Spotlight: After the tinsel is torn? (Part 1)
Not quite what Bing Crosby used to sing, but you can rest assured that many forum members at NFHiB were dreaming of an NFH free Christmas this year and most probably wanted a Christmas just like the ones they used to know. Many NFHiB members were dreading the onset of Christmas and the New Year as it so often brings about with it, the expected increase in Neighbour From Hell activity, nuisance and attention from next door, or within local communities.
After the tinsel is torn down, the remnants of Christmas lunch have been digested, many Neighbour From Hell sufferers are still left with the most un-seasonable and unpalatable indigestion, the Neighbour From Hell. The problem doesn't disappear with the season unfortunately, it's a permanent problem for many and can't be cured with the plink-plink-fizz of a hangover pill.
We make the Neighbour From Hell, the NFH, sound rather dramatic don't we? Well, living with an NFH isn't a picnic in any form or way, it's an ongoing nightmare. Mr Crosby sings about the Christmas we 'used to know' but did we always used to 'know' the Neighbour From Hell? Or is this a 'modern phenomenon', similar to road-rage or modern day anti-social behaviour? You know, all those unwanted things that make us, the neighbour, lock our doors during the day and at night.
Perhaps we're being selective, maybe NFH have always existed, but due to the media, the internet, the heightened awareness even, we've become even more sensitive to it? Who's to say, one thing we do know at NFHiB is the Neighbour From Hell is a major problem in 2004.
At Neighbours From Hell in Britain, we don't think we're being over-the-top, exaggerating or making grandiose claims. The NFH 'syndrome' has to be one of the most commonly experienced and unwanted problems in our societies today. Neighbours From Hell encompass many different undesirable elements, read on for just a few.
We feel NFH deserve zero-tolerance. Sound harsh? We don't think so. NFH victims have a far harsher life living with the antics from a Neighbour From Hell. NFH deserve effective legislation and laws to deal with their behaviour and stop them in their tracks, Environmental Health Departments and local Police need more power to deal with the problem on the spot, to tackle the source of the misery quickly and swiftly. NFH victims deserve more effective action than anyone else, full stop. Action is overdue, it needs to happen now. Every day of living with an NFH problem feels like a year for the victim, just ask any NFH sufferer.
We're not living in cloud cuckoo land, this does cost money and more resources we know, but isn't it about time that NFH victims are given the same support, justice and help any other victim of any other crime receives? The abuse is the same, living with an NFH has a holistic effect; it can ruin your life at every angle and all directions. It can also change your routines and feelings for years after the problem goes (the 'self-rehabilitation post-NFH factor' if you like).
NFH are a big problem that needs a big solution. Government's wake up and do something worthwhile with your citizen's votes - act on the problem now. Do it on behalf of all the innocent victims in Great Britain who don't ask to be tormented and bullied by their NFH's behaviour and simply want to lead their own lives without the common and insistent intrusion via a Neighbour From Hell.
We all deserve to enjoy our homes, our property; whether we own, rent or just visit occasionally, it makes no difference. Our homes are our havens to escape the world, put our feet up from life's strains and annoyances, not to come home cosy by the fireside accompanied by the NFH's dance hi-fi bass beat, their harassment or their anti-social behaviour.
Victor Meldrew may have been hilarious and often exceptional in his irritation, but he had some good points. I heard it say about his character once that he dared to voice the things we all often think, but most of us often don't or can't express. Maybe we're too reserved, scared, shy, embarrassed or simply don't want to stand up and say it's not acceptable to live with an NFH in our community, or next to our home; it's not okay......ever.
Whether you live in a city, the countryside or are lucky enough to have your own island, we all need freedom from the people who persist in behaving 'NFH-style' day in, day out.