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Mayor to name Paris street after David Bowie

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C'est magnifique!

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Very cool idea.

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Nice.

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Paris or maybe hell (I'm waiting).

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There’s something weird about that photo. Look at his eyes. His right eye looks blue, his left eye brown. Or is his left pupil dilated, his right constructed (normal). Or maybe it’s just a trick of the light. Anyway. Weird. If you cover each half of his face, he looks like a different person.

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It's a know fact his eye were different color.

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The man who fell to Earth :)

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Nice of Paris . . . perhaps Tokyo should also consider him, as his lyrics recall, ". . . turning Japanese at the Ginza".

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A wonderful gesture. He's one of the most influential giants of rock'n'roll and he passed away this week 4 years ago.

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There’s something weird about that photo. Look at his eyes. His right eye looks blue, his left eye brown. Or is his left pupil dilated, his right constructed (normal). Or maybe it’s just a trick of the light. Anyway. Weird. If you cover each half of his face, he looks like a different person.

From radiox:

What Bowie actually suffered from is called anisocoria: namely that one pupil was bigger than the other. It means that the iris - the coloured bit - can’t react to light in the same way as its fellow, so the area appears to be darker. This means it looks like one eye is a different colour to the other.

Bowie’s dilated pupil was the result of a traumatic event in his childhood - and it was all over a fight over a girl.

In January 1962, the future star - then known as plain ol' David Jones - was at school in Bromley when he got into a ruck with his friend, George Underwood. The result was a hefty punch from Underwood, in which he caught Bowie’s eye with a fingernail.

"I had a 15th birthday party,” Underwood told TheTab.com in 2016. "One of the reasons I had the party was because both of us fancied this girl. It was a ploy to talk to her. Before she left I asked if I could meet her at her youth club on the Wednesday at 7pm.

“Just before I was about to meet her, David phoned me and said she didn’t want to meet me, she wanted to go out with him – which was a lie. I went down to the youth club later and her friends said she’d been waiting the whole hour for me!

Furious, Underwood strode up to Bowie and punched him right in the eye: “I just wanted to give him a black eye because of the girl – I didn’t think it was going to be a lasting mark.”

This nasty injury resulted in four months of hospital treatment, after which doctors came to the conclusion that young Davey wasn’t going to see completely clearly again, leaving our hero with poor depth perception.

The cosmetic result of the injury was his dilated pupil… which would only add to the David Bowie myth in future years.

Bowie who created such enduring hits as "Heroes" and "Space Oddity"

Don't forget China Girl!

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