lost touch for several years and I contacted her and we met up again.

Former colleague

1) I work in a hospital in London. A Professor who had retired from the department 10 years ago and now lives in Gloucester occasionally popped in to say hello when he was in the area. I had not seen him for 2 years when what looked like a personal letter arrived for him. I e-mailed him to ask where I should send it and half an hour later he arrived at my office - and he doesn't have one of those phones on which he can pick up e-mails! 2) Some years ago two colleagues bumped into each other in a tiny village in Tuscany.

tracing family

I was adopted as a baby but traced my family to discover that unknowingly as an adult I moved near them, they lived one side of the park and I lived the other side, I also found that I had twin brothers who were also adopted and discovered that I had moved to an area where they were taken to when they were adopted and they in turn then moved with their adopted parents to west country and lived within two streets of our natural family. The coincidence was that we had unknowingly lived quite close to one another the areas covered were London, Cambridgeshire and Dorset Mrs.Marie B

Birthday coincidence

When I was 16 years of age, my mother insisted I attend local ballroom classes, and there I was partnered with a young man called Richard, who was home on holiday from boarding school, and who I had never met before. When we began asking each other questions, we found out that we were the same age, born on the same day, and at the same clinic in Cheltenham. When I told my mother about this, she remembered that there had been a little boy who shared the same birthday. Richard and I began dating each other for a while, but then lost contact, as we both moved away, and I moved abroad.

Christmas cards

My husband and I this Christmas both bought eachother the same card. We both went out shopping on different days and bought the same card and presented to eachother on Christmas day, very strange!

chance meeting

A few years ago my wife and I made a visit to Yorkshire from Cornwall. Whilst we were up there we had the notion to try and find our nephew whom we hadn't seen for 25yrs but knew that he lived in Wakefield but we had no address or phone number. When we arrived in Wakefield we pulled into a retail park to see if we could find a public telephone with a directory, but had no success.On returning to our car, I had to step aside to allow a white Volvo estate to reverse out of the space next to ours.


I was born on 29.05.1965 and my cousin was born on 29.05.1967. My son was born on 14.03.1990 and her son was born on 14.03.1994. Our other cousin also gave birth to her daughter on 14.03.1998.

Lhasa and Essex

My wife and I went to Tibet about 30 years ago very soon after China permitted visitors. Earlier visitors had been few in number. We were a group of 10. When we arrived in Lhasa we visited the main temple, the Jokhang. A monk approached us, spoke no English, but smiled and from out of his robe drew a postcard with a sepia photograph of a village green in Essex. On the green was a group of Morris dancers.

Tale with a religious aspect.

Several years ago (2002 approx) I experienced this coincidence which I still think about from time to time. Although I am not a practicing – ‘anything’, this tale does have a religious aspect to it. I used to work with a person who I knew was a devout Christian, as was his wife, and when I had the opportunity to visit a deaf school in the Holy Land, where my daughter was working, I purchased a number of craft products that the school children had produced. There were some wooden carvings on sale and I noticed that some of these included fish shaped band-saw cut-outs.


Many years ago I was awakend in the night by an old boyfriend who appered to be sitting at the end of my bed smiling at me. I hadn't seen or heard from him for well over 7 years, and hadn't given him much thought either. He was Hungarian and I had spent the best part of 2 years flying backwards and forwards to Budapest to see him, as he was not allowed to come to the West, because at that time, Hungary was still behind the 'Iron curtain'. His vision that night was extremely powerful and I was quite shaken by it.