8 APRIL 2006, Page 71

Q. My cousin recently used my telephone to ring a

friend of hers who was on a mobile in Poland at the time. She assured me that she was keeping a tab and would refund me before she left but she forgot. The itemised bill has come in showing a tally of about £60 for this call. What should I do?

B.R., Highgate A. Next time you see your cousin, act daft and say, ‘Oh by the way, you must tell me what service provider your friend who was in Poland that day uses for her mobile. The bill’s just come in for the call you made to it and it was only £60 for an hour. If you’d been ringing my mobile while I was in Poland, it would have been £120.’ In this way you will jog her memory and repayment will be forthcoming.