Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Open by Christmas

I had been driving past a scrap of land for weeks in the city centre that had been flattened ready for some sort of development. I had always wondered what One day I found myself walking past and saw two isolated workmen - motionless, leaning on their spades. As I walked the remaining 100 yards or so along the path to the point closest to them, I became frustrated by the lack effort going into the project. It bothered me that I didn't know what the land was to be used for or when the building work would be completed and vowed to find out some how. At the exact moment that the thought entered my head one turned to the other and said 'Well Frank, we'd better get a move on if these shops are going to be open for Christmas' around the boundary, , I became I began think again about what the site was to become and when it would open. At that exact moment
Total votes: 1003
Date submitted:Fri, 13 Jan 2012 10:20:35 +0000Coincidence ID:3314

CHANCE MEETING ?

In 1985 I took my granddaughter from Coventry to Liverpool for an audition. We sat by the Mersey wondering if we had time to cross on the ferry for this audition or would we have to go by the less inviting tunnel. A lady sitting by us said we had plenty of time to go on the ferry. We then found that she was visiting her fiance and actually lived in Coventry next to my granddaughters college and knew the principle very well. We confirmed this on our return.
Total votes: 975
Date submitted:Fri, 13 Jan 2012 10:20:11 +0000Coincidence ID:3313

United States Air Force

My name is Robert Jamieson and I emigrated from Glasgow to the United States in 1957. I enlisted in the United States Air Force and by 1959 I had attained the rank of Airman Second Class. My parents sent me Scottish newspapers and I read in one of them that a Scot from Ayr had emigrated to the United States and had enlisted in the United States Air Force and was then serving at a USAF base in England and had married an English girl. His name was Robert Jamieson and his rank was Airman Second Class. The gist of the story was that he had crossed the Atlantic twice to meet his future wife. I wrote to the newspaper and told them of the coincidence but they did not respond. THIS IS NOT THE END OF THE STORY! At the end of 1969 I received a posting to Labrador but decided to take a leave back in Glasgow. During my leave I met my future wife and after knowing her for only three weeks I went off to Labrador for 14 months. As I was posted in a remote communications site I was able to choose the area of my next assignment and I chose the United Kingdom and was assigned to a USAF base in Essex. By this time I was Airman First Class Robert Jamieson. When I arrived at my base I went to the Air Police to hand in a copy of my orders for security purposes. The sergeant looked in his files and said that he had all my details. A couple of days later my First Sergeant called me into his office and berated me for not registering with the Air Police. I explained that I had checked in but they already had my details. I think you can guess the rest. There were two Airman First Class Robert Jamiesons, both from Scotland on Wethersfield Air Force Base. In addition we both travelled the Atlantic twice to meet our future wives.
Total votes: 965
Date submitted:Fri, 13 Jan 2012 10:19:23 +0000Coincidence ID:3312

United States Air Force

My name is Robert Jamieson and I emigrated from Glasgow to the United States in 1957. I enlisted in the United States Air Force and by 1959 I had attained the rank of Airman Second Class. My parents sent me Scottish newspapers and I read in one of them that a Scot from Ayr had emigrated to the United States and had enlisted in the United States Air Force and was then serving at a USAF base in England and had married an English girl. His name was Robert Jamieson and his rank was Airman Second Class. The gist of the story was that he had crossed the Atlantic twice to meet his future wife. I wrote to the newspaper and told them of the coincidence but they did not respond. THIS IS NOT THE END OF THE STORY! At the end of 1969 I received a posting to Labrador but decided to take a leave back in Glasgow. During my leave I met my future wife and after knowing her for only three weeks I went off to Labrador for 14 months. As I was posted in a remote communications site I was able to choose the area of my next assignment and I chose the United Kingdom and was assigned to a USAF base in Essex. By this time I was Airman First Class Robert Jamieson. When I arrived at my base I went to the Air Police to hand in a copy of my orders for security purposes. The sergeant looked in his files and said that he had all my details. A couple of days later my First Sergeant called me into his office and berated me for not registering with the Air Police. I explained that I had checked in but they already had my details. I think you can guess the rest. There were two Airman First Class Robert Jamiesons, both from Scotland on Wethersfield Air Force Base. In addition we both travelled the Atlantic twice to meet our future wives.
Total votes: 988
Date submitted:Fri, 13 Jan 2012 10:19:22 +0000Coincidence ID:3311

