Thursday, June 30

The Brief Sighting Of A Ghost

A brief sighting of a ghost is the theme for today's post.

I had often hoped to encounter a ghost or apparition, but until four years ago never experienced anything close to a paranormal event.

That changed one morning four years ago, shortly after I got out of bed. My wife had got up earlier and I walked into the bathroom that adjoins our bedroom.

As I turned to re-enter the bedroom, I saw a figure walking towards the doorway. With its last step it bounded toward the hallway.

The morning light was quite dim, and I saw the figure only briefly. I assumed it was my wife, somewhat in a hurry because her last step was exaggerated.

When I walked into the bedroom and was even with the hall door, I was stunned.

The figure could not have been my wife. I could see for the first time that the person I had seen had leaped through a closed door.

I immediately found my wife in the kitchen and she confirmed she had been there for sometime. We were the only people in the house at the time.

In the past four years, there have been, regrettably, no recurrences of the shy, leaping apparition.

~ Bob Stansell

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Monday, June 27

Fate Or Coincidence Brings Two Friends Together Over And Over

1940s children playing

It's strange how some people seem to be part of our lives - whether we want them to be or not. Somehow 'fate' brings us into contact with someone over and over again - almost like it's meant to be - as this experience from John Hancox illustrates:

It all started in 1947. Up to the age of 11, the days began with me escaping early in the morning with my best mate who lived opposite.

We spent hours in the park, playing on the railway line or in the local wood. ending long after dark, but only if our parents could catch us.

Our friendship ended when the local council rehoused us a mile or so away. Five years later we moved to the next county and lost all contact.

At 20, I found myself crossing the parade ground of the police training centre wearing the uniform of the local county force, when I spotted my old friend coming towards me wearing the police uniform of my old county. We wasted no time in catching up, amazed at the coincidence of us both joining the police at the same time, something we had never discussed.

Off we went to start our new careers hoping to stay in touch, but we never managed it. Ten years passed, wives and children followed, until I decided to move back to the town where I grew up.

On day one, at my new police station, I saw my old mate at his desk. I said, "Well, it's great we are working together." He replied, "Not for long; my transfer to another station has come through." That was it - off he went 12 miles away. It had become a standing joke about calling round to each other's houses for a cup of tea, which we never managed to do.

A further three years passed until one day, with my back to the office door, I heard it open and that familiar voice shouted: "Don't bother coming round for a cup of tea, I have bought a house and am moving."

Taken aback, I then said: "You needn't come round my house either, as I am moving to my new house. Where are you moving to?"

He replied, "88 (naming the road) and where are you gong?"

I said, "Number 66 in the same road."

That was 36 years ago and, yes, we still live in the same street - and we still have not had that cup of tea.

~ John Hancox, Leicestershire

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Friday, June 24

So Mr Cameron, It Really Was A Sign That The UK Would Leave the EU !!

Not to be taken too seriously but, Mr Cameron, you should have read my post of the 13th of July - the signs were there!!

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Thursday, June 23

The Most Gruesome Coincidence About President Lincoln

John Wilkes Booth
John Wilkes Booth
I'm going back in time today to President Lincoln's assassination. and some strange coincidences - not those well known ones, that are often regurgitated, but something different. These I found when scouring some very old newspapers.

It seems that a William J Ferguson was on the stage of Ford's theatre in Washington on the evening of the assassination - at the time he was a callboy at the Ford's. This is what was reported in a newspaper:

"The house where Mr. Lincoln was brought after the shooting, and where he died the following morning at 7 o'clock, was an actor's boarding house, to which Mr Ferguson had been accustomed to bring actors living there their 'sides' or parts,

"A peculiar coincidence connected with the house was the fact that the last time Mr Ferguson went on his usual errand, prior to the shooting, he found the actors all sitting about on the edge of the bed in which Lincoln died, and John Wilkes Booth lying in it smoking a pipe.

"Another peculiar coincidence connected with the whole affair is the fact that in the very hour that Edwin Booth, John Wilkes Booth's brother, died the front of the Ford's theatre collapsed.

"As to the story that John Wilkes Booth was burned to death or shot by the soldiers who surrounded the barn to which he fled across the Chain bridge, Mr Ferguson claims that both stories are absolutely untrue. Booth committed suicide, and, it being the final and most gruesome coincidence of all the coincidences connected with that most tragic shooting, shot himself through the base of the skull, in exactly the same place where he had shot Lincoln."

