Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Love Isn't Blind, It Sees but Doesn't Mind; in the Latest in His Series on Striking Images, Our Columnist Looks at the Vagaries of the Human Heartthe Naked Eye

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Love Isn't Blind, It Sees but Doesn't Mind; in the Latest in His Series on Striking Images, Our Columnist Looks at the Vagaries of the Human Heartthe Naked Eye

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Byline: Charles Saatchi

POETS throughout the centuries have warbled on remorselessly about the joys of love -- the transcendental harmony it brings to the fortunates among us.

For them, a deep spiritual bonding is a sublime experience and we should salute their blessedness. But if like me you have never had a poetic thought ever cross your brow, it might be instructional to examine more unconventional aspects of togetherness.

Ahmed Dore is a 112-year-old Somalian gentleman who decided to marry for the sixth time. His bride was a 17-old-girl Ahmed had waited patiently to grow up until she had reached an appropriate age -- although he could comfortably have been her great-great-greatgrandfather.

Exceptionally large age gaps are not the only barrier to a traditionally wholesome union. There have been a number of individuals who have tied the knot with inanimate objects.

Erika LaBrie married the Eiffel Tower in 2007, legally changing her name to Erika Eiffel to reflect the bond and commitment of their relationship. She has since created an online community for others who feel the same attraction towards inert objects -- and, bewilderingly, there actually are others.

A Californian woman, Maria Griffon, was unable to be feel any attraction to either men or women, and considered herself asexual for many years. However, over time she began developing some warm emotions towards motor vehicles, particularly Ford trucks. She purchased her favourite Ford and organised a marriage ceremony with it on Valentine's Day.

Admittedly individuals who fetishise such inanimate entities are uncommon. But then there is 39-year-old Liu Ye from China. He is so egocentric that he could only marry himself. In the ceremony he was betrothed to his own life-size cutout photo, wearing a red bridal gown; he explained that he was dissatisfied with reality.

A young Japanese man known as Sal9000 shared this viewpoint, opting out of real society and preferring an attachment within the digital world. …

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