Ian O'Doherty: Well, can you blame them?
We live in increasingly congested housing estates and blocks of apartments -- unless you had the misfortune to buy a house in what's now known as a ghost estate, in which case you won't have neighbours but, don't feel excluded, you can continue reading the column -- so it's important to retain good relations with those around us.
Indeed, a policy of benign indifference seems to be the default position for most of us, although one of my neighbours popped by for a drop of milk yesterday and I was happy to oblige. For a small fee, of course.
But then there is the other side of the neighbour scenario -- the neighbour from hell.