The Two-Way
7:45 am
Fri June 17, 2011

Vancouver's 'Kissing Couple' May Be Aussie Man, Canadian Girlfriend

Much still needs to be learned and confirmed about the picture of what many assumed, at first, was a kissing couple lying on a Vancouver street and enjoying a moment of passion as mayhem erupted around them this week.

But at least now there's a widely reported claim about their identities.

As Australian's 9News writes, "The man photographed in a passionate embrace with a woman in the middle of riots in Vancouver is an Australian, according to a Perth woman. ... Hannah Jones ... has come forward saying the man in the shot is her 29-year-old brother Scott, who has been living and working in the Canadian city for six months. Ms Jones said her brother had recently started dating the girl in the photo, identified as Alex Thomas, who is a Canadian."

CBC News says it too has been told by Jones' sisters that it's her brother and his girlfriend in the photo. It adds that Jones' family says "he has been in Canada for six months, working as a bartender and trying to break into acting and standup comedy."

The Vancouver Sun reports that a witness says the couple had been knocked down during the post-Stanley Cup riot that erupted in the streets. The young woman may have been injured.

The Sun has also posted a photo sent to it by man readers. It's taken from above and shows at least three other people standing by the couple.

Our friends at The Picture Show have been following this saga. As they say, the Web has embraced this mystery.

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