The story behind the kiss
Since the picture of the kiss captured attention here – as it has everywhere – I thought I’d share the little story that has since been revealed about it (figured you might not be tracking it all with quite the same dedication as I am).
It wasn’t set-up – they are simply a young couple in a moment caught perfectly by a photographer. Australian Scott Jones and his Canadian girlfriend Alex Thomas had been at the game and were caught in the violence as they tried to leave:
… Alex got knocked by a [police] shield and fell to the ground,” he told CBC News. “[Scott] was comforting her and gave her a kiss to say, ‘It’s going to be OK,’ and the photographer just took the shot at that moment.”
You can read the rest of the story here at CBC.ca.
Also, if you have another moment to spare, also go and read this about the overwhelming response of Vancouverites to make things right after the riot. It warms my heart. Here is an excerpt:
An estimated 15,000 people of all ages streamed into the heart of Vancouver as early as 5 a.m. [Thursday] to clean up the bloody footprints, scrub the offensive graffiti, to try to make amends for the damage cause by hooligans and looters after Wednesday night’s Stanley Cup loss.
They came to share their feelings of disgust and outrage, to heal the pristine image of a city that had sparkled not just in their own hearts, but in the eyes of the world after last year’s Olympics; but mostly they came because they cared.