Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Bus Stop Coincidence

In 1976 I travelled from Liverpool to Sheffield to attend an interview for a job as a teacher. I had recently qualified and, prior to finding a full time job, was enrolled on a Knowsley Council scheme at Huyton. This involved project work working with other recently graduated (though, as yet, unemployed) teachers from Liverpool colleges. Sat opposite me in the Huyton office was a femail student who hailed originally from Sheffield.

A friend in need

I work on a helpdesk taking calls for repairs for 5 hospitals, I had a call from one of them to say there was a problem with an operating lamp in Day Surgery theatre. The next day a message was left on my answering machine with a number to call back asking if it was safe to use the lamp. My best friend was due to have day surgery that day but did not say in which hospital and you are not informed what time you will be operated on until you arrive.


During the war I was sent to boarding school in north wales . one year my dormitory prefect was B M . When she left school I bought her blazer ( as one did during the war ). Seven years later the man who was to become my husband invited me to go to the theatre . My blazer was an attractive narrow striped green white and black . We were still very short of clothes because of rationing so I wore my blazer . I had it across my knee and during the interval my escort noticed not only my name tape but also that of B.M.

Wedding ring break!

One year to the day of my Father's death, my Mother's wedding ring snapped - after 47 years of marriage! Coincidence? Regards, Carol S.

Two tries to find the right girl

When I was single and doing online dating, two of my "serious" girlfriends happened to have the same first name and the same street number, on parallel streets just two blocks apart. This was from a pool of just four sustained relationships within a period of eight years. I didn't know their names or addresses before we started going out. PS: I married the second one! :-)

12th October

On 12th October 2007 devastatingly my second baby Jude was Stillborn in The Rotunda Hospital in Dublin. After much soul searching I got pregnant and my third baby Henry was born at 26 weeks and 1day on June 12 2011by emergency c section, weighing 510grams. Due to his prematurity Henry stayed in The Rotunda Hospital for 17 weeks and 3 days and finally left on the 12th October 2011, on Jude's Anniversary, 4 years to the day we left the same hospital with Henry. This date is also my Mum's Birthday and the day my parents got married.


When my mother died a neighbour's daughter bought my mother's house. 16 years later my daughter bought my neighbour's house.

Next door neighbour

Whilst living in one one house next door neighbour was called Olive Thompson when we moved from that house several years later our new next door neighbour had the same name - Olive Thompson.

A coincidental announcement

My parents published my christening in the columns of The Times newspaper in October 1932. Immediately under mine was the announcement of the christening of W.H.(Bill) Liddell. Our families were quite unknown to each other. 13 years later Bill and met for the first time on entering the same House at Harrow School .

Convenient breakdown

Two years ago my wife was driving from her mother's home in Ardrishaig on the West Coast of Scotland to where we live in Yorkshire. When setting off she forgot to disengage the handbreak and must have driven for 45 minutes with the handbreak on before she reached Inverary burning out the brakes in the process . In Inverary the braking system failed completely and she was powerless to stop the car having to let it glide to an uncontrolled halt . She found herself exactly at rest outside the entrance to the only car mechanic's garage for many miles around.