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#24 They made me fall out with my neighbours

Q. I know God says love thy neighbour and I have tried but I can’t stand mine. I don’t like his dog, his loud wife, his noisy kids and most of all his big mouth. We have almost come to blows on several occasions. Please help.

P K, Arizona, USA

A. Of course, we all feel like this about our neighbours but we manage to confine our hostility to the occasional sneaky act.

In your case, I recommend “The Art of War” by Sun Tse Tzu, which basically deals with neighbourhood disputes in ancient China.

Start building a legal case. You need independent witnesses (no relatives). If you have a video camera, use it.

A video of your neighbour shouting is good, especially if there are threats of violence. However, what you are really looking for is some violence towards you or, more preferably, your wife.

So will your neighbour’s criminal trial and conviction be the end of the matter?

Of course not, but some would view it as a very satisfying start.

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