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Latest update : 2010-11-24

The web echoes the tensions between the two Koreas

In this edition: The web echoes the tensions between the two Koreas. British people would prefer to see Prince William take the throne. Reactions online. And film director Tim Burton is calling upon web users for his next storyline.

NORTH KOREA VS SOUTH KOREA 

Tension between the two Koreas has escalated after North Korea fired military shells at the South Korean island Yeonpyeong on Tuesday. The attack killed at least two South Korean soldiers and left dozens of people wounded on the small island situated just several kilometers away from North Korea. 

Numerous web users shared their thoughts on Twitter. Certain users were quick to protest and have called for revenge. These South Koreans say here they are prepared to take up arms to defend their country. They have been circulating videos filmed by video surveillance cameras to encourage their fellow citizens to join them; the images bear witness to the violence of the bombings.

Others however have tried to appease the situation. Calls for calm and a reconciliation between the rival countries have poured on to the Twitter threads  #koreapeace and #prayforkorea.

The incident has sparked concern on the international blogosphere. This American man thinks it is time to confront Pyongyang before the situation degenerates into regional even world conflict. He thinks the solution is evident, a military attack on North Korea.

Many people are indeed worried about North Korea’s strike force. Numerous web users are circulating this report, published on a military imaging site. It provides a lot of details on the missiles used by North Korea. According to the document, with these weapons they could easily reach the South Korean capital, Seoul. 

On Twitter meanwhile, it is also a time for mourning. Users have been broadcasting this image paying tribute to the South Korean soldiers killed in the attack.    

WILLIAM AND KATE 

Great Britain is in a fever of excitement following last week’s announcement that Prince William is to marry his girlfriend Kate Middleton. And the event is making Charles and Diana’s eldest son extremely popular with the public. On Sunday three different polls showed that the majority of British people would prefer to see William and Kate, both aged 28, take the throne.

Yet as this blogger states, it should in principle be Charles and Camilla.  He also notes that the line of succession to the throne has never been called into question. To force Prince William to become King could be seen as undermining the country’s political system and traditions.

But many web users agree with the polls. This English man says that William and Kate could give a new impetus to the British Monarchy. 

Reactions to their future wedding, due to take place on the 29th of April, continue to pour in online and there has been a lot of speculation on the dress Kate will wear. Surveys are underway as to which dress designer will be chosen. 

Some are already imagining the wedding dress and are posting photomontages. Glamour magazine has displayed several possibilities for the big day. And this web user has gone as far as bringing Elvis Presley back to life, showing that this royal wedding is stimulating the imagination of the British people. 

Finally, Kate’s ring has also been given a lot of coverage on the web. It belonged to Princess Diana. Numerous Facebook pages have been devoted to the sapphire.  And many web users have compared it to their own or to their mothers, as we see in these photos and posted photos. 

BODY WORLDS 

After the highly talked about “Body World’s”, an exhibition of dead bodies, German anatomist Gunther von Hagens is now selling body parts online. The millionaire invented Plastination, a technique that consists of replacing the fluids of the human body with certain plastics in order to preserve biological tissues, and he is now selling the body parts on the site Plastination products. They come from a body donation program. The price? Tens of thousands of euros for a whole body and you have to prove your scientific or educational interest.

BURTONSTORY.COM 

Tim Burton needs web users. The film director has launched the site Burton story, on which he is asking for suggestions for the scenario of his next film. It is presented as an exquisite corpse, a story written by several people, and participants are asked to send in their contributions. It’s taking place on Twitter. Tim Burton has written a sentence and web users have to come up with what happens next by sending in a text of no more than 127 letters to the social network. The best Tweets will be used in his next storyline.

VIDEO OF THE DAY

These two wacky grannies have grabbed the attention of web users. The two grandmothers are trying photo booth for the first time. It is an application that deforms your face via a webcam. They seem to be having great fun with their new discovery.

By Electron Libre

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