Ashleigh Young on the importance of being distant from the neighbours

Sometimes a man in my neighbourhood sings loudly. The sound is strangely aggressive, as if the singer has spotted an interloper on his property and is trying to warn it away. He likes songs by Sam Smith and Zayn Malik. As his voice carries around the neighbourhood, it feels to me like this is just how things are going to be now. The singing will go on forever. It will haunt our dreams. Our children and our children's children will grow up never having known a time before the