Women’s body lay dead in a flat 3 weeks before being discovered…

In England on the first-floor flat in Southampton, Hampshire – a women’s body lay dead in a flat for at least three weeks before she was discovered when a neighbour noticed her window was covered in flies. In Europe much of the villages and towns boast the quaint medieval styled houses with small rooms and winding stairs. One would assume that living in so close proximity to one’s neighbour would make them family? However not so, many have been living years next to each other without any acknowledgement of their existence. Moving into a neighbourhood can also be a tricky one for “better the devil you know than the devil you don’t”.

Don’t you just love the tradition of moving into a neighbourhood and being welcomed with a gift? Irrespective of the value of the gift…the mere thought of someone extending a hand of friendship. Have you ever driven through the beautiful tree lined estate with perfectly manicured gardens and tastefully decorated houses -one which looks like it popped out of a film-set? To those who have they can fold their arms and say…and so? but to the progressive family whom is saving and working hard to buy that dream home. A home where the neighbours are respectful and where the kids are well mannered and a good influence.

I love the words of James Truslow Adams, “Life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement” So this festive season which so rapidly is filling our schedules with functions to attend – may we not forget our neighbours and communities to extend the hand of kindness we would want them do unto us – no matter the type of neighbourhood you already have?

In the words of GK Chesterton,
Your next-door neighbour is not a man; He is an environment.
He is the barking of a dog; He is the noise of a piano;
He I a dispute about a party wall; He is drains that are worse than yours,
Or roses that are better than yours. We make our friends;
We make our neighbours; but God makes our next-door neighbour.



[1] Simon Robb,  Woman lay dead in flat for three weeks until neighbour saw flies [http://metro.co.uk/2016/09/10/woman-lay-dead-in-flat-for-three-weeks-until-neighbour-saw-flies-6120491/] accessed 16/11/16

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