Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

work coincidence

In 1983 i was working on a medical ward as a student nurse. in those days patients beds were on a long ward and nurses were allocated a left or right side. i was doing observations of blood pressure pulse etc when i heard my name called out loud, i turned round to see the nurse working opposite me looking at me she asked why i had called her, i said no you called me, we were both so astonished and it felt really spooky. i have always wondered what caused this and what it meant!

phone top up

when i had a vodaphone pay as you go phone, i accidently bought a £10 orange top up. i didnt realise this until later on in the day, so was a bit miffed that i had to venture back into town to exchange it. on my way out, with a friend he bumped into a man he knew, they spoke briefly and this man spoke of his annoyance of having to go back to the shop he bought his phone top up from-because he had bought a vodaphone instead of an orange one. it was the same amount, so we just did a straight swap! now that was strange!

Neighbours in America

I live in England. One year me and my dad went to Florida on holiday. One day we decided to go the Virgin Megastores there, and while we were on the top floor... we ran into our neighbour from back in England!

Birthday Coincidence

My two children were both born on 25 November (1997 & 1999) - how common an occurrence is that?

Fellow F

Being interested in researching the history of the F family, I came across another F by coincidence. I was on a package holiday to Turkey, and while changinging planes at Istanbul Airport Transit Lounge, a guy in the crowd noticed the surname on my tour badge. He was also a F. We exchanged contact details, and I learned that he had traced the F family tree back to the 12th century. Later he sent me the results of his researth, and on comparing this with my own exisitng family tree, concluded that there is a 50-year gap in the 1600s between the end of his and start of mine! Roger F

Personalised Number Plate

My surname is Frost and therefore in the 1970's the appropriate personalised car number plate would be FRO5T. My job then involved travelling overseas. One Sunday morning I was boarding for a long haul flight to Pakistan. At the entrance was a stand with newspapers from which I took the Times bunch. I must add that this is the only time I have taken the Times as my usual read is tabloids. Sunday editions with magazines are considerably extensive. I took my seat (in Business Class) and opened the paper at random.

Meeting on a train

It was November 1962 and I was an officer in the Merchant Navy. When my ship had been unloading in Montreal, Canada, I met a Canadian person in a bar and made a friend during the few days we were there. Back in England I had a girlfriend who lived in London and would visit her at her flat and then leave using a taxi, with just enough time to catch the last train from Victoria to Brighton.

Recording donations

In 2004 the Cambrian ARchaeological Association was visiting the Welsh Fusiliers Museum in Caernarfon Castle. My husband, Peter Llewellyn, and I were leaving through the shop in company with Sir Richard Hanbury Tennison. There was a donation box at the exit with a computer screeen just above it running a sequence of names. As we were leaving we were preparing to drop a coin or two into the box.

Historical family connection.

I was born and brought up in Croydon, South London. I have lived in various parts of the country, Devon, Berkshire, Oxfordshire.Family history research shows that I now live, and worship in the church, where my g. g, g, g grandfather married in 1784 in Syston Leicestershire.

Room with a View

My name is Derek F and I worked in London for British Oxygen organising and attending various exhibitions for the Welding Division overseas. On this occasion I was staying at the Athenee Palace hotel in Bucharest. On arrival I was allotted a room first floor front overlooking the street which, in the very early morning, was busy and noisy. I therefore asked our local representative to arrange for a room change.