Just in

Consumer Affairs

London impressions

This was my first visit to London to see my dentist. It’s both a painful and expensive process but I assure myself not an ongoing one. I thought the readers might be more interested in my impressions of London in my first visit in just under 6 months. Last there I was struck by the emptiness of [...]

April 15, 2021 // 0 Comments

Back in the real world

Yesterday, for the first time since Monday’s Great Emergence From Lockdown (or “GEFL”), I waddled into my local town high street in the bright sunshine and accompanying still ice-edged bracing wind gusts for little more than just the hell of it. Well, not quite just the hell of it. I needed [...]

April 15, 2021 // 0 Comments

Dubious business practice

On Monday evening, just before my scheduled call with an old pal who is an internet entrepreneur, a message flashed up from my bank on my mobile that £79 had left my account and the payee was Amazon Prime. I could not recall any purchase, nor was there any indication of any in my Amazon accounts [...]

April 7, 2021 // 0 Comments

Some things never change

One of every senior’s bug-bears in life is wresting with 21st Century “modern technology” and means of communication. I hate buying stuff online. Last week I ordered three items via Amazon in the same transaction and, after doing so, discovered that somehow in one case I’d bought a [...]

April 1, 2021 // 0 Comments

Black market in white goods

The great comedian Jackie Mason many of whose best jokes were observations of Jewish people once remarked: “A Jew can put 7 companies together but cannot assemble a hoover …“ How true I thought. I took delivery of a flat pack bookcase last week and its assembly was beyond me. I sat [...]

March 3, 2021 // 0 Comments

Another fine modern mess

Recently I had an extraordinary brush with the way the digital world works – so remarkable that it invites the comment “You couldn’t make it up!” It ran as follows (and here I will add that I am avoiding identifying any of the parties in order to protect both the innocent and the less [...]

February 27, 2021 // 0 Comments

Keeping in touch with modern life (up to a point)

I suspect in common with many Rusters from time to time as an oldie I find myself engaged in an unequal and often unsuccessful struggle with the inevitable onward march of developments in modern technology. My contributor colleague Michael Stuart has blogged in the past about his watershed moment [...]

February 27, 2021 // 0 Comments

My New Years Eve

New Years Eve leaves me cold. The past few years I have either been travelling and obliged to pay a small fortune for the hotel celebration or gone to San Lorenzo Fuoriporta in Wimbledon with my godson and his mother. I prefer the latter option but best of all to be in my own company and in bed at [...]

January 1, 2021 // 0 Comments

Two views on Amazon

My late mother had a collection of home-spun sayings, one of which was that whenever I complained to her of a remark somebody made “Ask for sympathy when an intelligent person says something idiotic.” Her credo resonated and rested with me and I have always taken note of a remark from that [...]

December 18, 2020 // 0 Comments

Water, water all around and not a drop to drink/wash or use for appliances.

At 11.00 am yesterday there was a knock on my door and a Chinese lady identified herself as my neighbour. She asked if I had water and on turning the taps I said no. It was 12 hours before the water supply was restored. To have no water for such a long time is a massive inconvenience but – at [...]

September 15, 2020 // 0 Comments

1 2 3 15