Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Illness coincidence

My Father became ill with flu, and died in hospital, aged 53 years and five months. I was hospitalised with a pulmonary embolism aged 53 years and five months. I later found out from my Father's death certificate that the cause of death was a pulmonary embolism! I'm glad I found this out after my recovery.

MY FAMILY BIRTHDATES

MY MOTHER WAS BORN 21 JULY 1905 HER ELDER BROTHER WAS BORN 21 JULY 1901 HER YOUNGEST BROTHER WAS BORN 22 JULY 1912 MY WIFE WAS BORN 20 JULY 1939

Mother

My Mother was the 'daughter of a Scottish Regiment' (The Seaforth Highlanders - Grandfather served in the Boer War, Khyber Pass and the First World War etc). When she died we had a St. Andrew"s Flag on her Coffin and a Piper, piped her in to and out of the Church. The next day, her ashes were buried in the family grave. It was then we realised it was St. Andrew's Day

Old Friend

A few years back my mother's stepsister and her husband were on holiday in America. They got talking to an American couple who recognised their English accents. The American couple mentioned that they had lived in England about 20 years before for a few years in a small place near Pembury in Kent. My 'aunt' said she knew Pembury as they lived in Tonbridge just a short drive away. They got talking some more and the American couple said that their daughter Vicky had gone to school in England and that her best friend was XXX, to which my aunt said, that's my niece.

birthday coincidence

when our son introduced us to his future wife she was born the same day same year as our daughter his sister. One born in yorkshire one in lancashire.

death coincidence

My father died on August 23rd 1991. My husband's father died on August 23rd 2006.

Mr John

We were friends in our teenage years, but went our separate ways and married different partners, Eighteen months ago we met at a mutual Friend's funeral and have formed a good relationship. Both of us having lost partners through death. ( WE are both in our early eighties) My friend's daughters were taught at school by my wife and I have now found that she was bridesmaid at our new Vicar's Mother's wedding with whom she has had a close friendship for many years. Seems as if it was ment to be.

Birthdays

My birthday is on 19 February 1949 and my brother's birthday is on 27 June 1950. My mother is the eldest of 3 sisters. My Grandfather migrated to Australia 10 years prior to my Grandmother and mother. My mother and Grandmother arrived in Australia in 1938. Both my aunties were both born in Australia for obvious reasons.

Meeting the new brother-in-law

This actually happened to my father, who is sadly now deceased, but it was so extraordinary that I thought I'd like to tell you about it. He was in the RAF during the Second World War and was posted to India. After his arrival there he moved around a lot, so had no contact with his family back in S. Wales for about 8 months. Eventually he was in Ceylon for a short break, and while there the mail caught up with him. On the last day he was stationed in Ceylon, he was sitting on the edge of the parade ground reading his post, while a party of recently arrived soldiers were parading.

A FAMILY OUTING

in 1977 my wife were living in epson surrey and went to bognor one sunday in summer with a view to purchasing an old peoples' home. i have a brother and two sisters, all of whom were married, and all living in separate houses in london. as my wife and i were walking along the bognor promenade we saw all three of the family with their spouses sunbathing on the beach immediately below the promenade. they had decided to go to bognor together on the spur of the moment.

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