Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

African neighbour!

Years ago I met an American in London and we arranged to go on a sightseeing tour of Norfolk. He said he'd love to but he had to wait for a South African friend of his who had gone to the country to see relations. I said fine and asked him where he had gone. To cut a long story short, his friend had gone to see friends who lived next door to my parent's house, the house I grew up in! I thought that was quite an interesting coincidence in that it involved 3 continents which must surely lengthen the odds of that happening!

Dates and ages

On 4th February 1990 my father suffered major industrial injury. At that time he was aged 58 and born in 1932 and I was aged 32 and born in 1958. 32 + 58 = 90!


Daughter-in-law was born on the same day four years after her brother - natural births. She in turn had two girls on the same day two years apart - natural births.


I was sitting down last week to do the Times concise crossword, whilst listening to Radio 4's In Business on the i-player. At the exact moment I studied the the clue "English painter. William......", Peter Day referred to "Hogarth" in connection with his programme on London gin! I cannot remember the last time William Hogarth briefly came into my life, maybe once every 4 years, but on the this occasion it happened twice at the same split second. Jake D

Kenya coincidence

Believing what God has prompted you to do, after prayer, and finding His provision for what you need. Judith and I had moved "in faith" to Kisumu, Kenya, where we believed that God had led us to in 1972. When I arrived there, I had an appointment list of dental patients stretching for about three months. I looked around for a car, which we could use both for personal and for dental safari work. Nothing seemed to come to the surface, even though Kisumu was quite a large town. I prayed persistently and felt that I should go to Nairobi to look for a car. Unfortunately, one week before I was due to go to Nairobi, I had an accident and ruptured my clavicular (shoulder) joint. I had waited several months for the opportunity to go to Nairobi, because of my long working list. It was a great disappointment to hear the Russian physiotherapist tell me that, not only must I not drive but, I should not even travel in a car in order to avoid jolting the joint because of the rough roads. I attended the Russian hospital for one week of physiotherapy.

Country Vicar

My mother was at the village summer fair and saw a friend dressed very smartly in a red and white striped blazer, a straw boater, cream slacks and cream shoes. She jokingly asked him what on earth he was wearing, he replied 'My country vicar outfit, of course,'. 'You never see a country vicar wearing that!' she scoffed. Right on cue, our (usually not-so-dapper) vicar came round the corner in precisely the same outfit.

Birthday Coincidences

Though apparently fairly common, my little sister, my Grandad and I share the same birthday, the 17th October. This year however, is special, as it's my sister's 18th, my 21st and my Grandad's 80th birthday on the same day.

Dreaming real life

When I was 30 and working in London, one night I dreamed about a hairdresser who used to cut my hair when I was 8 - 13 years old in Nottingham. I hadn't seen him for 17 years. The next day on the way home I saw him on the tube. I asked him "are you Bryn, you used to have a hairdressers business in Nottingham", he said "yes". I didn't tell him about my dream!

Birmingham hotel sleepwalk

About 15 years ago I stayed one night on business at a large new city centre hotel in Birmingham. I didn't have any pyjamas with me and slept naked. At about 3 a.m. I got up and stepped out of my room, which clicked shut behind me just as I woke up. Luckily there was a laundry store on my floor and I was able to borrow a bathrobe, went down to reception and after explaining, was let back into my room. A couple of years ago I heard a Radio 5 Live presenter, I think it was Nicky Campbell, recount on his breakfast show that he had had exactly this experience, also in a Birmingham hotel.


I trained as a nurse in SCARBOROUGH, North Yorkshire. While I was there my half sister who I did not know existed at that time went there on her honeymoon. Later in life I "discovered" her existance and traced her to SCARBOROUGH in Ontario, Canada. Much later I met my husband in Tobago and we got married in SCARBOROUGH, Tobago.