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Oh, Dolly!

A British woman had her stereo confiscated for listening to too much Dolly Parton

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by Dan Breen, for outsideleft.com
originally published: August, 2007
Ms Duffin, 36, told the Yorkshire Evening Post that Parton's hits were often belted out from her home but that her 15-year-old son Josh was a bigger fan.
by Dan Breen, for outsideleft.com
originally published: August, 2007
Ms Duffin, 36, told the Yorkshire Evening Post that Parton's hits were often belted out from her home but that her 15-year-old son Josh was a bigger fan.

A British woman has had her stereo confiscated after neighbors complained about her blasting out Dolly Parton hits at top volume around the clock.

Diane Duffin reportedly made life a misery for people living near her in Leeds by playing country and western hits like 9 to 5 and Stand By Your Man at all hours of the day and night.

Leeds City Council said it slapped a noise abatement order on the mother of four and police confiscated her music system, televisions, DVD players, a computer and games consoles as well as a number of compact discs and games.

Legal action has also begun against Ms Duffin for breaching the noise abatement order, to evict her from her council flat, and to have her sanctioned with an ASBO, or anti-social behaviour order.

Ms Duffin, 36, told the Yorkshire Evening Post that Parton's hits were often belted out from her home but that her 15-year-old son Josh was a bigger fan.

She said that she does like Dolly Parton and her family does play "it" a lot but not all day and night and that they don't disturb anyone.

She added that her son loves Dolly Parton's music as it has sentimental value to him. Ms. Duffin's neighbor said her life had been made a living hell. On one day alone she had noted down that the song D.I.V.O.R.C.E was played no fewer than twenty times.

"There is, of course, absolutely nothing wrong with playing D.I.V.O.R.C.E., Stand by Your Man, or Jolene twenty times a day." says Outsideleft's Literary Editor Joe Ambrose. "I do this all the time. I do little else. Clearly Ms. Duffin's neighbors are reactionary vulgarians and Radiohead fans. They can't even tell the difference between Tammy Wynette and Dolly Parton. Josh sounds like an excellent young man."

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