Psy plans ‘white’ concert
Rapper Psy wants his fans to turn up in white at a concert next month where he will launch a new song that he hopes will cement the success of his Gangnam Style YouTube hit. “See this pic and let’s be white on 0413,” Psy tweeted on his @psy_oppa Twitter feed yesterday, referring to the April 13 concert to be held in Seoul. The chubby rapper, who shot to fame with more than 1 billion YouTube hits last year, subsequently poses in a variety of white clothing, ranging from a spacesuit to tennis whites and even a bridal gown and skimpy figure-skating dress. His stylist says the 35-year-old is more likely to reprise a concert style based on the suit used in Gangnam Style than anything more racy.
The Language Council of Sweden said on Tuesday it had removed the word “ungoogleable” from its list of new words for last year because it refused to give in to the US company’s demands to include the word Google in the definition. The list of new words in the Swedish language came out in December last year, including the term “ogooglebar,” which was defined as something “which cannot be found on the Internet with the use of a search engine.” The Language Council said Google had since then repeatedly contacted it to insist that the definition include a mention of the company’s name. “Google has referred to legislation that protects trademarks and wants the Language Council to change the wording of the definition, introducing the name Google into the definition and adding a disclaimer where we point out that Google is a trademark,” the Language Council’s head Ann Cederberg said. “We have neither the time nor the desire to engage in the long, drawn-out process Google is trying to initiate. Neither do we want to compromise and change the definition of ‘ogooglebar’ to the one the company wants,” she said. “That would go against our principles, and the principles of language. Google has forgotten one thing: Language development doesn’t care about the protection of trademarks,” she added.
Bieber shirtless at airport
Teenage pop star Justin Bieber paraded through an airport shirtless before flying out of the country, adding to a string of peculiar incidents that have plagued his European tour. The Canadian singer had previously been spotted wearing a bizarre gas mask on a night out in London, where he turned up late for one concert and collapsed on stage with shortness of breath during another. After a sold-out concert in Lodz, the 19-year-old took off his shirt in a car as it drove up to the airport late in the night on Monday. He then walked topless to the airport building — in temperatures of about minus-10°C — and then on to his gate, only to get dressed again before boarding a private jet.
Minister pledges security
Tourism Minister Sylvia Pinel on Tuesday pledged to ensure the security of travelers after 23 Chinese visitors were robbed of their cash and passports just after they arrived in Paris. Pinel said “everything will be done to find the perpetrators” and underscored “the determination of the French government to ensure the security of tourists in France.” The Chinese National Tourism Administration, which reports directly to the government, expressed concern after 23 tourists traveling in a group were robbed soon after they arrived at Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport outside Paris yesterday.