Beijing man files for divorce after air pollution drives his wife out of the city
Back in its youth, The Tank once received a break-up phonecall from an irate lady. "But we've never even met," we insisted. "I know," came the reply, "but you're on the list for a peremptory warning in case we ever do." Still, got her phone number though - that 1471 works like a charm.
Of course, we've settled down since those heady days, and now have a water-tight pre-nup that ensures ownership of each and every one of the chocolate digestives in the flat should Mrs Tank ever feel the need to trade us in for a newer model.
But while the document covers most of the standard causes of family break-up - poor dishwasher stacking, laughable attempts at DIY, constructing forts out of the recycling - the legal eagles at Lawyers-R-Us who penned it seem to have overlooked the latest cause of marital disharmony: smog.
Yes, smog - not the brains behind the classic Dress Sexy at my Funeral - but toxic airborne particulates many of which can currently be found clogging up Chinese cities.
The effect has been most famously documented in Beijing, where one denizen is facing divorce because of poor air quality.
State media reports that the wife of a man named Wang, took their infant son away from the city to the southern resort island of Hainan to escape the fug after he developed health problems. Amazingly, she didn't enjoy life on a tropical island - or living without Wang - but she did find that she ended up fighting with her husband whenever they met.
Fed up with the situation, Wang has now filed for divorce in a Beijing court. "Smog 'buried' my son's health, and it has 'buried' my marriage," he was quoted as saying.
The Tank would like to tell everyone involved to take a good, long look at themselves; but given the state of the haze in Beijing we're not sure that's actually possible.
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