I came late to having a local patch. If you discount my suburban childhood haunts of Shepperton Gravel Pits and Staines Reservoirs, then I didn’t get my own local patch until 1995, when I was in my mid-30s. Even then, I acquired it by accident, when my car broke down. While waiting for the AA to arrive, I wandered into Lonsdale Road Reservoir, by the River Thames in southwest London, and discove

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