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27 May 2022, 10:30 am

Well, how natural or artificial a price may be is rather a subjective matter of opinion. I've felt for a long time that the natural value of a thing is the cost of creating or providing it, and that anything above that is down to somebody grabbing unearned money. Still, as you say, it's a tad off topic.

I certainly hope that new homes are better soundproofed than some of the older ones are. The space between the ground-floor ceiling and the floor upstairs in my house actually runs the entire length of the street with nothing at all to absorb the sound, and the dividing walls between the houses are made of a single layer of brick. It was built in the 1890s when the nearest thing to a deafeningly loud sound system would have been a wax cylinder player. But although modern architects, planners and regulators no longer have such an excuse, I fear they won't see my preferred levels of peace and quiet as a human right.