09 December 2005

Real wife swapping

From Reuters:
A Turkish villager who ran away with his friend's wife has offered his own wife in exchange, newspapers said on Thursday.

Farm laborer Cengiz Esme said Gulhan, his wife of 18 years, disappeared a month ago after leaving their village to go shopping in the southern Turkish town of Tarsus.

The 36-year-old said his village friend Mehmet Yaksi had telephoned him the next day and said: "I've run off with your wife .... You take my wife," the Radikal daily reported.
I mention this not just for the intrinsic interest, but because it takes place in a place where I used to live—Tarsus, Turkey. The place isn't much in the news these days, but it used to be pretty famous, as it was St Paul's home town, and it's also where Antony and Cleopatra first met.

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