Is it all down to chance?

Is everything we do governed by or down to chance?
After this week, I think so…

You know what it’s like, your working day is dictated by events which may have been arranged or planned by others, and they seem to assume that because those things are written down or added to their diaries, that they will happen whatever.

Well this week, I know better! Things don’t happen in the way we assume and that’s mainly because we think things will always happen in the way they were planned. In fact these “things” are much more likely to happen in the same way experienced by a gambler. Let me give an example:

Assume I order something from the internet, I see the item is in stock and happily accept the suppliers delivery date… Mistake! – How on earth can the supplier know that their delivery company will have all their staff on hand to deliver my goods? How do they know the ferries to the Island will be running? etc etc….

The situation is far more like a gambler throwing a die/dice – sometimes it’ll be a 6 but much more likely is a number 1-5. OK, so my delivery is predicted on Monday, but that assumes we threw a 6, mostly we don’t; perhaps we threw a 4 as it snowed near the courier’s depot, that means we won’t see our purchase until, at best Tuesday and probably Wednesday or perhaps even Friday!

At every stage in the supply chain everyone “throws the die”, the end result is difficult to predict but as a rule of thumb, it’s safe enough to assume that not everyone will throw that elusive 6 and that your delivery will be late…


The area of the Isle of Wight is about 380 km²

The area of the UK is about 243,610 km²

The area of Europe is about 10.2 million km²

The area of Australia is over 7.5 million km²

Our Sun

Our Sun

The nearest star to the Earth is the Sun which is about 150,000,000 km (150 million) away.

The next nearest star is Proxima Centauri at about 40,000,000,000,000 km (40 million, million)

  • It takes about 8.5 minutes for light from the Sun to reach us.
  • It takes about 4.2 years for light from Proxima Centauri.