Small whorld indeed! I Small whorld indeed! I know Allbrook well, having grown up in Surbiton Road, just off Twyford Road running up to Allbrook. Was your interest in Vertebrate Palaeobiology sparked by trips down to the Itchen river near Rosemary Crescent? As for Eastleigh's tolerance for adult barefooted individuals, it's pretty good - i've only had one negative comment and that was a passing one from a young man in a flourescent jacket who called me a "pickey"!!!!! Other than that, people are curious but cool about the whole thing. After all, it's nothing like as unorthodox as another bloke from Eastleigh - the 'Naked Rambler' - presently languishing in a prison in Scotland I think........ Anyway, I've enjoyed wandering around barefoot all Summer but and wondering if/when to cover up as we progress into Winter. Do you get to do much running yourself? Welcome to the forum, by the way! Cheers, Stephen. p.s. do you still have the 'heavy metal' (martial arts?) baton?? p.p.s. Don't suppose you remember a person called Lawrence Potter from your Allbrook days, do you? Just wondering.