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Ongoing protests in Yemen

Online reports of the violence in Yemen. British web users inspired by the Royal Wedding. And a photographer has filmed the germination of an acorn over an eight month period.

Ongoing protests in Yemen

Yemen’s opposition warned the government on Thursday that violence against street protesters could derail a draft deal on political transition. According to the cyber activists who uploaded these images onto Facebook to denounce the repression, dozens of people were killed and many others wounded in violence on Wednesday.

These bloody clashes came at the end of a day of nationwide protests. This amateur video appears to have been filmed in Taiz in the south of the country, where tens of thousands of people took part in protests against the resignation deal, outlined by the Gulf Cooperation Council, which would grant the President and his family immunity from prosecution.

This sequence appears to have been shot in the capital Sanaa. According to the person who filmed these pictures, we see snipers, positioned on roofs, fire live ammunition at the crowd to disperse the protesters.

This other video is thought to show the violent clashes which broke out between protesters and supporters of the regime.

The opposition is accusing the government of paying supporters to attack protesters. This video, which is currently circulating on the Internet, is thought to show the respective camps during their lunch breaks. The first part of the video clip appears to show the distribution of small portions of food to protesters, and in the second part of the film we see what appears to be much heartier meals served in a camp set up by the government.

 

Web users inspired by British royal wedding

The big day has arrived for Prince William and Kate Middleton, the British Royal Wedding takes place in London today. The event has sparked great interest worldwide and also appears to have inspired web users. As the ceremony approaches, tributes and parodies are pouring onto sharing sites.

This British woman has written some poetry for the royal couple which she is reciting in this video. In this entertaining poem she wishes them a successful marriage and all the happiness in the world.

The Legoland theme park in Windsor is celebrating the royal wedding in an original fashion by recreating the ceremony in Lego. It’s an impressive model and nothing or no-one has been left out, not even the queen and her colourful dress…

But William and Kate’s wedding is also a source of inspiration for online comedians; numerous animations and satirical songs have emerged online. Here the words to the famous Grease track have been changed… and in this revised version of a Lady Gaga hit, a group of men are pleading with Kate to marry them instead of William.

And finally, this web user has imagined the Queen’s intense training sessions as she practices her dance moves in the run up to the ceremony. This wacky video is no doubt inspired by a telephone operator’s viral marketing campaign, which has enjoyed huge online success in recent weeks.

 

Storify, new tool for web journalists

« Make stories using social media », this is the slogan adopted by "Storify" which was officially launched on the 25th of April and aims to help web users and online journalists sort through information found on Twitter, Flickr and also YouTube and use it in articles. The site appears to have understood that social networks have become a veritable source of information that help us understand current affairs from different angles.

 

Fundraising website lets web users create custom art mashups

The British ‘Richard House Children’s Hospice’ supports families with children suffering from a terminal illness and has come up with an original way of raising money, by teaming up with marketing agency ‘The Partners’ to launch a site on which web users can create and then buy custom art ‘mashups’ generated from works of 120 artists. 64 000 combinations are possible, providing a whole host of ways of supporting this charity.

 

Video of the day

Neil Bromhall, a British photographer and nature lover undertook the massive project of filming the germination of an acorn over an eight month period. Web users can see the results in this educational video, made using the time-lapse technique.

 

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