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About Gerald Ingolby

Formerly a consumer journalist on radio and television, in 2002 Gerald published a thriller novel featuring a campaigning editor who was wrongly accused and jailed for fraud. He now runs a website devoted to consumer news. More Posts

A Christmas fuss about nothing?

With apologies to all Rusters who have already seen it and already formed a view, today I wished to comment upon this year’s BBC One short promotional film for Christmas which – as anyone who reads the newspapers and/or follows social media will know – has become a source of some [...]

December 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

More service exasperation

A common theme amongst our elderly Rusters is exasperation with those purporting to provide a service. I certainly experienced this with Addison Lee the courier and chauffeur company. In October I booked a car from Fulham to Brighton dropping off my godson in Wimbledon. It was booked via the app [...]

November 24, 2018 // 0 Comments

One of those “I don’t believe I just did that” moments

You know how in life sometimes embarrassing things happen to you – or inexplicably, you do something really stupid and/or commit some horrendous act or faux pas by complete accident – and then, whether it be shortly afterwards or years later, you subsequently find yourself involuntarily [...]

November 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

Beating up the BBC (again)

Today I opened my copy of The Times – chockful of Brexit coverage, natch – and at page 10 came upon  a report headed BBC paid £700m using tax loophole, apparently the latest development in the long-running row over BBC pay that has included elements of public outrage at the size of BBC [...]

November 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

Another milestone on the road to ruin

Last night – well, ‘last night’ for me, it was actually around 5.10pm – up at the gym I reached and then crossed something of a Rubicon as regards my age and fitness. You know how it is. Yesterday morning I had read an item on the Section 2 of The Times newspaper on the subject of its [...]

November 14, 2018 // 0 Comments

Yet another troubled day in the life of

Yesterday I had occasion to attend a lunch in the City of London. Everything went according to plan until I decided to nip into the local branch of my own bank in the high street on my way to the railway station in order to deposit two cheques that I had received in my favour. You’d think – and [...]

October 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

Time and Perception

Some might put the following statement down to the wisdom that comes with age – it’s the kind of thing that we senior citizens tend to have to claim in a vain hope to remain relevant and/or current – but so much of life is grounded in people’s perceptions, both those we harbour ourselves [...]

October 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

Back on the treadmill

Last week I began – for the umpteenth time – a new fitness campaign. As I have blogged previously, now rapidly approaching my eighth decade, I am of the vintage that used to play sports simply because I enjoyed them, on top of which the joyous inner benefit of feeling relatively fit came as a [...]

September 29, 2018 // 0 Comments

A brutal end to a rainy night

Last night I watched the Anthony Joshua versus Alexander Povertkin world heavyweight championship clash at Wembley Stadium on pay-per-view for the princely sum of £20.95 via (I think it was) Sky Sports Box Office. This was a spur of the moment decision on my part prompted by a variety of things. I [...]

September 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

When you’ve got it, you’ve still got it!

Arguably there’s a metaphorical spectrum in terms of ageing and self-awareness along which all of us over a certain age – let’s set it at fifty for these purposes, after all that’s when the Saga organisation begins sending you unsolicited mail inviting you to consider the benefits of their [...]

August 14, 2018 // 0 Comments

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