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Latest update : 2014-07-20

British far-right group "invades" London mosque

In this edition: a British far right group “invades” a London mosque; american web users help a grieving father; and a San Francisco street turned into a giant water slide …


In this video we see Paul Golding, leader of British far right group "Britain First" confront an elder at Crayford mosque in southeast London about signs labelling separate entrances for women and men. He says the signs are sexist and threatens "You've got one week to take those signs down, otherwise we will". Footage of Sunday`s so called “invasion” has been posted to Facebook, generating lively debate among web users in the UK. 

Many have taken to Twitter to condemn the far right group`s actions, to denounce their racism and also the absurdity of their demands. They say the “Britain First” leader seems to have forgotten that separate entrances for men and women are not unique to the Muslim religion, that there are other places and situations with gender segregation. 

Paul Golding however does not seem too bothered by the avalanche of criticism, and posted another video online this week to defend the group`s actions. The far right leader says they did not break any laws, and were taking necessary action to put a stop to what he describes as “hate preaching” in the UK. His arguments did little to convince the London police however and he was arrested on Wednesday. 

But it doesn’t look like this is going to deter the "Britain First" militants. The far right movement has stated on its website that plans for similar operations are currently underway. 


Six week old Sophia Steffel died after developing hepatic hemangioma, a tumour on her liver. She spent her entire life in intensive care in Cincinnati hospital in the US, so her dad Nathan never managed to take a photo of her when she wasn’t hooked up to hospital tubes. Shortly after her death he turned to community based forum Reddit to ask if anyone could remove the tubes from a picture of Sophia. And the response he says has been overwhelming. 

He has received dozen of reworked pictures and some 3,000 messages of support, exceeding all his expectations. Redditors have been used image editing software to show Sophia without the hospital equipment and in more comfortable settings. Others have sent in sketches and drawings of his baby girl. 

Nathan Steffel has said the response to his online appeal has been extremely helpful and comforting. He has posted a moving message to Reddit thanking everyone for the pictures of baby Sophia and for the messages of love and support. And Reddit users have said they were pleased to demonstrate how the social network, which is often perceived as somewhat controversial, can also be used to help others and do good.


Angry web users in Argentina have been posting under the #gauchogate hashtag after several players from Germany`s world cup winning team took to the stage during Tuesday`s celebrations in Berlin singing a “gauchos” song mocking Argentina. The stunt has been described as tasteless, with many saying they could have showed a little more humility. German fans however have also taken to the web, saying Argentina supporters are just being sore losers.


This interactive map created by New York based developer Josh Begly maps all known US military bases around the world, like the Yokota Air Base in Japan or the Pine Gap facility in Australia, using satellite images collected from Google and Microsoft. The platform helps visualize the scale of American military presence across the globe and is available on


In this video we see a car valet at an Indian hotel lose control of a supercar, before crashing it into a concrete wall …the front end of the luxury vehicle has been severely crumpled, and there is an estimated 330,000 dollars’ worth of damage…the footage has been widely relayed online, prompting all manner of jokey comments from web users who seem to be finding this mega mishap rather amusing indeed. 


Here`s the latest offering from Devin Supertramp. He set up a massive makeshift water slide in a San Francisco street, so residents could partake in a sport of urban surfing. And you can see them in action on his YouTube channel

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