Thursday, November 29, 2007


I read in the newspaper yesterday about the engagement ring the footballer Joe Cole bought for his fiancee. It cost £50k.

My first thought was that was an obscene amount of money to spend on a ring.

My second thought was that he was a miser.

The reason? The article mentioned that his weekly wage is £80k. Traditionally, a man should spend the equal to a month's salary on the ring. I don't know if this is before or after tax and NI contributions as the OH has asked me before, but either way Mr Cole's spending falls well below that amount.


M said...

Here, they tell us it's TWO months' salary. ha!

I should feel sorry for men, having to live up to such a public yardstick, but then women are constantly subjected to impossible measures -- we're never thin/young/fabulous they can just deal with it!

SandDancer said...

Two months! If I do ever get engaged perhaps it would be worth doing in the USA and insist on following the local custom.