Radio 4 is such a useful station for learning trivia! They were discussing the recession and millionaires and billions of pounds being lost by the banks and stuff and the chap gave this wonderfully useful way of understanding the magnitude of such numbers. He suggested we think about time, and seconds. Measuring approximately...
A MILLION seconds is eleven days
A BILLION seconds is thirty two years
A TRILLION seconds is thirty two thousand years
So now you know. A letter in the Times earlier this week asked
Who is the odd one out of this lot?
Lord Stevenson, former chairman, HBOS
Andy Hornby, former chief executive, HBOS
Sir Fred Goodwin, former chief executive, RBS
Sir Tom McKillop, former chairman, RBS
John McFall MP, chairman of Treasury select committee
Alistair Darling, Chancellor of the Exchequer
Sir Terry Wogan, presenter of Radio 2 breakfast show.
Answer: Sir Terry Wogan. He is the only one with a banking qualification.
It is a shame that some of these financial whizzkids didn't listen to the Psalmist...
"So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom"