With one day left until Ramadan workshy villagers are preparing to embrace the idea of fasting for a month during daylight hours in the belief it will give them a brilliant excuse for being rubbish at work.
“I’m not a Muslim,” healthcare assistant Daphne Newton said. “But can you imagine not eating or drinking for up to nineteen hours a day? I reckon I’d be quite cranky and non-productive so I thought I’d slack off for the next thirty days. Then if the boss has a go I’ll say it’s Ramadan and all cultural and she’ll leave me alone.”
Local Iman, Qaasim Mohammed, told us that there is far more to Ramadan than not eating: “It is a time to exercise self-discipline during which we focus attention on God, and put into practice selflessness and put forward more prayer than is customary. It is not a time to build a little nest in the stationary cupboard and when you’re caught having a snooze in it claim you’re being religious.”