The name game

As of the 23rd May 2022 this website is archived and will receive no further updates. was produced by the Winton programme for the public understanding of risk based in the Statistical Laboratory in the University of Cambridge. The aim was to help improve the way that uncertainty and risk are discussed in society, and show how probability and statistics can be both useful and entertaining.

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When I was 15 I met my first boyfriend, Paul. We parted four years later while both at different universities. I moved to London in 1969, knowing nothing of Paul since 1962. I married, he married and that was that until 1979 when I got a call out of the blue from Paul. Now he didn't know my married name and didn't know where I was in the UK. But when he became CEO of a company in Zug, Switzerland, he often came to meetings in the UK. On the off-chance, during one visit he looked up my maiden name, V. Valentine, in the telephone directory. He called the only one listed and got Virginia Valentine who, unbelievably, was a copywriter as was I, working for the same ad agency as I was, with the same art director and in the same office as me - Valerie Valentine. Wow. </p> <p>A few years later I began working for an agency in Gloucester on the Kraft business. Kraft's headquarters then were in Cheltenham, practically next door. I went to a meeting, Paul who's business was buying coffee and cocoa for Kraft, went to the same meeting, and we met up again in 1987. Doubly coincidental. </p> <p>He's now retired in Florida, I'm working in Thame and we keep in touch by email. Who'd have thought it???
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Date submitted:Fri, 10 Oct 2014 14:35:09 +0000Coincidence ID:7823