07 February, 2016

The Coincidence Of The Date On An Old Photo Of Her Boyfriend

Clipart woman with baby photo

A coincidence story I received a while back from Suzie Shine all about a date on a photo.

I have been living with my boyfriend for three years and a couple of weeks ago we went to see his parents. I don't really get on too well with his mother but that's another story, though his father laughs and says it's because we are so alike - ugh, the thought of that!

The boyfriend's mother dug out loads of baby photos of her darling little boy. He looked quite cute as a baby, he still does actually. There was one larger photo and for some reason I turned it over and there on the back was a date in pencil.

I took a bit of a gulp as the date was my birthday: day, month and year!

The boyfriend is two years older than me so it can't have been the date the photo was taken. This picture was of him as a very small baby. His mother and father have no idea why the date is there or what it means.

It's puzzling me as to what this might mean. Maybe our relationship is written in the stars or something. Could that be church bells I'm hearing? Finger's crossed.

~ Suzie

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06 February, 2016

Voices From The Dead

life after death

Following on from yesterday's post, here is another story, from Pam James, about hearing the voice of someone who has died. Again, is it fact or imagination at an emotional time?

Five days before Christmas 1993, my mum, aged 80, was admitted to hospital for investigations.

She told me she had discussed which hymns she wanted at her funeral with my sister.

I was quite indignant, but found myself saying that if she did go and there was 'another side', would she please come back and give me a sign. Sadly, on Christmas Eve, she died unexpectedly and we were called to the hospital.

Eventually we were given a cup of tea and I looked out of the window and thought what lovely weather it was. Suddenly, my mum shouted out: "I'm all right, I'm all right!" I put my hand to my throat as my heart was thumping so fast and hard.

However, what really surprised me was that the four other people in the room had not reacted and therefore heard nothing.

I think myself fortunate that I asked for a sign that day - I have no doubts that we survive death,

~ Pam James

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05 February, 2016

Hearing Voices From Beyond the Grave

Voices from beyond the grave

Hearing voices from beyond the grave - imagination or fact? Here is one such experience, see what you think. I'll publish another experience tomorrow.

Five years ago, my wife, Pat died. We had been together for more than 40 years and had often discussed what we thought happens when people die.

Pat had an outright belief in another life, but I used to joke that I was waiting for someone tell me. My wife's death completely destroyed me. But I survived beacuse I can hear her talking to me and I feel her presence.

I had a heart valve replaced in 2011 and I never had a moment's worry because she told me it would be OK.

I just wait until I can smell Pat's perfume and feel her touching my face, because I know she will be calling me soon.

I loved my wife totally and without question. It can be an advantage to see the other side sometimes. Love never dies.

- Geoff Prescott.

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04 February, 2016

Coincidence: The Bell That Broke On The Duke Of Wellington's Death

Dangan Castle
Dangan Castle
A coincidence I came across regarding the Duke of Wellington, (1769-1852) British Prime Minister in the 1830s. The original newspaper cutting is shown below.

Duke of Wellington
On the death of the Duke of Wellington the bells of Trim, near Dangan Castle, his father's seat in Ireland, for which, when a young man, Wellington had sat in the Irish Parliament, rang a muffled peal, when the tenor, a beautifully toned bell, suddenly broke.

It was found by a curious coincidence to have been cast in 1769, the year of the Duke's birth.

Newspaper cutting from 1879 about Duke of Wellington
Original newspaper cutting
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03 February, 2016

World War II Aircraft Engine Coincidence

Wright Duplex Cyclone aircraft engine
Wright Duplex Cyclone engine
A coincidence story from Dennis Parratt from World War II

In 1946 I was stationed at RAF St Thomas Mount, Madras and had to visit Avadi MU (Maintenance Unit). It was one of the biggest supply depots in the then British Empire and held equipment for all three services to be used in the planned invasion of Singapore (that due to the atomic bomb being dropped on Japan never took place).

White there, I went into a mess for a meal and, out of the thousands of personnel, found myself sitting next to a Taffy Jones who I had known in the UK at Stafford MU.

I asked him what he was doing in Madras, and he told me that at Stafford two years earlier, he was crating up Wright Duplex Cyclone aircraft engines for the Far East.

He had only recently arrived in India and - would you believe it - he was unpacking those same engines and smashing up them under drop hammers.

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02 February, 2016

The Talisman That Attracts Money

Paper money (bills) from around the world
Money from around the world
Over the years I've dabbled in many things: from yoga to Rosicrucians, magic to religions, psychology to philosophy and so on. I've always felt there was something else besides what scientists tell us.

I've often said that it's no use just reading about something, it has to be put into practice. This way it's possible to discover for ourselves as to whether, what we read or have been told, has some relevance - or is just a load of old codswallop.

Following this principle, when we first met, I made my wife a talisman for attracting money. I followed the instructions as per David Conway's book Magic (I believe it is now out of print) and handed it to my wife who immediately put this in her purse. She must have either thought positive about the talisman, and the fact that it might work - or that I was a complete fruit and nut case! Either way, that week she attracted lots of money.

This included a massive bonus from her work, which was entirely unexpected, and the conditions of her getting this were virtually 'impossible.' I reckon it might have been this that made her think I was a reasonable bet!

She still carries this talisman in her purse, but it looks a bit creased now.

Okay, many will think that things like a talisman or lucky charm are absolutely rubbish. Fair enough, each to their own, but scientists have said that there might actually be something in this 'lucky' business.

The University of Cologne has done a test, with some of their students. They put them on a golfing putting green to find out who got the best results. Prior to this the researchers told half of the students individually that they would be playing with a lucky ball. The other half were just handed a golf ball without comment.

The students with a 'lucky' ball sank 6.4 putts out of 10. Remarkably this was an average of nearly two more than the other players in the experiment.

This may not be conclusive evidence, but the co-author of the research, Lysann Damisch did admit, "Our results suggest that the activation of a superstition can indeed yield performance improving effects."

A professor of psychology at Connecticut College added that, "Simply being told this is a lucky ball is sufficient to affect performance."

This may be slightly different from my wife's money talisman. The golfers were in control to a degree. Whereas my wife simply had to believe that something would happen and the universe would do the rest. And that's the key word for me - believe.

Belief makes things happen and brings about those situations - coincidences if you like - which can result in amazing things happening (sometimes!).

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01 February, 2016

An Obscure Coincidence At A Malaysian Wedding

Malaysian attap
Malaysian attap
A further coincidence from my cuttings, this one from a Mr. Green from Hampshire, England.

Over the years I have heard many coincidence stories, but have yet to hear of one as extreme as this.

While in the Royal Navy I was drafted to Singapore but lived over the border in Malaysia. Our next-door neighbours' amah (maid) Mary had two brothers that were to be married at a double Malay ceremony on the same day.

Mary invited my wife and I to the wedding. The invitation also included my father and mother-in-law who arrived on the same day as the ceremony.

The nuptials were to take place a couple of miles further into the Malaysian hinterland. There were eight Europeans at the wedding, identified by eight pairs of shoes outside the attap (a traditional jungle dwelling) among hundreds of flip-flops.

We entered and sat down before the food was to appear when my father-in-law recognised the gentleman sitting opposite him, who was also trying to place him.

After a chat it was established that they both worked at an MoD (Ministry of Defence) establishment on Portsdown Hill in Portsmouth (England) and had offices only three removed from each other.

Each had travelled out on the same flight from RAF Brize Norton to Singapore and had been invited to the same Malaysian double wedding without realising. How obscure is that?

~ Don Green, Hants., England

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