Five things worth sharing from the last week or so, brought to you by a different member of the Browser Media team every Friday.
This week’s My Five is by Ashleigh.
The hashtag #traingate has been trending this week, as enraged people have taken to Twitter to have their say on Jeremy Corbyn’s, now shown to be false, claims that the Virgin Train he travelled on was so busy that could only get a seat on the floor.
Photos have emerged showing plenty on empty and unreserved seats that he could have sat in instead of opting to position himself in a doorway, on the floor:
Last time I saw Jeremy Corbyn surrounded by this many empty seats he was delivering a statement in Parliament pic.twitter.com/cCu4m4wn2j
— Sean Kemp (@Sean_Kemp) August 23, 2016
A statement from Virgin Trains says:
‘Seats were available on the train in which Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn was filmed sitting on the floor, Virgin Trains has found. Film footage released to the media showed Mr Corbyn sitting on the floor of a three-hour Virgin Trains service from London to Newcastle claiming it was “ram-packed”’.
Here are some of the tweets about the matter:
Mr Corbyn & team walked past empty unreserved seats then filmed claim train was ‘ram-packed’ https://t.co/R5hawIpQek pic.twitter.com/22t8EkjW5l
— Richard Branson (@richardbranson) August 23, 2016
Are they running from a natural disaster or alien invasion? Has a celebrity shown up in town or has their favourite store slashed their prices to an all time low and giving away a free iPad with every purchase? No, this crowd in Taipei, Taiwan are stampeding to try and catch Snorlax, a rare Pokemon that had been spotted near Beitou Park.
Confused? Me too.
Also another Pokemon related story also hit the press as one Pokémon Go player managed to block access to the game for millions of people over the weekend: http://uk.businessinsider.com/pokemon-go-proximus-customers-lose-access-2016-8?r=US&IR=T. Oopsy!
3. Happy Birthday Internet
Back in 1991, on August 23rd, a quarter of a century ago, the World Wide Web was made available to the public for the very first time.
Designed by Tim Berners-Lee, a computer scientist working for CERN physics laboratory in Switzerland, the idea was proposed in 1989 but wasn’t accessible to the public until 1991, which is now marked as its official anniversary, aka Internaut Day (#InternautDay).
A lot has happened over those 25 years, and some things wouldn’t have happened without the Internet; Facebook, smart phones, emojis, cat gifs, Pokemon Go, and, of course, digital marketing!
4. The sleeping baby that is the Queen of dressing up
Photographer and new mum of 4 month old Joey Marie Choi, Laura Izumikawa, has taken to dressing up her baby in some truly brilliant costumes, while she sleeps. Her creations include; Beyonce, Sia, Pikachu and many more. Here’s my favourite:
How does she do it without waking her?
An amateur photographer, Mark Parrott, aged 45, has captured the exact moment when a bee did a wee.
Parrot spoke to the Grimsby Telegraph saying:
“I was shocked with excitement when I saw the shot and couldn’t believe what I was seeing.”
“There was a steady stream of wee coming from the cheeky little bee. I think this is probably a very rare shot indeed! It’s difficult to get good close up shots without a tripod and this one was taken handheld.”