Move to Gibraltar among British Google searches after vote

by The Associated Press Posted Jun 24, 2016 1:17 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 25, 2016 at 12:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A remain supporter stops to talk to people as he walks around with his European flag across the street from the Houses of Parliament in London, Friday, June 24, 2016. Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron announced Friday that he will quit as Prime Minister following a defeat in the referendum which ended with a vote for Britain to leave the European Union. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) ‘Move to Gibraltar’ among British Google searches after vote LONDON – The United Kingdom’s historic vote to exit the European Union is dominating the conversation online as well as global headlines.Google Trends is reporting spiking searches in the United Kingdom for “getting an Irish passport” and “move to Gibraltar,” the British territory on the south coast of Spain.Google also reports one of the top questions asked by UK users since the Brexit referendum results were released is “what is the EU?” Search interest in the British pound is at its highest level ever.Twitter says some 6.4 million tweets were sent in the UK from the opening of polls Thursday through British Prime Minister David Cameron’s resignation speech Friday.Twitter says it’s rare that the name of a country trends in that country. read more

David Bowie thanked me for punching him in the face says childhood

David Bowie thanked his childhood friend for punching him in the face, after the blow gave the star his different coloured eyes.George Underwood, who was friends with Bowie from the age of nine, punched the singer when they were teenagers after they both became romantically interested in the same girl.Describing the incident as a “short-lived falling out” in 1962, Mr Underwood told the Telegraph that tensions boiled over after Bowie meddled in his attempt to take Carol Goldsmith out on a date after she came to his 15th birthday party.“Just to get the story straight, it was about a girl we both fancied,” Mr Underwood, now an artist, said. “She came to my 15th birthday party – everyone was drunk at about eight, including David.“I was sensible and managed a date with her. David phoned me on the day and said she had told him she didn’t want to meet me because she wanted to go out with him.”However, this did not stop Mr Underwood from going down to their local youth club later that evening, only to find out that Miss Goldsmith had been waiting for him all along. The scrap left Bowie with a blue right eye, whilst his left appeared dark or brown, after he reportedly suffered a deep corneal abrasion and paralysis of his iris sphincter muscle.His different coloured eyes have been described as “one of the enduring legends” behind his “genuinely unearthly aura” that made him – and his alter ego, Ziggy Stardust – so distinctive.“The uncanny appearance of Bowie’s eyes was ideal for a performer who embraced ideas of the alien, the outsider, the otherworldly and the occult,” Kevin Hunt, senior lecturer in design and visual culture at Nottingham Trent University, wrote in the Independent.“In an increasingly visual world seemingly preoccupied by perfection, Bowie’s damaged left pupil became an intrinsic and arresting part of his enigmatic identity,” he said.He embraced his iconic feature right up to his death in 2016, with his different coloured eyes featuring in the advertising campaign for his last album Blackstar. Throughout his career, he produced 27 studio albums, 128 singles, four soundtracks and 72 music videos.Bowie – whose real name is David Robert Jones – was born in 1947 and raised in Bromley, east London.He met Mr Underwood when they were nine-years-old after enrolling for the Cubs in 1956 and they both later went on to study at Bromley Tech school. “So I was very p*ssed off with him, and in the morning I got on the bus to school and overheard him talking about this girl he was going out with,” he said. “At break time I hit him [inadvertently causing one pupil to become permanently dilated, so Bowie’s eyes appeared to be different colours]. Later David said I did him a favour – everyone talks about his eyes, don’t they?” “We started talking, mostly about music,” Mr Underwood said. “When we got a bit older, we used to go around Bromley High Street chatting up girls and trying to impress people. David was just learning how to do that.”Despite their falling out, the pair remained friends for the rest of their lives and played in several bands together.  “I got out of the music business; painting was all I wanted to do. And David progressed into the stratosphere. People ask: ‘Did you always know he was going to be such a massive star?’ Of course not, no one knew,” Mr Underwood said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more