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Net Curtains

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Net Curtains

The original point of net curtains was to stop prying eyes looking in to your house if you had little or no garden. At the same time, because of their diaphanous, lacy texture they didn’t stop the light from entering. Genius.

What they are famous for, of course, is the fact that you can look OUT without being seen. Net curtains have come to be a symbol of suburban pretension and hypocrisy: coyly hiding our business behind them whilst actively sticking our nose into other people’s. We have been accused of being a nation of “curtain twitchers” and the net curtain is the main weapon in our armoury. Their supremacy is now under threat, however. 69% of people who do not have net curtains say it is because “they don’t like them”, and 42% because they are unfashionable. The decline in net curtain coverage has proved a success with burglars who find it easier to decide which houses to rob, but less so with the nation’s pet parrots who frequently bang their heads trying to fly through unadorned windows.

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Paul Pateman

As a foreigner, I get tired of the nosiness of my English neighbours. It really seems like you have no privacy in this country! Such constant interest in how other people live their lives. One of the rules where I live in the North is that I should leave my windows uncovered. None of my neighbours have nets. Since our flat was broken into when we lived in Birmingham, we put nets on the front windows when we moved here. Now I'm sick of the constant staring in through our back windows. I'm going to put up nets in the back of the house as well. English people really need to learn how to mind their own business, and I mean really mind it, not just pretend.

I live in a sixties property and have stuck with my nets through thick and thin for various reasons. 1. They keep my first floor flat considerably cooler in the summer as they reflect the sunlight from my huge windows - could be like a greenhouse. 2. They keep out quite a lot of road pollution. If you look at how dirty they get by the fanlights you realise that grim could have entered in your lungs. 3. Privacy - I have no wish to live in a goldfish bowl. They do need to be kept clean, plain and uniform though.
C Davies

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