5 Lunchtime Links: Austin coach taught Bowie to box

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FILE - This is a June 19, 1987 file photo of David Bowie. Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with his creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-bending persona he christened Ziggy Stardust, died of cancer Sunday Jan. 10, 2016. He was 69 and had just released a new album. (PA, File via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE
FILE - This is a June 19, 1987 file photo of David Bowie. Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with his creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-bending persona he christened Ziggy Stardust, died of cancer Sunday Jan. 10, 2016. He was 69 and had just released a new album. (PA, File via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT  NO SALES NO ARCHIVE

This is a June 19, 1987 file photo of David Bowie. Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with his creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-bending persona he christened Ziggy Stardust, died of cancer Sunday Jan. 10, 2016. He was 69 and had just released a new album. (PA, File via AP)

1. The Austin boxing coach who taught Bowie how to fight.

Everyone knows the story behind David Bowie’s permanently enlarged pupil (he was punched by a friend in grade school during a tiff over a girl), but fewer people know how and when Bowie learned to fight. Beloved Austin boxing coach Richard Lord spent a couple of months training the late legend, after Bowie sought him out in 1983. “Bowie ran the steps and then worked the heavy bags at an old gym on 12th and Jefferson streets in downtown Austin,” Adam Pitluk writes in the book Standing Eight: The Inspiring Story of Jesus “El Matador” Chavez. Bowie died at 69 years old Sunday after an 18-month battle with cancer. Here you can flip through photos of the “chameleonic rock star” here, and check out a list of his most iconic songs here.

2. Ringling Bros. announce plans to expedite elephant retirement.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey announced last year that elephants would no longer be used in their shows starting 2018. Recently, however, the circus company has said it will retire elephants from its shows as early as May. Last year the City of Austin banned the use of bullhooks on elephants.

3. Nicki Minaj feuds with Austin’s teen mom Farrah Abraham.

Nicki Minaj and Austinite Farrah Abraham took to Twitter Sunday for a full on feud that took off after Minaj critiqued Abraham’s infamously poor treatment of her mother. A clip of the new “Teen Mom” spinoff shows Abraham’s young daughter slapping her and telling her “You have a bad attitude,” after Abraham drops an especially nasty expletive. Abraham responded by insinuating that Minaj doesn’t know what it is to be a parent. The majority of tweets exchanged are NSFW.

 

4. Ricky Gervais returns to host Golden Globes.

Ricky Gervais ruffled all the expected feathers and then some when he returned to host Sunday’s Golden Globes. While most celebrities were able to laugh off Gervais’ ribbing (including a too-soon Ben Affleck jab in presenter Matt Damon’s direction), Mel Gibson didn’t appreciate the host’s jokes about his history of highly offensive tirades. A good night overall for Amazon Prime’s “Mozart in the Jungle” and “The Revenant” starring Leonard DiCaprio.

Read about how Latina actresses Eva Longoria and America Ferrera distinguished themselves from Gina Rodriguez and Eva Mendes (and other Latina actresses) here.

5. Deep Eddy to debut new peach flavored vodka.

Maybe we owe it to neighboring Fredericksburg, or just to the fact that peaches are delicious. But wherever the credit’s due, Deep Eddy Vodka’s announcement that the furry-fleshed fruit would join its flavored spirits is sweet news. The local distillery, which uses real fruit and Texas aquifer water, will debut a peach flavored vodka Thursday.


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