How well do you know your neighbour?

Yesterday I had a quick chat with my neighbour who lives in the flat below ours. We’ve said hello before and talked about the weather, the usual, but nothing more.

Now, I’ve found out with his 85th birthday fast approaching he’d grown up in France and had lost everything when the Nazis took his families property. He’s half French! The bloke downstairs fled war torn France when it was liberated. What a life he’s had.

Do you know some one whose life has been revealed through a passing chat?


1 Comment so far

  1. Flora (unregistered) on October 31st, 2006 @ 6:19 pm

    I found out that the lady who cleaned my shared house in Birmingham fled her beloved Northern Ireland many years ago after losing her brother and her father to sectarian violence.

    It made me think about the nature of life for victims of conflict. Each tragic death leaves a dozen lives changed forever.

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