Swipe left/right

It’s the first anniversary of David Bowie’s death and there have been lots of lovely tributes, including this one by @helengreeen.

But all anyone is talking about, naturally, is British Gas.


The energy supplier – “looking after your world” – felt the heat on Twitter after one of its helpline staff, a chap called Paul, mentioned Bowie’s death in a tweet to customers.

Grammatical errors to one side – “time flys don’t it?” – time was presumably moving very, very slowly in the helpline department this morning after an avalanche of criticism on social media.

They must be really, er, feeling the pressure, right?

But you’ll be reassured to know that Paul is not about to lose his job.

Emboldened by this news, he later returned to Twitter, only slightly more bruised than he was when he woke up this morning.

Others chose to pay tribute in more suitable style, including this from French Vogue about his changing style.

And there’s his fascinating interview on Newsnight, back in 1999, in which he pretty much predicted the future of the internet.

The NME also posted its own tribute.

Breaking News: The tweet sent by the guy in charge of the Oscars envelopes minutes before the best picture balls-up


Trending Now

  1. Pics
    This comment from a reader of the FT has gone viral because it nails the remainer/leaver Brexit row
  2. Pics
    A dad filled out his “toddler’s day care questionnaire” a bit too honestly & it’s charmingly amusing
  3. Popular
    If you can pronounce correctly every word in this poem, you will be speaking English better than 90% of the native English speakers in the world
  4. Pics
    People are sharing this anti-racist letter to the Guardian because it makes a great, funny point
  5. Pics
    19 images that define the word “irony” with hilarious accuracy
« Swipe navigation »