Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Love is a rose

Read a funny tidbit in the paper yesterday. A court in Iran ordered a man to give his lawful wedded wife the 124,000 roses that he promised in her dowry, after she filed a complaint to claim it.

The woman said she was claiming the dowry because her ´very stingy husband´ would not even buy her a cup of coffee. The court has seized the man's flat until he produces all of the roses. Under Iranian law, a woman can claim her dowry, or mahr, at any time during a marriage or when getting divorced. The gift becomes the property of the wife to do whatever she likes with. A long-stemmed rose costs about $2 in Tehran, the Iranian capital.

Cool stuff, huh? I just hope the lady in question will do the right thing and donate her truckload of flowers to a city hospital. A good year for the roses indeed...

George Jones - A Good Year For The Roses MP3
Neil Young - Love Is A Rose (live ´76) MP3
The Damned - New Rose MP3
The Carter Family - Give Me Roses While I Live MP3
Elvis Costello - The Poison Rose (live ´95) MP3


Dawn said...

The Smithereens Blood and Roses would have been another excellent choice for your list.

What a beautiful idea to offer someone 124,000 roses as part of an enticement to marry...That's over 10,000 dozen roses and would be roughly a dozen roses everyday for about 28 or 29 years.

It just sounds so romantic. I wonder why he changed his mind or if he simply never intended to do it. I also wonder if she pursued any other portion of the dowry or if it was just this one.

Paul said...

Great post. Caused me to discover an amazing number of "rose" songs on my i-pod. Here's a great one: The Zombies – A Rose For Emily

Neil said...

why is donating them to a city hospital the right thing to do? I think she should pull off all the petals and fill a swimming pool with them, then dive in.

Ramone666 said...

Such decadence is frowned upon. Especially in the surroundings of Tehran.

Ramone666 said...

For more Rose-songs check out this post over at Setting The Woods On Fire