The standard explanation of Booth's death is - as per Wikipedia:

Sergeant Boston Corbett shot him [Booth]. According to Corbett's later account, he fired at Booth because the fugitive "raised his pistol to shoot" at them. Conger's report to Stanton, however, stated that Corbett shot Booth "without order, pretext or excuse," and recommended that Corbett be punished for disobeying orders to take Booth alive. Booth, fatally wounded in the neck, was dragged from the barn to the porch of Garrett's farmhouse, where he died three hours later, aged 26.

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Tuesday, June 21

The Weird Coincidence Of The Yukon Gold Rush

I'm sure there were lots of tales from the Yukon territory, the gold rush and the 'trail of '98' but this is perhaps one of the weirdest - and features a remarkable coincidence

The story is of Simon and John Turner, known to thousands of old time sourdoughs as the Two Apostles and also the Gold Dust Twins.

Simon and John were twins. Everything one wanted to do, the other also wanted to do. If one had a pain, the other felt it: they had a bond that shared everything.

The twins followed the trail to Yukon gold. Eventually, in the vicinity of the Lake La Barge region they located a paying claim. John started for Skagway with a large bag of gold nuggets. Simon stayed to work the claim.

Weeks and then months passed, but there was no sign of John returning. Simon felt a strange foreboding. He decided to close his claim and set off to Skagway himself.

There was no trace of John, so in 1900 Simon took up the search for his missing twin. His search continued for 32 years travelling over all of the possible routes John may have taken.

He became a famous figure. In Skagway, at Dyea amd Lake Bennet men told of his seeking. Many thought him a little mad. Others did not accept his story of a search for a long lost twin brother, but credited his search to some hidden cache, or pay streak and regarded his story as a cunning dissimulation on his part to hide his true endeavour.

The years rolled by, Simon grew bent and developed a dry, hacking cough. Many tried to persuade him to give up his search but his reply was always the same: "Identical twins we were. Everything one did the other had to do, you can't separate that kind. I've got to find him. We came into this world together and together we gotta be when the last trumpet sounds."

When he reached 70 years of age Simon moved to a wilderness almost devoid of men.

Two prospectors working out from White Horse came upon Simon lying at the base of a precipice, about 100 yards off the old Lake La Barge trail. Though the old man's neck was broken from a fall his face wore a look of perfect serenity. He had not been dead for very long.

The two prospectors decided it best to bury him where he lay. They dug down a little way when they turned up a skeleton. Mingled with the bones was an ancient wallet and some 32 year old papers, well preserved where the frost line lies close to the surface.

The papers bore witness that the skeleton was that of John, his long sought identical twin! By grim irony Simon had located his brother too late to know it in this conscious world.

Perhaps all of this was simply a coincidence, or maybe there's something more in this sympathy existing between twins, that is more powerful than man can know.

The two men were finally buried together and over their grave stands a simple headstone which reads:

In Death They Were Not Divided.

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Sunday, June 19

Coincidences Aren't Always What We Think!

1950s policeman on traffic duty

This cutting from a newspaper made me smile - coincidences aren't always what we think!

Stories of people meeting up by coincidence reminded me of the time I was a police officer on Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire [England].

Doing point duty in the town centre, I was suddenly surprised to see walking on the pavement towards me an old friend whom I'd not seen for many a year. He was wearing clerical clothes and a dog collar. Such was my amazement, I left the traffic control and went to meet him.

Although I was in uniform, he recognised me immediately and we greeted each other enthusiastically. We chatted and it was obvious what I was now doing, while he told me he had just been appointed as the new curate if the local Church of England church.

We then got around to finding out when and where was the last time we'd seen each other, Therein lies the coincidence.

We went through our entire lives from school days, military service and civilian occupations. It was then that we both had to acknowledge the fact that we had never actually met each other before - at least not in this lifetime!

~ M.D Davies, Warks.

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Friday, June 17

4000 Year Old Bird Drips Blood During War Time

Lord Baden-Powell, founder of Boy Scouts
Lord Baden-Powell, founder of Boy Scouts
A coincidence from the archives, or perhaps it was some form of prophetic power (but take that suggestion with a pinch of salt but, there again ...)

London, October 26, 1930: A tale of an Egyptian mummified hawk that drips 'blood' during war time was told today by Lord Robert Baden-Powell, chief scout.

Lord Baden-Powell says he is not superstitious, but thinks its prophetic powers are "an amazing coincidence".

Bird 4000 Years Old
Asked to amplify a brief reference he made to the bird at a recent banquet he said:
"The bird, which is in a mummified state, was discovered in 1887 by a friend of mine during excavation work in Egypt. By comparing it to other things discovered at the same time, he concluded that the bird was at least 4000 years old.

