Ours is the UK’s most densely-populated city, so we all know a thing or two about busybody neighbours.
But earlier this month, the curtain twitchers of a Chinese tower block saved a baby’s life.
The authorities were called in when neighbours complained of cries coming from their sewage pipe.
Baby 59 (named after his incubator) fell down a fourth floor squat toilet during labour.
It was strangely moving to hear how he was rescued and restored to his terrified unmarried mother.
Living cheek by jowl with others does hold some unexpected benefits.
For the woman in this news story it was a second chance at motherhood. Beat that, Call the Midwife.