Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Aborted Flight

In August 2011, my husband and I had flown BA from London to Singapore, en route for Brisbane where we were to spend a few days with some friends, Melodie and Eddie, who we hadn't seen for almost 20 years when they emigrated to Australia. After a few hours in transit at Singapore airport, we boarded our onward flight. Unfortunately, 45 minutes into our flight, we were told by the Captain that the plane had burst a tyre on take off and he had been told to return to Singapore.

Foreign football match meeting

I went to watch England v Slovakia in Bratislava (popn. 431,000) in October 2002 and bought a ticket on the black market from a tout for the Slovakia end. I walked into the Slovakia end of the stadium (where there were 30,000 fans present) and randomly stood in front of an ENGLISH man who lived and worked in the city. He said he could tell I was English, and we got chatting. It turned out that, like me, he supported AFC Bournemouth, which was where his parents lived.

Unlikely chain

This is rather long. I am a retired engineer and here is a recount of a coincidence that happened to me. I was working at an engineering factory on the TVTE (Team Valley Trading Estate) at Gateshead in the UK. One Saturday while out shopping I bought an 'Engineers Pocket Book' . This book would come in useful for screwthread sizes which I machined occasionally. The book itself is small, about 4x3x1 inches, small enough to slip out of haversack.  At the time I was courting and used to meet my girlfriend in Newcastle on Saturdays, straight from work.

Birthday date time coincidence

I was in a long term relationship and met my boyfriend's brother's girlfriend for the first time one Christmas. We got talking and realised that we shared the same birthday. Not only the same date, but the same year and the same birth time 23.45.. Her mum was there and verified the time. We played a few board games that day, and often called out exactly the same answers.. We then discovered that although we met on the Kent coast, we had both been born in London, only a few miles apart. We had both worked in Belgium in our late teens.

Cathedral Surprise

My name is Mark Rxx and back in the late 1990's and early 2000's my wife and I used to go away for a weekend break every September. In 2001 we decided to visit her sister and husband who then lived just outside of Norwich and so on Friday 14th September, set off on the lengthy journey from our home in Devon. This was my first visit to East Anglia and I knew of no other members from my side of the family living any further eastwards than Berkshire.

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 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.