Lusitania survivors

I was walking my dogs in my local park in Northampton a few years ago when i got into conversation with a lady who i had seen several times,but never really talked to;she was wearing a Grand Canyon sweatshirt,so i said that as a teenager i had often stayed with my couisin in Arizona,and had been there.We got talking about trips to America,and Una (her name!) asked if i had ever been to New York,to which i replied that i had ,and in fact my mother had been born there.I went on to say that as a baby of 3 months she had come over on the Lusitania with her parents and siblings,and that all barring her 2 sisters,and their swedish nurse had survived.She stopped in her tracks,looked at me and said "My Father in law was at the wheel that day,he also survived!"We had lived within 5 minutes of each other for about 5 years and this was the first time we had contact......it wasn't the last,and i set up a meeting for my mum,Audrey Lawson Johnston,nee Warren Pearl,and the gentleman Jack Johnson.If you need to authenticate their names,they are both mentioned in the excellent Diana Preston book,Wilful Murder,the sinking of the Lusitana,Jack's father was called Hugh,which was also my father's name. Sadly,Jack died a few years ago,and mum died last January,aged 95,a wonderful lady who always thought she had been saved for a reason. Jack's father also survived a torpedo attack in the 2nd World War,and it turned out that another gentleman who live about 10 doors up from Jack's house in Northampton,had survived the same attack!I hope you find this interesting,i heard you on the breakfast show this morning,and though you would be interested.Margie Clark.
Total votes: 937
Date submitted:Fri, 13 Jan 2012 10:19:01 +0000Coincidence ID:3310

town coincidence

In the RAF I was once based in Digby north of Sleaford,and for a time went out with a local girl.When I left the RAF I eventually went to a college in Essex,and my colleagues on the course knew I went to Sleaford at the weekend.A few years later I became a salesman and one night was staying in a hotel in Sleaford(I had stopped seeing the local girl some years before).Over breakfast at the hotel the receptionist gave me a letter addressed "Simon Meek, Sleaford"The people who had been on my college course were having a reunion and the only idea they had about my wherabouts was that at one time I used to go out with a girl from that town.The postman had obviously used his initiative and tried the local hotels,and by pure coincidence I happened to be staying there for one night only because my home was too far away to drive to my customers in the morning."Of all the hotels in all the world" to paraphrase that film.
Total votes: 916
Date submitted:Fri, 13 Jan 2012 10:18:04 +0000Coincidence ID:3309

Mother-in-laws early meeting!

I took my then girlfriend now wife of 30+ years home to meet my mother. On meeting you could sense that my mother was slightly twitchy about something but she couldn't work out why. She asked Julia, my girlfriend "What's your mothers name" and was told Topsy Woodwark which didn't mean anything to her at all. Then with no prompting and completely out of the blue my mother said "Elizabeth Glendinning" which blew Julia away because those were indeed her mother's christian and maiden names. It transpired that my mother and future mother-in-law had shared a cabin for three weeks at the age of ten on a banana boat as they were evacuated to the West Indies in 1939/40. They never saw each other again as my mother went to live in Trinidad and go to school in Barbados and Topsy went on to school in New York. They grew up completely separately, got married, had children and then their children met at University and got married. Weird or what!
Total votes: 891
Date submitted:Fri, 13 Jan 2012 10:10:15 +0000Coincidence ID:3308

Taxi coincidence

In 2001 I got a temporary job in Melbourne. After getting out of the airport I got a taxi to take me to the house where I would be staying for the first couple of weeks. The following day I went to the office to meet the people I'd be working with. We went out for drinks after work. Still feeling a little jet lagged, I left early in the evening, flagged down a taxi outside the bar we were in and it happened to be the same taxi driver who had picked me up from the airport the previous evening!
Total votes: 895
Date submitted:Fri, 13 Jan 2012 10:03:31 +0000Coincidence ID:3307

Birthday coincidences

My sister's first daughter was born on my birth date and my daughter was born on the birth date of my wife's brother - so both uncle's had their first nieces born on their birth dates
Total votes: 983
Date submitted:Fri, 13 Jan 2012 10:03:04 +0000Coincidence ID:3306

random shopping

On checking my bank statement I noticed that ASDA BEARSDEN near Glasgow had deducted the sum of £43.36 from my bank on two consectutve days, as I normally shop each day and spend about £10 I thought that I had been charged twice I challeged the shop and on investigation it was found to be correct. I found it amazing that two days in a row I had higher than normal spend exact to the penny. This happened in 2010 prior to October which is as far as I can access my bank statements so I cannot supply the exact dates.
Total votes: 1011
Date submitted:Fri, 13 Jan 2012 09:49:34 +0000Coincidence ID:3305

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