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This may look like just another petrol station, but it’s Gales Garage in Basingstoke, which (as they proudly declare on their website) is the last fully independent garage in Basingstoke.


Now I know the oil’s still coming from somewhere, but it’s only since I started looking for independent local businesses to support that I realised how difficult it was to find them. Today visiting Gales meant a minor detour round the ring-road, resulting in an increase in road rage incidents, but on the upside the satisfying sensation of supporting another small, local business.

I wonder if I can make it through the whole month without entering into any new transactions with the big corporations…