Sort it out! Problem Number 1 – Trees Mr Ahmed and Mr Singh have lived next door to each other for a number of years. About five years ago Mr Singh bought a number of Leylandi trees, which he planted along his border with Mr Ahmed. The trees have grown so big now that Mr Ahmed’s garden is completely shielded from the sun and many of his plants are dying. He is very proud of his garden and has been to see Mr Singh to ask him to cut down his trees. Mr Singh is very stubborn and has said that he won’t cut them down. In fact recently he has planted a few more new trees. Mr Ahmed has said that he will go round and cut the trees down himself. Mr Singh has told him that if he does then it will be him who is cut down. What is your advice? Problem Number 2 – Mel and Sue Mel and Sue are neighbours. They live in a small block of flats. Mel likes really loud music and is out of work at the moment. She plays the music to stop her getting bored. Sue is a nurse. She works in the local hospital and often does night shifts. In the past week she has barely been able to get any sleep because of Mel’s loud music. This means that when she gets to work for the night shift she is almost too tired to work. She has been told off recently for falling asleep at work and has been warned that if she does it again she could lose her job. She doesn’t know Mel very well. She has put up with the music for a time but recently has taken to banging the wall with a shoe whenever the music gets too loud. Mel doesn’t like Sue banging the wall and has responded by turning the music up even louder. Last night the music was very loud and Sue banged on the wall. Mel turned it up even louder and Sue snapped. She went and banged on Mel’s door until she opened it. She and Mel then had a terrible row, which would have ended in violence had not a neighbour Mrs Clarke split them up. What is your advice? Problem Number 3 – A toy pram Louise and Estelle are sisters. They are in their twenties and both have a three year old daughter. Louise went to see her mother the other day. Estelle was already there with her daughter Amy. Estelle had bought Amy a new toy pram. When Louise’s daughter Kylie tried to pay with the pram Estelle shouted at her and put the pram away in another room. Louise was very cross with Estelle and shouted at her. The two sisters now are not speaking to each other. What is your advice? Problem Number 4 – A boy named Carl Maxine has fancied Carl for sometime. Unfortunately so has Hayley, her best friend. On Saturday Maxine arranged to meet Carl at the cinema. Hayley was there as well and at the end of the evening Maxine saw the two of them kissing. The next day she went round to see Hayley and the two of them ended up fighting. Hayley’s mother split up the fight and told Maxine to go. Maxine and Hayley are no longer talking to each other. What is your advice? Problem Number 5 – The shopkeeper and the football match Mr Parmar owns a small newsagents. He works long hours to support himself and his family. Recently a group of boys have been playing football outside his shop. Mr Parmar ignored it at first but when the ball hit his window he got very cross and took the ball off the boys. One of the boys went to get his father, who came round demanding the ball back. Mr Parmar refused and it would have ended in a fight had not other customers in the shop prevented it. What is your advice? Problem Number 6 – Calling names Rajinder and Cheryl go to the same school. They don’t really mix with each other. The other day Cheryl accidentally knocked Rajinder’s bag on the floor. She got very cross and said that Cheryl had done it on purpose. Cheryl got cross back and they had a big argument which ended with each of them calling the other racist names. Now the whole class had been slit into two groups: those that support Cheryl and those that support Rajinder. There is talk of a possible fight between the two groups happening after school. What is your advice?