"I saw the thing for the first time the other day at a friend's private museum. It is in a wonderful state of preservation and, although they eyes are gone, one can still clearly see the beak and the features."

Forecast of Boer War
"On the shelf where the bird stands, I noticed a dry brown stain, and when I questioned my friend about it he told me about a month before the outbreak of the Boer War the hawk became damp and gently oozed bubbles of this stuff.

"All through the campaign this 'sweating' continued, until about a month before the war ended, when, as suddenly and mysteriously as it had begun, the dripping ceased.

"But exactly a month before the outbreak of the great war [World War I] the bubbles again appeared, and the amazing fact is that they again stopped just a month before the armistice.

"How can one account for it? Is the liquid some preservative which is affected by the weather?

Lasted for War's Duration
"A point which seems to rather upset this theory is that there surely must have been weather conditions when the bird was dry similar to those when it was wet. And, again, how is one to explain that on each occasion the oozing coincides so exactly with the duration of the war?

"Personally I think it is just and amazing coincidence"

Well, there we go. An honourable man like Baden-Powell surely wouldn't spin an untruthful yarn, would he?

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Wednesday, June 15

A White Feather To Cilla From Bobby

Cilla Black 1960s
Cilla Black in the 1960s
A little something I read recently about Cilla Black - a British pop star from the Beatles era.

When Cilla's husband, Bobby, died she was, needless to say, traumatised. She would spend hours sitting under a willow tree in her garden, in Denham, talking to Bobby, and praying for a sign from him. One day, a white feather floated through the air and landed at her feet.

This convinced Cilla that Bobby was in touch with her and she is quoted as telling her sons, "I know he is waiting for me. When the time comes, we will be together again."

I seem to be getting many white feather stories recently. Not perhaps ones suitable for publishing on the blog but nevertheless interesting as a whole. If you search for white feathers at the top of the page you will find dozens of such stories on this blog.

Cilla had also seen a ghost in her house - a pallid faced girl, in a long white dress with a ruffled collar. Cilla and Bobby had seen her in their bedroom and other visitors had glimpsed the girl in other parts of the house.

Research was done and it was found that 14 year old Lilian Redley, the daughter of the gardener, was recorded as having died in the house in 1912. A clairvoyant claimed that Lilian had died in childbirth and was 'earth bound' as she was looking for her baby,

Cilla Black died last year.

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Monday, June 13

A Coincidence Sign That Perhaps Britain Will Exit The European Union!

Independence Day: Resurgence

I was looking at a poster for the movie Independence Day: Resurgence and noticed that it will be released in the UK on June 23rd. "Ding," a bell rang in my head, could this be a sign about what is being called Brexit.

"Is this a precognitive coincidence, showing that the result of the British referendum will be Independence from Europe?" I wondered.

Release date Independence Day: Resurgence

For those who may not know: Brexit is an abbreviation of British exit. It refers to the possibility that Britain will withdraw from the European Union. The country will hold an in-out referendum on its EU membership on June 23.


So, is this a sign that Britain will regain it's Independence from the European Union? Okay, the most likely result is that we will remain in the EU - but the tide could well be turning ... I shall be voting to leave.

meaning: an increase or revival after a period of little activity, popularity, or occurrence.
synonyms: renewal, revival, recovery, rally, upturn, comeback, reinvigoration, reawakening, resurrection, reappearance, re-emergence, rejuvenation, regeneration, new birth, rebirth, renaissance, new dawn, new beginning

Time will tell!

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Saturday, June 11

A Remarkable Coincidence Spanning Australia And England And 50 Years

A camp site in Kalgoorlie, Australia
A caravan camp site in Kalgoorlie, Australia
Here's a remarkable coincidence story involving two couples who met up twice, completely by coincidence - or perhaps fate. They must surely have been meant to meet, against all the odds. The story, from my cuttings, is by Richard Francis from Hampshire in England.

In 2004, my wife, Helen, and I embarked on a caravan tour of Australia. We arrived in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia and Helen went to do the laundry in the campsite launderette,

An Australian lady joined her and they started chatting. Helen, who is from Edinburgh but has lived in England for more than 50 years, noticed a slight Scottish brogue in the Aussie twang, so the conversation went something like this.

Helen: "Where are you originally from?"

Lady, "Edinburgh."

Helen, "So am I. Which part?"

Lady, "South side."

Helen, "Me, too. Which school did you go to?"

Lady, "Preston Street."

Helen, "So did I. How old are you?"

Lady, "Sixty-five."

Helen, "So am I!"

Lady: What was your maiden name?"

Helen, "Turner."

