A Strange Coincidence

Strange coincidence – or question of probability?

The other day, Gerald Mothershaw, author of local history The Parish of Hodnet, told Steve an anecdote about his army years in the 1950s. Gerald told how he was leaving camp in Aldershot on his bicycle when a man hailed him from a window and asked him to post a letter. It was addressed to a Wendy Cave of Wem (Shropshire, home town of William Hazlitt). Steve rang his aunt Wendy who happens to be a Cave and, yes, it was her, probably from his Uncle John. Steve says it’s a lovely coincidence but perhaps it’s something weirder, see the birthday problem. Although it is a small world – if you live in Shropshire.