Monday, June 15, 2009

Business is business

I think my good friend John Hirst of Jailhouselawyer's Blog may just have come up with a new potential source of business for divorce lawyers. Today he sent me a link to an appalling story in The Telegraph about five men who have been arrested in China for digging up the corpse of a young woman to be a "ghost bride" for a man killed in a car crash. Apparently, for centuries superstitious villagers in rural China have sought out the bodies of recently deceased women to be "ghost brides" for young men who die single. Marriage ceremonies are then conducted for the two corpses, and the "bride" is placed in the same grave as her "husband". The lunacy of human superstition never ceases to amaze me. Be that as it may, it is of course my duty as a lawyer never to miss an opportunity for business. As John says: "if the dead can marry then surely they can divorce?" Quite. I shall, therefore, be opening up a branch office in Shanghai so as not to miss out.

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