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If I ruled the world

Noise pollution from mobile phones, Tannoy announcements, barking dogs and car alarms afflicts us all. Luckily, I have a plan to stop it

By Andrew Martin   February 2010

A friend of mine brought back from Canada a contraption that blocks mobile phone reception in a radius of about ten feet. He hasn’t yet worked up the courage to use it, since he believes it to be illegal in Britain. But if I ruled the world, this device would be legalised immediately as part of my anti-noise drive. I would restore to our country the tranquillity of the pre-electronic era when I, as the holder of a first-class railway pass (my father worked on the railways), spent half my time sleeping and dreaming on trains.

First, I would invert…

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