Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Grandfathers Secretary

Approximately 20 years ago, I was working for a small firm of Insurance Brokers in Tooting, South West London. One day I picked up a phone to make an outgoing call expecting to hear a dialing tone but instead I heard a woman's voice. Assuming it was an incoming call, I stated who I was and the caller replied that she had simply picked up her phone to make an outgoing, local call and we must have had a cross-line. Out of curiosity, I asked her where she was calling from, and she repied that she was in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

Lots of different examples

Here are a few examples: Me and my ex-partner met a couple in Antigua in 1988 - they were getting married on the day of my 30th birthday so asked us to act as witnesses as no one else was with them. A few years later we were at the airport leaving Florida and bumped into them as we both waited for a plane heading home to different UK airports. Another time I was backstage at a major music concert miles from where I live as my (then) partner was marketing the band.

War coincidence

My grandfather was in the Adelphi hotel in Liverpool in 1914 on the day World War 1 began. In early Sept 1939 my father (then aged 18 but still very much with us at 91)) had just got into Liverpool from visiting Canada on a Rhodes Scholarship and was in the Adelphi Hotel on the day World War 2 was declared. I have no intention of ever going to the Adelphi Hotel !!!

Majorca and the Isle of Man

In July 1971, when I was 18, I went to Arenal in Majorca from Manchester with two friends for a holiday. We stayed in a hotel called the "Timor". The majority of the other guests were either from Edinburgh or Leicester. My friends and I, all Mancunians, got friendly with the lads from Leicester and even kept in touch when we returned home. In 1973 I went with my Mother to live in the Isle of Man and later that year met my husband.

Clubbing in the sixties

In the sixties I lived in London and often went to Jazz clubs and concerts. But this time I had gone to Paris and spent the night in a Jazz club there. Out in the street in the very early morning I got talking a friendly black American who had also been clubbing. We had a nice chat and then went our separate ways. A week later I was on the street again in the early morning, but this time in London, also after a night in a Jazz club. And who should I bump into but the very same friendly American!

richard p-t

playing duplicate bridge last friday bidding 7 no trumps is a very very rare event came to last round of playing and lady in opposition said" she had had very poor cards all afternoon" I said "only one chance left so she had better make a grand slam on the last round "(ie bid 7 of something) She then bid and made 7 No Trumps

coincidence or what?

About 35 years ago a teenage patient caught mumps. Not an unusual occurrence. However, his identical twin brother caught mumps at the same time. Again, not very strange. Except that the brothers had been separated when very young and one was in London and the other was in Sydney, Australia.

Hitchhiking in the South of France

I was born in a small village called Blaricum, in the Netherlands. At 17 I went hitchhiking in the south of France. A 2CV stopped and gave me a lift. 'What nationality are you?' the driver asked. 'I am Dutch,' I said. 'That is funny,' he said. 'This is only the second time I ever stopped to give someone a lift! The first time was last week when I gave a lift to a boy and a girl and they too were Dutch. Nice couple they were and as it got a bit late they put up their tent in my garden for the night. They left their address. Came from a village called Blari..

Circle of Relationships

My wife and I lived in Fordingbridge, Hants from 1986 to 1990. We had known several people there from 1967. Our eldest daughter divorced in 1999. She concentrated on working and providing a home for her two young girls. She did not enter into any relationships. In 2006 she met a man who she eventually married. This man was a solicitor and worked in Fordingbridge. We asked a close friend at Fordingbridge if she knew this man and she said that she had been his legal secretary until she retired and she spoke highly of him.

against all odds seeing the same photo we looked at on TV

Dear Coincidences, Some years ago my daughter and I were sorting old photos and we came across one taken in the early 60's of a group of people who worked in the laboratory in Paddington General Hospital. My late wife Avril was there. Also there was another technician named Ian Wilson who later left to become an actor who is known now as Richard Wilson(Victor Meldrew). Later that day,by coincidence,on the TV we saw a chat show where Cilla Black was talking to Richard.