Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Schoolfriend in Kenya

I'm in the British Army and in Kenya at the moment on a very large exercise involving thousands of soldiers. Whilst unloading equipment from a container at the camp I bumped into a friend from primary school. I last spoke to him in 1997 and had no idea he was in the army.

Mr Adams

I attend a multicultural church in Swindon, Wilts. I have been in attendance there for three years plus. One Saturday, last year, on our way to Bath, the train stopped as usual at Chippenham, Wilts. I spotted a church member, who lives in Chippenham, seeking a seat along the train gangway. He never spotted me until I drew attention to myself and my wife. In the carriage there was only one seat available, an end seat on the other side of the passage opposite me. Both of us were stunned! The train had EIGHT carriages.

The Lost Watch

While taking his gap year my brother worked as a school gardener where he befriended another gap year student. One weekend they stayed at our parents' house in Dorset. My cousin and a friend had cycled up from their homes in Cornwall that same weekend and the four of them were playing cards when someone asked what the time was. My cousin produced a watch from his pocket. My brother's friend, Ben, asked where the watch had come from. My cousin replied that his brother had found it on Dartmoor. Ben said 'That's my watch. It has my initials on the back.

Cambridge to boot

We were living at the top of Histon Rd at the time, a few doors from Nasreen Dar We spent a week on Tioman Island (off Malaysia) and I did a try dive - the instructor came from the top of Victoria Rd. And or my OH's sister (Portsmouth and Cardiff Uni) married a bloke (Staffs and Cardiff Uni) whose sister, then a student, also lived at the top of Victoria Rd

Cambridge to boot

We were living at the top of Histon Rd at the time, a few doors from Nasreen Dar We spent a week on Tioman Island (off Malaysia) and I did a try dive - the instructor came from the top of Victoria Rd. And or my OH's sister (Portsmouth and Cardiff Uni) married a bloke (Staffs and Cardiff Uni) whose sister, then a student, also lived at the top of Victoria Rd

Aussie outback petrol station

I was working at an Aussie roadhouse (petrol station, cafe, shop,camping ground) on the west coast of Australia when I went backpacking in 2001. I served an English couple who had midlands accents so asked them where they were from as I'm from Birmingham. It turned out after chatting that I went to school with the girl's brother and we had been in all the same classes for 5 years of high school. The place was in the middle of nowhere, about 100 miles from the nearest town. It definitely brightened my day as the woman who I worked for was mental!!

Self-Texting iphone

I was taking a walk with my phone in my pocket. I heard the swooshing sound it makes when I receive a text and pulled the phone out of my pocket. I had a text from my housekeeper that said, "In the garage." I looked at the last text I sent to her. It was minutes earlier and read, "Moop". I did not type or send this text. The phone did it as I was walking.

19th. Sept

My ex- husband was born on 19th. Sept and we married on Sept 19th.:-)...Which made me pay attention to your item on Radio 4 " more or less" today. I just published my cold war memoir, State Property, and its full of coincidences , much to my amazement! My life bits any fiction indeed! I have also noticed a pattern over three consecutive generations in my family. Could it be that we inherit genetically a type of destiny? I am fascinated by your study and would love to help.

A number easy to remember.

Where I live and have lived since 1973, the postcode was 20-16. Later it was revised to 5 digits and that came to be 56000. I got a shock. That was my employee number at IBM which was my first and last job. I am retired now. And for the past years, it was the last 5-digits of my American Express Card.

Meant to be?

Before my wife and I were to be married, we went on our "grand tour" of Europe. It was the autumn of 2002. We went for six weeks. We loved the U.K. and Ireland so much we didn't make it to the continent until week four. The first stop when we went to France was Bayeux and the D-Day beaches in Normandy. Being Americans, whose grandfathers and great uncles fought to make Europe free, we of course needed to see the beaches and cemetaries of those lost. So, we decided to take a guided tour of the area in a large van.

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