Why people disappear

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Why people disappear

Post by humblebee » Wed Dec 05, 2007 16:10

This thing about the disappearing canoeist is all rather curious, Anorak, don't you think?

I'm sure there are times we'd all of us like to disappear, eh?

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Post by Miss Anna » Wed Dec 05, 2007 16:23

A large life insurance policy would help convince me it's time to disappear.
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Post by Big Nose » Wed Dec 05, 2007 16:30

Only up my own arse.

I love the way this canoeist fella has been basically busted for claiming his own life insurance and stuff already.

I do think there is a certain romance with either going missing, or amnesiac weirdos in general though. There was a case a couple of years ago locally, a guy in a suit, washed ashore, amnesiac. But wait! He's a piano genus! And won't talk, only through the medium of the ivory!

Nah, says the Daily Mirror, he was a "gay German" scammer who couldn't play a note. D'oh!

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Post by humblebee » Wed Dec 05, 2007 16:46

Just on a tangent, it's funny how, because he was canoeing when he went missing, the media made him into a "disappearing canoeist" (yeah, I know I used it above). That might have been the only time in his life he'd ever been canoeing, but it comes across as if it's the only thing he ever did.

It's just like Carl Bridgewater, whom the media decided should always be remembered as "newspaper boy Carl Bridgewater" because he happened to be delivering newspapers when he was murdered.

It's just something I think is weird and a bit not-right.

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Post by Miss Anna » Wed Dec 05, 2007 17:09

According to Cracker this type of amnesia is exceptionally rare. Dissociative amnesia or forgetting big sections of your life doesn't really happen in real life, it happens in fiction and Neighbours. Since I trust Fitz implicitly, I surmise this is an insurance fraud that got a bit panicky when the police started sniffing round and they decided the best - nay, only - course of action was to make up an amnesia story and pay back the money. Why did he go missing and not mention it in the first place? Did he get amnesia twice, then? I am not convinced.

Furthermore, his widow went to live in Panama. As Karl Kennedy says, it's not exactly Bexhill.

A newspaper tag seems inevitable. It upsets me when one photograph is published of the victim, and they're remembered forever like that as though there was nothing more to them. Most people hate photos of themselves, especially the photos other people seem to like. It's just a shame to think you might be remembered forever by a photo you hated. A minor point, really. The family and friends and people affected will remember you as you were, not as a newspaper boy or a school photo.
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Post by Richard » Wed Dec 05, 2007 18:27

The Daily Mirror would never use a fake photograph on the front-page!

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There was actually an interesting article about this sort of disappearance on the BBC website. I can't find it now though.

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Post by crystalball » Thu Dec 06, 2007 14:34

humblebee wrote:Just on a tangent, it's funny how, because he was canoeing when he went missing, the media made him into a "disappearing canoeist" (yeah, I know I used it above). That might have been the only time in his life he'd ever been canoeing, but it comes across as if it's the only thing he ever did.

It's just like Carl Bridgewater, whom the media decided should always be remembered as "newspaper boy Carl Bridgewater" because he happened to be delivering newspapers when he was murdered.

It's just something I think is weird and a bit not-right.
Now we've got the whole spectrum:

Canoeist sons
Canoeist couple
Apparent canoeing tragedy

We had a whole module at uni in Greece about British media coining phrases like that and how the one odd characteristic of a story (the canoe, in this case) would stick as the main bit that would help the media create short, catchy headlines.

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Post by Big Nose » Fri Dec 07, 2007 14:12

BBC News 24 are at it today.

Back-From-The-Dead Canoeist John Darwin....
Millionaire Jockey Keiren Fallon....

And the other day, which was a bit weird.

Family bury 16yr old schoolgirl... (who was murdered in 1992)

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Post by linus » Fri Dec 07, 2007 14:35

has nobody suggested that this 'canoeist' is up creek without paddle - exclusive!

'canoeist' didn't even canoe much- says man who knew canoe two

who knew canoe two untrue?- screams front page

'canoeist' tatooist weds doris, florist

etc

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Post by crystalball » Sat Dec 08, 2007 00:18

Going back to the original reason for this thread, there was a time in the early 1990s in Greece when there were two fantastically popular programmes on the telly, both with the sole purpose of locating missing people. Because of their incredibly intrusive nature (the missing person's whole life would be paraded in front of millions during the course of the programme), it slowly became clear that the vast majority of the missing people had wanted to disappear, mostly to escape their mentalist families. More often than not, the programmes would end with a phonecall from the 'missing' person, saying they were safe and asking to be left alone and that they didn't want to be located, thankyouverymuch. In more extreme cases, you would have the missing person phoning and saying something along the lines of "Hang on, I'm not missing! I left the house because my husband/wife/dad is a massive arsehole and I told them so", which basically meant that whoever was in the studio crying and asking for help was more or less seeking revenge and was in fact looking to humiliate that person in public.

You might notice that the Greek viewing public (who *loved* those programmes) is not dissimilar to the audience of a Roman arena.

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Post by a layer of chips » Sat Dec 08, 2007 10:11

I opened up The Mirror this morning to see the legend: 'Exclusive: canoe wife tells all'.

She's married to the canoe. It's a perfect alibi.

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Post by Martijn » Sat Dec 08, 2007 11:04

It puts other missing people stories kind of in perspective, doesn't it? I mean, Maddie is probably too young to peddle a canoe, but I'm sure that soon the tabloids will go and dig up lots of other missing people stories. I bet in some of these case the spouse has got some money from a life insurance -and fair enough- and it shouldn't be too hard to find a neighbour who is willing to tell the Sun that this woman has been acting suspociously ever since her hisband got missing.
You might notice that the Greek viewing public (who *loved* those programmes) is not dissimilar to the audience of a Roman arena.
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I suddenly miss Greek tv. Not that I ever understood anything of it, but they have this discussion programmes where the screen is divided into four equal parts, and in ever part of the screen is one of the panel members, so while a member of the conservative party is explaining a new government's policy, you're able to see the interviewer pretending to look interested, a member of the labour opposition yawn and a communist MP trying to get rid of something in his nose.

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Post by DefenderOfPants » Sat Dec 08, 2007 12:12

one of these days, i'm gonna disappear in a canoe.

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Post by a layer of chips » Sat Dec 08, 2007 12:33

You're always saying that. Dreamer.

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Post by linus » Sat Dec 08, 2007 13:10

my bloody canoe went off without me, bastard

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Post by a layer of chips » Sat Dec 08, 2007 13:21

The BBC website is telling is that a canoeist lived at a family home.

Scoop!

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Post by Woodbine » Sun Dec 16, 2007 19:18

Richard wrote:The Daily Mirror would never use a fake photograph on the front-page!

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There was actually an interesting article about this sort of disappearance on the BBC website. I can't find it now though.
That is a truly awful headline.

One of the tabloids had 'Canoe accompany me to the station?', or words to that effect, which was much better.
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Re: Why people disappear

Post by 2dollarhaircut » Sun Jun 17, 2012 04:24

sometimes i wish that i could just disappear

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Re: Why people disappear

Post by humblebee » Thu Jun 28, 2012 00:03

'Smuggle plot tomatoes', 'blast boy' and 'canoe wife'. There's a name for that sort of thing:
http://stancarey.wordpress.com/2012/06/ ... compounds/

Ni-night Anorak. x

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Re: Why people disappear

Post by Gordon » Thu Jun 28, 2012 09:18

humblebee wrote:'Smuggle plot tomatoes', 'blast boy' and 'canoe wife'. There's a name for that sort of thing:
http://stancarey.wordpress.com/2012/06/ ... compounds/

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That's outstanding.
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