Noisy neighbours? Not a problem

(Or how I learned to stop worrying and love my home)

I’ve written before about buying a house in my hometown. What I haven’t broached is the subject of my noisy neighbour.

Now, I don’t want to rake over this. She’s barely around these days, so I assume she’s gone to live with her boyfriend. But it was news to me that police in the UK are powerless to act in these situations. When an anti-social idiot keeps the street up half the night, they’ll shrug their shoulders and tell you to contact the council.

Still, that’s by the bye. The point I want to make is that while all this was going on, I scoured discussion forums for tips on how to cope. Two suggestions in particular turned out to be lifesavers, and both of the products in question were available on Amazon UK. (I’ve signed up for Amazon’s affiliates programme, by the way, so if you click on these links and buy something, I get commission.)

The first was a pair of active noise-cancelling headphones. “Why have I never heard of this technological miracle till now?” I said to myself, as I plugged them into my phone, my TV, and after that my laptop. One small snag: I missed my sister at the door, delivering a surprise birthday present.

I couldn’t be expected to wear headphones as I slept, however, and when a party kept me awake most of the night (you know how adolescent girls play the same songs over and over, and sing their favourites, Bananarama-style?)  it was time for plan B: the white and pink noise machine.

This video of mine shows the device in action. It’s made a world of difference.

So, that’s me sorted. Peace out.

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