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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

The rise of M & S

After many years in the doldrums M & S are now doing really well and their rise in status and appeal is based on their food hall. Traditionally M & S had valuable freehold sites and a reputation for quality goods. They paid suppliers within 7 days which ensured excellent supply lines. They [...]

March 9, 2024 // 0 Comments

It happens to us all (eventually)!

I haven’t troubled the pages of this mighty organ a great deal in recent times, but some Rusters may know me best for my occasional reports upon the “stop/start” exercise regimes that I take up from time to time – motivated less by vanity than an effort to keep fit and thereby hopefully [...]

December 12, 2023 // 0 Comments

A Voyage Round My Father: Chichester Festival Theatre (review 08.11.2023)

This piece by barrister/writer John Mortimer (1923 – 2009), perhaps best known of all for his creation Rumpole Of The Bailey starring Leo McKern as Horace Rumpole, had an interesting gestation. It began in the form of three sketches he wrote for BBC Radio in 1963, then developed into a [...]

November 9, 2023 // 0 Comments

A return to the fold …

I have not exactly troubled the scorer much with the frequency of my blogs to the Rust recently but today I thought I’d share a pair of reflections upon things that have happened or occurred to me in the past week or so. TEN THOUSAND STEPS PER DAY Firstly, yesterday I reached the milestone of [...]

May 6, 2023 // 0 Comments

Mother Goose (Chichester Festival Theatre)

Yesterday – having bought tickets on a relatively last-minute whim – my partner and I went to the Chichester Festival Theatre to see the 5.00pm performance of the touring pantomime Mother Goose, starring Sir Ian McKellen as Mother Goose and comedian John Bishop as his/her husband Vic Goose. The [...]

February 11, 2023 // 0 Comments

Watching the world from the top of a hill

Despite the global dominance and enormous commercial success of the Rust – and to the surprise of some, the breadth of its demographic appeal – it remains the case that a core viewpoint amongst its regular contributors tends to be that of those beyond the first flush of youth. As the festive [...]

January 2, 2023 // 0 Comments

One hundred days and counting

A precursor of the Rust was a now-defunct fantasy blog written by a Walter Mitty-type who purported to inject himself into real-life UK and global current events and record what happened from his viewpoint as a supposed key participant in them. One of the author’s recurring “situations” was [...]

October 18, 2022 // 0 Comments

Fitness campaign report

A while back now – to be honest as I type I can’t remember exactly when – during a WhatsApp chat with my 39 year old daughter, of all things I had cause to mention that I had just amassed forty days’ worth of consecutive “10,000 steps per day” (a “standard” that many fitness gurus [...]

September 9, 2022 // 0 Comments

The travails of my printer and modern consumerism

Although frustration in the digital age is a common topic on the Rust, here I will put it in the context of modern consumerism. It’s all to do with my Canon Printer which about a month ago only copied and printed in blank. At first I thought the cartridges needed replacement. First point: [...]

September 6, 2022 // 0 Comments

Two unexpected flight experiences in one day

Sometimes odd or extraordinary things happen to you where you least expect them. Yesterday was a case in point for me. My latest fitness (that could alternatively read as “futile attempt to ward off the ravages of time”) regime – like all my previous equivalents – involves setting [...]

August 10, 2022 // 0 Comments

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