I know what this title will have conjured up in most people’s heads: young people, loud music, motorbikes, doors slamming at all hours of the day and night, etc etc.
Not in my case. I live on a quiet residential cul de sac with very little traffic and mainly owner occupied houses. I regularly hear next door’s television at such a pitch that I wouldn’t have to switch mine on to listen to the Weakest Link, the One Show, Eastenders, Holby City, and so on.
Saturday morning I had no plans. I therefore decided that I’d have a lie in as I’d had a busy week. This wasn’t to happen. Next door’s radio came on at 6:45 am, followed by their washing machine. The final straw which drove me from my bed at 8:35 am was someone using a petrol mower in their front garden a few houses down.
So much for my sleep in, but the olds would never listen if I said something. They go to bed early and get up early, and consider themselves virtuous for doing so. They forget the need for a weekend lie in for those of us who work all week and can’t sleep in or take an afternoon nap after lunch time trash TV.
Unlike the young who will grow out of their noisy behaviour, old people won’t be told and would consider me lazy for wanting to sleep after half past eight on a Saturday.