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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

Waitrose v locals

Waitrose has come to represent more than just a premium food store but symbolic of the liberal metro intelligentsia. In the Rust and beyond a Waitrose shopper means you are a Remainer, elitist, indelibly middle class. The most recent remain demo was labelled as a Waitrose one in the media. There [...]

April 22, 2019 // 0 Comments

A drink in a pub

Last night I went for a drink with a Kiwi in his early seventies whom I first met in the sauna at my local health club six or seven years ago. He’s the sort of the cheerful chap who will strike up a conversation with anyone and everyone he comes across, as I had seen him doing habitually doing [...]

March 28, 2019 // 1 Comment

It’s that time of life

Eventually age catches up with you, we all know that because we see it around us all the time. I get reminded of it every time I meet up with an old friend after an embarrassing number of years and – comparing how they were in my mind’s eye (i.e. when I last saw them) to how they are now – [...]

March 26, 2019 // 0 Comments

Not waving but drowning (again)

Sadly, it looks as though I’m in danger of gradually acquiring an unofficial new status as the Rust’s motoring/traffic correspondent. Yesterday my main/sole purpose was to drive to the south coast for the weekend, a journey that in ordinary circumstances would take between 90 and 120 minutes [...]

March 16, 2019 // 0 Comments

Another fine mess

To Chichester yesterday for a Ruster awayday in the cause of viewing of some early 20th Century British artist’s work and then a breezy alcoholic lunch at an establishment not far from the famous Festival Theatre. I had teamed up with Ivan Conway for the trip – a mucker from my university days [...]

March 12, 2019 // 0 Comments

Sleeping on it

Over the course of time columnists on this organ possessed of far greater intellect and sensibility than mine have referenced and/or mocked the internet phenomenon of endless media reports detailing the latest academic research surveys or findings that seemingly ‘prove’ (or the opposite) some [...]

March 8, 2019 // 0 Comments

Watching the world and frightening yourself

One by-product of being someone who daily trawls the UK newspaper websites over the years is that one notices the frequency with which reports of latest scientific and medical research findings, particularly relating to health and ageing, appear to contradict each other. Thus one day we learn that [...]

March 1, 2019 // 0 Comments

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

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