No of­fence

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - OPINION -

Hav­ing worked on a cruise ship for a short time many years ago as the pas­sen­ger li­ai­son of­fi­cer, I am well aware that the Bri­tish love to com­plain.

How­ever, in re­cent times, there have been some com­plaints that are quite il­log­i­cal.

Re­cently, a per­son who lived near a farm com­plained of the cluck­ing of the hens.

Not so long ago, a new­comer to a vil­lage com­plained about the ring­ing of the church bells.

And fi­nally, a per­son com­plained about a stall holder ad­ver­tis­ing his fruit and veg­eta­bles in the time-hon­oured way of call­ing out about his prod­ucts.

If nat­u­ral farm sounds of­fend, why buy a prop­erty close to a farm?

If you find nor­mal vil­lage sounds, such as church bells an­noy­ing, why move to a vil­lage and live close to a church?

If you find cen­turies old mar­ket tra­di­tions ir­ri­tat­ing, why go to the mar­ket?

Fi­nally, why do the au­thor­i­ties jump when they re­ceive just one rather ir­ra­tional com­plaint? Colin Bower, Not­ting­ham

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