A long train of thought (naps, forty winks, wombles) wound me up at the official wombles site, where I briefly wallowed in nostalgia.

It has been speculated that the wombles were inspired by the art students at Wimbledon School of Art, just down the hill from Wimbledon Common - who were (and are) great scavengers. The same art school just happens to be my alma mater, so I’ll stake my claim to this lineage and pronounce myself part womble.