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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Rock guitarist moves because his neighbors are too loud

Astrophysicist and Queens guitarist Brian May is moving out of London, because of loud neighbors.

From the Daily Mail:
In an open letter to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, May writes that over the past decade his 'oasis' has been shattered by the 'unreasonable' building schemes.
He says the use of piling rigs, massive removal of earth and deployment of huge machinery has resulted in intolerable noise, dust, polluting fumes and a loss of privacy.
The guitarist highlights examples of underground extensions in his street, and says he anticipates more proposals will follow.
A series of posts on his website detail the 'misery' and 'stress' he and his wife Anita Dobson, along with their neighbours, have endured for almost a decade.
In a post called 'Basement Building Hell can Kill You' - an apparent play on the title of his solo release, Too Much Love Will Kill You - May says the renovations have left 'anger inside me, frustration, feelings of being abused'.
'And although I've occasionally let out a cry of something like 'Basement Building B*******', mostly this feeling of powerlessness in the face of an enemy that hides behind planning permissions has been bottled up.'
This expansion of basements is a huge problem in London. His letter to city officials should carry weight. After all he is a doctor and a CBE. I mean, it is a hoot that a guitarist is complaining about noise, but I am sympathetic. It is a shame that someone who worked hard to buy his dream home is run out like this.

My favorite Queen song not named "Bohemian Rhapsody" (with David Bowie).


  1. This kind of thing is more common in places with more highly strict zoning and restrictive building regulations. These are the primary drivers of crowding and skyrocketing prices in cities. It is also hypocritical of people to bemoan sprawl when the policies they support drive people and businesses out of town, resulting in increased energy consumption. Just think about how your life would change if someone could open a convenience store in the front room of their home in walking distance from your house. No more driving six miles for a gallon of milk. How about apartments in office buildings downtown, too. The zoning helps people with big pockets and owners of big boxes. This is part of populism, too.

  2. I don't mean to imply that Don or anyone reading does not know what a piling rig is, but just in case you do not, here is a video of a small one in action:

    Now imagine a rig a dozen stories high that is driving a piling that look likes a telephone pole on steroids. The rate of hammering is reduced to one hit every few seconds, but this goes on for hours on end, and each strike is not only ear-shatteringly loud but can also be felt as vibrations from hundreds of yards away.

  3. The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is the smallest borough in London and one of the most densely populated. It has been continually built up since the seventeenth century and will probably continue into the foreseeable future. Perhaps Brian should consider a country getaway home. - Elric

  4. A new building was built on pilings driven into the ground some years back, and the hill behind it slipped a bit.

  5. Brian needs to move to Leicester City! Home of the new Prem Champs!! The of the most amazing stories in modern sports history.

  6. Brian May is another tiring drama queen. Problems of the first-world rich. So sad.

  7. In Woody Allen's movie of the same name, Zelig's family lives in an apartment over a bowling alley. His parents argue so much the bowling alley complains about the noise.

  8. In Woody Allen's movie of the same name, Zelig's family lives in an apartment over a bowling alley. His parents argue so much the bowling alley complains about the noise.