Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Birth relationship

Hi there, I was born (ilegitimate) in 1948. My natural mother was Elsie Wigley, and my father Eric Morris. I was at the time named Raymond Peter Wigley, but then adopted by Charlse and Mary Green who gave me the name of Peter Michael Green. And so I remained for many years. Many years later I traced my natural mother who had by then married a Bob Wolstenholme. Not my natural father, Following svereal relationships I met and settled with a Gracia Day (her married name). She was divorced and wanted to change her surname, but obviously didn't want to take on mine.

Diverted line

Our company has the ability to divert its telephone line to an answering service if we're busy or travelling and are unable to take calls. We are in advertising. One day I entered the number of the answering service to divert our calls but entered it wrongly and a little later in the day we discovered that the entered wrong number was a direct competitor of ours in advertising.

Pin numbers

Within 3 days of each other, two separate and competitive banks each sent me a pin number in the mail for my new bank card with them. One pin was 1797 and the other pin was 1798.

Triple Births

Back in 1985, my wife was pregnant with our second son, David. At the same time, my boss too of that era was pregnant with her son Matthew. David was born two weeks early at 17:54 on 6th. November 1985. Later, I found out that my boss had given birth to her son Matthew at 17:55 on the same day; the boys were born just a minute apart, both in the Hull area but at different hospitals. Some years later, David was at school and befriended a girl called Zoe in his class who was born at 10:00 on 6th. November 1985.

Rings a bell?...... Phone Calls

In the town where I live, I have two friends one with a telephone number 896535 and the other 893535. I had to contact them about two separate issues on the same evening. Later that evening, I had to contact a woman I'd never rung before about an article she'd submitted for a newsletter I compile. I looked her phone number up and what should it be but 897535!

Connection across the continents

I've travelled a lot during my life and had lots of coincidental meetings. This is one of the most random! After living for a few years in Japan, I moved to London where I met up with one of my best friends from New Zealand. She was working in a pub in London and invited me out for drinks with some Irish friends she'd met there. One of the Irish guys had also been recently living in Japan.

Future husband connection

My (now) husband was the friend of my friend's husband's cousin - so a very distant connection, or so we thought. The day we met, here in New Zealand, we talked about where we grew up. I told him I was born in the UK and lived in a small town, Harston near Cambridge. He shared that his mother took him and his sisters to live in the UK when he was a child - and he went to a school in a small town, Sawston near Cambridge. Sawston was where my father worked - just 5 miles or so from Harston, where I went to school!

Friends across the world

I am English. In 2011 I was living in Glasgow, Scotland, with a previously unknown flatmate, she was from Crieff, Scotland and was telling me she had a friend she had met while living in Palma, Majorca. He friend was from Luderitz, a small town in Namibia. So we called her "Nim". Anyhow, her friend Nim came to stay with us and we became good friends, I helped her get a job and to work in Scotland and she stayed with us for 3 years. Eventually we all moved on, and I moved to a house I bought in a small town in the other side of Scotland, called Forres.

In 1946, a teenager, my newborn daughter was adopted. I was not married. I signed away all rights of contact. I did however know the phone work number of her (adopting) father and just on forty years later for the first and only time I rang his office with some anonymous and neutral enquiry. Two days later, I learnt that he had died the day I rang.

Reading a newspaper article and relevant music plays in background

Two coincidences.. I watched Tails you win last night was living abroad during first showing .Today I was reading an article in the i newspaper about the Chancellor's announcement to close various prisons when in the pub the music playing was 'Band on the run' Wings... how uncanny is that