A small bar in the town where the back-from-the-dead kayaker, John Darwin lived has decided to rename their bar in honour of him. The Sinatra's Bar is officially been renamed as, "The Seaton Canoe" in honour of John.
I'm not sure what is going on in the kayaking participant world these days but it seems that if you are weird or want to perform some sort of fraud, you should probably make sure that there is a kayak involved in some sort of way.
For the past week, the world has been following along with the story of "Back from the Dead" kayaker, "John Darwin". That's turning out to be a really funny story involving photos, the Google and a kayak.
Now, think back to this past summer when a couple went out kayaking in the UK with a rented canoe and said something about paddling to France as they shoved off. Nobody heard from them and a massive manhunt was underway. About a month later, the story popped up on the news again because somehow they made it to France. They found out that he was a convicted pedophile wanted by the British Police. They are back on the BBC news page again as they were just caught and arrested for prostitution-related charges.
I don't want to be ever accused of painting large groups of people with one brush but I firmly believe now that all British paddlers are weird and should be arrested. I have two documented pieces of evidence to support my new theory.
Map credit: maps-of-britain.co.uk
On the whole it has been a strange story that took another twist last night after police arrested him on fraud charges. All along he claimed that he couldn't remember where he has been for the past 5 years but a British Tabloid published a photo of him alongside his wife on the balcony of an apartment in Panama City in July 2006.