"Neighbours, everybody needs good neighbours. Just a friendly wave each morning, helps to make a better day..."" And so begins Barry Crocker as he belts out the theme song to the very popular Australian tv soap Neighbours.
In our modern, affluent western societies such as Canberra, we live so much of our lives in our homes in our neighbourhoods, and yet many of us know so very little about the people who live around us and even right next door to us. Many of us hardly speak a word to our neighbours, not even a casual hello or g'day. And many of us don't give our neighbours that friendly wave each morning, as Barry Crocker urges us to do. Then there are those of us who would do absolutely everything possible to avoid complete contact with our neighbours. We wouldn't even think these days of knocking on our neighbours' door to ask for that proverbial cup of sugar. We'd much rather hop in our cars and drive down to the shops to get the sugar ourselves.