Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Flight neighbour

It was about 1995; I was about 55 at the time. I was on a family-related trip to Aus (NSW), decided to go up to Queensland (Airlie Beach) for some SCUBA on the Barrier Reef. Signed on to a 3-day boat trip, with about 10 others, all of them total strangers in their 20s or so, origins from all over the world.

a musical coincidence

In the spring of 1985 I was at an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London, marking the 300th anniversary of the birth of Handel. The exhibition contained several portraits and a number of music scores. Not unnaturally there was some background music going on as one walked round it. At the time I was visiting, the music was the composer's Music for the Royal Fireworks. And on a music stand was the original manuscript of... the Musc for the Royal Fireworks. As I approached the exhibit I noticed it was open at the movement called La Rejouissance. And the music playing was...

Birth dates

My brother and I were both born on the 26th of the month. His birthday 26th October and mine is 26th September.

same town

On the 30th of December I went out with two people for a drink and the subject came up about New Years' Eve. They told me one of them would be in Oxenhope, West Yorkshire ringing bells. I went out on New Years eve with two people I hadn't met before who had been long-term partners many years ago. After midnight a text came through `happy new year from Oxenhope with the ringing of the bells` A few minutes later I was chatting with my two new friends who told me they'd lived together for ten years in West Yorkshire. Where?

David Edwards

In the late 1950's I was coming home on leave from Northern Ireland to my parent's address in Suffolk. It was a journey of some 24 hours and I needed to change London underground lines at Bank. I stood in front of the doors as the train approached the station. They opened and my father (the late Percy Edwards M.B.E.) stood opposite me, waiting to board the train on his way to an appointment.

Happy birthday baby

A friend of my wife is a teacher and the wife of one of her colleagues gave birth. There was much hilarity in the staff room when the sums were done and the date of conception turned out to be his birthday. Two years later she gave birth again on the same day!

Random telephone call

Whilst I was walking past a public phone box, it started to ring. I answered the phone and found it was my aunt. She started chatting to me normally, but after a while I said "I am in a phone box, why did you ring here?", She replied, " I rang your phone number". I explained that it was in fact a public phone box. She had rung an old number which she had not deleted in her address book, from when we had changed our number about 10 years earlier.

dream coincidence

One night I had a strange dream about having a one night fling with Rod Stewart (very odd - as I'm no particular fan of his, and am not prone to have those kind of dreams about famous people!). The next morning I got into the car and turned the radio on. Maggie May was playing on radio 2. That was also odd because usually I'm listening to radio 4 and had obviously had it on radio 2 the night before.

Birth dates

My brother and I were both born on the 26th of the month. His birthday 26th October 1980 and mine is 26th September 1984.

Meeting in the himalayas

When my husband and I were trekking in the Himalayas before we were married we met a Dutch? young man who had been to our friends outdoor partying Surrey.a mutual friend of his and our friend had taken him along.

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