Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Driving license

Recently found out that my boyfriend of 3 years passed his driving test on my birthday and I passed my driving test on his birthday, both long before we met.

Smashing face!

In Feb 2017 I looked in the mirror and, uncharacteristically, felt that my mouth was looking good for my age and that the Cupid's bow and upper lip were in particularly good shape. I decided to buy new lipstick next day. While walking to my car with the new lipstick I tripped over a pothole and fell flat on my face. The only damage was to my top lip - which despite being repaired by an excellent maxillo- facial surgeon is now permanently disfigured - the cupid's bow I was so proud of has been replaced by a two pronged scar.

Plane crash

I grew up near Biggin Hill and developed a strong feeling that I one day I would see a plane crash – NB not a fear of being in a plane crash. As I got older even though I had moved away from Biggin Hill, the feeling got stronger and stronger until by my early 40s every time I saw or heard a plane doing anything unusual I would think ‘is this the one?’. I knew exactly what it would feel like watching in horror as a plane fell out of the sky.

The Hakka hat coincidence

Invited to what promised to be boring dinner party in tiny hamlet in backwoods of N Notts with only 8 other guests, I decided to liven things up by wearing one of the collection of rare/ esoteric hats my husband brought back from his regular trips to obscure places. I had never worn any of these hats outside the house and my hat of choice for domestic jollifications was either an Uzbek shepherd's hat or a Turkmenistan police man's hat. However on this occasion I chose a hat I had never put on before a large traditional hat worn by members of the Chinese Hakka tribe.

The triple tea dance coincidence

The-dansants ?? In 1974 I was working in London in my gap year. One evening while walking past the Aldwych Hotel to Charing Cross I was approached by a young sandy-haired man with a clip board, He said he worked for one of the independent TV companies and was on the look out for 'interesting looking people' to invite to one of the regular tea- dances they held.

Is this unusual?

Coincidences happen all the time in my life - so much so that I notice if none occur for more than a ciuple of days. II now realise I should try to keep a record - but it willl be time consuming. E.g yesterday afternoon I talked to a friend about how much I regretted not buying a property in Cambridge a few years ago. I then ordered some tile samples on-line. As I was paying I saw that the company's business address was Jesus Lane in Cambridge - where I used to live.

Gut feelings and bizarre coincidences

Back around 2002 I worked as a creative director for a photography company in South London... One morning whilst at work, I suddenly had a strong feeling to check my bank account.....after about half an hour I still had the feeling so decided to log in to my online bank account, something I very rarely did and never had done at work... When I logged in, I discovered to my shock that £1000 had gone from my account the very same morning. I rang my bank immediately and informed them of the missing money.

Eye of the needle

For some reason this afternoon,the image of a needle entering an eye came into my head. Being a tad squeamish it was not the sort of thing I relished seeing in an half-asleep state. This evening I was reading someone's FBook profile where they had posted a letter to one of the papers about J Rees-Mogg which referred to the bible passage ' a camel passing through the eye of a needle' and rich men entering heaven etc. The TV was running Under Seige 2 starring Steven Seagal and this passage was uttered: "Travis Dane: Our psychological profile on you says you will.


Right after I posted 'discus meniscus',I was in the midst of reporting the event to a friend whilst watching 'amazing spiderman' (yet again) only to see osborne and peter skipping stones over the river. That's 3 skipping stones scenes in the spate of a few hours.

Discus on the meniscus

Another weird coincidence last night: I was talking about the scene in Jason & the argonauts where the guy beats hercules at discus by skipping the discus on the meniscus (!?),getting his place on the Argo. A few minutes later,I saw 'coastal walks with my dog' on which I had told my other about. I put it on to see Bill Bailey skipping stones over the sea surface!?