By Robin Pascoe
When you are a former smoker and a current insomniac there is nothing worse than being woken up by people on their balconies, smoking and having a laugh in the wee small hours, says DutchNews.nl editor Robin Pascoe.
“My particular bugbear is the bright young things living around us who have no-smoking homes, but have no problem in going outside onto their balconies late in the evening with a cigarette, a glass of wine and a few friends. Not only are they noisy – do I really need to know about the weird guy at their work and the festivals they are going to? – but they seem to think it perfectly okay to drop their cigarettes, still burning, into our garden or into the street.”