It was World Water Day, and the Gecko had scheduled a special high-level water conference with Algy, on behalf of his associate, Algy’s friend thierry-facon, who works to conserve and manage the world’s water resources. So Algy took the Gecko to the nearest burn and showed him the problem: all the fresh rainwater was running away into the sea. Algy explained that it happened all the time. Most days in the West Highlands it rains, but almost all of the water is wasted. The Gecko listened very attentively while Algy described the process at some length, but like most conferences, the discussion didn’t seem to be going anywhere very fast, whereas the water was…

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