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Mod­ern liv­ing is no pri­vate mat­terr

There was a time when you could doo just about any­thing you pleased in your own home.

Houses were built solidly and there ere was enough dis­tance be­tween prop­er­ties that you could turn the vol­ume up on the stereo and dance e around the house naked if you wanted ted to while the neigh­bours would be none the wiser.

It is, per­haps, one of the con­se­quences of shrink­ing lot sizess that pri­vacy has be­come a ca­su­alty of mod­ern city liv­ing.

Of course, any­one who has ex­pe­ri­enced in­ner-city liv­ing would al­ready be fa­mil­iar with the par­tic­u­lar­lar prob­lems of be­ing in close con­tact.

When we lived on a nar­row ur­ban n block less than 10m wide, we kept our voices down in the back­yard lest the e peo­ple next door over­heard.

Any gath­er­ing of more than five peo­ple con­sti­tuted a party so half thehe time, we in­vited the neigh­bours to avoid noise com­plaints.

At our next home, it was more about bout vis­i­bil­ity, with just a drive­way sep­a­rat­ing our din­ing room which faced on to the neigh­bours’ sun­room. m.

The opaque thick­ened glass I or­dered to re­place the bot­tom win­dow dow pane might have been ex­pen­sive bu­tut it was def­i­nitely worth the in­vest­mentnt to avoid see­ing the neigh­bours walk­ingng by in their un­der­wear while I was eat­ing ng my break­fast.

As for out­door ac­tiv­i­ties which were ere once not so un­usual, like a lit­tle top­less less bathing, the ad­vent of drones — and d so­cial me­dia — has put an end to that.at

Mind you, it must be good news for the land­scap­ing in­dus­try as screen­ing de­vices, fenc­ing and fast grow­ing shrubs re­main pop­u­lar so­lu­tions.

So keep your clothes on and your voice down. You never know who might be watch­ing.

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