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Latest update : 2010-04-12

Poland pays online tribute to Lech Kaczynski

The Polish blogosphere pays tribute to its president, killed in a plane crash on Saturday, meanwhile thousands of web users are infatuated with an amateur singer from Taiwan.

Poland mourns Lech Kaczynski

The Polish web is in mourning following the brutal death of Lech Kaczynski. The president, along with many other of the country’s key figures perished on Saturday morning when their plane crashed in Russia, on their way to Katyn. They were due to attend a memorial for the thousands of Polish people massacred by Stalin’s forces in 1940.

Many emotional web users have created video montages like this one to pay tribute to the victims of the disaster, to president Kaczynski and his wife, but also to all those who were with them in the plane, including several members of parliament and Polish military chiefs.

One Polish woman has posted this poem on YouTube, sharing her sadness and calling upon her compatriots to unite, in order to overcome this tragedy.

The entire Polish web is in mourning. The welcome pages of the country’s largest news sites are now in black and white, there is no colour. And many Twitter users have given their avatars a black ribbon.

Several groups have been created on Facebook for Polish web users to share their grief, and web users the world over have offered their condolences and expressed their solidarity with the Polish people.

And whilst waiting for the conclusion from the commission of investigation, headed by Vladimir Putin, many web users are wondering what caused the tragedy. The pilot’s fault, an out of date aircraft, all sorts of theories are circulating online…


Lin, the next Susan Boyle

An amazing voice. An unusual look. Taiwanese singer Lin Yun Chun has become an Internet sensation. Thousands of web users are fascinated by the videos of his performances on the Taiwanese reality TV show “One Million Star”.

The young artist was immediately compared to the Scottish singer Susan Boyle who had caused a sensation on the English show “ Britain’s Got Talent”. The 24 year old chose one of the songs she sung “Amazing Grace”, for his first number on the show.

And it was his second performance, a Whitney Houston number that turned Lin into a web celebrity. His rendition left the jury and the audience speechless.

The video was posted on YouTube and has attracted over 1 million web users.

And commentaries are multiplying on the web. This blogger notes that the success of the man web users nickname Fatty Lin, show that you must not judge a book by its cover. She says even his original look does not take away from his immense talent.

Lin is keeping a blog on which he discusses his sudden success. He says he sang the Whitney Houston song for his grandmother, who brought him up.

And web users can even see him in rehearsals, as this young man is a keen social network user and has posted videos on YouTube.



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