The lady burst into tears and said, "I'm Marion Purvis, and I was your best friend at primary school."

Marion had emigrated to Australia when she was aged 15.

We parted company the next day after much Chardonnay and many memories, us to continue east and Marion and her husband to travel west.

Six months later, we arrived at Exmouth, Western Australia, and after setting up camp, went for a walk.

On our return, we found a bunch of flowers on our table together with a note: it was from Marion and her husband who had coincidentally arrived at the same place after several thousand miles. More wine!

~ Richard Francis.

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Thursday, June 9

Telepathy, Synchronicity Or Coincidence


When people talk about synchronicity or coincidence they often give examples similar to the following - something that happened yesterday.

My wife and I were sitting in the garden, mid afternoon, having a cup of tea - typically English - and were talking about nothing in particular.

Karin said, "We haven't heard from Mark for ages."

As she finished her sentence the land-line phone rang.

"That'll be him," I laughed.

Karin answered the phone and, yes, it was Mark!

So how did that happen? Is it telepathy of some sort? If it was, where did it originate? Did Mark sense that we were talking about him, or did we sense that he was thinking of us and about to make a phone call?

I don't know the answers to such questions, but sometimes things happen that make you think of what could be possible. What if we tried to hone this skill. Now there's a thought!

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Wednesday, June 8

The Australian's Meeting In Clovelly Coincidence

Clovelly North Devon ©Mike Perry
This is a coincidence I saw in today's Daily Mail newspaper from a Pat Constable.

A few years ago when we lived in Devon, some friends from Australia came to stay. We took them to the beautiful village of Clovelly on the north coast.

Having walked the steep cobbled path down to the harbour, we decided to stop for an ice-cream. After a while, my friend noticed her husband was in deep conversation with a lady.

Upon enquiring who she was, her husband replied that she had been a former employee in his company in Sydney, Australia who had left to fulfil her dream of undertaking a world tour and was currently en route from Russia to Canada via the UK.

I cannot begin to calculate the odds of such a meeting.

~ Pat Constable

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Tuesday, June 7

X-Ray Shows Identical Injuries To twins

Werribee, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Werribee Park, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
I came across this coincidence in The Age newspaper. The story involves an X-ray and, as a further coincidence, minutes after I had finished writing this post, my local hospital unexpectedly phoned me to make an X-ray appointment for myself! (Just a routine check-up)

Coincidence Follows Collision

Werribee [Australia]: An X-ray examination of injuries in a recent motor accident at Wirribee by William and Henry Sadler, twins, aged 20 years, of the Metropolitan Board's farm, has revealed that their injuries are exactly the same.

Both had a broken pelvis, the breaks being identical, and internal injuries are also the same.

The twins are inmates of a private hospital at Werribee, and are making satisfactory progress. They were travelling in a motor car to Geelong when their car came into collision with another car, which had already been involved in a collision. A third person in the Sadler's car had a leg broken.

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Saturday, June 4

The Birth Date Prediction Coincidence

Baby clip art

A coincidence story from April - predicting a birth date, well probably!

We married two years ago and were renovating a house we had moved into. At the time I was pregnant so my husband did most of the heavy work, while I supervised! He was working in what was to be our bedroom and there was a boarded up fireplace, but the previous owners hadn't done a very good job of it.

My husband knocked in the boarded up part so he could re-plaster the area to make it all smooth with the rest of the wall. Behind the board was part of a newspaper, at the top was the date of June 23 (1970).

Nothing too strange in this but our baby was born a few months later on June 23rd. I don't know if this was some kind of prediction or an omen. We called the baby June (it was a girl!) and I'm called April. I'm pregnant again but I can't see us calling a son or daughter February!

~ April

Another coincidence for me: my mother's birthday was also the 23rd of June. Oh, and of course, that is also Brexit voting day when us in the UK vote on whether we should leave the European Union. (Yes?!)

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Friday, June 3

Tripped Over His Brother In World War Coincidence

RMS Aquitania
RMS Aquitania: transported over 400,000 people in World War
I read this short coincidence story in today's Daily Mail newspaper. It's by R. Mackenzie, from England, and tells of an experience of a soldier in World War II.

Colin, an old soldier, who sadly died this year, age 94, told me how in North Africa during the war he hitched a lift to the UK on an overcrowded troopship.

On embarking, he tripped over an airman sprawled on deck. To his amazement, it was his brother John, who he had not seen for two years!

When they arrived home, their mother was working at the sink. When she saw her two sons standing their alive and well, she promptly fainted.

Quite a moving story - imagine the relief the mother must have felt, after she recovered.

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