Twitter index: Kate Winslet saves Richard Branson's mother from fire, US songwriter Nick Ashford dies

Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet has become a Twitter heroine after saving Richard Branson’s 90-year-old mother from a fire that destroyed the Branson’s island holiday home.

“Kate Winslet helped carry Richard Branson's 90yo mother out of a fire. Is there nothing she can't do?,” asks a Twitterer, while another comments “It's a good thing Kate Winslet was faced with saving people from a house fire and not a sinking ship. We all know how that one turned out.”

Twitter users are using their 140 characters to post about Florida-bound “Hurricane Irene,” which according to the AP “is the first hurricane to seriously threaten the U.S. in almost three years.”

Tweeps are also posting their condolences to the family and friends of legendary American songwriter “Nick Ashford,” who died in New York aged 70.    

“#LinesThatLeadToSex,” “#Actionsthatleadtosex” and “#ICanHonestlySay” top Twitter’s trending topics list on the morning of August 23 and are followed by “Best Relationship Matches,” which moves up one place to number four, and “Tripoli,” which drops a place to number nine.

A viral video clip featuring animated Family Guy character Peter Griffin has sent the term “Bird is The Word” into seventh position in Twitter’s most talked about topics. Newly released cyberpunk role-playing game Deus Ex: Human Revolution ranks tenth on the list.

The top 10 most talked about topics on Twitter on August 23 at 7:30 AM GMT are:

  1. #LinesThatLeadToSex (new)
  2. #Actionsthatleadtosex (new)
  3. #ICanHonestlySay (new)
  4. Best Relationship Matches (+1)
  5. Nick Ashford (new)
  6. Hurricane Irene (new)
  7. Bird is The Word (new)
  8. Kate Winslet (new)
  9. Tripoli (-1)
  10. Deus Ex (new)

 

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