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It's not as weird as you think. How many historical events have you read about in your life? How many films based on historical events have you watched in your life? How many historical events are depicted in popular media (both books and movies)? If you look at it from the viewpoint of the person who had it happen to them (ie you), then yes, it looks staggering. But if you look at it from the perspective of the universe, it was bound to happen to someone. Heck, it might happen to one person around the world every day.
So, to sum up, it's not that big of a coincidence, it just seems like it to you
I can't even begin to list the coincidences I'm dealing with day by day.
I confess to experiencing multi-daily coincidences.
Got my monkeys a little mixed up!
THE discovery of a deflated balloon in a hedge has sparked off an amazing series of coincidences for ten-year-old Laura Buxton from Milton Lilbourne, near Marlborough, and her namesake who lives 140 miles away in the Midlands.
The tale of the two Lauras began when Andy Rivers, of Milton Lilbourne, was checking cows in a field and found a balloon in a hedge.
Closer inspection revealed the balloon said "Happy 50th Birthday" and had a label on it with the name Laura Buxton and an address near Stoke on Trent.
Mr Rivers knew his neighbours Peter and Eleanor Buxton had a daughter called Laura so gave the balloon to them.
That was the start of the discovery of a series of coincidences involving the two girls who live a three-hour drive away from each other and are not related.
Laura, ten, who goes to Kingsbury Hill School, Marlborough, obeyed the instruction on the balloon tag which said: "Please write to Laura Buxton."
She was surprised to get a telephone call from the other Laura, who is nine and also an only child.
The girls discovered they shared more than a name and just a few months difference in age.
They are both fair haired, in Year 5 at primary school, have black three-year-old female Labrador dogs and have a rabbit and a guinea pig each.
By an even greater coincidence the grandparents of Laura, from Stoke on Trent, Terry and Margaret Buxton, are currently travelling the Kennet and Avon Canal and were moored at Wootton Rivers.