At a time when football has focussed on Paolo Di Canio’s political views, perhaps we should have been paying a bit more attention to Tyrone Mings
Mings is a defender for Ipswich Town FC, and he did one local fan a big solid before Saturday’s match against Bolton Wanderers. The story, which was reported on Digital Football, starts with a fan called Tris Monk, who tweeted a good luck message Mings’ way but said he was too “skint” to make the match in person
— tris monk (@blutris89) March 16, 2013
Generously, the player tweeted back and asked the fan if he could make it to Portman Road (Ipswich Town FC stadium). When the fan responded that he could get there, the defender tweeted:
The astonishing act of loyalty and generosity to a fan was a very simple act of kindness, but has quickly catapulted Mings to Twitter stardom with his initial tweet being retweeted 5,244 times. On top of this the youngster has seen his profile rise in the media with stories from the BBC, The Sun, Metro and ITV!
We’ve all been there — you take out your smartphone to make a call and 10 minutes later, after checking your email, Twitter and Instagram, you forget why you took it out in the first place.
This comic by H. Caldwell Tanner of Loldwell shows that we’re all guilty of it. Can you break the cycle? Let me know in the comments.
The State of Social Media in 2013:
Some more funny and random headlines from around the world:
- Canada notes have ‘wrong’ leaf: Canada’s new plastic banknotes feature Norway maple leaves, instead of the Canadian sugar maple leaf, according to botanists.
- Birds make music with bum notes: A piece of music that was composed by waiting for bird droppings to fall on giant sheets of manuscript paper in parks receives its premiere.
- Panetta given meat cleaver gift: Leon Panetta completes his final overseas trip as US defence secretary and his staff give him a plastic meat cleaver as a parting gift.
- Original Batmobile sold for $4.2m: The Batmobile used by actor Adam West in the original TV series of Batman sells for $4.2m (£2.6m) at a US auction.
- Pope posts first tweet in Latin: Pope Benedict XVI sends his first Twitter message in Latin, referring to Christian unity and the need to do justice.
- Library in Armstrong pledge prank: A sign in an Australian library promising to reshelve books by disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong in the fiction section causes an approving stir.
- Britain’s £1m and £100m banknotes: Why does the Bank of England have £1m notes?
- Surfer rides ‘highest ever’ wave: An American man rides what may be the highest wave ever caught by a surfer off the Portuguese coast.
- Pigeon ‘Bermuda Triangle’ solved: The mystery of why homing pigeons get lost when released from a particular location in the US may have been solved.
- Chinese devour Joyce translation: A Chinese version of James Joyce’s novel Finnegans Wake, which took eight years to translate, surprises by selling out its initial print run.
- Icelandic girl wins right to name: A 15-year-old Icelandic girl has won the right to use the name her mother gave her, after she took authorities to court over it.
- Romania campaign mocks UK anxiety: A Romanian media campaign called “Why don’t you come over?” pokes fun at British anxiety about a possible influx of Romanian job-seekers next year.
- Hartlepool 2-1 Notts County: Peter Hartley and James Poole score to give Hartlepool an appropriate victory against Notts County.
- Dolphins ‘saved’ by distress call: The distress call of a young dolphin is used to lure to safety a large pod of the animals in danger of being stranded off Western Australia.
- Etch A Sketch inventor dies at 86: The inventor of the classic toy Etch A Sketch, former electrical technician Andre Cassagnes, dies in France at the age of 86.
- Ahmadinejad offers to go to space: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad volunteers to become the first person sent into space by his country’s fledgling space programme.
- Paris women permitted trousers: The French government overturns a 200-year-old ban on women wearing trousers in the capital, Paris, dating from November 1800.
- World’s longest cat dies in US: The world’s longest domestic cat, a 48.5in (1.23m) Maine Coon named Stewie, of Reno Nevada, dies at the age of eight.
- French MP played Scrabble in debate: A French MP sparks a debate about the use of electronic devices in parliament in France after being photographed playing online Scrabble on his tablet.
- Kids app ‘translates’ grown-up paper: An app that transforms adult newspapers into child-friendly text and animations has been launched in Japan.
- South Korean ‘Les Mis’ a YouTube hit: A South Korean YouTube parody of Les Miserables – featuring snow-shovelling airmen, a cruel senior officer and a love struck conscript – becomes an online hit.
- Mandela granddaughters in TV show: Nelson Mandela’s granddaughters, Swati Dlamini and Zaziwe Dlamini-Manaway, are to star in a new reality television programme called Being Mandela.
- ‘Mafia father’ in TV talent show bid: An Italian mafia suspect gave out hundreds of phones to try to bring his daughter success in TV talent show voting, police believe.
If Jesus had been around in the 21st century we all know he’d be plugged in with his iPhone 5 — How else would he keep tabs on the Apostles?
Cartoonist Brad Colbow imagined just how digital this member of the Holy Trinity would be if he were one of us Apple fanboys.
Clearly there would have been no wandering in the desert for 40 days (unless maybe Jesus was using Apple Maps) and the Last Supper would be delivered via Seamless app. He definitely would have Instagrammed his Baptism, and, needless to say, #FF (Follow Friday) on Twitter would have a whole new meaning for the saintly crowd.
What other apps do you think Jesus would have on his smartphone? Share your ideas in the comments below.