One of the features of our recent trip to London was the noise levels even though construction was silenced over the Saturday and Sunday. I found myself feeling bewildered and out of sync. We have been living in isolation for the last 15 years up a mountain and even here on the Wexford coast behind our garden gates all is calm….Jessica Norrie is living in a construction nightmare at the moment with jack hammers and party wall amplifiers. Noise pollution is rarely written about with regard to our mental and physical health but in fact it is one of the leading causes of chronic stress.. #recommended
How do you write your blogs? Are your subjects meticulously planned out weeks in advance? Book reviewers structure posts by publication date or genre, gardeners by season, travellers by route. Mine are more random, with the proviso to involve words, reading, writing, language. When I taught, we defined four language skills in order of acquisition: listening which comes long before speaking (think of a baby absorbing and imitating sounds), much later reading and a little after that or concurrently, writing. For an adult, those skills may be conflated or even reversed – most adults feel more comfortable reading than trying to speak, although the phonetic way they do it plays havoc with their pronunciation. And many adults, as we shall see, can’t listen.
Anyway, recently, I can’t do any of those. I can’t listen to words or music, because of noise from masonry drills and other power tools…
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