Tuesday, August 23, 2005

The Pianist

What to think about the mysterious man found on a Kent beach at the beginning of April? Well, his story surely took a turn for the weirdest yesterday…

After 4 and a half months of silence, he finally answered when a nurse jokingly asked him “So, are you going to tell us who you are, now?” Well, not an amnesiac, after all. Not a brilliant pianist either. Not an Irish student, not a Czech virtuoso nor a French street musician either.

He turns out to be a 20 year old Bavarian who, after losing his job in a Parisian Café, took the EuroStar and attempted to commit suicide before being found by the British Police and subsequently taken into the psychiatric unit of the local hospital. His training as a psychiatric nurse back in Germany allegedly enabled him to successfully fake his “condition” (whatever it was, records are pretty vague about it). Apparently, he tore all labels and stickers from his clothes so that he could not be identified.

Now that’s he’s been given papers by the German Embassy in London and is safely home, I am sure Hollywood’s interest in his fate and his person generally will fade pretty swiftly. It’s a shame for him because he might need the money: British medical authorities are examining the possibility to sue him for damages...

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