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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

Fings don’t always seem what they are, or used ter be …

Having briefly worked in television I’m broadly aware of the ‘tricks of the trade’ – real or imagined – because, of course, in broadcasting (as in every aspect of life) very little is actually what it seems. Or perhaps that should read ‘necessarily what it seems’. Whether it’s a [...]

February 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

The most expensive banana in the world.

Yesterday I purchased a single banana at Waitrose which cost E161. In checking my bill after payment I noticed the charge and returned to the till. I was led to customer services who pointed out that because of an error in their system a kilo of these bananas would set you back £800. The bananas [...]

February 2, 2019 // 0 Comments

To Hell in a handcart

Sometimes, whichever human grouping(s) one belongs to – viz. any or all of oldies, kids, insomniacs, men, women, intellectuals, sports nuts, academics, disabled, naturalists, the military, impoverished, gamblers, billionaires, glamour models, musicians, entrepreneurs, social workers, doctors or [...]

December 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

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

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