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A Coincidence in the County Palatine? July 13, 2013

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
A Coincidence in the County Palatine?

***Dedicated to Borky who has greater faith in coincidences than Beach*** Chesterton has that beautiful line that ‘coincidences are spiritual puns’. Well, today’s post is to celebrate a rare and seemingly unassailable coincidence in the life of this blogger: as to the ‘pun’ part any solutions gratefully accepted – drbeachcombing AT yahoo DOT com. Should […]

Coincidence in Jersey City April 22, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Coincidence in Jersey City

Following on from a recent post Beachcombing has had several extraordinary emails about coincidences among our governing classes. He thought, meanwhile, that today he would premiere another of his favourite coincidence stories: the good works of Edwin Booth (obit 1893). In 1909 an American citizen wrote the following letter to The Century Magazine with an […]

Nanny Coincidence April 19, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Nanny Coincidence

When Churchill died in 1965 at the age of 90 there was one picture by his bedside. The picture was not of his wife (though their marriage had been a success), nor of his children, nor of his parents. Rather it was of his nanny who had left the earth seventy years before (obit 1895). […]

Occam’s Razor and Flying Bombs May 20, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Occam's Razor and Flying Bombs

Beachcombing always feels niggles of annoyance when Occam’s Razor comes up. It is not that he dislikes the principle of succinctness per se: indeed, most of the time this principle is a useful brake on our imagination. After all, if Beachcombing opens his door in Little Snoring and finds no tiger then it is surely […]

The American Civil War and a Coincidence June 19, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
The American Civil War and a Coincidence

                    Beachcombing has never really got his head around coincidences. So can it really be a ‘coincidence’ that he shares a birthday with another sixteen million human beings? Is it just dumb ‘luck’ that he has the same middle name as his wife’s American cousin? And is it mere ’fluke’ that he […]