Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Doing good in the world and winning the lottery

Anyone else ever experience lots of mind-blowing synchronicity for an extended period of time? Twice in my life it has happened for at least three straight months. It always happens when I'm feeling amazing and being true to myself. When abandon all the rules and just do whatever I feel is just, right and loving. And usually it happens while I'm falling in love with a girl. But it's almost like I am led to the girl through the coincidences. It's very strange and it's such an interesting thing to talk about.

Kwame Kwei-Armah finds long abandoned keyboard

Evening Standard 19 June 2019 Page 19 Edited by Phoebe Luckhurst Young Vic artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah is no stranger to bizarre coincidence. When he was 25 he abandoned his dream of being a musician and gave away his instruments, he told an audience at an event to publicise a revival of his play Fix Up at the Tower Theatre last night. "I had a keyboard, called an M1...One G flat key was bent." Twenty-five years later he was in The Gambia. "I walk into this village hall. And I see an M1. I see that the G flat is bent.

Patterns with girlfriends

So there's a girl interested in me and I'm trying to figure out whether she's good for me or not. The other night, I couldn't sleep so I looked at Instagram, which I never do (ever). And came across my ex's page (from 4 years ago). She didn't have many posts, but there was a picture of food from Core Life Eatery saying she loves the place. I have to been to the place many times before. Anyway, the next day I was going to get something to eat and was driving to get a hoagie when I saw I had a coupon for Core Life in my car for basically a free meal.

"My boat is so small"

After 13 years of sharing my life with him, including a long term illness, my husband passed away. His passing had caused a lot of turmoil and I found myself completely left alone, grieving. After the funeral, there was literally nobody in my direct environment (neighbours, family, old study friends) who showed unselfish compassion. Everybody seemed to have a hidden agenda, whishing me as a baby sitter (study friend), a health carer (family) investment banker (family/neighbours) or worse, potential wife. I struggled everyday to set boundaries, reinvent my life and find meaning.

Dream Scene

Last night I dreamt about a friend from university who I hadn't spoken to in a while. When I woke up this morning, I had a long text from none other than the same friend.

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Where to start? I've logged nine pages of 'synchronicities' so far and counting. Many seem to have a playful bent, such as passing driving the Stirling monument in Scotland as the Braveheart theme tune played on the radio.

"Star Wars" Coincidence

I share the same birthday (April 10th) as Daisy Ridley, the actress who plays “Rey” in the Star Wars films, and my mother's middle name is Raye.

names

An article came out in my news app that Gwyneth Paltrow had some sort of skiing accident, I don’t exactly remember what it was. I began reading a crime novel later that day , I distinctly remember Gwyneth Paltrow’s name mentioned in the first few lines of the book.

playing music in the shower - totally normal

I was playing by red velvet playlist in the shower ( kpop genre) . While I was dancing around in the shower , I suddenly felt the urge to check the song that was playing . It was titled ‘Russian Roulette’. I usually never touch my phone when I’m playing music in the shower so that was out of the originate . When I came out of the shower , there was a documentary on Trump’s political campaign playing on on the TV by Channel News Asia. An author wrote a book and was being interviewed on the campaign .

Meeting in far off place

Back in 1970 as a 20 year-old I did the Hippy Trail, setting out from London where I lived, across Europe, Middle East to Nepal with two friends in a VW van. As we drove from Kathmandu in Nepal down the mountains back to the Indian border and were stopped by the roadside, a local bus suddenly stopped 50 yards past us and a figure jumped off and ran towards us. It was my good friend Antony Farrell from Ireland. Neither of us had any idea the other would be there, or were planning to visit India/Nepal at the same time.

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