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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

An unwelcome ‘Road to Damascus’ moment

That’s it – I’ve had it up to here now … and from this point forward I shall be going to go to my grave behaving as disgracefully as I can. Those Rusters who have been following this organ from the very first will be aware of our mission statement to observe and comment upon the world [...]

June 27, 2020 // 0 Comments

Coming out of lockdown (not really)

I’m sure I’m not alone in taking what might appear to be a somewhat laidback approach to where we have reached in the UK’s version of the ongoing coronavirus crisis – partly fuelled by the impression gained from all we read, see and hear that it’s all very complicated, there are [...]

June 19, 2020 // 0 Comments

You could not make it up

Bob Tickler passed me an interesting consumer problem. He had purchased at ASDA a Google voucher for £25 for  his godson’s birthday. It said on the back that it was only compatible with Android appliances so his godson could not use it to buy video games. His mother, who knows her consumer law, [...]

June 16, 2020 // 0 Comments

It’s going to get worse before it gets better

From today “non essential” shops in England can open for business provided that in advance they’ve rendered themselves ‘Covid-secure’ or whatever it was that Boris said they should. Obvious I cannot speak for any else’s view of how things are going for the UK at the moment, but mine is [...]

June 15, 2020 // 0 Comments

It takes all sorts

One aspect of the ongoing pandemic crisis that occasionally irritates me is the stupidity of other people. There, I’ve admitted it. No doubt it springs from my own smugness, racism, snobbery, personal stupidity and arrogant lack of tolerance; however, I cannot help it – listening to people [...]

June 5, 2020 // 0 Comments

Report from the front line …

Hello. I haven’t troubled the scorers in the ongoing unofficial Rust contributors ‘most prolific poster’ competition for a while. Nevertheless, I am happy to return to the fray this morning, hard on the heels of the news that Jo Pavey, the 47 year old middle distance runner, will be [...]

May 15, 2020 // 0 Comments

Easter weekend musings

Here’s another of my reports from the fitness front line, hampered as it is slightly by the callus or growth – you’ll have to excuse my lack of medical knowledge – on the ball of my left foot and the Achilles tendon yank/chronic inflammation which has troubled me now for seven months. [...]

April 12, 2020 // 0 Comments

The Printer Scam

It  is assumed that everyone has a printer and it works. A few days ago this sign appeared on my printer. I could not find the manual so I googled the error. I discovered from a video that the manual recommends one thing – repair or replace – but the clever user found a way that you [...]

April 10, 2020 // 0 Comments

Waking and sleeping hours

With the lock-down in full swing and Boris now in intensive care a degree of monotony is descending upon the Ingolby household. You can only undertake your daily routine … collect the newspapers, make breakfast, deal with correspondence and bills, listen to the radio, watch television, go [...]

April 7, 2020 // 0 Comments

A nagging reminder of how great I am

Have you ever sensed that glorious feeling that you are a complete genius and the rest of humanity minnows? I know I have. Although I must admit that as time slips by in this modern world actual instances of the phenomenon are becoming rarer and rarer, I had one on Wednesday. Let me expand. As part [...]

April 3, 2020 // 0 Comments

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