This photo of the lower courtyard of Robsons Yard Flats, West Street, Dover, UK, was taken on Sunday, 27th of September during a 3 to 4 hour period when my downstairs neighbours played loud music at a volume demonstrated in this 1-minute YouTube video:
Anti-Social Behaviour: Loud Music at Robsons Yard, Dover UK
Owned by Southern Housing Group (SHG), the 6 flats of Robsons Yard (view from West Street) have a history of psychological violence: noise, threats, intimidation, malicious gossip, assault - the whole works.
As only a relatively minor example, I uploaded a photo of the wind chimes a previous tenant installed because they were so incensed at being asked to turn their music down (the Golden Rule in action).
Indeed, if you click on the YouTube link in my signature, and then the "see all" link at the bottom of videos displayed, you'll see two videos of what it was like living above the previous tenant.
Except for a minor incident with refuse bins (and I don't know who was responsible for it), today is the first time that the rather novel harmony of Robsons Yard has been disrupted.
Previously, I have waited 3 weeks, 3 months, or whatever, before saying something - and all the while asking myself, "Am I being unreasonable in not wanting this continual intrusion in my life?"
In effect, both blaming and punishing myself.
It is impossible, of course, to play music as loud as it was today either accidentally or without at some level saying, "I don't give a flying sausage about anyone else!"
This time around I intend to react as dynamically as the music - even if all I can do is post a video and the above photo.
The caption to the new video reads:
" The last video on anti-social behaviour I uploaded to YouTube was taken on Sunday morning, 7th of June, 2009, to which I subsequently added, "UPDATE: The tenant referred to in this video has moved out."
Since that time, a new couple have moved in and I thought everything was going to be OK - until today, that is.
It's Sunday, 27th of September, 2009, and this video shows what I found on arriving, just after lunchtime, at what is supposed to be my "home".
The video is only 1 minute long, it took me half-an-hour to charge the battery up enough to take it, and it must be another 30 minutes since I did so. The music is still being played at the same level. Obviously, I have no idea when it will end, or how frequent an occurence this is going to be.
The front door of the people playing the music is open, but there's been no answer when I've knocked on it.
The Golden Rule of Abuse is, "Accept what I give you or I'll dig deeper into my capacity for violence and things will get worse!"
Having shared their music with me, I'm now sharing it with the internet (and will inform my landlord that I have done so) and its going to be interesting to see what the reaction is.
My problem is, experience has taught me that there is a definite link between "loud music" (when played in circumstances such as this) and a capacity for psychological violence, be it physical or emotional.
Indeed, it would be charactertistic of an Abusive Personality to say, "You didn't like my loud music? Right - I'll do it again then!"
Loud music is, of course, only "leakage" from an <u>acquired</i> capacity for violence, but there's no such thing as a free lunch and it completely replaces more natural attributes such as instinctive empathy for how other people experience their lives.
As I say, its going to be interesting to see what the reaction to this unwanted, uninvited, and distressing intrusion into my life is. A non-violent person will respond one way, a violent person another - and it is this second group that you would never ever want to be a child of..."
To put it another way, my aversion to people who play loud music without caring about other people is as instinctive as it gets.
I cannot think of any natural reason why another person has the right to take nearly 4 hours out of my life.
The real problem, however, is that on every other occasion that such an anti-social behaviour event has occurred at Robsons Yard, it has only been the prelude of worse things to come.
The video and this photo are my way of protesting.
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