Saturday 28 February 2009

Psalm 90:12

radio4 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"


  1. Enjoyed your post on getting a number of meals out of one chicken! Love making soup all winter long! Oh, and that trivia is fun - I'm 2 billion seconds old, lol.

  2. Hi just dropping in to say hi. I will have to catch up with lots on your blog. Can you send me your email as I am making my blog private. Only I will be able to see your email as i approve all my comments, so it wont be visible
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  3. Good ol' Wogan, he's a clever boy.

  4. I listen to Radio 4 yet I never seem to catch Terry Wogan... I think he must always be on while I'm at work. Even more reason to be at home, 'eh ;)

  5. Sera- Terry Wogan is on Radio TWO - weekdays from 7.30-9.30am. I usually miss him cos I listen to the Today Programme [unless we are out in the car together - Bob cannot STAND Today, so we hear TW instead]
    Anyway, you are WAY too young for TW, I think he aims at the Older Generation [even older than me, i kid myself!]


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