Intimidating behaviour by neighbours
Elderly people get a good press as neighbours, broadly well deserved; age steals the fire from fury, and wisdom creeps in where once hot-headedness ruled.
Their plight, however, is not uncommon, although the age of their tormentor may be (if one disregards Edna Beck, 80, who was given an Asbo in 2011 for yelling racist and homophobic insults, and doing worse besides, to her Hove neighbours).
In every case, whether the victim is in private or in social housing, abusive neighbours act as a terrible trap.
Not only does their behaviour destroy the place that should be a refuge, mining every day with apprehension, but it can be impossible to escape from.
Men are feeling the clock ticking An actor called Emmanuel Limal, who lives in Copenhagen, has set up a dating website called Babyklar (“baby-ready”) on which people who are raring to reproduce can meet those of similar ilk instantly, rather than mull over whether to raise the topic awkwardly on the fifth date.
More men have signed up than women (53 per cent to 47 per cent), a ratio which rather undermines the notion that it is always women who fret most fiercely about the biological clock.