UK: Petition Seeks David Bowie on New £20 Banknote

Started by Bimat, January 16, 2016, 01:56:17 PM

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David Bowie petition to see his face on new £20 note passes 18,000 signatures

PUBLISHED: 20:21, Fri, Jan 15, 2016 | UPDATED: 20:28, Fri, Jan 15, 2016

A petition has been created by Simon Mitchell, asking the UK Government to replace economist Adam Smith with the late singer, who died on Sunday at the age of 69.

More than 18,000 signatures have signed been added in less than a week, ahead of the launch of the new banknote in the spring.

A statement on the website read: "We can think of no better way to honour David Bowie, who died on 10th January 2016, than by depicting him on the forthcoming £20 note.

"His music has sound-tracked important events in the lives of many of us... A 2002 poll of '100 Greatest Britons' voted for by the public listed Bowie as number 29 which demonstrates the how celebrated and familiar he is to British people."

"There is no better person to be on the next £20 note," it added.

Many were quick to back the idea, with one person tweeting: "Bowie is one of my inspirations and I would love to see him daily on currency that everyone will use and remember him."

However, some disagreed. One post stated: "The person who has created this petition obviously doesn't have a very good understanding of the man himself.

"Bowie would hate this idea! This is a man who turned down a CBE and a knighthood because he felt them to be materialistic."

The petition comes after another one was launched to call on God to bring Bowie back to life.

Tributes have been pouring in throughout this week after the Heroes hitmaker passed away following a secret battle with cancer.

Source: Express
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Quote from: Bimat on January 16, 2016, 01:56:17 PM
"Bowie would hate this idea! This is a man who turned down a CBE and a knighthood because he felt them to be materialistic."

Bowie was not materialistic? Look at his teeth in the 1970s and then again in the 1980s. He obviously had spent a lot of money on getting them fixed. Then there's his song "Fashion". Is fashion materialistic? Are the fickle followers of fashion materialistic? I think so. Bowie also created the Bowie Bond - he wasn't materialistic? Wrong. All pop stars are interested in money, and the rich ones all the more so.

Bowie was, however, nothing if not modern - and often ahead of the crowd. For this reason, he probably would have despised the reactionary outdated aristocratic system of honours in the UK. Who would want to be a knight in the 20th or 21st century? It's laughable, really. Also Bowie was deeply into artistic control - a symptom of narcissism, perhaps - though necessary if you want to be a star.

For all that, I enjoyed a fair amount of his music - and went to two of his concerts in the early 1970s. Whatever faults he may have had as a person, they were relatively mild in rock star terms. But it is too early to be honouring pop stars on banknotes. They may have influence, but do they really change the world?
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New £20 note design and personality unveiled by Bank of England

Artist JMW Turner and his painting The Fighting Temeraire will feature on the new design of the Bank of England's £20 note to enter circulation in 2020.
The English Romantic artist was chosen from a list of public nominations - the first time the Bank has asked who should appear on a specific banknote.
The note, to be made of polymer, will eventually replace the current £20 note featuring the economist Adam Smith.
The choice means all but one Bank of England banknote character will be men.
Of the five characters on banknotes by 2020, other than the Queen only Jane Austen - appearing on the £10 note from 2017 - is a woman.
The men who will feature by 2020 are Sir Winston Churchill on the £5 note who will replace campaigner Elizabeth Fry from September, Turner on the £20 note, and Matthew Boulton and James Watt remain on the £50 note.
always willing to trade modern UK coins for modern coins from elsewhere....


The Bowie flap is a game of name recognition only. Something similar happens when the public is asked to choose the person of the century. The more name recognition, the higher you end. The actual contribution of the person to the British culture or society plays no role. If I would present this august group with a list of names to vote for AND links to Wikipedia, they would come up with quite a different set of candidates for banknotes. That leads to another thought. Why have people on the banknotes in the first place, if there are far more candidates than slots available?

An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.