The city was chattering. Countless conversations silently wove patterns across the streets. Animate and inanimate objects talked to each other. Humans and unhumans exchanged greetings and information. A walk across town was a series of short and long chats. The postbox greeted the parcel. The dog had an exchange with a tree. A weather station warned a passing umbrella. A school gate greeted a backpack that had previously had a conversation with a crossing warden’s lollipop and a pollution monitor. And far away the chatter was being appreciated and the relevant discounts being prepared. The billboard waited to say hello.