I am amused and confused by witnessing the battles of ego in life.
For example I'm watching one more Grand Designs episode (I bought series 3 and 4 recently), and it's the story of a very big and expensive conversion of an old warehouse in the middle of Londinium (near the London Eye ferris wheel). It will be home to only two people, and yet it will have features like six toilets and a gas cooker which cost thirty-four thousand pounds! (That's exactly what I paid for this apartment.)
These people are almost asking for the neighbors to want to take them down a peg*, and they did not have to ask very long: a wall had to be built up, and it was only accessible from the neighbor's courtyard. And the neighbors contested every single one of the 28 points of the contract, and the build stood still for 11 months.
And not only that, when they were done they had used slightly different bricks from what they had specified, and not asked the neighbors first. And the neighbors filed a complaint over that and won't accept it! And this a question of an old, decrepit wall which is already a big patchwork of different kinds of bricks and remnants of old lean-tos. I think it's pretty clear that these people are simply taking a stand against their "stuck up rich neighbors": "I'll be blown down if they're gonna get a free ride around here while I'm around..."
* Only not really, because the outside of the building was hardly changed at all.
Of course as far as I'm concerned, people can use their money however they like. They provided work for many people when building this thing. And it's meant also to be an architect's showcase, the wife has an architectural company.
The neighbors though (the London Festival Orchestra), in my opinion are crossing over from being obstinate into being downright distructive when they use city planning trifles to willfully cost their neighbors bad heartache and seriously big amounts of money in building delays and legal costs. The planning officer says something similar when he comes around: that it is the full extend of the planning rules being used to fight over something which should have been solved over the dining table. In other words, a neighbors' feud which has nothing to do with the wall really.
Of course as one might predict, not everybody would agree! I found this comment on a forum, somebody replying to somebody else's comment echoing mine:
'"Mean-spirited LFO"? What about the arrogant conceit of two people with more money than sense (I am shocked that they can stomach a single meal from a £34k cooker when there are people starving in the world) who are so far up their own a***s they think their redevelopment for their own selfish purpose of making yet more money to spend on themselves takes precedence over the LFO being able to practise properly - the LFO actual having some social and cultural purpose!!!!!!'
I'm not sure how the cosmetics of a wall in the courtyard might prevent the orchestra from practising. But the intensity of this comment shows that there may be something like those feelings behind the animosity in this drama.
To be honest there are also one or two more reasoned arguments later in the thread.
... Anyway, you probably don't care! Tomorrow, back to our regular programming. Whatever that is!