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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

Modern consumer practice

Yesterday I had 3 consumer issues ( a word I hate) which are worthy of being shared with the readership. The first is cancelling a payment after a free trial or test period. A few months ago I did a cull of theses payments but this is by no means easy as they are neither direct debits nor standing [...]

September 17, 2019 // 0 Comments

Fitness campaign update

“You couldn’t make it up …” is the traditional time-honoured opening from the tabloid newspapers when launching into a “Woe is me” report or story about the latest example of a government, or those in some measure of authority or another somewhere, introducing some new daft new policy [...]

September 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

A report from the outer edge of fitness

I occasionally blog upon the travails of my fitness campaign – a bit of a misnomer in recent times after the gym I frequented burned to the ground about six months ago – and so those uninterested in the minutae of an individual’s life can now perhaps move on to more entertaining subjects [...]

September 3, 2019 // 0 Comments

Inside Aldi/ Channel 5

Last night I watched a fascinating documentary on the German – but now international – supermarket chain Aldi. In 1946 Frau Albrecht opened a food store in Essen and her two sons Karl and Theo took the basic model of making the food sold as cheap as possible and turned this into a [...]

August 27, 2019 // 0 Comments

Another day at the coalface

Here comes a tale of modern times. In March of last year – don’t laugh – I was burgled whilst having my afternoon nap in my flat. The facts are relatively simple if almost unbelievable. I had arrived home from a barely alcohol-driven lunch in central London and, because as usual I had been up [...]

August 1, 2019 // 0 Comments

Looking forward

For anyone ‘beyond a certain age’ the modern world presents a never-ending series of challenges. Various contributors to the organ over the years have described their experiences of having the rules that once governed the world as they knew it when they were growing up (and then tried to live [...]

July 29, 2019 // 0 Comments

Another day before the mast

In one form or another it was perhaps ever thus, but the fact is that the modern world and its media are full of reports and stories covering the vagaries and random challenges thrown up by life ‘as it is’ and as others experience it. For every disability, condition, disease or affliction that [...]

July 27, 2019 // 0 Comments

Is any of it real?

Yesterday I visited a care home in order to spend time with an aged relative who is currently staying there for a period of “temporary respite” whilst some necessary changes are made to the living arrangements at his home. There are inevitably plusses and minuses to sending a relative [...]

July 16, 2019 // 0 Comments

The good, the bad and the ugly of retail

A few weeks ago I decided a bathroom make-over was necessary. I want to one upmarket place and was put off by the price and 7 week delivery time. I then went to a more basic bathroom supplier. It was considerably cheaper but – my fitter advised – still even cheaper if I went on-line [...]

June 29, 2019 // 0 Comments

Still Killing Eve

For reasons which need not concern us here I was obliged to spend a number of hours watching the television over the weekend which partly explains why today I have departed from my normal areas of interest to report upon the second episode of Series 2 of the drama Killing Eve, broadcast on BBC1 on [...]

June 17, 2019 // 0 Comments

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