Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Unusual encounter

My late husband, Bill Embery, from Preston, Lancs. shared the unusual surname with his cousin, also Bill Embery. I met Bill when he came over to Redcar to work with ICI. We eventually moved to Milford Haven in Pembrokeshire, where I worked in the office of a school. One of the teachers returned from a cruise holiday in which they had shared a table with Bill Embery and his wife! This same teacher had, with her Northern husband, taught in a school in Middlesbrough, where I was born and raised. Then they had both returned to her home town to work in the school which eventually employed me!
Total votes: 360
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 09:06:39 +0000Coincidence ID:3626

Avebury Ex Brother-in-Law Meet Up

In late summer last year my wife and I plus another couple had planned a walk on Cherhill Down, near Calne, Wiltshire and to visit the Landowne Monument. Being a hot day and having completed our walk, decided to find a local pub for a reviving drink. The Red Lion in Avebury with convenient NT parking was chosen as the best venue. After spending an hour or so in the Red Lion we made our way along the pathway to the car park when out of the blue I heard a distinctive voice well in front of us. At first, I thought that sounds like my Ex Brother-In-Law (John), surely not as lives in Eastbourne. As we rounded the corner sure enough it was him. He was as shocked to see us, although we keep in touch, we had not seen each other for a number of years. It turned out he had booked a coach trip at short notice in Eastbourne to Avebury, not realising we lived a short distance away. He was also walking back to the coach at the same time as us for his return to Eastbourne as we were to the car park. Although we could only spend a little time with him till his departure, the whole episode was such a coincidence of events that for some reason happened to fit together.
Total votes: 327
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 09:06:36 +0000Coincidence ID:3625

coincidence re dog

I listened this morning to the interview with the Professor on Radio 4 about coincidences which was fascinating, and I had one in mind to post on the website. Then, as I was making my coffee, I opened my Your Dog magazine which had arrived in the post a few days previously but I hadn't yet had a chance to read. Yesterday, I'd met a man in the park whilst walking my dog who had a Spanish Water Dog. I'd never seen this breed before and started talking to him about it. The first page I flipped open was an article called Ready for Anything - yes, all about the Spanish Water Dog! Is this the newest coincidence in the study I wonder?!
Total votes: 331
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 09:06:12 +0000Coincidence ID:3624

Mr Gordon S

I'm 55, from Liverpool UK, in January 2001 I married a Russian lady Natalia from Omsk in Siberia. When we first became acquainted I noticed her address was 29 Volgogradsky in Omsk mine 29 Lowerson Rd in Liverpool, on my first visit to Siberia I noticed Natalia's front door faced number 27 and to exit to the street you would turn left, mine in Liverpool has an identical arrangement! Natalia my Russian wife has one sister whom has the same birthday as mine 16th November, Natalia has one brother whom has the same birthday as my son 10th October, Natalia's Siberian great grandmother's birthday is 2nd August which is the same birthday as my brother.
Total votes: 308
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 09:06:08 +0000Coincidence ID:3623

Birthday coincidence

Our first child was born on 11 October 1979 at 7pm. She was 3 weeks early and weighed just over 5lb. Following 2 miscarriages, our son was born on 11 October 1982 at 4.30pm, 10 days late. I suspect he may have been born a couple of hours later if the birth had not been induced at the last minute!
Total votes: 330
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 09:05:47 +0000Coincidence ID:3622

Meant to be?

My 22 year old son was killed in a road accident when his sister was on her honeymoon. The two siblings were very close and lived together on leaving home. The following year my daughter and her husband were looking to buy their first property, I and my daughter went to look at a small house 9 miles from her current home. She liked the property and during viewing she chatted to the owner. Unknown to us the lady selling the house was the policewoman that had attended my sons accident and spoke to him before he died..............................My daughter and her husband bought the property.
Total votes: 296
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 09:05:44 +0000Coincidence ID:3621

Roger H

Some 40 years ago I inherited a water colour of a view in Bristol which has hung on our wall ever since. My daughter qualified as an accountant in Bristol and I helped her find a flat in Bristol where she lived for three years. During her residence at the flat she happened to notice that the Bristol picture mentioned her road and on examination it became clear that her flat was right in the middle of the picture having been either re built or refurbished. We have taken an up to date picture from the spot where the artist must have sat probably more than 60 years ago.
Total votes: 299
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 09:05:33 +0000Coincidence ID:3620

Paul R

I was sitting on a plane in Washington DC waiting for it to leave for London and was reading Nigel Lawson's book about his time as Chancellor. I had just read a passage about Sir Alan Waters (Thatchers economic adviser), when Sir Alan sat down next to me. He commented that he did not like the book !
Total votes: 305
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 09:05:03 +0000Coincidence ID:3619

A pair of Jaguars

A few years ago I bought an immaculate 46 year old Jaguar XK120 sports car . Although it was to be garaged I wanted the extra protection of a dust cover so I telephoned one of the two companies that were advertising a car-specific customized service . "Good morning. I'd like to order a dust cover for my car , please." "Certainly , sir , what make and model is it ?" " Its a 1954 Jaguar XK120." " Very rare . Very nice . Yes we can produce a cover for that model. What name shall we put on the order ?) "Moir _ spelt - M O I R ." (Slight pause in time .) "But you already have a dustcover on order with us . You called us last week and placed the order ." "No I didn't _ this is the first time that I have ever called your number ." "Well I have it here _ Jaguar XK120 _ name Moir ! " "Moir ?? are you sure ? " " Yes sir _ Moir _ a Mr D. Moir " "Wow ! I am Derek Moir _ but I have never called you before today ! It must be another D. Moir !! _ with another XK120 !!!! " The man in the dustcover shop agreed to telephone his first D.Moir , giving him my phone number , and D.Moir (1) telephoned me . We had the expected conversation which revealed that his name was Duncan (his wifes name was Linda _ as is my wife's name !) and he had just bought his XK120 . We could not trace our lineage back to a common ancestor _ but agreed to meet at the next Classic Jaguar Car rally _ to explore the coincidence further . He never showed up ! Moir is not a common surname . There can only have been 50 or so XK120's on the road in the UK in the year 2000 _ when this event took place .
Total votes: 266
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 09:04:29 +0000Coincidence ID:3618

Friends experience.

In a hotel on the North Norfolk coast we always met an old friend from Nottingham. We live in Germany.Also we met with a group of young men from Billericay in Essex who came to play golf. Sitting in the bar before dinner the young lads said that an older man sitting up a corner was their old school headmaster. So starting to talk with our friend from Nottingham it came about that in the war he was away from home and in the Marines. This old headmaster had studied in this time in Nottingham and had lodged with the friend from Nottinghams mother. They had never before met and it was now almost 2000, the lads had not seen the headmaster since leaving school - coincidence!!
Total votes: 296
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 09:04:19 +0000Coincidence ID:3617