David Robbins: Will that volcano ruin my dream of playing our 'Ashes' in France?
'Man proposes; God disposes." Thomas à Kempis may not have known much about international air traffic control, but he was uncannily prescient about the vulnerability of human hope.
The medieval German monk and author of The Imitation of Christ was much quoted this week as we tried to come to terms once again with our own powerlessness in the face of superior natural forces.
We may have the new iPad, fibre-optic broadband and a Blu-ray DVD player, but we couldn't cope with a bit of volcanic ash.