// November 18th, 2006 // Blog

Yes, i know i said my next post would be on something completely different, but i wanted to quickly discuss the collapse of a company called Farepak.

The idea behind Farepak and other such saving schemes is that a client hands over a certain amount of their spare cash during the year to the company, who then keep hold of it until Christmas. This way families on low-to-moderate incomes can ensure they have some savings ready for the typical Xmas-splurge.

The BBC interviewed a few of the families whose savings were sadly lost during the infuriating process of fat cats passing-the-buck. Now they are proposing to refund 4p for every pound lost – what a blinking slap in the face! It's the fat cats who deserve a good slap. Just do what the school-yard bullies do – grab the schemers by the ankles, turn them over, give them a good shake, and i'm sure you'll collect enough money clips to reimburse everyone, with enough left over for a decent Xmas dinner.

The worst case reported was a family who lost £4000; the husband was working two jobs to support a wife and two small kids.


Yes, i am quite upset at the amount they lost but i can't help but wonder, should Xmas really cost that much?? I know people go a little crazy with their Xmas shopping these days, but has consumerism really taken such a toll on the UK that people are saving hundreds of pounds for 2-3 days of family fun and festivities? WHAT'S THAT ABOUT?

Muslims also spend their two “holy days” (‘Īd) with family and friends. The adults don't tend to give each other presents – although i think it depends on each family – but children usually get treated with toys and/or money. Most of the effort goes into preparing food for guests and a lot of people treat themselves to some new clothes. So yes, we do spend some dosh on nosh and posh frocks – but four thousand pounds? I really hope not, a'authobillah!

Though the way some young'uns are going these days [says the 20-something year old], renting Beamers and suiting up with the latest bling tings [that's not a typo] i wouldn't be surprised if we end up in the same place as many of our pseudo-Christian neighbours: spending far too much money on celebrating a religious festival in the most areligious way possible.

5 Responses to “Un-Farepak”

  1. sushil yadav says:

    The link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues.

    The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature.

    Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment.

    Subject : In a fast society slow emotions become extinct.
    Subject : A thinking mind cannot feel.
    Subject : Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys the planet.
    Subject : Environment can never be saved as long as cities exist.

    Emotion is what we experience during gaps in our thinking.

    If there are no gaps there is no emotion.

    Today people are thinking all the time and are mistaking thought (words/ language) for emotion.

    When society switches-over from physical work (agriculture) to mental work (scientific/ industrial/ financial/ fast visuals/ fast words ) the speed of thinking keeps on accelerating and the gaps between thinking go on decreasing.

    There comes a time when there are almost no gaps.

    People become incapable of experiencing/ tolerating gaps.

    Emotion ends.

    Man becomes machine.

    A society that speeds up mentally experiences every mental slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

    A ( travelling )society that speeds up physically experiences every physical slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

    A society that entertains itself daily experiences every non-entertaining moment as Depression / Anxiety.





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  2. Lucyp says:

    I think that the whole idea of Christmas has become one big cash bonanza for the shops. I know people who ‘borrow’ money on store cards etc and then spend the rest of the year paying it off before doing it all over again the following year. It really is crazy and the whole idea of buying Christmas on credit is aimed at the people who can least afford it.
    I do feel sad for the Farepak victims and i do not know if anyone has set up a fund for them, hopefully somebody has.

  3. Daniel says:

    That’s a great way to label comments, Z….. Of course everyone loves you!

    I’ve noticed that the nice, caring, loyal kind of person you are shines strongest when you are simply talking about general things.

    I disagree with the ‘man becoming a machine’, point. No machine is deliberately cruel or greedy. Cheers!

  4. iMuslim says:

    Daniel you really are too kind! Stop it! No, really, i don’t deserve such compliments – praise can be a dangerous thing. Thanks anyway though!

    About the comments, well, i was trying to be witty… but then i thought it might also be a good way to put off nasty commentators, as they certainly wouldn’t want to show me any love! hehe

    I might change it as it is a bit corny. It’ll do for now until i think of something else!



  5. Daniel says:

    Corny? No way. Hope all goes well with you Z…. and drop by soon. Cheers.

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