High net-worth individuals have vicious territorial skirmishes because the stakes are so high: one of them always wants to dig down seven storeys to create a gym and a dungeon for their enemies and that usually knocks the other one’s house down.
But it’s a peculiarity of this century that the richer you are the more likely it is that your behaviour will be taken for eccentricity or charm.
By the time you reach billionaire status – you can literally shoot your neighbour in the face and you’re a ‘troubled playboy’ – while if you are in receipt of any benefits you can drop an egg on someone’s porch and it will make you a ‘heartless thug’.
Had it been Page who wanted a swimming pool I would have understood.
Now 75 and rich beyond imagining for decades he has probably forgotten that municipal pools exist.
Williams – only 44 – has no such excuse and could use a fancy gym.
But that’s not the extent of his mischief: according to the filed complaint he has been tormenting Page with the music of his rivals – specifically Black Sabbath – Pink Floyd and Deep Purple – at outlandish volume.
‘He obviously knows this upsets Mr Jimmy Page’ said the letter to the council – which is signed only ‘Johnny’.
It’s opaque to me why this should be the most upsetting music: surely it would be more grating to play Take That?
But the really confusing behaviour is that Williams also dresses up as Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant – ‘wearing a long-hair wig and stuffing a pillow under his shirt in an attempt to mock or imitate Mr Robert Plant’s beer belly that he has acquired in his older age’.
Given that Page and Plant themselves don’t get on this is a curious taunt – unless its underlying message is ‘I can’t even remember which of those two old has-beens you are’ – in which case – what a burn.