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Latest update : 2013-04-15

Online reactions to the death of Margaret Thatcher

Today on the net, the death of Margaret Thatcher draws mixed reactions from British web users; no panic in Guam over the threats from North Korea; and a couple of banjo playing dogs…

Online reactions to the death of Margaret Thatcher

Former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died in London on Monday at the age of 87; news which has dominated headlines, sparking mixed reactions from British web users.

Many, including certain politicians, like the current Prime Minister David Cameron, or the Mayor of London Boris Johnson were quick to post tributes to the Iron Lady, saying she will go down in history for the impact she made. But it would seem a lot of social networkers are also rejoicing in the fact Margaret Thatcher is dead.

Dozens of pages have been popping up on Facebook since Monday night, organizing parties to celebrate her passing, and a lot of British Twitter users have been posting messages attacking the former head of government. Tweeting under the hashtag « #NowThatchersDead », saying they are pleased she is dead, slamming the tough austerity measures she implemented during her time in office.

But this hashtag did in fact create confusion on the web. As it can be read as “Now That Cher’s dead”; and so many rushed to social networks to mourn the death of the American singer and actress! Twitter users were quick to point out the misinterpretation, putting a stop to the unfounded rumours of Cher’s passing.


No panic in Guam over North Korean threats

In view of the intensifying threats from North Korea, the US authorities are on high alert and have announced the deployment of a ballistic missile defense system to Guam, but residents of this small island in the Pacific don’t seem quite so worried by Pyongyang, quite the contrary…

Guamanian social networkers have responded to Kim Jong-un’s latest threats with humour and irony. To demonstrate how no-one on the island is taking the North Korean leader’s bellicose rhetoric seriously, some have been posting photos of what they consider to be the front line in this pseudo-conflict : the beach : shots that show islanders far from fearful, and continuing to make the most of life in this little piece of paradise.

Others feel the time has come to make use of a local specialty, “Guam Bombs”, a slang expression used to refer to the beat up used cars scattered around the island. This web user sarcastically suggests they threaten to attack North Korea with these mighty weapons.

But the majority of Guam’s residents are directing their jokes at the North Korean leader and his army. Islanders have been posting all sorts of photomontages online, like this one for example, which pokes fun at North Korea’s apparent inability to carry out its threats. Web users are saying the regime likes to stir things up, but does not really pose a great danger.


Now trending on social networks

Twitter users needing horticultural help can now look to 104 year old British gardener and keen micro blogger Ralph Hoare. The initiative was launched by UK retailer Furniture Village, which is inviting the less than green fingered to post their questions under the hashtag #askRalph and it will go on to publish his replies. It is already proving very popular, all sorts of handy hints and tips have been shared since the account went live.


Animal Planet launches live streaming service

American television channel Animal Planet recently launched a digital live streaming service on the site Animal Planet Live. There are 11 around the clock webcams installed in various zoos across the country broadcasting live footage of all sorts of animals and insects. So you can sit back and watch some puppies or kittens playing around, dive into a jellyfish aquarium, or even check out the cockroaches…


Video of the day

Two dogs playing the banjo … this video is currently doing the rounds on sharing sites, providing a lot of laughs, and racking up a lot of hits…

By Electron Libre



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