Reflections on my Car

Well I’ve come to a decision and to be honest it’s been agonising. Life would be a lot easier if I wasn’t concerned about consumerism or debt or the environment, it really makes everything a lot more hassle. But then I think that’s part of the point isn’t it? We’re so not used to thinking about the ‘should I have it?’ question and given the easy availability of credit we rarely think about the ‘can I afford it?’ question either. If you can afford you can have it and no…

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How to discover inner peace

When mail arrives from a credit card company it usually takes the most direct route to the recycling bin but today it caught my eye and made me look inside. Barclaycard were offering me inner peace! There on the envelope was a promise to ‘open up to inner peace’ and to be honest up until today I didn’t realise inner peace was a commodity, but clearly I was wrong. Consumerism has led people into debt and a credit card company presents itself as the solution to ‘bad financial karma’ –…

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Indie confused over consumerism

I’ve been away for a few days with the better half’s family for a low-key Christmas, which after last year was all we wanted. Anyway took the opportunity on Boxing Day to read a newspaper at my leisure which was a pleasure (apologies for the rhyming). My chosen journal was The Independent and unsurprisingly there was the usual hand wringing over the British publics insatiable appetite for material possessions. What was unusual was the prominence it was given, first of all in the main leader which contained this comment: “With…

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