With a nation’s struggling to come to terms with the death of David Bowie, many people are keen that we remember the UK’s most enduring musician. Here are 12 unusual petitions that call for tribute to be paid.
Most popular at present is a call for Bank of England chief Mark Carney, to put the face of the departed rock star on a £20 note - 12,000 people have signed it at time of writing.
Bearing in mind that we don’t all have £20 notes, 7,000 people have decided that Bowie’s head on a stamp would have that common touch.
A statue is perhaps a more ostentatious tribute and we’re not sure Bowie would have approved, but locals in his home area of Brixton have petitioned Lambeth Council with signatory numbers creeping towards 1,000. https://www.change.org/p/lambeth-council-to-get-a-statue-of-david-bowie-erected-in-brixton-london
Apart from many legendary gigs in the city, Bowie had an affinity with Glasgow, and music fans there are asking that Duke Street be renamed as “Thin White Duke Street” - surprisingly, perhaps it’s not quite at 1,000 yet. https://www.change.org/p/glasgow-city-council-immortalise-david-bowie-by-changing-glasgow-s-duke-street-to-thin-white-duke-street - not at 1,000 yet
In Berlin, where Bowie lived in the 1970s and worked on three albums, around 10,000 locals have campaigned for Hauptstrassen to be renamed after the famous former resident - https://www.change.org/p/wir-wollen-eine-david-bowie-stra%C3%9Fe-in-berlin
The Spanish, perhaps less connected with Bowie personally, are no less keen, with a campaign supported by 2,000 people to rename Plaça d’Espanya in Barcelona. Being in Catalonia this may have some political motivation of course, and we can’t be sure how the man himself felt about independence for smaller countries or regions…
Meanwhile, locals in music-mad Austin, Texas, have already taken things into their own hands with a roadsign on Bowie Street ‘vandalized’ with ‘David’ added. A petition to make the name change permanent is online, and indeed the local administration have said that the sign can stay