Where did you get that Essex accent, 2018
The RSPB [Royal Society for the Protection of Birds] have a Reserve at Rainham Marshes, one of quite a few in Essex, it’s fairly new as well. If you approach from Purfleet you pass by the old Gunpowder Magazine No 5 and the little estate around it, cross The Mar Dyke and into the reserve. The reserve itself has opening hours but the path along the river is open at all times. When I was there I was on a lower path but could hear a bit of a racket out on the river and went up to the river wall, the Wilhelmine was using its bow thrusters to move off the upper berth at Purfleet Deep Wharf to set off downstream. I was sat on the wall and at that time, about 5.15, in that weather people from the estate were coming out to walk along the path, look into the reserve and enjoy the sunshine, and a fair few of them weren’t speaking English amongst themselves.
A mother and child passed me on the path but a second child was stood on the river wall and I presume was debating with his mother, how he was going to get past me, which is what you hear, including his footsteps. I presume the language is Polish, 2nd most spoken in the UK I believe, I’d like to imagine that every now and again when he’s speaking to granny or aunty in Poland on Face Time, maybe Skype or even just an old fashioned voice call, granny interjects halfway through a sentence and exclaims, astonished, “Where did you get that Essex accent?!”